You might have been looking for a penetrating sociological thesis on Man’s descent into primitivism, a master class on the Noble Savage mythos, a stirring epic portrayal of human will thwarting dystopian odds.
Other post-apocalyptic tales just didn’t meet your vaunted criteria. You tried A Canticle for Liebowitz and found it academic. McCarthy’s The Road too modern. Logan’s Run, The Handmaid’s Tale, Fahrenheit 451 — all too mainstream. Akira too abstract, Planet of the Apes too kitsch.
And so you turned, breathless and flushed with excitement, your body awash with adrenaline and literary lust, to A Nymphoid Barbarian In Dinosaur Hell.
This episode was almost called “The Road, Untravelled” since Jakob ditched Cormac McCarthy’s book 67 pages in. It was also almost titled “Apocalypstick” until Jakob realized there’s an all-girl punk band by that name. Too bad because it would have been a nice nod to Wez‘s ladyboy’s make-up. Whatever the title, Jakob raves about and Mandi hurdles The Road Warrior as they wander aimlessly through the wasteland of post-apocalyptic movies, books and game shows.
Read the expanded shownotes down this road.