Episodes

Ep18 – The Lizzie Bennet Diaries + Blade Runner

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a future landscape in possession of a rogue cast of cyborgs, must be in want of crossover. In episode 18, we’re mashing up The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (our first web series!) and Blade Runner (not our first story about robots who look like people featuring Edward James Olmos!). Check us out on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher for our conversation about what it means to be human, real hero Charlotte Lu, and the awfulness of mansumptions.

Where you can find this pop culture (as of show date):

  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and its various spinoffs are available to view on Youtube.
  • Blade Runner is currently available to stream via iTunes, although if you’re a replicant, you can probably just download it directly to your robot brain.

Readers’ advisory, aka other stuff we like that we think you’ll like, too:

Ep17 – Sister Act + True Grit

Nothing you can say can tear me away from my dedication to righteous revenge! In episode 17, we’re mashing up movie greats Sister Act and True Grit. Check us out on iTunesSoundCloud, and Stitcher for our conversation on unexpected communities, superpower-inducing snakebites, girls who don’t care if you like them, and Matt Damon in a Shia LaBeouf mask.

Where you can find this pop culture (as of show date):

  • Sister Act is currently available to stream on Hulu, and available to rent/buy on platforms like Amazon.
  • True Grit is also available to rent/buy on platforms like Amazon or iTunes.

Readers’ advisory, aka other stuff we like that we think you’ll like, too:

Ep16 – The Great Gatsby + The Simpsons

Everything’s coming up Gatsby in this special birthday episode of Crossover Appeal! In episode 16, we’re taking Midwestern family values to a morally bankrupt Long Island summer town with The Great Gatsby and The Simpsons. Check us out on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher for our conversation about outsiders destroyed by their glimpse into a new world, a new birthday song, and why girls can definitely be way more than beautiful little fools.

Where you can find this pop culture (as of this date):

  • The Great Gatsby is a book! It is also a couple of movies but don’t watch those. Check it out at your local library or independent bookstore.
  • If you have cable or an FX membership, The Simpsons can be watched in its entirety on the FXX Simpsons World app, which has every episode ever. They also air new ones on FOX, Sundays at 8pm.

Reader’s advisory, aka other stuff you’ll like, too:

Ep15 – Les Misérables + Wreck-It Ralph

Who am I? I’m bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me–24601!

In this episode, we look at what it means to be the villain and the hero, and why we need a video game version of one of the lesser French revolutions. Check out episode 15 on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher for all our thoughts Javert’s mistaken character alignment (critical fail on charisma), the best minor character names since the Hunger Games, and revolutionary bros.

Where you can find this pop culture (as of show date):

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Also, apparently someone did make a Les Mis-inspired video game, and it is bananas.

Ep14 – The Wee Free Men + Hot Fuzz

By the Power of Grayskull! In Ep14, we’re going to the English countryside, where nothing is as it seems, danger lurks around every pub, and keen skills of observation are your best defense. Check us out on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher for all our thoughts on the Greater Good, frying pans as weaponry, and how we are definitely humans.

Where you can find this pop culture (as of show date):

  • Check out your favorite indie bookstore or local library for The Wee Free Menand all of Terry Pratchett’s work. (Bonus: I’ve been getting the audiobooks via my library’s hoopla account, and it is the best).
  • Hot Fuzz is available to rent/buy on streaming platforms like Amazon and iTunes.

Readers’ advisory, aka other stuff we like that we think you’ll like, too:

Ep13 – Bring It On + Groundhog Day

When the cheerleading forces combine and the groundhogs learn to fly, we discover the secrets of time, space, and spirit sticks. Check out Ep13 on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher for our discussion about taking personal responsibility for the betterment of society and our plea to Bill Murray to put on a cheerleading outfit.

Where you can find this pop culture (as of show date):

  • Bring It On is currently available to rent/buy on online streaming platforms like iTunes and Amazon. It was recently available to stream on Netflix, so maybe it’ll come back there or go to Hulu at some point.
  • You can stream Groundhog Day on Hulu, or rent/buy it from platforms like Amazon or iTunes.

Readers’ advisory, aka other stuff we like that we think you’ll like, too:

Ep12 – Hamilton + Hamlet

In Denmark you can be a new man! In honor of Alexander Hamilton’s birthday, we bring you the crossover that the universe (and that lady who shouted at Lin-Manuel Miranda on the street) foretold: Hamilton meets Hamlet! Check out Ep12 on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher, and listen to us talk about the weight of a family legacy, guys who never stop talking, and which Schuyler sister has secret superpowers.

Where you can find this pop culture (as of show date):

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Ep11 – Arrested Development + Lost

Episode 11 is live, featuring bad corporate practices, the importance of teamwork, and a whole lot of father issues. Whether you’re a Tailie, an Other, or just a Hop-on, you can find us on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher for all sorts of flashbacks, family drama, and necessary maritime law.

Where you can find this pop culture (as of show date):

If you’ve already binged all bad father figures you can handle, try some of our other recommendations:

Ep10 – It’s a Wonderful Life + A Christmas Carol

Episode 10 is up, and this week we’re getting in the holiday spirit (spOoOky!) with two stories about Christmas Eve and the supernatural figures who haunt us. Check us out on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher for our conversation about the importance of human connection and generosity, why Zuzu and Tiny Tim need to fight, and the Book Mobile War Rig that will get us out of Pottersville.

Where you can find this pop culture (as of show date):

  • It’s a Wonderful Life is available to rent/purchase via iTunesAmazon, and other streaming services. It’s also playing on regular TV, most notably on NBC on Christmas Eve. Some local movie theaters also play it around the holidays, so check your local listings!
  • A Christmas Carol the book is available for free at Project Gutenberg (yay public domain!). You can also check your local library for copies of the book and its many TV/movie adaptations, and your local theater might be performing a stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol, too.

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Ep9 – How to Train Your Dragon + Snowpiercer

Episode 9 is now live, and we’re diving into a snowy world of Vikings vs. Dragons vs. Trains as we mash up How to Train Your Dragons (movies 1 and 2) and Snowpiercer. Check us out on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher for the full episode, and someone please make us a “How to TRAIN Your Dragon: but the train is in all caps” poster.

Where you can find this pop culture (as of show date):

  • How to Train Your Dragon is available for streaming on Amazon and iTunes, and other places you can rent movies. Both movies used to be streaming on Netflix, but looks like they’re gone for now.
  • Snowpiercer is also available for streaming on Amazon and iTunes. We got the DVD from Netflix like old people.

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