Monday, September 16, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #299 – Astral Chain & Control Reviews, Sean Fact Checks Jonathan, 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

After a few weeks away from the main podcast, Sean and Jonathan are both back for a fun, oftentimes extremely silly episode. We review Platinum Games’ Astral Chain for the Nintendo Switch and Remedy’s Control for PS4 and Xbox, but also debate whether Goku or Superman would win in a fight, taste test a new mystery Mountain Dew flavor live on the air, hear a list of fact checks from Sean on Jonathan’s Nintendo Direct comments on last week’s bonus podcast, and there may or may not also be an impromptu dramatic reading of Joe Biden’s viral ‘Corn Pop’ speech. So yeah. It’s a weird one, and I’d say we sent out the 200s with a bang. 

Enjoy, and onwards to Episode 300!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:22
Stuff: 0:04:22 – 0:26:08
Sean Fact Checks Jonathan: 0:26:08 – 0:56:09
Astral Chain: 0:56:09 – 1:20:50
Control: 1:20:50 – 1:52:27
Dramatic Corn Pop Reading: 1:52:27 – 2:08:25

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #09 – Char’s Counterattack Review & Discussion


The original saga of Mobile Suit Gundam reaches its spectacular climax with Char’s Counterattack, the 1988 theatrical film that reunites Char Aznable and Amuro Ray for one final conflict, and sees Yoshiyuki Tomino and company bringing these characters, their story, and the major themes of the series up to now home with astonishing aplomb. As the first original movie in the franchise’s history, Char’s Counterattack boasts incredible production values and some of the greatest animation we’ve ever seen, but it’s also a deeply intelligent, incredibly thoughtful capper to all the big ideas, character arcs, and interpersonal conflicts broached in the original three TV series. And after spending so much time talking about the ingenious character creation that is Char, this movie gives us ample opportunity to put the character and his complex evolution in context, leading to one of the best conversations we’ve had about Gundam so far. 

Enjoy!

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Monday, September 9, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #298.5 – Nintendo Direct September Reactions


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

Sean couldn’t record this week, and we didn’t want to let this week’s exciting, jam-packed surprise Nintendo Direct go unremarked upon for another week, so Jonathan grabbed the mic to do a quick solo podcast – and a surprise last minute guest was able to join! Along with his brother Thomas, recording from Japan, we break down every major announcement from the Nintendo Direct, from the reveal of another Smash Bros. fighter to a whole lot of ports, to the Super NES finally coming to Nintendo Switch Online, and much more! 

Enjoy, and if you want a full podcast with Sean this week, be sure to listen to tomorrow’s new episode of Weekly Suit Gundam,our special bonus Mobile Suit Gundam podcast. 

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #08 – Gundam ZZ Review & Discussion


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

After the abject darkness that was the ending of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, we come out on the other side to review and discuss its immediate successor, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, a show that appears lighter at first glance…but is it? ZZ has a bad reputation among Western fans, but we’d argue it’s a deeply misunderstood and underappreciated gem, an essential follow-up to Zeta Gundam that masterfully shifts the franchise’s POV, boasts stunning visuals from start to finish, and is chock full of great characters, both heroes and villains alike. As the final TV entry in the initial Gundam trilogy, it wraps up the first saga of the Universal Century with aplomb, challenging much of what we thought we know and taking the series to bold, compelling new places along the way. It’s not one to miss, and this jam-packed discussion is a lot of fun.  

Enjoy!

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Monday, August 26, 2019

The Weekly Stuff #298 – Spider-Man’s MCU Split, The Matrix Returns, Disney’s D23 Announcements, and much 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 an absolute explosion of entertainment news this week, with Spider-Man getting a divorce from the MCU, WB relaunching The Matrix franchise 20 years after the original, the unveiling of the Breaking Bad movie El Camino, Gamescom underway in Germany, Disney showing off all sorts of Star Wars, Marvel, and various animated and live-action content for the Disney+ streaming platform and theatres, and Sony losing their fifth Uncharted director in a decade-plus of trying to bring the game series to the screen. We go over all of that, talk about the time Bruce Springsteen almost had a song play in a Harry Potter movie, and much more in this jam-packed installment of the podcast. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:06:41
Stuff: 0:06:41 – 0:33:52
Gaming News: 0:33:52 – 1:09:01
Movie News: 1:09:01 – 1:36:47
Spider-Man News: 1:36:47 – 1:57:18
D23 News: 1:57:18 – 2:58:30
Sony’s Uncharted Adventure: 2:58:30 – 3:19:56

