Ep27 – #yayhamlet + Lostrested Development

It’s Crossover Appeal’s one-year anniversary, so pull the magic democracy plug and come join the dance of Mister Snake Miser! Walt and Annie talk corporate intrigue and fix all Damon Lindelof’s problems, by mashing up not one, not two, but FOUR special blast-from-the-past properties. Angelica Schuyler’s time travel causes even more problems than before, but not even the unholy union of Ben and Lucille can solve the problem that is Tobias. Check us out on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher for all of that crossover to the power of crossover goodness. Plus: our favorite recommendations from the last year, for all your reading and watching needs. Thanks for sticking with us this far, folks, and here’s to another great year! 

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Special Reader’s Advisory, aka our favorite things from the last year:

Ep26 – Center Stage + Beowulf

When classical ballet meets Old English sagas, it’s a great Wishbone episode with hardcore butts. In ep 26, we explore the competitive worlds of monster fighting and professional ballet with monster moms and dance moms. Check us out on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher for our conversation about toxic masculinity, Peter Gallagher’s exquisite eyebrows, and storytelling in all its performative forms.

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Ep25 – The Song of the Lioness + The Mighty Ducks

Strap on your foot-blades and get your hand-blades ready, because this week, we’re joining the Tortall varsity hockey team! Ducks and knights fly together in episode 25, in which we cross over The Song of the Lioness, Tamora Pierce’s classic YA fantasy series, and The Mighty Ducks, Disney’s classic sports movie that spawned a 90s-worth of copycats. Check us out on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher for our discussion about redistricting, the dark epilogue to Freaky Friday, hot moms, and things Freddy Mercury could have liked.

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Ep23 – The Remains of the Day + Wallace and Gromit

What’s that coming over the hill? It’s Anthony Hopkins in a pair of giant mechanical trousers! This week, we look at the most British-y of British stories, with the beautifully written and emotionally stunning The Remains of the Day, and the slapstick and wit of Wallace and Gromit. Check us out on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher for a conversation about sad road trips, maniacal penguins, Anthony Hopkins on a skateboard, and lots of suggestions for things you definitely should not Google.

Potential fanfic titleThe Remains of the Clay.

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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.

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.

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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:

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.

If you can’t get enough ghosts and angels, try these other recommendations:

Ep8 – Jane the Virgin + Jurassic Park

Episode 8 is up, and we’re so happy to be spending some time talking about two pieces of media that bring us so much joy. This week we’re mashing up Jane the Virgin and Jurassic Park, which gets us talking all about what it means to find yourself in charge of a young life, dinosaur gynecology, and the dark cannibalistic period of the Beach Boys’ career. Check us out on iTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher for the full episode.

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

  • Like the sound of Jane the Virgin? Catch up on seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix, and watch season 3 (currently airing) on the CW.
  • Somehow missed Jurassic Park? Watch it on NetflixAmazoniTunes, or other places you can rent/buy movies.

And if you’ve already caught up with Jane and the dinosaurs, here’s our reader’s advisory, aka other stuff we like that you may like: