Even though time travel is impossible, we can still dream right? In this week’s episode, we explore the movies and TV shows that taught us that meddling with time can end up making you your own grandpa. Gross…
Episode #43 – Welcome to season 2 of Thundersmash! The same nerdy stuff you already know and love with just a little more structure this time! This week, we’re taking the podcast to the stars as Matthew McConaughey teaches us that space is a terrible place to be in Interstellar. But if Earth is giant dust bowl like it was in the Dirty Thirties, then space might be the only place we have left. Learn about history AND science in our new episode! Plus, we discuss what it would be like to be hit with a wave made out of scorpions.
Every culture has their knights in shining armor, but do those knights commit ritual suicide if they dishonor their deimyo? Didn’t think so. Find out how Tom Cruise helps us explore the intense and mysterious culture of the samurai in this week’s episode!
Do you ever feel like you had a destiny? Jake Sully did and so did 19th century Americans. Find out how James Cameron’s Avatar was less of a Pocahontas rip off and more of an in-depth look at how Manifest Destiny led us to conquer the continent.
This week, we tackle a common story trope: the Chosen One. There have been Chosen Ones all throughout fiction, but is it a cop-out to have your hero driven by a prophecy? Find out what we think as we dissect the philosophy of greatness and find out if Neo is a better character than John Wick.
We usually try to pick an obscure philosophy out of a timeless classic, but this week the allegory is plain as day. If you want to hear a terrible South African accent or just want to learn about what aliens in Johannesburg have to do with systematic racism, you’re in the right place. Join us as we take apart what makes District 9 so great and what it has to say about Apartheid.
This week, we invite special guest and soon-to-be pastor Gavin on the show to analyze the Christ figure motif this Easter season. Whether it’s Superman or Harry Potter, be prepared for some spoilers as we delve into what makes a Christ figure and if these fictional wannabes fit the bill.