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Veronica Mars

 

What makes a person brave? Can TV characters help us step out of our comfort zones? Can you be tough and vulnerable at the same time?

This week Beth is joined by comedian Mariana Feijó to discuss bravery in the iconic teen detective show- Veronica Mars. The two also unpack love triangles, polyamory and being an indie kid.

Content warning: This episode contains references to sexual assault throughout.

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Produced by: Beth Watson

Edited by: Beth Watson

Music by: Iora

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Peep Show

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Today Beth is joined by comedian Matt Hoss. The two discuss everything Matt did learn (and probably shouldn’t have learned) about morality, masculinity and being an outsider from Mark and Jeremy on Peep Show.

Content note: this episode contains references to self-harm at 20 minutes.

Credits

Produced by: Beth Watson

Edited by: Beth Watson

Music by: Iora

Find us on the interweb

Matt Hoss: @matthosscomedy

Beth Watson: @b.wott on Instagram & @bwatson19 on Twitter 

The TV That Changed Me: @tvchangedme on Instagram & @tvchangedmepod on Twitter

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The Big Questions in Marvel’s WandaVision

On our WandaVision episode of The TV That Changed Me, we spoke to utopian scholar Ibtisam Ahmed about the big philosophical questions in the Marvel series. Now we’re answering even more of your queries after the show ended.

All the Big questions in Marvel’s WandaVision

Why is WandaVision in black and white?

The first two episodes of the show are set in the 1950s, before colour TV was commonplace. These first episodes are in black and white, mirroring the classic sitcoms of the era. As the series goes on, we eventually learn the importance that classic shows like I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show had in Wanda’s origin story.

Why are the credits for WandaVision so long?

Many people have complained that the credits for the show (usually around 8 minutes) are way too long. While we empathise with streamers desperate to get to the next episode, we can’t help that feel that these extra long credits add a special cinematic feel to the show. They also tease the viewer with the promise of a post-credit scene (a regular occurence in superhero movies).

What TV shows does WandaVision mimic?

WandaVision is packed with soo many TV references, here’s them broken down episode by episode:

Episodes 1 & 2

In these two black and white episodes, the show takes on the interior design style of a number of classic sitcoms. We also see Wanda using magic to make the dinner much like in the beloved sitcom, Bewitched.

  • I Love Lucy
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • Bewitched
  • I Dream of Jeannie

Episodes 3 & 4

As the show moves into colour, we see Wanda & Vision take on the fashion of the 1970s and replicate a number of shows from the decade including:

  • The Brady Bunch
  • The Patridge Family
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Episode 5

This episode pays tribute to Full House which propelled Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda)’s older twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley to fame. The episode also pays tribute to:

  • Growing Pains
  • Family Ties
  • Step by Step

Episode 6

As the show pushes forward into the noughties, it’s hard not to notice the references to Malcolm in the Middle with the grungy intro music and unruly children.

Eagle-eyed viewers also noted the town square looks spookily like the one in Stars Hollow on Halloween- the setting for Gilmore Girls.

Episode 7

As we move closer to the present day, WandaVision takes on the ‘mocumentary-style’ filming of shows such as:

  • The Office
  • Modern Family

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Unanswered Questions and Hidden Meanings in Fleabag

One of the best things about a massively popular TV show like Fleabag is the fandom and community that is born out of it. And in these communities, theories about hidden meanings and ‘easter eggs’ abound. On our recent episode of The TV That Changed Me podcast, we shared our thoughts on some of the biggest questions that are left unanswered in Season Two of Fleabag with the wonderful hosts of Open House podcast. Now we’re diving even deeper. 

Hidden Meanings in Fleabag

What is Fleabag’s name?

Okay so this is an easy one- we don’t know! Phoebe Waller-Bridge has explained that she avoided naming the character to keep a sense of mystery. Instead Fleabag is often referred to as ‘you’ ‘she’ or ‘her.’ We can’t help thinking this actually makes us feel more acquainted with the character as we’re only privy to her nickname.

Why is Fleabag called Fleabag?

While Fleabag may not be the character’s real nickname in the show, Fleabag is Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s nickname in real life. For anyone familiar with over-abbreviation of British posh girl names (we’re thinking Florence as Flossy, Philippa as Pip or whatever) Waller-Bridge’s family lovingly referring to her as Fleabag comes as no surprise.

What does the fox represent in Fleabag?

For eagle-eyed viewers (or anyone who takes pride in successfully completing English literature A-level) the references to foxes in Fleabag season 2 are hard to miss. When Fleabag & the hot priest are sitting on a bench in the second season, the priest thinks he sees a fox and then goes on to explain to her that foxes follow him everywhere. In the season finale, we see a fox again appear at the bus stop just as the two are waving each other goodbye. But what does it all mean?

