Galaxy Brains with Dave Schilling and Jonah Ray

Galaxy Brains with Dave Schilling and Jonah Ray

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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December 23, 2021 48 min

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.

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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November 11, 2021 47 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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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."

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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...

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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.


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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, w...

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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.


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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.



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