By Dr. Erica McCrystal
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In Villains 101, Dr. Erica McCrystal welcomes you to an audio lecture hall where you will discover the history behind some of the greatest villains of literature and media. Dr. McCrystal discusses different critical perspectives and interpretations of a new villain in each episode. She also looks at the ways in which the villain has been adapted, as each adaptation helps build a better understanding of the character.
||CleanThe Queen of Hearts||The Queen of Hearts from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is an emotional, heartless ruler. This episode looks closely at passages from the novel, examines the history of beheading, and thinks about the mythological roots of...||3/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 - Harry and Marv||Harry and Marv, the Wet Bandits/Sticky Bandits, are the hilarious villains of the classic Christmas films Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. In this episode, I will discuss the various types of crimes they commit during...||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScar||Disney villains are legendary, and Scar from The Lion King is not one to mess around with. This episode analyzes Scar from different perspectives, including comparing his behavior to that of lions in the wild. It also...||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: The Sanderson Sisters||The classic Halloween film Hocus Pocus brings us a wonderful trio of villainesses, the Sanderson Sisters. This episode looks at the history of witches and trends in popular culture while analyzing three of the most iconic witches.||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 - Moriarty||Moriarty is the brilliant arch nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle created a worthy foe for the great detective. This episode analyzes Moriarty's character and discusses why he has become such an iconic and often adapted villain.||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGaston||Gaston is the chauvinistic, self-absorbed villain of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. This episode describes the ways in which Gaston's villainy emerges and finds him to be an especially terrifying villain because he is a human with qualities...||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNapoleon||The boar Napoleon from George Orwell's novel Animal Farm becomes an oppressive dictator. This episode looks at the parallels between the novel and Soviet Russia and examines Napoleon's rise to power and tyrannical rule.||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJudge Doom||Judge Doom is the deliciously evil villain of the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Doom is a sinister villain with dreams of expansion that cause him to make genocidal plans. This episode analyzes Doom's character and looks at the history of...||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJudge Holden||Judge Holden is the cold-blooded, violent villain of Cormac McCarthy's novel Blood Meridian. In this episode, I analyze different interpretations of his character and The Judge's philosophy and teachings of the world.||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMr. Burns||Mr. Burns is the hilarious, evil villain of the TV series The Simpsons. With his ridiculous schemes, Mr. Burns serves as pure entertainment. This episode examines the types of crimes that Mr. Burns is guilty of committing and looks at...||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaleficent||In adapting an old fairy tale, Disney created a truly menacing villainness for Sleeping Beauty. This episode looks at the elements that make Maleficent a perfect villainness. It also analyzes her transformation into a heroine in the recent film...||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDracula||With Count Dracula, Bram Stoker created a perfect Gothic monster who arouses fear as he systemically tries to expand his vampire race. But Dracula can also be read as a victim who is hunted and attacked. Tune in to hear more about the history behind...||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHans Gruber||Hans Gruber, the mastermind behind the Nakatomi heist in the film Die Hard, is a brilliant villain. He is a fast thinker and a composed killer. In this episode, I examine the strategy, intellect, and skills of this great Christmastime villain.||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDarth Vader||The Star Wars film franchise has shown audiences the transformation of passionate, fiery Anakin Skywalker into evil, heartless Darth Vader. In this episode, I analyze Vader from political, philosophical, and psychological perspectives.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr. Evil||While many villains are terrifying and keep the reader or audience in nervous anticipation, Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers film trilogy brings humor to villainy. This episode digs into a villain who struggles to fulfill his ridiculous plans but who...||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Joker||This episode brings a history and analysis of Batman's nemesis, the Joker. The Joker is an intriguing villain because he is unpredictable, wild, and irrational. This episode looks at different versions of the clown prince of crime in comics and film...||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFreddy Krueger||In Episode 3, Dr. McCrystal discusses Freddy Krueger from the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. This segment provides an analysis about how monstrosity is created and fueled, what kind of monster Freddy is, and where he is located.||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Wicked Witch of the West||The Wicked Witch of the West is an iconic villain who is popular in literature, film, and musical theatre. This episode discusses the ways that evil is manifested in an individual. The Wicked Witch has represented uncontrollable forces and evil...||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMr. Hyde||Episode 1 discusses Mr. Hyde from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This segment focuses on degeneration and monstrosity in the nineteenth century and the ways in which Mr. Hyde has been adapted...||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Great concept for a podcast. Dr McCrystal does a great job of diving into the characters in creative and thought provoking ways. I recommend this to anyone looking to listen to something that is original.