This week, Andi and Lise talk about various media they’ve consumed with dystopic, utopic, and post-apocalyptic themes that have stuck with them. They explore the weird links between dystopia and utopia and how an apocalypse can underlie those, and how characterization and relationships play out in these kinds of scenarios. Points of discussion include the games Bioshock, Fallout, and The Last of Us; the movie Logan’s Run and A Clockwork Orange, The Island; brief mentions of The Matrix, Star Trek, The Handmaid’s Tale, Hunger Games, Bladerunner; and Jean Stewart’s Isis book series. Plus other rando things that struck them as they unpack some of this.
Lise highly recommends the book The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson, which is a novel dealing with travel between worlds that reveals a secret that threatens the entire existence of the multiverse.
Andi is watching, on Apple TV, Visible: Out on Television, a docuseries that explores the visibility of LGBTQ people on television since the 50s and 60s.