Is Star Trek’s concept of the Prime Directive the only ethical way for one culture to act toward a less developed one? What are the rewards, and dangers, in intervening? And what do you do when someone builds an entire religion around you doing one nice thing?

In this episode, Jacob and Matthew look at Mad Idolatry, the final episode of Season 1 of the Orville, and dig into the larger questions it examines. Whether you are a hard core Orvillian, or never seen the show, there is a lot here to think about and enjoy. We summarize the episode and focus on the larger issues at play, digging into questions asked by this show, Star Trek, and so much of Science Fiction.

Want to continue the discussion with us? Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? We’ve got options for you!

You can post questions, or respond to our episode threads in our Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, or talk to us on the podcast’s Twitter account, or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com. Each of your co-hosts also has their own twitter,

Matthew is CapedEthicist, https://twitter.com/CapedEthicist

Jacob is BotsRPeopleToo https://twitter.com/BotsRPeopleToo

Many of you have been asking how you can support the podcast. Now you can at our new Pateron page! Patreon is a great way to support creators like us through donations, and get great rewards for your help. You can even pick a topic for an upcoming episode! https://www.patreon.com/superheroethics

Want to show your love for Superhero Ethics with a t-shirt, hoodie, cell phone case, mouse pad, or other swag? We now have a store where you can buy any of those things and more! https://www.teepublic.com/user/superheroethics

Lastly, you probably heard some great music ending our podcast. This thanks to the deeply talented Jack Hesse, who also composed our intro music. You can follow him on Twitter at Jack_608, https://twitter.com/jack_608

 

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Order or Chaos, or is that a false dichotomy? What are the dangers of one culture trying to guide and support the growth of another? Is Babylon 5 an allegory for the Cold War?

In this episode, we take on these questions and more, as we look at the Vorlons and the Shadows from Babylon 5. There will be spoilers galore, but even if you have never seen the show, we will bring you up to speed so you can understand the questions the show raises that we are diving into.

ALSO! This is the first new* episode of the year, and we have some bigs new to announce!

Many of you have been asking how you can support the podcast. Now you can at our new Pateron page! Patreon is a great way to support creators like us through donations, and get great rewards for your help. You can even pick a topic for an upcoming episode! https://www.patreon.com/superheroethics

Want to show your love for Superhero Ethics with a t-shirt, hoodie, cell phone case, mouse pad, or other swag? We now have a store where you can buy any of those things and more! https://www.teepublic.com/user/superheroethics They have a new store sale running for the next day and a half, so check it out!

Want to continue the discussion with us? Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? You now have two new great ways to do so. Jacob and Matthew have each started their own twitter account!

Matthew is CapedEthicist, https://twitter.com/CapedEthicist

Jacob is BotsRPeopleToo https://twitter.com/BotsRPeopleToo

That is in addition to our Superhero Ethics Facebook Page, which is the best way to join in the conversations. You can also find us on the Twitter account for this podcast, or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com.

Lastly, you probably heard some great music ending our podcast. This thanks to the deeply talented Jack Hesse, who also composed our intro music. You can follow him on Twitter at Jack_608, https://twitter.com/jack_608

*2018 year in review was recorded in 2018, but posted in 2019.

 

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Ep 61: 2018 Year

Ep 61: 2018 Year in Review

2018 was one hell of a year, and Jacob and Matthew go deep on some of their favorite characters and questions from the year that was. We re-examine old questions, talk about what we learned this year, and what we are excited to see in 2019.

You can download the episode with a right click  and clicking "save link as" or subscribe by searching for Superhero Ethics on Itunes or on Stitcher.

Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? Let us know! We recently started a Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, which is the best way to join in the conversations. You can also find us on Twitter or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com

Here are each of their year end lists.

BEST CHARACTERS OF 2018

Matthew

  1. Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)
  2. Kingpin (Daredevil)
  3. Black Mariah (Luke Cage)
  4. Eric Killmonger (Black Panther)
  5. Tandy/Dagger (Cloak & Dagger)

    Hon. Mention: Superman

Jacob

  1. Kingpin (Daredevil)
  2. Misty Knight (MCU Shows)
  3. Jessica Jones (MCU Shows)
  4. Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
  5. T’Challa (Black Panther)

FAVORITE ETHICAL QUESTIONS OF 2018

Matthew

  1. Infinity War- Should we trade lives?
  2. Dangers of religion (Jedi)
  3. Toxicity in fandom
  4. Glorification of violence 
  5. Can you be a superhero who doesn’t kill?

Jacob

  1. Use of violence
  2. Toxicity in fandom
  3. Kingpin & punisher
  4. Infinity War- Should we trade lives?
  5. Devotion to a Cause

THINGS WE LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2019

Matthew

  1. Captain Marvel
  2. The Future of the Jedi/Star Wars
  3. Magic the Gathering Story
  4. The Orville
  5. Good Omens

Jacob

  1. The Future of the Jedi/Star Wars
  2. Infinity War- End Game
  3. Good Omens
  4. Daughters of the Dragon
  5. The Orville

FIVE CONCERNS WE HAVE IN 2019

Matthew

  1. Infinity War
  2. Disney taking over Netflix MCU
  3. The Joker movie
  4. Toxicity in fandom
  5. Tumblr and future of adult fandom

Jacob

  1. Future of the Jedi in Star Wars
  2. Infinity War
  3. More angry male heroes seeking revenge
  4. Future of Punisher
  5. Disney taking over Netflix MCU

FIVE THINGS WE WISHED WE TALKED ABOUT MORE IN 2018

Matthew

  1. Dr. Who
  2. Cloak & Dagger
  3. Runaways
  4. Supergirl
  5. Black Lightning

Jacob

  1. Misty Knight & her disability
  2. Jeri Hogarth in Jessica Jones
  3. Iron Fist Season 2
  4. Any DC Movie
  5. (Jacob only had 4)
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The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. Why do we tell so many stories about the two of them together? How do their approaches to justice differ, and why does that matter? Do they work best as enemies, allies, or in their own worlds? Special guest Jessica Plummer joins Jacob and Matthew to discuss these questions and more!

