Advanced Blockbuster Studies
Advanced Blockbuster Studies
Joseph DiDomizio
Do you like blockbusters? We like blockbusters! Superheroes, giant lizards, aliens, or problematic archeology professors, we'll watch and talk too much about it. Every weekly episode of Advanced Blockbuster Studies, Tom, Tyler, and Joseph recap and discuss the biggest, most explosion-iest movies and television. Strap in, suit up and get ready to over-analyze blockbusting entertainment with us.
The Star Spangled Man
This week on Advanced Blockbuster Studies, Tom, Tyler, and Joseph discuss the second episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, "The Star Spangled Man" on Disney+. Captain America just won't quit. His influence continues to hang over Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and James "Bucky" Barnes (Sebastian Stan) in this episode, as well as John Walker (Wyatt Russell). Picking up after Walker's debut as Captain America, we get a glimpse into a very human soldier trying to step into the shadow of a legend. Predictably, all this weight isn't easy to carry, super-soldier serum or not. It turns out, there are clear lines between government-sponsored heroes and Avengers. One of those lines may be a steady paycheck, and another of those lines is being racially profiled despite having helped save the world. This week we talk about all this and try to answer some pressing questions. Can Wilson and Barnes stop fighting long enough to work together? How amazing is Carl Lumbly? What the heck is a Power Broker and why did the Flag Smashers stealing from them? Where is Sharon Carter? Will the new Captain America ever be less of a tool? Who is playing chess with Zemo?
Mar 27, 2021
29 min
New World Order
This week on Intermediate Blockbuster Studies, Tom, Tyler, and Joseph discuss the first episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, "New World Order" on Disney+. Few symbols are as recognizable as Captain America’s shield in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So when Steve Rodgers gave it to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) at the end of Avengers: Endgame, it was powerful. One of the many lingering questions is what would a black man in America taking up this shield look like? Sam certainly wasn’t sure when we last saw him, and he still hasn’t found an answer. James Barnes (Sebastian Stan) is having similar issues with his legacy of murder and betrayal, as he tries to move forward in a modern world. Will Sam and James be able to meet or relieve their burdens? Will Sam shed his insecurities and take on the legacy of Captain America? When will we see Zemo and what does he have to do with any of this? How many characters can you point out from the MCU? How many of their names can we accurately pronounce? Why are banks still the worst?
Mar 20, 2021
34 min