Stephen Talks



My purpose is to offer my perspective on sci-fi and fantasy topics in such a way as to promote positive interactions, entertainment, and criticism.


  • ...About the Human Element

    06/06/2019 Duration: 18min

    The most important part of any story, even more so than the plot itself, is the characters. We need to be able to empathize with them if we're going to continue reading about and watching them. But do the characters need to be humans for us to care what happens to them? Remember to check out my website:

  • ...Recommends Movies (Godzilla: King of the Monsters)

    03/06/2019 Duration: 03min

    Critics don't like "Godzilla: King of the Monsters". Audiences love it. How do *I* feel about it? Listen and find out. Don't forget to visit my website to find links to my social media and all my writing:

  • ...About Story Twists

    30/05/2019 Duration: 24min

    In a lot of cases, the "twist" is the most famous and popular part of a story. For me, though, it's my least favorite part. My Twitter account:

  • ...Recommends Movies (Aladdin, Detective Pikachu)

    27/05/2019 Duration: 05min

    This is the first installment of my "Movie Recommendations" feature. I won't be reviewing movies or criticizing them, just telling you whether or not I recommend seeing them.

  • ...About Live-Action Disney Remakes

    23/05/2019 Duration: 20min

    A lot of people have a cynical attitude about Disney remaking their older animated movies in live-action. It's really just part of the larger cynical attitude against remakes in general. I give my thoughts about them in this episode.

  • ...About Spoilers

    02/05/2019 Duration: 24min

    A lot of people care a lot about movies and TV shows. Do they care too much, though? When do you cross the line between "fan" and "fanatic"? I mention an article about spoilers in this podcast. You can read it here:

  • ...About His Favorite Phase in the MCU

    25/04/2019 Duration: 13min

    The Marvel Cinematic Universe is over 20 movies long with a dozen TV shows and miniseries to its name. It's about to finish its third "phase" and move into a new one. But Phase One still is and probably will remain my favorite phase.

  • ...About Star Wars Episode IX

    18/04/2019 Duration: 16min

    We got our first official teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" last week. In this podcast, I'm going to talk about why I'm the least-interested I've ever been in seeing a new Star Wars movie.

  • ...About Origin Stories

    11/04/2019 Duration: 18min

    Characters are the most important part of any story, and the origin story is the most important part of any character.

  • ...About Disney Owning Fox

    21/03/2019 Duration: 23min

    There are a lot of reasons to be concerned about Disney's recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox. But, there are reasons to be hopeful, as well. My website: ebooks:

  • ...About the Future of the DCEU

    14/03/2019 Duration: 35min

    Movies based on DC Comics have always had trouble finding their own identity; figuring out what movies to make and with whom. Here are my ideas for the franchise.

  • ...About Being A Grown-Up Kid

    07/03/2019 Duration: 41min

    An adult is merely a kid who has reached a certain age, and a kid is merely an adult who hasn't reached that age. I've always liked cartoons and comics and even dressing up as characters from them. The fact that I'm about to turn 38 doesn't change that at all. No adult should feel bad about enjoying things that are "meant for kids". (In this podcast, I referenced a Twitter thread from author Catherynne Valente. You can find it here: )

  • ...About What He's Up To

    28/02/2019 Duration: 08min

    Just a brief explanation of what I've been up to the last few months and what I'll be doing the next few months.

  • ...Live From DragonCon

    01/09/2018 Duration: 18min

    This week's podcast is live from DragonCon 2018 in Atlanta, GA, right before the annual parade. Look for parade pics on my Instagram @stephenmarkmonteith, and visit my website

  • ...About Violence in Movies and TV

    23/08/2018 Duration: 48min

    There is, in each of us, a limit to the amount and type of violence we'll accept in our entertainment. Where do we draw the line? And why? I also share my thoughts about Ben Affleck's current situation, Kelly Marie Tran's article in the New York Times, and more.

  • ...About Nostalgia

    16/08/2018 Duration: 32min

    Nostalgia can be a great thing, helping us remember the things we grew up with, the things that comforted us and helped make us the people we are. Nobody likes it when someone messes with our favorite franchises. But we need to be willing to let new versions of them grow so new generations can form their own sources of nostalgia.

  • ...About James Gunn

    26/07/2018 Duration: 15min

    This wasn't the podcast I was planning to do, and it's one of the hardest I've had to record, but I feel it's important.

  • ...About Justice League As An Ensemble Movie

    19/07/2018 Duration: 14min

    For the last decade, people have been saying DC should make movies the way Marvel makes them. But shouldn't DC do things their own way, the way that's worked for them for almost 80 years?

  • ...About Wonder Woman

    12/07/2018 Duration: 14min

    Wonder Woman is a phenomenal character who was created to be the equal of other superheroes, and time has proven that she is.

  • ...About Suicide Squad and Storytelling

    05/07/2018 Duration: 14min

    "Suicide Squad" is generally considered to be the weakest film in the DCEU continuity, mostly because of its unorthodox style of storytelling. But could that "weakness" actually be a strength?

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