Sneaky Dragon Episode 295

by David Dedrick on July 29, 2017

Ciao, Sneakers! This week on Episode 295 of Sneaky Dragon, Ian and Dave drink some weird water; do some hard-hitting political satire; discover Kryptonian justice was old-style; open some gifts; review Valerian; agree that promoting sci-fi is hard; bathe in movie bathos; give a shout out to a listener; get scared of chickens; hire a crow; visit the San Diego Comicon; fan out over Twin Peaks; and, finally, win some hearts and minds.

Thanks for listening.

As always, our apparently endless contests continue apace:

  1. Have some dinner with Ian and Dave, and, if you want, watch Sneaky Dragon being recorded. All you have to do is send us a little message that says, “I’d like to eat with you!” and Ian and Dave will treat you to an after-show meal at their favourite White Spot.
  2. Send us your story. That’s right. Just your story. If you need a prompt, Ian suggested “your secret origin” and Dave suggested “how how you found Sneaky Dragon” Please record a two to three minute story and send it to us via email ( or our Facebook page. Or Skype Sneaky Dragon and leave a message on our voicemail. David will add a playlist for your story as well.

Dave mentioned a couple of YouTube videos. The first one, a comparison of similarities between Star Wars and Valerian and Laureline:

And a video essay about the overuse of bathos in movies – and also some praise for Wonder Woman that makes me want to see it again:

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Ian Boothby July 29, 2017 at 6:11 pm

I think the creator of the writing lesson video is calling character based comedy “jokes”. And that’s a huge mistake. The scene with Rocket is completely in character for him. These are all characters who aren’t good guys deciding to do the noble thing. His line not only works because it feels true (the most important thing), if it want there then later it wouldn’t matter as much when Groot and later the whole team decide to make the ultimate sacrifice. You need them to still be dirty at that point.
With Wonder Woman there are excellent scenes but then you have Etta Candy who is there only as comedy relief. Her dialogue seems more “jokes” than actual character comedy.
I’m not sure playing with tropes is actually parody either.


Gordon July 30, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Chick Talk better be a weekly segment.


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