Trivially Crucial

Trivially Crucial
A conversation show about the importance of stories in all mediums, how they’re constructed, how they’re told, and how they enhance our lives.
046 - Some People Are Good People
Jan 2 • 93 min
Catchup continues with Spider-Man: Homecoming, tons of Spider-Man background, and why the X-Men should never be part of the MCU
045 - Everyone Gets Daddy Issues
Dec 26, 2017 • 93 min
A much delayed episode on Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 and the problem with Yondu
044 - He’s Into Robots
Dec 20, 2017 • 100 min
A conversation working through incomplete initial feelings on The Last Jedi on opening weekend.
043 - Equally Hideous But Less Generic
Dec 17, 2017 • 67 min
A much delayed live recording from Dragon*Con 2017
042 - Literal World Building
Jul 4, 2017 • 59 min
The only appropriate thing to talk about for our 42nd episode is Hitchhiker’s Guide. So we did. Bring your towel, sit back, and Don’t Panic!
041 - Doing Something Wondery
Jun 4, 2017 • 96 min
Mandy and Michael discuss Wonder Woman, which you should go see, intentionally making this a very quick turnaround–having seen the film then recorded, edited, and published this podcast episode all on release weekend.
040 - Like Living in New Mexico
May 29, 2017 • 92 min
Mandy and Michael discuss Isaac Asmivo’s “Nightfall” (1941), “The Dead Past” (1956), and “The Last Question” (1956)
039 - Adopt All Alien Babies
May 2, 2017 • 77 min
Mandy and Michael break down and discuss the first two Superman films in great detail, continuing their dive into the DC film archives. These movies are quite different from more modern depictions and neither had seen the movies in quite some time, making…
038 - Don’t Be Boys
Apr 4, 2017 • 102 min
Mandy and Michael continue the read through of Wheel of Time with books 4 and 5 in the series: The Shadow Rising and The Fires of Heaven.
037 - How Clueless Can You Be?
Mar 21, 2017 • 71 min
Mandy and Michael aren’t done talking Batman, so they break down feelings on the Schumacher films, Batman Forever from 1995 and Batman & Robin from 1997.
036 - Leather Capital of the World
Feb 27, 2017 • 72 min
Mandy and Michael discuss the two Tim Burton directed Batman films, 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns. Feelings are very different across these two films, their characters, and the interesting choices made by a director who has a very distinct style…
035 - None of Them Know What They’re Doing
Feb 13, 2017 • 115 min
Mandy and Michael discuss one of Mandy’s long-time favorite series, The Wheel of Time. Michael’s first exposure is this journey into the first three novels, so two totally different perspectives make for a great conversation.
034 - A Fantastic Retcon
Jan 29, 2017 • 94 min
In this episode Mandy and Michael discuss their thoughts and feelings on the first Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One, and what it means for Star Wars at large.
033 - That’s Not an America Word
Jan 16, 2017 • 72 min
Mandy and Michael chat about the first movie in the Harry Potter universe without a book predecessor. There’s a lot to unwrap for the movie and the universe as a whole!
032 - Scar You For Wanting to Eat Fruits and Vegetables
Dec 19, 2016 • 96 min
For Christmas, Mandy and Michael synchronized a viewing of The Muppet Christmas Carol and chatted at the same time. To listen to this, get the Theatrical release of the movie (iTunes, DVD, etc.) and sync up your viewing according to instructions spoken…
031 - No Snow in the South
Dec 5, 2016 • 118 min
Netflix’s third Marvel show, Luke Cage, is the topic du jour. It’s a powerful show relevant to modern race discussions with an unapologetic focus on Harlem as representation of Black America. Come for the superficial superhero discussion, stay for the…
030 - The Sydney Sanctum
Nov 21, 2016 • 85 min
Magic and Sorcery makes its biggest impact in the MCU yet with Doctor Strange, and Michael and Mandy talk all about it. The film did a lot right while missing some major opportunities at the same time. It has plenty of material to talk about.
029 - My Next Villain is Zack Snyder
Nov 6, 2016 • 54 min
Mandy and Michael have a fun discussion in which they draft their favorite villains from all sorts of movies, games, television shows, book series, and comics. It’s fun and kind of random!
028 - Writers’ Kryptonite
Oct 25, 2016 • 114 min
Mandy and Michael talk about the first season of CBS’s Supergirl just before the start of Season 2. They talk about aliens, love triangles, awkward production approaches, silly plot points, questionable writer decisions, and the most lovable pair of…
027 - Voldemort Copulating
Oct 17, 2016 • 88 min
Mandy and Michael discuss Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, its joys and flaws, the implications it has for characters, and the nature of author control and canon.
026 - No One Consulted Me
Oct 3, 2016 • 100 min
Mandy and Michael talk about their love of all the various Marvel MCU TV shows, especially Agent Carter, and prep for the upcoming TV season.
