Private Scientists

Private Scientists

THE AHSOKA PROBLEM: D. tries to watch the most recent Disney+ Star Wars show, Ahsoka, and while he enjoys it he can’t help feeling like he’s missing a lot of important context and information.

“SAY SOMETHING NICE”: D. Bethel proposes a new idea for a podcast or a segment on the show.

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(00:00) Intro – Dan really wants to like Ahsoka.
(21:35) A brief sojourn into discussing episodic vs. serialized television
(32:14) Star Wars homework vs. Marvel homework
(43:05) Outro – “Say Something Nice” and Highlander 2: The Quickening
(46:28) Outtakes

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Ear Covid

Ear Covid

AD&D (ANDREW, DUNGEONS, & DRAGONS): Andrew, after years away, gets drawn into a Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Planescape adventure and shares his thoughts on how the game looks after having avoided it for so long.

TOPICS:

(00:00) Intro – The dangers of COVID broadcasting
(01:35) Andrew’s new D&D adventure adventure
(51:02) Outro – Jon Stewart returns to The Daily Show
(55:16) Outtakes

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • The Space Dog and Bacchus Show” (21 August 2014): Where Andrew first experiments with Dungeons & Dragons‘ 5th Edition open beta, DnDNext.
  • Some Solid Copy” (31 July 2015): Where our hosts discuss Jon Stewart’s departure from The Daily Show.
  • Choose Your Weapon” (31 July 2020): Where Andrew discusses the documentary, Secret of Blackmoor: The True History of Dungeons & Dragons.

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Attachment Point

Attachment Point

WEEK IN SICK: Andrew’s back after being ill and he has some stuff to share! This week, he talks about watching five seasons of the CBS reboot of Magnum, P.I. and how it not only connects with the original show, but how it connects to all of CBS’ reboot shows (Hawaii Five-O, and Macgyver). D. Bethel, who was not sick, talks briefly about starting the throwback JRPG, Sea of Stars, by Sabotage Studio. (Thank you to Kyrun Silva for helping out at the beginning of the episode!)

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(00:00) Intro – Andrew returns and talks about having COVID again.
(05:35) Andrew’s Week in Sick: Magnum, P.I.
(27:12) D. Bethel’s Week in Not-Sick: Sea of Stars
(34:52) Outro – Sausage Update
(39:09) Outtakes

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Mr. Moustache” (21 September 2018): Where Andrew first discusses the Magnum, P.I. reboot.
  • Wet Shirt Feels” (16 August 2019): Where D. Bethel shares his thoughts about Sabotage Studio’s previous––and very different––game, The Messenger.
  • Sad News Theme” (28 February 2020): Where Andrew talks about the Macgyver reboot.

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  • “Hot Pausin'” written and performed by Glenn and D. Bethel
The Full Kyrun

The Full Kyrun

THE STROMAN ARGUMENT: Kyrun Silva of Taurus Comics and the 4 Tales Podcast joins D. Bethel for this week’s show and they talk a bit about some recent guests Kyrun has had on his podcast.

WEEK IN GEEK: This week, Kyrun dives into Alan Moore’s celebrated run on DC Comics’ Swamp Thing while D. Bethel is awestruck by Godzilla Minus One (though, technically, he watched Godzilla Minus One Minus Color).

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(00:00) Intro – Welcome, Kyrun Silva!
(11:20) Kyrun’s Week in Geek: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing
(21:10) D. Bethel’s Week in Geek: Godzilla Minus One Minus Color
(42:46) Outro – A Mini Con Artists
(46:25) Outtakes

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  • Godzilla Fhtagn“: an essay about the 2014 American production, Godzilla, and its Lovecraftian overtones by D. Bethel.

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Lunch Talk

Lunch Talk

PROOF OF LIFE: Our hosts have been absent for a few weeks and wanted to check in and discuss why. They also provide a short Week in Geek with Andrew talking about playing Dungeons & Dragons again for the first time in years while D. Bethel was quite impressed with Max’s animated sci-fi series, Scavengers Reign.

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Day of the Diver

Day of the Diver

DOCTOR NEW: Our hosts spend a little bit of time discussing the newest episode of Doctor Who, “The Church on Ruby Road.”

FISHING & STUFF: Our hosts talk about the charm, the complexities, and frustrations of the hit video game, Dave the Diver.

THE CALL OF PUBLIC DOMAIN: With the new year brings a new slate of texts into the public domain. While most people are talking about Disney’s latest loss, Andrew focuses in on a piece of cosmic horror that has officially entered public domain this year, H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu.”

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(00:00) Intro – Doctor Who
(03:11) Dave the Diver
(28:59) Outro – New items in the public domain
(32:48) Outtakes

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  • Quite Easily Done” (08 June 2018): Where our hosts discuss a documentary by the video game documentarians, NoClip, about the history of the developer, Bethesda.
  • Academic Quality Entertainment” (04 August 2023): Where Andrew talks about his time playing Dredge.
  • Pleasure Quotes” (22 December 2023): Where our hosts talk about the bigeneration episode that introduced the new Doctor as played by Ncuti Gatwa.

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Sausageria

Sausageria

INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE: Andrew delights us with his tales of sausage-stuffing.

2023’s THING OF THE YEAR: Our hosts reflect on what they believe would define 2023 for them. Andrew reflects on the many trials that faced Dungeons & Dragons while D. Bethel gets sentimental with Indiana Jones & the Dial of Destiny.

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(00:00) Intro – Andrew’s sausage party
(05:51) Andrew’s 2023 TotY: The Ongoing Trials of Dungeons & Dragons
(11:56) D. Bethel’s 2023 TotY: Indiana Jones & the Dial of Destiny
(19:11) Outro – More evidence of Willow erasure
(21:03) Outtakes

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Kamen Themes” (30 December 2022): Where our hosts reflect on what stood out to them most in 2022.
  • Open Awesome License” (13 January 2023): Where Andrew discusses the drama surrounding Dungeons & Dragons and its Open Game License.
  • Dungeons & Grandmas” (19 May 2023): Where our hosts discuss the film, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.
  • Comma Dong” (11 August 2023): Where the use of “AI-enhanced” art was found to be used in an official Dungeons & Dragons book was discussed.
  • Smoke Time” (25 August 2023): Where D. Bethel shares his thoughts on Indiana Jones & the Dial of Destiny.

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Pleasure Quotes

Pleasure Quotes

TALKIN’ ‘BOUT BI-GENERATION: Our hosts reconvene to talk about the final two David Tenant and Catherine Tate-led specials for Doctor Who––”Wild Blue Yonder” and “The Giggle”––which ultimately ends with Ncuti Gatwa taking over the lead role.

PAST BECOMES PRESENT: We have a quick Star Trek check-in as D. Bethel reflects on the harrowing Deep Space Nine two-parter, “Past Tense.”

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(00:00) Intro – Andrew’s “camping trip”
(02:51) Doctor Who – “Wild Blue Yonder” & “The Giggle”
(42:56) Outro – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, “Past Tense”
(45:17) Outtakes

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-“The Winter Donna” (8 December 2023): Where our hosts talk about “The Star Beast”, the first Doctor Who 60th anniversary special.

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The Winter Donna

The Winter Donna

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN (BUT OLDER): This week, our hosts talk about “The Star Beast”, the first of three Doctor Who special episodes starring David Tennant returning as The Doctor along with his former companion, Donna Noble (played by Catherine Tate).

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(00:00) Intro – We forgot…
(02:29) Doctor Who – The Star Beast discussion
(34:12) Outro – No Man’s Sky update (aka, Dan is an idiot)
(37:11) Outtakes

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  • Applejacks. Hot Dog. Thursday. Fire Truck.” (13 May 2016): Where the Winter Soldier joke originated in our hosts’ discussion of Captain America: Civil War.
  • Almond Molina” (10 December 2021): Where our hosts discuss Jodie Whittaker’s final series of Doctor Who, the mini-series event called “Flux.”
  • Companioganza” (28 October 2022): Where our hosts talk about Jodie Whittaker’s final episode as the Doctor, “The Power of the Doctor.”
  • A Relaxed Schedule” (20 October 2023): Where Andrew talks about seeing Ncuti Gatwa in Sex Education.

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Nomanski

Nomanski

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW: In a brief holiday episode, our hosts meet to talk about the storied video game, No Man’s Sky by British developer, Hello Games. They share their experiences with the game and how it fits into the varied survival-management game genre.

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(00:00) Intro – Black Friday!
(01:41) D. starts playing No Man’s Sky
(14:34) Casual outro
(15:25) Outtakes

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • It’s Always a Game” (8 February 2019): Where Andrew shares his thoughts about “the swimming one”, Subnautica.
  • Plants Having Sex” (5 April 2019): Where Andrew first dives into his experience with No Man’s Sky.
  • Threadnaught” (13 September 2019): Where our hosts discuss the long, arduous, redemptive road of No Man’s Sky.
  • The Soundness” (1 September 2023): Where Andrew discusses his time with another survival-management game, Green Hell.

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