Galaxy Brains with Dave Schilling and Jonah Ray

Polygon

Journey into the unknown with Galaxy Brains — the most immersive, hilarious TV and movie podcast on this planet (or any other). Mystery Science Theater 3000's Jonah Ray and his pal, comedian and writer Dave Schilling, explore the outer reaches of the zeitgeist, analyzing the movies and TV shows that you can't stop obsessing over. Each week, we lab-test the hottest take possible — from Dom Toretto being an actual angel sent from Heaven, to the entirety of Seinfeld taking place inside Jerry's mind — and bring on comedians, experts, and filmmakers to confirm or deny our outrageous hypothesis. From Polygon and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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It's our final episode of Galaxy Brains and we going out with a bang, and by a bang we mean The Matrix. We're unplugging ourselves, questioning the Oracle (producer Kylie's stage name), and popping some little red pills to talk all things Wachowski. Joining us for this journey down the rabbit hole is comedian and friend of the show, Ben Mekler. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Dec 2021

49 min 34 sec

We're gearing up for multiverse madness with a look back at the Spiderman films of yore. Dave and Jonah are shooting their thick gooey mental webs all over Tobey Maguire's mid-twenties Spiderman, Andrew Garfield's brooding Twilight-esque Spidey, and Tom Holland's sweet kiddo take on the character. For our penultimate episode, our hosts posit- is Spiderman at it's best when Peter Parker is a humble teen? Joining us is our friendly neighborhood comics expert, Susana Polo. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Dec 2021

44 min 16 sec

We're going full f****** beast for this one folks, and sailing our mental yachts through the world of Succession. We're talking that d*** pic, that "New Yorker" article, and that Galaxy Brain take- Cousin Greg the egg is the true villain of the show. Joining us at the table of the world's worst family is host of Crooked Media's X-Ray Vision podcast, Jason Concepcion. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Dec 2021

50 min 47 sec

Now a warning? It's a head-twistingly good episode as Dave and Jonah dive into the '90s camp classic. Joining them on this satirical romp is none other than Meryl Streep expert and host of the You Must Remember This podcast, Karina Longworth. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Dec 2021

50 min

We're going into transwarp speed with a Star Trek extravaganza dedicated to the 25th anniversary of one of the best Trek movies of all time, First Contact. A film that is so much more than Borgs, drunk pilots, and Patrick Stewart's jacked arms- it's also a meta tale about the creation of the iconic franchise. Joining Dave and Jonah where no man has gone before is comedian and fellow Trekkie, John Hodgman. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 2021

51 min 9 sec

Where is Gozer really from? How come Zuul is so grumpy? What the f*** do ghosts do when they're in the containment unit? Ghostbusters might seem like a comedy, but it has an incredibly deep lore and mythology that’s rooted in real life ghost phenomena. We're going straight to the source for this week's episode and crossing streams with Dan Aykroyd. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 2021

46 min

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... an Eternal? Dave and Jonah are celebrating the long awaited Marvel epic, the Eternals, with a high flying hypothesis- is this film Marvel's Superman movie? Giving them an education on Marvel history, Superman, and all things Jack Kirby is Polygon's Entertainment Editor and comic book expert, Susana Polo. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 2021

45 min 21 sec

We are cozying up for a modern dance double feature of two iconic horror classics- Argento's Suspiria and the 2018 remake. On this week's episode, Dave and Jonah are joined by AEW superstar and horror super fan, Ruby Soho, to talk Tilda Swinton, horror as a medium for badass feminist stories, and the 2018 film's status as the greatest remake of all time. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 2021

50 min 1 sec

Happy Spooky Season! We're sharpening our steak knives for a romp through the final chapter of one of horror's most iconic franchises- Halloween. The only thing more terrifying than that William Shatner mask is what Michael Myers really represents- toxic masculinity. Eek! Huddling in the closet with Dave and Jonah is the cohost of the Last Podcast on the Left, Henry Zebrowski. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 2021

47 min 17 sec

Patrick Stewart with a pug, Sting with a blue thong, and source material that set the gold standard for science fiction- how did this movie bomb?! On this week's episode, Dave and Jonah unpack a mindkilling idea- all modern science fiction is inspired by Dune. Joining them on their mental sandworm ride to Hades is Dune superfan, star of the new film, and the Polka-Dot Man himself, David Dastmalchian. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 2021

45 min 56 sec

We've activated our license to kill — with scorching hot takes. On this week's episode, Dave and guest host Jon Gabrus go undercover to deactivate a nuclear idea: is Daniel Craig's Bond actually a big ol' softie? To help them cut the right wire is comedian, Bond stan, and generally classy guy, Paul F. Tompkins. #WernerforBondbutnottoplayBondbutrathertoplaythevillaininaBondmovie Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 2021

