Episode #243 – Puppet Movies Battle

We’ve got the battle episode to end all battle episodes, except we aren’t ending these any time soon. It’s a battle of Puppet Movies. In one corner we have Emily with a Muppet Family Christmas. In the next corner we have special guest and friend of the show Johnny Recher bringing Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas to the ring. Next is Jon with Team America: World Police, and then Sam with Child’s Play. It’s an eclectic mix of puppetry you won’t want to miss!

 

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San Diego Comic Con 2018: A Tale of Many Steps

Emily recaps her favorite week of the year!

 

I’m a little late on this post. I had the bright idea to move three days after Con ended, so after 10 days straight of walking a billion steps and being socially active and then packing and picking up heavy things and then cleaning, I passed out in my new bathtub and soaked there until I woke up and realized I’d put off my recap for way too long.

 

So here it is, my rundown of San Diego Comic Con 2018, a distant memory now, of the time before the great migration to New Apartment. But I like to share my five-day journey for all the people who couldn’t be there, or for anyone who wants to relive the greatest week of the year.

 

Before you read this, know that I had plantar fasciitis the entire time. I walked like, 20,000 steps a day while sort of pretending everything was totally fine. It was not fine, and eventually my foot just fell off, but I kept walking. Heroic? Maybe. Painful? Definitely. Worth it? Present Me will say yes and let Future Me deal with the long-term consequences.

 

If you learn nothing else from this article, you should take my advice on two points: 1) Do not move the week after Comic Con and 2) Don’t have plantar fasciitis the week of con.

 

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1.11: Past Tense

This week Bryan, Graham “The Fart Master” Mason, and Nick-O-Las “the not in Canada” Friedemann sit down to discuss the third to last episode of season one: Past Tense.

 


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Bradley David Parsons inspired by JG Thrilwell

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Brok Holliday

 

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Episode #242 – A Wrinkle In Time

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! We’re back from our hiatus. Unfortunately that’s where the good news ends because this week we’re talking about Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, directed by Ava DuVernay, written by Jennifer Lee, and starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Michael Peña, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine. Joining us this week to talk about this cinematic “mess”terpiece is special guest and author Allison Fagundes. There’s a lot here and you won’t want to miss any of it!

Check out Allison’s book: Goddess Save the King!

 

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When Gossip Is A Virtue

Time to give gossip the credit it deserves!

 

In the same way that most the fine folks here at After the Hype consume comic books and graphic novels, I devour celebrity gossip. No, I’m not talking about misogynistic trash like TMZ, I’m talking about the groups of women who have been writing under the guise of fashion, fame, and who’s dating whom as a means of sharing information and dissecting popular culture. This used to be my guilty pleasure, but in the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp, in which whisper networks fueled by entertainment rumours and musing grew to a shout, gossip is finally getting the credit it deserves.

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1.10: Are You There God? It’s Me Dean!

This week it’s all about the fan favorite episode “Are You There God? It’s Me, Dean?” Bryan, Graham “blerghtg” Mason and Nick “blank space” Friedemann take on the famous “Smurf Argument” as well as the dreaded “candirú.” A lot of good stuff this week you won’t want to miss!

 


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Bradley David Parsons inspired by JG Thrilwell

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Brok Holliday

 

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1.09: Ice Station Impossible

This week Bryan, Graham “the guy” Mason, Nick “the freed man” Friedemann talk about Ice Station Impossible. A solid entry in the series that sets up a lot. It also features the voice work of Stephen Colbert and has a great parody of the Fantastic Four.

 


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The Strange Beauty of Dr. Pimple Popper

A show that allows us to revel in our imperfections!

 

Two weeks ago, “Dr. Pimple Popper” made its debut on TLC. The show follows dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee as she treats patients with unusual skin conditions. She earned her name through her Youtube channel where she post “popping videos” in which she removes cysts and blackheads. Popping videos have their own unique subculture, but because hers are produced in a sterile environment with top of the line tools, she’s seen over 2 billion views.

