Cap n Kap (2)What can Captain America teach us about Colin Kapernick, and vice versa? Are heroes just on the screen, or can we have real life heroes? Do heroes need to be perfect, or can we see someone as heroic in spite of their flaws? And what happens when our heroes fall from grace?



We had some technical difficulties this week. Could it be the NSA doesn’t want you to hear our ideas? More likely I just screwed up a few things, but either way, next week will be better!

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A New Journey- Star Wars, and Alternatives to the Hero’s Journey


Rey Becky FinalAuthor and Star Wars Geek Extraordinaire, Becky Allen, talks with us about the trope of the hero’s journey. How does it help story telling, and how does it hurt? Why is it so important that Rey get’s to go on that journey?

Becky Allen is the author of Bound by Blood and Sand and the forthcoming 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.



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The Chosen Podcast! With Rebecca Rose Vassey


This week, Rebecca Rose Vassey is our guest for a discussion of the Chosen One trope in superhero media. Does a hero need to be chosen? Who gets to choose and who gets to accept or reject being chosen? What are other ways of identifying a hero?  Rebecca, aka Diva Darling, is a burlesque performer, writer, shenanigator, and pop culture geek, who joins Matthew for a discussion that dives into Buffy, Dr. Strange, Hunger Games and the Lego Movie.

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As Diva Darling, Rebecca Rose Vassy is a variety performer with an emphasis on nerdlesque. As a writer and blogger, she’s best known for pottymouth rants and absurdist humor. As a lifelong nerd and geek, she loves subverting tropes and overthinking pop culture. Join her shenanigans at divamojo.com, on Facebook as Diva Darling, or on Twitter at Diva_Mojo.

What do you think of the Chosen One idea? Is it a trope you love or hate? Do you have favorite or least favorite examples to talk about? Agree or disagree with something we said? Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook!



Buffy & the Apocalypse


This week, Matthew talks with special guest Dr. Katy Valentine about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the idea of apocalypse in the stories we love.  We talk about the show and some of the questions it raises, especially in the character of Anya, before diving deep into the idea of the apocalypse as a plot device. Katy gives us some background on the term and its origins, and we talk about the questions raised by a potential end of the world.  How much can we bend our principals or values to stop the end of the world? We focus on Buffy, but also talk about stories where similar questions are raised, including both Avengers movies.


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Katy is a New Testament scholar and a pastor with with a love for exploring how ideas with biblical roots, such as apocalpyse, are played out in pop culture. Her book, Sex, Slavery and Self-Control in 1 Corinthians, will be published soon by GlossaHouse. Katy is also the founder of Agápe Harp, bringing healing to others through harp music.