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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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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Monday, July 8, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #292 – Spider-Man: Far From Home, Judgment, Persona Q2 & 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

The golden age of Spider-Man continues, with Far From Home, the latest MCU movie, arriving on the heels of Into the Spider-Verse, Insomniac’s Spider-Man video game, and Spidey’s recent appearances in the Avengers films – and the hits just keep on coming, because Far From Home is an absolute blast. It’s a wildly entertaining, wonderfully funny film with a good heart and a lot of creativity, one that manages to both take Spider-Man to places he’s never been before (geographically and thematically) while also doing an unexpectedly fantastic job with one of his most wonderfully bizarre villains, Mysterio. The film is a lot of fun to talk about, but before that, Sean gives first impressions on Judgment for PS4, Jonathan shares some thoughts on Persona Q2 for 3DS from his brother Thomas, and we go over the sadly hilarious saga of WB tripping on rakes trying to make a Flash movie for the better part of this decade.  

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 - 0:12:10
Persona Q2 Review: 0:12:10 – 0:19:43
Judgment Impressions: 0:19:43 – 0:34:37
Spider-Man DLC & Police Story: 0:34:37 – 0:48:55
News: 0:48:55 – 1:00:16
Spider-Man Far From Home: 1:00:16 – 2:34:26

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #03 - Reviewing Mobile Suit Gundam 0079 #14-25


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. 

As we hit the middle stretch of Mobile Suit Gundam and discuss episodes 14 through 25, the show gets increasingly dark, with the challenges faced by the crew of the White Base growing ever more perilous. We’re introduced to new foes like M’quve and Kycilia Zabi, alongside the inimitable Ramba Ral and his companion Hamon, enemies who present Amuro and Bright their fiercest opponents yet, but are also perhaps the most honorable and upstanding characters on the series to date. As the lines between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ grow ever blurrier, the body count starts piling up, and series creator Yoshiyuki Tomino more than earns his nickname, “Kill ‘Em All Tomino.” It’s another terrific, if frequently depressing, set of episodes, as we round the halfway point of the series and head into the back half full steam ahead. 

Enjoy! 


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Monday, July 1, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #291 - The Game of Thrones 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 iTunes by following this link

You’ve wanted it. You’ve asked for it. You’ve waited for it. And now, it’s here – the Game of Thrones episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcasts. Both hosts have seen the entire series, and now we’re here to digest the entire thing, and the unmitigated creative disaster that was the final two seasons in particular. What happened to the writing, what the heck was up with that ‘capture a wight beyond the wall’ plan, why is Euron Greyjoy the worst character in the history of television, and what happens when you do an anime-only fan service ending, but with 90-minute episodes and a seemingly bottomless budget? All this and more will be answered over the course of our very punchy conversation, and before that, we talk Super Mario Maker 2 and Outer Wilds, chat about the slump in the 2019 summer box office, and Jonathan relates the best joke he’s ever heard in a movie theatre. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 - 0:04:45
Summer Box Office Talk: 0:04:45 – 0:23:45
Stuff: 0:23:45 – 1:01:09
Game of Thrones: 3:07:47 

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #290 – Revisiting The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


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

Back on Episode 277, we started our latest movie retrospective series, looking back at Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy with The Fellowship of the Ring. A few months and many delays later, we’re finally back to talk The Two Towers, the second film in the trilogy and another masterful entry in this all-time great work of cinematic storytelling and craftsmanship. With the Fellowship scattered and the action moving East towards Rohan, The Two Towers expands the world of Middle Earth and deepens the conflict, but this is no mere middle chapter setting the stage for bigger things to come. It’s just as fascinating and enjoyable to talk about as Fellowship,and we break it all down to the level of extreme detail this great movie deserves. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 - 0:07:49
Stuff: 0:07:49 – 1:01:04
Two Towers: 1:01:04 – 3:23:14

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #02 - Reviewing Mobile Suit Gundam 0079 #03-13


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. 

After giving an overview of the Mecha genre and talking about the first two episodes last time, we dive deep into the meat of Mobile Suit Gundam on this week’s episode, discussing Episodes three through thirteen, a stretch which sees Amuro struggling with the surmounting stress of piloting the Gundam, Bright navigating his unexpected leadership, and Char deliciously manipulating supposed friend Garma Zabi to mysterious ends. It’s a terrific set of episodes that establishes the show’s episode structure and major themes, culminating in a brutally dark episode that makes it clear this is no lighthearted space opera – and why this show deserves the thorough look-back we’re giving it on this podcast. 

Enjoy! 


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Monday, June 17, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #289 - E3 Follow-up, Sekiro Game Therapy, Game of Thrones Chat 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

It’s a loose and freewheelin’ show this week, as we recover from the madness (and boredom) of E3 2019 with some additional reactions on reports from the show floor and swap some stories about anime and movies before diving into our main topics, each of which has left one of our two hosts beleaguered. For Jonathan, it’s trying to get into Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the most recent game by FromSoftware, which is so difficult it’s making him question every life decision he’s ever made; for Sean, it’s finally watching Game of Thrones, and finding the most popular show on the planet a lot less…well, goodthan its success would have one believe. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 - 0:03:59
Stuff: 0:03:59 – 0:32:00
E3 Follow-up: 0:32:00 – 1:21:24
Sekiro Game Therapy: 1:21:24 – 1:58:18 
Game of Thrones Chat: 1:58:18 – 2:49:21 

