We’re picking at a deep cut with a callback to our very first episode. Given the current geo-political climate, the themes of dystopian fiction seem to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue. With Jackson having recently finished A Handmaid’s Tale, (at least one of) your hosts had those same themes sitting fresh in the brain. Considering the depth of the topic, it was not difficult to continue where we left off and dig a little deeper into the worlds and words of Orwell, Huxley, and Atwood.
This week, to take your mind off the real world implications of this discussion, here are some things:
This week you should play Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
This week Jackson and Daniel release both their least and most timely podcast yet. Most timely in that we are posting it right after the season finale of American Gods, least timely in that we recorded it before either of us was able to see said season finale.
Regardless of the timing, this episode is focused on the television adaptation of a book that both of your hosts have found influential on the way they think about religion and spirituality in fiction. Written by Neil Gaiman and adapted by Brian Fuller, both artists that have handled this property have distinct styles, meaning that there is plenty to talk about when it comes to the way the novel and show have been handled.
There are, of course, also recommendations:
This week you should read Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
It walked into my browser, its eyes dark and legs that went on forever. It sauntered over to my audio streaming software and asked: “Can I talk to you about film noir?”
This week Jackson, Daniel, and special guest Shelby are all about hardboiled detectives, dames, gams, and guns. With Shelby’s expert assistance, your hosts take a look at what makes film noir tick and how it has gone on to influence a whole host of genres in the modern age – from Chinatown to True Detective.
It is upon this fine occasion that your liege-lords Jackson and Daniel have decreed that they shall discuss the finer points of chivalric value. The journey of the knightly archetype from Arthurian legend to the Paladins of D&D shall be charted, so that you too may walk the path of the righteous.
And lo, your hosts shall also guide you into temptation:
Today we are following up on our last episode with something a little experimental. When Jackson and Daniel decided to do an entire episode of bullshit in order to discuss Iron Fist they did not know what to expect. It turns out, they had a lot of fun improvising a universe in which Daniel could actually praise a Marvel property.
This week, they turn again to improvising a universe. However, instead of tongue-in-cheek sass, they are trying their best to go for sincere lore-weaving. After discussing gods last time, this week they create their own. Starting with the birth of a universe, listen to your hosts lay down the creation myth and conceptualize the eight gods at the heart of a cosmos.
Please let us know what you think of this episode. We are really enjoying experimenting with our format and would love to keep mixing things up. Obviously, we will be revisiting our infant universe as we leave things on a bit of a cliff-hanger this time. But the next few episodes will likely be a return to the format that you have spent three years getting accustomed to.
Until then, some recommendations:
This week you should listen to the Myths and Legends Podcast
This week you should watch The Lost Skeleton of Kedavra
Jackson and Daniel are back with another episode of Player’s Guide. This week they are talking about gods in fiction – especially fantasy. There are not many features of the genre that blur the line between whole-cloth creation and adapted myth to the same degree as deities. And with religion and faith being alive and well in the real world, playing with the idea of gods is a great way to create vivid and incisive commentary.
In addition to diving into this rather meaty (so much meat that there will be a second part) topic, your hosts also bust out the recommendations:
This week you should read The Inheritance Trilogy by NK Jemisin
This week you should play Nier: Automata and the other games created and influenced by Yoko Taro
Player’s Guide is back again to brighten the week ahead. On this episode, Jackson and Daniel are discussing streaming. The ability to get your media – whether it be movies, television, or music – whenever you want it has fundamentally changed the way that we consume.
There few things that have impacted both creators and fans as heavily as access to streaming services and streaming websites have. Your hosts take a look at how they have experienced some of those changes and what a future dictated by Netflix, YouTube, and Twitch might look like.