TSM Episode 400: A Trolley Problem

A GYME-TROLLEY IS ON A TRACK WHICH WILL CAUSE IT TO COLLIDE WITH FIVE GOBLINS. BY PUSHING THE SWITCH, YOU CAN DIVERT IT ONTO ANOTHER TRACK WHERE IT WILL KILL BUP. INACTION MAKES YOU COMPLICIT IN THE DEATHS OF FIVE GOBLINS. ACTING MAKES YOU THE KILLER OF ONE BUP. HOW DO YOU CHOOSE TO EARN THE RESPECT OF LUSIPURR?

Ding, ding, ding goes the Trolley.

Download: Released 2016.10.31

When the Gyme-trolley begins hurtling towards a group of goblins tied to the tracks, Lusipurr must choose whether to divert it onto another track where it will hit Bup, instead. Then, Lusipurr and the goblins record the four hundredth Starlight Megaphone!

15 comments on “TSM Episode 400: A Trolley Problem”

  1. Trolley problems are proof positive of the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of analytic ethics.

  2. And this is why utilitarians fail every time!

    The answer is, of course, multitrack drifting. We kill the Bentham, and then we still have extant the second Critique, meaning deontology wins again.

  3. Nice to hear Mel again. Wondered what happened to him.

    Seb: Have to watch 2014’s Fate/Stay Unlimited Blade Works. The mid-00s one is indeed very generic and dull. Sorry I wasn’t clearer.

    Pierson: I believe we came to a reasonable conclusion about why I felt ‘Nintendo is attacking me personally’ after some discourse. As I recall you even applauded me for having strong opinions.

  4. @Lane: Utilitarians are useful. They give us a common enemy, along with Objectivists, and other such irrational creatures.

    @Wolfe: MEL LIVES!

    I’m not a huge fan of 2014’s Fate/Stay either (it still feels like generic made-to-be-a-hit stuff), but it *is* significantly better than the one from the mid-2000s. Seb should watch the new one, but there’s also a great and perverse delight in him watching the old one, instead. Maybe we can make him watch every episode of Naruto, and review them each. Individually. Then, we’ll never run out of content for him to create. The only question is at what point he would kill himself in order to escape.

  5. I didn’t get that impression. If I recall, it’s based off a hentai visual novel made by a little indie group which became an unexpected success. The Fate/Zero and Unlimited are so well animated because Ufotable is at the helm, and their visual flare alone will motivate me to watch anything. I also find the story to be quite enjoyable, reminding me of things like the old World of Darkness tabletop rpg, Mage: the Awakening.

    But hey, anime tastes are very specific to individual tastes I’ve found. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it Sebastian.

  6. Actually, that sounded wrong. Not ‘sorry you didn’t enjoy it’ so much as ‘sorry I recommended something you didn’t enjoy’.

  7. Pleasant to hear Star Light Zone at the beginning of this one. There is always an excellent taste in music for TSM.

  8. @Wolfe: Different strokes for different folks, I guess. Or maybe I mean Diff’rent Strokes. WHATCHA’ TALKIN’ ‘BOUT, WOLFE?

    @DanMatt: Thanks! I’m glad someone noticed! That was my ‘audio pun’ for the special. :)

  9. Agree with Matt. I’ve always loved the Starlight Zone track. Fond childhood memories. Good choice for the 400.

  10. TSM 500 will just be a full-length Lusipurr.com staff performance of the libretto to Starlight Express.

  11. God I love this show. It just needed Bup to derail everything.

  12. @wolfe: Mel has been busy! As his personal business liason, he has informed me he is too busy being correct about all manner of things!

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