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Blue Steel is episode 129 focusing on the movie of the same name, as part of the Pod-19: The Widowcaster miniseries covering the filmography of Kathryn Bigelow. Posted October 1, 2017.


Jordan Hoffman (Engage: The Official Star Trek podcast) joins Griffin and David to discuss 1989’s crime thriller, Blue Steel. Would Jamie Lee Curtis and Bigelow’s careers been different if this film had been more successful? Does it pass the Bechdel test? Is Kevin Dunn one of our most frustrated actors? Together they examine Ron Silver’s performance, tongue shtooping and share Richard Jenkins stories. [1]

Jordan Hoffman (host of the Star Trek podcast Engage) joins Griffin and David and starts things off with an extraordinarily well-told tale of seeing Blue Steel's Richard Jenkins at the recent Toronto Film Festival. He then points out that this movie shows Kathryn Bigelow's efficiency: within 20 seconds we are rooting for Jamie Lee Curtis. It is the kind of thing Bigelow later stopped doing after her blank check bounced and subsequently refocused on a more impersonal approach.

Was Tom Sizemore just robbing a convenience store and happened to be filmed by a movie camera? Are these the best squibs ever in a movie? Is this whole film flipping the normal cop-movie script on audiences to talk about about gender fluidity? How tied to this era of NYC is Ron Silver?

This episode was the first to be sponsored by an advertiser, with Mack Weldon taking the honor. Griffin later said he purposefully dragged out the ad copy read because it was the first one; presumably he wanted to relish every moment. Not only that but it was integrated so smoothly that David was rendered nearly speechless. Promo code BLANK, folks! See Recurring Features for more info on ads in later episodes.

Milestones and Ephemera[]

  • Bechdel Test: pass
  • John McTiernan: weirdo
  • The Dixie Chick who left the Dixie Chicks: non-contagious


  1. Blue Steel on Audioboom. Retrieved July 26, 2021.