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Ep 92 – Was Uncle Ben Wrong? Great Power & Great Responsibility, with Matthew Carroll and Jeff Randle

What did Ben Parker mean when he tells Peter the famous words about power and responsibility, and do we agree with him? Who decides who a hero is responsible to, and what for? Can believing in the responsibility that your power gives you lead you to become a villain?  Matt and Jeff of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Podcast join us to discuss these questions and more!

 

Important announcement: In partnership with the MCU Cast and all the great folks at the Stranded Panda Podcast Network, we are kicking off a review drive! Reviews are the best way to help this show grow- it moves us up the lists on Itunes and the other podcast services, gives more people a chance to find us, and join the conversation! We’ve got big goals, but we need your help!

If you write a 5 star review of Superhero Ethics) between now and Sunday June 7th, you’ll be entered into a raffle. At least one of the review writers for Superhero Ethics will win their choice of an MCUCast or Superhero Ethics T-shirt! Every review will also enter you into a drawing with review writers for other Standed Panda shows, with the winner getting a free copy of the Avengers video game, coming this fall. You only have to write a sentence or two, but make it a real one- simply writing “I want the shirt” sadly doesn’t help.

The easiest way to write a review is to search for this podcast on Itunes, but you can write a review on any podcast host that uses them. Just be sure to let us know by emailing superheroethics@gmail.com if you do something other than Itunes.

And remember, even if you don’t think we don’t deserve 5 stars,we’d still love a review, so we can learn more about what we are doing well and how we can improve.

 

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Ep 91, Catra, She-Ra, and the Ethics of Love & Redemption

She-Ra-Princesses-of-power-trailer-S5Jess Plummer and Becky Allen join us to discuss She-Ra! What makes Catra such a compelling character? How does this show blur the lines between hero and villain, friend and dating, and different shares of morality? What makes this show such a powerful example of representation, on so many levels? And just how hard do you have to work in this world to NOT get a redemption arc?

 

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. She also writes about comics and books in general at Book Riot. Find her on Twitter @jess_plummer.

Becky Allen is the author of Bound by Blood and Sand and the sequel, Freed by Flame and Storm. She grew up outside Ithaca, New York, and graduated from Brandeis University with a major in American studies and a minor in journalism. She is the product manager for TheBody.com, an online HIV resource, and loves New York, brunch, and feminism. She is also the co host of the Rachel & Becky Judge Things Podcast.

Here is the great article about Catra referenced during the episode. 

 

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Ep 90 – Ethical Villains

Heroes can be boring- let’s talk villains!  Rik Hayashi joins us to talk about the villains who have a point, the ones we can sympathize with, or even sometimes agree with. What makes someone a villain? What are the lines between a villain and a hero who is willing to do anything for the cause? We talk Sinestro, Killmonger, and what happens when Ben Sisko goes for a walk in the Pale Moon Light. 

Riki Hayakshi is also a co-host on the Star Wars Universe Podcast, during our Clone Wars episodes. 

 

 

 

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Ep 88- Picardian Ethics

Who has agency in Picard? Is Seven finally getting to define her own life, on her terms? Did the Romulans have a point, and why did Picard give up on the rescue and on the Federation?

This week, Matthew is joined by two of his podcasting inspirations, Matthew Carroll and David C Roberson to discuss season 1 of Star Trek Picard.

David C. Roberson is a life-long tv/film/book geek who likes to podcast and pursue various artistic endeavors. He’s the co-host of DC on SCREEN, dconscreen.com, Star Trek Universe Podcast, startrekucast.com, and Breaking Bond, breakingbondcast.com. You can follow his artwork on instagram @drawingwithdave, his photography @dcrphotographer, and his video work at maladjusted.tv. He tweets @davidcroberson
Matthew Carroll is a podcaster and musician, whose Marvel Cinematic Universe Podcast helped launch a wide range of genre media casts, all of which are part of the Stranded Panda Podcast Network. His other podcasts include the Star Trek Universe Podcast, the Orville Universe Podcast, Bingers Assemble, and Who Watched the Watchmen, all of which can be found on Itunes, Stitcher, or wherever you find podcasts. All of his podcasts and music can be found at Strandedpanda.Com

We talked about the gun-control episode of Arrow as an example of the wrong way to deal with difficult issues- here is the essay I mentioned that I wrote about it- https://superheroethics.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/the-arrow-that-missed-the-gun-control-episode-that-said-nothing/

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You can post questions, or respond to our episode threads in our Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, or talk to us on the podcast’s Twitter account, or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com.
Support this podcast through our Patreon 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

This podcast is proud to be a member of the Stranded Panda Podcast Network. Check it out to find a number of other great geek properties, including others co-hosted by Matthew.