025 - Abs With a B
Sep 14, 2016 • 103 min
Dragon*Con 2016 is over and our fantastic nerdy duo chat all about it. They meander, ride high on caffeine, and talk all about hilarious wedding happenings and nerd convention shenanigans
024 - There are Dudes Everywhere
Aug 30, 2016 • 103 min
Mandy and Michael chat about Ghostbusters, the 80s’ various pieces of baggage, and the female star powered relaunch of the series.
023 - Questionable and Blasphemous
Aug 16, 2016 • 90 min
Mandy and Michael talk about all 11 seasons of Supernatural, what it does well, where it goes wrong, and how much it salvages. If you haven’t seen it all, that’s ok! Let us guide you to the worthwhile bits!
022 - They Bang
Jul 31, 2016 • 100 min
The Wicked + The Divine is a wonderful, musically-charged, multicultural, supernatural, modern-day comic. There’s a lot to discuss in it.
021 - Insert Patriarchal Gender Epithet
Jul 15, 2016 • 81 min
Mandy and Michael talk about Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye, which is hilarious and well worth a read. The whole thing is covered, so brush up and then listen in!
020 - Because It’s A Flying Deathtrap
Jun 26, 2016 • 101 min
Mandy and Michael chat about the best space western ever shown, Joss Whedon’s Firefly. They could both rematch the show infinitely, so there’s a lot of passion here!
019 - Natasha Deals With Stubborn Men
Jun 12, 2016 • 100 min
Mandy and Michael discuss Captain America: Civil War. Spoiler heavy for the entire MCU up to this point.
018 - Slap Kylo Upside The Head
May 29, 2016 • 189 min
Mandy and Michael talk at remarkable length about the latest mainline entry in the Star Wars saga, with nitpicks and fangirl/fanboying galore.
017 - Chats With Coffee Priest
May 16, 2016 • 170 min
Mandy and Michael talk about the first season of Daredevil.
016 - I Would Shoot You
May 1, 2016 • 93 min
Mandy and Michael get very invested in Benedict Cumberbund’s 3rd series as Sherlock Holmes
015 - I Don’t Want To Hurt People
Apr 17, 2016 • 165 min
Mandy and Michael discuss Mandy’s favorite, Ender’s Game, both in book and film forms.
014 - What’s This?
Oct 30, 2013 • 82 min
Mandy and Michael ran an experiment this time around, recording a commentary audio track to be listend to while you watch The Nightmare Before Christmas. Make sure to watch the movie normally first!
013 - Such a Ninja BAMF
Oct 24, 2013 • 114 min
Mandy and Michael talk nearly endlessly to wrap up Book 1 of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
012 - I Don’t Need Any Calming Tea!
Oct 17, 2013 • 102 min
Mandy and Michael talk for an extended period of time on just the first 8 episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Tons of spoilers! Fans only!
011 - The Knowledge of Fandom
Sep 18, 2013 • 58 min
The second “meta” episode, there’s talk about general thought, thought in fandom, why conventions matter, and the podcast’s future
010 - Everyone Dies in 7
Aug 14, 2013 • 107 min
Mandy and Michael discuss the ending of the series: Books 5-7 (movies 5-8). There’s a lot of death, a lot of emotion, a lot of growth, and the world changes. Join the end of this ride!
009 - Not All Candy and Quidditch
Aug 8, 2013 • 51 min
This week, Mandy and Michael spend the entire episode continuing the Harry Potter discussion, this time sticking to just the 4th entry in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
008 - I Don’t Know What Ron Is
Aug 3, 2013 • 104 min
This week Mandy and Michael discuss their feelings on Harry Potter as a whole, then go in depth on the first three entries in the series: Sorceror’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, and Prisoner of Azkaban
007 - Kids Have Brains Too
Jul 24, 2013 • 59 min
Mandy and Michael discuss quality, significance, and suggestions for children’s media
006 - Weird Set of Mixed Metaphors
Jul 19, 2013 • 92 min
This week Mandy and Michael discuss things that get in the way of appreciating, or learning to appreciate, different mediums or types of stories in mediums. Try not to take things for granted!
005 - He Is His Own Grandfather
Jul 10, 2013 • 98 min
Mandy and Michael talk nigh endlesslessly about Time Travel in media. Over and over, round and round. The stories just keep going.
004 - People Need To Be Saved
Jul 4, 2013 • 120 min
Michael and Mandy discuss Superman. For a long time.
003 - It’s Not Cool For Spider-Man To Be Happy
Jun 19, 2013 • 79 min
This week Mandy and Michael discuss continuity and its negative effects on story, how to do it well, and tons of examples of continuity gone wrong and right.
002 - Thor’s A Big Baby And Needs To Learn To Chill
Jun 12, 2013 • 73 min
This week Mandy and Michael talk about sympathetic villains, by which they mean villains with which we can sympathize. In this episode, the pair discuss Star Wars, Thor, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Mass Effect, Wheel of Time, Dune, and more!
001 - You’re Going To Make Me Want To Talk About Thor
Jun 4, 2013 • 36 min
The very first episode! All about us, how we think how important we believe stories to be, and not enough Thor for Mandy.