Jessica Plummer lives in New York and loves Superman very very much. You can listen to just how much on her Superman podcast, Flights and Tights (http://flightsandtights.libsyn.com/). She also writes about comics and books in general at BookRiot.com (https://bookriot.com/author/jessica-plummer/). Find her on Twitter @jess_plummer.

Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? Let us know! We recently started a Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, which is the best way to join in the conversations. You can also find us on Twitter or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com

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Need something to listen to on the long car trip home? Want a distraction from talking to your racist uncle or having to hear about your cousin's new get rich quick scheme? We've got a podcast for you!

Jacob and Matthew are pretty grateful for the newest season of Luke Cage, and on this episode we dive into why we liked the show and some of the questions it brought up. We talk about revenge, history, father-son and mother-daughter relationships, and whether Harlem needs a hero or a king. 

We recorded on the day of Stan Lee's death, so we also take a moment to pay tribute to the man who gave us so many of the stories we love and love to talk about.

**** SPOILER WARNING ****  This episode contains a lot of spoilers for Luke Cage Season 2. Do NOT listen unless you've already seen it or are ok with learning major plot details.

One important note- Jacob and Matthew are aware that the last thing the world needs is two more white guys talking about race and Luke Cage. As such, they were intentional in focusing on other issues, and want to encourage all of our listeners to check out some of the great black voices writing and podcasting about that. Below are just a few options, but there is a lot of great stuff out there.

Blackness, Birthright, and the Battle for Harlem: Intra-Racial Conflict in Marvel’s Luke Cage Season Two by Nicosia Shakes, The Black Scholar

Luke Cage’ Season 2 Taps into Black Consciousness by Christina Santi, Ebony Magazine

Sweet Christmas in Summer: A ‘Luke Cage’ Season Two Endorsement by Shawn Taylor, Nerds of Color

Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? Let us know! We recently started a Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, which is the best way to join in the conversations. You can also find us on Twitter or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com

 

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Is Superman a product of nature or nurture? This episode looks at the Red Son story, which imagines an alternative future in which Kal-El landed in the USSR, and grew up to fight for Truth, Justice, and the Communist Way. We ask how Superman would be changed by being raised in a different culture, and what that tells us about his core ideals, and ours. 

This episode also features special guest, Jess Dunks. Jess is a former USAF Korean Linguist and a professional level judge for Magic: the Gathering events. He's also been a fan of superhero stories ever since he found a comic book store he could walk to when he was 12, and his favorite hero is Boo, the only Miniature Giant Space Hamster in the Realm.

Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? Let us know! We recently started a Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, which is the best way to join in the conversations. You can also find us on Twitter or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com

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What can you learn from the no-win scenario? Is Star Fleet a military organization? And are those REALLY Ricardo Montalbán's pec muscles.

Jacob & Matthew watched Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and then talked about the ethical questions it raised.

Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? Let us know! We recently started a Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, which is the best way to join in the conversations. You can also find us on Twitter or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com

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Jacob and Matthew are just a little excited about the upcoming new season of Daredevil. They dive into some of the questions they hope to see explored in this new season, such as did time in prison change Wilson Fisk, why was Veronica such an important character, and will we see more of her, and why Matt’s faux death at the end of Defenders bothered us so much.

Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? Let us know! We recently started a Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, which is the best way to join in the conversations. You can also find us on Twitter or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com

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Ep 55 - Violence

Does a Superhero movie need a good fight scene? Jacob and Matthew look at the role of physical violence in the stories we love, asking questions of both the characters and the writers.  Can you tell a hero story without violence? Do our heroes too often resort to their fists? And why do so many heroes see fighting as flirtation?

You can download the episode with a right click  and clicking "save link as" or subscribe by searching for Superhero Ethics on Itunes or on Stitcher.

Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? Let us know! We recently started a Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, which is the best way to join in the conversations. You can also find us on Twitter or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com

This is the voter registration website we mentioned during the PSA at the end. 

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What better place to discuss the cross country antics of the Winchester Brothers than the open road? While driving cross country, Jacob and Matthew took some time to talk Supernatural, examining the moral value of different kinds of non-humans, the relationship between Sam and Dean, and their willingness to make any and all sacrifices to save each other.

Our schedules haven’t allowed us the chance to record under our normal conditions, and while talking about Supernatural while driving down the highway seems rather fitting, we know that the sound quality is a lot lower than what we like to provide you. Thank you for bearing with us, and we will be back to our normal recording conditions (and sound quality!) for our next episode.

Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? Let us know! We recently started a Facebook Group, which is the best way to join in the conversations. You can also find us on Twitter or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com

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