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

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23: For a Few Followup More

Main Topics are dead, and we have killed them. Last time we thought we were doing a followup show, but now it’s official: we’re going to talk about whatever we want to talk about. This time, that includes Nordic Facts (the future of Finland Facts?), some Tower Thoughts (it’s a Destiny thing… are we still explaining jokes?), candy rankings (maybe we did have a main topic), and Thor: Ragnarok (no spoilers; we promise).

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22: A Fistful of Followup

Our followup list got long, so we decided to do our first all-followup episode. Which turned into a small amount of followup surrounded by conversation ranging from game shows to board games, Lord of the Rings to Destiny 2, and weapons of mass destruction to… sports?

There’s also a little bit of spoiler-free trailer talk on Pacific Rim: Uprising, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Justice League.

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Items discussed

  • The intersection of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, color theory, and Lord of the Rings
  • Geckos
  • Supreme Leader Stoat
  • Does this show really need an intro?
  • That time that U2 had a beautiful idea and got carried away
  • Explaining jokes
  • Are Millennials killing podcast introductions?
  • History’s greatest monsters
  • Finland Fact
  • Kinetic bombardment
  • All the sports we played in college and elementary school
    • Baseball
    • Softball
    • Kickball?
    • Finger jousting
  • Trevor won money playing chess
  • This Week In Destiny 2: Iron Banner edition
  • The Ministry of Silly Walks
  • New Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer (NO SPOILERS)
  • New Justice League trailer (NO SPOILERS)
    • The Fastball Special
  • New Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer (NO SPOILERS)
A Porg with Borg enhancements on the shoulder of a Borg.
You will be assimilated.
The painting "The Scream" with a Porg's face superimposed.
The painting “The Scream” with a Porg’s face superimposed.

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21: Fallacious Arguments and Where to Find Them

A straw man, a Scotsman, and literally Hitler walk into a bar. Is it a joke (punchline: something something “unnatural”), or are they our top picks for the finest logical fallacies?

Disclaimer: These fallacies are for educational purposes only. Please do not use them at home.

More Important Disclaimer: This episode has nothing to do with Harry Potter or Newt Scamander.

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Follow-up & Mini-topics

Main Topic: Logical Fallacies

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20: Guardian Down (Bonus)

Dustin isn’t playing Destiny 2 (yet?), so he has questions for Matthew and Trevor. This is a shorter-than-usual bonus episode covering our initial thoughts on Destiny 2 as of September 10, the fifth day after the Cabal attacked.

The game we’re talking about: Destiny

The one weapon we mention: Rat King

Our Destiny clan: Still Flyin [3K64] (Join us!)

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19: Everything Is Quantum

In the second of this quantum pair of episodes, we talk about how we’ve seen quantum physics used in fiction. Dustin graciously continues to answer our questions. There’s also a bit of a history lesson on how quantum physics were preceded in science fiction by radium and transistors.

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Follow-up & Mini-topics

  • Finland temperature records
  • SI vs. Imperial units
  • Quantum teleportation
  • Qubits and cubits

Main topic: Quantum Physics in Fiction

  • Quantum asteroid field (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2)
  • Ansible (Ursula K. Le Guin, Ender’s Game/Enderverse, Mass Effect)
  • TV Tropes: Quantum mechanics can do anything
  • How we feel about scientific accuracy in movies
  • Spaceships that are jungles
  • Radium in the Barsoom series (A Princess of Mars, et al.)
  • Transistors in early Marvel material
  • Science communication and how differing definitions of terms can confuse people.

State of the Show

A few notes on audio production, why the last episode was a week late, and why the production timeline will hopefully become tighter over time.

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18: Quantum of Entanglement

Dustin fills us in on quantum mechanics and what he’s been doing with his life. Matthew struggles to understand the dangers of “eclipse madness.” Trevor struggles to think of good quantum questions.

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Follow-up & Mini-topics

Main topic: Quantum Mechanics

  • Dustin’s research project
  • Double-slit experiments
  • Quantum erasers
  • Quantum entanglement
  • Quantum teleportation

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17: Ready Player Eleven

All the news from Comic-Con that’s fit to ramble on about.

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Preliminary Mini Topics

  • Some thoughts on Logan
  • American folk heroes (John Henry, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, et al.)

Main Topic

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16: A Marvelous Return

Spider-Man, Spider-Man
We watched the sixth movie of Spider-Man

He slings some webs
In the ’burbs
We all thought it was pretty gurb

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Pre-show

Main Topic: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spoiler free (26:20)

General impressions, how Homecoming fits in with and/or stacks up against the rest of the MCU, and how it compares to previous Spider-Man movies.

SPOILERS (37:17)

  • Humor in the trailers vs. the movie.
  • Homecoming’s sense of place.
  • Thoughts on the Vulture.
  • Nods to other potential spider-people.
  • Is the ring a long-game payoff for a joke that was never actually set up?
  • The movie’s tribute to Amazing Spider-Man #33

Post-show

Superheroes’ Kitchen Guide PSA

Superheroes’ Kitchen Guide PSA

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15: Wunderfrau

Wonder Woman is a significant milestone for superhero movies: a DC movie that all three of us were interested in talking about.

You can pre-order Wonder Woman on iTunes or Amazon. (haha. Amazon.)

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Pre-Show / Followup

Main Topic: Wonder Woman (24:40)

Post-Show (1:48:27)

  • Superhero movies as not-a-genre.
  • Female-led superhero movies.

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