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No Time For Heroics

A podcast about superhero movies, and some not-so-super hero movies. A funny, critical look at heroic fiction on screen from Republic serials to Imax blockbusters. If tights, capes, and close reads of pop culture are your thing, you're in the right place. New episode every Tuesday!
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Sep 13, 2016

Andrew and Anthony turn the superhero genre upside down and see what happens when instead of action and adventure you dial up the horror and existential dread with the superpowered sci-fi series Stranger Things!

What makes this story of a kid given strange powers by lab experiments and running away to have adventures different from 99% of Marvel comics? How is our reaction to Eleven formed by gendered archetypes we've been beating at since The Odyssey? And why the heck does everyone like Barb? She's pulling a reverse Friday the 13th! But hey, maybe there's a little Barb in all of us.

Welcome to the Kid Danger genre! Plus, the guys wax poetic about Stephen King's It, catch a powerful case of Anthony's Disease wishing the CG Demogorgon was a rubbery '80s abomination instead, and lose their sanity gazing into the impossible unknown of Katsuhiro Otomo's linework in Akira.

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  • almost four years ago
    Jens
    Great podcast. I love your take on this stuff - especially the comparison to the Stephen King, whose lesser known tomes I'm currently plowing my way through. Kings child protagonist in the 'Salem's Lot, The Body and (of course) IT are obviously and an inspiration for the kids in Stranger Things. You ended the podcast by asking for more suggestions of female super heroes to cover on your podcast - did you already cover Jessica Jones? I was almost certain that you must have - but a quick search of your archive yielded no matches. I binged-watched Jessica Jones just like I binged-watched Stranger Things and I think it's of comparable quality, albeit at very different vibe and genre (no 80's nostalgia here).
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