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Most people who have heard of Big Fish are probably familiar with the film by Tim Burton, however, before it hit the big screen, it was written as a short novel by Daniel Wallace. Leading up to the guy's conversation about Big Fish, Zach shares about his experience rewatching the Star Wars prequel films. Is Phantom Menace dreadful or does it have some redeeming qualities? Were midichlorians the death of Star Wars? What does the future hold for the infamous "broom boy" in the stories about a galaxy far, far away?Cody shares a story about how his son was unable to successfully pull off a birthday prank. A father who seeks to raise his sons to be honest must wrestle with the reality that pulling a prank is not the most honest of activities. Since, Big Fish is a story about a man's tall tale life the guys decide to share some of their favorite real-world tall tales that they bought into at one point or another. Zach shares about the elusive secret star from Super Mario 64. Cody tells the tale of how he bought into an internet rumor of a celebrity's death during the early years of the internet. Finally, getting to the main topic, the guy's share their favorite scenes and moments from Big Fish. They both share the best moments from the film, while Cody gives some examples of where the book really shines. The storytelling power that these tall tales have provide us with moments in a grander story that can be retold for their morale appeal.While it is great to summarize some of the best moments and the history of how the book and film were made, the guy's truly love this story because of their personal experience with it. Zach was first drawn into it as he was trying to build up a "sophisticated" collection of films from the $5 dollar movie bin. Cody was drawn to it from the initial trailers of the film, but did not actually get to watch it for many months after its release. This is a movie that both the guys have seen many times over. The visuals and film work are some of their favorite. As for the book, the bite size chapters serve as the perfect book to pick up and read before going to bed at night. Thank you so much for checking out Parallel Quest. This is a production of Steel Lake Studio. We don't just have one podcast though, we are a team of storytellers trying to use a variety of different mediums to tell stories that we have been working on our whole lives. If you would like to check out more of what we do, check out https://www.steellakestudio.com/Sign up for our E-MAIL LIST: https://www.steellakestudio.com/emailI you enjoy the show and would like to SUPPORT the show, you can do so on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/steellakestudioIf you REALLY like the show, consider rocking some Parallel Quest themed MERCHANDISE:https://www.steellakestudio.com/merch
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions on how they feel about stories. Many have created lists of how they rank the Star Wars films, most will put Episode I at the bottom of that list. While we don't claim that Phantom Menace is a great film, we believe that Attack of the Clones is a misstep for Star Wars, and a missed opportunity with the lead up to the era of the Clone Wars. The storytelling is what we have the largest critique for in this particular entry. While we have our own opinions, we share them knowing that many will not agree with us, and that is completely okay, just sit back and enjoy this journey of Parallel Quest. If you think we are totally off-base with our assessment, we'd love to hear from you :)IntroStories From the Guys:A Conversation about Cuties on Netflix and StorytellingA well-intended theme but maybe not the right way to go about telling this type of story.MAIN TOPIC: Attack of the Clones (Timestamp - 00:48:00)HistoryAttack of the Clones was released May 16th 2002Was one of the first movies shot on a high-definition digital 24-frame system (aka, not film stock)The first Star Wars film to be outgrossed the year it was released, finishing 4th at the box officeAs a joke, the working title of the film was called Jar Jar’s Great AdventureLucas originally wanted the clones to be Lando Calrissian, but later changed it to Jengo Fett (although, in A New Hope it’s alluded that Lando is a clone)Lucas added the droid factory scene after the initial shooting due to a lack of pacing. They shot it in four and a half hours--which is why it’s terribleDespite negative reception, it still kept with the SW theme of pushing technology in film. The new way of filming digitally is pretty much the standard nowReceived a 65% on RT and Ebert gave it a 2 out of 5Did win two awards at the Golden Raspberries: Worst Screenplay (George Lucas) and Worst Supporting Actor (Hayden Christensen)PlotOh boy….Three plot lines (sort of) happening at once:Anikin and Padme hiding out on Naboo because of an assassination attemptObi-wan trying to piece together who tried to kill Padme and uncovering a larger plot for a clone/droid armyThe senate voting Palpatine into ULTIMATE POWER!!!!Dude, honestly, this one is so convoluted I thought we just might talk it throughInitial ImpressionsZach:The only SW film I’ve ever seen on DVD first. I had no interest in seeing it after Phantom MenaceGlad I didn’tThis one was so bad that I completely forgot how it ended because I don’t think I ever finished itI remembered all the Legos coming outMy friends all said SW was deadCody:Disappointing! I was hoping for more war, less romance.Master Sifo-Dyas is one of the most confusing things in all of Star WarsFrom the earliest days of watching it (typical Haggard house rewatching), I would fast forward to all the best parts.Watching Yoda is the highlight of this film.As a kid I really liked the increased action over Phantom Menace.Lasting ImpressionsZach:Still THE worst Star Wars movie and one of the worst movies I’ve ever seenEven John Williams didn’t seem to know where to throw in his musicBUT, there are some redeeming qualities I can appreciate as I’ve gotten olderThe relationship between Obi-wan and Anikin is important now that I’m older because I have kids that are just like Annie at workAlso, think the theme of democracy versus dictatorship is always going to a pertinent discussion in AmericaCody: As time has gone by, this one has fallen to the bottom of my list of Star Wars Films.I still get a good laugh every time I watch the beginning when Anakin is getting shocked.My wife actually really liked this movie when I was introducing her to Star Wars.Final Thoughts/ClosingZach:DUNE!Cody:Finished Big FishThank you so much for checking out Parallel Quest. This is a production of Steel Lake Studio. We don't just have one podcast though, we are a team of storytellers trying to use a variety of different mediums to tell stories that we have been working on our whole lives. If you would like to check out more of what we do, check out https://www.steellakestudio.com/Sign up for our E-MAIL LIST: https://www.steellakestudio.com/emailI you enjoy the show and would like to SUPPORT the show, you can do so on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/steellakestudioIf you REALLY like the show, consider rocking some Parallel Quest themed MERCHANDISE:https://www.steellakestudio.com/merch
