S1E18 - What Makes a Great Villain?
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This month in Pop-Culture History- Summer Blockbuster Edition 1990’s
Trish- Schitt’s Creek: frigging HILARIOUS!!! This show featuring a real life father and son team is both outlandish and humorous. It’s a feel good watch that keeps it light. This is a family you love to loathe.
Jeremy- To celebrate Pride Month, Jeremy is binging Queer Eye. It’s the perfect feel-good show that has plenty of moments that cause happy tears. It’s a great offset to rewatching every X-Men animated series ever made (he’s obsessive, he knows that he needs help.)
Deep Dive- What Makes a Great Villain?
Note: We want to include a trigger warning as one of the villains discussed has a horrific rape plot point.
It’s not enough to have an outstanding hero, there needs to be an antagonist that can truly stand out in the plot. We remember these duos long after we forget about plots. This is just as important in superhero novels, sometimes even more so since the villain must shine beyond their powers.
When a villain is executed poorly, we gravitate toward the other characters. We delve into the female villains who gain agency and command their sexuality. Then there is a lengthy discussion about villains designed to be hated versus villains with an almost redeemable quality.
QotW: What hero would you want to be, and what hero would you most likely be?
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