50 min 48 sec

Motorcycles, mayhem and, my god, that thicc ass- this week we are covering Venom: Let Their Be Carnage. Joining Dave and Jonah to talk sexiness in superhero movies, the allure of Tom Hardy, and that big ole tongue is comedian and writer Dani Fernandez. The safe word for this episode is "Symbiote." Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 2021

46 min 18 sec

On this episode, we are swimming through the filth of our mental East Rivers to arrive, untouched by shrinkage, on the blessed shores of a truly spongeworthy Galaxy Brain take. Did the iconic sitcom all take place inside Jerry's head? Is George the Tyler Durden to Jerry's Ed Norton? Joining Dave and Jonah to shout "Serenity Now" to the heavens is host of the Good One podcast, Jesse David Fox. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 2021

50 min 35 sec

Fighting orcs, f***ing ents, and Brad Dourif delivering Wormtongue unto us — LOTR was the trilogy to rule them all. As part of Polygon's Year of the Ring celebration, Dave and Jonah dig into why Peter Jackson's movies defined a new epic standard with Bubble podcast/graphic novel creator, Jordan Morris. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 2021

48 min 57 sec

FX's new series proves that an adorable monkey won't save us in a dystopian future- but girlbosses just might? This week comedian and cohost of the Bechdel Test podcast, Jamie Loftus, signs on to help Dave and Jonah sift through the mental rubble of Y: the Last Man's gender-based apocalypse. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 2021

49 min 17 sec

Fighting dragons, an Asian-American superhero, and Tony Leung in fingerless gloves, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has blessed audiences with many gifts. But it's also offered an opportunity for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to retcon troubling aspects of its history (here's looking at you, Mandarin). On this week's episode, Dave and guest host Maggie Mae Fish are joined by Marvel visionary Gene Luen Yang for a look at Marvel's kung-fu history, the revival of Shang-Chi, and the future of Asian-American comic storytelling. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 2021

46 min 8 sec

Freddy, Jason, and Pinhead — how does Candyman stack up alongside (literal) killer horror antiheroes? For an answer on that terrifying and tantalizing question, Dave and guest host Maggie Mae Fish turn to Black horror scholar and Shudder’s Horror Noire executive producer Tananarive Due. Featuring guest host Maggie Mae Fish Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 2021

51 min 48 sec

Mike Judge's Idiocracy is a comedy about a dystopian future where the president is a former pro wrestler, the environment is tapped out, and capitalism has driven America to distraction. Is this satire so on the nose that no other film can top it? Kumail Nanjiani of Silicon Valley and Marvel's Eternals joins Dave and Jonah for a dive into the making of great political comedy and the future of the genre. Welcome to Costco, we love you. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 2021

45 min 39 sec

Free Guy checks the boxes: Easter eggs, Fortnite references, and Utkarsh Ambudkar in a bunny suit. And it might be one of the great video game movies because it’s not based on an actual game? On this week's episode, Kinda Funny cofounder Greg Miller gives Dave and Jonah the cheat codes for how to make a great video game movie. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 2021

48 min 40 sec

James Gunn's The Suicide Squad is gloriously gross, from King Shark nomming on heads to Starro's big bloody eyeball. But is it so gross that is wrecks our appetite for popcorn? What do you eat with a gory romp? To answer that question, Dave and Jonah are dining in with Mr. Slice, Mike Mitchell, and the Burger Boy himself, Nick Wiger, of the Dougboys podcast. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 2021

45 min 57 sec

A magic fox, nude giants, a conspicuously stained sash, and Dev Patel's deep brown eyes — The Green Knight has it all. But when it comes to transporting audiences to a fantasy world, Hollywood will always be competing with modern tabletop role-playing. On this episode, we are testing that theory and playing A24’s Green Knight RPG with Polygon's Simone de Rochefort, Josh Rios, and exalted game master Jenna Stoeber. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 2021

1 hr 30 min

Jessie Plemons in villainous eyeliner, Emily Blunt in pants, and the hosts of the Blank Check podcast in our studio, we got a great episode coming in off the starboard bow. Griffin Newman and David Sims join Dave and Jonah for a dive into ride-based action movies, the WWE on screen, and The Rock's status as the greatest action star of all time. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 2021

53 min 15 sec

We got a real jam going down. Space Jam 2 has Looney Toons, basketball All-Stars, and an Austin Powers cameo just for Dave! Makes you feel like a kid again ... or does it? This week, Dave and Jonah slam with actor, comedian, and host of the Ball Sometimes Lie podcast, Adam Pally. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 2021

46 min 37 sec

Vodka, wild action, and cartoonish Russian villains might sound like a Bond movie, but it's actually the basis of Black Widow, the female super spy we deserve. On this episode, Dave and Jonah head to the spy history Red Room to talk about the new Marvel movie with Amanda Ohlke, Director of Adult Education at the International Spy Museum ... if that is her real name. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 2021

