[As we continue our show hiatus, it has been decided by the fine people who support us on Patreon that we are going to make public — or ‘declassify’ — one of our Patreon-exclusive Black Ops episodes every month. This month, our patrons have personally selected this episode to help fill the gap! Consider it a look back at the ‘Before Times’]
Original Patreon release date: July 26, 2018
In what is an ultra-MEGA-sized two-and-a-half hour episode, we really run the gamut.
First, we talk about popular culture we loved as kids, but are afraid to revisit, because we fear it won’t survive adult scrutiny. In Mike’s case that means a series of epic fantasy novels that he suspects both really hold up in some way, and really really really don’t in other.
We then talk about the evolving nature of stand-up comedy and the divergent attitudes of comics like Jerry Seinfeld, and Hannah Gadsby — and how many older comedians seem to desire to be “above” politics or social commentary. Is that even possible or desirable?
Do genre stories like science fiction and superheroes have a responsibility to touch on questions of social and cultural importance? Why do the calls for political neutrality usually seem to mask a right-wing agenda?
We get into bad movie theater experiences that stretches Mike’s aversion to confrontation to the breaking point, and dive into the thorny issues of intellectual property and online piracy.
And finally, things get a bit emotional when we talk about how profoundly powerful and deeply intimate the new documentary about Mister Rogers is.
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As one of the ‘rubes’, it’s really nice to finally listen to some of these. Actually, this one in particular really resonated with me for many reasons, particularly the last part. This year has been particularly bad not only because of all the crap everyone’s dealing with, but also because it was all interwoven with a few personal/family tragedies. The last month or so has been particularly rough – so I almost teared up near the end when you were talking about Mr. Rogers at the end (and I’m sending you a belated virtual hug, Mike).