“Solving” Science Fiction

For such an important and well-loved genre, sci-fi is rather difficult to define. Is it space opera? High-brow philosophical parables? Serious speculation about the future of technology? Is it all of those things? And then, what *isn’t* it?

In this episode, we attempt to “solve” this puzzling genre by answering one simple question: “what is science fiction?”

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How Don Quixote Breaks Satire

Long ago, before The Onion or Terry Pratchett, a Spanish author was playing with satire in ways the world had never seen before, and has hardly seen since. Miguel De Cervantes took the world by storm with his two-part novel: Don Quixote. In this video, we want to discuss how he did it.

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Do Junji Ito’s Characters Actually Matter?

Behind every story is a good character… most of the time. But what about a story whose appeal lies in its spectacle? What if we’re drawn to the story to learn about the hideous monster and not to make emotional connections?

This is the kind of story Junji Ito excels at, and we think there’s something to learn from him.

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Is Ford Actually Westworld’s Protagonist?

A park full of intelligent, feeling creatures, reduced by their human masters to mere instruments of pleasure. Sounds like it should be pretty easy to point out who the “bad guy” is, but this show will give you a run for your money.

Let’s see what we can learn from it…

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How Fantastic Beasts Handles Allegory

Watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them gave us an appreciation for an aspect of Harry Potter we’ve never really paid much attention to.

Let’s talk about allegory, and Rowling’s ingenius approach to it.

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Monsters in Our Memes

Prepare to lose sleep as we shine a light into the dark parts of the internet! Let’s discuss creepypasta, where it came from, and why people like it so much.

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Who is Pokemon’s Main Character?

There’s a lot more to these little pocket monsters than meets the eye. As a matter of fact, across all their games and animations and Pokémedia in general, they’ve got one big story that they’re trying to tell us. If you’re a fan, you might even be familiar with the story’s main character…

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