Relevant to Our Interests Podcast

We’re an almost weekly podcast that looks at nerd culture, focusing mostly on cartoons, comic book films, and horror movies, and more. We’re just starting our 4th year and are excited to have moved to PodBean.

May 16th, 2019    

103 Into the Spiderverse

Episode 103: Into the Spiderverse
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Scripting by: John R. Belliston
Edited by: Frank Shaw
Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw

Notes:

Spider-man Into the Spiderverse! The guys ramble on about the plot and argue over minute probabilities, while discussing the personality and the character of Miles Moralesa, Gwen Stacey and Peter B. Parker. Frank get's confused on which Peter Parker is which in the movie while they talk about the various Spider-people that arrive into Miles reality due to the testing of a large device that creates dimensional rifts. John briefly talks about "goobers" or Macguffins. They discuss the theme of "believing in yourself" and how it is the central idea to the film with all the characters. Frank touches on the history of the multiverse characters. John and Frank then talk about how the movie was stylized to appear like a comic book through-out. Then the guys talk villains, first comparing the Spider-verse Kingpin with Daredevil's, as well as going in depth about this version of Doc Ock. The discussion turns to what they hope to see in future films with all the characters. And finally it's their final thoughts.

Quotes

"He is an actualized human being who truly knows himself, who is a brutal murderer and mafia kingpin."
"All the advice his uncle gave him was equally good advice but his uncle was also a murderer."
"Not only is it good, but it's fun. It's just fun."

Meta-plot

[Frank and John find themselves in Calculator City looking for the Reality Ball, and John's obsession, Chuck Spioder-men CPA. They manage to find it, and with it's innate power they "escape" through a portal to their next destination.]

May 9th, 2019    

102 Endgame

Episode 102: Endgame
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Scripting by: Frank Shaw & John R. Belliston
Edited by: Frank Shaw
Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw

Avenger's Endgame is discussed and debated in this episode. Frank gives a quick (surpisingly) rundown of the plot. Then they talk about the character arcs for each of the major characters, getting into depth at times. They talk about Nebula, and earned moments in the film. Frank recommends you watch the Youtube Video "Changing the Endgame" by Nando v. Movies (and watch his videos in general). They also talk about what they love and what they were let down by with each of the characters through out the discussion of their arcs. Then they talk about time travel! Frank gives his thoughts, and observations on Endgame's time travel rules, and John then offers up his thoughts. John brings up a couple of moments that really tugged at his heartstrings. John then discusses his disappointed in the treatment of the Guardians of the Galaxy in this, and the previous, Avenger's movie. Then they talk Fat Thor, and what the meat of the problem is with him. It's "Insane Fan Theories" next, they talk about the newest Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer. The idea of a multiverse, and how Marvel/Disney might introduce their recent acquisitions from Fox to the MCU. Frank also discusses rumors about Thor. Then they wrap things up with their final thoughts on the film.

[The guys find themselves back in the past, revisiting 2015, when Frank remembers that Kitteh Mao hadn't been born yet. They endeavor to look for the Balls of Power, to defeat him before he is born.]

May 2nd, 2019    

101 Daredevil Season 3

Episode 101: Daredevil Season 3 
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests 
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw 
Scripting by: Frank Shaw & John R. Belliston 
Edited by: Frank Shaw 
Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw 
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw 
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw 

The guys finally breaks down, and talk about the last season of Daredevil. Frank explains why they put it off, then they dive headlong into a discussion about the plot and the characters. They talk about the villains of the series, going into a discussion about the character Bullseye: His psychopathy, Wilson's Fisk's manipulation of him, and as through the plot recap, Fisk's betrayal of him. They also discuss how Wilson Fisk's plot slowly unfolds and how he ups the stakes this season compared to the first season. There's also discussion about the character Ray Nadeem. They then discuss the absences of the other heroes from the Marvel Nights Universe.

Then it's on to themes: First up, how people are never wholly black or white, as examined by the actions of Karen Page, Fisk, and Daredevil himself. Frank talks a little bit about one aspect of redemption that crops up this season with the character of Sister Maggie, the nun who helped raise Matt at the orphanage when he was a boy. Then Frank and John dive into a discussion about religion and faith, and specifically crisis-es of faith, and how they are portrayed in entertainment now. Also how crisis-es of faith are treated by faithful and atheists. They then give their final thoughts on the season, and long for a future with more.

April 26th, 2019    

100 Fanx Spring 2019

Episode 100!: FanX Spring 2019
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Scripting by: Frank Shaw
Edited by: Frank Shaw
Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw

The guys talk about hitting 100 episodes after 4 years of podcasting and what they've got planned for the near future. Then they dive into FANX: Frank talks about meeting Mike Colter, who plays Luke Cage on the Netflix series of the same name, as well as comic book writer Doug Wagner. They also talk about meeting the authors Byron Kraft and Jaclyn Weist. Then it's John asking stupid questions. Some of which have websites below that you should check out!

Jaclyn Weist http://www.jaclynweist.com/
Monsterhedz http://monsterhedz.com/
Fyrecon https://www.fyrecon.com/
Byron Kraft Books http://www.byroncraftbooks.com/

We asked the following folks questions but didn't actually capture the answers, but you should still absolutely check out their stuff because they are both fantastic for different reasons.
Deeply Dapper https://deeplydappergames.com/
Summer Rayne Cosplay TBT

Frank and John will be appearing on the Mythical podcast on the upcoming episode. You can check it out the twitter for Mythical here: https://twitter.com/MythicalPodcast
The Narrator retells fairy-tales and myths from around the world and this season she's telling Italian fairy-tales. It's pretty fantastic and you should should definitely check it out. All links to where you can find her show are on her twitter.

