#24 The Osmosis of Cults

Cults (Christopher Lee in The Wicker Man)

#24 The Osmosis of Cults
Space Wizards

00:00 / 02:25:01

Content warning: mention of domestic abuse and abuse culture in our Ant-Man discussion, mention of violence during our cults discussion including reference to mass suicide and murder.

Things get weird in this episode as we chat about cults. What are they? Who makes them? And what would our roles be if we joined (or started) a cult? All this and more in our latest batch of rambling inanity.

2:30 ‘Nam Sayin’ G

We discuss Ant-Man, Hank Pym, and the character’s legacy, and Dziugas tells us about Ant-Man and The Wasp. We also rag on Michael Douglas and chat about the weird “psycho woman” film trend of the ’80s.

Zainabb eats a chocolate lollipop while we complain about Forrest Gump and Robert Zemeckis.

Zainabb started watching The Haunting of Hill House, which actually gets scary (update: it’s less scary after episode three). Then we talk about horror films and horror comics, including The Immortal Hulk and Sandman.

56:39 Cults

We try to define what a cult is, and what different types of cult exist. We talk extensively about our own theoretical cults and whether we would be good cult leaders. And what draws people to join a cult? How do cults work to foster a following and a group mentality? We also talk about how cults operate within a broader social context, including community organising and party politics.

2:18:49 Raptors vs Terrorism

We look for dinosaur cults and we are not disappointed.

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#23 That’s 23, Man

Edward Said -- The Boss

#23 That’s 23, Man
Space Wizards

00:00 / 02:11:47

Content warning: mention of sexual harassment and mention of animal abuse in the update on travelling; discussion of Nazis, white supremacists, racist and gendered violence including mention of sexual assault in Green Room section; and a lot of chat about white supremacy and institutional marginalisation in the rest of the episode.

Zainabb is back from running off into the desert so we do our longest ‘nam sayin’ G yet (reprise). Get prepped for long discussions about Japanese cinema, Nazis, the media, museums and decolonisation.

6:21 On travelling

Zainabb talks about their attempts to decolonise their travel whilst away, plus challenges faced alongside the good stuff (like cockroaches!)

25:45 Akira Kurosawa

We talk about Kurosawa’s influence and legacy, as well as hit flicks Rashōmon and Seven Samurai. We chat misogyny, spaghetti westerns, and the Most Beautiful Man In The World, Toshiro Mifune. <3 We also talk about Gate of Hell, which is very pretty.

50:10 Green Room and Nazi Gangs

Dziugas watched Green Room by Jeremy Saulnier, a slasher film about Nazis that gets us chatting about gangs, media representation of white supremacists vs BAME kids in gangs, and the eternal bullshit of Nazi sympathisers.

Dziugas also offers a quick update on Elementary, a progressive television beacon in today’s sociopolitical hellscape.

1:14:26 Video Gaming Updates

We continue our chat about fascists by discussing L.A. Noire, a video game about pigs and nonsense.

Zainabb has been playing Ni No Kuni which continues to heal souls and cure all ills with its purity and beautiful animation.

1:21:00 Who Gets To Tell Our Stories?

Zainabb had to bail on reading Alif the Unseen, a story written by a white person about the Arab Spring but also focussing on a mixed-race character, for some reason. We chat about why it’s not always a good idea to write experiences that aren’t your own (or close enough), and how power dynamics impact the conversation around “who should tell whose stories”. We talk about Luke Cage, Staying Power, and white supremacy within creative industries and academia. Zainabb also chats about making academia more accessible, and touches on Frantz Fanon and “post”-colonialism.

1:52:52 Museums and Cultural Institutions

We chat about British museums, galleries, and other cultural heritage institutions. We discuss how marginalised people, especially POC, are excluded from these institutions, and what we can do to help QTIPOC be recognised within these spaces. We talk about institutions’ history of colonial theft and appropriation, and how we can include POC within these spaces whilst also holding the spaces accountable.

Also, Dziugas has an amazing story about a theft at the Natural History Museum that will probably improve your life.

2:09:30 Raptors vs Terrorism

We have a haphazard Raptors vs Terrorism section where Dziugas chats about dinos in the new World of Warcraft expansion. Sadly, no Liopleurodon but we do talk about what dinosaurs we’d ride in the dino apocalpyse.

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#22 The Mummy

Rachel Weisz and Brendan Fraser in The Mummy (1999)

#22 The Mummy
Space Wizards

00:00 / 02:36:04

Content warning: mention of fat-shaming in Queer Eye, mention of abuse in Fun Home, mention of Nazis at the end of our Stonehenge chat, discussion of racism and colonialism/imperialism in The Mummy and our discussion around Egypt

Zainabb is running into the desert so in our last episode for A While, we chat The Mummy, decolonising travel, and Brendan Fraser. Also, tune in to hear our longest Space Wizards yet, and both of us sincerely believe this is our 23rd episode (it’s not, it says #22 right there) which is definitely not 23, man.

