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.

July 5th, 2019    

109 Jessica Jones Final

Notes

Jessica Jones Final Season. To start with we give a shout out to the See You Next Tuesday podcast, who are doing a men's health episode soon, John gives us an update on his health, and it's good news! We then toss the idea of having Haydn from See You Next Tuesday on as a guest near the end of summer. 

As we go through the plot we talk about Jessica, and where she starts this season, as opposed to the beginning of last season. We also touch on Malcolm and Trish characters as well. We have some opposing perspectives on the characters this episode as we discuss the old and new characters introduced this season: Eric Gelden and Gregory Salinger, and give our thoughts on the villain this episode, and how he compares to the previous two seasons. 

After our discussion on plot and character we dive into the themes of the season: Starting with “the ends justify the means”, which is most apparent in Trish's story arc as well as Jeri's. Then it’s “You're never a villain in your own story”, which is also the crux of Trish's story arc this season. But the serial killer Salinger also doesn't consider himself a bad individual, despite the murders he's committed in the pursuit of "truth". Then we talk a little about how Jessica seems to perceive herself through out the season, and the series. Which brings us to the last thought on themes: “That you can't give yourself the label of hero, it's given to you by others, and then you have to live up to it”. 

John then elucidates his issues thoroughly about this season. Frank throws out some observations on the seasons treatment of LGBQT characters. Then Frank throws out some vain hope for the future on Disney+. Finally we wrap up with our final thoughts. 

Quotes

"This season, as much as I thought it was great, it's really, it's really shitty that this is where, where we end it." -John

"I'm kinda ok with her dying alone and unloved." -John

"In a lot of ways they are the most products of their time" -John

Meta-Plot

[Frank uses the reality ball to recreate SuperHero City, where all the residents constantly fight each other. They hide beneath the Big Bad Baddie Building where they discover, after a phone call with John's brothers dog, Wagner, that there's a tunnel that goes all the way to calculator city.]

Credits

Episode 109: Jessica Jones Final

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

June 27th, 2019    

108 WI Video Games and Youtube

Notes:

Video Games and Youtube!

First up Frank talks about the lack of horror movies recently where he lives in Utah, with both BrightBurn and Child's Play failing to play on any of the screens near him. We then talk about the recent petition to remove Good Omens from Netflix and the hilarious comments that both Amazon and Netflix gave in response. 

Then it’s video games! Frank gives a rambling response to his excitement about isometric RPG's being released on the consoles this fall. As well as several Action RPG’s and JRPG’s too. Frank then goes on about E3: He talks about the release dates for the Final Fantasy VII remake, as well as  current and upcoming releases for the Switch. Then we talk about the Switch port for The Witcher III and how we love having so many great ports on the go. John then talks about the indie games he's been playing on the Switch recently, while Frank suggests checking out Budget Gamer Youtube channels for indie game reviews. Frank then dives back into E3: including Nintendo's big announcement about the Breath of the Wild sequel. Then Frank talks briefly about the Xbox Scarlet and the next generation of consoles that will be coming out next year. 

John talks about the Youtube channel Hugo and Jake, a channel that roasts Christian films and Chick Tracts. John recommends any of their Halloween episodes or their series on Jordan  Peterson's book.

Then John talks about the Midsummer Night's Masquerade Ball that takes place Saturday night, June 29th (see the Anarchy Girls Facebook page for details. about the event). Finally Frank talks briefly about losing his dear dog Shasta. And then we talk about introducing the dog's in John's life into the meta-plot. 

We're skipping John's Bad Advice this week, but send us your questions for it to: relevant2rinterests@gmail.com 

Quotes:

"I think they should show up in every show, in the second season." - John on the "Funky-town Punks"

On the Meta-Plot:

[Frank finds the Reality Ball, and discovers that the Space Ball is back in Robot City. He and John resign themselves to walk back through the body strewn battlegrounds to the destroyed city and search for the 2nd ball of power.]

Credits

Episode 108: Video Games and Youtube
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

June 21st, 2019    

107 Good Omens

Notes:

Good Omens the Series is given our attention this week. First up John discusses the strength and weaknesses of the original authors: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet. Then Frank gives a very brief plot synopsis. We discuss the characters: John talks about Aziraphale's and Crowley's relationship, and we discuss how intimacy and friendships don't have to be a sexual element, and how some fans read that into this particular story. We then discuss their motivations for wanting to stay on earth and touch on the other characters, including the Narrator, the angel Gabriel, and the demon Hastur and the four horsemen. Then we discuss the subplot with Agnes Nutter's descendant Anathema Device and Newton Pulscifer and the Witchhunter Army.

Then it's onto themes: the most obvious one being good versus evil. Frank then tries to make the case for Faith versus Science, and points out that the idea at least sets a tone for what the series is (and isn't). John discusses how the very fact that the characters, and specifically the Ant-Christ, Adam, being British helped guide the course of the story. We then talk about the environmental message of the series, which is most apparent through the Horseman Pollution and through the character of Anathema Device. Frank then talks about the Four Horsemen again, and brings up the ethnicity of each of them and how in some ways their calling is representative of where their ethnicity is from. John then talks about some more of the fun differences between the book and the series. We then wrap up with our final thoughts.

