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Ep 65: The Angry Hero

angry-superheroesIs anger a righteous trait in a hero, or a dangerous one? Who gets to be angry, and who how does race and gender play into it? Where is the line between anger and hate, and is it less ok to be angry if you have more power? Jacob and Matthew dive into these questions on this episode.

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Ep 64: The Jedi, the Sith, & good ol’ Palps

Jedi & Sith

Are the Sith the mustache twirling villains the initially appear to be, or is there a method to their madness? Where did the Jedi go wrong? Are emotions something to be held back, or fully embraced in a space wizard, and how did the Jedi and Sith codes inform each other?

 

Jacob and Matthew jump into these questions, with the help of friend and fellow Star Wars Nerd Extraordinaire, Jonah Kellman. Jonah cares far too much about Star Wars, particularly the extended universe. When not ranting, he can be found reading, playing video games or delving into worldbuilding. Find him on facebook or around the internet as Muscratt.

 

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Ep 63: The Orville’s Prime Directive

Trek and Orville

Is Star Trek’s concept of the Prime Directive the only ethical way for one culture to act toward a less developed one? What are the rewards, and dangers, in intervening? And what do you do when someone builds an entire religion around you doing one nice thing?

 

In this episode, Jacob and Matthew look at Mad Idolatry, the final episode of Season 1 of the Orville, and dig into the larger question it examines. Whether you are a hard core Orvillian, or never seen the show, there is a lot here to think about and enjoy. We summarize the episode and focus on the larger issues at play, digging into questions asked by this show, Star Trek, and so much of Science Fiction.

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Ep 62: In the Shadow of a Vorlon

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Order or Chaos, or is that a false dichotomy? What are the dangers of one culture trying to guide and support the growth of another? Is Babylon 5 an allegory for the Cold War?

 

 

In this episode, we take on these questions and more, as we look at the Vorlons and the Shadows from Babylon 5. There will be spoilers galore, but even if you have never seen the show, we will bring you up to speed so you can understand the questions the show raises that we are diving into.

ALSO! This is the first new* episode of the year, and we have some bigs new to announce!

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Many of you have been asking how you can support the podcast. Now you can at our new Pateron page! Patreon is a great way to support creators like us through donations, and get great rewards for your help. You can even pick a topic for an upcoming episode! https://www.patreon.com/superheroethics

Want to show your love for Superhero Ethics with a t-shirt, hoodie, cell phone case, mouse pad, or other swag? We now have a store where you can buy any of those things and more! https://www.teepublic.com/user/superheroethics They have a new store sale running for the next day and a half, so check it out!

Want to continue the discussion with us? Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? You now have two new great ways to do so. Jacob and Matthew have each started their own twitter account!

Matthew is CapedEthicist, https://twitter.com/CapedEthicist

Jacob is BotsRPeopleToo https://twitter.com/BotsRPeopleToo

That is in addition to our Superhero Ethics Facebook Page, which is the best way to join in the conversations. You can also find us on the Twitter account for this podcast, or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com.

Lastly, you probably heard some great music ending our podcast. This thanks to the deeply talented Jack Hesse, who also composed our intro music. You can follow him on Twitter at Jack_608, https://twitter.com/jack_608

*2018 year in review was recorded in 2018, but posted in 2019.

 

Ep 61: 2018 Year in Review

New year 2018 change to 2019 concept2018 was one hell of a year, and Jacob and Matthew go deep on some of their favorite characters and questions from the year that was. We re-examine old questions, talk about what we learned this year, and what we are excited to see in 2019.

 

You can download the episode with a right click  and clicking “save link as” or subscribe by searching for Superhero Ethics on Itunes or on Stitcher.

Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? Let us know! We recently started a Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, which is the best way to join in the conversations. You can also find us on Twitter or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com

Here are each of Jacob and Matthew’s year end lists.

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Superhero Hibernation

We know it has been a little while since we last posted – your loyal ethicists have been taking a bit of a winter break.  We have a new episode already recording that will go online soon, a 2018 year in review.  But till then, enjoy some of our favorite episodes from this past year, and stay tuned for more in 2019!

