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Friends and business partners, Mike Bawden and Robert Meyer Burnett, talk about pop culture, genre entertainment, and their plans for the future every day while RMB commutes to work. These podcasts give Imagination Connoisseurs a look behind the curtain hiding the day-to-day operations of the Post-Geek Singularity.
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Attention Star Command, there seems to be a problem with Buzz Lightyear
ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden respond to letters from listeners proposing a variety of reasons as to why Pixar’s latest animated feature, LIGHTYEAR, didn’t meet expectations during its opening weekend. Was it a result of bad casting, a strained relationship between studios, convoluted marketing or stronger-than-expected competition? No one is sure – but it’s possible the problem runs much deeper than an origin story for an action figure might let on.
Why is Obi-Wan the most boring thing about the Obi-Wan Kenobi streaming series on Disney+?
ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden discuss the broader implications of a question posed by an Imagination Connoisseur who asks why Obi-Wan Kenobi is such a boring character in his own series. In fact, one could ask why so many Star Wars series seem to be “running in place” and not really going anywhere with characters who don’t seem to be doing all that much. Is there a larger force at work here that no one seems to acknowledge? And where have we heard THAT before?
Does it make sense to remake good movies?
ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden respond to a letter from an Imagination Connoisseur who asks why Hollywood seems content remaking and re-booting successful movies rather than making movies with “great potential” that might have not met expectations when they were first released to the public. As Rob and Mike point out, there’s a lot more involved in a successful remake than one might imagine.
Rob comes out and admits he’s THE Gatekeeper of Fandom
Co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden discuss Rob’s recent revelation that he is, in fact, THE GATEKEEPER OF ALL FANDOM and what Imagination Connoisseurs can now expect of him serving as the judge, jury and adjudicator of all things geeky. Plus interesting letters from fans.
Letters from listeners
Co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden hit the mailbag today and answer letters from listeners on the ROADTRIPPIN’ with RMB podcast.
The BOYS are back in town – and there’s blood everywhere
Co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden talk about THE BOYS return to streaming and the first three episodes of their third season. As you can imagine, Rob has a few thoughts on both the start of the third season and the series overall.
Why aren’t Obi-Wan Kenobi’s production values up to snuff
ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden respond to a letter asking why the production values on the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series seem to be so “flat.”
Is the DC Cinematic Universe reaching its own FLASHPOINT? What does the future hold? (#036)
Co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden talk about today’s article in Variety laying out the troubles facing the DC Cinematic Universe – a management shake-up at Warner Bros. and bad behavior by the lead actor in their upcoming FLASH movie which is set to debut in June of 2023.
Is fan outrage an acceptable excuse for unacceptable behavior?
Co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden talk about the reactions to racist and threatening messages sent to Moses Ingram by a small but vocal minority of toxic Star Wars fans. Both Disney and Obi-Wan Kenobi star, Ewan McGregor, were quick to show their support of Ingram and her work on the show. But Rob and Mike try to take a deeper dive into why some fans feel it’s okay to behave in such a way.
Are we turning into our grandparents or are we just grumpy old men?
ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden respond to a letter from a listener who asks why fans seem to get more belligerent about their likes and dislikes when it comes to appreciating art and storytelling as they age. Is it all because of bad storytelling or are there other factors at play here, too?
Established genre franchises should use their best stories – no matter where they come from.
ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden respond to a letter from a listener who asks why when it comes to making films or TV, genre franchises don’t use the best stories available – even if those stories were created for other media like comics, novelizations, etc.? And when it comes to the Star Wars franchise in particular, why aren’t stories like the Republic Commando series included in the mix?
Why producers by sci-fi IP and then not use it.
ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden respond to a letter from a listener who asks why producers spend the money necessary to purchase established, science fiction intellectual property and then develop projects that have very little in common with that IP. Two examples include the recent FOUNDATION series (based on Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy) and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (developed by Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout production company).
Are the days of movies numbered?
Co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden talk about the lessons movie studios should take from TOP GUN: MAVERICK and the unfortunate likelihood they won’t. Blindly copying a successful film isn’t likely to bring back an industry that, if trends hold and history repeats itself, is entering its waning days.
Is Star Wars incompatible with the Disney brand?
Co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden celebrate Memorial Day and discuss the implications of a letter received from an Imagination Connoisseur who asks how different Star Wars would be if it had been acquired by HBO instead of Disney. Our revelation … Star Wars may not be compatible with the Disney brand.
First impressions of the first, two Obi-Wan Kenobi episodes on Disney+
Co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden talk about RMB’s initial impressions of the first two episodes of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+. Were we expecting too much from the wiliest Jedi in the galaxy?
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