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Fiction or Faith?

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Original air date: Monday, March 30, 2015
What is it about a belief in magic, fairy tales, and the supernatural that has been so popular in society for the past several years? Your Pop Conscious pals, Malayna and Stacy, will look at several of the most popular TV shows, movies, books, and more that show our need to suspend our disbelief. How can we utilize the same to help people believe in more than just fiction? Perhaps it is time for a new paradigm for belief. Join us as we discuss and discover!
More awesomeness from David Hayward, at nakedpastor.com

More awesomeness from David Hayward, at nakedpastor.com

NOTES from before the show:
  • From Rev. Margee Grounds, Unity Southwest Region

    Could you two shed some light on the vampire programs on TV and “Charmed” and the like.  I’m sure they must be a metaphor exploration of the dark side archetypes or “thought people”, as Papa Charlie would say – but since they are kind of like “real life” crime shows or soap operas, I am wondering what you two have to say about what they portray about us 21st century peeps.

    To Rev. Margee:

  • We have covered those topics a few times — probably most thoroughly at Halloween, and the part 2 which we did on Rev. Ogun’s show (link below).  We also talked about witches and angels in another show, but I’m not sure if we’ve covered “Charmed” much.  I’ll keep it in mind and figure out how and when to work it in soon!

    Thanks!  Here are the links if you feel like checking out the shows to see if there’s anything we missed.

    Supernatural, Metaphysical, and Spiritual

     

    Spooky Symbolism for a Meaningful Halloween

    Halloween Pop Culture

     

  • So here are some theories! 

    Response to the world situation /outlook – during the Great Depression, Busby Berkeley musicals helped people escape to a world of beauty. In the 50’s with fears of Nuclear War, monster movies helped people work through fears of the unknown. – much like today.

    Slate.com article by Katy Waldman – quotes Susan Sontag: in 1965, the definitive essay on Cold War dystopian fantasy: “The Imagination of Disaster.” “We live,” she claimed in that piece, “under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror.” The job of science fiction was at once to “lift us out of the unbearably humdrum … by an escape into dangerous situations which have last-minute happy endings” and to “normalize what is psychologically unbearable, thereby inuring us to it.”

    In other words, a good horror/fantasy/sci-fi flick provides a healthy dose of escapism, but it also keeps one eye fastened on what we wish to escape from. During the Depression, that could have been the exhausting grind of making ends meet. During the 1950s, it was relentless domesticity and something altogether more insidious: the Soviet Menace and the threat of nuclear war.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/why-supernatural-beings-are-so-popular

    Kya Aliana Stillson, Ft. Myers Young Adult Fiction Examiner

    Because we think we know our world – the thrill of not knowing exactly how these creatures function, and how they are always inventing and exploring new twists and solutions to problems and flaws

    Their problems make ours look simple.

    The world feels dangerous – what would it be like to not be afraid?

    A fascination with our own mortality…what we would accomplish in ten lifetimes.

    Forbidden love –

    The pressures of doing the right thing, versus the thrill of doing the wrong thing for the right reasons – passion of feeling alive!

    Maybe we don’t feel alive, but like robots, or zombies….

    We need contrast – sometimes we have to explore the other side to appreciate what we’ve got. – Anne Rice novels help her explore spirituality, religion and belief.

     

 

Charmed – was groundbreaking – and award winning!

Eight seasons from October 7, 1998, until May 21, 2006.

Charmed achieved both critical and popular acclaim, with its first episode “Something Wicca This Way Comes” garnering 7.7 million viewers, breaking the record for the highest-rated debut episode for The WB.[1] During its fifth season, the series became the highest-rated Sunday night program in The WB’s history.[2][3] At 178 episodes, Charmed is the second-longest drama broadcast by The WB and the second-longest running hour-long television series featuring all female leads.[4] The series has also received numerous awards and nominations. In 2010, HuffPost TV and AOL TV ranked Charmed within their joint list of “The Top 20 Magic/Supernatural Shows of All Time”, while in 2013, TV Guide listed the series as one of “The 60 Greatest Sci-Fi Shows of All Time”. Charmed has also become a pop culture reference in television shows and films, and several other witch-themed shows have been compared to the series.

