#6: Why Does Pop Culture Matter?

Pulp Fiction - Uma Thurman Drinking Milkshake

#6: Why Does Pop Culture Matter?
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Who’s ready for an EXTRA SPECIAL ACCIDENTAL BUMPER EDITION of Space Wizards?!?! In today’s episode, we spend a good while talking about all the stuff that matters to us: society, compassion, the world, and pop culture.

We chat about communism, society, and the world before asking why we care about pop culture. What power does it hold over individuals and society? What do we get out of it – or what should we? And how can pop culture help us? Listen in to our jibber jabber in episode 6.

2:03 ‘Nam Saying G

Dziugas is watching Glow, a Netflix show about female wrestling steeped in ’80s sleaze.

Zainabb went to see White Lies, a New Zealand film about Maori identity, motherhood, and survival.

Zainabb also went to the Russian Revolution exhibit at the British Library so you can hear us chat about communism, power, nationalism, what people want from their leaders, fear, terrorism, Islamophobia, and the way we use language to discuss violence. We also talk about media coverage of violence and media coverage in general.

1:09:08 Why Does Pop Culture Matter?

We ask what is pop culture? What does it do, why does it matter, and how can it affect us? We look at how our media can influence society (and vice versa) and how this impacts power dynamics in the real world. We also chat about the ways in which stories can help us in difficult times.

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 Special

Spiderman looks out onto the city

E3 Special
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In this special episode (that was supposed to be a mini-episode but nah mate) we cover E3 – video games! Consoles! Social issues! We’ve got it all.

In this episode, we chat VR games (including the announcements of Fallout and Skyrim VR), pirate simulators, couch co-op, Anthem and how its trailer seems to think gamers speak, and we look at what Quantic Dream will probably get hideously wrong with their latest title, Detroit: Become Human.

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.

#3: Twin Peaks

Welcome to Twin Peaks

#3: Twin Peaks
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*TWIN PEAKS THEME MUSIC*

It’s here! Our bumper-sized Twin Peaks episode (almost definitely the first of many) where we lose our shit over David Lynch and Mark Frost’s cult classic TV show. How does Twin Peaks represent Lynch as an artist? Which themes are we gonna read into the show? And what does Twin Peaks have to say about women? All this and more in our third episode!

2:57 ‘Nam Saying G

Dziugas has been consuming Riverdale, DMing Dungeons and Dragons (for the first time ever!)

Zainabb is living that Mad Men life, reading Nimona, and cringing at the sex scenes in The Handmaiden. We also mention I Kill Giants.

31:49 Twin Peaks

We chat “Twin Peaks as media” and “Twin Peaks as narrative” with some squeeing over Special Agent Dale Cooper, David Lynch, and some feminist discourse thrown in.

1:54:44 Byeeeeeeeeeeee

What’s up next time, and an extra-special after-credits sting, courtesy of me being really really ill.

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.

#2: Sequels

Terminator 2

#2: Sequels
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Do you get it? In the follow-up to our pilot episode, we’re chatting sequels. What makes a good sequel? Why do so many sequels seem to fail at this? And what are the best sequels ever made – and what about the ones that didn’t get made?

All this and more in Space Wizards #2! We cover T2, Aliens, The Fast and the Furious, trilogies, and more. We also chat about the stuff we’ve been doing recently, including watching Atlanta, Better Call Saul, and Girlboss, reading American Vampire, and playing Hearthstone and Diablo II.

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.

#1: Origins

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#1: Origins
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In the first episode of Space Wizards, Zainabb and Dziugas share their geeky origins. We talk about the books that got us into genre fiction, the TV shows that shaped our geekery, and how video games improved our lives.

Listen in to hear us chat about Tolkien, Harry Potter, Charmed, Batman, Dragon Quest, Black & White, Mass Effect, and more.

Have any thoughts? Just want to let us know which Hogwarts house you’re in? Drop us a message.

You can find us on Twitter @SpaceWizardsPod and at @ZainabbHull and @DziugasMatas