042 - Literal World Building

This 42nd episode discusses the only thing that could possibly be appropriate: Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in its many forms. Spoilers, which don't matter in the slightest, are as abundant as logical holes and differences between releases of the story. Bring your towel, hit play, and whatever you do–Don't Panic!

  • Check out Douglas Adams's cookie story (both versions!):

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041 - Doing Something Wondery

Mandy and Michael talk about the brand new 2017 Wonder Woman, with only a few hours to have processed and thought about the movie after seeing it on opening weekend. If you're on the fence about seeing the movie, the first 24 minutes are spoiler free and may persuade you to watch the film sooner rather than later.

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040 - Like Living in New Mexico

Mand and Michael discuss three classic short stories from Isaac Asimov, celebrating the quotation from which the show gets its name.

Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today — but the core of science fiction, its essence, the concept around which it revolves, has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
— Isaac Asimov

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038 - Don't Be Boys

In this episode Mandy and Michael continue going through the Wheel of Time with books 4 and 5 in the series: The Shadow Rising and The Fires of Heaven. Michael's discovery continues while Mandy is able to do more than just listen in frustration.

If you're following along, the next Wheel of Time episode (to be recorded at an unknown date) will cover novels 6-8: Lord of ChaosA Crown of Swords, and The Path of Daggers.

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036 - Leather Capital of the World

Mandy and Michael discuss the two Tim Burton directed Batman films, 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns. Feelings are very different across these two films, their characters, and the interesting choices made by a director who has a very distinct style and no loyalty to the source material.

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035 - None of Them Know What They're Doing

This week Mandy and Michael talk about the first three novels in Robert Jordan's epic (in scope and length) series, The Wheel of Time. These three books are:

  1. The Eye of the World
  2. The Great Hunt
  3. The Dragon Reborn

Michael is new to the series while Mandy grew up with it so two very different perspectives make for quite the conversation!

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032 - Scar You For Wanting to Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Starting blooper included!

In time for Christmas, Mandy and Michael synchronized a viewing of The Muppet Christmas Carol and chatted at the same time. To listen to this, get the Theatrical release of the movie (iTunes, DVD, etc.) and sync up your viewing according to instructions spoken aloud in the podcast.

*Warning* Make sure any features of your podcast application that affect playback speed are disabled!

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031 - No Snow in the South

Netflix's third Marvel show, Luke Cage, is the topic du jour. It's a powerful show relevant to modern race discussions with an unapologetic focus on Harlem as representation of Black America. Come for the superficial superhero discussion, stay for the intense social themes, and enjoy Michael and Mandy disagreeing at length on the nature of evil. This first season of Luke Cage comes highly recommended, so go watch it if you haven't yet.

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030 - The Sydney Sanctum

Magic and Sorcery makes its biggest impact in the MCU yet with Doctor Strange, and Michael and Mandy talk all about it. The film did a lot right while missing some major opportunities at the same time. It has plenty of material to talk about. The duo also does an Infinity Stone count to see where we stand as the MCU marches ever onward towards a central conflict with the incredible power of the Infinity Gauntlet.

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029 - My Next Villain is Zack Snyder

Mandy and Michael have a fun discussion in which they draft their favorite villains from all sorts of movies, games, television shows, book series, and comics. It's fun and kind of random!

This idea was outright cribbed from the excellent podcast, The Incomparable. These are some of Michael's favorite draft (and draft-ish) episodes of the show:

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028 - Writers' Kryptonite

Mandy and Michael talk about the first season of CBS's Supergirl just before the start of Season 2. They talk about aliens, love triangles, awkward production approaches, silly plot points, questionable writer decisions, and the most lovable pair of cross-universe superheroes this side of… anywhere!

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027 - Voldemort Copulating

Mandy and Michael discuss Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the new play that picks up during the Epilogue of the original book series. There are wonderful things to love about the story as well as many things that cause discomfort in unwelcome ways. The discussion eventually takes a turn on the very nature of "canon" and differing opinions on how much control a creator has in defining it.

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026 - No One Consulted Me

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In honor of the just-resumed Spring TV season, Mandy and Michael chat about all of Marvel's TV up to this point! This was recorded before the airing of Luke Cage or Season 4 of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and covers every Marvel show up to that point. Discussed, in order: Agents of Shield, Agent Carter, Daredevil, Jessica Jones.

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024 - There are Dudes Everywhere

Mandy and Michael talk about all three Ghostbusters films: the first two from the 80s and the recent estrogen-bolstered relaunch of the franchise. The films are talked about one by one, so feel free to listen to commentary about the first two and stop there if you haven't yet seen the newest film in the series.

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023 - Questionable and Blasphemous

Mandy and Michael talk about all 11 seasons of Supernatural, the long and meandering tale of Sam and Dean Winchester, two often brave and sometimes idiotic brothers who both save and wreak havoc on the world around them. We talk about how strong the show is at times, how far it fell, and discuss whether or not the show is–and the brothers themselves are–redeemed after a precipitous fall. Spoilers abound, but for a change we don't think they matter. IfListen freely and decide if you want to watch the show at all, and what parts of it if so. Some of it is great and we're happy to steer you clear of the rest.

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