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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