 

Beyond the ick factor of watching graphic skin procedures, there’s a lot that gives pause about the show: TLC, as a network, does not have the best history when it comes to exploiting the real-life people on its shows; outside the surgery, this could come across as a freak show in which we marvel at people with strange lumps, like this is a PT Barnum joint in the 1920s; and there is something terribly perverse about living in a country where healthcare is so expensive that people will go on television in order for low- or no-cost necessary care. Needless to say, I went into these first two episodes with a fair amount of skepticism. Instead of gross medsploitation, however, Dr. Lee and her patients taught me both about my skin and the vital importance of being able to put our best face forward.

 

 

What really struck me in watching the two existing episodes is the constant refrain of people who put off treating their skin conditions because it’s deemed cosmetic by insurance companies or because they felt it was vain and there were better uses of their time. For as much as we take it for granted, our skin is an organ. If we had a benign lump on our heart or spleen or kidney, we would still have it removed, just in case. But because our skin is something we decorate and moisturize and treat more like our clothing than the vital body part it is, no one seems to take it as seriously.

 

Doctor Lee, however, takes skin very seriously. But she does so with a kindness and compassion for her patients that I find absolutely refreshing. Because she’s seen it all before, she talks to people who have felt shame and gives them a sense of hope. One woman in episode two suffered from a rare condition called hidradenitis suppurativa that caused severe, painful series of fistulas all over her torso. Since she was eight years old, no doctor had taken her seriously. Because sweating exacerbated her condition, she could not do much physical activity, which caused weight gain, which led to one physician dismissing her condition as weight-related. It was heartbreaking. But Dr. Lee did not shirk away from the problem. She treated this woman with respect and put her in touch with another woman who had the condition, making this woman feel less alone. It was a beautiful moment in which the audience got to see that health is not just being free of physical ailments, but also a matter of mental and emotional well-being.

 

 

Although most people would never mock or bully someone with a visible skin condition, “Dr. Pimple Popper” is a lighthearted reminder that what may seem gross or horrific at first glance is actually very human. She treats patients of all ages, ethnicities, sizes and shapes, and each lump and pustule is for Dr. Lee not something to be feared, but something to examine. Her curiosity is infectious. After removing the largest lipoma she had ever seen from a woman’s neck, she encourages the woman to look at what was inside her with the sort of glee I normally reserve for puppies. They weigh it together, and she explains that it’s just fatty tissue.

 

Our bodies are capable of the strangest, most bizarre phenomena. They are imperfect machines that sometimes scar or grow cysts or glitch in a way that can be visible and embarrassing. What “Dr. Pimple Popper” does is to remind us that our skin is not scary or foreign, that it doesn’t have to be perfect, but that we can embrace it for the fascinating organ that it is.

 

1.08: Ghosts of the Sargasso

This week Bryan, Graham, and Brok “Researcher Supreme” Holliday discuss the “Ghosts of the Sargasso” episode of Venture Bros. It’s a perfectly standalone episode that could work anywhere in the season, and is another good starting point for those who have never seen the show before.

 


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Frisky Dingo: The Best Show You Never Watched

If I were to say to you, “People let me tell you about my new best friend, BARNABY JONES!” How would you reply?

 

Most of you would look at me oddly and move on with your lives.  A very small number of people would scream NAP at me.  These people are my people.  They get me.  These are people who have spent the 4 hours experiencing one of my all time favorite shows of all time Frisky Dingo.  Frisky Dingo is a show from 2006 that was canceled after it’s second season, and really no one cared.  I was right there the whole time, loving every second of it, and was truly heart broken when it went away.  I’m going to explain why you should start up your Hulu account right now and dive into the this wonderful show as soon as humanly possible, and take a few guesses at why it went the way of Ronnie under a huge pair of pants.

 

bye Ronnie…

 

LET’S DO THIS!

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