5:10 ‘Nam Sayin’ G

Zainabb adds to the Queer Eye discussion on the last episode, discussing how the show asks (mostly) cishet white men to do better and to pick up the emotional labour that women in their lives are currently doing. We also chat a bit about television’s problem with fat-shaming, body-shaming, and talking about fashion.

We chat about YouTube, webseries, and why we struggle to keep up with it all.

We both went to see the Fun Home adaptation at the Young Vic and we cried a lot. It’s queer, it’s emotional, and it’s a musical. We chat about what the play/comic mean to us. Zainabb speaks about the eternal struggle of being a QTPOC and the joy of being in a space, for once, that felt inclusive.

51:54 Nom-sense

We eat dinner and talk around our munching. We chat about X-Men: Apocalypse and how it wasted Mohawk Storm; the raccoon who loses their candy floss; and we have a long talk about Dziugas’s birthday trip to Stonehenge, magic and ancient apocalyptic artefacts, and how Britain navigates its relationship with paganism, druids, and Christianity.

The article Dziugas mentions about Lithuanian collaboration with the Nazis is here: https://www.salon.com/2018/07/14/my-grandfather-didnt-fight-the-nazis-as-family-lore-told-it-he-was-a-brutal-collaborator/

1:24:53 The Mummy

We discuss 1999 Brendan Fraser classic, The Mummy, and why it’s a feminist classic and one of the earliest representational films in Zainabb’s childhood. We chat the horror, the aesthetics, whiteness, and masculinity in the original, and we touch on the trashier The Mummy Returns and The Scorpion King. We also talk about Ancient Egyptian mythology, cats, and Othering brown and black ancient history.

Zainabb also shares some thoughts on decolonising travel and their upcoming trip to Egypt.

Got a question or want to join in on the discussion? Contact us on our website or get in touch on Twitter @SpaceWizardsPod OR @ZainabbHull OR @DziugasMatas – or all three, if you’re super hardcore.

#21 It’s A Conspiracy!

Conspiracy Keanu (on conspiracy theories)

#21 It’s A Conspiracy!
Space Wizards

00:00 / 02:56:12

We get deep about conspiracy theories, reality, and psychology… or do we? Listen to our definitely human voices talking about definitely theoretical things.

2:10 ‘Nam Sayin’ G

Zainabb is watching The Bold Type and discusses its representation of queer women and coming out, black women, and the harmful capital construct of the ‘millennial hustle’.

Dziugas watched the second season of Search Party, a show about insufferable hipsters.

Zainabb watched Queer Eye and has many thoughts on the show’s staged acceptance, fat-shaming, and judgemental consumerism.

We chat about The Death of Stalin, its old white man approach to humour, and the concerning support for authoritarianism on the left.

And finally, something positive: Zainabb saw Little Forest, a delightful cosy Korean film about food, nature, and personal growth.

1:12:00 Raptors vs Terrorism

Zainabb saw Jurassic World 2 and it wasn’t good, nor did it feature raptors fighting terrorism. Also, the trailers are a lie.

1:17:04 Conspiracy Theories

We discuss all things conspiratorial… or do we? We talk about what conspiracy theories are, some of our favourite ones, and why people believe in conspiracy theories. Zainabb finally makes use of their Psychology degree to chat about why some people are more likely to believe in theories than others, plus we get deep about the nature of our reality, how we can’t really know anything for sure, and why MRAs and fascists are actually just conspiracy theorists.

Got a question or want to join in on the discussion? Contact us on our website or get in touch on Twitter @SpaceWizardsPod OR @ZainabbHull OR @DziugasMatas – or all three, if you’re super hardcore.

E3 2018

E3 2018

E3 2018
Space Wizards

00:00 / 02:09:50

Join us in our annual recap of E3 as we chat about the games that caught our interest, Kojima hijinks, and whether E3 really matters at all.

0:53 ‘Nam Sayin’ G

Zainabb watched Blue Valentine, a romantic drama that’s actually not very romantic at all. (cw: discussion of abuse and abusive relationships)

We chat about The Expanse, its disappointing representation of women and neurodivergent folx, and the problems with fridging.

25:46 E3 2018

We chat E3 2018, the games, the vibes, and whether E3 means anything to us any more.

Titles we discuss, in order: Fallout 76, Sea of Thieves, Skull and Bones, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Anthem, Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher, Death Stranding, Starfield, The Elder Scrolls VI, Elder Scrolls: Blades, Sable, Little Dragons Cafe, (Nintendo, in general), (PC vs console gaming), Maneater, Sea of Solitude, Twin Mirror, Beyond Good and Evil 2, Ubisoft’s conference, The Division 2, and Elijah Wood’s VR game.

