A podcast that’s looking for love in all the right places. Join the Agents of SMOOCH as we delve into the romance of sweeping epics and classic romcoms. Our mission is to investigate the important questions: Should they or shouldn’t they? Is there such a thing as One True Love? Did that smooch have any chemistry? We might not have all the answers, but we know you had us at “Hello.”

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Middle Aged Nirvana

Our Agents were feeling a little housebound, so we packed our culottes and curlers and met up with Barb and Star in Vista Del Mar. This movie starring Kristen Wig, Annie Mumolo, and Jamie Dornan is a colourful and joyful spy romcom that exactly hits the spot for a quick getaway. It’s a movie about romance, but most importantly about that best friend who has always got your back. Most of the time. Well… some of the time. Join our Agents as they celebrate friendship and love and fishbowl-sized cocktails in the Florida sunshine. Comparisons to 50 Shades are inevitable, but brief. We promise.

Annette Wierstra with Moisés Chiullan, Kathy Campbell, Kirsten Goruk and Jean MacDonald


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Judas Ross!

Our Agents travelling back in time on this mission to explore all five seasons of Poldark. The BBC historical drama provides our Agents with plenty of personal and political drama to fill several episodes, especially with side trips into Outlander and historical drama fandoms. We discuss how truly historical a historical romance is and how modern viewpoints always shape these stories. Lace up your corsets and buckle your boots, we’re smouldering and shipping and hating on as much as we can in our allotted time for this mission.

Tigger warning Discussion of sexual assault in period dramas.

Annette Wierstra with Amanda-Rae Prescott, Aleen Simms and Moisés Chiullan


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Harold, They’re Lesbians!

Join our Agents in our discussion about the 2015 film Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Everything about this movie makes our Agents happy: Cate Blanchett, the story, the music, the cinematography, the wardrobe. Did we mention Cate Blanchett? We are just here to celebrate a historical lesbian film with a happy ending and to introduce our Director to memes just a few years too late. Digressions include historical lesbians, Emily Dickinson, and the last movie we saw in the theatre. It’s all in this mission with compliments of the season from the Management.

Annette Wierstra with Quinn Rose, Riley Silverman and Moisés Chiullan


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The Bodyguard

The Agents get soapy in this mission with a look at The Royals. The scandalous series about an alternate universe Royal British family that has almost as much drama as the actual family. Our Agents were lured into this mission with a promise of hotness and romance, and they were not disappointed. It’s another installment of “Stories where people keep more clothes on and yet are hotter than 50 Shades” rating system. We start with a spoiler-free pitch for why you should watch and a bit of Royal History head canon before we really dive in. Join us on this self-indulgent mission as we discuss the series and with a focus on our favourite ships.

Annette Wierstra with Kathy Campbell and Kirsten Goruk


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International Waters

For our very first anniversary and our 50th episode, join us for our Valentine’s Day party! It’s part draft, part improv storytelling, part limes, and all ridiculousness. A large cast of our Agents has gathered to make the movie of our collective dreams. With no storyboards, no scripts, and no plans, we jump into the international waters of our imagination, each Agent bringing an actor of their choice. Together we find our North Star while singing sea shanties and folding towel art. Your Cruise Director is waiting! Meet us on the lido deck of the Agents of S.M.O.O.C.H. Love Boat. We’re shipping everyone!

Annette Wierstra with Shelly Brisbin, Lisa Schmeiser, Amanda-Rae Prescott, Moisés Chiullan, Riley Silverman and Kathy Campbell


49

Preoccupation with Optics

Director Annette Wierstra (University of Alberta, MacEwan University, Royal Roads University) is joined by Agent Jean MacDonald (Beacon Hill, St. Lawrence, North Miami Beach Sr. High, University of North Carolina, Princeton) and Agent Sandra Wong (University of Alberta, Shizuoka National University) in this discussion about Kevin Kwan’s(1) (Crazy Rich Asians(2)) novel “Sex and Vanity.” This is an opulent(3) adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel and 1985 movie “Room with a View(4). This modern version is set in the decadent world of the uber-rich starring Lucie Churchill navigating family expectations and Society rules and high fashion(5). This retelling has all the romance and scandal with a good dose of humour and satire. Just note that there are so many characters that we forget half the names. And some places.

Annette Wierstra with Jean MacDonald and Sandra Wong


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Sexually Literate

Our Agents are on the mission of Bridgerton and ready to love and critique this new series that has taken romance by storm. We’ve got a lot to say about the adaptation from the Julia Quinn book series, how inclusive casting affects the story and characters, sex, speculation about what’s to come, and yes, even warp drives. Don your best frocks and suits, it is time to step out into a new kind of Regency society.

Content Warning: Sex, Sexual Assault

Annette Wierstra with Kathy Campbell, Lisa Schmeiser and Amanda-Rae Prescott


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That’s What the Floor’s For

Let our Agents take you to Prom! We’ve gathered for this first mission of the New Year to think about musicals, adaptations, and how much we just like singing and dancing. The mission may start with some of our less favourite parts but then we celebrate that with the Prom movie is a joyful lesbian love story that hits us in the feels. Our Agents discuss how we need even more LGBTQ2+ stories and that they are important to show a diversity of queer experiences. Put on your sparkly sneakers and be our dates to Prom.

(Hey high schools! We really do want to see your productions of Prom so send us invites.)

Annette Wierstra with Quinn Rose, Joy Piedmont and Riley Silverman


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Day 12 of Love Actually

Happy Holidays! Welcome to our final installment of 12 Days of Love Actually. For today’s mission, our full ensemble of Agents come together to discuss the Red Nose Day Actually reunion video from 2017 and reflect on how Love Actually holds up in 2020.

Annette Wierstra with Kirsten Goruk, Kayti Burt, Jean MacDonald, Sandra Wong, Kathy Campbell, Moisés Chiullan and Brian Hamilton


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Day 11 of Love Actually

Welcome to our 12 Days of Love Actually. Today’s mission is Sam, Joanna, and Daniel with Agents Kirsten Goruk and Kayti Burt.

Annette Wierstra with Kirsten Goruk and Kayti Burt


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Day 10 of Love Actually

Welcome to our 12 Days of Love Actually. Today’s mission is Natalie and David with Agents Kathy Campbell, Moises Chuillan, and Brian Hamilton.

Annette Wierstra with Kathy Campbell, Moisés Chiullan and Brian Hamilton


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