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Waiting for Helicopter

Waiting for Helicopter

HEALING FACTOR: This week, our hosts talk about the surprising news dropped by Ryan Reynolds about Deadpool 3.

BAD BUSINESS: Our hosts then dive into the strange and unfortunate decisions made by the corporate bigwigs at the newly combined Warner Bros. Discovery and how its CEO is making a lot of artistic decisions based on economic benefits…it’s strange, but mostly sad.

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  • A tweet from @The_GM_Is_God who posited the casting of Matt Berry as Hank McCoy aka “Beast” of the X-Men (the entire thread is great):

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Wheelhouse Collector

Wheelhouse Collector

DEVIANT ART: There’s a lot of talk around AI-generated art lately, and with questions about copyright, ownership, sourcing, credit, and applicability, our hosts do their best to parse this very new and nebulous topic.

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  • (00:00) Intro – It’s September!
  • (02:25) The problem (and possibility?) of A.I. Art
  • (35:56) Outro – Short She-Hulk: Attorney At Law impressions
  • (37:30) Outtakes

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Patient Zero

Patient Zero

WEEK IN GEEK: Andrew gets caught up in the new ARG run by Paizo for its upcoming Pathfinder book, even getting involved in deciphering the obtuse and mysterious clues; D. Bethel, on the other hand, delights in the incredibly faithful (yet different!) adaptation of The Sandman on Netflix.

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(00:00) Intro – Andrew check-up

(01:40) Andrew’s dive into Paizo ARG conspiracies

(12:38) D. Bethel talks about Netflix’s adaptation of The Sandman.

(35:17) Outro – She-Hulk

(37:32) Outtakes

RELEVANT LINKS:

  • The image Andrew created using the redacted image Paizo posted with a page from one of the company’s books:
Andrew’s attempt at deciphering Paizo’s mystery.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Premature Clapulation” (19 June 2014): Where D. Bethel shares his thoughts about what makes a good adaptation.
  • The F-14 in the Backyard” (12 February 2016): Where our host talk about the ARG run by the creators of Sentinels of the Multiverse.
  • Lovecraftian Minus Tentacles” (7 April 2017): Where Andrew shares his thoughts on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
  • Non-Stop Jason” (13 November 2020): Where our hosts attempt to decipher the conspiracy (or reality) of “Umbrella Labs.” Resident Evil ARG? or legitimate medical supply company?

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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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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

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  • 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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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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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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Inserting Spaces

Inserting Spaces

STANDING WITH UKRAINE: Our hosts take a minute to discuss the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

REVIEWING REVIEWS: The release of FromSoftware’s newest game, Elden Ring, has many people talking about reviews due to the fact that many outlets rated the game 10/10 (or whatever metric they use) while the reviewers openly admit that they didn’t finish the game (this was due to FromSoftware releasing review codes to websites really late). This lead D. Bethel and Andrew to consider what the role of a review is––heck, what even is a review when the gamut runs from professional reviews to user-written Amazon reviews.

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  • Starting By Starting” (03 January 2020): Where D. Bethel discusses his time playing Frogwares’ The Sinking City.

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