An Optimistic Dystopia

An Optimistic Dystopia

WEEK IN GEEK: This week, Andrew endures convalescence by getting a double dose of survival horror, by watching the premiere season of Netflix’s live-action Resident Evil series while also playing through Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 3. D. Bethel, on the other hand, finds incredible connection in the first game from Blue 12 studio’s Stray.

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  • Tile Pile” (22 November 2019): Where D. Bethel discusses his time with another Annapurna-published game, Outer Wilds.

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Kinda Sorta

Kinda Sorta

CLIP SHOW VACATION: Our hosts are taking a week to enjoy the summer (well, one of our hosts is traveling, so they couldn’t get together), but they recorded a quick “hello” as well as a bunch of previously unreleased outtakes/pre-show conversations (most from around 2016) to the end to give you some content in the interim.

See you next week!

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Drinking From a Firehose

Drinking From a Firehose

SDCC 2022: San Diego Comic Con actually happened this year after a long period of COVID-based dormancy, and it returned with a fury, dropping all kinds of news and sneak peeks and trailers…of comic book movies and tv more than anything else. Our hosts dissect the announcements that interested them the most.

CHAPTERS:

  • (00:00) Intro
  • (04:29) Quick overview of Marvel Studio’s Phase 5 plans
  • (05:28) She-Hulk: Attorney at Law trailer & Daredevil’s return
  • (12:59) The teaser trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever asks more questions than it answers––as can be expected from a teaser trailer.
  • (19:45) Star Trek: Picard announcements & character posters.
  • (22:47) Star Trek: Strange New Worlds & Star Trek: Lower Decks announcements and…crossover?
  • (27:17) DC announcements? Not so much, aside from a trailer for Shazam: Fury of the Gods.
  • (28:06) The Dungeons & Dragons movie gets a trailer and a controversial poster.
  • (38:43) Outro – RIP David Warner
  • (42:48) Outtakes

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • We Don’t Know $#!&” (29 May 2014): In our first episode, our hosts discuss some controversy surrounding comments made by David Goyer about She-Hulk.
  • Magic Beer” (23 January 2015): Where, when discussing the David E. Kelley’s legal comedy-drama, Boston Legal, our hosts mention how he would be the perfect person to bring a She-Hulk show to life (audio is quoted from this episode).
  • Multiverse Averse” (20 May 2022): Where our hosts discuss their excitement after seeing the first trailer for Disney+’s She Hulk: Attorney at Law.

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  • “Be Prepared” by Tim Rice & Elton John, performed by Jeremy Irons
Magic Gas

Magic Gas

THE EMBIGGENING: Now that the series is complete, our hosts talk about the most recent MCU show on Disney+, the incredibly charming––and narratively impactful––Ms. Marvel.

CHAPTERS:

  • (00:00) Intro
  • (01:28) The relatability, the continuity, and the pleasurability that is Disney+’s Ms. Marvel.
  • (36:43) Outro – Dan’s Summer Highlander Adventure continues.
  • (39:25) Outtakes

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Crutch Talk” (29 March 2019): Where our hosts discuss the movie, Captain Marvel.
  • Listeners in the Woodwork” (18 October 2019): Where Andrew guides us through the legal dispute regarding who actually wrote the theme song from X-Men: The Animated Series.

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  • “Theme from X-Men: The Animated Series” by Ron Wasserman
Klingon Time Lords

Klingon Time Lords

A QUALITY BALANCE OF MERCY & TERROR: This week, our hosts discuss the simply incredible finale for the first season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: “A Quality of Mercy.” They discuss the merits of the episode on its own and as a finale for a new Trek show, but they also cover how it intersects with the original series’ first season episode, “Balance of Terror.”

CHAPTERS:

  • (00:00) Intro – Stop with the fireworks already
  • (01:53) First season finale to Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
  • (42:37) Outro – Dan talks about Thor: Love & Thunder (end credit music spoilers, no story spoilers)
  • (45:23) Outtakes

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • The Effect of Randomosity” (21 November 2014): Where our hosts talk about an alternative reality in the original Star Trek series called “Mirror, Mirror.”
  • Starfleet First” (31 January 2020): Where Andrew reflects on the premiere episode of Star Trek: Picard.
  • The Spicy Circle” (13 May 2022): Where our hosts cover the premiere episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds first season.

