Big Squid with Justin Hamilton
A deep dive with Hammo and friends into the Watchmen graphic novel and HBO series
In season one of Big Squid, award winning comedian Justin Hamilton and friends dissect Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins and then use their knowledge of the best selling graphic novel to help recap ea
Big Squid Season 2 Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)
Season 2, Ep. 4
There were two versions of David Bowie's song Sue (Or in a Season of Crime) recorded and in this episode of Big Squid, Hammo looks at the differences between the productions. Along the way there is a look at the dramatic monologues of Robert Browning and Hammo reveals what happened when he travelled to the other side of the world to see Bowie live in Dublin. This is part 4 of the 7-part season that focuses on David Bowie's final album Blackstar.
Big Squid Season 2 Lazarus
Season 2, Ep. 3
In the latest episode of Big Squid, Hammo looks at the song Lazarus from David Bowie's final album. This song was not only the third track but also the title for the stage play that Bowie created just before his death. In this instalment Hammo looks into the different ways the title could be applied to the lyrics, the relationship between the two characters Bowie plays in the film clip and the possibility this is a more intimate song than first realised. Part 3 of a 7-part series.
Big Squid Season 2 'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore
Season 2, Ep. 2
Hammo continues his solo journey into the final David Bowie album Blackstar, this time delving into track 2 'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore. This episode covers plays written in 1633, sonnets created in 1797 and the Vorticism movement just before World War One. All this and somehow Hammo still finds a way to justify genuinely liking Bowie's mid-80s albums. Part 2 of a 7-part series.
Big Squid Season 2: Blackstar
Season 2, Ep. 1
Hammo goes solo this season as he digs into David Bowie's final album Blackstar. This episode is a deep dive into the titular track as he examines the potential meaning of Ormen, why this song was thought by some to be about ISIS and how the title can represent a myriad amount of ideas. Also the return of your favourite segments from season one including Squid Bits, I Spend Too Much Time Alone and you just know that Hammo goes Full Horseshoe. Part 1 of a 7-part series.
Big Squid Season 2: Blackstar Teaser
Big Squid returns with host Justin Hamilton delving into the seven songs that make up David Bowie's final album, Blackstar. Here's a taste of what you can come to expect in season 2.
Episode 21 - Watchmen Graphic Novel Chapter 12
Season 1, Ep. 21
It's the Big Squid finale for season 1 as Hammo delves into the final chapter of the Watchmen graphic novel and what he's learned from his latest re-reading of this seminal work. Then Hammo is joined by his Mum to discuss the series that captivated both of them. You'll also learn the secret origin of why Little Hammo was allowed to read comics in the first place. Warning: it comes down to cheekbones.
Episode 20 - Watchmen Graphic Novel Chapter 11
Season 1, Ep. 20
The brilliant Richard Fidler returns to aid Hammo in his quest to understand all the finer details in chapter 11 of the Watchmen graphic novel. Is the legend of Alexander the Great a true representation of the man? Is Veidt learning the correct lessons from the big A or is he just very good at creating a narrative that suits him? Just what is the Gordian Knot and how was it solved? Is super intelligence in a world of costumed heroes doomed to create waves of paranoia? All this and Moore in the penultimate episode of season 1 of Big Squid.