ON A VOYAGE: A quick Star Trek check-in as D. Bethel finds an appropriate point in his Deep Space Nine watch-through to start watching Star Trek: Voyager.
WEEK IN GEEK: Andrew is unimpressed with the most recent installment of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers on Netflix: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Cosmic Fury. Unfortunately, D. is equally unimpressed after finally giving a go to Netflix’s Castlevania series.
“Nerd Business” (31 July 2014): Where our hosts discuss the impact and legacy of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
“The Unpop Culture” (28 July 2017): Where D. Bethel tries Netflix’s Castlevania for the first time and can’t get past the first episode.
“Films in Quarries” (18 June 2021): Where Andrew starts investigating the confusing origins of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.
“Doctor Ennui” (27 August 2021): Where Andrew dives deep into the Super Sentai pool.
STAR TREK DAY 2023: Though our hosts recorded this episode before any announcements were made on September 8 (aka “Star Trek Day”), they did discuss some recent––and intriguing––Star Trek-based announcements in the meantime.
ON THE HUNT:Andrew finds himself playing asymmetrical online horror games with the immensely popular Dead by Daylight capturing his attention lately.
W-AI-ZARDS OF THE COAST: With the publishing of Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants! people noticed that some of the art looked…suspicious. It was revealed that the artist in question had used AI-engines to “enhance” the art they created for the book. Our hosts dive into this discussion and branch out from there.
ANDY’S STEAM DECK ADVENTURES: Andrew shares what it was like to actually take his handheld PC-device on the road (and what games he’s been playing).
BOMBING THE BOX OFFICE: This summer has been marked with a series of movies that had really big budgets and very low returns, and it’s a trend that seems to only be continuing. Our hosts talk through possible causes and possible futures of this distressing trajectory.
STRANGER NEW WORLDS: Even though only three episodes of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2 were available (at the time of the recording), they were so good our hosts couldn’t let another week go by without discussing this incredible show. SPOILERS abound for those specific episodes.
SECRET INVASION…OF A.I.: Marvel seems to have hamstrung the release of its new Disney+ series, Secret Invasion, when viewers quickly noticed the apparent artlessness of the show’s opening credits and that they seemed to have used A.I. engines to create it instead of, you know, any of the artists it employs.
STIFLED PRODIGY: Paramount+ has been on a Star Trek kick for the last few years, but all might not be as rosy at it seems. Not only has it cancelled the all-ages-aimed animated series, Star Trek: Prodigy, it has also removed all the episodes from their proprietary streaming service––even though season 2 is wrapping production.
A BEAST OF A SURPRISE: D. Bethel takes a moment to discuss Transformers: Rise of the Beasts and how it pleasantly surprises in terms of actually being a good Transformers movie (who knew?).
EVENTUAL CONTACT DAY: Our hosts cover some recent Star Trek news, including the announcement of a Section 31 movie and the teaser for season 2 of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
WEEK IN GEEK: In a bout of recently released video game-based movies, Andrew talks about AppleTV+’s docudrama (emphasis on the drama), Tetris, while D. Bethel joins the rest of the world in seeing The Super Mario Bros. Movie.
“In It to Win It” (03 October 2014): Where Andrew shares his pitch for the (at the time) recently announced sci-fi themed Tetris movie.
“Super Sleep Mode” (28 November 2014): Where D. talks about starting the book about the Sega-Nintendo rivalry, Console Wars (he actually finished the book in 2019…he really didn’t like how it was written).
D&D BEYOND LOW EXPECTATIONS: D. Bethel quickly relates (spoiler free) his enjoyable viewing last week of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.
WEEK IN GEEK: This week, Andrew talks about the recently wrapped first season of NBC’s “requel” series, Quantum Leap, while D. dips his toes into a remake of a rerelease of a game he played an import of in the mid ’90s: Square Enix’s Front Mission 1st: Remake.