044 - He's Into Robots

A timely episode containing discussion on the brand new Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Michael didn't have any time to process the film before this discussion on opening weekend, so witness him clumsily work through thoughts that have already changed just a few days later. Feel free to think alongside and yell at us in private as you inevitably disagree.

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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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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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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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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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