Sunday, September 20, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #345 – Super Mario 3D All Stars, PS5 Showcase, Demon’s Souls, Final Fantasy XVI & More!

It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link.

This week brought maybe the best gaming showcase event we’ve seen all year, as Sony not only unveiled the price and release date of the PlayStation 5, but also showed off the Demon’s Souls remake, gave us a good look at Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and most surprisingly, unveiled Final Fantasy XVI. It was a heck of a show, even if the pre-orders that followed were a disaster, and altogether, we’re more excited for the next generation than ever before. Jonathan also talks about Nintendo’s Super Mario 3D All Stars collection for Nintendo Switch, and discusses finally giving Super Mario Sunshine a chance after all these years.

And in light of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we’re also making a political call to action this week, asking listeners to donate to the Get Mitch or Die Trying fundwhich splits donations evenly amongst Democratic Senate candidates so we can get Mitch McConnell out of his job, protect the Supreme Court, and strengthen our democracy.

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Weekly Stuff #344 – Marvel’s Avengers Review, Xbox Series S, Mario 35 Nintendo Direct, and more!


It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link.

It’s been a big couple of weeks for video game news, from Nintendo unveiling all their plans for Mario’s 35th anniversary to Xbox (finally!) unveiling the Series S and their next-gen launch dates and pricing, to another round of announcements from Ubisoft. We break down all of that and more, including a check-in on the state of movie releases in the US for the rest of 2020. Before all that, we also check in on how life is going amidst the ongoing pandemic chaos, Sean reviews the latest DLC for Control, and we talk at length about Marvel’s Avengers, the wildly imperfect but also surprisingly compelling superhero game that launched last week.

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 

Intro and Plaguecast: 0:00:00 – 0:25:08

Stuff: 0:25:08 – 0:47:13

Avengers Game: 0:47:13 – 1:30:50

News: 1:30:50 – 2:44:32

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #343 – Chadwick Boseman Tribute, DC FanDome News, and COVID Rants


It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link.

This has been a rough, difficult week in a rough, difficult year, and the sudden loss of Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther, made it all the more wrenching. We start today’s show by playing tribute to the late actor and the heroic, inspirational legacy he left behind, before moving on to discussing our lives teaching in public schools and at the University level, where impossible situations and bad policies have us slowly losing our minds. Then we hit a few big pieces of news, including the announcement of Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War and veteran Halo writer Joseph Staten coming on board Halo Infinite to oversee campaign development, before recapping last week’s not-Comic Con DC FanDome event, where DC showed off some big trailers, including the Snyder cut of Justice League, Matt Reeves’ The Batman, and the Batman: Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League video games.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro & Chadwick Boseman Tribute: 0:00:00 – 0:22:18

Stuff and COVID Rants: 0:22:18 – 0:53:10

News: 0:53:10 – 1:21:35

DC FanDome News: 1:21:35 – 2:06:40

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #342 – Avengers Beta, Halo Infinite Delay, and Ghost of Tsushima Final Thoughts

It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link.

After travel and a giant inland hurricane in Iowa delayed our recording two weeks in a row, we are finally back with another jam-packed episode, full of life updates, news, and more! Jonathan talks about recording from his fancy new computer and making the switch from Mac to Windows, showing his brother Kurosawa movies, and getting into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, while Sean takes us on a trip to his Beta Corner to talk all about Marvel’s Avengers, the much-discussed superhero/Destiny game launching next month. We cover some major news, from the wild news of Halo Infinite getting pushed to 2021 and leaving the Xbox Series X without a launch game, to Epic picking a big fight with Apple and Google, to news of Rocksteady developing a Suicide Squad game. And lastly, we give our final thoughts on the incredible Ghost of Tsushima for PS4, having both completed and Platinum-ed the game, breaking down the surprisingly compelling story and characters to wrap up our multi-part review of a really special game.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:05:02

Stuff: 0:05:02 – 0:44:07

Avengers in Sean’s Beta Corner: 0:44:07 – 1:04:56

News: 1:04:56 – 2:10:23

Ghost of Tsushima:  2:10:23 – 2:55:39

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Monday, July 27, 2020

The Weekly Stuff #341 – Xbox Games Showcase, Halo Infinite, and Ghost of Tsushima Review


It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link. 

Our latest and possibly final entry in “Not-E3 2020” came this week with Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase, where they unveiled Halo: Infinite and detailed many other games coming to the Series X and Game Pass. It was certainly a compelling pitch for the latter, but did it do anything to pitch us on the fancy new console itself? We go in depth recapping the entire show, before settling in for a longer review discussion of Ghost of Tsushima, the excellent PS4 swan song that we can’t stop playing. Neither of us have finished it yet, so no major spoilers here, but we go deeper with the gameplay systems, characters, and presentation that make this such a unique and memorable open-world game. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:01:42
Stuff: 0:01:42 – 0:32:17
News and Xbox Games Showcase: 0:32:17 - 1:56:37
Ghost of Tsushima: 1:56:37 – 3:06:43

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Monday, July 20, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #340 – The Final Fantasy VII Episode


It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link

After giving some quick first impressions of Sucker Punch’s outstanding Ghost of Tsushima for PS4, this episode is fully dedicated to one long-awaited topic: Final Fantasy VII. This year’s PS4 remake, yes, but also the PS1 original, and the PSP spin-off Crisis Core, and the depressingly abysmal movie Advent Children. We talk about it all, having both finally journeyed through the complete Final Fantasy VII experience for the first time this year, diving deep into why the original remains such a unique and powerful pillar of narrative gaming despite plenty of dated elements, and why the Remake just didn’t do it for us despite its good character work and production values. If you’ve been waiting to hear us talk about Final Fantasy VII in any or all of its forms, this is the episode for you. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:29 
Ghost of Tsushima Impressions: 0:02:29 – 0:22:18 
Final Fantasy VII: 0:22:18 – 3:25:24

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Weekly Suit Gundam #22 – Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket Review & Discussion


It’s time for Weekly Suit Gundam, a show exploring the world of Mobile Suit Gundam from The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link

Before continuing on to 21st-century Gundam, we’re doubling back for deep dives with the OVA series we’ve mentioned in passing but never reviewed in depth, starting with Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket. Released in six installments in 1989, War in the Pocket marked the first time creator Yoshiyuki Tomino wasn’t involved in a Gundam production, and is widely regarded as one of the franchise’s finest hours, expanding and deepening the series’ themes and perspective by focusing in on the small-scale story of a boy growing up amidst the backdrop of the One-Year War. It is one of the greatest and most powerful anti-war stories ever told, on similar footing as Isao Takahata’s 1988 Grave of the Fireflies, and began a rich tradition of Gundam taking some of its best artistic leaps on home video. 

Enjoy, and come back next time for our next OVA review with Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory!  






The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman is a weekly audio podcast, and if you subscribe in iTunes, episodes will be delivered automatically and for free as soon as they are released. If you visit www.jonathanlack.com, we also have streaming and downloadable versions of new and archival episodes for your listening pleasure.