Got a question or want to join in on the discussion? Contact us on our website or get in touch on Twitter @SpaceWizardsPod OR @ZainabbHull OR @DziugasMatas – or all three, if you’re super hardcore.

#20: Sexuality and The Future of Star Wars

Lando Calrissian and Han Solo in Star Wars

#20: Sexuality and The Future of Star Wars
Space Wizards

00:00 / 02:20:29

cw: mention of attempted suicide, sexual violence

We go deep on a whole bunch of topics, from censorship and colonialism in pop culture to queerness in Star Wars. We chat about the Star Wars franchise and what we can expect from future instalments, plus what we actually want to see from the series.

2:06 ‘Nam Sayin’ G

Zainabb watched Empire Records for the first time and liked it far better than The Breakfast Club. (cw: mention of attempted suicide)

We chat about Dope, the Netflix dramedy that Dziugas couldn’t get into.

In our first instalment of Zainabb v Dinosaurs, Zainabb chats about the Jurassic Park series, liopleurodon, and Walking With Dinosaurs.

Dziugas went to see Deadpool 2 so we chat about its queer representation, putting abusers on-screen, and how it weighs up with the first one.

Zainabb read Becoming Unbecoming, a graphic novel about misogyny, gendered violence, and abuse. (Content warning for all those things.) Then we discuss narratives of abuse as they relate to Deadpool which features weird morals around an abuse-based subplot.

Zainabb watched Keanu romance film The Lake House so we discuss time travel, paradoxes, and alternate timelines. Zainabb also watched Gravity and got real annoyed with George sex-pest Clooney.

Dziugas started playing Just Cause 3 and we discuss the merits of blowing things up, as well as the problem with imperialism in video games and why games only ever seem to ask us to blow up brown bodies.

1:09:42 Raptors vs Terrorism

We chat dinos and imperialism in King Kong: Skull Island and why raptors just want a hug.

1:12:15 Bonus Chat

We continue a conversation from our break so ignore the lack of continuity and enjoy our chat about critical engagement, free speech and censorship, and how we can progress in cultural conversations about who gets to say what.

1:19:14 What’s Next for Star Wars?

We discuss the Star Wars franchise, from what we want to see next (and what we don’t want to see – looking at you, Boba Fett) as well as an in-depth discussion of Lando Calrissian’s canon (but not explicitly textual) sexuality and pink capitalism. We chat fan service, Obi Wan the Detective, the Star Wars formula, and that pansexuality =/= attraction to robots.

Got a question or want to join in on the discussion? Contact us on our website or get in touch on Twitter @SpaceWizardsPod OR @ZainabbHull OR @DziugasMatas – or all three, if you’re super hardcore.

#19: True Crime, True Crime

True Crime

#19: True Crime, True Crime
Space Wizards

00:00 / 01:46:52

cw: violence, sexual violence, mention of child abuse

In today’s episode of Magical Trash, we’re discussing true crime and why it’s such a popular form of storytelling. Plus, how can true crime be less gross and more thoughtful?

2:10 ‘Nam Sayin’ G

Zainabb watched Constantine for the first time so we discuss the highs and the lows of the Hellblazer adaptation.

We complain about the rich people wedding that happened last weekend and the disturbing lack of critical engagement with the event.

Zainabb read graphic novels 100 Months and Saving Grace plus we chat about The Darkness and gentrification.

We chat about Waltz With Bashir which we watched with a live orchestra, and Zainabb discusses The Tale of One Bad Rat (cw: mention of child abuse and representation of abuse). Plus, stay tuned for an Okami update (spoiler: there’s more misogyny!)

46:28 True Crime, True Crime

We forgot to do Raptors vs Terrorism this week so we’re straight into the main event: true crime. We discuss what true crime is and how we engage with the genre, from podcasts to television. We chat about the appeal of true crime and why people enjoy it, as well as the ways in which true crime can be sensationalist and dehumanising for the real people involved in cases. We ask how true crime can be done engagingly and thoughtfully.

Got a question or want to join in on the discussion? Contact us on our website or get in touch on Twitter @SpaceWizardsPod OR @ZainabbHull OR @DziugasMatas – or all three, if you’re super hardcore.

#18: The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski

#18: The Big Lebowski
Space Wizards

00:00 / 02:19:35

Welcome to the Space Wizards Morning Show, brought to you at some ludicrous hour, featuring weather and traffic reports as well as some deep thinking about The Big Lebowski.

9:20 ‘Nam Sayin’ G

After chatting about classic ’00s pop songs, Dziugas tells us about the Wolverine podcast he’s been listening to called Wolverine: The Long Night.