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #07 – Zeta Gundam Review & Discussion


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

In this episode, Weekly Suit Gundam goes beyond its original missive of reviewing the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam by jumping ahead for a deep dive with the second series in the Gundam franchise, and one of the most beloved: Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, the sequel set in 0087 that sees new protagonist Kamille Bidan joining forces with the AEUG – and several familiar faces, including the mysterious, sunglass-wearing Quattro Bajeena – to fight against the fascistic takeover of the Earth Federation by the evil Titans. Now that Jonathan’s binged the entire 50-episode series in just over a week, we have a lot to talk about, from how beautifully this series functions as a bold, thoughtful sequel to the original, to its blend of new and returning characters, to how impactfully its political content resonates with our current moment. It’s one of the greatest anime series of all time – with as dark an ending as you’re ever likely to see – and that’s more than enough for a packed episode’s worth of discussion. 

Enjoy!

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Monday, August 12, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #297 – Fire Emblem Three Houses 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

As summer comes to a close and our non-podcast lives get busy again, it’s a shorter podcast this week, centered around Jonathan’s thoughts after 70 hours of Fire Emblem: Three Houses on Nintendo Switch. It’s a very good game, great in many ways, and has many ‘series best’ superlative qualities. Why, then, does Jonathan feel so conflicted about it after playing so much? There’s a lot to break down and it makes up the bulk of the episode (all spoiler free), but we also make time for a few exciting pieces of housekeeping – the podcast is now on Spotify! – and Sean talks about rewatching Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix only to find that it’s more problematic than he remembered. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:09:17
Sean Talks Evangelion: 0:09:17 – 0:15:42
Fire Emblem Three HousesReview: 0:15:42 – 0:52:43 

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #06 – Gundam Film Trilogy & One-Year War Wrap-up


It’s time for Weekly Suit Gundam, a special podcast miniseries from the 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 first ‘season’ of Weekly Suit Gundam comes to a close with a big, fun, celebratory ‘wrap-up’ episode. For our main topic, we discuss the series of theatrical films, released between 1981 and 1982, that compiled and reworked the original Mobile Suit Gundam into a surprisingly effective film trilogy that saved the series from its initial lack of popularity and helped launch the franchise into the stratosphere. That’s a great discussion in and of itself, but it’s not all! We also briefly review all the other One-Year War series – Gundam: The Origin, War in the Pocket, The 08thMS Team, and Thunderbolt – talk about some Gundam manga and books, and count down the Top 10 Best Mobile Suits, Best Character Names, and Greatest Episodes of the original series. It’s a fun, jam-packed episode saluting one of the best anime series of all time, and a fitting celebration for Gundam’s 40thanniversary. 

Enjoy, and stick around to the end, because while this may be the end of what we planned to do with Weekly Suit Gundam, it’s certainly not the last you’ve heard of our Gundam talks. 

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #05 - Reviewing Mobile Suit Gundam 0079 Episodes 39-43


It’s time for Weekly Suit Gundam, a special podcast miniseries from the 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 final stretch of Mobile Suit Gundam – episodes 39 through 43 – and if you thought a mere five episodes wouldn’t be enough to fill a full installment of this podcast, you clearly haven’t seen the absurdly jam-packed final push of this incredible show. With the strange, metaphysical concept of ‘Newtypes’ taking center stage, Gundam’s closing episodes are both its most action-packed and its most boldly experimental, as Amuro comes fully into his new abilities and Char tries to harness the powers of the mysterious Lalah Sune. It wasn’t exactly the ending creator Yoshiyuki Tomino and company had in mind – the series was cut from 52 to 43 episodes, with these final five installments having to tell a much-condensed version of a longer original game plan – but as we argue here, it’s nonetheless a stirring, pitch-perfect ending to this all-time great anime, and one worth the deep dive we give it here. 

Enjoy, and come back next time for our final episode (for now!) of Weekly Suit Gundam, where we’ll be talking the compilation movie trilogy from 1981-1982 that sent Gundam’s popularity into the stratosphere.


