Ellen Ripley: feminist icon. Ridley Scott: not so much. Today’s episode covers the first four films of the Alien franchise–yes, even Resurrection, though none of us remembers it well. We’re going deep into the salt mines for our take on the formative series, including why we love xenomorphs and robots with Oedipal complexes. We also cover why we’re not so hot on male writers clinging to hard-edged 90s nostalgia and so-called “Strong Female Characters.” Nothing’s perfect, we guess.

On today’s episode Courtney of Knights of Rant/Who Talks First? and Kirsty of Scavenger’s Hoard join us to discuss the Star Wars trope of “star-crossed lovers.” We explore our personal interest in the enemies-to-lovers pairings, the undeniable attraction between the dark and the light side (in both Legends and Canon), and talk shop about the fan reactions to these pairings. Also Reylo. LOTS of Reylo.

They’re catty, they’re snobby, they’ll ruin your high school experience. So why do we love them so much? In today’s episode we cover the Holy Trinity of “teen drama queen” films: Clueless, Mean Girls, and Heathers. Be prepared for a very long tangent about the socialization of young women as each other’s enemies. We also dip into the inevitabilities of being bullied as a teenager.

In today’s VERY special episode (recorded pre-Last Jedi) we are joined by Rachael and Kirsty of Scavenger’s Hoard to stan over our undying love of fanfic. We discuss the ins and outs of the medium, its history from 1960s-onwards, our personal experiences with it and the importance of women in defining the genre. We also discuss how it differs from meta and why both formats need to be appreciated.

Today we’re going to be covering a subject that’s very near and dear to our hearts: “domestic” fantasy and the Sorcerer Husband trope. We discuss two novels with this classic twist: Uprooted by Naomi Novik and Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (including the anime adaptation).

In these stories a plain-but-hard-working young woman is swept away by a handsome but helpless sorcerer. Together they break a witch’s curse and find love/domestic bliss. We also get into a VERY long tangent about fanfiction, and a brief soundbite on what we’re hoping to see in The Last Jedi.

The harpies are in full form with a rant session on Death Note–from its Japanese manga origins to an expletive-filled takedown of the worst aspects of the American “adaptation.” Our apologies in advance for poor audio quality due to a production error–Bones decided to help out and the results left much to be desired.