Jen and Rachel enjoy some nostalgia while discussing something from the early days of their friendship: the NBC mini-series The 10th Kingdom. As they struggle to stay on their topic of world-building, they also diverge into discussions of awesome female villains, the problem with media portrayals of mental illness, and Rachel’s inability to understand how mirrors work.
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!
Jen and Rachel sit down for a very fall-themed episode to talk about the Cartoon Network miniseries, Over the Garden Wall. Topics of discussion include subverted expectations, themes of identity, and wild gorilla attacks.
Jen and Rachel talk about the novel 14 by Peter Clines, and note how refreshing it is to take a step outside their comfort zone with a new genre. Topics mentioned include the existentialism of cosmic horror, the impact a good audio book narrator can have on a story, and how annoying it (usually) is when characters unexpectedly bone in media.
The first half is spoiler free, but the second half is spoiler-filled!
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.
They’re back with a new name, and some mild technical difficulties with the intro and outro audio!
Jen and Rachel discuss the supernatural romance novel Fire in His Blood, which happens to be written by one of Rachel’s favorite authors, Ruby Dixon! Topics include the role of women in post-apocalyptic media, new interpretations of old tropes, and the reproductive anatomy of dragons.
Please note, this episode is NSFW, due to aforementioned dragon genitalia. And as always, caution: there be spoilers.
Harlequin has a reputation for being melodramatic and instilling women with unrealistic expectations about relationships. However you might feel about this romance novel publishing company, you can’t say that they don’t know how to laugh at themselves.
They’ve recently come out with two new online commercials for their subscription service entitled, “Make a Date With Harlequin.” They feature regular women going on dates with archetypal romance novel heroes, like Vikings and cowboys.
Rachel and Jen compare the heroes, the heroines, and the mummies from the 1932, 1999, and 2017 versions of The Mummy. Including discussions of villains with complex motives, inaccurate depictions of ancient Egypt, sexist portrayals of female characters, dumpster fires, and shitty interns.
Magic 2.0 is a series where I feel at home. It’s one of those things where you’re so familiar with a set of characters and a particular setting that it just makes you happy to immerse yourself in that world. In large part, this is because of the amazing work of Luke Daniels, who narrates the audio versions of the novels, but that’s a post for another day. Continue reading →