In today's episode of Parallel Quest we discuss the children's book Holes by Louis Sachar. This served as a book that opened our eyes that not all of the books that you have to read for school are dreadfully boring. Stanley Yelnats adventure to and survival in Camp Green Lake is one that covers many important concepts for children and adolescents, while doing so in a fun and entertaining way. The guys discuss how they initially experienced this book for the first time. Cody saw this as a highlight of the fifth grade, an otherwise terrible school year, while Zach was so excited about the book that he read it before all of his other classmates were even through the first couple of chapters. The guys enjoy the lighthearted nature in which Sachar talks about important issues.  Going through the synopsis of the story and giving their lasting appeal, Cody and Zach believe that this is a book that should be enjoyed by many. Unfortunately, the movie of the same name and inspiration did not drive home quite as well with the guys. While it is passable for a younger audience, it does not live up to the classic standard that the novel does. We hope you enjoy this discussion of Parallel Quest.--------------Thank you so much for checking out Parallel Quest. This is a production of Steel Lake Studio. We don't just have one podcast though, we are a team of storytellers trying to use a variety of different mediums to tell stories that we have been working on our whole lives. If you would like to check out more of what we do, check out https://www.steellakestudio.com/Sign up for our E-MAIL LIST: https://www.steellakestudio.com/emailI you enjoy the show and would like to SUPPORT the show, you can do so on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/steellakestudioIf you REALLY like the show, consider rocking some Parallel Quest themed MERCHANDISE:https://www.steellakestudio.com/merch
A Review of the Social Dilemma — Interesting info/stories from the documentary and any criticisms we might haveA brief summary of the concept and subject matter within the documentaryCodyThe way in which Google autofill works based on region. It truly does develop regional narrativesThe notification system is completely aware of how much time you spend on the applications, and I never gave much thought to how it prompts us, just passively gave into the loop. Targeted advertising. On a device that tracks everything you observe that also has your credit card information stored in it seems to be a dangerous recipe. The bias in the documentary was actually handled quite well. Even though they were raising awareness of the social media pitfalls, it did so from the position that recognized how useful of a tool it has become. The story of our lives is probably better catalogued within our social media profiles, search data, email inbox, etc., than anywhere else on the planet. ZachNews sites prompting headlinesCurated content on Facebook (I see it with the tea company I buy from and I hate it). YouTube does this do.JoshFound the conversation shift to focus on how these companies aren’t necessarily trying to sell our data to advertisers, but more use the data to help advertisers get what they are selling in front of you.One of the interviews talked about how our phones have become what essentially are adult pacifiers. People who are alone, anxious, or afraid, will look at their phone.The discussion about regulation of the platform was a section interesting because it very much hits the nail on the head on the head Our personal stories, experiences, and thoughts about social mediaWill the message within this documentary be something that can be a catalyst for change?Thank you so much for checking out Parallel Quest. This is a production of Steel Lake Studio. We don't just have one podcast though, we are a team of storytellers trying to use a variety of different mediums to tell stories that we have been working on our whole lives. If you would like to check out more of what we do, check out https://www.steellakestudio.com/Sign up for our E-MAIL LIST: https://www.steellakestudio.com/emailI you enjoy the show and would like to SUPPORT the show, you can do so on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/steellakestudioIf you REALLY like the show, consider rocking some Parallel Quest themed MERCHANDISE:https://www.steellakestudio.com/merch
IntroductionStories from the weekCody: My wife discovers YouTubeZach: How to properly interact with neighbors; Faking a building planIntro topic of discussion: Weird Fantasies. Each host names a weird fantasy they would have liked to be a reality. Cody: stranded on an island. Zach: professional theme park YELP reviewerMain Topic — LostInitial ImpactWe figure the best way to start talking about LOST is by discussing the elements that made us interested in watching the show in the first place. History. Lloyd Braun’s idea… survivor meets cast away meets Gilligans Island with a Lord of the Flies element. The Show CreatorsJeffrey Lieber: In Name Only (changed the name to Nowhere, which really made Lloyd Braun mad.)JJ Abrams: The Big Name (People loved his work on Alias)Damon Lindelof: The ProtegeWould end up being the primary show runner alongside Carlton Cuse.Together they wrote over ⅓ of the episodes for the series. They served as the overall creatives behind the vision and overall story. They constructed a “Bible” of sorts that contained all of the mythology behind the show Lost. They are still credited as writing one of the best TV episodes of a show… “The Variable” Fun Facts — Many people laughed this idea out of the room when it was originally being pitched. However, it ended up being the most expensive Pilot ever made for TV at the time… $14milAbrams and Lindelof “promised” ABC that it would not be a serialized drama, but that each episode would stand on its own…. They lied.Abrams was often asked questions about the show because many people thought he was more involved with the shows creation than he was. He dropped out to work on films halfway through the first season.Twilight Zone Influences — The Theme song and the Pilot.For a period of time, it was the highest-rated TV show on IMDB and is still critically recognized for being one of the best TV shows ever.Nominated for many awards throughout its run, having won a total of 12 awards during that time. Plot synopsis and our favorite episodes and characters.ConclusionCodyCurrently reading Range by David EpsteinZachWatching High Score before bed
