David Grubbs, Coyle Neal, Jordan Poss, and Jay Eldred discuss books 22, 23, and 24 of Homer’s Odyssey.
- Our translations of Homer: Robert Fitzgerald (1961) and Robert Fagles (1996).
- Jordan compares the climax of The Odyssey to the climax of Taken. David says John Wick.
- Homer utilizes “arrow time,” which puts him ahead of the Christopher Nolan of The Dark Knight Rises.
- Book 22 is Homer’s “aristeia of tempo.”
- David sees John McClane crawling through the ductwork.
- Did Book 24 inspire The Far Side?
- Without the deus ex machina, The Odyssey would become Unforgiven.
- Is this the first use of a mindwipe in fiction? We reference Star Wars and Men in Black, too.
- Jordan references Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain (but not the movie) and the Coen Brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou?
- Coyle says to avoid any Odyssey movies except for the sirens scene in the Kirk Douglas version and the stringing of the bow in the 1990s miniseries.
- Our theme music was provided by Blue Dot Sessions.
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