Sunday, July 25, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #387 – The Genshin Impact 2.0 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 Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

With its massive 2.0 update going live this past week, we thought it was finally time to devote an episode to our favorite ongoing video game, Genshin Impact, the open-world Gacha sensation with some of the best writing, visuals, music, and world-building in the industry. We dive deep with the new 2.0 expansion, which adds the Japan-inspired island continent of Inazuma, lots of new story and character content, and much more, but we also discuss why we love the game in general, and why Western games media has largely missed the boat when it comes to one of the most exciting games on the market today. Before all that, we also discuss Dragon Ball and Doctor Who news out of Comic-Con and California’s landmark lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for endemic sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination. And Sean tells us the story of the difficult mystery TV left behind by previous owners of his new house in Texas.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro & Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:17:17

News: 0:17:17 – 0:52:29

Genshin Impact: 0:52:29 – 3:23:02

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Weekly Suit Gundam #34 – Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Arcs 1 & 2 (Episodes 1-28) 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.

Continuing on to the next full-length Gundam series, we reach Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Sunrise’s 2011 collaboration with video game giant Level-5, whose lead creative Akihiro Hino conceived of and wrote this child-friendly Gundam series that spans 3 protagonists over 3 successive generations in a century-long space conflict. AGE did poorly upon its initial airing in Japan, and has suffered a quiet and often negative reputation in years since. But we don’t think that reputation is deserved – through its first two arcs, at least, AGE is an imperfect but extremely compelling show, with a really cool central narrative conceit, great characters, and some really interesting ideas that take Gundam to places it had never been before. At the very least, it’s a show worth giving a serious shot, and in this first part, covering Arcs 1 & 2 and episodes 1 through 28, we aim to do just that.

Enjoy, and come back in two weeks for Part 2 of Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, with episodes 29 – 49! 

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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #386 – Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Arcs 1 and 2 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 Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

Today’s main topic is another Weekly Suit Gundam extravaganza, but before that, we also give first impressions on The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for Nintendo Switch, react to Valve’s announcement of the Steam Deck portable PC gaming console, and talk about Jonathan’s nostalgic binge of American TV classic ER, and the wonderful, helicopter-related absurdities of the network TV dramas of yore. But then it’s time for Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Sunrise’s 2011 collaboration with video game giant Level-5, whose lead creative Akihiro Hino conceived of and wrote this child-friendly Gundam series that spans 3 protagonists over 3 successive generations in a century-long space conflict. AGE did poorly upon its initial airing in Japan, and has suffered a quiet and often negative reputation in years since. But we don’t think that reputation is deserved – through its first two arcs, at least, AGE is an imperfect but extremely compelling show, with a really cool central narrative conceit, great characters, and some really interesting ideas that take Gundam to places it had never been before. At the very least, it’s a show worth giving a serious shot, and in this first part, covering Arcs 1 & 2 and episodes 1 through 28, we aim to do just that.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro & Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:37:40

News: 0:37:40 – 1:01:09

Gundam AGE: 1:01:09 – 4:00:12

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Sunday, July 11, 2021

The Weekly Stuff #385 – Batman on Film Part 10: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012) with Christian Bale


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 Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

Our Batman on Film series reaches the end of the Christopher Nolan era with 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, the infuriatingly bad final chapter that amps the noxious politics, bad pacing, and frustrating characterization of the first two films up to 11. While Tom Hardy’s inspired performance as Bane is as entertaining as even, 9 years on it’s impossible to ignore the film’s terrible script, endlessly convoluted plotting, and elitist right-wing worldview complete with a strong dose of militaristic cop-aganda. This might be our most exasperated Batman discussion to date, but also one of the most engaging. And before all that, we’ve got an hour of stuff – like Jonathan’s adventures watching movies with Giant Robots – and news, including Nintendo’s OLED Switch announcement, the reveal of Assassin’s Creed Infinity, and the reveal of Genshin Impact’s big 2.0 update later this month.

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 

Intro & Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:18:36

News: 0:18:36 – 0:57:07

The Dark Knight Rises: 0:57:07 – 3:44:57  

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Sunday, July 4, 2021

Weekly Suit Gundam #33 – Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash Movie 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.

Premiering worldwide on Netflix this week after its debut in Japanese theaters last month, Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash is the first film in a planned trilogy adapting original Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino’s trio of novels from 1989-1990, following the exploits of Hathaway Noa 12 years after the events of Char’s Counterattack. And it’s a terrific start to this new film series, offering some of the best animation, music, set pieces, and writing in the history of the franchise. From Tomino’s characteristically rich writing to the complex and nuanced vocal performances to how this story fits into the larger cycle of Tomino’s original Gundam saga, Hathaway’s Flash offers so many rich avenues for discussion, making for a podcast that’s an hour longer than the film itself, and could have gone on much longer still.

Enjoy, and come back in two weeks for Part 1 of our Mobile Suit Gundam AGE review, where we’ll cover Episodes 1 – 28!

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The Weekly Stuff #384 - Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway 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 Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

After a little back-and-forth on the week’s stuff – including Jonathan finishing the outstanding Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer) manga – and checking in on a few quick pieces of news, including Ghost of Tsushima getting a PS5 re-release in August, we dive straight into our latest Weekly Suit Gundam extravaganza with Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway. Premiering worldwide on Netflix this week after its debut in Japanese theaters last month, Hathaway is the first film in a planned trilogy adapting original Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino’s trio of novels from 1989-1990, following the exploits of Hathaway Noa 12 years after the events of Char’s Counterattack. And it’s a terrific start to this new film series, offering some of the best animation, music, set pieces, and writing in the history of the franchise. From Tomino’s characteristically rich writing to the complex and nuanced vocal performances to how this story fits into the larger cycle of Tomino’s original Gundam saga, Hathaway’s Flash offers countless many rich avenues for discussion.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro & Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:26:26

News: 0:26:26 – 0:35:55

Gundam – Hathaway: 0:35:55 – 3:05:20

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #383 – Batman on Film Part 9: THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) with Christian Bale)


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 Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

Our ongoing Batman on Film series reaches perhaps the single most iconic and influential film the Caped Crusader has yet starred in with 2008’s The Dark Knight. 13 years later, neither of us quite feel the way we do at the time, and find the movie ripe for reevaluation in a lot of ways. There are plenty of inarguably great elements on display here, from Heath Ledger’s epochal portrayal of the Joker to Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard’s incredible score, but there are also a lot of structural and narrative shortcomings, and the movie’s Bush-era apologia really doesn’t sit right with us as adults. It makes for a complicated and compelling discussion, and before all that, Jonathan talks about Mario Golf: Super Rush, Sean belatedly plays Nioh 2, and we both take a few minutes to discuss the joys of Mechagodzilla.

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:40

Stuff: 0:03:40 – 0:32:35

The Dark Knight: 0:32:35 – 3:22:52

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