The guys start off the episode with a returning segment, "10 questions." This time Cody answers 10 questions from Zach  that range from whether Rambo would win in a fighter over the Terminator, to what movie he would completely erase from existence. In our MAIN TOPIC we discuss the TWILIGHT ZONE, it's history, plot, and impact.HistoryWas first aired in 1959 and ran for five seasonsRodman Serling, or just Rod Serling, was a man before his time. Fascinated with pulp magazines as well as culturally relevant issues such as race, war, government and society. Wanted to combine the two in story formRod Serling was a prominant figure in television by the 1950s though was very frustrated by the changes and edits to many of his television playsIn his play Requiem for a Heavyweight the line “Got a match?” had to be taken out because the company sold lightersWanted to take the genre of sci-fi and tell moral stories. Thought he could get away with some of the more taboo subjects of the timeFirst pilot pitch to CBS was “The Time Element”About a man who dreams of returning to Honolulu in 1941 and trying to warn people of the impending Pearl Harbor attackWas rejected and shelved until 1958 when it was aired, giving Serling the go-ahead for his anthology series, The Twilight ZoneSerling wrote many of the episodes himself and is famous for introducing and closing each oneOriginally didn’t want to do it and had to be coaxed into itThe series has run on and off-air since ‘59, with Jordan Peele recently taking the helm and trying to restart the franchise in 2019. Has had multiple seasons, one movie (controversial), and one television filmMany famous writers, actors and directors got their start on The Twilight Zone, such as Richard Matheson (I Am Legend), Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451), Robert Duvall (Apocolypse Now), Robert Redford (The Sting), Ron Howard (Arrested Development), William ShatnerPlot Synopsis. Anthology series that usually dealt in the world of science-fiction where characters found themselves in weird, unusual situations. They would often have a surprise ending and moral.Serling mastered the art of ironic fate and poetic justice. Many times his characters would meet an end that would be satisfying, but oftentimes ironic.Example: “Time Enough at Last” - story about a man who works for a bank and wants nothing more than just to sit at home and read.Some of my favorite episodes:“Time Enough at Last”“The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” - literally the best one“Where is Everybody?” - about going to the moon. Is also a recurring theme in the TZ, being the last person on earth, city, town“The After Hours” - made me afraid of mannequins“Eye of the Beholder” - easiest moral to understand“Little Lost Girl” - showed how tension could build to incredible heights with such a short, simple story“It’s a Good Life” - so scaryInitial Impact: Zach has a history watching this show with his dad while growing up. Cody has never seen an episode before but really appreciates all that he has learned about it.Lasting Appeal: For Zach, this is a series that he enjoys coming back to time and time again. He especially likes watching it during the scy-fy channel's marathon. For Cody, this is a show that he wants to learn more about and research.Thank you so much for checking out Parallel Quest. This is a production of Steel Lake Studio. We don't just have one podcast though, we are a team of storytellers trying to use a variety of different mediums to tell stories that we have been working on our whole lives. If you would like to check out more of what we do, check out https://www.steellakestudio.com/Sign up for our E-MAIL LIST: https://www.steellakestudio.com/emailI you enjoy the show and would like to SUPPORT the show, you can do so on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/steellakestudioIf you REALLY like the show, consider rocking some Parallel Quest themed MERCHANDISE:https://www.steellakestudio.com/merch
In this week's episode the guys share their experiences with the world famous story, The Hobbit. This is one of the guys' favorites and they look forward to sharing what they love about it with you.INTRODUCTION: In this episode's introduction the guys share about a variety of their different interests from pickling to board games. They wind up talking about strange injuries through all of this as well. Take a look back behind the curtain as the guys talk about going "Under the Influence," sharing what helps get them in the groove for their creative processes. THE HOBBIT: The Hobbit is one of the greatest children's stories ever told and there are many different reasons as to how the guys go about sharing this. INITIAL IMPACT: Zach and Cody begin their discussion of the Hobbit sharing about what initially got them into the story when they were young. The film success of the Lord of the Rings was a contributing factor in getting them to pick up the book, but the fast-paced and relatable storytelling is what got their 10-year-old-selves to stick with the story. STORY SUMMARY AND THEMES: Going through the summary of the story the guys share what some of their favorite components are to the Hobbit. The relatability that the average person has to Bilbo Baggins is what makes this story so intriguing. Unlock Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit does not have stakes of world shattering proportions. Even though the quest is dangerous, the Dwarves go on their journey to get rich  and they need someone who can sneak them the treasure out from the mountain. Bilbo does not need to get involved in the quest in order to save the world, but rather to test the waters and find out if there is a different type of life that he would like to have for himself. HISTORY OF THE HOBBIT: The guys share some knowledge about the history of the Hobbit that might not be common knowledge to the average person. Examples of this are that Tolkien's epic was originally written for his Children, never really meant to be published across the world. Tolkien was a man who loved to escape into his writing and he was not highly concerned with becoming famous in the world of Academia. There is much to be learned about the history of the Hobbit which is equally as interesting as the tale itself.LASTING APPEAL: Timeless is the easiest way to describe the guys' feelings towards this children's tale. It's a book that both Zach and Cody feel like they can pick up and read at any time and it doesn't necessarily have to be begun right at the beginning. Some books are just stories but, to Cody specifically, this book feels like a companion to life. THE HOBBIT FILM CRITIQUE: While The Hobbit is one of the greatest children's stories, the love of this story ends with the book and does not carry over into the film adaptations. From not clearly defining who they wanted the audience to be to dealing with overwhelming deadlines, the film series was setup to be a disaster. While the movies did well at the box office, they were unable to capture they same allure that Middle Earth brought us in its sibling series, The Lord of the Rings.Thank you so much for checking out Parallel Quest. This is a production of Steel Lake Studio. We don't just have one podcast though, we are a team of storytellers trying to use a variety of different mediums to tell stories that we have been working on our whole lives. If you would like to check out more of what we do, check out https://www.steellakestudio.com/Sign up for our E-MAIL LIST: https://www.steellakestudio.com/emailI you enjoy the show and would like to SUPPORT the show, you can do so on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/steellakestudioIf you REALLY like the show, consider rocking some Parallel Quest themed MERCHANDISE:https://www.steellakestudio.com/merch
