Week in Geek: Andrew watches John Carpenter’s They Live to honor the life of Rowdy Roddy Piper while Dan listens to the podcast, Top Score with Emily Reese, discuss the ludomusicology of Final Fantasy VI.
BTAS: Dan and Andrew wrangle a new television show to talk about, Batman: The Animated Series. They use the classic episode, “Perchance to Dream”, as a way to kick off the discussion about dreams and dreaming in nerd ficiton.
Dreams and Dreaming: Andrew and Dan weave through a variety of media as they discuss how (and why) dreams are used as a narrative tool (or crutch, in some cases).
Listener Dreams (and Star Trek): Some listener responses brought up great uses of dreams in fiction while Andrew uses the opportunity to discuss a fantastic Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, “Phantasms”, which features Data having nightmares.
Question of the Geek:
What are effective instances of meta-narrative––when a text is acutely aware of the fact that it is a text and brings the reader in on the joke?
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For all intents and purposes, that was an episode recap.
-“Stayin’ in Black” by Wax Audio
-“Batman: The Animated Series (Main Title)” by Danny Elfman (arranged by Shirley Walker)
-“Dreaming in Dortmund” by Ewan Dobson
-“Dreamland” by Hirokazu Ando (from Super Smash Bros.)