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #288 – E3 2019 Analysis Spectacular! Nintendo, Xbox, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Square, 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

It’s that time of year again! E3 2019 is upon us, and as is long-standing custom on this podcast, we break down every major press conference in excruciating detail, from the “throwing s*** at the wall to see what sticks” approach of Microsoft, to the “kill time for an hour until we show off Doom Eternal” approach of Bethesda, to the “we had one cool game to show but we’re spending 90 minutes here anyway” strategy from Ubisoft, to the “totally nail the reveal of Final Fantasy VII Remake but then somehow bungle the unveiling of the Avengersgame” vibe of Square Enix, to the “we actually have games to show and they’re coming soon” day-saving sanity of Nintendo. We cover every reveal, every trailer, every disappointment, every excitement, and what few surprises there were, in a very strange, fairly dull, but altogether fascinating E3. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:01
Stuff: 0:04:01 – 0:33:11
Pre-E3 Shows: 0:33:11 – 1:03:00
Microsoft: 1:03:00 – 2:09:40
Bethesda: 2:09:40 – 2:26:20
Ubisoft: 2:26:20 – 2:47:58
Square Enix: 2:47:58 – 3:16:12
Nintendo: 3:16:12 – 3:57:06 

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #01 - Gundam 0079 #01-02 and Intro to Mecha Anime


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

In the 40 years since its 1979 debut in Japan, Mobile Suit Gundam has grown into one of the most pervasive and beloved franchises in anime history – and this summer, we’re taking a look back at the series that started it all, by watching, reviewing, and discussing in depth all 43 episodes of the original Mobile Suit Gundam (aka Gundam 0079). Sean has been a big Gundam fan for years, but Jonathan’s never seen a single episode before, giving us two unique perspectives on the series as we set out on this journey. This week, we go into the history of bothGundam itself and the Mecha genre at large, before diving into the first 2 episodes of the anime, one of the most confident and compelling introductions we’ve ever seen to a TV series. And over the next four parts of this podcast miniseries, we’ll continue through to the end of the series. 

Enjoy! 


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Monday, June 3, 2019

The Weekly Stuff #287 – Godzilla: King of the Monsters, E3 Predictions, Death Stranding, and How Jonathan Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Dark Souls


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

With E3 2019 on the horizon, we make predictions for all the big shows – Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft, and more – before our full annual coverage next week. With the current generation winding down and Sony sitting this one out, what do we expect from this year’s conferences? We also talk about the latest, craziest trailer for Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, the reveal of the confusingly-titledCall of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Jonathan’s newfound love for Dark Souls after many years of Sean and our listeners telling him to play it. Finally, we reviewGodzilla: King of the Monsters, the latest American Kaiju movie, and one of the zanier blockbusters in recent memory. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:18
Stuff, including Dark Souls: 0:02:18 – 0:51:15
News, including Death Stranding: 0:51:15 – 1:13:28
E3 2019 Predictions: 1:13:28 – 2:01:18
Godzilla: King of the Monsters: 2:01:18 – 3:03:02 

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Monday, May 27, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #286 – John Wick 3, Game of Thrones Finale, Aladdin, Detective Pikachu, Nioh 2 Alpha, 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

What do we talk about this week? What don’t we talk about? We catch up on a trio of movies from the month of May, from the fantastic John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, to the depressing live-action Aladdin remake, to the totally okay Detective Pikachu. We also go over the Game of Thrones series finale, and what a muted, unengaged ending it provided. But that’s not all, because we’ve also been playing some video games, like Team Sonic Racing, and the Alpha test for this year’s upcoming Nioh II. Throw in some news about Star Trek, Terminator, Call of Duty, and more, and you’ve got a jam-packed, loopy, and altogether fun podcast that’s bursting at the brim with topics. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:44
Stuff: 0:02:44 – 0:15:05
News: 0:15:05 – 0:58:24
Game Stuff: 0:58:24 – 1:10:25
Team Sonic Racing: 1:10:25 – 1:17:25
Nioh 2 Alpha: 1:17:25 – 1:27:11
Game of Thrones: 1:27:11 – 2:14:51
Aladdin: 2:14:51 – 2:30:48
Detective Pikachu: 2:30:48 – 2:47:35
John Wick 3: 2:47:35 – 3:34:16 

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #285 – Game of Thrones Self Implodes, Batman is Cast, Jonathan Plays Cuphead, and Sean’s Adventures with Armored Trooper VOTOMS


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 fun catch-up kind of episode this week, as we cover some big news from the past two weeks, including the reported casting of Robert Pattinson as Batman, HBO’s Watchmen teaser, Disney’s terrifying decade-long release schedule, Nintendo’sSuper Mario Maker 2 Direct, and more! Jonathan talks about his delightful descent into masochism playing Cuphead on Nintendo Switch, and works through his feelings on the last two very bad episodes of Game of Thrones before this week’s series finale. And finally, Sean recaps a wonderfully weird mecha anime from the 80s, Armored Trooper VOTOMS, because it’s just too awesomely strange not to share with the world. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:08:15
Stuff: 0:08:15 – 0:29:48
Movie News: 0:29:48 – 1:10:52
Video Game News: 1:10:52 – 1:38:54
Cuphead: 1:38:54 – 1:58:41
Game of Thrones: 1:58:41 – 2:27:53
Armored Trooper VOTOMS: 2:27:53 – 3:06:05

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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.