With Matthew
The Orville Universe Podcast
Superhero Ethics Podcast
Bingers Assemble – Where Matthew is currently doing a 3 times a week watch of Altered Carbon

And some of the other great Stranded Panda podcasts include:

Marvel Cinematic Universe Podcast
DC on Screen
Star Trek Universe Podcast
Who Watched the Watchmen

Lastly, you probably heard some great music at the start and the end of our podcast. That music comes from the deeply talented Jack Hesse.. You can follow him on Twitter at Jack_608, https://twitter.com/jack_608

Ep 87 – The Ethics of AI

 

This week, we’re joined by returning guest Rob McKenzie, and first time guest Dan McCreary to talk about the ethics of Artificial Intelligence. What is AI, and what do we mean by concepts like sentience? Why does so much sci-fi assume AI will be our enemy? And what is the moral value of robotic life?

Rob McKenzie is a science fiction and fantasy reader and Magic the Gathering judge from Minnesota. He is passionate about interesting books, running great gaming events, and helping other people have fun with their passions.

Dan McCreary has working with AI in professional and hobby settings for many years. He is one of the co-founders of the AI Racing League, MN, which brings Artificial Intelligence education to underserved and underprivileged schools by teaching kids how to build and race model cars controlled by AI.

The movie mentioned by Dan was, Colossus, the Forbin project – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064177/

Matthew’s podcasting on Altered Carbon can be found here – https://www.spreaker.com/show/bingers-assemble
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Ep 86 – The Ethics of Q

Steve Peterman is back to discuss Q, from Star Trek. Does Q fit the mold of a Trickster God? Do the Q have, or need a prime directive? And what happens when immortal, all powerful, beings, get bored?

 

You can find a full list of Star Trek episodes with Q in them here- https://www.imdb.com/list/ls047709394/

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EP 85 – Birds of Prey with Jess Plummer

Jessica Plummer is back to talk Birds of Prey! What happens when Margot Robbie gets to make a Harley movie HER way? Can you be a villain who only punches up? And Is this the cinematic equivalent of a compliment in the bathroom from a drunk girl?

 

 

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. In this episode she references her recent article on BookRiot, Birds of Prey, Trauma, and the Female Gaze. https://bookriot.com/2020/02/21/birds-of-prey-movie-2/

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EP 84: Jacob’s Last Waltz & Persona 5

 

Image result for persona 5Today’s episode is bittersweet as it marks Jacob’s last as co-host. To give him a proper send off, we’re diving into a topic he’s been eager to talk about- using mind control to make people stop doing bad things, in particular in the video game, Persona 5.  Is altering, or even completely changing, someone’s brain, a morally appropriate way to stop people from hurting others? If so, what acts justify it, and who decides? What does mind reprogramming look like as punishment in Babylon 5 and for Prof. X?

Jacob is stepping down as co-host, but he will remain a supporter and occasional guest of the show. He’s had a great run and brought so much to podcast that I’ll forever be grateful for.  Please join me in paying tribute to Jacob by sharing a favorite memory of his time, or just thanking him for being a part of this.

More info on the episode of Babylon 5 we discussed can be found here.

 

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Also, we have some big news to announce-

First, we are adding ads to the podcasts. This is part of a larger program we’ve been invited to by our podcast host, that will help us significantly increase listener-ship, and bring more people into our conversations, as well as make it a lot easier for me, Matthew, to keep bringing you all this content. Going forward, while we record we will designate an ‘ad break’ in our dialogue. Adding commercials to some of the older episodes will sometimes make for wonky breaks, as in this one, but we’re doing our best to find appropriate times to ad them.

Second, we’re moving the podcast over to a new account! This is part of the new program, and will make things easier in the long run, but it means some of the links on old Facebook pages need to be updated. I’m going to be going through and changing those but for the moment, if you want to find a specific episode, just go directly to that podcast’s page.

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EP 83- Who Watches the Watchers who Watch the Watchmen

Image result for the watchmenWho are heroes accountable to, is a question we frequently explore on this show. In this episode, we dive into the movie and comic book* versions of The Watchmen and its interesting take on the question of accountability.  What happens when so called heroes shrug and watch as their friends do terrible things? Would the threat of alien invasion bring peace to our planet? And is anyone in this story remotely heroic?

*Jacob had not seen the TV show, so we stuck to the movie. We will be exploring ethical questions from the TV show in a future episode. 

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

Want to continue the discussion with us? Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? We’ve got options for you!

You can post questions, or respond to our episode threads in our Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, or talk to us on the podcast’s Twitter account, or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com. Each of your co-hosts also has their own twitter, 

Support this podcast through our Patreon 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

This podcast is proud to be a member of the Stranded Panda Podcast Network. Check it out to find a number of other great geek properties, including others co-hosted by Matthew, and one specifically on the TV show, The Watchmen!

With Matthew

And some of the other great Stranded Panda podcasts include:

Lastly, you probably heard some great music at the start and the end of our podcast. That music comes from the deeply talented Jack Hesse.. You can follow him on Twitter at Jack_608, https://twitter.com/jack_608