The Biblical Sci-Fi of “Raised by Wolves”–Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #68

What hap­pens when a male android loves a female android VERY much, and they nurse human embryos togeth­er on a dis­tant plan­et after flee­ing from war-torn Earth? Why the female android flies and makes a bunch of peo­ple explode with her eyes, that’s what hap­pens! …In the first episode of this bonkers HBO Max series by Aaron Guzikows­ki (with notable assis­tance from Rid­ley Scott of Alien and Blade Run­ner fame).

Your hosts Bri­an Hirt, Eri­ca Spyres, and Mark Lin­sen­may­er reflect on how much we’re sup­posed to under­stand, what if any char­ac­ter we’re sup­posed to iden­ti­fy with, whether the imagery is just TOO heavy-hand­ed, and how this show com­pares with relat­ed sci-fi like West­world or post-apoc­a­lyp­tic shows like The Walk­ing Dead. Beware: Spoil­ers abound in this one, so you might want to watch the show, or just let us reveal its weird­ness to you.

Here are some arti­cles to feast on:

Learn more at This episode includes bonus dis­cus­sion that you can only hear by sup­port­ing the pod­cast at This pod­cast is part of the Par­tial­ly Exam­ined Life pod­cast net­work.

Pret­ty Much Pop: A Cul­ture Pod­cast is the first pod­cast curat­ed by Open Cul­ture. Browse all Pret­ty Much Pop posts.

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