Episode 18: Inca Mummy Girl

Summary

In this episode, Cory and Laine talk about OZ(!), Jonathan(?!), and how we never actually get a name for the Mummy Formerly Known as Ampata.

Thank you for listening to Season 2, Episode 3- Inca Mummy Girl. This episode is produced by our first patron, Heather!

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Music

Music for this episode is “Digging a Grave,” by Shadows from the Underground, and is used under license from Magnatune.

2 thoughts on “Episode 18: Inca Mummy Girl

  1. LOL, it was Peru and Ecuador is in South America. The are neighbors. Peru is actually where pan flutes came from (but yeah, I’m kind of tired of that aural trope. That, and the jazzy flamenco guitar thing that happens 99% you see a Latinx on a screen).

    In the 90’s when this first came out I was over the damn moon that a.) aliens were not mentioned (because omfg it seemed to me any time anyone even talked about Peru aliens would be involved) and b.) OMG…a Latinx role that had nuance and richness who wasn’t a maid or a gangster!!! I was willing to overlook the reading hieroglyphics thing.

    I give it 5 out of 10 empanadas (with an Inca Cola thrown in because no aliens were mentioned)

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  2. I’m catching up now (settling into the new job and place has taken some time), and I wanted to comment on a couple of things you brought up:

    1. Oz! Thank you for your deconstruction of Oz’s introduction and how he’s initially drawn to Willow. When I first saw this episode I was in 7th grade and as an awkward quiet girl I ate. This. Up. But you are absolutely right about Oz’s manic pixie dream boy-ness here. On the one hand, I like that they’re presenting Oz as being attracted to Willow’s modest dress, not because there’s anything wrong with showing some skin, but because everyone’s different and likes different things and dressing modestly isn’t more inherently staid or unattractive than anything else. However, I feel like this ‘I like you because you’re not like other girls’ thing was a trope that happened way too often in the 90s and early 2000s. Thankfully, like you said, Willow and Oz’s actual relationship wasn’t like that.

    2. Jonathan! I think I’ve already mentioned this in another comment, but as a young person I think I related to Jonathan the most, and, though he made some truly poor decisions, I was so happy to see him here.

    3. Xander’s insecurity: I like and enjoy Xander overall, but one thing struck me re: your discussion of how being liked by a girl made him more confident- it reminded me of a season 5 episode in a scene where he tells Anya she makes him feel like a man. It’s played romantically, but I was always struck by how much of Xander’s growth and confidence seems to come from his romantic relationships with women. He feels ‘like a man’ in the context of a reciprocal relationship with a woman. I’m not saying this is good or bad, but just something to think about w/r/t his character. Especially when season 6 comes around and he is full of petty insults for the trio based on how they can’t ‘get’ girls.

    Thanks for this! I’ll likely continue catching up on my commute home.

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