There was a moment earlier this week, during writer Mac Rogers’ Reddit AMA, when someone asked why he built his sci-fi podcast Steal the Stars around a hardened veteran instead of the “new kid on the block.” Director Jordana Williams jumped in to talk about Rogers’ subverting of noir tropes, how Dakota Prentiss—whose brain and heart listeners spend equal time in—has the more hardboiled perspective, so we’re inclined to trust her. Her lover Matt Salem, by contrast, “is alluring, but his background and perspective are fuzzier, so his motivations are the ones we question.”
Suddenly, something clicked after seven weeks of listening, and it was all I could do to keep from grabbing someone and shouting, or tweeting, Matt is the femme fatale! MATT IS THE FEMME FATALE! And I’m not even a noir fan. That’s just the fun of taking in Rogers’ work: he writes on so many layers that there’s something for everyone. You just have to tune the dial until you hit upon the frequency perfect for you.