I’m excited to announce my newest podcast with Bob Thompson, the Ambassador of Pop Culture, where we explore the cultural impact of Fast and Furious through the lens of pop culture history, media theory, and representations of race, class, and gender. All episodes are available at podcastandcurious.com and at iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. Episode summaries and links available below.
In the first episode, we explore what makes the Fast and Furious franchise endearing, the automotive ballet, bromances, and the lack of a “damsel in distress.” We also talk about Racer X, the inspirational 1998 article from VIBE Magazine and our first car.
In the second episode, we discuss what #JohnSingleton brings to the family, diverse representations of Black masculinity in Rome & Tej, and Brian’s trip from LA to Miami in the 2 Fast 2 Furious Turbo Charged Prelude (2003). We also answer the question: Who is your Roman Pierce?
In the third episode, we discuss the visualization of Tokyo, the inescapable status of a gaijin, and how class privilege manifests in the series. As the first of 4 films in the franchise directed by Justin Lin, we talk about the film as a symbol of stories to come. We also answer the question: When have you felt like a gaijin?
In the fourth episode , we discuss the embrace of the revenge film genre, Letty’s resurrection as a car, and Dom’s embodiment of the #LoneRanger as his #DodgeCharger rears for battle. We also talk about Los Bandoleros (2009), and suggest cities for future movies.
In the fifth episode, we talk about the franchise’s self-awareness, the representation of Brazil, fatherhood, and the introduction of Hobbs as Dom’s even twin as the family gathers in Rio. We also suggest actors we would like to see join the franchise.
In the sixth episode, we discuss the embrace of absurd, over-the-top, 1980s TV, from the opening credits to the oldest soap opera trick in the book: amnesia. We describe the evolution of franchise villains and our own codes, because every man needs a code.
In the seventh episode, we discuss the first film post Justin Lin, the last to feature Paul Walker, and the theme of shadows and ghosts. Directed by James Wan and on the other side of Tokyo Drift, Furious 7 ups the emotional stakes, but for whom?
In our final episode, we discuss the franchise from racing to revenge. We also unpack the Shaws’ redemption, Cipher, the first female villain in the series, and the comedy stylings of Rome & Hobbs. We also suggest possible spinoffs to keep the family going.