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Episode 10 - Ted / Bad Eggs (feat. Kenn Edwards)

12May

Renaissance Man Kenn Edwards jumps on the mic with me to discuss the possibly(?) underappreciated episodes “Ted” and “Bad Eggs.” He brings with him his unique sense of...let’s call it whimsy, and his particular gift for finding a metatextual angle to every pop culture conversation. For example we talk about how Ted Buchanan represents the “programming” of entitled white males; how Buffy the Vampire Slayer knows we hate how clueless Joyce is and keeps on beating that dead horse intentionally to make us all feel as frustrated as her daughter does; we ask what’s up with all those upside down items in the school vending machine; and Kenn say I really need to look at the ultra-cheesy rubber monsters on the series in a completely different way.

 

Bonus: I make a controversial confession. Cue the torches and pitchforks.

 

Next: I’m joined by James Rocha, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Fresno State and contributor to Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies. We’ll be discussing the one-two punch of episodes 213, “Surprise” and 214, “Innocence.”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Intro / Guest (00:00:00 - 00:10:20)

Main Topic (00:10:20 - 01:45:05)

Outro / Next (01:45:05 - 01:51:52)

 

THE LIBRARY

 

The Sandman Companion, by Hy Bender

 

THE LINKS

The Alex Jonestown Massacre - “What We Do Is Stupid”

The Joke, a film by Kenn Edwards

A / V, a film by Joseph William Lewis, starring Kenn Edwards

 

THE MUSIC

“Conversations (feat. Wesley Mead)” by Azura (2017)

“I Wanna Be a Cowboy” by Boys Don’t Cry, Boys Don’t Cry (1986)

 

THE SCHOLARS

Whedon Studies Association is a non-profit academic organization devoted to the study of the works of Joss Whedon and his associates. They put out Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies, and Watcher Junior​: The Undergraduate Journal of Whedon Studies, both blind peer-reviewed twice-yearly online publications. They also host the biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, which brings all these incredible scholars together to present papers, discuss ways of incorporating Whedon Studies in education, and basically just geek out together.

http://www.whedonstudies.tv/

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