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Ninja Zoom

Ninja Zoom

DOCTOR STRANGER THINGS: Our hosts reflect on one of the most divisive and interesting entries into the current phase of the MCU, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.

CHAPTERS:

  • (00:00) Intro – Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers talk
  • (01:50) Doctor Strange & the Multiverse of Madness
  • (37:18) Outro – This week’s poll
  • (38:18) Outtakes

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Spock’s Screams” (23 September 2016): Where our hosts weave their way through the idea of legacy characters in comic books.
  • Unpop That Cork” (18 March 2022): Where Andrew talks about the three Sam Raimi-led Spider-Man movies.
  • Multiverse Averse” (20 May 2022): Where our hosts talk about the previous MCU-related multiverse adventure, Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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Editorial Changes

Editorial Changes

RESCUED RANGERS: Our hosts take this week to relax and talk about one of the most surprising movies of the year, Disney+’s Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • We’re On a Track” (05 May 2017): Where D. Bethel discusses playing the Disney Afternoon Collection, a collection of the Capcom-developed NES games based on the Disney Afternoon television shows.
  • Is This Art?” (06 November 2020): Where our hosts briefly discuss tv show themes and how they are often longer than we realize (the show notes include the full Rescue Rangers theme song).
  • Flabbercast” (18 February 2022): Where our hosts are perplexed by the very bizarre teaser trailer for Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers.

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Hobbit Seasons

Hobbit Seasons

WEEK IN GEEK: A lot of video games were played this week, some new, some old. Andrew plays the new hotness that is Cellar Door Games’ Rogue Legacy 2 and finds it engrossing. D. Bethel plays two video games, first working his way through the Metroidvania classic, Ori and the Blind Forest, and the new arcade beat ’em up, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Super Sleep Mode” (28 November 2014): Where Andrew first discusses his time with the first Rogue Legacy.
  • With Space Hands” (12 June 2015): Where D. Bethel talks about his time with Rogue Legacy.
  • The Game of Life” (23 February 2018): Where Andrew talks about the ins and outs of Cellar Door Game’s follow-up to Rogue Legacy, Full Metal Furies.
  • Baguettevania” (24 August 2018): Where D. Bethel talks about a recent popular rogue-like, Motion Twin’s Dead Cells.
  • Scumbag Removal” (16 April 2021): Where Andrew talks about the unique rogue-like, Four Quarters’ Loop Hero.

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Moving Furniture

Moving Furniture

A MARVELOUS DEBUT: Our hosts briefly talk about the incredible first impression that the MCU Disney+ show, Ms. Marvel, makes.

FALL OF THE PHOENIX: The tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) world was rocked this last week as more and more people came out on Twitter to discuss the abusive work habits of TTRPG celebrities, Satine Phoenix and Jamison Stone. Our hosts cover the accusations and discuss how this applies to the TTRPG community as a whole.

(00:00) Intro – Ms. Marvel discussion

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Ding Dong Bowser

Ding Dong Bowser

NEWS CRUISE: This week, our hosts dive into a variety of news of the shocking, weird, and downright questionable.

CHAPTERS:

  • (00:00) Intro – Old Man Talk: Allergies
  • (02:43) News Cruise: Monte Cook Games’ Announcement
  • (10:50) Nintendo uses sentencing of a hacker to make a statement.
  • (16:33) Upcoming Predator prequel, Prey, will be available with a Comanche language audio track.
  • (22:12) Confusion and deception (maybe?) from Blue Box Game Studios
  • (31:06) Outro – Netflix’s Sandman and the danger of trailers.
  • (33:14) Outtakes

RELEVANT LINKS:

  • Andrew’s short series of tweets about the Monte Cook Games announcement:
  • The teaser trailer for the Predator prequel, Prey (the full trailer has since been released and made the connection much more explicit):

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • In a World” (20 March 2015): Where Andrew discusses a bit about Open Game Licenses.
  • Drive Your Gorilla” (25 June 2021): Where our hosts first talk about controversy––or at least the mystery––surrounding Blue Box Game Studios.

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