Zainabb has actually been reading comics, including Injection and Paper Girls. We chat about mainstream comics plus Warren Ellis vs Garth Ennis vs Grant Morrison, FIGHT!

Dziugas has been playing a Skyrim mod featuring time loops, totalitarianism, and fucking shit up.

We also chat about Into The Night, a bizarre comedy-action film starring Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfieffer, David Bowie and weird racism.

1:03:13 Raptors vs Terrorism

We watched multiple versions of the same Jurassic World 2 trailer and we chat about the future of the Jurassic Park franchise and exactly what is the point of this new film.

1:18:10 The Big Lebowski

After Zainabb’s first ever viewing of cult classic The Big Lebowski, we chat the Dude, philosophy, the nature of being truly chill, and themes of masculinity within the film. We discuss how The Big Lebowski holds up as a comedy and how comedy has transformed over recent years. Finally, we talk about how the gospel of the Dude has been upheld and remained unchallenged over time.

Got a question or want to join in on the discussion? Contact us on our website or get in touch on Twitter @SpaceWizardsPod OR @ZainabbHull OR @DziugasMatas – or all three, if you’re super hardcore.

#17 Films For Self Care

Frodo and Sam hugging in The Lord of the Rings, with caption that says 'Thug life? More like hug life come here'

#17 Films For Self Care
Space Wizards

00:00 / 02:28:16

As usual, Zainabb is doing poorly so we have a nebulous chat about films we watch for self care, plus ramblings about all the other stuff we’ve been up to recently.

2:54 ‘Nam Sayin’ G

Dziugas has been reading lots of comics including Batman and The Wicked and the Divine, whilst Zainabb provides an update on Monstress (and its cats!) We talk about self-serving fictional characters like Littlefinger, John Constantine, and whether we think we’d be able to pull that off in real life.

We chat Star Wars, imperialism, and military propaganda, before moving onto Prisoners and Jake Gyllenhaal and the drawbacks of placing your trust in shifty characters.

Zainabb read Exit West, a book about a world forced to acknowledge the normality of migration.

1:09:27 Raptors vs Terrorism

We remembered to include our new installment, Raptors vs Terrorism! Dziugas tells us about The Runaways, a television show which features psychically-controlled raptors VS TERRORISM.

1:10:05 Films For Self Care

We chat about the films we turn to for self care and why. Zainabb talks about the comfort of horror whilst Dziugas explains why Die Hard is a go-to comfort flick.

We also chat Labyrinth and The Lost Boys plus we complain about heteronormativity in romance and why rom-coms are often not as blandly comforting as you might expect.

Then we go balls-deep into a discussion on The Lord of the Rings and where the new television show could go and whether it could possibly get it right. We finish up by chatting about The Big Lebowski and the films that have seen us through pivotal points in our lives.

Got a question or want to join in on the discussion? Contact us on our website or get in touch on Twitter @SpaceWizardsPod OR @ZainabbHull OR @DziugasMatas – or all three, if you’re super hardcore.

#16 Our Longest Nam Sayin Yet

Nam Sayin: Freddie Prinze Jr and other douchey 90s stars in classic teen flick She's All That

#16 Our Longest Nam Sayin Yet
Space Wizards

00:00 / 02:54:40

content warning: we chat emotional abuse in Fringe, abusive behaviour in Ex Machina, self-harm in Pay The Ghost, mention of sexual abuse and gore (unrelated!) in You Were Never Really Here, racism in Three Billboards, misogyny at various points

We’re back after our unplanned hiatus with our most unstructured (and probably longest) episode yet. Listen to us winging it as we talk at length about random topics that interest us, and about what we’ve been up to over the last many weeks.

4:15 Our Longest Nam Sayin G Yet

We kick off our chat with Fringe and The Adjustment Bureau, discussing sci-fi romcoms and emotional abuse, before moving on to Annihilation and Ex Machina where we chat sci-fi, emotional intelligence, misogyny, male entitlement, and nerdbro perceptions of geeky stuff.

We also talk about Pay The Ghost – a shitty Nic Cage horror flick – and Zach Braff’s The Ex before discussing changing perceptions of media as we get older and have to deal with real life. We chat about how our imaginations and escapism have evolved for us over time. Zainabb talks about struggling with comics and mental health and empathy, plus we cover the difference between comics and cinema.

Then Zainabb gushes about You Were Never Really Here, a super intense film by Lynne Ramsey starring Joaquin Phoenix that tackles PTSD and trauma really well.

Zainabb also saw Pixar’s latest Coco and we chat POC representation, Disney, and Lilo and Stitch. We chat queerness and romance in Your Name plus misogyny in Okami and squishiness in Skyrim.

We end on the disappointment of Three Billboards and gross white men because there’s no such thing as a happy ending, deal with it.


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