Drabblecast 191 - Primary Pollinator

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Re: Drabblecast 191 - Primary Pollinator

Post by Mr. Tweedy » Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:34 am

Fun and icky for sure, but it also works on a deeper level: Big Spike views himself as the center of the universe. In his eyes, every other character in the story's world exists for him. The narrator exists to transport his pollen. Thick Root exists to bear his seeds. Spotty does nothing for him, and therefore Spotty has no reason to exist. His egocentrism is absolute. He believes that he controls everything and that everything exists for his benefit. And yet, in the end, what power does he actually have? None at all. It is the people he disdains and abuses who have power over him.

This illustrates a truth I worked out a while ago: The common man always has the power. Kings think they do, CEOs think they do, patriarchs think they do, celebrities think they do, but really none of these people has any more power than the ability to move their lips. It the unrecognized, anonymous people who have the power. Without the peasants, the king can't even feed himself. The king will die if the peasants simply decide to say "meh" one day. The king's power exists only because the people believe he is powerful. As long as he can maintain the illusion, he is secure, but if the people ever realize that they, not he, are the ones who are powerful, his reign is over.

This story is about the little guy realizing he is big. The narrator is ostensibly at the bottom of several hierarchies, below the other humans, and even below the plant life, and yet it is him, not those ostensibly on top, who actually wields the power. He wields it so exclusively that none of the "big" characters even realize that he has defied them. They are so out of the loop–so irrelevant, in fact–that he can thwart their plans without their even knowing it, because they don't actually have anything to do with their own plans: It's all him. It was always him. He just had to figure that out.

This sort of thing is why the Drabblecast is so great. It's totally bizarre, hilarious, well-written, brilliantly produced, and it's got the hidden depths. If everything was this good... Uh... Well, then there would lots of goodness. And that would be good.
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Re: Drabblecast 191 - Primary Pollinator

Post by tbaker2500 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:33 pm

The common man has the power because he's the turning the cogs that makes the whole mechanism work. But it's very hard for the common man to individually wield any power, but collectively they wield great power. That's the thought process behind unions, Egypt, etc.

But I do think it's a mistake to entirely discount the purpose of the "higher-ups". They are also an (usually) essential part of the mechanism, just with an unbalanced perception of their value.
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Re: Drabblecast 191 - Primary Pollinator

Post by Mr. Tweedy » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:58 pm

Somebody needs to be the boss, yeah, but a good boss recognizes that he is part of the machine, a fellow contributor to it's functioning. He is not the reason the machine exists or the force that moves it. Many bosses forget that, especially the ones with big titles.

A good king understands that his role is to facilitate the activities of the nation. A bad king thinks the nation is there to facilitate his activities.
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Re: Drabblecast 191 - Primary Pollinator

Post by strawman » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:06 pm

Is a Czar a good king or a bad king?
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Re: Drabblecast 191 - Primary Pollinator

Post by Mikes » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:11 pm

Mr. Tweedy wrote:A good king understands that his role is to facilitate the activities of the nation. A bad king thinks the nation is there to facilitate his activities.
Pretty much spot on. Although this story is a very simple version of that relationship, I can see the Big Spike character as a king born into their power, rather than one who achieves power through merit.

I wonder if the author had that in mind rather than a 'Hey, you know what would be cool....?'
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Re: Drabblecast 191 - Primary Pollinator

Post by Mr. Tweedy » Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:40 am

Best not to ask. :)
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Re: Drabblecast 191 - Primary Pollinator

Post by FAIL:SAFE » Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:36 pm

I just listened to this one for a second time and enjoyed it massively more than my first go.

Some of the sexual imagery is explicitly filthy- lapping gooey ooze up and getting it all over ones face, the bdsm and humiliation of having to pleasure something one finds morally, physically and personally repugnant whilst wearing masks and rubber suits.

Not to mention taking the virginity of a terminally I'll youngster and impregnating a senile old woman.

On top of this utterly outstanding and daring subject matter, the world the author creates is vivid and colourful and full of sensual ideas about taste and smell.

Wonderful stuff, very much looking forward to more work from this author.

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Re: Drabblecast 191 - Primary Pollinator

Post by robertmarkbram » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:37 am

This was a cool .. um, bromance story. :)

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Post by StalinSays » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:25 am

robertmarkbram wrote:This was a cool .. um, bromance story. :)
Nothing like getting bromantic on Valentine's Day. Which reminds me, did Norm get my flowers?
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Re: Drabblecast 191 - Primary Pollinator

Post by Sphinx » Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:31 am

As podcasts usually help me fall asleep, I was casually listening through old episodes before going to bed. However, I just couldn't get any shut-eye before I had dragged this up from the forum archives to tell everyone how utterly wonderful I found this story.

I thought the sexual imagery was hilarious (I love it when plants are snarky and not just metaphorically erotic in a passive way), yet the relationship between the narrator and his tree-buddy was oddly sweet. I want more of this alien world with the sentient trees on it, and not just for the porn either; I found the world building really intriguing.

I would also like to applaud everyone who had a hand in producing this. Norm's narration was perfect and the music did a lot to bring the story to life. I can easily see how this could have been turned into yet another awkward gross-out story, so I appreciate them not going that route.

Norm promised more of "this stuff" over at Space Squid, so I'll definitely be checking that out now. After all, bizarro sci-fi interspecies erotica is one of my favourite literary genres!

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