Opening Conversation: Disastrous water stories.Podcast Friends: In this episode we introduce you to another podcast you may want to check out PETRI DISH, listen to their promo, and you can find them at https://anchor.fm/petridishA conversation that has nothing to do with science fiction: Zach's review of the docuseries THE LAST DANCE. This documentary series reminded us all of how great Michael Jordan really was at the game of basketball. As natives to the wondrous land of Cleveland, Ohio, Zach and Cody have there biases to claim LeBron is the best. However, after being exposed to the true greatness of MJ, the guys call that assessment into question.MAIN TOPIC 00:23:00Science fiction is a genre that has a longer history than we might initial think. Many will date it back to the Golden Age of Science Fiction in the late 50s and early 60s, but the realm of sci-fi was being dabbled with a little bit before that. In this main topic expect conversations on the debate on whether or not Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is qualified as science fiction. Hear the breakdown of what actually constitutes something to be science fiction. There are certain elements that need to appear within a work in order for us to be able to qualify it as sci-fi and the guys will introduce you to that. The early writers of sci-fi were very much focused on the hard science that went into creating these works of literature, but it began to morph into more story first, science second, around the time a certain intellectual property took the world by storm. The guys share their favorite works of science fiction and one of the hosts thinks that a couple of the works another really likes, and considers sci-fi, don't actually belong to the science fiction genre. The guys have a discussion on whether or not superhero movies are considered science fiction and the impact of the word "elements" on storytelling.The guys wrap up their conversation sharing the importance and the impact that the genre has.  Thank you so much for checking out Parallel Quest. This is a production of Steel Lake Studio. We don't just have one podcast though, we are a team of storytellers trying to use a variety of different mediums to tell stories that we have been working on our whole lives. If you would like to check out more of what we do, check out https://www.steellakestudio.com/Sign up for our E-MAIL LIST: https://www.steellakestudio.com/emailI you enjoy the show and would like to SUPPORT the show, you can do so on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/steellakestudioIf you REALLY like the show, consider rocking some Parallel Quest themed MERCHANDISE:https://www.steellakestudio.com/merch
The Most Dangerous Game may be one of the most influential short stories of all time, and gives us reason to admire and respect the power of the short story.PART 1: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE NEVER SHOULDA HAPPENEDThe guys kick off the podcast with one of their favorite introductory games to play. This time they are discussing, good, bad, and never should happened within the realm of villains. Many stories that have memorable conflict contain a villain who is able to make that conflict feel even more insurmountable with their presence in the story. Each one of the guys gives an example of a good and memorable villain, followed up by two examples of less overwhelming villains. This is a fun discussion to have within the context of this episode for the very reason that The Most Dangerous Game has a very well executed villain within its story.PART 2 (00:40:00):  THE MOST DANGEROUS GAMEIn the second part of the podcast the guys discuss the main topic of the week. In the discussion of this short story, they give a plot synopsis as well as story analysis. Each of the guys shares their initial impressions of this story as well as how it has influenced their own storytelling today. They discuss the stories future influences within storytelling and within its wider cultural influence. The exhilaration of survival and dominance is something that many of us are uncomfortable with how satisfying it actually can be, what are some modern day examples of this? The Most Dangerous Game has influenced many media properties, but there is currently a series on the new streaming platform Quibi. Neither one of the guys has seen it, but they discuss whether or not this  is a viable medium for storytelling. While there is power in the written short story, they are not so sure that Quibi is going to be able to grasp that same magnitude. As school is getting back in session, we hope that teachers continue to teach and discuss this story in the classroom. For the guys on Parallel Quest it allowed them to have more interest in a school topic. The story itself can be relatable today, in fact, regularly kids are living out this fantasy through the ever popular battle royale genre of video games.Thank you so much for checking out Parallel Quest. This is a production of Steel Lake Studio. We don't just have one podcast though, we are a team of storytellers trying to use a variety of different mediums to tell stories that we have been working on our whole lives. If you would like to check out more of what we do, check out https://www.steellakestudio.com/Sign up for our E-MAIL LIST: https://www.steellakestudio.com/emailIf you enjoy the show and would like to SUPPORT the show, you can do so on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/steellakestudioIf you REALLY like the show, consider rocking some Parallel Quest themed MERCHANDISE:https://www.steellakestudio.com/merch
