Why yes, I do have a podcast now. What kind of millennial would I be if I didn’t?
Docs Watch is the show where real doctors tell you what’s real, what’s not, and what’s maybe possible in your favorite movies and TV shows. I mean, what better use of extensive medical training is there than to answer the questions that come up when we watch superhero, science fiction, and fantasy movies?
I’m really excited about this! My good friend Deepa and I have been working on this project off and on for the last couple of years. It was a slow process since we had to match up very different schedules across a couple of time zones. But now, she lives in St. Louis too! So we finally finished up Season 1 of this show and kicked it out into the world!
Deepa and I are giant nerds, and we used to pass time on night shifts in residency talking about movies and what some of the things shown might look like in real life. What’s that arc reactor in Tony Stark’s chest actually doing? How do you go about providing medical care to an injured super with impenetrable skin? How does medical training work in the wizarding world? We talk about all of these things and more in Season 1!
Our first two episodes are already live:
And new episodes come out every Friday.
If you wanna hear a couple of nerds speculate wildly about movie and TV science, check it out at docswatchpod.com! Or find it on Apple (https://apple.co/381yiLc), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/31VireS), Stitcher (http://bit.ly/2UQf0Vb), or wherever you get your podcasts! If you like it, subscribe, rate, and review (esp on Apple!) — it helps more people find it!
Last night, Adam and I went to go see Captain Marvel. About thirty minutes from the end of the movie, the screen went black, the lights came on, and the emergency alert sounded. The fire alarm lights flickered and a pre-recorded robotic announcement told us to exit the theater in an orderly fashion.
And because I live in the United States, where we refuse to do anything about rampant gun violence despite everything, I didn’t try to look for or smell smoke. I didn’t try to remind myself what to do in case of fire. No.
I immediately thought, Oh fuck. What if this is an active shooter situation?
I looked around at the nearly evacuated theater and then around at the people crowded with me at the front exits, and I thought about how easy it would be for someone to come in up top and kill us.
I’ve been in places before when the fire alarm goes off or some other alert sounds. Usually, the people in the crowd joke with each other or roll their eyes or are exasperated at the inconvenience. Usually, people look around and wonder if it’s a mistake or a drill. Last night, we all got up pretty quickly after the alarm went off. As we were all leaving the theater, everyone was hushed. There was a quiet urgency as we all tried to leave, nearly pushing but not quite.
Once we were all outside in the cold night air, the tension broke a little. There was nervous laughter scattered across the parking lot, pockets of anger here and there. And all I could think about was how very fucked up it is that “active shooter” is the first place my brain went. And how fucked up it is that that’s now a normalized response.
What the fuck.
Last night, I saw Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and it might be the best movie I’ve seen in… I don’t even know how long. Ages. It is now one of my favorite superhero movies, and might be the best Spider-man movie (as much as I love Tom Holland’s Peter Parker — sorry, Tom). It was non-stop entertaining all the way through but also substantive. Seriously, it’s just so, so good. And it’s also GORGEOUS.
There are many more things that I could say about how amazing it is, but really, you should just go see it.
Here’s the trailer, if you haven’t checked it out yet: