Defenders

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

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Ep 53: Jessica Jones, S2

Trish & JessicaJacob and Matthew explore the second season of Jessica Jones on a number of levels, looking at the decisions of both the characters and the writers. How should the law treat someone like Alissa? What responsibility does Jessica hold for her mother’s actions? How do we view Trish’s actions, and the writers decisions to put such conflict between her and Jessica?

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Hero in a Wheelchair- The Defenders Spoke for me as a disabled person

Matt Chair 210 minutes into Defenders ep 1, and Matt just became the disabled superhero I’ve been waiting for.

-very mild spoilers ahead-

This is Matthew, founder and host of this site. If you’ve been listening or reading for a while, you know that representation in superheroes is an issue I care about deeply.  Yet, as a disabled person, I rarely see myself on screen in superhero stories.  Instead I’ve been frustrated as we get character after character who has a disability, but also has some superpower or tech or other way of making their disability irrelevant.  Daredevil can ‘see’ through his other senses better than most sighted characters, Felicity has tech that makes her as mobile as anyone else on Arrow- heck even Yoda turns out to be a total badass when he throws away his cane and starts fighting.

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Iron Ethics

Iron ColleenWhat ethical issues did Netflix’s version of Iron Fist raise, and what did they sidestep? Paul and Matthew share their views on the show, on the questions it raised and the ones they wish it had explored further. They also ask, who do we point the finger at when a part of an extended universe goes off the rails?

 

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A Strange Discussion

doctor-strange-city-bending-179855Paul is back and joins Matthew for a discussion of the new Dr. Strange movie. They dive deep on questions of identity, the emergence of magic in the MCU, the nature of hubris, the lack of strong asian characters, and the power of nonviolent confrontation.

 

 

 

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