The Matrix was a cinematic marvel when it was first released in 1999, how well did it hold up over time?The guys open up the podcast with some fast firing questions in order to help you get to know Zach a little bit better. Although, there are a couple of intellectual properties that he decides to eliminate from existence for the rest of time.In the conversation about the Matrix the guys start off with some history in how the film was made, but very quickly find themselves in a conversation about simulation theory. The Matrix helped remind us that philosophical ideas can be fun to experience through the art of a good story, but are also not the best places to express every component of that philosophy. Philosophy and the Matrix go hand-in-hand but so does the ridiculous amount of leather that is worn in the movie, so the guys ask, is wearing leather fashionable anymore... or comfortable? In the discussion there are many things to be found out such as the many different influences of the film outside that of philosophy. The unique style of the Matrix was unprecedented for its time, which is partly accredited to the fact that the film makers were influenced by media that most of mainstream movies were not drawing on for inspiration.As is usual with Parallel Quest the guys share their personal stories surrounding the experience they had with this film. This week you can expect to hear stories about Y2K, other stories we thought were confusing, and the 18th birthday party where the entire Matrix trilogy was watched but only one person was actually enjoying it. Thank you so much for checking out Parallel Quest. This is a production of Steel Lake Studio. We don't just have one podcast though, we are a team of storytellers trying to use a variety of different mediums to tell stories that we have been working on our whole lives. If you would like to check out more of what we do, check out https://www.steellakestudio.com/Sign up for our E-MAIL LIST: https://www.steellakestudio.com/emailI you enjoy the show and would like to SUPPORT the show, you can do so on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/steellakestudioIf you REALLY like the show, consider rocking some Parallel Quest themed MERCHANDISE:https://www.steellakestudio.com/merch
In this episode, the guys devote the main topic to one of Cody's favorite films, The Prestige. Before preparing for this episode, neither of the guys knew that is was based on a novel by Christopher Priest (which is worth a read, even if you have seen the movie).Before getting into the main topic, the guys talk about some of the media that they are taking in as well as update you all on the interesting stories going on in their lives. If you have anything interesting yourself you would like to add, feel free to contact the team and we will read your questions and stories within the podcast.As the main topic of discussion shifts over to the Prestige, the guys share that this is one of Christopher Nolan's films that truly made them large fans of the filmmaker. It is a story told in such a way that is both perfect for film and the overall theme of the story. The Nolan brothers chose a great cast for this film, making it hard to imagine any other actors being able to portray the leading roles. In the midst of their discussion on the casting for the Prestige, the guys head down a rabbit trail that reveals to you, one of Zach's favorite actors, whom we are quite sure, you will not be able to guess who it is. Being the first blu ray disc that Cody ever had, it is something that he watched over and over again, getting to a point where he used to nearly mandate his friends watch it anytime they came over. However, with the high number of times Cody has seen the film, he still does not tire of watching it from time-to-time because of how well the movie is written and how the story is told. This is the first film that he credits, making him pay attention to the writers of films, and not just the big names who make the poster.Zach wraps up the podcast sharing some funny stories of his younger years when he gave a crack at the illusionist trade. It's definitely worth hanging around for, although, he did not reveal his magician's stage name, which is disappointing.Thanks for listening! We hope you enjoy(ed)!Thank you so much for checking out Parallel Quest. This is a production of Steel Lake Studio. We don't just have one podcast though, we are a team of storytellers trying to use a variety of different mediums to tell stories that we have been working on our whole lives. If you would like to check out more of what we do, check out https://www.steellakestudio.com/Sign up for our E-MAIL LIST: https://www.steellakestudio.com/emailI you enjoy the show and would like to SUPPORT the show, you can do so on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/steellakestudioIf you REALLY like the show, consider rocking some Parallel Quest themed MERCHANDISE:https://www.steellakestudio.com/merch
The Harry Potter phenomenon is something that the guys have referenced before and now it is time to have our first discussion centered around it.The guys warm up by telling stories from the week and catching up with what is going on in life. Zach shares an interesting story about a time that he was robbed while Cody shares about his most recent trip to Florida (disclaimer: Cody traveled before the recent spike in virus cases). The guys jump into the main topic of discussion without any other segments. In this episode we go over the history of how the story of Harry Potter came to be and its initial struggle to get published. Many of us probably just assume that Harry Potter was an instant phenomenon, but it actually took a little bit of time before it had the explosive success that we are all now very familiar with.Being somewhat of a misfit as a children's book, there was much difficulty in getting publishers on board with wanting to bring this book to market. But, as we have all come to find out, Harry Potter was the type of book that the world was starving for. A fast moving story about friendship set in a fantastical world, that is both believable and inspiring to the imagination.Harry Potter is what made many kids at the turn of the century want to pick up books and read. In fact, many members of the family were getting on board the Hogwarts express, meaning it was not uncommon at all for children's parents to love reading the books as well. The initial impact was strong and gave the guys a love for storytelling and truly is an inspiration for why they want to tell stories as well.Hang on until the end to hear their discussion of how their Harry Potter fandom has followed them into adulthood. Are they still regularly entering into the hallways of moving staircases, or are the adventures of Hogwarts experiences that they leave locked in the past.Thank you so much for checking out Parallel Quest. This is a production of Steel Lake Studio. We don't just have one podcast though, we are a team of storytellers trying to use a variety of different mediums to tell stories that we have been working on our whole lives. If you would like to check out more of what we do, check out https://www.steellakestudio.com/Sign up for our E-MAIL LIST: https://www.steellakestudio.com/emailI you enjoy the show and would like to SUPPORT the show, you can do so on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/steellakestudioIf you REALLY like the show, consider rocking some Parallel Quest themed MERCHANDISE:https://www.steellakestudio.com/merch
