Monday, September 25, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #208 – Metroid, Destiny, N64 Classic Speculation, and Confronting Racism and Sexism in Film and Gaming


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 the grab-bag to end all grab-bags and a real emotional roller coaster on this week’s very loose podcast. The biggest topic this week is something more serious than we usually tackle, and that is the wave of racism in the gaming community (highlighted by PewDiePie’s behavior earlier this month) and sexism in the film scene (the scandal involving Devin Faraci, Tim League, Harry Knowles, and more in Austin). It’s not an easy thing to talk about, but it is crucial to stop and take a deeper look, to try understanding how we can better identify and talk about these problems in the future, and what we can all do on an individual basis to try to improve the communities we take part in.

And we try to even out that heavy subject matter with a bevy of funnier, sillier topics, including us speculating about the N64 Classic Edition, updating our thoughts on Destiny 2 and Metroid: Samus Returns, previewing the games we’re playing in October, and much more.

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:47
Stuff, including Kingsman 2 and Tomb Raider trailer: 0:03:47 – 0:27:47
Confronting Racism/Sexism in Film & Gaming: 0:27:47 – 1:24:50
N64 Classic Speculation: 1:24:50 – 1:46:02
Patreon Shout-Outs: 1:46:02 – 1:47:24
Metroid: Samus Returns: 1:47:24 – 2:01:30
Destiny 2: 2:01:30 – 2:16:06
October Game Preview: 2:16:06 – 2:23:36

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Bonus #2 – Doctor Who: Tomb of the Cybermen (Story 37, 1967)


It’s time for another monthly bonus episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, episodes where we will be discussing serials from classic Doctor Who history.


Today, we dive into one of the most iconic Doctor Who stories ever told, “The Tomb of the Cybermen,” by Kit Peddler and Gerry Davis, from 1967. The most infamous Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) story, “Tomb of the Cybermen” is chilling, wickedly intelligent, surprisingly brutal, and deeply atmospheric, a testament to the show’s ingenuity and creativity, and certainly one of the most thrilling tales in the Doctor Who pantheon. We give the episode our trademark in-depth look, and invite you to watch along with us as we take this curated journey through Doctor Who history.

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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.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #207 – Destiny 2, Metroid Samus Returns, Nintendo Direct & 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’re back after a week off and returning to our old Monday timeslot with a jam-packed episode. After Sean gives some final thoughts on Yakuza Kiwami and we speculate about the possibility of the It cinematic universe, we cover a week-and-a-half worth of news, including the passing of acting legend Harry Dean Stanton, some big movie announcements, and a Nintendo Direct presentation with some very cool surprises. Then it’s time for some game reviews, as Jonathan gives some impressions on the outstanding Metroid: Samus Returns, and we both go deep with Destiny 2. We’ve been covering Destiny since the very beginning, back with the Alpha in the summer of 2014, and it’s been quite a ride to see the game come this far, and culminate in a sequel this confident and enjoyable.

Enjoy, and join our Patreon today to get access to Bonus Podcasts, Let’s Play gaming videos, and more!  

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:45
Stuff: 0:04:45 – 0:32:55
News, including Nintendo Direct: 0:32:55 – 1:32:57
Metroid: Samus Returns: 1:32:57 – 1:48:29
Destiny 2: 1:48:29 – 3:18:16

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #206 – Twin Peaks Finale Review, Yakuza Kiwami, Mario + Rabbids & 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 Sunday, David Lynch’s masterful Twin Peaks: The Return came to an end on Showtime, with Parts 17 and 18, and as one of our favorite things we have ever talked about in six years of this podcast, we had a lot to say on the perfect and provocative ending. As in, almost three hours worth of things to say. But if you don’t watch Twin Peaks, fear not! There’s another hour of content at the top of the show, in which we discuss the re-release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, go over the news that Colin Trevorrow has been booted from Star Wars Episode IX, and offer reviews of Yakuza Kiwami for the PS4 and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle for the Nintendo Switch. And then we talk about the weird, wonderful, soaring send-off to the world of Twin Peaks, if you’ve been following along.

Enjoy, and join our Patreon today to get access to Bonus Podcasts, Let’s Play gaming videos, and more!  

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:39
Stuff: 0:04:39 – 0:17:52
News: 0:17:52 – 0:33:23
Yakuza Kiwami: 0:33:23 – 0:50:33
Mario + Rabbids: 0:50:33 – 1:08:57
Twin Peaks Parts 17 & 18: 1:08:57 – 3:46:54

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Review: “Twin Peaks: The Return” caps David Lynch’s masterpiece with a beautiful, thoughtful coda


Twin Peaks: The Return, David Lynch’s extraordinary 18-hour Showtime miniseries, took its final bow tonight with a two-hour finale. We have been discussing the show on a weekly basis on The Weekly Stuff Podcast, and will dive into the finale at length on this week’s episode, but now that the final hours have aired, I could not help but try to coalesce my thoughts into a little essay. This is my reaction to the series’ ending – primarily Part 18, though Part 17 is also addressed – and an attempt to contextualize its emotional and thematic meaning within the series as a whole.

Spoilers for the finale of Twin Peaks: The Return coming up after the jump…