Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Episode 59 – Clash Royale and Black Tapes

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The tapes are black, the clash is royale.
The tapes are black, the clash is royale.

It turns out that there are other non-Nerdhole podcasts out there, and some of them may be relevant to your interests. Mary tells us all about Black Tapes, which entertainingly reanimates the corpse of the hoary old “skeptic confronting the supernatural” trope. Paul spoke not too long ago about Clash of Clans, the silly little mobile game that’s reaped millions of dollars per day. Now it’s spawned a sillier, little-r mobile game called Clash Royale. It’s got hooks, and Paul explains them all.

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Episode 58 – Zombicide: Black Plague and Merged!

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Surrounded! Hopeless! How did this happen?
Surrounded! Hopeless! How did this happen?

Zombicide is the shambling, reanimated elephant in the room; it raised 11 zillion dollars on Kickstarter but, as far as Rob and Paul are concerned, it’s only okay. We discuss our feelings and what this phenomenon means to tabletop gaming, and then Mary shares her enthusiasm for a lovely little game called Merged! (Of course, game starts with “G” and that rhymes with “T” and that stands for “Triple Town,” so beware of pandas.)

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J.J. Abrams Rekindles Hopes for Portal and Half-Life Films

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Portal: No Escape short film

In a recent interview with IGN about 10 Cloverfield Lane J.J. Abrams addressed the progress of the Portal and Half-Life films that he and Gabe Newell—head of Valve, the studio that made both games—announced back in 2013. Abrams told IGN, “Not yet, but they’re in development… And we’ve got writers, and we’re working on both those stories. But nothing that would be an exciting update.”

It’s interesting to imagine what a Portal movie would be… especially considering that Abram’s collaborator on 10 Cloverfield Lane, Dan Trachtenberg, created a live-action short film called Portal: No Escape back in 2011. In case you missed Trachtenberg’s short, it’s a great proof-of-concept:

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Episode 57 – The X-Files with guest star Jo Jo Stiletto

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The truth is I want to believe out there.
The truth is I want to believe out there.

We turn our steely gaze to The X-Files now that its new season has crept to a weird, abrupt halt. As ever, Rob and Paul couldn’t quite make it all the way through six hours of viewing in time to record the show, but Mary and special guest star Jo Jo Stiletto more than compensated with their deep, unsparing knowledge and affection for the series. We had a blast gabbing with Jo Jo, and will be sure to have her back as soon as her busy schedule permits.

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Jo Jo Stiletto is a burlesque producer, performer and historian who explores the intersection of feminism and pop culture. As an expert on burlesque and fandom, she has presented at events like the National Women’s Studies Association’s Annual Conference, GeekGirlCon, Nerd Nite, and has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, NPR and more. Her works have included sold‐out events like Whedonesque Burlesque, The Burl‐X‐Files, Bechdel Test Burlesque and Guardians of the Sexy with Emerald City Comicon.

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Episode 56 – Bad TV we love, bad TV we hate

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Dogshit Express
Boring shit, awesome shit, shitty shit

We originally called this episode “Dogshit Express,” but we decided to sacrifice punch for clarity. If you know us at all, you know that we have complicated feelings about quality when it comes to our genre entertainment. E.g., Mary loves what she calls “shitty vampire things,” but that doesn’t keep her from loving less shitty or even shit-free diversions.

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Sometimes, though, a movie or show can transcend its shittiness and turn into something wonderful. Rob makes the case that the godawful FOX show Lucifer (elevator pitch: “She’s a cop! I’m the devil! We solve crimes!”) does just that. We contrast that with the inexcusable Heroes Reborn and that limp shrug with a special effects budget, The Shannara Chronicles. You may want to wipe your shoes after listening.

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