Episode #38 – The Value of Shock?

For as long as there have been stories, storytellers have tried to surprise audiences with what will happen in their tales. Shock Value is a weapon in the storyteller’s tool kit to keep audiences guessing and to ensure the is story unpredictable. Being surprised by a twist or development they couldn’t anticipate can be some of the most gratifying moments an audience member can experience. The flip side however, is sometimes the motivation to shock viewers can backfire — it can go too far and alienate the audience.  There’s a balance storytellers have to strike, but they’re always coming from a desire to create a memorable moment for the audience.  Join the panel, as they give their thoughts on shock value.


Zack Slater
Frank Melman (on Twitter)
Tommy Smithereens (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 about Shock Value

Carrie Kelly as Robin from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Death of Gwen Stacy from Amazing Spider-Man # 121 & 122

The Death of Superman from Superman #75

Electric Blue Superman

Superman Red / Superman Blue

Superman Red / Superman Blue in the Silver Age from Superman #162

Batman Knightfall House Ads

Bane throws Batman off a building

X-Men Fatal Attractions Hologram Covers

Green Lantern #49 part of Emerald Twilight Event

Hal Jordan as Parallax

The infamous “Woman in Refrigerator” moment (also known as “fridging”) from Green Lantern #54

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