Andres Alvarez (@nerdnumbers) and his brother Daniel are back to discuss a TV show from their childhood: WMAC Masters! The world’s best martial artists are all competing for the ultimate prize on a Saturday morning show that tries to blend wrestling, G.I. Joe, and Street Fighter. Did it work? Tune in to find out our thoughts.
I normally try and leave highlight of our train of thought on the show. We hop all over the place though. I say just enjoy the show. If you watch the video show, Daniel splices in lots of clips from the show to prove we didn’t just make all of this up. Don’t worry, I’ll add some random footnotes too.
The Wikipedia entry on this show is quite comprehensive and worth checking out if you were a fan of the show.
A Trope I mention is called Stage Whisper, where characters discuss private and important information in a very obvious fashion.
A goal of this show was clearly to sell action figures. This failed spectacularly. A byproduct? The toys from the show are now rare and expensive.
We talk a bunch about season one’s feud between “Great Wolf” and “Tiger Claw”, which was the conversation we had that lead to us actually making this podcast episode.
Despite having a women’s division, WMAC Masters ignores their female characters (reminds me of the WWE) Out of twenty-six episodes, only seven feature womens’ fights. And many times these fights are shown in highlight flashbacks or even just characters telling each other what happened.
E.J. is in the book as a character. Of course, E.J. stopped reading after his character died, so he doesn’t know how the book ends. I compare this to a Jim Gaffigan bit about owning a book you haven’t read.
I certainly can’t point fingers. This post is up about two weeks later than I hoped it would be. But E.J. was supposed to be mentioned in the author’s notes…
E.J. points out that there is a blanket thank you in the author’s note. So he did get his thanks in the sense we were all Time Magazine’s person of the year in 2008.
The Audible version of Red Shirts is great. Will Wheaton is the narrator, and he’s amazing.
E.J. mentions 100% of books that use him (or his namesake) as a character have won the Hugo award. Just food for thought.
We want to be 100% clear; there is no bad blood between E.J. and John Scalzi.
E.J. says he’ll get around to finishing Red Shirts, but wants to read John Scalzi’s “Lock-In” first.
E.J. has read Kelly Sue Deconick’s Bitch Planet as well as Sex Criminals by her husband Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky. We have a weird genealogical discussion of works or something. Tune in!
This is E.J’s “one” writer writing about a writer. I’d be fine with more, see Stephen King!
This book hits on the implication of women gaining more control in a patriarchal society. Books like “Lean In” – and “The End of Men” (by Hannah Roslin, I forget her name in the show) have pointed out some of the demographic shifts.
We talk a bit about being a biased news source near minute twenty-two. It’s a fun listen.
The specific trope I mention for Winston in the Ghostbusters is Audience Surrogate. If E.J. was a lazy writer, his main character Tess could have been this. Luckily, E.J. makes sure to develop her as a fully fleshed out character with agency, motivation, and a story arc.
E.J. went to graduate school at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. It was actually featured on Girls. He did a lot of the New Mother as part of his M.F.A
E.J. points out his story does not pass the “Reverse Bechdel Test” — no two men speak to one another.
We’ve discussed how Star Trek — the original series – was progressive for the time. It’s not the same in today’s era.
We talk a bit about how a work can be feminist while having “non-feminist” characters. Part of making females a bigger part of pop-culture is allowing them to have agency in stories. This means letting them screw up!
I had started up the NerdNumbers podcast a while back, before I ended up doing the Boxscore Geeks show weekly. Well, the NerdNumbers show is coming back. Who better to have on than E.J. Fischer, star of the infamous “lost episode”.
This Week’s Show
The NerdNumbers show is back! We have a special guest, who’s on to discuss Batman vs. Superman and everything else.
We originally decided to talk Exterminite, a new series by Mikey Neumann, Len Peralta, and Kris Straub. Check out the first issue here! Only the “pilot” episode is out. We agreed we liked it, but that didn’t make for compelling podcasting. We’ll talk more as the series unfolds.
E.J. has a short story coming out in the April-May issue of Asimov’s magazine. I’ve committed to reading it and having E.J. back on the show to talk about it.