And of course... we have John's Bad Advice to finish things off. 

April 18th, 2019    

99 SHAZAM!

Episode 99: SHAZAM!
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Scripting by: Frank Shaw
Edited by: Frank Shaw
Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw

In this episode we talk about the newest DC film Shazam! After a rocky start Frank and John go over the plot and performances notably of Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer. They also talk  about the interactions with the supporting characters and the nods the films give to the DCU and other films. It's themes next, those of family and the idea of putting trust in imperfect people. John then discusses the way in which the movie suprised him. They then dive into the  nature and design of the Seven Deadly Sins and how they are used in the film as a thematic element as well as other media in general. Frank then brings up steotypes briefly that appear in the film. After a tangent they talk insane fan theories. Then wrap up with their final thoughts on the movie, and the DCU in general.

April 12th, 2019    

98 Movies, Videogames and John’s Health

Episode 98: Movies, Games and John's Health
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Scripting by: Frank Shaw
Edited by: Frank Shaw
Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw

Frank and John talk about the movies that are coming down the pipe. First they discuss their reaction to the Joker trailer, and they couldn't be on opposite pages on this one. Then Frank goes through an incomplete list of films he's excited for through July. We'll be talking about Shazam next episode. We talk about our excitement about the Hellboy remake and John shares a favorite scene from the original films. Frank talks about looking forward to Tolkien. John gushes about his anticipation for Godzilla: King of Monsters. It's his religion. Then it's Brightburn, and both John and Frank agree that it'll be nice to have a realistic portrayal of Superman. Then it's on to Dark Phoenix and the thought that we may be going back soon to talk about the X-Men films, though we bring up a problem that has plagued the franchise since the beginning. Frank also floats the idea of revisiting the Blade films as well. And finally Frank talk about SpiderMan: Far From Home. Then Frank talks about a couple of horror films he's excited for: The Dead Don't Die, and Child's Play. Up next John talks about a few games he's been playing on his Switch, including SteamWorld Dig 2, Diablo 3, Guacamelee 2, Color Splash and Flight. Frank gives out a few recomends as well including Battle Chef Brigade, Golf Story and Jotun. John then gives us a health update with "Tales from a Chemical Shit Storm!"

April 4th, 2019    

97 Umbrella Academy

Episode 97: Umbrella Academy
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Scripting by: Frank Shaw
Edited by: Frank Shaw
Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw

Frank and John are excited to talk about the original series on Netflix: The Umbrella Academy. Frank gives a very brief run down on the plot. Then Frank goes over each of the major characters and the actors that play them, while John and he discuss performances, who their favorites are and the various powers the characters have. The guys then talk about how the characters interact with each other: Allison reaching out to Vanya. Luthor and Diego's rivalry. Klaus and Diego's relationship, which is odd given their personality conflict. Klaus and Ben's relationship, given that Ben is dead and only Klaus can talk to him, but only if he's nearly sober (or completely sober). How Number Five views the rest of the group as being naive and rather stupid while he goes about his task in trying to prevent the impending Apocalypse. Then they discuss how Hazel and Cha-Cha show one dynamic of every workplace: The jaded lifer versus the enthusiastic lifer. They then discuss the ending in a bit more depth, including the other siblings treatment of Vanya after they discover her powers. Frank and John hypothesis how much of the future Sir Reginald may have known, as he committed suicide in order to bring the academy back together. As well as how their reunion led directly to the Apocalypse. It's onto themes, very briefly, including the family dynamic, and changing the future or the out come of the future. There's a lot going on with the themes with this series, and the guys don't even scratch the surface this episode. Then Frank talks briefly about the comics and John talks fan theories about the next season. After all that, they give their final thoughts.

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March 28th, 2019    

96 WI Stadia & Stuff

Episode 96: WI Stadia & Stuff
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Scripting by: Frank Shaw
Edited by: Frank Shaw
Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw

Frank and John talk about Google's new game streaming service Stadia. They talk about the merits of physical vs. digital media, then Frank predicts the future of streaming games and descends down a slippery slope. The guys then talk about Final Fantasy IX for the Switch, and how it's one of their favorite games. Then Frank gives a review of the Switch JRPG Lost Sphear, where it hits the nostalgia factor for him pretty heavily, but is burdened with too many subsystems. John then gives his thoughts on Breath of the Wild so far and what's frustrating him about the game, and Frank offers him some advice on how to enjoy it a little more by telling him to switch his paradigm on the game. Then Frank talks about Supernatural ending after 15 seasons. They contemplate the origins of the series. Then Frank posits the idea of doing an special episodes on tv series that ended well. John gives a shout out to the See You Next Tuesday podcast and then it's John's Bad Advice to finish things up.

March 21st, 2019    

95 Captain Marvel

Episode 95: Captain Marvel
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Scripting by: Frank Shaw
Edited by: Frank Shaw
Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw

John and Frank talk all about Captain Marvel in this episode. Discussing the plot, characters and the actors performances. They also talk about themes of female empowerment, and colonialism and Frank brings up an observation that his Lady pointed out to him. A point that is common through out Marvel cinema, but is a bit of a problem thematically with this film. They then talk about fan theories for Avengers: Endgame and give their final thoughts.

March 14th, 2019    

94 Dragon Prince Season 2

Episode 94: Dragon Prince Season 2
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Scripting by: Frank Shaw
Edited by: Frank Shaw
Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw

Frank and John talk about the second season of The Dragon Prince. Frank recaps the seasons plot while both John and Frank talk about some the intricacies of the plotting as well as their favorite characters. They then jump into themes: They delve into the idea of the cycles of vengeance, as well as reacting to "fate". They also touch on presentation versus reality. Then it's fan theories. And finally, should you be watching this series?

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