PART 1: OPENING DISCUSSIONIn this first part of the episode, the guys catch up with what's going on in life before getting into the main topic discussions.  Zach begins by sharing his recent adventure back into the world of Terraria. The video rental store is something that was so important in our lives as kids, and the guys discuss their thoughts on the all-but-dead industry. We introduce a new segment called "Retry" where we talk about a story that we did not like at first, but after another chance ended up changing our minds. Zach discusses his difficulty in picking up the Lord of the Rings books, and Cody shares how he was not a fan of the Incredibles initially.PART 2 MAIN TOPIC: (00:44:00) HALOIn our discussion of HALO, we span our experiences with the series as a whole. From first exposure, Zach was a huge fan while Cody did not share the same feelings toward the series. Zach shares an epic tale of conning a friend to purchase a game and how the HALO games spawned a love of a video game franchise. We discuss the story of the universe as well as how HALO captivated the competitive spirit of teenage and pre-ten boys around the country. Cody concludes by sharing that he did not like HALO at first for a very illogical reason.We follow up by discussing the legacy that HALO has had on the gaming industry and some of the games we enjoy that it has inspired. Eventually, like all things, the game did not have nearly as much of an impact on Zach's life as he got older, but he will always cherish the memory of trying so hard to convince his parents to get him the game, put internet in his room, and supply him with an xbox live account. We hope you enjoy the episode!OUR WEBSITE:  https://www.steellakestudio.com/SUPPORT THE SHOW on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/steellakestudioMUSIC AND BEATS  provided by JAKE BUTLER, check him out on Instagram @j_the_butler33
Casino Royale is our main topic of conversation but before we get to that point we have many fun segments in this episode.Stories from the guys: Zach tells a story about the most epic hand in poker that he has ever had, while Cody shares about the experience of witnessing his kids skateboard for the first time.Question from our listeners: This week's podcast is blessed with a question of discussion from one of our wonderful listeners. The guys talk about which fictional world they would like to have the privilege to transport back and forth from. The only rules: You are susceptible to all dangers of that world and you are not aloud to bring anything back with you.A fan favorite bonus segment: "The Good, the Bad, and the Never Shoulda Happened." In this segment of the show each host picks a good sequel, a bad sequel, and a sequel that has no logical explanation for its existence. This is always a fun one and the guys went all out to make this segment as fun as possible for the listeners.The discussion of Casino Royale. In this segment we discuss the history of the film as well as the novel of the same name written by Ian Fleming. The guys share all sorts of interesting facts about the character and inspiration for James Bond. Cody shares about how this film blew him away the first time he saw, giving him a new respect for the Bond franchise. What do we think of Daniel Craig as James Bond? The movie made a single game of poker into an entertaining adventure full of twists and turns that will surely surprise first time viewers.To end the conversation on Casino Royale, the guys share some of their favorite stories about playing poker. Thank you so much for checking out Parallel Quest. This is a production of Steel Lake Studio. We don't just have one podcast though, we are a team of storytellers trying to use a variety of different mediums to tell stories that we have been working on our whole lives. If you would like to check out more of what we do, check out https://www.steellakestudio.com/I you enjoy the show and would like to SUPPORT the show, you can do so on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/steellakestudioIf you REALLY like the show, consider rocking some Parallel Quest themed merchandise:https://www.steellakestudio.com/merch
This episode marks one of our longest discussions. Pokémon is a phenomenon that impacted many. Young and old, many were familiar with the new craze of “pocket monsters” created in Japan. A video game, card game, television series, and a feature length film were all created within the intellectual properties infancy, but all went on to be commercially successful.  The charm and cuteness of Pokémon were always a draw, but the first movie tells a much darker tale. A tale with deep themes of scientific manipulation and the question of, “what is life?”  The guys conversation starts with a discussion of strange video game crossovers, and why games that simulate “work” are so addicting to us as people.  The main topic in the Pokémon movie goes beyond just the film and into Pokémon as a whole. The guys discuss which color gameboy game they had, and how important the video and card games were in them wanting to see the movie.  Zach tells an epic tale at the end of the episode that you are going to want to hang on for. A tale of how Pokémon unexpected led him to a decent sum of money $$  
It would be near impossible to grow up through the 90's and never have heard of Jurassic Park. Whether you were a fan or not, the franchise had a domination and prehistoric footprint on American culture. Even though this film frightened us as children, it was a terror that we willingly and excitingly went back to, time and time again.IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THE SHOW YOU CAN DO SO AT STEELLAKESTUDIO.COM/PATREONTIME STAMPS—00:02:30— Stories from the week, Zach's great idea.—00:10:00— Beer cans in Cody's tree lawn.—00:15:52— Jurassic Park discussion begins—00:16:00— A brief introduction to Michael Crichton's work, the author of Jurassic Park.—00:18:00— Jurassic Park was a highly sought after film adaptation, the book and the film both had commercial and critical success—00:24:00— The beginning of the film opens up in the same way that many horror films do. Jurassic Park is a type of horror.—00:28:30— The dinner between Steven Spielberg and Michael Crichton. Spielberg's motivations for making the movie.—00:29:40— Jurassic Park was a staple in Cody's household growing up.—00:31:30— Jurassic Park shaped the way in which we envisioned dinosaurs within our imagination for the rest of our lives.—00:39:00— Some differences between the Jurassic Park film and book.—00:44:30— Some of our favorite quotes from the movie.—00:48:00— Understanding the character of Dennis Nedry.—00:53:00— Jurassic Park is in a museum!—00:55:00— Discussing the Jurassic World movies and how modern technology and the use of CGI doesn't feel as scary as the old practical effects did.—00:57:30— More differences between the book and the movie. John Hammond is definitely a villain, the books theme is centralized around his character arc: the danger of playing God and manipulating nature. Dr. Wu is not as sinister as he is portrayed in the Jurassic World movies. More on Dennis Nedry's motivations to sabotage the park.—01:11:00—Zach's Impressions of the movie Us—01:16:00—Cody's Impressions of the Waco TV series. 