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Monday, July 29, 2019

The Weekly Stuff #296 – Revisiting The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King


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 trilogy of The Lord of the Rings retrospectives comes to a close this week, as we dive deep with The Return of the King, the final installment in Peter Jackson’s legendary adaptation. Sixteen years later, does the film hold up as well as its predecessors, and what do we see in it now, older and in the context of a very different cinematic and cultural landscape, that we could not glimpse then? It’s a long conversation befitting this absolute behemoth of a film, but we also make time to talk about Criterion’s announcement of their Godzilla: The Showa Era Films box set for Spine #1000, Sean tells us about falling in love with the wonderful world of Dragon Quest Builders 2, and Jonathan gives first impressions on Fire Emblem: Three Houses after one weekend and 13 hours of play. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:45
Godzilla for Criterion #1000: 0:03:45 – 0:14:45
Dragon Quest Builders 2: 0:14:45 – 0:34:51
Fire Emblem Three Houses: 0:34:51 – 1:02:58
Revisiting The Return of the King: 1:02:58 – 4:06:32 

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #295 - Marvel Phase 4 News, Cats Trailer, Judgment, Dragon Quest Builders 2 & 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

A packed week called for two podcasts, so we’re back for a second time this week to talk all the news out of Comic-Con, from trailers for Star Trek: Picard and HBO’s Watchmen to Marvel unveiling their entire Phase 4 slate, which was not only full of surprises, but some of the best superhero movie titles (and, in the case of Thor: Love & Thunder, title treatments) we’ve ever seen. We also have the abject terror of the Cats trailer to deal with, Jonathan reviews Disney’s new, very boring The Lion King remake and the new, very exciting Hong Kong crime drama The White Storm 2, and we cap it all off with reviews of Judgment on PS4 and Dragon Quest Builders 2 on Switch. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:00
Movie Reviews: 0:04:00 – 0:38:15
Cats Trailer: 0:38:15 – 0:51:18
Other News: 0:51:18 – 1:14:12
Marvel at Comic-Con: 1:14:12 – 1:50:14
Judgment: 1:50:14 – 2:05:33
Dragon Quest Builders 2: 2:05:33 – 2:29:44

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Monday, July 22, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #294 – Our Top 10 Favorite Video Game Soundtracks, Part 2


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

Last week, we offered the first half of one of the coolest podcast topics we’ve ever done, counting down our 10 Favorite Video Game Soundtracks! This week, we’re back with Part 2, diving deep with our top 4 choices and sampling nearly 100 different wonderful pieces of video game music along the way. Touching on several of our most beloved gaming franchises, along with some surprise deep cuts, and listing a bunch of honorable mentions, this episode is another fun celebration of the music we love most in video games. 

Enjoy, and come back Wednesday for an additional podcast, where we’ll be talking all the news out of Comic-Con, including Marvel unveiling their Phase 4 plans, along with Sean and Jonathan’s respective reviews of Judgment and Dragon Quest Builders 2.  

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #04 - Reviewing Mobile Suit Gundam 0079 Episodes 26-38


It’s time for Weekly Suit Gundam, a special podcast miniseries from the 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 end is near for Mobile Suit Gundam, as this set of episodes – #26-38 – find the crew of the White Base becoming fully integrated into the Federation’s forces, visiting the military’s biggest base of operations, and returning to space for an assault on the Zeon stronghold of Solomon and, finally, a duel…in Texas! It’s another sterling set of episodes, this bunch more action-packed than ever, but also dense with revelations and major plot developments, culminating in a series of major reveals that reshape the stakes of the conflict and where our major characters stand, with just five episodes left to go. We’ll get to those next time, but for now, this is an incredibly juicy, wildly entertaining, and as always shockingly sobering set of episodes worth diving deep with. 

Enjoy! 


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The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapmanis 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, July 15, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #293 – Our Top 10 Favorite Video Game Soundtracks, Part 1


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

There’s little we love more than a good video game soundtrack – the music that connects us with our most treasured gaming experiences, drawing us in with emotion, grandeur, thrills, and wonder. There are so many great ones, we’ve wanted to count down our favorites for a while, and this week, we’re doing just that – it’s our Top 10 Favorite Video Game Soundtracks! Sean and Jonathan have each compiled their own Top 10 lists, Jonathan’ brother (and actual musician) Thomas has sent in his own, and with a bunch of listener contributions, we’re discussing over 20 amazing soundtracks in this episode alone, with over 75 pieces of video game music sampled to give you a sense of the musical worlds we’re talking about. And this is just Part 1! The discussion was simply too big to fit in one episode, so while we count down #10 - #5 on our lists this week, we’ll be back next week with #4 - #1, Honorable Mentions, and much more! This is one of our favorite episodes we’ve ever put together, and we hope you have as much fun listening as we had making it. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 - 0:07:10
Nintendo Switch Lite News: 0:07:10 – 0:23:05
Favorite Video Game Soundtracks, Part 1: 0:23:05 – 2:45:10 

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