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The Venture Bros. Podcast: Season 7 Ep 7: The Unicorn in Captivity

This week’s episode, “The Unicorn in Captivity” is a perfect illustration of why we do this podcast: it is rich with Christ symbolism and Kubrick references. The episode is named after and significantly features one of a series of High Renaissance unicorn tapestries I just so happen to have studied, set in NY’s none-more-goth museum, The Cloisters.

This is the Venture Bros. podcast for people who want to dig into the narrative parallels between our two unicorns; Rusty Venture and The Monarch as well as the symbolism, the history and philosophical questions raised by the hit Adult Swim cartoon.

Steven Attewell examines the episodes’ commentary on sci-fi genre paradoxes via Warren Ellis and Fantastic Four comics. And OSI is no longer just a spoof of GI Joe, it’s a critique of the military industrial complex.

So join us! Here or on Graphic Policy Radio’s iTunes  or find all of our Venture Bros episodes on this playlist (plus Episode 6 which is here).

And comment or tweet me here if you have thoughts about this week’s format. We went long this week. I promise you it’s worth it.

Brec Bassinger Suits Up as Stargirl

DC has a new live action hero in Stargirl who will be played by Brec Bassinger in the upcoming series. Stargirl will air on DC Universe and is the digital service’s sixth original series.

Stargirl is Courtney Whitmore, a kind, smart, and athletic young woman. After moving to a new school she discovers that her step-father used to be the sidekick to a superhero and she “borrows” the long-lost superhero’s cosmic staff.

The series focuses on this young hero as villains of the past aim to stop her.

The series will not only focus on Stargirl but also the Justice Society of America.

The character debuted in 1999’s Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0 with slight differences between that version and what will be on the screen.

This isn’t the first time the character has appeared in a live action show. She has also appeared in Smallville as well as DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. She has also appeared on Justice League Unlimited and Justice League Action.

This Year’s Arrowverse Event Casts Its Villain

Things are getting bigger and bigger with each Arrowverse crossover and this year’s villain is no exception.

Jeremy Davies has been cast as Dr. John Deegan in the three-night even. Deegan is a doctor at Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane in Gotham. He’s a doctor, but he might actually be crazier than the inmates.

DC has hinted there might be “more than meets the eye” to the character. What do you think the twist will be? The belief is the character will be Doctor Destiny who first appeared in Justice League of America #5 in June 1961. That character’s name was revealed to be John Dee.

This isn’t Davies first role in the DC world. He was Ritchie Simpson from both NBC’s Constantine and the Justice League Dark animated movie.

The crossover will include Green Arrow, the Flash, Supergirl, and feature the debut of Batwoman.

Daredevil Season 3 Gets a First Look, New Posters, and Returns October 19

Let the devil out. Season 3 of Marvel’s Daredevil debuts exclusively on Netflix October 19th, 2018.

Along with a trailer the third season also got new posters below with some worldwide variants:

The Venture Bros. Podcast: Season 7 Ep 6: The Bellicose Proxy

The Venture Bros has rich continuity and character arcs over years. Layer on pop culture and historic reference with thematic significance? It’s a lot. So join pop culture & NY history experts Elana Levin and Steven Attewell for our podcast examining each episode of the Adult Swim show.

Season 7 episode 6: The Bellicose Proxy


  • Newish villain Augustus St. Cloud is explored
  • Architecture reveals a lost subway location
  • The Guild is bad at being a labor organization
  • Anais Nin books your mom may or may not have hidden in a closet
  • The late Burt Reynolds is saluted

Archie and Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Gets Its First Trailer

A witch’s 16th birthday is very special.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina tells the story of Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka), a half-witch half-mortal teenage girl. She’s been waiting her whole life for her 16th birthday, but something wicked this way comes, forcing her to choose between the path of light and the path of night. A Netflix Original Series from the makers of Riverdale and based on the comics from Archie Comics.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrinaarrives October 26th

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Gets a Teaser Trailer

Dreamworks Animation has released the first teaser trailer for the new She-Ra cartoon, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

The new animated series is executive produced by Noelle Stevenson and Chuck Austin and centers around Adora, a young girl who discovers a magical sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior pricess She-Ra.

The series premieres on Netflix on November 16.

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