Monday, November 19, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #264 – Stan Lee, Fantastic Beasts, Pokemon Let’s Go, Hitman 2, and Doctor Who S11E07


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

In one of the single busiest episodes we’ve ever recorded, we pay tribute to the amazing life of Stan Lee, the face and voice of Marvel comics and one of the most dominant figures in modern pop culture, review Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, give first impressions of Hitman 2 and Pokemon Let’s Go, go over several pieces of news including Sony’s decision to skip E3 2019, and review the latest episode of Doctor Who, “Kerblam,” which may well be the worst – or, at the very least, most morally and thematically bankrupt – episode in the 55-year history of the series. It’s 4 jam-packed hours of content for your Thanksgiving week travels, time spent cooking, or if you just need to get away from your family and listen to us yell about British mass media. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:42
Stuff: 0:03:42 – 0:24:08
Fantastic Beasts – The Crimes of Grindelwald: 0:24:08 – 0:56:42 
News: 0:56:42 – 1:38:00
Remembering Stan Lee: 1:38:00 – 2:23:30
Video Games Round-up (Mario Party, Pokemon, Hitman 2): 2:23:30 – 3:12:39
Doctor Who S11E07: 3:12:39 – 3:59:40 

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Monday, November 12, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #263 – Tetris Effect, Red Dead 2, and Doctor Who S11E06


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 another grab-bag style week, as Sean and Jonathan give updates on their progress in Red Dead Redemption 2, Jonathan reviews the outstanding Tetris Effect for PS4, and we go over some recent weird news about Final Fantasy XV. Jonathan tells the story of his nearly-doomed trip to Illinois to see a concert, and Sean gives us a mini-lecture on the (surprisingly gay) delights of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. And finally, we at last have a good episode of Doctor Who to talk about this season, as Vinay Patel’s “Demons of the Punjab” proved to be the first 13thDoctor outing with a strong story and solid character work, with a fascinating historical and cultural perspective to boot. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:01:52
Stuff: 0:01:52 – 0:17:37
Tetris Effect: 0:17:37 – 0:30:10
Red Dead Redemption 2 Chat: 0:30:10 – 0:52:06 
News: 0:52:06 – 1:07:42
Doctor Who S11E06: 1:07:42 – 1:57:36 

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Monday, November 5, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #262 – Final Smash Bros Direct, Red Dead 2, and Doctor Who S11E05


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 us another disappointing episode of Doctor Who, a lot more time with Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption II, and the final Nintendo Direct for next month’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We talk about all of this and more, going through all the announcements from Masahiro Sakurai in Nintendo’s event, continuing to be depressed about Chris Chibnall’s Doctor Who writing, and discussing how wildly different our experiences with the vast, weird world of Red Dead Redemption II have been (once again without spoilers, as neither of us has finished the story). Sean also reviews the first DLC for Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4, Jonathan reviews Luca Gudagnino’s Suspiria, and we encourage all our American listeners to go vote in tomorrow’s elections, because it is our civic duty, even if we’re hosting a silly niche podcast. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:09:18
Stuff: 0:09:18 – 0:29:02
News: 0:29:02 – 0:43:32
Final Smash Bros Direct: 0:43:32 – 1:18:17
Red Dead Redemption 2 Spoiler-Free Talk: 1:18:17 – 2:13:20
Doctor Who S11E05: 2:13:20 – 3:13:11 

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Monday, October 29, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #261 – Red Dead Redemption 2 Impressions & Doctor Who S11E04


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

The biggest game of 2018 has arrived in Rockstar’s long-awaited Red Dead Redemption 2, and after a solid weekend of play, we give our initial, spoiler-free impressions of this massive, wildly ambitious sequel. It’s an amazing game so far, almost mind-bogglingly vast in scope yet surprisingly intimate in tone and story. We break down what we’ve seen so far, while also grappling with the latest news about Rockstar’s problematic culture of crunch during development. And after that, we review this week’s Doctor Who, “Arachnids in the UK,” the fourth disappointing episode in a row from the new creative team, and one that continues to leave us disappointed at how the show is squandering its excellent cast in stories lacking even baseline narrative or thematic competency. We also go over the shuttering of Filmstruck, the streaming service that has been the online home of The Criterion Collection, while Sean reviews Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and Jonathan continues his adventures catching up on Dragon Ball Super. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:49
Stuff: 0:02:49 – 0:32:21
News: 0:32:21 – 0:41:13
Red Dead Redemption 2: 0:41:13 – 2:11:35
Doctor Who S11E04: 2:11:35 – 3:12:29 

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Monday, October 22, 2018

The Weekly Stuff #260 – Red Dead Controversies, Dragon Ball Talk, and Doctor Who S11E03


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 a calm before the storm kind of week, as we prepare for the biggest video game of the year next week in Red Dead Redemption 2, which is galloping into stores upon a trail of controversy after comments about Rockstar’s working conditions in an interview last week. We break down all that news, discuss Netflix’s move to start cancelling their Marvel shows, and do a good bit of Dragon Ball talk – including Jonathan ranking the Top 10 Characters he wants to see in the next round of DLC for Dragon Ball FighterZ – before diving into this week’s problematic Doctor Who, “Rosa.” It’s an episode that means well, but handles its heavy subject matter in some troublingly tone-deaf ways. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro & Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:20:15
Dragon Ball Chat: 0:20:15 – 0:41:54
Marvel Netflix News: 0:41:54 – 0:56:28
Red Dead Controversies: 0:56:28 – 1:17:20
Doctor Who S11E03: 1:17:20 – 2:34:33

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Monday, October 15, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #259 – Doctor Who S11E02, Dragon Quest, First Man, and Microtransactions


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

Doctor Who continues its new season this week with “The Ghost Monument,” an episode that improves on the premiere, but also reveals some real limitations in Chris Chibnall’s writing style. We discuss the episode in depth, including the new opening credits, TARDIS design, and more. But before that, we also chat more about Dragon Quest XI, Jonathan reviews Damien Chazelle’s First Man and talks about finally getting to the good stuff in Dragon Ball Super, and we go over the last week’s worth of news, including PSN finally allowing users to change their name, Microsoft potentially purchasing developer Obsidian, and the latest kerfuffle surrounding microtransactions in video games. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:12
Dragon Quest XI: 0:03:12 – 0:15:34
First Man: 0:15:34 – 0:22:18
Dragon Ball Super: 0:22:18 – 0:34:45
News: 0:34:45 – 1:18:45
Doctor Who S11E02: 1:18:45 – 2:25:54

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Monday, October 8, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #258 – Doctor Who Series 11 Premiere Review & Discussion!


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 favorite TV show is back, as Doctor Who returns for its 11thmodern season (37thoverall!), with a new Doctor in Jodie Whittaker, a new showrunner in Chris Chibnall, plus new companions, a new composer, and an entirely new look. The entire show has effectively regenerated, and the first episode, “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” in a promising if imperfect start. We give it the usual in-depth treatment we always employ for Doctor Who, along with an update on our progress in Dragon Quest XI, first impressions of Forza Horizon 4, and a bevy of recent video game and film news, from continued developments out of the Telltale Games fiasco to new trailers for Dark Phoenix andDragon Ball Super: Broly. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:05:21
Stuff: 0:05:21 – 0:23:00
News: 0:23:00 – 1:15:22
Doctor Who – “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”: 1:15:22 – 2:43:34

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