Monday, May 25, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #330 – Snyder’s Justice League, Xbox Elite Controller 2, New TV & 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. 

We’ve got a shorter episode this week, but it’s packed with fun topics, including Jonathan getting a fancy new 4K TV and reviewing the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2, thoughts on finally playing 2018’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Sean’s joy revisiting Genndy Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jack as an adult. For the main news topics, we discuss the announcement that HBO Max is producing the ‘Zack Snyder Cut’ of Justice League, a new version of the 2017 bomb incorporating footage Snyder shot before exiting the project, which was subsequently finished by Joss Whedon. It’s been a while since we had an excuse to talk about the epic clusterfu** that is the DC cinematic universe, so it’s a real blast from the past. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:53
Jonathan’s New TV: 0:02:53 – 0:17:43 
Xbox Elite Controller 2: 0:17:43 – 0:28:53
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: 0:28:53 – 0:40:44
Sean’s Stuff, including Samurai Jack: 0:40:44 – 0:54:26
Zack Snyder’s Justice League: 0:54:26 – 1:17:51

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Weekly Stuff BONUS Podcast – Who’s Your Space Daddy? A STAR WARS Essay by Jonathan Lack


It’s time for a special BONUS 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

On today’s bonus episode, we’re doing something different. A few weeks ago, Jonathan teased he was working on a paper for his phD program about Star Wars, and more specifically, the weird, disturbing relationship to nostalgia in the sequel trilogy films, along with other 30-year-later ‘legacy sequels’ that are now flooding the market. The essay was actually informed quite a bit by the discussion we had about The Rise of Skywalker back on episode 309, and other Star Wars conversations we’ve had over the years. Several listeners very kindly asked if they could read the full thing when it was done, so today, we’re sharing the whole paper with you as an audio recording, read by Jonathan. This is an academic paper, not a typical review or online thinkpiece, but we think you’ll enjoy it if you’re interested in the topic. For those who’d like to read the actual text for themselves, it’s available as a PDF at this link, and it includes all of the footnotes and citations that aren’t present in the audio version. 

Enjoy!

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

The Weekly Stuff #329 – Ghost of Tsushima, Unreal Engine 5, and Knuckles Raps Jamboree


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 jam-packed episode this week, as we’re joined by Jonathan’s brother Thomas, fresh off an entire year spent in Japan, to discuss a week’s worth of news, a whole lotta stuff, and a very silly surprise topic at the end. First, we talk a bit more about Jonathan watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and take a look back at the original Genndy Tartakovsky’s original Clone Wars from 2003. We also give updates on some games we’re playing, including the new Hatsune Miku for Switch, before diving into the news, which brought us announcements for Paper Mario: The Origami King and a Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater remake, in addition to a big 20-minute display of Sony’s upcoming samurai game Ghost of Tsushima, which looks incredible, and Epic’s unveiling of Unreal Engine 5 with an insanely impressive tech demo. And finally, Thomas a lifelong Sonic the Hedgehog fan, invites us to discuss one of the stranger corners of the Sonic universe by doing live readings and ranking all the ‘Knuckles Raps’ from the Sonic Adventure games (we promise it’ll make more sense when you listen to the full episode). 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:08:57
Stuff: 0:08:57 – 0:58:48
News: 0:58:48 – 1:41:15
Thomas Talks Japan: 1:41:15 – 2:00:31
Knuckles Raps Surprise Topic: 2:00:31 – 2:44:18

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Monday, May 11, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #328 – Star Wars Clone Wars, Best Lightsaber Duels, Xbox ‘Gameplay’ Event


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 promised the much-hyped first look at next-generation gameplay footage from Xbox, but the event was…well, underwhelming, to say the least. A lot of promising titles were introduced, but with almost no gameplay to speak of, how did Xbox and their partners set expectations so disastrously wrong? We talk about all that and more, after a big Star Wars hour at the top of the show. The final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars finished this week, and we get both a review of that from Sean and some thoughts from Jonathan on starting the series fresh. And to further celebrate Star Wars, we also count down the best lightsaber fights in the live-action movies and the animated TV shows, reminding us how much Star Wars there is to love even with the most recent movie being a steaming pile of bantha fodder. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:05:57
Star Wars Clone Wars: 0:05:57 – 0:33:23
Best Lightsaber Duels: 0:33:23 – 1:15:05 
Xbox Event: 1:15:28 – 2:35:14 

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Monday, May 4, 2020

The Weekly Stuff #327 – Streets of Rage 4, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Stuff Smorgasbord, and the 6 Spoiler Commandments


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 is a week where we absolutely live up to the title of the show, with a crazy glut of random stuff to discuss, from Sean translating a video from Gundam’s 40th anniversary event, to Jonathan reaching a milestone reading One Piece, to Sean telling us about an awesome new anime called Keep Your Hands off Eizouken, to Jonathan talking about the wonders of finally playing Bayonetta, and so on back and forth for a good long while! Jonathan also reviews Streets of Rage 4, and we talk about several pieces of news, including the announcement of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and The Last of Us Part II leaks, which leads to a discussion about our 6 personal commandments about spoilers in the modern world. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 
Intro/Politics Chat: 0:00:00 – 0:19:03
Adventures in Translating: 0:19:03 – 0:33:23
Stuff Smorgasbord: 0:33:23 – 1:27:17
News: 1:27:17 – 1:53:03
Spoiler Commandments: 1:53:03 – 2:17:22
Hatsune Miku: 2:17:22 – 2:23:57 

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Weekly Suit Gundam #17 – Gundam Wing 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

It’s a big moment for our journey through the world of Gundam, as we finally reach New Mobile Report Gundam Wing – aka Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, or just Gundam Wing – the 1995 anime that finally brought Gundam to the mainstream in the West when it premiered on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block in 2000. At once a throwback to many iconic pieces of Yoshiyuki Tomino’s original Gundam formula and a bold break with the structure of every Gundam series up to this point, Gundam Wing is a very different experience than anything we’ve talked about before. Initially exhilarating before growing increasingly frustrating, the show is one of the messier entries in the Gundam canon, but nevertheless fascinating to talk about. And the OVA/movie sequel, Endless Waltz, is a real treat for those who stick with it all the way to the end. 

Enjoy! 







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.

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #326 – Mobile Suit Gundam Wing 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

After a brief discussion of games we’ve been playing like Bayonetta and Yakuza 5 – and a preview of a Star Wars-themed paper Jonathan is writing with a very weird title – it’s back into the wide, wacky world of Gundam, as we finally reach Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, the 1995 anime that finally brought Gundam to the mainstream in the West when it premiered on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block in 2000. At once a throwback to many iconic pieces of Yoshiyuki Tomino’s original Gundam formula and a bold break with the structure of every Gundam series up to this point, Gundam Wing is a very different experience than anything we’ve talked about before. Initially exhilarating before growing increasingly frustrating, the show is one of the messier entries in the Gundam canon, but nevertheless fascinating to talk about. And the OVA/movie sequel, Endless Waltz, is a real treat for those who stick with it all the way to the end. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:10:59
Stuff: 0:10:59 – 0:30:53  
Gundam Wing: 0:30:53 

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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.