The Protagonist Podcast #136: Chuck Bartowski in Chuck (TV 2007) “Chuck is the computer.”

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Joe and Todd talk about Chuck Bartowski from the TV show Chuck. They discuss the spy genre, issues of technology as explored in pop culture, and the overall charm of the show.

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The Protagonist Podcast #135: Ged/Sparrowhawk in A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (Novel 1968) “Infinite are the arguments of mages.”

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Todd and Joe are joined by returning guest Kjerste Christensen to discuss Ged from A Wizard of Earthsea. They talk about the novel’s place as a foundational text in the fantasy genre, what Le Guin did to make her text unique, and the internal threat Ged faces.

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The Protagonist Podcast #134: Conor Lawlor in Sing Street (Film 2016) “For brothers everywhere”

 

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Joe and Todd talk about Conor from the film Sing Street. Topics of discussion include the role of brothers in the story, the nature of inspirational films, the delicate balance of pessimistic realism and optimistic wish fulfillment.

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The Protagonist Podcast #133: Benjamin Franklin Gates in National Treasure (Film 2004) “I’m going to steal the Declaration of Independence.”

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Todd and Joe are joined by Ben Phillips to discuss Benjamin Gates in National Treasure. We delight in the implausibilities of the plot, talk about plot versus character, and discuss judging a film based on what it’s trying to do.

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#132: The Entire Cast in Battlestar Galactica (TV 2004) “So say we all!”

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Joe and Todd are joined by special guest Virginia McAlister to discuss the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series. Topics of discussion include paranoia, identity, and leadership.

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#131: Myfanwy Thomas in The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (Novel 2012) “Dear You, The body you are wearing used to be mine.”

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This week Todd and Joe discuss Myfanwy Thomas from Daniel O’Malley’s hilarious 2012 supernatural thriller The Rook. Join them as they tackle issues of memory, pain, and identity, and marvel at the novel’s many plot twists and fascinating side characters.

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#130: Sonny in The Apostle (Film 1997) “You do it your way, I do it mine. But we get it done don’t we?”

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Join us this week as we discuss the astoundingly good 1997 film The Apostle, which was written and directed by, and stars, Robert Duvall. We discuss Duvall’s impressive performance, his character’s poor life decisions, and then dive deep into the theme of redemption. Special thanks to listener Lynell for the request.

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#129: Special: Movie Pitches “There is a lot of plot in that one. I hope that doesn’t suit your fancy.”

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This week it’s a Special Movie Pitch Episode! Producer Andrew gave Joe and Todd a director, a genre, and lead actor or actress, and they had to write pitch what that movie would look like. Hopefully you enjoy their made-up plots.

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#128: Momotaro in Momotaro (Japanese Fairy Tale) “Son of a peach!”

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Todd and Joe are joined by special guest Branden Ushio from the Fandom Podcast to discuss a Japanese fairy tale. Momotaro is the story of a boy born from a peach who has a magical adventure. Please listen for the coolest plot summary we have ever had on The Protagonist Podcast.

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#127: Quentin Barnes in The Galactic Football League: The Rookie (Novel 2013) “Praise the high one!”

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Todd and Joe are joined by special guest Jeff Dumas from The Fandom Podcast to discuss Quentin Barnes from The Galactic Football League: The Rookie, a 2009 novel by Scott Sigler. They discuss sports’ place in culture, the genres this story aligns with, and what archetypes Quentin Barnes embodies.

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