The fox is the audience

On the Fleabag episode of the podcast, Mel Lowe from Open House podcast shared their theory that the fox we see following the hot priest at the end of the second series is in fact the same person she’s talking to when speaking to the fourth wall throughout the two seasons. This theory is backed by the fact that Fleabag waves goodbye to the fox in the finale, right at the same time that we’re saying goodbye to both the characters.

The fox is Fleabag’s former self 

Another theory is that the fox actually represents Fleabag’s former self, the messed up person in the first series that slept with her best friend’s boyfriend. When Fleabag tells the fox to follow the priest in the series finale, she is actually waving away her old sins, or the part of her that would have pursued him inspite of both of their best interests. 

Journalist Diyora Shadijanova explains in an article for The Tab:

“Foxes are usually riddled with fleas, they’re unpleasant and unkempt, but we see her evolve out of this state, so that’s why she doesn’t end up following him.”

The fox is God or the Priest’s relationship to celibacy

Ellen O’Connell Whittet, a writer for Vulture magazine, offers the idea that the fox represents the Priest’s relationship to celibacy. On reflection, I guess the fact that the Hot Priest fears the foxes throughout the show could represent a sort of reverence he has for the Lord? Also that the fox always appears at the moment he’s about to succumb to his lust- perhaps as a knowing reminder of his vow of celibacy.

Who is Fleabag addressing when she speaks to the fourth wall?

Another theory explored by Shadijanova is that when Fleabag speaks to the fourth wall she is actually speaking to Boo, her best friend who died after stepping in front of a car in the first season. This theory is backed up by the fact that, as the episodes go on, we notice Fleabag addresses the camera less and less, perhaps signalling that she is finally letting go of her best friend. Really gets you in the feels that one.

Why is her Dad really in the attic?

So we’re all aware that Fleabag’s Dad is a man of few words. His inability to finish a sentence becomes a running, frustrating joke throughout the second series. Perhaps that’s why, rather than telling Fleabag how he really feels, he talks about a ‘trapped mouse’ rather than explaining he himself feels trapped by his upcoming nuptials. 


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The Best Podcasts About TV Shows

Here at the TV That Changed Me Podcast we’re all about spotlighting the TV shows that have shaped our lives, relationships and identities. Whether it’s the OC teaching us what to think about sex, or Gilmore Girls helping us solve our family feuds, we believe that TV can be both transformative and traumatising. That’s why, in honour of our release, we’re highlighting the best TV podcasts to enjoy alongside ours (obviously) to help you process you process your feelings about some of the world’s biggest TV shows.

The best podcasts about TV shows

1. The TV That Changed Me

Okay, we couldn’t make a list of TV podcasts without reminding you to check us out! The TV That Changed Me is a brand new, bi-weekly podcast from writer and reviewer Beth Watson. Every two weeks, Beth interviews somebody new about the TV that made them who they are. The very first episode is her and her brother James discussing how their teenage obsession with Gilmore Girls helped them bond after years of being at odds.

2. Queers Gone By

Okay so not strictly a TV podcast… but Queers Gone By podcast is essential listening for anyone who wants to revisit the campest film and TV from years gone by. Notorious comedy queers Caitlin Powell and Kate Butch delve deep into their childhoods, reliving films, TV shows, and snacks, to see if there’s any way of pinpointing exactly what made them so queer.

3. Pilot TV

The Pilot TV Podcast from the creator’s of Empire is 2021’s answer to the TV guide. Bringing you the latest news and reviews, the occasional interview, as well as the occasional vintage recommendation. Their excellent reviews save you hours of scrolling through the biggest streaming services and help you get straight to the good stuff.

4. Buffering the Vampire Slayer

If episodic podcasts are your jam, then there’s nowhere better to turn than Buffering the Vampire Slayer. Not only does it have one of the best names of all the show-by-show TV podcasts, it also has a beautifully atmospheric intro song.

5. So I got to Thinking

No matter how much time passes, Sex and the City remains as timeless as a Prada handbag (apart from a great many themes that have aged terribly). On So I Got To Thinking, Juno Dawnson and Dylan B Jones rewatch the iconic series and attempt to answer Carrie Bradshaw’s soul-searching, and occasionally ridiculous, questions for the modern day.

6. Gilmore Guys

Okay so this podcast actually stopped releasing new episodes in 2017 (much to the chagrin of its dedicated fanbase). But as enormous Gilmore Girls fans, we couldn’t ignore this iconic episodic podcast. With long-form episodes, and an appearance from Lauren Graham herself, Gilmore Guys makes the perfect accompaniment to a return to Stars Hollow.


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