Episode 8 – Constant What-the-F*ckery: A Discussion of Over the Garden Wall

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.

As always, spoilers ahead.

Episode 7 – They’re All Dead, Jen: From Gothic Novels to Crimson Peak

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Episode 6 – To the Naughty Zone: A Discussion About 14 by Peter Clines

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!

Episode 5 – Dark, Sad, Lonely: A Comparison of The Lego Batman Movie and Holy Musical B@man

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.

Episode 4 – We Still Gotta Talk About His P*nis: A Discussion About “Fire in His Blood” by Ruby Dixon

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.

Read our Rant: Make a Date With Harlequin

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.

 And they’re hilarious.

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Episode 3 – Three Mummies Walk Into a Bar: A Cross-Analysis of all Three Universal Mummy Movies

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.

Includes spoilers for all three movies.

Making the Filler Episode Work: “Magic 2.0”

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

Episode 2 – Regular Old Finger Sucking: A Conversation About “Harlots”

Jen and Rachel talk about the first season of the Hulu original series, Harlots. Topics include (but are not limited to) the role of women in history, the fight for power, regaining agency, and eating pomegranate seeds.

First half is spoiler free, second half is spoiler filled.

The Critical Role of not Spoiling Your Friends

This blog post does not contain spoilers of any kind.

This week’s blog post was originally going to be a follow-up to my Riverdale post.

However, another show I watch has plagued my thoughts and emotions for this past week.

If you watch Geek and Sundry’s D&D web series, Critical Role, you know that show is so much more than what it says on the tin. Also, if you are up to date, you probably know why I haven’t been able to shake out of this vague emotional stupor. Continue reading