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Episode 61 – Daredevil

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Is there such a thing as a murder triangle? Watch Season 2 to find out.
Is there such a thing as a murder triangle? Watch Season 2 to find out.

After a festival of bizarre tech issues, it’s finally time for Daredevil 2: Elektra Boogaloo. Mary and Rob are all caught up, while Paul don’t give a fuck. We still dive into spoilers, so beware if you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want to learn its dark secrets prematurely.

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While discussing the various gangs, we were wracking our brains to come up with the name of the Latino gang. Turns out they didn’t really have one–they were just “cartel gangsters.” We’re not sure if that flat, boring name reflects their own icy professionalism or the writers’ decision to anonymize nonwhite bad guys on the show. What do you think?

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Episode 60 – Civil War

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Another clear example of media bias against your favored candidate.
Another clear example of media bias against your favored candidate.

As Captain America: Civil War draws near, Rob gives a quick 101 on the huuuuge comics event that spawned its primary conflict, if not exactly its plot. Whether you’re leaning toward Team Cap or Team Stark, the writers at Marvel need you to understand that you are supporting difficult moral choices. There’s death and drama and fascism and Canada and Aunt May in peril–it’s worth a read, even if the series ends with a disappointing shrug followed by a Major Character Death*.

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* Which lasted about two years. Time flies when you’re a Dead Major Character!

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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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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.

UPDATE: See LINKS for Al-Anon info.

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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Episode 55 – Agent Carter, Season 2

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Welcome back, Carter.
Welcome back, Carter.

Agent Carter is back! We gab about her new LA adventures–what we love, what we almost love, and what we love a lot. While we loosely discuss the plot, this episode is spoiler-free.

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  • Agent Carter on Hulu
  • Season 1 on Amazon
  • We got curious about ratings mid-chat, and it turns out that while AC mapped pretty closely to Agents of SHIELD‘s numbers last year, it’s lagging quite a bit this year. Add that to Hayley Atwell’s new gig and we’re pessimistic about the chances of a season 3. Prove us wrong, Marvel and ABC!
  • You know we’re all huge Fallout 4 fans, so when AC chose “Pistol Packin’ Mama” to highlight the awesomeness of Team Peggy as they started out on their heist, we lost our shit. Unfortunately, we can’t find a decent clip. Check it out midway through episode 6!
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Episode 54 – Star Wars

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Make Star Love AND Star Wars!
Make Star Love AND Star Wars! (On the set of The Force Awakens)

The Force awakened recently, and no doubt most of you have already seen the new, largely Lucas-free flick. Paul and Mary have plenty to say, while Rob listens attentively and occasionally highlights his ignorance of the franchise. The bottom line: We can maybe forgive those terrible prequels now.

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Episode 53 – Soma, Legends of Tomorrow, Kingdom Rush

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Legends of Soma Rush!
Legends of Soma Rush!

It’s another delicious Nerdhole Sandwich! Mary delves deep into the underwater horror game Soma, Rob explains his tentative endorsement of Legends of Tomorrow, and Paul shares his delight for the tower defense game Kingdom Rush. So filling.

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Episode 52 – The Expanse

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Miller (Thomas Jane), Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), and Jim Holden (Steven Strait)
Miller (Thomas Jane), Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), and Jim Holden (Steven Strait)

Most of us lucky enough to have played in a kickass RPG campaign have dreamed of bringing our adventures to the page or the screen–and now we know that it can be done. The Expanse, currently running on Syfy, is based on a series of books with a storied RPG history. Paul schools Mary and Rob on that very engaging history as we explore our fascination and frustration with the show.

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