Web Video / Wisecrack Edition
is a special series by the collective members of Wisecrack
. Narrated by Jared Bauer, Wisecrack Edition
picks a specific intellectual property (Anime
, Western Animation
, Video Games
and even individual characters and celebrities) and delves into analyses on the kind of philosophy, sociology, theology, economics and politics that they demonstrate.
Topics analyzed by Wisecrack Edition
This series provides examples of:
- Above Good and Evil: In "The Philosophy of Dragon Ball", Jared points out that the Dragon Balls and the powers they possess represent the Buddhist concept of "Emptiness", the idea that they have no inherent meaning, including inherent good or evil, but simple stores of energy that can be used for either, not unlike the blank scrolls from Journey to the West.
- Ascended Fridge Horror: Some of the videos present horrifying implications about the fictional worlds, including…
- "The Emoji Movie: What Went Wrong? – Wisecrack Edition" fails to teach the lesson that the movie tries to push - be yourself and not what society demands of you - and instead pushes the opposite; at the end of the day, you can only function in how you were meant to function in the eyes of society (like Jailbreak embracing her princesses identity instead of leaving into the cloud like she wanted). The film portrays how the system worked as being oppressive, but by the end the system may seem more inclusive (but still exists in a flawed form), but in the end everyone has to fulfill their duty lest the god-head that is Alex decides to delete the contents of his phone and essentially kill everybody.
- "The Lion King: Is Simba the VILLAIN? – Wisecrack Edition" implies The Lion King to be propaganda for the provocation of an unfair class system adhering to a "natural order" (the Hyenas representing the poor and downtrodden kept starving and out of the way for the Lion elite) and that disrupting this "natural order" would only lead to ruin, something used by tyrants and authoritarian and totalitarian regimes. The Might Makes Right Mufasa uses in his and Simba's dominance over Scar is a sign of their nobility, while Scar's intelligence is centered on his "scheming".
- Content Warnings: Aside from the usual "Spoilers Ahead", Jared did a particular trigger warning in The Philosophy of Attack on Titan, stating that while they would be analyzing the anime through the intellectual lens of infamous Nazi jurist and political theorist Carl Schmitt, neither the anime, nor the various collaborators of Wisecrack condone Carl Schmitt's war crimes and fascist ideology, flat-out referring to him as "a piece of shit," and simply seeing the anime as a hypothetical to his political philosophy.
- Crossover: The very first episode - The Philosophy of Bioshock - included a guest appearance from MatPat from Game Theory.
- Freud Was Right: In an arguably original take on the Dark Souls franchise, "The Philosophy of Dark Souls" views the philosophical implications of Dark Souls (and by extension Demon's Souls and Bloodborne) through the lens of psychologist Sigmund Freud. Said video was uploaded on April 1st aka April Fools Day though, so it may or may not be intended as a joke.
Jared: Dark Souls
is about wanting to climb back into your mom's womb, getting your dick cut off and being endlessly miserable. I am completely serious about this. I'm Jared and welcome to this Wisecrack Edition on the Dark Souls
- The beginning of Dark Souls I beginning with a symbolic birthing scene, plunging into a tonic-crevice deep within the Earth into a pit where "things" are born, but only a few (the Old Gods) developing names and identities via the Lord Souls. The beginning of Dark Souls II has the protagonist exit an underground labyrinth and breaching the surface through a yonic-shaped crevice.
- Themes of openings and other tonic imagery (symbolic of the mother) being blocked by a masculine figure with phallic weapons that seek to stop your progress (symbolic of the father). This also applies to the protagonist needing to enter through deep dark caves for both progress and fulfillment in the story, symbolic of the Freudian desire to return to the womb.
- Vagina Dentata symbolically represented in Chaos Witch Quelaag and Mytha, the Baneful Queen, attributing to themes of metaphorical castration.
- Kilns, thrones and the First Flame representing the womb, fighting metaphorical fathers as to return to this metaphorical womb and finally finding satisfaction.
- Rule of Drama: In The Philosophy of ONE PUNCH MAN, One-Punch Man is seen as a commentary on fulfillment found in conflict, and how modern convenience has robbed mankind of that fulfillment. Boredom is a heavy theme in the show and manga, creating a unconventional narrative to express this philosophy in both the story and Real Life.
- Special Guest:
- MatPat from Game Theory starring in The Philosophy of Bioshock
- Sparky Sweets, PhD from Thug Notes in The Genius of Michael Jackson's Thriller.
- Your Favorite: Out of all of the various properties that have been covered on Wisecrack Edition, Rick and Morty have the most, to the point where an entire spinoff series - Wisecrack Quicktake - devoted to deconstructing each episode of Season 3.