Fraggle Shrugged

Fraggle Shrugged

2019 | English, Podcast, Video

In Fraggle Shrugged, Henrik Viking and Sigfred Nielsen read through Atlas Shrugged, the classic and very long libertarian mystery novel from 1957 by Ayn Rand. They also watch Fraggle Rock, a Jim Henson Muppet TV show from the 80s.

Chapter by chapter, and episode by episode, they delve into the two works to unspool the weird and interesting details and discover the deep, hidden connections between the two that they are absolutely convinced are there. Which of the two will end up providing the more insightful and coherent philosophical musings? (Spoiler: not Atlas Shrugged…)

So follow along on this strange and amusing journey into endless descriptions of wooden characters maniacally discussing railroad infrastructure, and cheerful muppets gleefully dancing around the agony of existence. And don’t worry – reading the 1000+ pages novel is not required…

New episodes every other Sunday. Season 2 coming soon



Fraggle Shrugged

11 – Movie Time At Last – with special guest Kaare Olsen

There’s a video version of this episode with clips and other good stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGNFX2CxAXI

This is it, guys! We finally got to put down that brick of a book for a moment and kick back with a movie instead. We met up and made a day of it, and watched the 2011 film “Atlas Shrugged: Part I”. We also watched the last episode of the first season of Fraggle Rock, “The New Trash Heap in Town”. To get some fresh perspective, we brought along our friend Kaare Olsen to help us make sense of all this.

The movie fails spectacularly, both in delivering Ayn Rand’s trademark bombastic word salad, and just as movie in general. And Fraggle Rock gets darker than ever as it finally fully embraces its suicide-cultiness. This marks the end of Season 1 of Fraggle Shrugged. We’ll take a few weeks off to regain our breath, and maybe a shred of our sanity, and then we’ll be back with more moist metal and freaky Fraggles.

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10 – I Have No Desire To Talk To You About My Railroad

Finally, we get to the end of Part 1 of Atlas Shrugged, with chapter 10: “Wyatt’s Torch”. Here, Dagny goes on a long and mostly pointless quest to find the man behind the magic moter, and like all mythical heroes, she finds the answer at the top of a mountain (in a greasy diner). Meanwhile in episode 10 of Fraggle Rock, “Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk”, Doc invents his own kind of magic motor and it is wonderful. And Gobo gets trapped in the human world, causing the other fraggles to do the only logical thing: to sing a merry song about how sad they are, and do their darndest to not cry over spilled milk.

We celebrate reaching the end of part 1 of the book by trying – and failing – to record a short and focused episode, and looking forward to watching the movie adaptation next time. We also get a heavy dose of the always delightfully sassy Lillian Rearden, the return of the one-minute summaries that went so well last time, and a taste of Doc's vision of the music of the future.

And for those of you who are into narrative structures and storytelling technique, here is a little bonus section that we didn't get around to in the episode: Sigfred's analysis of Ayn Rand's use of the Threshold Guardian, as defined by Joseph Campbell. Yay! Get it here: https://maanegal.dk/fraggleshrugged/chapter-10-threshold-guardian/

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9 – The Viking Pirate Is Back!

What suits a long, meandering chapter of Atlas Shrugged better than a long, meandering podcast episode? As the book's off-putting nonsense starts to become really repetitive, Henrik and Sigfred become desperate to talk about anything else. Sadly, this episode of Fraggle Rock (“The Lost Treasure of the Fraggles”) doesn't have all that much going on either. Throw some French cider and some bad wine into the mix, and the conversation is bound to get off track. Along the way, they dip into the obviously related topics of Star Trek, the music of Carly Rae Jepsen and the bizarre novel Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. Cook up some peach pie with garlic and strap in – this time we're going all over the place.

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Fraggle Shrugged

8 – Wet Glistening Emptiness

Part 1 of Atlas Shrugged reaches its glorious climax in chapter 8, “The John Galt Line”, when Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden furiously rides a train for 18 hours. It's as fun as it sounds. Meanwhile in Fraggle Rock, our gang of Fraggles encounter a terrible tunnel in the episode “The Terrible Tunnel”. It's as frightening as it sounds. Listen along as Hank and Dagny have a threesome of capitalist feverdreams with Ellis Wyatt (and then a good ol' fashioned rapey sex scene), Wembley questions the line between objective reality and subjective perception, and the good dog Sprocket finally gets a little revenge on his deranged and sadistic owner.

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7 – It’s So Wonderfully Morose

Here comes a big one. Faced with the fifty page long 8th chapter of Atlas Shrugged, “The Exploiters and the Exploited”, Henrik and Sigfred are starting to break down. The icky sex stuff and the faulty logic of Rand's capitalist ranting is becoming too much to bear. And to make matters worse, it seems the writers of Fraggle Rock gave up halfways through episode 8, “I Want to Be You”, and forget to finish the script. We see no other way to respond to this than handing in a long and messy episode ourselves.

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6 – Plot is a Primitive Vulgarity in Literature

Guys, we need to have a talk about some basic economic concepts, because it’s becoming increasingly clear that Ms. Ayn Rand was too busy at school fantasizing about greedy and emotionally abusive boys to learn anything about how money works. In chapter six, “The Non-Commercial” she throws a party for all of her characters, and that goes about as well as you’d expect. And while she serves up some questionable views on the free market, Fraggle Rock drops some actual economic truth in the sixth episode, “The Preachification of Convincing John”.

Get ready for a rockin’ good time, full of colorful characters, serious economic discussions, a book reading tinged with latent homoeroticism, and a crazy, rabbit-hole-diving conspiracy theory. It’s a wild ride, that may or may not include viking pirates, 90s technopop, mythical nations, and a time traveling plot. All aboard the train to crazy town!

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