Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the eighth Star Wars film and every new film from a galaxy far, far away, is a landmark event in nerd culture. Guest, Nicole Davis from Geek Cinema Society joins Claire and Kyle as they draw historical parallels to the events of Star Wars and discuss Disney’s growing empire of acquired intellectual property. Claire focuses in on the incredible life of spy and French Resistance fighter, Nancy Wake and her struggle against real life stormtroopers in World War II. Kyle takes us through Disney’s acquisition of Lucas Arts and the influences and process of director Gareth Edwards. Nicole and our hosts conclude with their thoughts (and feelings) on the film and the franchise.
Westworld is HBO’s most successful series premiere and a chance for Kyle Willoughby and Claire White to delve into science fiction’s greatest concern…SEXY ROBOTS. That said, this show raises big questions in its story and in its production. Kyle considers what it is to be “human” and questions the existence of free will. Claire follows up with how the premium television landscape has changed and explains why so much is riding on Westworld’s shoulders. Our hosts conclude with their thoughts on the show’s narratives…See what we did there?(See show notes)
Harry Potter fans rejoice! With the film release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the success of the (unrelated) Off-Broadway play, Puffs, Kyle Willoughby and Claire White are ready to talk about magical creatures and the dangers of a wizarding education. Special guest, Matt Cox, playwright of Puffs: Or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic, joins them. Kyle goes in-depth on some of the many mythical connections weaved into J.K. Rowling’s creatures and Claire describes the process that brought back England’s most successful film franchise. Matt discusses his long appreciation of the Harry Potter books and the writing of his (unrelated) play. They conclude with their thoughts on Fantastic Beasts.(See show notes)
Kyle Willoughby and Claire White are taking this weekend off to eat turkey and spend time with loved ones. In that order. Here’s a teaser for next week’s episode and our special guest!
Fresh off the videogame Overwatch’s nomination for “Game of the Year”, Kyle Willoughby and Claire White discuss the game that is literally keeping Kyle up at night. Claire explains the long road to online multiplayer games and why it took so long for such an obvious idea to find support. Kyle looks into the making of Blizzard’s first new intellectual property in 17 years and how its success was born from one of the company’s biggest failures. Our hosts finish up with their thoughts on this remarkable hero shooter.(See show notes)
With the release of Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction feature film, Arrival, Kyle Willoughby and Claire White take the opportunity to dive back into The Big Book of Science Fiction. Kyle talks about the first alien ‘encounter’, when the Conquistadors met the Aztecs, and how the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis is key to understanding the film. Claire traces the film’s trajectory from a short story written by Ted Chiang, to a screenplay no production company would touch, to the record setting price Paramount paid for it’s distribution rights. The hosts close with their thoughts on the short story, the film, and why it’s exciting that it got made.(See show notes)