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Tweets to Toots

Tweets to Toots

WHERE DID YOU GET THESE SEEDS?: Our hosts talk a bit about the first few episodes of the new Disney+ fantasy show, Willow, based on the Ron Howard-directed Lucasfilm movie from the mid-1980s.

WEEK IN GEEK: This week, Andrew watches the 2-season HBO series, Los Espookys, while D. Bethel gives his opening thoughts on Star Trek: Deep Space 9 after getting a good chunk into season 1.

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RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Some Solid Copy” (14 August 2015): Where D. Bethel talks about Jon Stewart’s final episode of The Daily Show.
  • Love the Stank” (30 December 2016): Where D. Bethel listens to Trevor Noah’s autobiography, Born a Crime.
  • Relevant Irreverence” (17 May 2019): Where Andrew shares his experiences watching the Star Trek: Deep Space 9 documentary, What We Left Behind.
  • Land Your Runabout” (18 November 2022): Where our hosts discuss the premiere episode of Star Trek: Deep Space 9, “Emissary.”

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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
Televisionatic

Televisionatic

STAR TREK CORNER: D. Bethel is still getting excited about Star Trek: The Next Generation, so our hosts spend some time discussing the end of TNG‘s season 3 and the start of season 4.

NEWS CRUISE: With all the news coming out in the last few weeks, our hosts decide to skim over a handful over them, including Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard; an indie developer complaining about there being too many indie games; and comics writer, Tom Taylor, taking on Comics Gate head-on.

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Eloquent as Ever

Eloquent as Ever

WEEK IN GEEK: Andrew continues to get excited by recent Star Trek offerings, specifically the conclusion of season 2 of Star Trek: The Lower Decks and the premiere of the Paramount+/Nickelodeon joint, Star Trek: Prodigy. D. Bethel finally offers his thoughts on Metroid: Dread (aka Metroid 5) after completing it, uh, three times.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • I Am the State” (26 February 2021): Where D. Bethel rants about Nintendo not respecting Metroid on its 35th anniversary.
  • Butt Magic” (16 October 2021): Where Andrew discusses the first season of the animated comedy, Star Trek: The Lower Decks.
  • Con Artists #7: Return of the Con” (29 October 2021): The most recent episode of Con Artists where D. Bethel and Kyrun Silva of Taurus Comics talk about making and selling comics amidst a global pandemic.

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Tiny Text

Tiny Text

A NEW CHALLENGER: Recently, Valve Corporation––owners of the PC gaming storefront and launcher, Steam––announced a new piece of hardware that excited a lot of gamers: the handheld Steam machine called the Steam Deck. D. Bethel and Andrew walk through the announcement and ponder what it could change in the industry, and how it could leave some gamers lacking.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Where the Hands Touch” (13 January 2017): Where Andrew discusses a previous piece of Valve-made hardware, the ill-fated Steam controller.

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Familyness

Familyness

WEEK IN GEEK: It’s an animated kind of week this week as Andrew gets his specific Star Wars fandom ignited with the premiere of the new Disney+ animated series, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, and D. Bethel nerds out on all the ingenious choices and animation tech found in the new Sony/Netflix film, The Mitchells vs. The Machines.

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RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Episode 148 – Bro-Bro Yo-Yo” (27 October 2017): Where Andrew discussed the premier of the final season of Star Wars: Rebels.
  • Chasing Chickens” (17 July 2020): Where D. Bethel confesses his undying love for Gravity Falls.

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Marvel Dance Battle

Marvel Dance Battle

CAPTAINING AMERICA: With the next big Disney+ MCU series having come to a close, our hosts bring in our brand new on-the-ground-Marvel correspondent, Kyrun Silva (of Taurus Comics and the 4 Tales Podcast), to talk about Falcon and the Winter Soldier (especially since Dan still doesn’t have Disney+).

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RELEVANT LINKS:

  • Twitter thread by Margaret Owen on Twitter breaking down intentional design choices of John Walker’s Captain America costume (and why it fits so weird…on purpose):

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Too Many Johnnies

Too Many Johnnies

BETTER THAN IT SHOULD BE: After a lot of build up and expectation, Andrew and D. Bethel finally get together to record an episode about former YouTube/current Netflix show, Cobra Kai.

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RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Shortcast 54 – Cameo Train” (11 May 2018): Included for no reason except for the fact that the phrase “cameo train” was used in this episode.
  • Dad Talk” (18 September 2020): Where Andrew first talked about watching Cobra Kai and watching the first The Karate Kid film.
  • Chekhov’s Honk” (22 January 2021): Where Andrew and D. Bethel discuss the original The Karate Kid trilogy of films and how they influence Cobra Kai, briefly.

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  • “Nerd Law” by D. Bethel

Magic Rock Machina

Magic Rock Machina

WAIT, WHAT 1984: Wonder Woman 1984, the hotly anticipated sequel to 2017’s good DC movie (one of a few), Wonder Woman, was released to theaters and HBO Max on Christmas Day to a lot of…discourse.

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RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Episode 137 – Atomic Karate” (09 June 2017): When Andrew & D. talked with Mary Traverse about the original Wonder Woman.
  • The Unnaturals” (20 November 2020): D. Bethel & Andrew discuss the news that Wonder Woman 1984 will debut for no extra cost on HBO Max simultaneously with its theatrical release.

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The Unnaturals

The Unnaturals

WONDER WOMAN TO THE MAX: It was announced, in an unprecedented move by a streaming service, to release Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day to both theaters and HBO Max subscribers simultaneously. Unlike Disney+ with Mulan, Wonder Woman 1984 will be available to all HBO Max subscribers at no additional cost for a month. Andrew and D. Bethel discuss this move and how it relates to how Disney has been doing business, as well as what it means for movie in the future.

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RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Episode 137 – Atomic Karate” (09 June 2017): Where D. Bethel and Andrew talk with fellow nerd podcaster, Mary Traverse, about Wonder Woman.
  • News Cruise” (07 Aug. 2020): Where Andrew and D. Bethel discuss the news of Mulan costing Disney+ subscribers $29.99.
  • News Bruise” (11 Sept. 2020): Where D. Bethel and Andrew talk about the odd political discourse around the release of Disney’s live action adaptation of Mulan.

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