Episode 1-03 Gerald’s Game

Your queer hosts Irene, Allen, and Brooke take a trip to the countryside to repair their relationship. It all goes wrong when Irene would rather feed a stray, Allen is trapped on the bed, and Brooke is being creepy in the shadows. It must be our review of Gerald’s Game!

Our review of Gerald’s Game includes discussion of sexual abuse, mental abuse, and trauma. Some listeners may be triggered so please listen with care.

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4 Replies to “Episode 1-03 Gerald’s Game”

  1. I am so happy you all are doing a podcast! A few things…

    this was your best episode yet! The discussion was interesting, and opinions strong! That being said, I would have liked more development around the “who you are as a result of your experience” idea. That’s an essay starter for sure.

    My only real problem is the idea of “never being in that situation to begin with”. Many survivors of abuse went into a situation/relationship not realizing it was abusive and stay for far too long, because as Irene pointed out, you never know how you’ll react until you’re in it. It’s a complicated thing, to be sure, but the best of us can be beaten down, so please have some compassion around it. Otherwise, you’re blaming the victim.

    Happy podcasting and I look forward to the next episode!

    1. You are absolutely right. It’s never ok to blame the victim and I definitely should have said more to that. These podcasts are definitely a learning experience for me. I would have liked to have had a more developed conversation around several things said in the last 2 podcasts.

  2. Five thoughts:

    1. Yes, like everyone said, the concept is ridiculous, but who doesn’t know at least one couple that has done something poorly thought out trying to save a doomed relationship? Not excusing it, just saying.

    2. When I watched this I somehow totally missed that it was an adaptation of a Stephen King story. It explains a lot.

    3. Brooke, did you recognize Carel Struycken (The necrophiliac serial killer) from his role as Lurch in the Adams Family movie from the 1990s? How about his appearance as “The Brute” in that movie Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band (An obscure stink bomb of a film I only mention because I’m pretty sure you’ve seen it).

    4. I too cringed and went “Naaaa-ha-ha-gaagh” when she cut her hand.

    5. Last and most importantly, this is why you negotiate beforehand, have a safeword, and use handcuffs with a safety release! …and, I don’t know, maybe don’t let people you shouldn’t trust handcuff you to begin with.

    1. I did recognize Lurch but forgot to mention it but didn’t recognize him from Sgt. Peppers. That was the one where the BeeGees sang all the Beatles songs right? Terrible!

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