The Spicy Circle

The Spicy Circle

STRANGE NEW WORLDS: Our hosts discuss the premiere episode of the brand new Star Trek show on Paramount+, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, a show that’s a throwback not only in continuity, but in its episodic approach to storytelling.

DOCTOR NEW: Last weekend brought the announcement of the actor who will replace Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor in the legacy BBC science-fiction show, Doctor Who. Our hosts discuss their excitement for the announcement of Ncuti Gatwa as the 14th Doctor.

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A Hoseiken Seiko Bat

A Hoseiken Seiko Bat

RIP DCCW: In a DC-heavy episode, our hosts bring our on-the-ground-DC-correspondent, Taylor, to talk about all things DC Comics. First, it’s sad news to fans of the tv-based DC universe as it was announced that only Flash and Superman & Lois return for another season, leaving fans of, especially Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow to deal with their sorrow.

ACTUALLY DETECTIVING: Now that it has been out for awhile, our hosts and Taylor dive deep into Matt Reeves’ The Batman, analyzing not only its story and characters and actors, but also its influences and legacy.

TOO WEIRD: Before closing out the episode, our hosts and co-host take a moment to discuss the very strange trailer for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Don’t Stop Recording” (3 July 2015): Where D. Bethel discusses his impressions of Batman: Arkham Knight.
  • Keep Calm, You’re a Warrior Princess” (1 April 2016): Where Andrew and D. Bethel discuss Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • #CyclopsWasRight” (21 October 2016): Where D. Bethel discusses his time (at the time) playing the Batman video game by Telltale Games.
  • The Baggage of Expectation” (10 July 2020): Where our hosts discuss the departure of Ruby Rose from the role of Batwoman, and the announcement of Javicia Leslie as the new protagonist of the DC/CW show, Batwoman.

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Cowboy Diplomacy

Cowboy Diplomacy

DECK PICS: Andrew got his hands on the new Steam Deck and shares his initial thoughts––and experiences––with it.

UNIFICATION: With D. Bethel on the Paramount+ bandwagon––because he missed Star Trek: The Next Generation so much––he and Andrew discuss the return of Spock in Season 5’s “Unification I” and “Unification II.”

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Brought to You by Convalescence” (20 November 2015): Where D. Bethel and Andrew discuss the interesting video game board game, Armello.
  • Love the Stank” (30 December 2016): Where Andrew first discusses playing Stardew Valley.
  • Disco McCoy” (08 April 2022): Where our hosts cover all things Star Trek with this year’s “First Contact Day” celebrations.

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Droopy Doo

Droopy Doo

WEEK IN GEEK: This week, Andrew watches the first season of HBO’s pirate rom-com, Our Flag Means Death, while D. Bethel has a lot of fun with Acid Nerve’s charming game about being a grim reaper, Death’s Door.

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  • Baguettevania” (24 August 2018): Where Andrew discusses his time playing Moonlighter.
  • Sad News Theme” (28 February 2020): Where D. Bethel discusses his time playing Moonlighter.

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Bad Comedy

Bad Comedy

NFTs BREAK BIG: Andrew brings new NFT disaster stories to the show, from Star Trek to Dungeons & Dragons to Batman to $277, it’s all a garbage fire and it doesn’t seem to be going away.

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Disco McCoy

Disco McCoy

FIRST CONTACT DAY: April 5 is celebrated by Star Trek fans as “First Contact Day.” While the day is fictional, the celebration is real as Paramount releases a bunch of Star Trek news, sneak peeks, and trailers. Our hosts dive into all the news that’s fit to beam up.

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CrockerCon 2022 poster. Art by Nooligan

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Zeldavania

Zeldavania

A MISERABLE PILE OF SECRETS: Our hosts spend a bit of time reminiscing on the 25th anniversary of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night––the video game that put the “-vania” in “Metroidvania.”

WEEK IN GEEK: After a week off, our hosts have been busy being nerdy! Andrew finally caught up with all the Spider-Man movies while D. Bethel dipped another toe into deck-building video games with the very popular Slay the Spire, developed by MegaCrit.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Nerd Business” (31 July 2014): Where Andrew and D. Bethel first discuss Castlevania: Symphony of the Night as a game that matters.
  • Trusty Rusty” (10 August 2018): Where Andrew talks about the video deck-building game adapted from a physical one, One Deck Dungeon.
  • We Still Don’t Know $#!&” (31 May 2019): On the show’s fifth anniversary, our hosts discuss the prevalence of “RPG elements” throughout, basically, all video games at this point.
  • Good Gamefeel” (28 June 2019): Where our hosts discuss the first non-Castlevania Metroidvania game developed by the adopted father of the series––Koji “Iga” Igarashi––Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
  • Reliable Virtual Helmets” (27 September 2019): Where D. Bethel plays his first real roguelike deck-building game, Meteorfall: Journey.
  • Smell the Duke” (04 February 2022): Where D. Bethel plays a bit of the clever deck-building game, Griftlands.
  • Bigger Than the Batman” (11 March 2022): Where D. Bethel talks about the indie game currently on his docket, A Plague Tale: Innocence.

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Lorem Ipsum Blooper

Lorem Ipsum Blooper

TAKING A BREAK: With the world being as tumultuous as it is (and one of our hosts being on vacation), we decided to cool our jets this week and recharge our batteries. We hope you all have a good week and we’ll see you on the next one!

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Unpop That Cork

Unpop That Cork

A NEW MARVEL: Our hosts quickly discuss the recently dropped trailer for the new Marvel Studios’ Disney+ show, Ms. Marvel.

IT’S GOBLIN TIME: Motivated by his recent re-watch of the three Sam Raimi-directed, Tobey Maguire-starring Spider-Man movies, our hosts discuss the impact, legacy, and shortcomings of these incredibly influential films.

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  • The trailer for the new MCU Disney+ show, Ms. Marvel:

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  • Rewind Yourself” (04 August 2017): Where Andrew finally saw Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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Bigger Than The Batman

Bigger Than The Batman

WEEK IN GEEK: This week, Andrew watches the most recent entry into the Scream franchise, while D. Bethel finds mild catharsis in the not-at-all-cathartic game from Asobo Studios, A Plague Tale: Innocence.

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