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.

August 9th, 2019    

113 Transformers Prime Three

notes

Transformers Prime Season 3! We discuss the final episode of this animated series. We talk about the major plot points of the season: The regrouping of the autobots, the return of Ultra Magnus and Shockwave, and the creation of Predaking.  In addition, we talk about the pursuit of Predacon bones run away technology, the final story arc: the rebuilding of the Omega Lock and the creation of the raw substance of Cybertron and the final confrontation between the Autobots and the Decepticons. 

Themes are explored. We talk about the runaway technology of the synthetic energon and the disastrous results Knockouts initial experimentation with it. We also talk about Megatron's realization that the cloning of the Predacons may not work as he originally plans. Ultra Magnus and Wheeljack come to terms with the changes in their life. Wheeljack has to accept the fact that the Wreckers will never be what they were before and that it's time to move on. Ultra Magnus must come to terms with the idea that the military structure he'd been accustomed to is no longer viable and that the Autobots have created a family structure.  We then have a conversation about the nature of Shockwave before giving our favorite episodes and our final thoughts. 

quotes

"He's doing the scientific equivalent of just throwing darts at him." - John

"You learn by accepting these people that you can get more out of them, that you can really change things and move forward with them." -John

Metaplot

[Frank and John finally get the Space Ball, but at the cost of Franks robot car. Just when they are about to leave, Frank goes back to look for his key-chain.]

credits

Episode 113: Transformers Prime Three

Produced by: Relevant to Our Interests 

Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw 

Scripting by: Frank Shaw and 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

August 2nd, 2019    

112 Transformers Prime Two

notes:

Transformers Prime Season Two: We dive right into the second season of Transformers Prime. We start off with the major plot points (as well as minor ones) including Optimus Prime losing his memory with the spark of leadership, and the decoding of the Iacon Archive and the pursuit of the scattered artifacts that it lists. For the more "minor plot points:" MECH is back and using info they gleam both from last season and this season to create their own transformer. We discuss Starscream losing the ability to transform and his entire story arc in general. And we talk about Airicnid falling out with Megatron and the Decepticons, and ultimately being captured by the Autobots. Then we go into a little more detail about the search for the last Iacon Artifcacts and the attempted revival of Cybertron. 

For themes Frank points out the Authoritarianism vs. Republicanism that is represented by the Decepticons and the Autobots respectively. The nature of destiny, and Smokescreen's (and Optimus Prime's) role is discussed next, then we wrap up the themes with a conversation about the neutrality of technology, and how the Iacon Artifacts portray that theme. Frank and John then talk about some observations they've had with the season, and Frank discusses his one big pet-peeve. 

We then wrap up with our final thoughts, and favorite episodes from the season. 

quotes:

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Meta-plot

[John discovers the location of the Space Ball, and that the Robots have divided into two separate factions. Frank wants to hide, but John insists on moving forward. Using the Reality Ball, John turns Frank's care into a giant robot so they can move through the city to the warehouse the Space Ball is in.]

Credits

Episode 112: Transformers Prime Two

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

July 26th, 2019    

111: Transformers Prime One

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Transformers Prime season one is examined. John and Frank go through the major plot points: including what or who the Transformers are and their background. Who the major characters are, and the nature of their conflict on Earth. We also talk about the relationship the Autobots have with humans, including the terrorist organization MECH. Then we touch on the politics of the Decepticons including the nature of StarScream and Megatrons' relationship, and I recommend you check out this video from Lindsay Ellis on the character here. Here's the Cracked Article John mentions as well. We also talk about the different types of energon and how each shows up this in this first season and their importance to the plot. Then we go over Airachnid and her relationship with both the Autobots and Decepticons, And we wrap up the plot-points by discussing Unicron. 

Then it's a dive into themes: The freedom to choose, and the importance of choice is first talked about. The savior aspect of Optimus Prime and how this series subverts that idea with Megatron in the first season. We also talk about the idea of protecting the innocent, and how the show handles that idea. Frank gives out some observations and questions  that he has about the series. Then we give our final thoughts for the first season. 

quotes

"I wish every paladin would just be Optimus Prime." - john

"But like a better Jesus, cause he can turn into a truck. and laser gun hands." -John 

Meta-Plot

[Frank creates a car with the Reality Ball to drive him and John to Robot City. When they get there they discover that the robots have created giant versions of themselves to help protect the city from threats. Frank wants to abandon the search for the Space Ball, but John insists they look for it.]

Credits

Episode 111: Transformers Prime One

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

July 18th, 2019    

110 Spider-Man Far From Home

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Spider-Man: Far From Home! To start with we discuss "Life to the Fullest: A Benefit Concert for Annie Burdzy" that is taking place on July 20th at Ogden Highschool in Ogden Utah. We encourage everyone who can to check it out.  Annie's an amazing person and could use your support. Read about Annie here! And check out the auction and website here!

Then it's on to Spider-man: Far From Home. It's plot points first: Frank goes over the plot points: we touch on how the movie treats those affected by the "blip". The treatment of Mysterio, and where all the other heroes might be, and our thoughts on MJ in this Spider-Man continuity. We also discuss our thoughts about the mid and post credit scenes. 

We then go into themes: The most obvious one being of course "With great power comes great responsibility." Most exemplified by the EDITH glasses Peter is given early in the film. There's also the idea that you don't have to become those that preceded you. And my favorite, don't mistreat your employees.

Finally it's observations and theories. John talks about how this film book ends quite nicely with the original Iron Man film. Frank talks about what he hopes is coming down the road for the next Spider-Man film. Then we give our final thoughts. 

Quotes:

"But I think this version of MJ, is a better version than any other MJ." -John  

Meta-plot

[John and Frank return to Calculator City to find out it’s been destroyed by all the fighting monsters kangaroos and angels and demons. John endeavors to find Chuck Spiodermen CPA but soon discovers that the destruction is an illusion created by Frank to get him to move on from the city.]

Credits

Episode 110: Spider-Man Far From Home
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

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

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