Friday, April 27, 2012

Episode 30 - The Droids You're Looking For

C-3PO. Short Round. Dr. Watson. That funny guy from National Treasure. Just because a character isn't the focus of a story, it doesn't mean he can't make an impression. So, Timothy Deal, with sidekick Nick (or is it Nick Hayden, with sidekick Tim?) take a look at what makes good supporting characters and why they're so essential.

Also with us is our own supporting character, Brian Scherschel, who presents Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, a movie that takes the viewer to Shangri-La and back. What more can you ask from the 30th(!) episode of your premiere storytelling podcast? We've been gone awhile, but one listen, and it'll be like we've never left. Like riding a bike. Or something.


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  1. Another great topic guys!

    The TV show Community is another great ensemble show where the lines blur between main and side character. While Jeff Winger acts as the main character of the series, the other six members of the study group have just as much importance in the progression of the story. With each episode, the seven will switch around who the focus is on.

    Sgt. Frog is an anime where I enjoy the side characters just as much as the main ones. They all have moments to shine. It's on netflix streaming, and I highly recommend checking it out.

  2. Forgot to mention the excellent supporting cast of MST3K. Some of my favorite moments are when Crow or Tom Servo steal the show with their quips. Same goes for Last of the Wild Horses, where The Mads take a turn in the theater.

  3. Community has got such a vocal fanbase, I need to watch some more of it. I'm just not used to there actually being comedies on TV that might be worth watching.

    And this may be nitpicking, but are Crow and Tom Servo really supporting characters? I'd say they share main character status with Joel or Mike while The Mads are definitely there for support/antagonism. I'd love to see that episode you mentioned. Sounds fun!

  4. Tim- You should do yourself a favor and watch Community's "Basic Lupine Urology" episode on Hulu before it disappears. It's a hilarious spoof on Law and Order. Actually, if you have Hulu Plus, you can watch the entire series. I recommend it, even if the pilot isn't all that great.

    That MST3K episode I was referring to is right here: It's worth just watching the "Mirror, Mirror" spoof sketches if you don't have time.

    I'll cede my position on Tom Servo and Crow. I agree they're really main characters. Gypsy is a wonderful side character as being the most responsible of the four (Joel not included). She has some moments where she really shines through. And any episode with TV's Frank makes it watchable in my book.