We all love our furry (or not furry) companions, but how should they be used in stories? What separates animal companions from traditional side characters? Is R2-D2 an animal companion? We answer these bold questions and more on this episode of the podcast – plus we decide that Spot is the superior animal companion of Star Trek. When will someone write us An Android and His Cat?
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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.
Astromech Spy, the story of R2-D2 with subtitles
Shadowfax, Gandalf’s horse
To Build a Fire by Jack London
Spot, Data’s pet cat
Fawkes, Dumbledore’s Phoenix
And, as a special bonus, Bella the rat. She’s totally an animal companion, and Lillian had to retrieve her from the recording space before Oren could start this episode.
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