 00:05:45 — A quick discussion of Joe Hill's book Heart Shaped Box00:10:45 — Finishing up Lord of the Flies on audio book and really thinking about the darker side of our human nature. Cody doesn't think that the part most people talk about (Piggy's death) is even the worst part of the story.00:14:00 — How the theme within Lord of the Flies  is scarily related to things going on in the world today.00:15:10 — Community question of the week and discussion. Why is it that covers are so common in music and remakes in films? Why does this not happen as frequently in literature? We have a discussion of the works we would like to see jump genres.00:30:00 — Speculation on how Ray Bradbury and George Orwell would interact with social media.00:31:30 — Discussion on the Tiger King Begins.00:32:40 — The film that the team set out to make isn't necessarily what was made. The exotic things that happen throughout the show is more interesting than the original pitch was.00:34:11 — From the beginning it seems that the documentary crew was on the side of Carol Baskin, but then the story started to get a little different.00:39:00 — The Tiger King's success and people's draw to it, is definitely due to the fact that the team making the documentary understands storytelling.00:43:00 — Once the show started, it had  a magnetic and addictive draw to it. Just like reality TV.0047:40 — The way that the story panned out made it feel like fiction... but it wasn't00:52:00 — Examining what it is that draws us in to reality TV. The Tiger King seems a lot more like a reality TV show rather than a legitimate documentary.00:57:00 — If you are interested in understanding the point of the documentary, but don't want to watch all 6 episodes, the whole documentary and its purpose can be found in episode 1 and episode 6.01:03:00 — Nobody that the documentary focused on could really be considered a very good person. 
The Parallel Quest team has decided to use their tenth episode to have what they call a "Genre Crush." This is where the guys discuss a particular genre, a little bit about its history and influence, and finish up with their favorite components and stories within it.—A quick discussion of the Tiger King and how it was taking the world by storm as the guys were recording this episode. As we have now come to find out, its influence only grew from here. There might be an episode in the future that discusses it more in depth...—During the pandemic, Cody has taken listening to quite a lot of audiobooks. One of his favorites that he has listened to during this time is The Neverending Story. It is quite different than the movie, and would definitely be worth checking out.—The Epic of Gilgamesh is where many of the roots of the fantasy genre lie, and this is a work that is nearly as old as any other document, dating back to early written history.—The guys discuss the importance of mythology and its influence on western fantasy. One of the most influential figures on western fantasy epics has to be JRR Tolkien. So many fantasy stories follow a lot of the same methods of adventure and attempt similar types of world building.—The many different stories discussed in this podcast: Lord of the Rings, Dragon Lance, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Dungeons and Dragons, The Sword of Truth, the Wheel of Time, and quite a few more. 
Smallville was a smart combination of teen drama, coming of age, and action. It was regularly enjoyed by many during its 11 year run.THE CREATIVE PROCESSCody and Zach start off the show by going through their different approaches to creating their projects. -Zach discusses how he goes about planning and making a schedule for writing-Cody shares how he plans for public speaking and podcasting, and how he comfortably does it without notes. -The guys discuss why people may struggle with coming up with a meaningful conclusion for their stories.A BRIEF HISTORY OF SMALLVILLE-"Somebody save me!"-The shows basic philosophy: "No tights and no flights." Meant to be an exploration into the life of Clark Kent before becoming Superman. The shows original plan was to not even use the name Superman at all in the series.INITIAL IMPACT of SMALLVILLE-The guys had differing experiences with the show: Zach grew up alongside it, while Cody binged it about 7 years after its was finished. -For those who watched Smallville during its initial run, especially those younger, there was a sense that you grew up with Clark Kent. It was fun to watch him struggle with the same things that your average teen battles, while typically making the best choices for his loved ones.-The guys both believe that this is the best portrayal of Lex Luthor that has ever been done on screen.LASTING APPEAL-Even though he grew up loving it, Zach never finished the series. It served as a connecting point for he and his dad though, since his father continued to watch the show and fill him in on what happened. -Cody, having watched the show far later after its run will always cherish it. It was a big connecting point for he and his wife after an important event in both of their lives.  
