Fakelore – Episode 4 – Ultron


Could something as modern as a sinister artificial intelligence in a robot body have its origins in folklore? On this episode, Caitlyn and Magill talk about the villain of Avengers: Age of Ultron to try and deduce whether his creators were thinking about folklore when they imagined him. Caitlyn also talks about a very unusual phase in her teenage years. Click here to download the episode!

6 thoughts on “Fakelore – Episode 4 – Ultron

  1. Mike Poteet (@Bibliomike)

    Great discussion, you two! I really like your fun format, as well as the information you convey.( It’s fun to “play along at home” with Magill’s fake trivia, too!)

    The TV show Caitlyn is thinking of was “Small Wonder,” a truly terrible 80s sitcom about, yes, a suburban family’s robot daughter, Vicki (ell, VICI, who, as I recall, talked in a stereotypical robotic monotone and yet, inexplicably, was never called out as an artificial being): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Wonder_%28TV_series%29. I am shocked to learn that it ran for four years. I am also amazed some depraved Hollywood exec hasn’t yet said, “You know, isn’t the time ripe for a ‘Small Wonder’ reboot? We could go all grim and gritty with it, and just call it, ‘Wonder’…” Give ’em time, I suppose. GIve ’em time.

    There is a “golem forehead” moment, not for Ultron, but for The Vision… Have you seen the movie yet? I didn’t think of it at the time, but your discussion made me think of it.

    Looking forward to your next episode!

    1. Gill Post author

      You’re absolutely right! Now that we’ve seen the movie, the Infinity Stone serving as the power source for Vision does reflect the folklore of the golem! Pretty fascinating stuff. Thanks for listening!

  2. Nightsky

    Another artificial human that slots perfectly into your discussion this episode is the Welsh story of Blodeuwedd (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blodeuwedd), the woman created from flowers (with magic, not technology) to be the wife of the hero Lleu Llaw Gyffes. But Blodeuwedd–in the grand tradition of artificial lifeforms not behaving as their creators expected–fell in love with someone else, and plotted with him to kill her husband.

    1. Gill Post author

      Wow, that’s very interesting, and it includes some of the tropes of other stories of artificial intelligence like the story The Sandman – particularly the idea of the artificial intelligence being the catalyst for murder and jealousy.

      I recently watched the new film Ex Machina, and I feel like the story of Blodeuwedd has some strong similarities to that movie’s plot.

      Thanks for tuning in!


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