33: Our Own Jaeger Names

After years of thwarted attempts, Trevor has finally succeeded in watching Pacific Rim (2013). Somehow, he also watched Ready Player One by accident. We briefly discuss each of these (no spoilers), as well as a tiny bit of Black Panther followup.

We also discuss what representation means for Hufflepuffs, what Hufflepuff means for the world, and whether Buffy the Vampire Slayer can or should be revived on TV.

Perhaps most importantly, Matthew gets his completely spoiler-free thoughts about Infinity War on the record before we all see the movie. We haven’t even watched the trailers, so we really do mean spoiler free. We have no idea what we’re talking about.

A protestor at a museum blocks the view of a painting of Emmett Till in his casket.
A protestor at a museum blocks the view of a painting of Emmett Till in his casket.
Killmonger stands in front of a museum exhibit in a way that evokes the Emmett Till museum protest.
Killmonger stands in front of a museum exhibit in a way that evokes the Emmett Till museum protest.
Red Lion attacks Cyborg as "heroes" look on
Red Lion attacks Cyborg as “heroes” look on

Items discussed:

Where to find Better Worlds online:

BetterWorlds.net | Slack | Twitter | Email

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Castro & other apps

Some links contain affiliate codes that will provide a small kickback to the show if you make a purchase. Thanks for listening, and thanks for your support.

32: Survival Chocolate and the Northern Lights

War! huh What is it good for? In Wakanda, rhinos. Yes, we forgot to mention some things about Black Panther. The sun will never set on our Wakandan followup, but this is not a Part 3. In fact, it’s less than 40% of this episode, and we save it for the end.

This episode also covers An American Tail, a land where there are no sasquatches and the streets are paved with snow, and the future of sustainability in construction toys & coffee making. We manage to limit ourselves to two Star Wars-related mini-topics and only one non-Black Panther MCU digression: “Who am Groot?”

Followup & Mini-topics

Black Panther followup

Where to find Better Worlds online:

BetterWorlds.net | Slack | Twitter | Email

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Castro & other apps

Some links contain affiliate codes that will provide a small kickback to the show if you make a purchase. Thanks for listening, and thanks for your support.

31: Wakanda Forever

We did what we had to do… and kept talking about Black Panther for a second episode. Actually, we just kept talking, and then split it into two episodes later. This half of the conversation goes into characters, plot points, and overarching themes of the movie.

"I will do… what I must"
“I will do… what I must”
Klaw's original outfit
Klaw’s original outfit
The very best black panther mask
The very best black panther mask

Where to find Better Worlds online:

BetterWorlds.net | Slack | Twitter | Email

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Castro & other apps

Some links contain affiliate codes that will provide a small kickback to the show if you make a purchase. Thanks for listening, and thanks for your support.

30: The Power of the Black Panther

Shuri enough, our discussion of the latest MCU movie went long. This episode covers the first half of our conversation on Black Panther, along with important information about crocodiles, middle names, and Nokia’s product road map.

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:52 Crocodilian evilness rankings
  • 08:32 Middle names in Star Wars
  • 13:28 Finn Fact: Nokia 3310
  • 17:43 Black Panther
  • 18:21 …as a cultural moment
  • 30:27 …as a part of the MCU
  • 32:31 …as a soundtrack

37:28 SPOILERS BEGIN

  • 38:04 Bast
  • 39:21 Hanuman
  • 40:06 M’Baku
  • 43:02 Parallels with Wonder Woman
  • 49:37 Post-credit scenes
  • 58:10 The Big 3
  • 1:07:08 Ancestral plane
  • 1:10:36 Close
Captain Puerto Rico
Captain Puerto Rico

Where to find Better Worlds online:

BetterWorlds.net | Slack | Twitter | Email

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Castro & other apps

Some links contain affiliate codes that will provide a small kickback to the show if you make a purchase. Thanks for listening, and thanks for your support.

29: Darkest Possible Timeline Adjacent

Are we living in the Darkest Possible Timeline? The signs are everywhere: Jumanji is a runaway box office success. Minions have almost completed their takeover of our dimension. Keurig has purchased Dr Pepper. But there are signs of hope.

Links

Articles we mentioned, but never discussed

Handsome goats
Handsome goats
Another goat picture
Another goat picture

Where to find Better Worlds online:

BetterWorlds.net | Slack | Twitter | Email

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Castro & other apps

Some links contain affiliate codes that will provide a small kickback to the show if you make a purchase. Thanks for listening, and thanks for your support.

