I guess it’s time to fess up: I’ve been a bit remiss in posting content for the last few weeks. Life is hectic, work is stressful, and producing podcast content (let alone essays) is possibly a bit more time-consuming than it seems.
That said, I’m trying to catch up this weekend, and if you’re a fan of fairly dark discussions of the realities of authoritarian, abusive parenting told through a comedic lens then you’re in luck, as Shana and I discuss Red Dwarf: Better Than Life on this week’s Searching for Fuchal. It’s a bit of a mess of an episode structurally, but gives us the best look to date at Rimmer’s psychology, the way we as people process grief, and the sins of the fathers being visited upon the sons. Also: the way Yvonne McGruder plays into Rimmer’s relationship patterns, some silliness involving the way the Cat uses utensils, and a non-ironic use of industrial alternative rock for the final song. (Sorry about that.) Obviously, this one has quite a bit of chat that may be disturbing for some listeners (including a reference to Fred Phelps’ abuse of his nine children), so I completely understand those who need to skip it.
Tomorrow I hope to give you guys a podcast episode I’m not on, as Big Damn Shiny Heroes reboots and everyone gets the Firefly coverage they deserve, rather than that I’d like to provide.