Today, Vox Media’s gaming and entertainment network, Polygon, and the Vox Media Podcast Network launched Galaxy Brains, a new entertainment podcast that redefines the “what-to-watch guide” and brings the energy of post-watch text chains and wild Reddit threads to the podcast space.
Hosted by best friends and comedy collaborators Dave Schilling (The Ringer’s The Masked Man Show) and Jonah Ray Rodrigues (Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return), Galaxy Brains is a deep dive into the latest series or film. Each week on the show, Schilling and Ray start with the Logical Brain, over-analyze with the Critical Brain, question everything with the Interrogation Brain, and of course, arrive at the Galaxy Brain with a new revelation. An expert guest, from comedians to creators to scholarly authorities, will join the pair for each journey, which promises insight and entertainment in a world of never-ending content.
“Galaxy Brains finally offers the opportunity to expose my wildest, most unhinged opinions about pop culture,” said Dave Schilling. “I’ve been screaming about how Godzilla is actually a metaphor for fear of intimacy for years now, and I’m excited to finally have a microphone to share these conversations with the world. I apologize in advance for all the minds I’m about to blow.”
Galaxy Brains launched today, with three new episodes, “Justice League,” an episode about a full breakdown on what makes Zach Snyder’s take on Superman superior, “Godzilla vs. Kong,” a deep dive about what that giant angry lizard still means, and “Mighty Ducks,” a chat about reboots, revivals, and post-modern reinvention. Special guests include screenwriter John August and the Criterion Collection’s Godzilla expert Steve Ryfle. Additionally, new episodes will be published weekly on Thursdays.
Listen to the episodes here and follow Galaxy Brains on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
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Dave Schilling is a writer, humorist, and podcast host whose work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and more. He was the co-host of The Ringer’s wrestling podcast, The Masked Man Show, before joining the WWE to work with the TV writing staff. He was recently a co-executive producer of YouTube’s Black Renaissance special, released in February of 2021.
Jonah Ray Rodrigues is an actor, writer, director, and comedian who developed a show with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon called “The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail,” which ran for three seasons on Comedy Central. Recently, Jonah was the lead on Netflix’s “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return” and has also appeared in IFC’s “Maron,” “Garfunkel & Oates,” “Stan Against Evil,” “Better Things” and “The League.” He was also featured in the fourth installment of the popular horror franchise Victory Crowley, Blumhouse’s Pooka Lives, and How To Deter A Robber, an official pick for Fantastic Fest.
Polygon is Vox Media’s gaming and entertainment network, illuminating the world of entertainment through the lens of those who grew up playing video games and obsessed with internet culture. Polygon exists to redefine the exponentially complicated and rapidly changing world of modern entertainment, and to help our audience of ravenous pop culture obsessives to not just find the next big thing, but understand, appreciate, and enjoy it.
About Vox Media Podcast Network
Named by Adweek as 2020’s “Podcast Network of the Year,” Vox Media Podcast Network has over 200 active shows featuring industry-leading editorial voices and storytellers from Vox Media’s networks and beyond. From daily news and tech, to culture and sports, and from talk and interview shows to news and rich narrative storytelling, the Vox Media Podcast Network is one of the largest, fastest-growing, and most topically-diverse collections of premium podcasts. Learn more about the Vox Media Podcast Network here.