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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep: Steam | Xbox 360
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.
We present a discovery which may change your world: the first known dinosaurs native to Finland. Other topics include what A New Hope would sound like with an all-Elcor cast, some followup on The Last Jedi, murder whales, and Kingdom of Loathing.
The conversation on Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues into deeper waters, sort of like that time R2-D2 fell off of Luke’s X-wing into a swamp. This episode explores the new age of space combat, the unchanging nature of the Force, and the theme of killing the past… especially when it’s The Force Awakens.
Also discussed (not necessarily in this order):
Trevor’s great theories about Darth Maul.
Jokes and how they land.
Who is the worst character of the sequel trilogy?
Who is the real villain of The Last Jedi?
Carrie Fisher’s chance to drown in moonlight.
How great Jar Jar Binks is.
Trevor’s (formerly) great theory about Kylo & Rey.
The entire plot of the Poe Dameron comic.
This is the second half of a conversation recorded on Sunday, December 17. Listen to Part 1.
None. This is the podcast equivalent of opening with a huge space battle.
The Star Wars saga continues with Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. (We will never surrender our Roman numerals, whatever the Lucasfilm marketing department might say.)
This episode of Better Worlds explores important questions like: What has JJ done? What is Rian doing? What isn’t Finn doing? What is Luke pretending to do? What is Rey capable of doing? Why is Poe doing that?
This is the first half of a conversation recorded on Sunday, December 17. Listen to Part 2.
The movie referenced in the opening of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is Avatar (Neil deGrasse Tyson mentioned that “a famous actress”—Sigourney Weaver—“plays an astrobiologist”).
Disney owns everything except for Spider-Man villains and She-Hulk. Okay, not everything, but they do own Fox now.
The Disney-Fox deal also includes villains such as Galactus and Doctor Doom and maybe, eventually, Doctor Iron Doom Man (we can hope).
The Amazon Lord of the Rings show will be specifically Lord of the Rings or something right before Lord of the Rings, and Sir Ian McKellen wants in.
In the conclusion to our Episodes With No Name Trilogy, we make an accidental return to main topics with our discussion of Justice League. Only two of us have seen the movie, but 66% is still better than the movie’s score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Note: Yes, today is the day The Last Jedi hits theaters. No, this episode is not about that. Our The Last Jedi episode will be coming soon.