Episode #37 – Foreboding Futures and Dystopian Dimensions

Popular media is full of stories that give audiences a glimpse into what the future might possibly hold in store for their beloved characters. And other times they show what the characters’ lives might have been like, in alternate dimensions, if things had been different in their current worlds. One of the reasons these speculative stories are everywhere is because of the freedom they grant creators. There is a lot to be said for the new avenues such stories can open creatively. We get to see the characters after having been through many different scenarios where they come out either built up or broken down by the choices they make. It’s often a way of altering the status quo without creating lasting change for the world. Also, these stories are immensely popular; which might explain their prevalence in pop culture.  Today, the panel explores their favorite speculative future and alternate reality stories in all of pop culture.


Zack Slater
Frank Melman (on Twitter)
Tommy Smithereens (on Twitter)
Clifton (on Twitter)

Produced by Zack Slater

Produced and Edited by Clifton (on Twitter)

Engineered by Mike BlueLion209

Music: Arpy – Dan Henig  
Support by RFM – NCM: https://bit.ly/2xGHypM

Episode Notes

Superboy meets The Legion of Superheroes (Adventure Comics #247)

“The Wish” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 3, Episode 9)

Willow and Xander as vampires

Buffy’s Facial Scar

Christmas Carol

Muppet’s Christmas Carol

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Time machine

“Lisa’s Wedding” from The Simpsons (Season 6

Pig cufflinks

Rama-Tut / Kang the Conqueror from Fantastic Four #19

Kang the Conqueror from Avengers #8

Avengers Forever Mini Series

“Remedial Chaos Theory” from Community (Season 3, Episode 4)

“Days of Future Past” from Uncanny X-Men #141 & 142

Fallen Heroes from “Days of Future Past”

Future from the film X-Men Days of Future Past

“Over the Edge” from Batman: The Animated Series / New Batman Adventures 

Trunks from Dragonball Z

Vegeta in armor

Vegeta in Casual Wear

Justice League of America:  The Nail

“For want of a nail…” page from “The Nail”

“Shredderville” from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

“World Without End” Two-Parter from G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

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