28: Frosty the Snowlem

Is Frosty who he says he is? Can Levar Burton read? What incredible risk did Matthew take as he rewatches the early MCU movies?

In this episode we discuss mystical creatures such as golems, hevisaurs, Elcor, murder whales, camelcorns, and colonels, followed by space exploration, books & reading, and what’s happening in video games. We wrap it up by revisiting the early MCU movies as we continue to prepare ourselves for Avengers: Infinity War.

Links:

Mounts in Assassin’s Creed Origins
The Leader
Samuel Sterns juxtaposed with The Leader

Where to find Better Worlds online:

BetterWorlds.net | Slack | Twitter | Email

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Castro & other apps

Some links contain affiliate codes that will provide a small kickback to the show if you make a purchase. Thanks for listening, and thanks for your support.

27: Dinosaurs of Finland

We present a discovery which may change your world: the first known dinosaurs native to Finland. Other topics include what A New Hope would sound like with an all-Elcor cast, some followup on The Last Jedi, murder whales, and Kingdom of Loathing.

Main Topic: Hevisaurus

Items Discussed:

Shocked Capybara via GIPHY

Where to find Better Worlds online:

BetterWorlds.net | Slack | Twitter | Email

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Castro & other apps

Some links contain affiliate codes that will provide a small kickback to the show if you make a purchase. Thanks for listening, and thanks for your support.

26: It’s Time for This Episode to End (The Last Jedi, Part 2)

Main Topic: The Last Jedi

The conversation on Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues into deeper waters, sort of like that time R2-D2 fell off of Luke’s X-wing into a swamp. This episode explores the new age of space combat, the unchanging nature of the Force, and the theme of killing the past… especially when it’s The Force Awakens.

Also discussed (not necessarily in this order):

  • Trevor’s great theories about Darth Maul.
  • Jokes and how they land.
  • Who is the worst character of the sequel trilogy?
  • Who is the real villain of The Last Jedi?
  • Carrie Fisher’s chance to drown in moonlight.
  • How great Jar Jar Binks is.
  • Trailer avoidance.
  • Trevor’s (formerly) great theory about Kylo & Rey.
  • The entire plot of the Poe Dameron comic.

This is the second half of a conversation recorded on Sunday, December 17. Listen to Part 1.

Followup/Pre-Show:

None. This is the podcast equivalent of opening with a huge space battle.

Where to find Better Worlds online:

BetterWorlds.net | Slack | Twitter | Email

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Castro & other apps

Some links contain affiliate codes that will provide a small kickback to the show if you make a purchase. Thanks for listening, and thanks for your support.

25: Anyone Can Cook (The Last Jedi, Part 1)

Main Topic: The Last Jedi

The Star Wars saga continues with Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. (We will never surrender our Roman numerals, whatever the Lucasfilm marketing department might say.)

This episode of Better Worlds explores important questions like: What has JJ done? What is Rian doing? What isn’t Finn doing? What is Luke pretending to do? What is Rey capable of doing? Why is Poe doing that?

This is the first half of a conversation recorded on Sunday, December 17. Listen to Part 2.

Followup/Pre-Show:

  • The movie referenced in the opening of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is Avatar (Neil deGrasse Tyson mentioned that “a famous actress”—Sigourney Weaver—“plays an astrobiologist”).
  • Disney owns everything except for Spider-Man villains and She-Hulk. Okay, not everything, but they do own Fox now.
  • Finn Fact
  • The Disney-Fox deal also includes villains such as Galactus and Doctor Doom and maybe, eventually, Doctor Iron Doom Man (we can hope).
  • The Amazon Lord of the Rings show will be specifically Lord of the Rings or something right before Lord of the Rings, and Sir Ian McKellen wants in.

Where to find Better Worlds online:

BetterWorlds.net | Slack | Twitter | Email

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Castro & other apps

Some links contain affiliate codes that will provide a small kickback to the show if you make a purchase. Thanks for listening, and thanks for your support.

24: The Good, the Bad, and the Followup

In the conclusion to our Episodes With No Name Trilogy, we make an accidental return to main topics with our discussion of Justice League. Only two of us have seen the movie, but 66% is still better than the movie’s score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Note: Yes, today is the day The Last Jedi hits theaters. No, this episode is not about that. Our The Last Jedi episode will be coming soon.

Items Discussed:

Main Topic: Justice League

Justice League on iTunes

Where to find Better Worlds online:

BetterWorlds.net | Slack | Twitter | Email

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Castro & other apps

Some links contain affiliate codes that will provide a small kickback to the show if you make a purchase. Thanks for listening, and thanks for your support.