The Narrative Imperative

The Narrative Imperative
Real life siblings Jared and Laura ruin your favorite books, movies, and TV shows by asking the important question: Is it actually good?
15 - High School Musical vs Grease
Apr 29 • 95 min
In our highly anticipated return, we explore the plot, characters, morals, relationships, and music of Grease and High School Musical. Which of these two titans of teen musicals will reign supreme?
14 - Halloweentown
Oct 25, 2017 • 47 min
Have you ever realized how the Disney Channel Original Movie, Halloweentown, is basically a complete remake of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope? You will after listening to this podcast, because we obviously can't go more than 30 minutes without talking…
Episode starwarsreturnofthejedi: 13 - Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Jul 21, 2017 • 127 min
Hot takes alert! In our episode about Return of the Jedi, Laura and Jared get controversial; Yoda is a bad mentor, Ghost Hayden Christiansen is one of the best edits George Lucas made to the original trilogy, the new Ewok song is far better than the…
12 - Hedwig and the Angry Inch
May 18, 2017 • 61 min
In this week's episode, Laura and Jared switch things up by reviewing a Broadway musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. This glam rock musical is ripe with themes of self-identity, power, and the search for completion, as well as a pretty kick ass…
11 - Robin Hood Prince of Thieves Trivia
Mar 29, 2017 • 74 min
In our most meaningful episode yet we take time to share some quotes from stories that have made an impact on the way we see the world, we share four (4!!) pieces of fan mail, and Laura beats Jared at trivia again. Sorry for spoiling that but at this…
10 - Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
Mar 11, 2017 • 183 min
In our most contentious episode yet, Jared advises Kevin Costner to do some squats, Laura fixes all the movie's problems, but mostly we rave about Alan Rickman. Join us as we debate whether this blockbuster hit is so bad that it's good or so bad that it's…
9 - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Trivia
Feb 27, 2017 • 46 min
This episode brings you the Harvest Moon video game series, musicals, and new contender for 'most dedicated listener' and yet another trivia showdown! We also HIGHLY recommend you watch Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Do it now! Show Notes: Please leave…
8 - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Part 2
Jan 27, 2017 • 87 min
In the thrilling conclusion to our Empire Strikes Back analysis, Jared and Laura discuss character vs plot, Cloud City's interior design, and compare Darth Vader to the abusive Father/Coach from Air Bud. Laura corrects decades of people misquoting the…
7 - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Part 1
Jan 20, 2017 • 138 min
In this episode, which covers the first two acts of Empire Strikes Back, Jared and Laura pick up where they left off with A New Hope: gushing about Princess Leia. We rave about the snappy first act, discuss the convoluted and slow, but still entertaining…
6 - A Muppet Christmas Carol Trivia
Jan 10, 2017 • 35 min
Your lovely hosts pour one out for Carrie Fisher, discuss holiday movie traditions, and give you a few story recommendations to get 2017 off to a good start. Jared gets a chance to flex his Muppet knowledge muscles: will redemption be his or shall Laura…
5 - A Muppet Christmas Carol
Dec 20, 2016 • 94 min
Laura and Jared are joined by special guest, Rick, who wows us with his in depth knowledge of this delightful Dickens adaptation. Jared clearly demonstrates he's never read the original novella, Laura shakes her head in disgust, and we all agree: rats are…
4 - 10 Things I Hate About You Trivia Show
Dec 12, 2016 • 15 min
Tune in to see if Laura can extend her streak of being much smarter than Jared by another episode! A short mailbag session is followed by the announcement of next episodes movie and the identity of our first guest star! Show Notes: Please leave us a…
3 - 10 Things I Hate About You
Dec 4, 2016 • 115 min
Jared and Laura analyze the popular teen comedy/Shakespeare adaptation, 10 Things I Hate About You. We bask in the amazing one-liners, discuss the relevant social issues, rate the romances, and uncover the multiple connections to Batman in this movie.…
2 - Trivia for Episode Star Wars IV
Nov 27, 2016 • 20 min
Your lovely co-hosts reflect on what they learned from recording their first podcast together, offer their final thoughts on Star Wars, read some fan correspondence, and determine once and for all who is the most knowledgeable Star Wars fan!
1 - Star Wars Episode IV
Nov 22, 2016 • 96 min
We discuss our love of Princess Leia, Han shooting first, and C3POs surprising competence and generally geek out about Star Wars: Episode IV! Laura tells us about the Hero's Journey and Jared drops a F bomb while discussing how good the music is…sorry…