Ep. 49: RoboCop is a Great Film

Ep. 49: RoboCop is a Great Film

Episode 49, ‘RoboCop is a great film’, on Starship Troopers

This week, following both the American election and Remembrance Day, Dave and Steve stumble into a topic that is oddly fitting: the novel and film Starship Troopers. Come for the discussion of a classic sci-fi book, stay for Steve’s attempt to defend a bad movie.

  • Intro Clip: Starship Troopers.
  • Assuming that their audience is illiterate, Dave and Steve continue to treat the topic of the episode as a spoiler.
  • Just when you thought you were safe from hearing about Ender’s Game
  • Steve successfully avoids defining “fascism” for the entirety of the episode.
  • Dave asks if Steve wants to talk about the politics and philosophy of the book. Steve begrudgingly accepts.
  • Did Steve write part of his MA thesis on violence? Who knows?
  • Steve pronounces “Verhoeven” in a very strange way. Dave conspicuously avoids saying his name at all.
  • Is Heinlein sexist?
  • Dave and Steve show their ignorance on American military policy.
  • The 19th Amendment of the US Constitution was ratified on August 18th, 1920.
  • Steve slips in a subtle reference to Mulan.
  • Roger Ebert’s glowing review of the film.
  • Which is the better adaptation of Starship Troopers: Ridley Scott’s Aliens or Hasbro’s Power Rangers?
  • Steve thinks Starship Troopers comes from a long line of satirical films with an important message; Dave thinks Starship Troopers comes from a long line of bad movies.
  • Steve is not the only person to think this. See: Scott Tobias for A.V. Club; or John Perich for Overthinking It. Just because he’s cribbing from smart people doesn’t mean he’s right though.
  • Dave and Steve really dig into Denise Richards and Casper Van Dien. Guess we won’t be seeing an actor profile about either of them.
  • Dave describes the premise of RoboCop and it sounds ridiculous.
  • Dave and Steve think nudity is unnecessary.
  • Sorry Scott.