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You already know we have strong feelings about Star Wars, so as you can imagine we have a lot to say about The Last Jedi – easily the most divisive film yet of the new trilogy. While most of us on this show share a common viewpoint, we try to be as objective as possible in this over 2 hour discussion about what we felt worked, what was lacking, and whether or not the movie delivered on what we were collectively hoping for.

Spoilers are present, of course, for the entire film.
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We can best describe Thor: Ragnarok as “a Thor movie for people who don’t like Thor”. Taika Waititi’s inaugural contribution to the MCU is one of the most hilarious entries to date. Travel into the Devil’s Anus with us as we analyze the ever-changing relationship between Thor and his brother Loki, what makes Hela one of the best villains they’ve had so far, and why this film wholeheartedly deserves it’s coveted 10 Goldblums out of 10 Goldblums.

Also, be prepared for more Witcher talk. You know that episode is coming – someday.
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Today is Halloween (which is arguably a better than Christmas) and we’re celebrating with our first official Halloween episode! In this spooky journey of aural terror, we talk about our favorite childhood memories, like carting around pillowcases full of candy and being creepily lured in condos (wait, what?). We also discussed Halloween as related to the horror genre and our respective abilities to handle watching scary movies.

And as a bonus there’s some bad Halloween jokes thrown in at the end. What more could you ask for? So listen in and have an excellent All Hallows’ Eve!
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If you want to forget about the real world, invest your time in a role-playing video game. From their humble tabletop origins, the RPG has grown and evolved into the most dominant and ambitious game genre. The best RPGs embrace a rich storytelling tradition as well as deep and engaging gameplay to create universes that are as exciting to explore as they are thrilling to quest and do battle in.

We’re all big fans of RPGs on this show, and in this episode we try (somewhat successfully?) to narrow down the ingredients that make certain RPGs stand above the rest (aka The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt). There are numerous concepts and traits associated which these types of games, such as story, choice, romance, character progression, lore, dialogue – the list goes on. We examine some of these, talk about the bleeding of common RPG elements into other types of modern games, and attempt to cover a broad range of titles while frequently returning to talk about The Witcher 3.
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Time travel emerged in science fiction at the end of the nineteenth century and remains a popular concept in modern storytelling. Imagine, traveling to the past to see events long gone, or to the future to see the progress of humanity (assuming we’re all still here).

In this episode we discuss how it’s been used in pop culture, the appeal of it’s confusing possibilities, and delve into a series of temporal quandaries to see who would be able to best handle the ramifications of creating a paradox.
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Dragon Con is essentially the lifeblood of this show, and we continue to up the ante when it comes recording in our cramped Marriott room. This year marked the first official Boldly Going Somewhere “Trivia” Contest, in which a group of sixteen mostly-willing contestants faced off in a battle royale that tested the limits of their convention knowledge and general sense of humor.

What ensued was three thrilling rounds of Dragon Con related questions and answers – more or less in a Cards Against Humanity format. Those who suffered defeat had the opportunity to dig through the Bag of Shame™, while the victors fought through to claim one of the coveted discount trophies from Party City.

So whether you’re a career attendee, or this year was your first, it’s an episode worth listening to for the sheer creativity of our contestants and the hilarity that naturally ensues from every episode we make at our home away from home.
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With Bohler stuck in West Palm Beach, Louis helps him pass the time by playing a round of Netflix Roulette. The rules of the game are simple: navigate to the Sci-Fi and Fantasy category, close your eyes, scroll up and down a few times and randomly click on a movie. The first one selected that is unseen by both participants and modestly obscure is the winner – which they subsequently watched and reviewed in this episode.

And oh boy, did they pick a winner – the massively successful Bollywood superhero film Krrish. What starts out as a begrudging effort to watch this 3 hour film (and get through the musical numbers) turns into a deep-dive into the world and lore created by director/screenwriter Rakesh Roshan, and the unexpected creation of two new fans.

So join in as they break down the film and all it’s ridiculousness – and if you make it through, go and watch it yourself!
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If you’re into any aspect of pop culture, amassing a collection of figures, statues, or toys from your favorite series is just a given. Whether it’s haggling for a great buy at a convention or setting up eBay alerts in hopes of finding your “white whale” – we’ve been there and we get it.

In this episode, we talk about what collecting means to us, how we got started, and what the current state of our collections are. You’ll also hear about our most prized items, what means the most to us, and who we determine is the undisputed King of Collectors amongst us.
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It’s been nearly four months since the rocky release of Mass Effect: Andromeda. Now that Louis has finally finished the game, Teija joins him for a long discussion/therapy session on their gameplay experiences. Bugs and facial animation issues aside, the game was ultimately a disappointment on many levels – which they attempt to address in this episode.

Between open-ended plot threads and story elements that made no sense, is this the final lackluster hurrah for the Mass Effect series? If not, where does it go from here?

If you’re interested in playing the game and haven’t gotten around to it yet, the first 30 minutes of this episode are spoiler-free for your enjoyment. You’ll be warned before we get into spoilers (just listen for the Reaper).
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It sucks admitting it, but we’re getting older. Most of the things we used to love just aren’t cool anymore, and kids these days – geez! They’ll never get to experience the joy of renting videos at Blockbuster, dealing with CD players skipping, or racking up long distance bills on their parents’ dime.

To top it off, it’s 2017 (which still sounds like the future) – a year in which two decades have passed since the first Harry Potter book was released and Google came online.

Are we making you feel ancient yet? Then good! That’s the point of this episode. Listen in as we lament over our increasing ages, find new ways to remind ourselves that we almost belong in a museum, but still manage to find some light at the end of the tunnel.

Just make sure you get off our lawn when you’re done!
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