With the return of our favorite new Star Trek show, The Orville, check out our discussion of most of Orville season 1.

In a similar look back/look ahead, as excitement builds for Avengers: Endgame, this is a great time to check out our episode on Infinity War.

The Last Jedi was one of the best movies of 2017, but we had a great time discussing it in this episode from 2018 with special guest Becki Allen. (forgetting that Last Jedi was from 2017 may be a theme in upcoming discussions.)

 

 

 

 

Ep 60: Batman AND Superman

Bat and SupeThe Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. Why do we tell so many stories about the two of them together? How do their approaches to justice differ, and why does that matter? Do they work best as enemies, allies, or in their own worlds? Special guest Jessica Plummer joins Jacob and Matthew to discuss these questions and more!

 

 

 

 

Jessica Plummer lives in New York and loves Superman very very much. You can listen to just how much on her Superman podcast, Flights and Tights (http://flightsandtights.libsyn.com/). She also writes about comics and books in general at BookRiot.com (https://bookriot.com/author/jessica-plummer/). Find her on Twitter @jess_plummer.

You can download the episode with a right click  and clicking “save link as” or subscribe by searching for Superhero Ethics on Itunes or on Stitcher.

Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? Let us know! We recently started a Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, which is the best way to join in the conversations. You can also find us on Twitter or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com

Ep 59 – Thankful for Luke Cage

Mariah and ShadesNeed something to listen to on the long car trip home? Want a distraction from talking to your racist uncle or having to hear about your cousin’s new get rich quick scheme? We’ve got a podcast for you!

 

Jacob and Matthew are pretty grateful for the newest season of Luke Cage, and on this episode we dive into why we liked the show and some of the questions it brought up. We talk about revenge, history, father-son and mother-daughter relationships, and whether Harlem needs a hero or a king.

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We recorded on the day of Stan Lee’s death, so we also take a moment to pay tribute to the man who gave us so many of the stories we love and love to talk about.

**** SPOILER WARNING ****

This episode contains a lot of spoilers for Luke Cage Season 2. Do NOT listen unless you’ve already seen it or are ok with learning major plot details.

One important note- Jacob and Matthew are aware that the last thing the world needs is two more white guys talking about race and Luke Cage. As such, we were intentional in focusing on other issues, and want to encourage all of our listeners to check out some of the great black voices writing and podcasting about that. Below are just a few options, but there is a lot of great stuff out there.

Blackness, Birthright, and the Battle for Harlem: Intra-Racial Conflict in Marvel’s Luke Cage Season Two by Nicosia Shakes, The Black Scholar

Luke Cage’ Season 2 Taps into Black Consciousness by Christina Santi, Ebony Magazine

Sweet Christmas in Summer: A ‘Luke Cage’ Season Two Endorsement by Shawn Taylor, Nerds of Color

Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? Let us know! We recently started a Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, which is the best way to join in the conversations. You can also find us on Twitter or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com

 

 

 

Ep 58: Red Son Zenith

Is Superman aRed Son product of nature or nurture? This episode looks at the Red Son story, which imagines an alternative future in which Kal-El landed in the USSR, and grew up to fight for Truth, Justice, and the Communist Way.

 

This episode also features special guest, Jess Dunks. Jess is a former USAF Korean Linguist and a professional level judge for Magic: the Gathering events. He’s also been a fan of superhero stories ever since he found a comic book store he could walk to when he was 12, and his favorite hero is Boo, the only Miniature Giant Space Hamster in the Realm.

https://superheroethics.podbean.com/mf/play/278s8e/Ep_58_-_Red_Son_Zenith.mp3

You can download the episode with a right click  and clicking “save link as” or subscribe by searching for Superhero Ethics on Itunes, Stitcher, or other podcast apps.

Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? Let us know! We recently started a Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, which is the best way to join in the conversations. You can also find us on Twitter or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com