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This week, LC is joined by the delightful Apple Cider Mage, cohost and editor of the Justice Points podcast, to talk about The Fifth Element, Luc Besson’s deeply problematic yet deeply awesome 1997 futuristic classic, including:
- A strong disclaimer — is The Fifth Element really a good example of a lady story?
- Our problems with Leeloo, and why we love her anyway
- How Besson’s bright and colorful futures serves an antidote to post-apocalyptic malaise
- How Ruby Rhod and Korben Dallas turn masculinity on its head
Plus: Supergirl! Why we’re excited for a superheroine like us; differences between the MCU and comic book audiences; female comics fandom across the decades; and why Netflix could change everything; also – male versus female player characters, roleplaying in mmos versus singleplayer games; and your emails!
Note: There was an audio artifact during the time in the closer where I usually tell you where you can find the guest host online. You can follow Apple Cider on her blog, on Twitter or, of course, on the Justice Points podcast.
Main topic starts at: 19:42
Emails start at: 37:42
Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL
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