Is it a movie podcast? Is it a history podcast? Is it an unholy union of the two? Short answer: yes!
Each episode, hosts Colin MacCormack, Elijah Fleming and Christie Vogler break down a new movie about Greece, Rome or the wider ancient world and what works (or doesn’t work) about them. But this isn’t a podcast for nitpicking historical inaccuracies. Rather, it’s a chance to get hot takes on Hollywood films from professional nerds/academics and take a closer look at the relation between our movies and our pasts.
(Retcon) Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 2010, with Hannah Bazinaw
After completion of the Disney+ Percy Jackson series, the MWD crew thought it would be a good(?) idea to revisit the original film with new perspectives and participants. Has time improved our overall view of the film? Maybe the better question to ask is which of the hosts end up hating this film the most. Grab your magical pens with the same level of skepticism as Lerman's aged-up Percy as we delve into this quintessentially 2010s young adult film. And be sure to avert your eyes when Medusa shows up! Or when Grover decides to go pantsless.
And a special thanks to Hannah Bazinaw for her participation and assistance in covering the Percy Jackson series! You made for an excellent psychopomp:)
Percy Jackson & The Olympians (2023), with Hannah Bazinaw
We wrap up our in-depth analysis on Disney+'s newest adaptation of Rick Riordan's series, Percy Jackson and The Olympians! Joined by special guest and PJ-expert, Hannah Bazinaw, we review our final thoughts on this series now that it's wrapped. What about this show did we love? What did we hate? what did we love to hate? Get it here, as we talk family trauma, hero's journeys and when actually was the golden age of television (hint: it's True Blood).
Percy Jackson & The Olympians (2023) Ep. 8 Minisode, with Laura Porto
Season 1 of Percy Jackson and The Olympians comes to an end. All deals are completed; the traitor is revealed; and our trio is headed off on their next ventures (while giving Disney a shameless plug). Special guest Laura Porto joins Christie to discuss the good and bad of the season finale. While the episode mostly ends on a high note of Percy reuniting with his mom, we still can't quite shake the "ick" feeling the final scene gave us. Here's hoping season 2 leads to some monster slaying we'll be happy to see!
Percy Jackson & The Olympians (2023) Ep. 7 Minisode, with Emma Coffey
What is a hero without a good katabasis to their name? Special guest Emma Coffey joins us the discuss the trio's descent to the Underworld, arguably one of the best arcs in the series thus far. Percy and the gang must contend with Charon, Cerberus, the Asphodel Fields, and a (dare I say) reasonable Hades. No complaints on that front, but what happened to the Medusa subplot? Why does Poseidon have a sexy Aussie accent? Why in the Underworld did Sally put a match in an ice cream sundae? We attempt to address all these questions and more in the our latest minidsode.
Extremely Strained and Incredibly Forced: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Rattlesnakes (2023), with Alexandra Sills
We're back with another of our special installment series: Extremely Strained and Incredibly Forced. this Week, Alexandra Sills returns to talk about the connection between civic trauma and gladiators as we get into classical allusions and parallels in the new film, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. We talk Rome, Carthage, Troy, the Underworld, snakes and much more. Volunteer as tribute now!
You can find Alexandra's webpage, writing, social media and much much more at https://linktr.ee/alexandrasills
Percy Jackson & The Olympians (2023) Ep. 6 Minisode, with Colin MacCormack
As the master of all time and space, host Colin joins us to analyze the sixth episode of Disney's Percy Jackson! While there is not much to say about the Lotus Eaters themselves, we do discuss the unnaturalness of casinos and the meta-ness of the entire Riordanverse. Then there are questions regarding Lin-Manuel Miranda's fashion choices as Hermes. But hey, Grover finally saved some animals!
Classics Lover and Reader
I am gradually listening to the podcast series and wonder if an episode featuring 1964’s Fall of the Roman Empire featuring Stephen Boyd, Christopher Plummer and Sophia Loren will be available?
Witty and Insightful
A must for nerds of film and/or ancient history
Unholy Union of History and Films is Wholly Wholesome
Colin and Eli bring fresh ideas, humor, and insight to the films and shows which use the ancient Mediterranean in various and sundry ways. Without completely bashing the films, and doing their best to appreciate them as artistic and/or entertainment media in their own right, they do a great job of pointing out some of the more funny and weird changes made to ancient history in the course of these films. I really like listening to their expertis, and 10/10 recommend!!!!