Otherworldly Giants: The Channel
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Our 2022 launch date is a very special day in June ❤
SEASON ONE EPISODE GUIDE
(subject to change)
[S1.E0.] YELLOW: I Have Wounds But I’m Not Wounded
An Otherworldly Giants Prizmatifesto for Survivors who are no longer chained to their suffering.
[S1.E1.] Right Back to the Beginning: The Elephant in Buffy’s Room
Over the next year Otherworldly Giants will be sharing a great amount of unabashed enthusiasm and nerdery-as-extreme-sport on Buffy the Vampire Slayer – via this podcast, our upcoming self-study course “What Buffy Taught Me About Love”, and as a foundational text to study how stories serve as altars for creating a new world paradigm.
But first we have to address the elephant(s) in Buffy’s room: racist fuckery, and Joss Wh$&!#don.
This is episode 1 in a 3 part series that asks the question: Why Buffy? Why Now? Shaunga shares her Buffy origin story, contextualizes the evolution of Buffy in our current times of Great World Transformation and, of course, takes on the Elephant.
[S1.E2.] Senaya’s Consent: Stories as Ancestors & Survivors
Continuing the conversation on “Why Buffy, Why Now?” Shaunga shares a few central concepts and principles that make up the Otherworldly Giants approach to storytelling. We’ll explore understanding stories as sovereign spirits with a will of their own; stories as energetic medicine or healing tinctures; how/why to think about fictional characters as our ancestors, and what it means to “ancestralize” a story.
This episode also holds space for conversation on abuse and survivorship in the creative processes and also IN stories themselves, linking back to anti-Blackness in Buffy, and arguably one of the biggest missed opportunities of Buffy’s season 7: Senaya.
[S1.E3.] A Case Study on PANGS: An Ache that Wants to Heal
We have to do it people. We have to talk about one of Buffy’s most infamously offensive episodes. If there’s one thing Shaunga can say about “Pangs”, it’s this: You made a Bear. Undo it, Undo it!!
In this episode Shaunga does an anti-racist analysis of Pangs and examines each character as a representation of 5 major pillars of white supremacy: Antagonism, Avoidance, Guilt, Victimization and Assholery. She also offers 5 antidotes to diffuse the power supremacist cultures hold on us, allowing us to be active participants in our personal transformation and collective liberation. See? Even the most cringe-y of episodes can tell us why we love Buffy, and why the Time is Now.
[S1.E4.] It’s Okay to be Extraordinary: A Conversation on QTBIPOC art making with Ravyn Wngz.
Choosing excellence, but not perfection, in our creativity. The connections and marked differences between art therapy and art as healing. Lessons and learnings from making art in QTBIPOC community: I love you and also you drive me bonkers and I’m also infinitely committed to your healing ForeverAndEverAmen and also fuck you. Creating stories that ritualize our ancestors, calling in abolition in our lifetime, and some insight on our new paradigm queer, prizmatic, survivor BIPOC version of the marvel cinematic universe.
What will Shaunga and Ravyn talk about? All of these things and more! Or they’ll surprise you (and each other) and it’ll be none of these things! We can only promise that it’ll be mind blowing, healing, and a good time with good friends.
[S1.E5.] The Body Part 1: Buffy’s 3 Beat and Covid Aftermath
This is part 1 in a 3 part series on one of the most masterful and impactful episodes of Buffy, and maybe all of television, The Body. In this series, Shaunga goes on a deep character study of The Body and what it teaches us about grief. In the first episode, she focuses on Buffy’s haunting and gut wrenching monologue, and makes links to narrative theory, astrological transits, and a part of Buffy’s story that is so-subtle-you-almost-missed it: an incredible offering to help us heal from Covid related grief.
[S1.E6.] GRIEF COMPANION: Healing the Roots of Disassociation, and the Marriage of Love & Loss
Description coming soon.
[S1.E7.] The Body Part 2: Dawn’s Reality & Willow’s Closet
Upon closely studying these two character arcs in The Body, Shaunga was amazed to discover that 1) the inevitability of Willow’s relationship arc in season 6 was written into this one grief moment and the mess in/outside of Willow’s closet, and 2) Dawn’s story shares profound insight on her relationship to reality and non-reality that we don’t get anywhere else in the series. Listen in, Shaunga will tell you all about it.
[S1.E8.] GRIEF COMPANION: The Heartbreak of Parenting and Giving Your Child the Gift of Freedom
Description coming soon.
[S1.E9.] The Body Part 3: Anya, Autism and the Technology of Silence
This episode looks at the relationship between Anya, Autism, and what it means to understand the “frequency” of Autism, and neurodivergence in general, from an energetic, cosmic and ancestral perspective. Shaunga speaks about the technology of Black Holes, the Great Quiet, astrological origin stories and wtf this all has to do with Buffy’s phenomenal episode about grief.
[S1.E10.] GRIEF COMPANION: Anticipating Loss & Anticipating the Stage
Description coming soon.
[S1.E11.] Grief, Love and Cookies
In this episode Shaunga shares her heartfelt stories on animal companion loss, casting a very massive (and finicky) spell to call in a life partner, and the north node return – an astrological rite of passage that we all go through every 18-19 years. She dishes the dirt on first (big) love, first (big) grief, and her great internal struggle with the cookie dough speech. We’re here! We made it to our mid-season finale! WE’RE COOKIES!