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Derek & Laurel dish on myths, history, pop culture and more as they explore universal themes in storytelling. From Game of Thrones and Harry Potter to the Marvel Universe and Star Wars, we've been making pop culture sound smart since 2017. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/midnightmyth/support

The Midnight Myth Podcast Derek Jones and Laurel Hostak

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Derek & Laurel dish on myths, history, pop culture and more as they explore universal themes in storytelling. From Game of Thrones and Harry Potter to the Marvel Universe and Star Wars, we've been making pop culture sound smart since 2017. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/midnightmyth/support

    Episode 158: The Fifth Wall | Rick & Morty Season 4, Story Structure & Religion

    Episode 158: The Fifth Wall | Rick & Morty Season 4, Story Structure & Religion

    After an eventful couple of weeks, we’re back in the studio with the conclusion of our mini episode series on science fiction film and television. This week, we’re getting schwifty with insights from Season 4 of Adult Swim’s Rick & Morty. Through the particular lens of Season Four, Episode Six: Never-Ricking Morty (you know, the one with the Story Train), we’ll explore what it means to be postmodern sci-fi. We’ll discuss Dan Harmon’s signature “Story Circle”—an adaptation of Joseph Campbell’s comparative mythology research—and the layers of in-universe and out-of-universe commentary this episode achieves. Like, it’s so meta. Plus, what happens when stories become the basis of entire belief systems—from Jesus Christ to the Flying Spaghetti Monster to Rick Sanchez himself…



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    Episode 157: Rage Against the Machine | Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Greek Myth & Technology

    Episode 157: Rage Against the Machine | Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Greek Myth & Technology

    We’re back. In the fourth installment of our science fiction mini-series, we’re taking on another iconic sequel (and finally succumbing to the lure of James Cameron) by covering 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The sci-fi-action-blockbuster that spawned some of cinema’s most quotable moments also deals in massive questions of human responsibility, technology, destiny, and compassion. We’ll discuss Sarah Connor as an analog of Cassandra, the cursed prophetess of Troy, and the film’s parallels to a widespread mytheme. Plus, what is SkyNet? What is the technological singularity? Is the future set, or are we bound toward the same destruction via many paths? Come with us if you want to live… and learn!



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    Episode 156: The Kobayashi Maru | Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Mythology & Shakespeare

    Episode 156: The Kobayashi Maru | Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Mythology & Shakespeare

    “Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold in space.” That’s right, friends, for the first time in our three years of podcasting, we are heading where no man has gone before and taking on the beloved Star Trek franchise with a deep dive into 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Considered the best of the Star Trek films, The Wrath of Khan is simply dripping with literary references, from the works of William Shakespeare and the King James Bible to Milton’s Paradise Lost and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. How do all these dizzyingly complex texts inform the philosophy at the heart of the story? How does this science fiction film conform to age-old revenge stories while also functioning as a naval war story in space? How do reason and passion—two powerful thematic forces in the Star Trek universe—find harmony in the characters of James T. Kirk, Spock, and the inimitable Khan? Beam up with us for the answers to all these questions and more… Part 3 of a short series on sci-fi in movies and television.



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    Episode 155: Kane's Son | Alien (1979), Greek Mythology & The Body

    Episode 155: Kane's Son | Alien (1979), Greek Mythology & The Body

    As we continue careening through the vacuum of space in our mini-series on sci-fi classics, we’re picked up by the commercial ship the Nostromo. A strange creature lurks on board… This week, we’re discussing Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror/science fiction mashup ALIEN. We’ll explore the ancient themes that resonate from Greek mythology into this modern masterpiece, and we’ll discuss how the persistent mind-body problem suffuses this intensely visceral film. A movie that masterfully tackles questions of gender and sexuality, survival and heroism, humanity and monstrosity. Don’t forget—if we break quarantine, we could all die.



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    Episode 154: Starchild | 2001: A Space Odyssey, Mythology & Philosophy

    Episode 154: Starchild | 2001: A Space Odyssey, Mythology & Philosophy

    Open the pod bay doors and join us beyond the infinite as we dive deep into Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. In this first part of a mini-series on sci-fi in movies and television, we’re starting with what many consider the greatest science fiction film ever made (and we don’t disagree). We’ll explore some of the myriad readings of this ambiguous and powerful piece of visual storytelling, discuss themes of evolution and progress, and offer some insights into the unique collaboration of Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. We’ll decode some of the visual and auditory symbols, bringing analysis from the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. How does Kubrick fashion a sci-fi masterpiece that works its magic on the unconscious, stirs our “mythological yearnings,” and infuses Romance and poetry into the cold vacuum of space? All this and more on this week’s odyssey.



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    (BONUS) The Wheel of Ka: Coda

    (BONUS) The Wheel of Ka: Coda

    Just when you thought the Wheel of Ka was over, and after 7 books of re-reads and discussion about Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Derek and Steve return with the coda. We sat and reflected on the time, and gunslinger-esque dedication it took to complete our side project, and realized we had just one more episode of the Path of the Beam. In an interview style bonus, Derek asks Steve several questions about the books, what connects them, their strengths, their weaknesses, and debate like two old stars in a constellation over Midworld, locked in dialogue, trapped in gravity, and forever repeating.

    We hope you enjoy this bonus, and remember, all things, even the Beams serve the Tower, why would this podcast be any different?



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