The 1995 anime Ghost in the Shell, directed by Mamoru Oshii, grappled with the moral questions of technology in a visually striking future. It spawned countless imitations and sequels, including this year’s live action remake directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Scarlett Johansson. Kyle Willoughby and Claire White are more interested in the original film and are taking the opportunity to talk about Transhumanism and cyberpunk! Claire covers the development of the Transhumanist movement and its current popularity in Silicon Valley. Kyle breaks down where the original film fits into the growth of the cyberpunk genre, and the creative process that may have led to the live action’s downfall. Our hosts conclude with their thoughts on the two films, as well as pressing questions, like: would you get a computer implanted in your brain?
Legion is the critically acclaimed new FX series about Marvel’s, David Haller, a powerful mutant suffering from mental illness. Kyle Willoughby and Claire White are happy to welcome Hypable.com’s, Karen Rought to discuss a superhero show unlike any before it. Kyle begins with Haller’s traumatic backstory, and then takes a closer look at the different portrayals of his “schizophrenia” as compared to its medical definition. Claire describes the creative momentum and approach of showrunner, Noah Hall, and how FOX TV and Marvel Entertainment made the whole thing work. Karen and our hosts conclude with their thoughts on the first season, and what this means for prestige superhero television.Show Notes
Logan is the tenth film in Fox’s X-Men franchise and the culmination of Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine for 17 years. Kyle Willoughby and Claire White are ready to talk about every child’s favorite mutant getting the rated R treatment. Claire considers what audiences of comics and movies alike find so compelling about the character and how that popularity has influenced his portrayal. Kyle explains what had to fall into place for Fox to make this kind of superhero movie, and where it fits into the current array of competing comic universes. Our hosts conclude with their thoughts on the film, the future of R-rated comic movies, and Hugh Jackman’s work over the years.
The Expanse is halfway through its second season on the SyFy channel, but Kyle Willoughby and Claire White can’t wait any longer to talk about it. Kyle takes a trip down the gravity well and gives some perspective on just how well the show handles the nitty gritty of space travel. Claire explains how this meticulously planned out solar system began as a video game pitch and eventually became a critically acclaimed series of novels. Our hosts conclude with their thoughts on the show, how it compares it to the books, and the excitement it inspires in the scientific community.(See show notes)
Here’s a teaser for next week’s episode, and a reminder that DSRA will now be releasing every other week.
Netflix’s The OA is a special kind of science fiction. Creators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij explore the boundary between life and death within a world of damaged people. Kyle Willoughby and Claire White delve into the show’s provocative source material and the longstanding collaboration of the creators. Claire discusses humanity’s ongoing fascination with Near Death Experiences from the time of the Ancient Greeks to modern day. Kyle describes the development of Batmanglij and Marling’s careers and how they went about creating and pitching a show that revolves around NDEs. Our hosts conclude with their thoughts on the series’ direction, its performances, and what they hope(d) to see more of.(See show notes)