http://www.aoltv.com/best-shows-ever/magic-supernatural-shows/

  • Ghost Whisperer – love and light
  • Fringe – drawn back to origins
  • Angel
  • I Dream of Jeannie
  • Pushing Daisies
  • Vampire Diaries
  • True Blood
  • Xena
  • Addams Family

 

Pop Culture Christmas Classics

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Original air date: Monday, December 08, 2014

Although we enjoy the variety of holidays celebrated at this time of year, we’re going to focus on Christmas tales that are retooled and retold repeatedly, and those we find once that stick with us. Whether conveyed by song, on film, or by other means, they become part of the lexicon we use to express the meaning of Christmas. Join Stacy and Malayna in reviewing some of their favorites, and compile your own list of classics to share with those you love!

Below are Malayna’s pre-show notes, but listen to hear how the conversation REALLY went

Santa or Jesus — it’s the same story! (Kinda)  Read the article that grew from this episode on Unity.org!

 

FromTor.com: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/12/bizarre-holiday-specials – by Bridget McGovern

Scrooged (1988): By the time Murray and the rest of the cast (including Karen Allen, Carol Kane, Bobcat Goldthwait, David Johansen and Robert Mitchum) start singing along to “Put A Little Love In Your Heart,” I defy you not to get a little teary (in a good way!) — (Saw it with Carlton!)

Christmas At Pee-Wee’s Playhouse (1988): In which Grace Jones arrives in a giant box and performs the only rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy” I’ll ever truly love. Plus, Pee-Wee teaches Little Richard how to ice skate, Charo performs “Feliz Navidad” with robot accompaniment, and Zsa Zsa Gabor appears as “Princess Zsa Zsa” and SO MUCH MORE. A hyper-affectionate throwback to the campy holiday TV extravaganzas of the 60s and 70s, Pee-Wee’s Christmas special is a total bizarre, sparkly delight with a heart of gold (and you can actually watch the whole thing here, thanks to the magic of YouTube! Just try not to read the comments. Ever.)

A Muppet Family Christmas (1987): [John Denver, Scooter, and the Muppets sing “The Peace Carol” for the television special John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together. It also appeared on the soundtrack album.]

The Year Without A Santa Claus (1974):

Community: The show has had two fantastic Christmas-themed episodes to date; the first, “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas,

TV Specials:

FROM http://entertainment.time.com/2013/12/12/10-greatest-christmas-tv-specials-from-your-childhood/

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) “This Rankin/Bass special has it all, from Burl Ives as the snowman narrator , to the Island of Misfit Toys, to Hermey, the elf who longs to be a dentist — and who saves the day by performing a dental extraction on the Abominable Snow Monster.”
  • Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) – The first-ever Peanuts special – pathetic little tree! Actually quotes from the Bible, reminds people the holiday is about the birth of Christ and is against commercialism.
  • Grinch who stole Xmas – 1966 – great song! “animated by the great Chuck Jones (the Warner Bros. animator behind some of the most celebrated Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck shorts) and narrated by Boris Karloff (who also does the creepy honors as the title character). Includes the priceless ditty “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” sung by Thurl Ravenscroft (a.k.a. the voice of Tony the Tiger).”
  • Frosty the Snowman (1969) – Jimmy Durante (drawn complete with schnozz) narrates and sings the title song.
  • Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970) – Fred Astaire and toy-hating Burgermeister Meisterburger
  • Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) – Snow Miser and Heat Miser, Rankin/Bass Clayamation
  • Jack Frost (1979) –Claymation
  • Jack Frost 1998 – Michael Keaton – reincarnated dad as snowman
  • Skip to 2012 with Rise of the Guardians — Generation after generation, immortal Guardians like Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) and the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) protect the world’s children from darkness and despair. However, an evil boogeyman named Pitch Black (Jude Law) schemes to overthrow the Guardians by obliterating children’s belief in them. It falls to a winter sprite named Jack Frost (Chris Pine) to thwart Pitch’s plans and save the Guardians from destruction.

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