Heroes

Ep 93 – Stan Lee’s Soapbox

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Stan Lee was a great story teller, but he never hid his strong convictions, or his desire to use the stories he told to give people a new way to think about the issues of his time. Nor did the writers of Black Panther, Avatar the Last Airbender, Star Wars, or so many of the shows we love.

Matt and Jeff are back, and we had a great episode on the ethics of Star Wars planned- but with all that has been happening in our world in the last week in terms of the killing of George Floyd, and all that has happened since, we just felt like it was important for us to address that.

So today we’re talking about what it means to be a fan, and a content creator, in difficult times, and how the stories we are such fans of help shape our understandings of violence and authority and racism and cops and everything else. 

#Blacklivesmatter

Article on Black Panther and allyship that Matthew Westfox mentioned

 

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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 76: Problematic Favorites

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What should you do when your favorite author turns out to be a transphobe? When your childhood favorite movie has a cringe-worthy romance? When the star of the movie you where really excited for gets called out for being awful?

 

How do we separate the art from the artist, and should we? How do we draw the lines of what we can or cannot accept, and how we will spend our money and our attention? In this episode, Jacob and Matthew dive into this complicated set of issues. Instead of offering answers, they discuss how they each approach these questions, and what it means to try and be an ethical consumer of media. 

Also, stick around to the very end to hear a song about skype connection problems!

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

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

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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 72: Who Teaches Ethics at Hogwarts?

Hogwarts CrestJacob and Matthew put on their house robes, pick up their quills and talk Potter! We’re talking Wizard-Muggle relations, the house system and whether Slytherins are all evil, and if Hermonie’s quest to save the House Elves is noble, colonialist, or a mix of both!

To make this episode accessible to Potter fans of all ages, we made a point to keep our language PG this time. 

 

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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 55: Violence

fighting kidsDoes a Superhero movie need a good fight scene? Jacob and Matthew look at the role of physical violence in the stories we love, asking questions of both the characters and the writers. Can you tell a hero story without violence? And why do so many heroes see fighting as flirtation?

 

 

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This is the voter registration website we mentioned during the PSA at the end.

How the Ant-Man Movies Subvert the Toxic Step-Father Trope

scott(contains minor spoilers for Ant-Man and Ant-Man & the Wasp.)

There are so many reasons the Ant-Man movies have become some of my favorites in the MCU. The humor, the nuanced and interesting characters, the small stakes, Scott Lang being a hero BEFORE he got powers, the introduction of a multi-generational female superhero lineage in The Wasp. But one of my favorite aspects, which they introduce in the first movie, and then quietly re-affim in the second, is how thoroughly they reject the traditional trope of the step-father/rival dad, as the villain who keeps our hero from being with his love.

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Ep 48: Who Watches Superman

Justice_League_Kingdom_Come_001Should the heroes who enforce justice, also decide what is or isn’t just? Where are the lines between heroism, vigilantism, or just using your powers to do what you want? And does great power actually come with great responsibility, or is that too much to ask of people just because they have powers?

In this episode, Jacob and Matthew use Kingdom Come, a fantastic 1996 run of Superman comic books, as a jumping off point to dive into these questions and more. This episode explores questions around justice, power, religion, law enforcement, and accountability, in the superhero world and our own. And while the books are amazing, (and find-able online!) you don’t have to have read them to appreciate this conversation.

 

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Ep 38: Does the Gatewatch Need a Prime Directive?

From the Justice League to the Avengers, we know that heroes often work best in teams. And sometimes the obnoxious brilliant guy does have the best idea. But both of those things can go very wrong.  Join us as we dive into questions from the Magic the Gathering storyline, tying them into larger questions that are pervasive in geek literature and culture.

 

Jacob and I are joined by Lee Henderson. Lee is a Level 2 judge in the Magic the Gathering world, an avid gamer, and all around nerd.

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And remember. #JaceReynolds or#NeverJaceReynolds? Trust us, you’ll understand.