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Episode 14: Scandi Noir, Reality TV, Remakes & Pandemic Brain

Or: The Long Year Reviewed


In this episode, we contemplate what we are calling the ‘long year’ of the pandemic, and assess if we have reached the goals that we set way back in our first episode.

We also look at pet peeves in pop culture, literature of the pose, why lit fic and “the western cannon” suck, and what we are looking forward to discussing in future episodes. (And discover that “she has a spreadsheet!”)

You can listen to this episode on our website, or you can subscribe on on Anchor.FM, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts.

To lever Foucault into this episode – where there is power there is always resistance, that’s the whole schtick.



  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:50 – The Long Year in Review
  • 4:18 – Best of 2021
  • 25:12 – Pet peeve of pop culture in 2021
  • 126:30 – What we are looking forward to in 2022
  • 1:39:40 – Wrap up & Outro

Evil-Lyn goes full nihilist – she looks into the abyss, and the abyss looks back. And she says “There is nothing at the centre of the universe, there is just ME.”


References – note: Flip has a broken arm, so links will be added in slowly.

Books we discuss

  • Carriger, Gail.  The Heroine’s Journey
  • el-Motar, Amal and Max Gladstone. This is how you lose the time war
  • Gladstone, Max. The Witch who came in from the cold
  • Jordan, Robert. Wheel of Time series
  • Martin, George RR – Game of thrones series
  • Rocha, Kit. Mercenary Librarians series
  • Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter series
  • Roupenian, Kristen. Cat Person

Movies & TV shows we discuss

  • Blown Away
  • Bo Burnham’s Inside
  • Brigerton
  • Cowboy bebop anime
  • Cowboy Bebop Netflix show
  • Eva Rebuild
  • Evangelion
  • Friday the Thirteenth
  • Glow up
  • The Great British Bake Off
  • The Great Pottery Throwdown
  • Grave / Raw
  • Halloween
  • Kate
  • Katla
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight
  • Masters of the Universe: Revelation
  • The Melancholy of Haru ??
  • Metalwork Masters
  • Midnight Diner
  • Next in Fashion
  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Police Academy
  • Schitt’s Creek
  • Squid Game
  • Star Wars The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars The Last Jedi
  • Star Wars Solo
  • Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
  • Sweet Magnolias
  • Taskmaster
  • Teenage Bounty Hunters
  • Titan (movie)
  • Three Colours series
  • Trese
  • Virgin River
  • Way of the House Husband
  • Wonder Woman movie

Games we discuss

  • The Good Life
  • Knights of the Old Republic
  • Knights of the Old Republic 2
  • Mass Effect
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Observation
  • Xbox Game Pass

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