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Mediasplode #13 – Debating Fan Service, Ranking the Best Picture Nominees, and Looking Back at ‘Vinyl’

Show Notes

Thanks to our awesome Patrons, we’re proud to present another episode of Mediasplode!

Running Time: 00:49:50

This month, Josh Flanagan and Conor Kilpatrick (who has had a few cocktails) are joined by their original co-host Ron Richards to discuss…

Quarantine Entertainment:
00:01:04 – Conor has been watching Young Rock.
00:05:07 – Ron has been watching Hemingway: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
00:08:17 – Josh has been watching Loudermilk.

00:11:29 – Ranking the 2021 Academy Award Best Picture Nominees and Picking Our Favorite Film of 2021

00:19:29 – A Repeat Viewing of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade leads to… Fanservice: A Debate! Plus, a brief discussion of The Last Crusade and Josh ranks the Star Wars movies (again).

Listener Mail:
00:42:22 – Steven B. from Maryland wants to know if the guys watched Vinyl.


What’s a Mediasplode? It’s a monthly special edition show in which we talk about what we are enjoying in media outside of the realm of comic books. It’s like our All Media Year End Round-Up but in a shorter, monthly format.

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  1. I think if you distilled down what everyone said here about ‘fan service’
    you would get a pretty close definition of when it’s rewarding bonus content in the service of the story, great or small,
    and when it’s tacky wink wink.

    But I have to ask the choice of the song-cover?
    Is there some service there?
    Because I couldn’t turn the volume down fast enough.
    I had the podcast on doing dishes and it was like ok- dry hands Get to Phone Now!
    When he hit that high note it felt like the kind of music a swat team plays in a siege situation
    to get the criminal to give up and come out so they will turn it off.

  2. Hemingway was a good series. I just finished HBO Max’s Raised By Wolves and enjoyed it. It’s a good series if you like SF. Also Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults, and Q: Into the storm about QAnon (another cult) were both pretty good.

  3. There is another major difference between the origin story in Last Crusade and the one in Solo: Last Crusade was the first telling, while Solo was a retcon from the Expanded Universe. The Solo origin trilogy novels were some of the best books of the Expanded Universe and told a much better story than Solo did. It also retconned the idea that Solo was a real last name (in the Zahn trilogy, Han had a cousin with the last name Sal-Solo which established that this was an established family). Last Crusade was still a little on the nose, but there was more of an establishment of the mythic totem items that identify Indy (the whip, the hat), and it also establishes his ethos and his relationship with his father (dad can’t be bothered to listen to his son breathlessly bursting into the house because he’s too absorbed in his Grail diary).

    • This is all true. Solo was so rough and also made Han that guy who did everything he was known for in a week where he then bragged about it for 10 years. He was made less cool by that film and Alden Ehrenreich didn’t have the charisma needed to play the character.

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