Canadiana: Merlobsters

Hello everyone,

We are back with another episode. This week we take a look at some of the media that has been churned out of Canada’s entertainment industry over the years. We try our best to cover everything from TV to movies to music, but still only end up scratching the surface.

Returning guest Shelby joins us on our journey as we discuss our country’s obsession with the survival narrative, reminisce over vintage YTV, and expound on the virtues of Canadian hip-hop.

While Canada is definitely in focus this episode, you should also check out these recommends:

This week you should play The World Ends With You

This week you should read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

This week you should listen to the podcast Happier by Gretchen Rueben 

Time Travel: The Groundhog Day Conceit

Welcome everyone to the very first episode of the Player’s Guide Podcast!

Today, your hosts Daniel and Jackson discuss Time Travel and its use in video games, television, and movies. From save scumming to the terrible ending of Interstellar, time is a fast and loose concept in most speculative fiction and we decided to take a look at how it can be used well and how it can be fumbled.

The episode also contains Daniel’s rant about Pym Particles and an in-a-minute synopsis of Lovecraft’s “Shadow Out of Time”.

This will likely be the format of the podcast going forward: your two hosts picking apart the things you love and telling you why they are great/bad. Also, tangents – many, many tangents.

Also, we will include a recommendation section in which you can find what Daniel and Jackson are enjoying themselves:

This week you should listen to the podcast Fictional

This week you should play Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

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Urban Legends: Respectful of All Hallows

Happy Halloween!

This year, for this most spooky of occasions, Daniel and Jackson are talking about Urban Legends. A discussion which branches off into the related fields of cryptids and conspiracy theories.

They also knock off some recommendations for you:

This week you should watch Mindhunter

This week you should play Doki Doki Literature Club

BoJack Horseman: Jessica Biel, Secret Monster

Player’s Guide is back!

This week Jackson and Daniel are talking about animal puns and crippling depression; that’s right, it is once again time to discuss the best show on TV: Bojack Horseman.

With season 4 being released on Netflix and breaking new ground for the show’s characters, your hosts figured it would be an excellent time to discuss their favourite talking horse.

In addition to our usual warning vis-a-vis spoilers, be aware that this episode gets a little heavy regarding the topic of mental illness.

As for our recommendations:

This week you should read Agents of the Realm (which you can find here)

This week you should watch Cool Hand Luke… and Wages of Fear… and The Birdcage… We went on a bit of a movie tear 

Crossovers: A Workhorse Actor

Hey guys,

This week Jackson and Daniel are talking crossovers! Inspired by the release of Mario/Rabbids and the announcement of Final Fantasy 15/Assassin’s Creed, your hosts dive into the merits and risks of mashing up two unique intellectual properties.

Ranging from Marvel’s recent superhero potpourris to the golden age of network TV cross-pollination, Jackson and Daniel cover some of the best and worst examples of the crossover trope over the years.

As for recommendations:

This week you should read The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin 

This week you should play Destiny 2

Horror Movies: “At least my bread”

Hey everyone!

Sorry for the delay in getting this out to you guys, some travelling and working the gruelling ordeal of Le Burger Week got in the way. But, no fear! We are here to feed your gnawing hunger for more Player’s Guide.

This week Jackson has finally subdued, restrained, and…. I mean; has finally convinced Daniel to let him talk about horror movies. Your hosts get into some of their favourites, and what works for them when it comes to horror.

This may seem like an odd topic to be covering now, at the beginning of September, with the most spooky of months just around the corner, but worry not – your hosts have something excellent cooking for Halloween.

They also have some recommendations:

This week you should play Avalon/The Resistance 

This week you should watch Little Witch Academia Season 2 aka anime Harry Potter

Coming-of-Age: Whiny and Awful

Welcome back everyone,

This week, Jackson and Daniel are reliving the awkward pain of adolescence as they discuss fictional puberty and the “coming-of-age” story. If you have ever wondered how uncomfortable it would be to hear your hosts say the word “puberty” for an hour – here is your chance to find out.

But, considering the popularity of the “coming-of-age” tale, there is also a lot of good discussion to be had. Your hosts dive into stories like Harry Potter, Clone High, and the classic Teen Titans of the early 00s.

There are also recommendations, as always:

This week you should read Company Town by Madeline Ashby

This week you should play Crash Bandicoot: Insane Trilogy

Bonus recommend:

Here is that article that Daniel mentioned

Dystopia 2: A Topical Topic

Hey everyone,

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 you should watch GLOW on Netflix

American Gods: Parallel Roadtrips

Hey guys,

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

This week you should watch Recreators

Film Noir: A Guest of Convenience

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.

For recommendations we’ve got:

This week you should watch American Gods

This week you should listen to Edict FIS-0

This week you should play Magikarp Jump