This episode of Parallel Quest is special  because one of the show hosts, Zach, gets to talk about his favorite book of all-time. The Phantom Tollbooth is not the most popular novel in the realm of children's literature but has a timeless value to it, making it one of the best ones that we could read with our children.-Terribly Terrific: This is a new introductory segment for the guys, where they have to come up with a terrible story pitch that might be secretly terrific. In this episode, Cody, stumbles through an idea he has for a crossover film between Rocky and Rambo. After the pitch, you be the judge, and let us know if this idea is completely terrible, or if it might just be terrific?-The Phantom Tollbooth: The guys discuss one of Zach's favorite books. This book is a journey and exploration into the world of learning, and the reality that at some point or another every kid has to wrestle with the fact that they don't like it very much. In this story, Milo, goes on a journey through a magical land that enlightens him to his own love of learning. We also see from Zach's own story, the power a favorite book has on our lives and why it is important for us to connect with stories.
In the main topic, the guys have a full discussion on Final Fantasy 7, the 1997 Playstation classic. They go over the history of the franchise, an outline of the story, and Cody shares why it is one of the most important stories in his life.SHOW ORDER-The impromptu wedding-Trashed creative Ideas: The Once Upon a Time rip-off; the skate video that never was.-MAIN TOPIC: Final Fantasy 7-An interjection about Legend of Dragoon; the game that Zach played instead of Final Fantasy 7-Getting into HP Lovecraft-Tropic Thunder may be one of the greatest comedies ever made. 
There are only a handful of video games in the world in which most people have heard of, or have familiarity with, and the Legend of Zelda is one of those few series. From the first time we picked up the controller to present day, journeying as the green-clad hero has always been a joy. The guys talk about their experiences with the famous video game franchise in this episode of Parallel Quest.SHOW ORDER-A brief discussion over our intrigue with murder mysterious and stories that center around deplorable crimes-The origins of the Legend of Zelda Franchise-First experiences with the Legend of Zelda-The massive impact of Ocarina of Time-Majora's Mask, the one that was unfortunately overshadowed.-Wind Waker, the hidden gem-Breath of the Wild, the game that reinvigorated Nintendo
Sometimes it is good to like things that are not unanimously considered to be great. The inverse can also be true: it can be a good thing to dislike something that everyone else loves. As long as the feeling for that particular thing is genuine, it adds a level of nuance and perspective to it. This is the case with Michael Bay's movie, Armageddon. The guys discuss how they remember growing up and loving the tale of oil riggers who saved planet earth.-A discussion on snowboarding.-Cody's watching Parks and Recreation, while Zach is watching QB1-A story from Zach and Cody's high school football days... "Everything is gonna be alright." And Cody shares that he is a great cheerleader.-MAIN TOPIC: Armageddon. This movie seemed to be the after school/before dinner special for many years, one which always drew Zach to the television. The explosive action/adventure with one of the most convoluted plot lines is one of his personal favorites. Many people would consider Bruce Willis to be the star of this particular film, but if you were to ask Cody, he would tell you that there is no bigger star in this movie than Jason Isaacs.-A discussion on movie rewatching-A tangent about the show/book that doesn't make any realistic sense: You-An obligatory "Thank you" to all the oil riggers out there who keep our planet safe.
-Talking about our hobbies and the need to narrow them down to the most important ones-Playing guitar. For some this is an interest that passes a quickly as junior high is over, for others it is an instrument they enjoy playing for their entire lives. Cody and Zach discuss their thoughts on sticking with the instrument. -"The Good, the Bad, and the Never Should've Happened." This is a segment where the guys each point out one good sequel, one bad sequel, and one sequel that never should have even happened.-MAIN TOPIC: DRAGON BALL Z. DBZ is an iconic anime. For many of us, it was our introduction to Japanese animation, and if you were a kid during the "Toonami Block" era, there is a good chance you couldn't get enough of the Z fighters. With such a memorable intellectual property, it is fitting that the guys have many thoughts and memories tied to the incredible Dragon Ball Z.-Zach and Cody talk about the board games that they recently got a chance to get to the table: Spirit Island and Terra Mystica.-The team closes out by talking about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and their general thoughts on Quentin Tarantino movies.
Star Wars is one of the most iconic intellectual properties of all time, but since the debut of the original trilogy in 1976 the films have not always delivered to the high hopes and expectations that fans have set. This is a trend that began with Episode 1: The Phantom Menace with its release in 1999. Even though this movie does not have the same greatness as its predecessors (which are also, oddly, sequels), the summer of 1999 brought back Star Wars hype for a new generation.The main topic discussion begins @18:29SHOW ORDER-Zach's road trip-Wrapping up the holiday's-A brief discussion on the first impressions of Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker-Main Topic; Star Wars Episode 1:  The Phantom Menace. Even though this film has been panned from many fans and critics, the kickoff to the prequel trilogy was still able to reel-in a younger generation to new Star Wars hype. Even though the original trilogy has phenomenal longevity, Episode 1 brought with it the excitement of seeing that galaxy far, far away brought back to the big screen.-Zach's impressions on Dune by Frank Herbert-The flaws in long running television series and why Cody has a hard time getting into many television dramas 
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Steel Lake Studio
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May 9th, 2020
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Oct 12th, 2020
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