CAUGHT IN THE WAKE: Without any behind the scenes scheming, our hosts simultaneously began playing Alan Wake Remastered this week and are charmed––and frustrated––by how engaging and innovative this thirteen year old survival horror game continues to be. This week, they share their thoughts on the opening hours of the game while reflecting on the legacy of the game and its developer, Remedy Entertainment.
THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE: Lionsgate announced that it is moving forward with its Highlander reboot with Henry Cavill attached to star. D. Bethel is skeptical for dumb reasons and Andrew has a valid argument about the superiority of the tv show over the movie series.
(00:00) Intro – What day is it? (01:13) Playing Alan Wake (33:15) Outro – The Weekly Highlander Minute! (39:53) Outtakes
“Greek It Up” (19 May 2017): Where our hosts cover the delisting of Alan Wake due to the loss of its music rights.
“Maymory” (3 June 2022): Where D. Bethel talks about his experience reading the novelization of the original Highlander film in the outro for the episode in what ended up being his “Summer of Highlander”.
“Magic Gas” (22 July 2022): Where D. Bethel continues his “Summer of Highlander” adventure by reading A Kind of Magic, an incredibly researched history of the creation of the original film.
WEEK IN GEEK: Our hosts jump immediately into their Weeks in Geek this week which includes Andrew consuming the first handful of episodes of season two of NBC’s Quantum Leap reboot while D. Bethel gives the 2013 “reimagining” of the classic horror film, Evil Dead, his own stamp of approval.
WHOVEMBER: Producers announced this week the titles and dates of the Doctor Who 60th anniversary specials and our hosts are all about it.
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.
WEEK IN GEEK: Our hosts try to keep it short but, instead, keep it real as they talk about their respective Weeks in Geek. D. Bethel starts by talking about Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny before Andrew shares his thoughts about the first two episodes of the new Disney+ Star Wars show, Ahsoka. D. Bethel wraps it up with quick thoughts about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.
“Our Best Work” (14 August 2014): Where D. Bethel shares his thoughts about the 2014 live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.
ON STRIKE: Despite the heat, our hosts discuss all the striking that’s hitting Hollywood (and more!) quite hard right now. From the WGA to SAG-AFTRA (to UPS?!), it seems that the folks who are just trying to do their job and earn an honest living can’t get an inch from the studio heads, so far.
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.