Our third chair for this episode: Maren Hagman
Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been two weeks since our last episode.
That’s right, we’re talking forgiveness in the episode that drops tomorrow.
We’ll be exploring the idea of forgiveness from a few directions. What’s the difference between forgiveness and absolution? Who needs forgiveness in each narrative? Do they earn it within the story, and does the audience agree that they earned it? (We might also realize that rooting for characters or having previous connections with them makes us more willing to forgive them, even when they commit some serious mistakes.)
Meanwhile, Martha forgives Maren for making her re-watch Atonement, and Pete talks about wanting to re-watch Black Swan following all the ballet talk in The Walls Around Us. And we’ll all be sniffling because some serious allergens have hit both Chicago and Milwaukee.
Tune in tomorrow to hear the whole conversation. It’s a good one! We have a lot of opinions about all three homework assignments, and really get into the meat of the matter.
Homework for this episode:
- Maren: Atonement (2007 film; directed by Joe Wright; starring Keira Knightly, James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan)
- Pete: Doctor Who s9 e5 “The Girl Who Died” and s9 e6 “The Woman Who Lived”
- Martha: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
This will be our first full episode with a guest in our third chair. This will be the new format going forward, so get ready to hear many new voices in future episodes. Big thanks to Maren for being our first guest (and for doing it twice in a row, since she was also our guest for the extra credit Summer Vacation episode)