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In the second half of our Cyberpunk meltdown, guest Cait (commandercait) and the crew go hardcore on the Matrix sequels Reloaded and Revolutions, and how the story ended up drowning in dated tropes and lowered stakes. Cait talks about conquering The Matrix Online, we have our trench coat trash genre recs, and everyone discusses how the Twins are acceptable sandwich material.

In this robot edgelord dystopia, those with the most cool-looking indoor sunglasses wins. For Part I on our exploration into the Matrix franchise, we’re joined by Cait (@commandercait) as we explore the original film written and directed by Lilly and Lana Wachowski. Also featured: commentary on the supplemental series The Animatrix,  wank on late 90’s/early 00’s cybergoth fashion, themes of identity both on and offline, and an extended bit on falconry.

Over-the-top badass motherfucker Richard D. Riddick didn’t deserve his character’s eventual destruction through toxic masculinity, but we still love this bald, monster-fighting criminal. On today’s episode we chat with “real life” guest Libby on why the first two movies of the franchise worked, and why the third should be immolated on Crematoria. Also, we all get thirsty over Vaako. Can you blame us? 

Tree-stars unite a myriad of long-dead animals in our beloved Land Before Time series, AKA the best dinosaur drama ever. Welcome to the era of Pizza Hut commercials, Don Bluth’s brave stand against 90s direct-to-video marketing, and the dead age of Disney animation. We’ll be defending Cera’s fight against Republican ideology and the truly fucked up nature of gated communities, along with the insidious politics of neoliberal creep and the injustice of economic scarcity. 

The tale as old as time but timeless to us all. With special guest Chelsea (@corseque), we embark on a deep analysis into Beauty and the Beast, following it from its origins in Greek myth and 18th French Salons to its modern day film and literary adaptations. Prepare for lots of love for the monster husband trope and how these stories are subversive female power fantasies. Also, too many mentions of horns, scales, and fur to count.

Who’s the biggest, baddest kaiju of them all? This week we dip our toes into the massive Godzilla franchise and collectively develop a crush on the skyscraper-sized metaphor for nuclear disaster. Highlights include our love for the original film, a salt fest for the 1998 schlockbuster, and a deep analysis of 2016’s Shin Godzilla with its modern take on the mythos. We also talk snake genitalia and the preciousness that is our big ugly “ketchup fish” Kamata-kun.

Join us as we touch on one of the most formative sci-fi books in history, War of the Worlds! Martians, tripods, hysteria, and existential dread ensue as we discuss the original book, radio drama, and the 2005 blockbuster film. Also Dildos. Lots of dildos.