In this episode the guys share their thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, tackling some deep philosophical questions. What's the best kind of lightsaber fight? Are wookies mammals? Does JJ Abrams know how space works? Where are all the A-Wings?
After that, George, Nathan, and Peter talk about the Martian, and the many rescues and non-rescues of Matt Damon. Super-hero / noir series Jessica Jones gets a lot of love, and George gets up on his soapbox, which it turns out is full of comic books.
Meanwhile, Peter's been playing The Witness, and reading Lev Grossman's Magician series, which Nathan agrees is pretty great.
George invents a new segment of drive-by-pop-culture-ry, and some good times are spent with The Library at Mount Char, Grimes, and assorted boardgames. Nathan fiends for the Black Blood of the Earth, and George shares his (terrifying) historical reading list, featuring Colt 6000 and Command & Control.
It's a mild winter here in, uh, Earth, but not warm enough to stop us from hibernating for two months instead of uploading this episode! Weird!
Next: the first half of the current season of Doctor Who! Pacing issues! Sonic sunglasses! Two-part arcs! Clara's last name! It's Barton, we're pretty sure.
Then: One-Punch Man!
Also: Cigarette Burns, John Carpenter's episode of Masters of Horror.
AND THEN: Our impressions of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens! From...six weeks before it came out! Revel in our inaccurate guesses, you with perfect vision of the immediate past, which to us at the time was the future. Also, we talk about the correct order in which to show the Star Wars movies to your kids.
NEXT TIME: We finally discuss Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora, with a special guest host!
In this Culture Club episode, we attempt to discuss the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer but end up talking about how bad Man of Steel is, and why Zack Snyder is not a good filmmaker.
Later we manage to talk about other things, like how bad Batman v Superman is going to be (because of Zack Snyder) and how good Suicide Squad COULD be (because of David Ayer). Go see Fury. Peter talks about Elite: Dangerous, we discuss the promise of VR.
Dope, which is back in theatres for a limited time, is George's favorite movie of the year (along with Mad Max). Go see it.
"Remember, kids, being a nerd means relentlessly criticizing everything you claim to love."
The book for Episode 00010 is The Grace Of Kings by Ken Liu.
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George forces further discussion of Taylor Swift's Bad Blood video.
George forces us to watch the video for Taylor Swift's Bad Blood.
The band Algiers has a new album, called Algiers. It's good. Stompy Southern Gothic Industrial Gospel. Like you do.
And finally, we chat about MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: what we loved (everything), what we hated (nothing), how it compares to the earlier movies, and why it makes MRAs so verreh mad.
George has some followup thoughts about The Bees
Nathan has watched one episode of Daredevil, and a season and a half of Orphan Black.
Peter likes Patlabor, the anime show about giant police robots with giant revolvers.
The discarded subplots of Game of Thrones
Mayweather vs Pacquiao
George promises not to talk about wrestling
George talks about Lucha Underground
Seminal kung fu movie Five Deadly Venoms
Trash Humpers (not recommended)
and, of course, the trailer for The Force Awakens.
Next episode is a book club discussion about William Gibson's The Peripheral.
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