46 min 12 sec

Dave and Jonah have taken their mental Mini Coopers back to the swinging 60s for a romp though the technicolor world of Austin Powers. Actress, film critic, and writer Maggie Mae Fish joins the happening to talk mojo, 90's masculinity, and Mike Myers' role as film's most beloved beta male. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 2021

43 min 15 sec

Fast 9 is the newest, fastest, and furiousest film in the franchise. It's also the holiest? To prove that the Fast and the Furious is the Biblical parable of our age, Dave and Jonah drive their brains off the proverbial cliff with host of the Asian Enough podcast and avid member of the Fast Family, Jen Yamato. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 2021

43 min 22 sec

Disney Plus' Loki series tackles some big questions: Does free will exist? Did Tony Stark's death mean anything? Should we be worshipping space lizards or Owen Wilson? Jason Concepcion, Takeline podcast host and Marvel superstan, straps in with Jonah and Dave for an existential ride through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 2021

40 min 25 sec

In the Heights, Hamilton, Moana, Star Wars, Curb Your Enthusiasm — they're all connected, man. Dave and Jonah are joined by comedian and Hyphenated podcast host, Joanna Hausmann, for a full revue of the newly formed Lin-Manuel Miranda Cinematic Universe. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 2021

43 min 25 sec

A Quiet Place II a film about running from aliens ... and maybe about your mom moving on from your dad? To dip deeper into this edge-of-your-seat sequel, Amy Nicholson, film critic and host of the podcast Unspooled, guides Dave and Jonah through horror's unexpected ties to family drama, from the first zombie baby steps in the 1920s to Michael Myers' lame cousins. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 2021

43 min 28 sec

The Stooges, David Bowie lookalikes, and exactly one fur coat (puppies not included). Disney's Cruella has it all — but can a big blockbuster really be "punk"? Fashion critic and GQ writer, Rachel Tashjian, joins Dave and Jonah to walk the mental runway for a masterclass in fashion history and punk canon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 2021

44 min 5 sec

Has technology ruined horror, or challenged it for the better? Spiral, the latest entry in the Book of Saw, features Chris Rock, Fitbits, and (you guessed it) a whole lotta thumb drives. Dave and Jonah are joined by New York Times technology reporter and horror movie superfan Taylor Lorenz to investigate what makes 21st-century horror click. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 2021

43 min 16 sec

Carson Daly, low-rise jeans, and corporate takedowns. It’s the 20th anniversary of the cult classic ‘Josie and the Pussycats.’ Dave and Jonah look back on the Archie adaptation's searing subtext with writer-directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 2021

37 min 21 sec

That's no moon — that’s a galaxy brain. The Bad Batch is the latest animated hit for Star Wars, and it makes sense why: even George Lucas’ movies were big cartoons. This week, Dave and Jonah seek council from Patton Oswalt to dig into Star Wars’ animated instincts and how they apply to his new Marvel show, M.O.D.O.K.. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected]lygon.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 2021

43 min 25 sec

GET OVER HERE and listen to Dave and Jonah breakdown the absurd arcana, soul-sucking fatalities, and that random guy named Cole of the Mortal Kombat reboot. They step inside the ring with All Elite Wrestling announcer and former pro-wrestler Excalibur to uncover the intersection of pro wrestling and Mortal Kombat lore. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 2021

34 min 10 sec

Is Kong the secret winner of this fight? Are podcasts the new trope-y hobby for crazy nerds? What does Godzilla even mean anymore? Dave and Jonah sit down with the author of Godzilla vs the World Steve Ryfle to talk about what that giant angry lizard still means. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 2021

31 min 37 sec

Disney's Mighty Ducks: Game Changers offers the triumphant return of Lorelei Gilmore, great heads of lettuce, and a surprising satire of movie franchises. This week, Dave and Jonah enlist writer and Scriptnotes host John August to chat reboots, revivals, and post-modern reinvention. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 2021

39 min 9 sec

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is four hours of slow motion fighting, sad Superman, villains with daddy issues -and exactly one minute of Martian Manhunter. Hosts Dave and Jonah are breaking it all down with the help of Polygon comics editor Susana Polo. Want to hear your Galaxy Brain take on our show? Leave a voicemail at (213) 570-8069 Follow us on Twitter @galaxybrains Reach out to us [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 2021

45 min 39 sec

Did Zach Snyder create the best version of Superman? Is the Mighty Ducks reboot a masterpiece of postmodern TV? Is Godzilla a metaphor for... your dad? Galaxy Brains is a new show where movies, TV and overthinking collide. Get new episodes every Thursday starting April 22. Follow us on twitter @galaxybrains and leave us a voicemail at 213.570.8069. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 2021

2 min 1 sec