37: Unstable MacGuffin

Part 2 of our discussion of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Links:

Rebels: Twin Suns – Important Maul scene

Treadwell’s deleted scene from A New Hope

Chapters:

  • Pre-Show
  • Intro
  • Qi’ra
  • Darth Maul is dead, long live Maul
  • L3
  • From a Certain Point of View
  • Treadwell
  • Back to L3
  • The heist
  • The mines of Kessel
  • Val
  • Millenium Falcon
  • Sabacc
  • Rio Durant
  • Dryden Vos
  • Dryden Vos’s stuff
  • EU references
  • Close
  • Post-Show: Solo trailers

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36: Hanne and Londo

Part 1 of our discussion of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Lando, Han, and Chewie
Lando, Han, and Chewie

Followup / Pre-Show:

  • Intro: Matthew’s Palpatine Impression
  • Captain Marvel and Star Wars
  • Waldos
  • Freehold
  • Amazon Lord of the Rings
  • Liking Different Things
  • Deadpool
  • Hardworking Donkeys of Assassin’s Creed Origins

Main Topic: Solo: A Star Wars Story

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35: It’s Hard to Sell a Death Cult

Part 2 of our discussion about Avengers: Infinity War.

Captain America talks with Thanos
Captain America talks with Thanos
Captain America's classic scale armor
Captain America’s classic scale armor

Items discussed:

  • Welcome to Part 2
  • Red Skull’s reprise
  • The Pirate Angel
  • Alien, not Aliens
  • The Black Order
  • Infinity by Jonathan Hickman
  • Arrested Development cameo
  • Robert Downey, Jr.’s time as Iron Man
  • The ever-present end of superhero movies
  • Spider-Man’s fate
  • Death in DC
  • Superman is a fake hero
  • The original six
  • Avengers Assemble as a movie title
  • Wanda’s growth & power
  • Vision’s fate
  • Thor and Rocket
  • Purest moments of the movie
  • Chris 3
  • Thanos’ homeworld and species
  • Thanos’ motivation
  • Use of the Gauntlet
  • The dog dies
  • Division of screentime
  • #JusticeForHawkeye
  • Ant-Man and The Wasps
  • Hawkeye’s future
  • Captain Marvel
  • Surprise Black Panther followup
  • Rhodey in Doctor Strange
  • Part Twos, Infinity Boogaloos
  • Iron Man-centric movie names
  • The MCU’s heist movie
  • Captain America’s classic scale armor
  • Thor’s new armor
  • Peter Dinklage (Eitri wiki entry)
  • Sympathy for the Red Skull
  • The Gauntlet across movies
  • Chronology of the movies
  • Tony & Nebula
  • Gamora’s fate
  • Thor’s new eye
  • Valkyrie’s fate
  • Fan desire for specific character interactions
  • Close
  • Post-show: Wakandan Coffee

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33: Our Own Jaeger Names

After years of thwarted attempts, Trevor has finally succeeded in watching Pacific Rim (2013). Somehow, he also watched Ready Player One by accident. We briefly discuss each of these (no spoilers), as well as a tiny bit of Black Panther followup.

We also discuss what representation means for Hufflepuffs, what Hufflepuff means for the world, and whether Buffy the Vampire Slayer can or should be revived on TV.

Perhaps most importantly, Matthew gets his completely spoiler-free thoughts about Infinity War on the record before we all see the movie. We haven’t even watched the trailers, so we really do mean spoiler free. We have no idea what we’re talking about.

A protestor at a museum blocks the view of a painting of Emmett Till in his casket.
A protestor at a museum blocks the view of a painting of Emmett Till in his casket.
Killmonger stands in front of a museum exhibit in a way that evokes the Emmett Till museum protest.
Killmonger stands in front of a museum exhibit in a way that evokes the Emmett Till museum protest.
Red Lion attacks Cyborg as "heroes" look on
Red Lion attacks Cyborg as “heroes” look on

Items discussed:

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32: Survival Chocolate and the Northern Lights

War! huh What is it good for? In Wakanda, rhinos. Yes, we forgot to mention some things about Black Panther. The sun will never set on our Wakandan followup, but this is not a Part 3. In fact, it’s less than 40% of this episode, and we save it for the end.

This episode also covers An American Tail, a land where there are no sasquatches and the streets are paved with snow, and the future of sustainability in construction toys & coffee making. We manage to limit ourselves to two Star Wars-related mini-topics and only one non-Black Panther MCU digression: “Who am Groot?”

Followup & Mini-topics

Black Panther followup

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31: Wakanda Forever

We did what we had to do… and kept talking about Black Panther for a second episode. Actually, we just kept talking, and then split it into two episodes later. This half of the conversation goes into characters, plot points, and overarching themes of the movie.

"I will do… what I must"
“I will do… what I must”
Klaw's original outfit
Klaw’s original outfit
The very best black panther mask
The very best black panther mask

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30: The Power of the Black Panther

Shuri enough, our discussion of the latest MCU movie went long. This episode covers the first half of our conversation on Black Panther, along with important information about crocodiles, middle names, and Nokia’s product road map.

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:52 Crocodilian evilness rankings
  • 08:32 Middle names in Star Wars
  • 13:28 Finn Fact: Nokia 3310
  • 17:43 Black Panther
  • 18:21 …as a cultural moment
  • 30:27 …as a part of the MCU
  • 32:31 …as a soundtrack

37:28 SPOILERS BEGIN

  • 38:04 Bast
  • 39:21 Hanuman
  • 40:06 M’Baku
  • 43:02 Parallels with Wonder Woman
  • 49:37 Post-credit scenes
  • 58:10 The Big 3
  • 1:07:08 Ancestral plane
  • 1:10:36 Close
Captain Puerto Rico
Captain Puerto Rico

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29: Darkest Possible Timeline Adjacent

Are we living in the Darkest Possible Timeline? The signs are everywhere: Jumanji is a runaway box office success. Minions have almost completed their takeover of our dimension. Keurig has purchased Dr Pepper. But there are signs of hope.

Links

Articles we mentioned, but never discussed

Handsome goats
Handsome goats
Another goat picture
Another goat picture

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28: Frosty the Snowlem

Is Frosty who he says he is? Can Levar Burton read? What incredible risk did Matthew take as he rewatches the early MCU movies?

In this episode we discuss mystical creatures such as golems, hevisaurs, Elcor, murder whales, camelcorns, and colonels, followed by space exploration, books & reading, and what’s happening in video games. We wrap it up by revisiting the early MCU movies as we continue to prepare ourselves for Avengers: Infinity War.

Links:

Mounts in Assassin’s Creed Origins
The Leader
Samuel Sterns juxtaposed with The Leader

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