After three seasons, this groundbreaking Native-written/starring TV show about four teens trying to get away from their Oklahoma reservation has completed its arc. Mark, Lawrence, Al, and COVID-infected Sarahlyn discuss the show’s take on death, community, drugs, wisdom, wokeness, and the supernatural. Did the show work given the wildly different tones and emphases over the series? To what degree does this show exhibit the dry absurdism of co-creator Taika Waititi? We talk about the environment, casting, guest stars, plot choices, and authenticity.
Some of the articles we looked at to prepare included:
- “‘Reservation Dogs’ Comes to an Untimely End” by Lili Loofbaurow
- “Reservation Dogs Is a Vision of Hollywood’s New Normal” By Jason Parham
- “How Reservation Dogs Is Opening Up a Crucial Conversation About Suicide in Indigenous Communities” By Devore Jacobs
- “‘Reservation Dogs’ co-creator says the show gives audiences permission to laugh” an NPR Fresh Air Interview with Sterlin Harjo
- “Reservation Dogs nails the teenage anxiety of leaving home” by Soloni Gajjar
- “Reservation Dogs series finale: A lovely, full-circle farewell” By Manuel Betacourt
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In the Aftertalk, we share our experiences with the comedies of our youth: Saved by the Bell, Brady Bunch, Steptoe and Son, Fresh Prince, Diff’rent Strokes, Who’s the Boss, Happy Days. Also: No One Will Save You, Skinamarink, West Wing, and the 2nd Republican debate. Yes, we have a short discussion about the 2024 election, including what celebrities should run. We discuss our Halloween assignment: The Exorcist series.
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