Violence

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

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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 50: Don’t Make me Turn this Podcast Around

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Here it is, our 50th episode! All three hosts, Paul, Jacob, and Matthew, come together to re-examine some of our favorite questions and discussions from past episodes. We talk about the Joker, different ways of understanding violence, when heroes can or should kill, humorous vs. serious portrayals of heroes, and plan for the eventual ascension of our robot overlords.

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Also of note- we were a bit punchy for this episode. It led to a great, and funny, discussion, but also a few slips of the tongue- including Matthew’s references at various points to “Chris Kapernick” and “Stuporman.” Please forgive those errors.

Here are the podcast episodes we referenced:

Ep 3: Suicidal Villains: Suicide Squad and the Nature of Bad Guys.

Ep 4: Vengeance!  Exploring Desperado

Ep 10: Killing President Luthor

Ep 19: Why so Serious? The Joker

Ep 24: Logan on Logan

Ep 33: Ethics of our Robot Overlords

Ep 39: Thor and the Value of Fluff

Ep 43: The Punisher

PunisherWhat makes Netflix’s The Punisher so good, and so troubling, at the same time? Can you tell a story about the evils of guns and violence, while glorifying gun violence? And can anyone explain the concept of collateral damage to Karen? Special guest Jessica Plummer joins Jacob and Matthew as we dive into these questions and more.

Jessica is a writer, podcaster, and superhero obsessive. She’s written about the Punisher here and here. You can find her on Twitter, or follow her Superman movie podcast, Flights and Tights.

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Ep 37: Avatar: The Last Podbender

avatar-charactersAll three of our hosts, Matthew, Jacob, and Paul, come together to talk about Avatar: The Last Airbender. We take a deep dive into a number of characters, including Aang, Toph, and Uncle Iroh, examine the way the show  portrayed martial arts and alternatives to violence, and talk about why this show is beloved by so many.

 

 

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The Ethics of Arrows, with JP Fairfield

JP and ArrowMy guest this week is JP Fairfield, of the Nerdgasm Noire Network and Operation Cubicle podcasts.  Together we explore the latest season of Arrow, the costs of being a hero, and why long suffering Quentin Lance deserves a break!

 

 

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Logan on Logan

LoganShould heroes be clean cut and re-assuring, like Cap’, or messy and troubling, like Wolverine?  Returning guest Logan joins Matthew for a discussion of the movie Logan. They talk about the movie’s portrayal of violence, the power of pride in overcoming stigma, the death and renewal of hope, the danger of putting heroes on pedestals, and the lessons we can take from Logan to our own world, especially in this current political moment.

 

 

 

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Logan: The Realities of Superheros.

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I tend to get strange looks when I tell people I wish superhero movies were more realistic. I don’t mean I need the powers to be more realistic- striving for scientific plausibility in the chemical concoctions and alien tech that makes our heroes so powerful always seems like a fool’s errand.  The realism I long for is in the characters themselves. My favorite stories are about people with incredible powers dealing with the same emotions and realities of any of the rest of us, navigating how those superpowers do, and don’t, change the experiences of love, hate, fear, anger, violence and conflict that we all deal with.

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Be like Cap’ – The Ethics of Nazi Punching

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Captain America punched a lot of nazis – does that mean we should too? We are pretty pro nazi punching, but we want to explore the questions around it.  On this episode, we tie it into larger questions of vigilantism, a constant theme in superhero stories.

Is it always ok to punch a nazi? What is it about this current moment that makes it more or less ok than it might be?  We discuss these questions and more, using examples from Batman, V for Vendetta, Star Wars, 300 and the White Wolf RPGs and more. 

 

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What do you think? Is it ok to punch a Nazi? Is it wrong? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook!