Ursa rounds up this mini-series with a look at fandom, why it’s like belonging to a religion or a political movement, the need to belong, and giving away pieces of your heart. She also talks Nerdfighters, Gryffindor scarves, and her first-ever convention panel (squeee!).
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All the boys are getting their own movies. Why not the most recognizable female hero in the world?
In this episode, Ursa talks Harry Potter slash and fanfic, and why Sherlock, Supernatural and Lord of the Rings all have so much of both, and discusses two hot guys making out as an expression of female desire. …Wait, what?
Did you know the Harry Potter series is now sixteen years old? No? Feel old yet? Never mind, because Harry and friends were Ursa’s Very First Fandom, and she’d like to take you on a trip down memory lane. Movies, books, and fandom ahoy: it’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Themes!
Count Jackula presents highlights from the career of recently deceased sci-fi/horror writer Richard Matheson, author of I Am Legend, Stir of Echoes, and screenwriter of over a dozen episodes of The Twilight Zone.
Full of Questions looks at the long running series of novels about four kids named Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny who used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they solve mysteries and are a huge source of nostalgia.
We’re kicking off a multi-part retrospective about the MechWarrior series, one of the longest running game franchises, and definitely one of Roland’s favorites. Part 1 is MechWarrior, developed by Dynamix for DOS PCs in 1989. It’s the first game in the series, and the genesis of a genre.
It’s Ursa’s birthday, so she’s celebrating with a woman who kicks butt and takes names… in spaaaaaaace! It’s the Honorverse series of books that transplants the adventures of Horatio Hornblower into the 41st century (and into a female protagonist). Also featuring Prince Zuko, the suspiciously familiar Ode to Exposition, and a special appearance by our own Porn Critic!
Everyone bashes the Star Wars prequels left, right, and center, but in this video, the Unusual Suspect takes a look at what the original Star Wars trilogy did wrong.
Rex Rabbit, sound engineer for the Bunny Perspective, is back with a new music video review! Here’s a shocker, Rex really likes Janelle Monáe. Why isn’t she more popular, again? Everyone seems to like her.
Warning: This video is in Spanish with English subtitles! Renegado plays the notoriously awful Atari 2600 game E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (unsold cartridges of which are allegedly filling up a New Mexico landfill), which gets him really angry, until he realizes how stupid it is to get worked up over a video game.
Joshua recently saw the re-release of Jurassic Park, and was left with one question: Remember back when kids’ movies had some of the scariest moments in film history? Whatever happened to that?
The video game adaptation of Quentin Tarantino’s debut film… is one of “those” games. It sucks (goddamn, does it suck), but Roland just can’t help but like it.
It’s the 5th of May, and everybody and their mothers keep calling the Renegado because they think it’s the most important holiday to Mexicans. To put a stop to it, he presents this video where he looks at the history of Cinco de Mayo and puts the holiday in its proper context.
Disney villains range from intimidating to goofy, and in this video, Joey presents his list of the top five Disney villains on the goofy side. Which does not include Goofy. But it does include villains from The Great Mouse Detective, Robin Hood, and a few more that may surprise you.
Rex Rabbit, sound engineer for the Bunny Perspective, is back with another music video review, this time covering Korean pop star Psy’s attempt to repeat the massive YouTube success of “Gangnam Style”. West Side!
Is this a dramatic reading of a Nintendo guidebook? A video game critique disguised as a fanfic episode? Who the hell knows?
The Suspect takes a look at the abysmal video game translation of the final Harry Potter movie, and gives some backstory on Potter games of the past. Believe it or not, but some were actually decent!
For Ursa’s second anniversary, she does a spoiler-free review of Seanan McGuire’s October Daye fantasy novel series, about a private investigator named October “Toby” Daye who happens to be a changeling, i.e., half human and half faerie.
Renegado takes a break from his usual format with a music review! In this case, he talks about a little-known song from the ’90s that may or may not have had its own dance craze. And somehow, he convinces several of his fellow Agony Booth reviewers to dance the Macarena for him. On camera.