This episode, we’re diving into Star Wars: The Force Awakens in all of its nostalgia-leaden, feminist, fan-serving glory. Apologies in advance for a bit of a sound issue that creeps into the later part of the episode—we’re working out some production kinks, thanks for your patience! We know the movie’s been out for a while, but we don’t care. It’s awesome, and Jeff loves Star Wars SO MUCH that we wanted to chat about it and share it with you. As our Pop Cult Leader Jeff takes Lauren through the legacy of certain rights acquisitions (trust me, it’s fun), the way the movie addresses the gender and race sins of the franchise’s past, how George Lucas is gaslighting us all re: remastered editions, and favourite scenes. That lightsaber, tho. Here’s the link to the J. J. Abrams TED Talk about The Mystery Box that we discuss.
In our second segment, we talk science fiction for non science fiction lovers—from superhero properties tailor-made for domestic violence counselors, to an heir to the X-Files estate, and a powerhouse acting treatise delivered by Tatiana Maslany. All hail Alison Hendrix!
We close out with the Pop Culture Kool-Aid we’re drinking this week—Lauren is really digging the return of Broad City for its confident third season, and thinks you should read Megan Garber’s piece in The Atlantic: Broad City and the Triumph of the Platonic Rom Com.
Jeff’s Kool-Aid pick this week is the powerhouse duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. He was summarily impressed by Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and finally read Amy’s book Yes Please and loved it.