Episodes

Ep21 – Pushing Daisies + Angels in America

When you’re dealing with unwanted supernatural powers and deep questions of life, death, and morality, what you really need is a slice or two of pie. This week, we’re crossing over whimsical murder-mystery tv series Pushing Daisies with seminal theatrical work Angels in America. Check us out on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher for a conversation about new band Fancy Boy Shark, being 10% Lindsay Lohan, Annie’s very late workshop notes for Tony Kushner, and lots of people eating pie together.

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Ep20 – Deep Blue Sea + The Maltese Falcon

When questionable research practices meets underworld crime, a lot of people get eaten by SmartSharks™.  In episode 20, we’re crossing over Deep Blue Sea, a sci-fi horror movie with deeply flawed representations of sharks, and The Maltese Falcon, a noir classic with deeply flawed representations of falcons. Check us out on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher for our conversation on how to get your start in the shark wrangler rodeo,  why there’s no such thing as a guilty pleasure.

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

  • Deep Blue Sea is currently available to stream on HBO, and to rent/buy on platforms like Amazon or iTunes.
  • The Maltese Falcon is available to rent/buy on platforms like Amazon or iTunes.

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Ep19 – Firefly + Clue: the Movie

Take my love, take my land, take me where I cannot stand. I don’t care, I’m still free, you can’t take the lead pipe from me. In this episode, we’re crossing over scifi/western tv series Firefly and slapstick/murder-mystery board game movie Clue for a giant mash-up of mash-y-ness. Check us out on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher for our conversation about blood sacrifice cults, the construction of verbal humor, Tim Curry’s legs, and why Madeline Kahn is the greatest.

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

  • Firefly is currently available to stream on Hulu.
  • Clue is available to rent/buy on platforms like Amazon and iTunes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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