A pop culture show about the sometimes strange things we love, that other people… don’t. Each episode, comics and games writer Antony Johnston asks a new guest to explain why that thing you hate is actually really great. Follow us on Twitter at @UMPfm.

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“Babe: Pig in the City” with Warren Frey

Is “Babe: Pig in the City” really a tour de force of magical realism? Or “A New Yorker cartoon on mescaline”? Warren Frey joins Antony to explain why this kids’ movie from George “Mad Max” Miller deserves your renewed attention.

Antony Johnston with Warren Frey


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“GURPS” with Monty Ashley

In what must surely be our thinnest premise yet, Monty Ashley joins Antony to ostensibly defend GURPS from its detractors. But it’s basically two old RPG nerds chatting and reminiscing about games for an hour. Roll 3D6 to listen!

Antony Johnston with Monty Ashley


70

“Masters of the Universe” with Liz Myles

They said it would be bigger than Star Wars. Instead it bankrupted a studio and sank without trace. Yes, in another instalment of our Dolph Lundgren love here on UMP, Liz Myles joins Antony to reassess “Masters of the Universe”, the well-known, uh, Christmas movie. Wait, what?

Antony Johnston with Liz Myles


69

“Batman Returns” with Michael Molcher

After making Batman palatable to the mainstream again with the first movie, Tim Burton’s sequel “Batman Returns” went all-in with his signature fairytale gothic style. Michael Molcher joins Antony to explain why it totally works, and disses the Nolan Batverse along the way. Happy new year!

Antony Johnston with Michael Molcher


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“Micronauts” with Jason Snell

Regular Incomparable Network listeners will know of Jason Snell’s oft-thwarted desire to talk about his lifelong love of “Micronauts”; a series of comics, starring characters based on American toys, which were based on Japanese toys. At last, this is our gift to him… and to you. Happy holidays!

Antony Johnston with Jason Snell


67

“Clue” with John Cecil

Was it John Cecil, in the loft, with the microphone? Actually, yes — and that’s more straightforward than anything in the puzzling murder-mystery-comedy-movie-of-the-board-game “Clue”, which John’s here to defend. Would anyone care for fruit, or dessert?

Antony Johnston with John Cecil


66

“General Hospital” with Rachael Noel Fox

Mah stories are on! And when they include aliens, vampires, weather machines, movement suits, and more, how can you resist? Rachael Noel Fox can’t, and says those of us who appreciate wild creative imaginations should be watching that soapiest of soaps, “General Hospital.”

Antony Johnston with Rachael Noel Fox


65

“Alien 3” with Moisés Chiullan

Forget corny spooks and campy monsters; for this Halloween edition, Moisés Chiullan joins Antony to delve into the murky horror of “Alien 3”, and explain why this most maligned entry in the movie franchise deserves a chance at parole.

Antony Johnston with Moisés Chiullan


64

“Pretty Woman” with Regie Rigby

Let’s be honest; it’s not every day you hear a middle-aged cis/het man tell you “Pretty Woman” is his favourite movie ever. Meet Regie Rigby, who’s here to explain why he thinks Garry Marshall’s quintessential ’80s rom-com deserves another look.

Antony Johnston with Regie Rigby


63

“Armageddon” with Alison Baker

Drills! In! Spaaaaaace! Alison Baker throws scientific accuracy to the (solar) wind, jumps a canyon in low-g, and revels in NASA’s afterburn as she rockets through the joys of Michael Bay’s “Armageddon”.

Antony Johnston with Alison Baker


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“BioShock 2” with Shaline Lopez

“BioShock” is widely regarded as one of the best video games of all time. “BioShock 2”, though… not so much. Podcaster Shaline Lopez joins Antony to discuss Big and Little Sisters, story twists, feminist gaming, and more.

Antony Johnston with Shaline Lopez


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