With the release of the Ready Player One movie quickly approaching, Rachel and Jen take a look at media involving video games. They discuss common themes surrounding gaming culture, mmorpgs/virtual reality as a setting, and the “you die in the game, you die for real” trope.
This is our last episode before we go on a two month hiatus! We’ll be back on May 21st!
Unwind from Valentine’s Day with Rachel and Jen as they discuss fictional pairings they find unromantic, and why they feel that way. In doing so, they jump to and from topics including underdeveloped relationships, unlikable heroes, realizing a pairing is toxic, and identical vampire jaws.
In what is definitely their most self-indulgent episode yet, Rachel and Jen use their podcast as an excuse to talk about Dungeons & Dragons for an hour. While discussing the first arc (episodes 1-16) of the Geek and Sundry web series Critical Role, they wander into discussions about D&D as a storytelling tool, the impact of environment on narrative, putting a character on a bus, and the flexibility of communal storytelling.
Jen reveals herself to be a completionist and makes the argument for watching from the very beginning. Rachel disagrees.
Also, Jen is super extra in this episode… I am so sorry.
Jen and Rachel compare and contrast the 1912 novel Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster with its 2015 Off-Broadway musical adaptation by the same name. In their discussion, they touch upon the epistolary format, how a character’s portrayal influences readers’ interpretations, Broadway accessibility, and whether Jen’s fave is problematic or not.
Spoilers ahead for the book, but not quite as many for the musical. Confused as to how that’s possible? Guess you’ll have to listen to find out!
Rachel and Jen round out this holiday season with their last episode of the year. While sharing their love for this diamond in the rough, they delve into topics such as handsome Igor, “strong” female heroines, the patriarchy, toxic masculinity, and handsome dragons. Plus, a special surprise for Rachel at the end.
Caution: Here be spoilers… As always, a spoiler warning is included part-way through.
Jen and Rachel prepare for winter by reading an icy sci-fi alien romance novel that they both genuinely love. As they summarize the story, they focus on some of the things that make the book so great such as heroic heroines, respectful heroes, audiobook sex scenes, and of course… blue alien anatomy.
Extra nsfw warning for this episode because of previously mentioned alien anatomy.
Rachel and Jen venture once more into the world of romance, and discuss a book by Fabio, the pinnacle of all romance heroes. They get distracted by the purpose of fantasy elements, misogynist alpha-hole heroes, Jen’s love of gnomes, the decay of heroine characterization, lust over love, and the classic romance novel formula before circling back around to the most important topic of all… Fabio.
Rachel and Jen celebrate Halloween by comparing two horror movies: the classic Rosemary’s Baby and Blumhouse’s Annabelle. Topics discussed include the isolation of being a housewife, how cinematic framing affects tone, the dismissal of women in the 1960’s, and efficient ways to ruin your friends.
Beware of spooky spoilers. As always, a spoiler warning appears partway through for your convenience. Happy Halloween!
Rachel and Jen talk about the similarities between The Lego Batman Movie and Holy Musical B@man. Topics include the best logical way to parody a character, how fans’ opinions can affect media, low-hanging fruit… and trying their best not to just sing the entire time.