Youth Culture Killed My Dog, Episode 3: Holding Up the DiscoursePosted: 02/26/2014
In the third episode of Youth Culture Killed My Dog, Roy Rogers, Christian Brown, and Jeff Kusterbeck belatedly discuss yesterday’s news and reviews in American pop-culture – comics, movies, and television. Topics in this particularly rambly outing include the Super Bowl trailers for both Captain America and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Dan Snyder’s response to the racism of the name of Washington’s football club, Thor 2, Iron Man 2, Ms. Marvel #1 and Loki: Agent of Asgard #1, and the various storytelling problems of Stan Lee and Steven Moffat.
As we are just getting this podcast started we ask for patience as we work out technical and editing issues with our audio.
We must particularly apologize for this lateness and strange audio blips of this episode. We recorded at the beginning of February by the episode was held up by audio and post-production issues. We promise to be better, loyal listeners, in March.
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Show-notes for Episode Three! By Roy!
SPOILER ALERT! This podcast contains spoilers ranging from the vaguely suggestive to the damnably particular. Listen at your own risk. I will mark particularly spoilerific moments.
00:00 – 00:45: Theme Music! Our theme music is Bamboozled Again! by C.P.Bryan provided by freesoundtrackmusic.com.
00:45 – 1:36: Introductions! Today Jeff and I are joined by Chris(tian) Brown, a fellow Blurred Productions alum. Tyler couldn’t make it. We also have our first of (many) audio issues where I had to record, in post, an awkward transition to our first segment. Many apologies for the many audio issues in this episode! We’re trying to make this work and it takes practice.
1:36 – 9:03: We start off this episode with a good eight minutes of discussion of the Captain America: the Winter Solider sparked by the Super Bowl trailer (which I loved). Topics also include: Agents of SHIELD, links of the movie version of SHIELD to Planetary, how many helicarriers will be destroy in the course of the film, my love of “DC porn” and Jeff employs one hell of a gross metaphor.
9:03 – 21:35: Now we start our first of two big, rambling segments. This one spins out of a discussion of the Super Bowl trailer to the Amazing Spider-Man 2. We discuss the likely problems of the film. We wonder if the movie is trying to do too much, if it has too many villains, the lameness of Electro, and other concerns. We also discuss the general value of Spider-Man’s rogue’s gallery, the possibility of a Grant Morrison run on Spider–Man, Stilt-Man, the various tragedies of Matt Murdock (I am wrong here, Milla Donovan did not die, she just went crazy) the publication history of Black Widow, bars for supervillains, and the various storytelling problems of Stan Lee.
21:35 – 32:35: Our second big ramble begins with a brief return to our discussion the Winter Soldier. SPOILER ALERT for Ed Brubaker’s run on Captain America and, possibly, the new movie. We quickly move on to discussing hidden identity reveals, Stark Trek into Darkness, the new J.J. Abrams Star Wars movie, my broader addiction to Star Wars despite it all, B.J. Novack in the Amazing Spider-Man 2, Mary-Jane Watson as a character, the broader problems of the female characters of Stan Lee, the storylines and characters of the 90s Spider-Man cartoon, and our experiences with Dan Didio and Howard Chaykin at comic book conventions.
32:35 – 40:47: And now for something completely different! We discuss the (then recent) decision by Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington football club, to hire a team of supervillains to defend his team’s racist name. We also discuss the tax status of professional sports, government regulation of intellectual property, and the interrelationship between local governments and professional sports stadiums. Chris is very muffled here and there is some other audio distortion here. Many apologies.
40:47 – 51:17: We move on to our continuing discussion of the third series of Sherlock. We begin with Chris giving us his opinion of the latest series but quickly move out to discuss the broader problems of this year’s Sherlock outing. We wonder if Moffat et al. are making Sherlock too “human” or “nice” as a character. A discussion of the many problems with the Mary Watson storyline brings us to a broader discussion of the storytelling problems of Steven Moffat and gender issues (i.e. Amy Pond and Irene Adler) in Sherlock and Dr. Who.
51:17 – 1:00:00: Have you ever wanted (c.) five minutes of me talking very quickly about comics? Because that’s what you get here! I discuss the (then) recent Marvel.NOW releases of Ms. Marvel and Loki: Agent of Asgard very quickly (since no one else has read them). I enjoyed both but thought that Ms. Marvel has a few problems in some of the plot choices that were made in the first issue. Ms. Marvel brings us to a discussion of representation of minority groups, identification characters, and “political correctness” in comics and storytelling. Ever wanted to listen to three white guys talk about race and representation in comics? Well, here you go.
1:00:00 – 1:13:45: Our final segment builds off a review of Thor 2 by Jeff. There is a lot of disagreement here, except that Natalie Portman really phoned in her performance in both Thor films. We also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of movie Thor and Loki as characters. Somehow we come around to the broader Marvel movies – particularly the Iron Man franchise. Chris defends Iron Man 2 while I relentlessly attack it.
1:13:45: Outro! Thanks for listening! Apologies for the audio issues with this outing. We promise to be more timely with our next episode (check back next week!)