Quotes:

"We don't have words, or concepts to conceptualize how that relationship would function" -

-John

Metaplot

[The portal John and Frank went through last episode led them to a plane where Shadette, leading an army of demons, and Ruger unwittingly leading an army of angels clash with Frank and John caught in the middle. They manage to survive, with no explanation as to how they did, or who won the battle.]

Credits

Episode 107: Good Omens
Produced by: Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Shadette and Ruger voiced by 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
Battle Music: Portents, Brass Quintet by F.G. Shaw

June 13th, 2019    

106 Godzilla King of the Monsters

Notes:

Godzilla King of the Monsters is up this week! First up, we apologize for the lack of episode last week and John gives a brief run down of his medical misadventures. Frank gives a run down on the plot, such that there is. Then we talk about the cast, and the acting and discuss "Kennys" briefly. Then we talk about the style of the monsters and the monster battles, and how it differs from the 2014 release as well as how it acts as a throwback to the original films.

Frank takes the conversation off the rails: We discusses fanboyism, and the culture that has come from that. Both the fan outrage for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and more recently, the final season of Game of Thrones. We turn to the critics next and how they just don't seem to understand these types of movies. John discusses the issue of Kaiju films, and what some people don't seem to understand about them. We touch on the acting of the human actors and then discuss the fan versus the critics on this film, and others.

We touch on themes of the film briefly: John talks about how the filmmakers handled the dual nature of Godzilla in this film, and how it differs from the 2014 film. John then dives into predictions about the next film: Godzilla vs. Kong. Then we give our Final thoughts.  

Quotes:

"At its heart this movie's about giant ass monsters punching each other in the face." -Frank 

"The critics don't get that in some ways, and for a lot of people, that Godzilla is their insertion point in the world." -John

"The point of these films is to sort of get lost in the primal nature of it all." -John

Metaplot

[Frank and John find themselves trapped in the giant kangaroo's pouches, which have turned into man eating beast after gough left. Fortunately John's buddies are there to the rescue! John loses the pringles can containing the reality balls in a portal and the guys resign themselves to leaping into the portal to find it.]

Credits

Episode 106: Godzilla King of Monsters
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

May 30th, 2019    

105 gough! And Some Other Things

 

Notes

gough from Beernuts Productions joins us this episode.But First up John talks about Beyond Meat burger and gives his non-vegetarian opinion on this vegetarian burger. Frank talks about his ill-conceived decision to start collecting Marvel Comics 2099 run from the 1990's. John then talks briefly about the new Netflix series "Historical Roasts" before diving into a diatribe about his love hate relationship with Breath of the Wild. Then gough from Beernuts Productions joins in.

We start off by gough asking us about The Book of Mormon musical, which he recently saw in Brisbane, and how people responded to it here in Utah. We also talk about Mormon's love of musical theater. Then we discuss internet speed and the attitude to online streaming and entertainment in Australia vs. the US. Then we talk about Beernuts Productions latest film, How to Land That Dream Job. First the conversation focuses the scripting process and then to the largest cast that gough has ever assembled. We touch on some of the sensitive issues that gough touches on in this movie: disability, sexual harassment, and unemployment. Then John asks stupid questions gough a few stupid questions.

Quotes

"I do enjoy your questions John. They're nothing, if not, enlightening." -gough
"At it's heart, comedy is surprise, that's what it is." -gough

Meta-plot

[Frank and John are still trapped in the Robot City jail, when they are rescued by a giant gough! They escape robot city in the pouch of a giant kangaroo, and set out in search for the missing pets and buddies.]

Credits

Episode 105: gough! And Some Other Things
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
"Destruction, Wooden, A.wav" by InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk) of Freesound.org
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw

You can find gough and Beernuts Productions at: www.beernutsproductions.com

May 23rd, 2019    

104 Next Gen

 

Notes

Next Gen, a Netflix original animated series is giving a dive into on this episode. Frank gives a quick run down on the plot, then the guys talk about the voice actors performances. John talks about a few significant moments near the end of the film as well as the staging and art direction.

Then it's an exploration of the themes of the film: Frank talks about consumerism's presence in the movie, and how planned obsolesce has become so ubiquitous to our society that it's presence in film and television is almost expected. The discussion then turns to "Robot Morality" and they compare this films robots with the Asmovian 3 Laws of Robotics, and touch on AI in general.  The next thematic element is bullying. John's experience working with troubled elementary school children gives him the background to delve into some of the complexities when dealing with bullying.Then John discusses the subtle world building of the film, before Frank brings up the central theme of understanding what's precious. Frank and John then talk about the cultural nods and Easter eggs that show up throughout the movie, before giving their final thoughts on the film.

Quotes

"The movie is full of these small moments that are very profound." -John

"Our memories make us who we are, don't make the bad ones stop you from making good ones" -77 Next Gen

"Good memories, bad memories. They're all memories, and they're all precious." -John

"The plot is just a reason for them to be together, for them to be talking to each other." -John

Metaplot

[The guys find themselves transported to Robot City, where Frank realizes that John has only brought them here to look at robots. They're soon apprehended and thrown in a jail. Frank messages the pets to aid in their escape, because the robots neglected to take away their phones.]

Credits

Episode 104: Next Gen
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Scripting by: John R. Belliston and 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

May 16th, 2019    

103 Into the Spiderverse

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.]

Credits

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

May 9th, 2019    

102 Endgame

Notes

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.

Metaplot

[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.]

Credits

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

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. 

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