Sunday, November 22, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #354 – Mandalorian Season 2, Demon’s Souls & Spider-Man Miles Morales


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 by following this link.

Continuing from our first impressions of the PlayStation 5 last week, we dive deep with two of the biggest launch games: Bluepoint’s stunningly lavish remake of FromSoftware’s Demon’s Souls, and Insomniac’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. They’re two of the best launch titles we’ve ever seen, for very different reasons, and it’s a ton of fun to talk about all the intricate in-and-outs of Demon’s Souls remarkable level design and glorious new aesthetics, as well as the bold, emotional narrative choices of Miles Morales. After that, we discuss the first half of the second season of The Mandalorian on Disney+, which has matched and even exceeded expectations headed out of last year’s amazing inaugural run. News on Wonder Woman 1984 heading to HBO Max and discussion of whether or not Marvel should recast Chadwick Boseman’s role in Black Panther 2 round out the episode.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:58

News: 0:03:58 – 0:31:13

PS5 Impressions Follow-up: 0:31:13 – 0:44:32

Demon’s Souls: 0:44:32 – 1:50:52

Spider-Man Miles Morales: 1:50:52 – 2:30:39

Mandalorian Season 2: 2:30:39 – 3:08:40

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #353 – PlayStation 5 First Impressions Spectacular! Astro’s Playroom, Spider-Man, Demon’s Souls & 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 Apple Podcasts by following this link.

After quickly catching up on two weeks of busy global happenings and personal events, and celebrating the life of the great Alex Trebek, we dive headfirst into our first impressions of Sony’s brand new next-generation gaming console, the PlayStation 5! With a blazing fast SSD, a slick and surprisingly fully-featured UI, and perhaps the best controller ever packaged with a home console, the PS5 feels like a truly generational leap forward, and it’s got one of the most compelling launch line-ups we’ve ever seen. From the joyous experimentation of pack-in game Astro’s Playroom, to the jaw-dropping graphical breakthroughs of Demon’s Souls, to the cross-gen stunner that is Spider-Man Miles Morales, there’s no shortage of great content to play right out of the gate – and these are only the games we’ve personally played so far. We talk about all of that and more as we ring in the new console generation, and look forward to the years of gaming we now have in store.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:22:23

The Console Itself: 0:22:23 – 0:36:40

User Interface, Loading, and Backwards Compatibility: 0:36:40 – 1:24:30

DualSense Controller: 1:24:30 – 1:53:30

Astro’s Playroom: 1:53:30 – 2:26:09

Demon’s Souls: 2:26:09 – 2:36:38

Spider-Man Miles Morales: 2:36:38 – 3:20:20

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Weekly Suit Gundam #25 – Mobile Suit Gundam SEED 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.

Weekly Suit Gundam continues into the bold new world of the 21st century with Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, the first Gundam of the 2000s and one of the most broadly popular entries in the history of the franchise. It’s also a hell of a series – even if it took one of us a while to start enjoying it! – and builds to one of the best runs of episodes we’ve had the pleasure of discussing so far. It makes for one of our longest and most in-depth episodes, as we break down the characters, music, digital animation, and so much more, including how the series starts by reconstituting the structure of the original Mobile Suit Gundam before exploding into something new, vibrant, and incredibly compelling, both for the time in which it was made and the world in which we’re watching it now. This has long been one of our most requested episodes, and it was a real pleasure to try doing it justice.

Enjoy, and come back next time for our last episode of 2020 with Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny!

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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #352 – Mobile Suit Gundam SEED 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 by following this link.

This week’s episode was prerecorded a few days before the US election everyone reading this has already lived through, so after a few minutes spent catching up and reacting to multiple possible scenarios, we dive into the week’s main topic: A new episode of Weekly Suit Gundam, wherein we review Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, the first Gundam of the 2000s and one of the most broadly popular entries in the history of the franchise. It’s also a hell of a series – even if it took one of us a while to start enjoying it! – and builds to one of the best runs of episodes we’ve had the pleasure of discussing so far. It makes for one of our longest and most in-depth episodes, and as it’s long been one of our most requested Gundam topics, it was a real pleasure to try doing it justice.

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #351 – Our Top 10 Favorite Books, Part 2


It’s time for the 351st 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.

Continuing our 350 episode celebration spectacular, we’re counting down our Top 10 Favorite Books of All Time. Last week, Jonathan talked about Sherlock Holmes, his love of old wooden ships, and words of wisdom from Hayao Miyazaki, while Sean told us about his favorite Shakespeare play, several landmark works of literature concerning the darkness of the human condition, and explained how Moby Dick is in fact the gayest book ever written. This week, we finish our lists with our respective Top 5, spanning literal millennia of human history and several genres and tones, leading up to our favorite books ever written.

Enjoy, and thank you so much for following us for 350 (well, 351, now) episodes of The Weekly Stuff Podcast!

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #350 - Our Top 10 Favorite Books, Part 1


It’s time for the 350th 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.

For our latest milestone of 350 episodes – halfway to 700! – we add to our previous ‘canon’ lists – Top 10 Movies for Episode 200, Top 10 Games for 250, and Top 10 TV Shows for 300 – with something a little bit different: Our Top 10 Favorite Books! Literature isn’t something we talk about a whole lot on this show, but it is of course a big part of our lives, especially for Sean, who got an English degree in college and works as a high-school English teacher. And books, just like any piece of media, say a lot about what we value, what inspires us, and what we want to share with the world, so this is a really exciting set of lists to talk about. And a long one, with lots of excerpts to read and context to give, so we’ve split it into two parts, with #10 – #6 on our lists in today’s episode, and the Top 5 coming next week in Episode 351.

Enjoy, and thanks for following us for 350 episodes of The Weekly Stuff Podcast!

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #349 – Batman on Film Part 1: Batman (1966) with Adam West


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, we’re kicking off a new miniseries that’s been in the works for months – BATMAN ON FILM, a 10-part critical retrospective of the caped crusader’s theatrical film history, coming over the next year in advance of Matt Reeves’ The Batman with Robert Pattinson, and at a time where the cultural conversation around policing in America has given us reason to re-evaluate the character and where he fits in the world of 2020. We begin today with Batman (1966), the film based on the classic TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward, and featuring a team of classic villains played by Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Lee Meriwether, and Frank Gorshin. It’s a brilliant comedy that’s a ton of fun to talk about, but its satire is also a lot smarter and more culturally engaged than perhaps meets the eye, and it’s arguably a take on Batman we need now more than ever. Sean and Jonathan also talk briefly about their continued experiences with Genshin Impact and Hades, and go over the PlayStation 5 user interface unveiled this week.

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:09:21

Stuff: 0:09:21 – 0:32:46

News: 0:32:46 – 0:50:33

Batman 1966 Review: 0:50:33 – 2:26:59

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Weekly Suit Gundam #24 – Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team 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.

Our OVA-a-thon concludes with one of the most universally beloved and undeniably entertaining series in the Gundam pantheon, The 08th MS Team. Taking a ‘boots on the ground’ approach with no newtypes or ace pilots as heroes, the OVA follows a mobile suit team in a Vietnam-esque setting during the One-Year War, and provides some of the best action, animation, and mobile suit designs in the series. We gush over the lush production values and incredible set pieces, discuss the vibrant cast of characters, puzzle over how best to categorize the bewildering 12th episode (and why this should really be considered an 11-episode series), and also touch on the compilation movie Miller’s Report. The 08th MS Team is one of those works it’s impossible for any Gundam fan not to love, and getting to celebrate it at length here is a lot of fun.

Enjoy, and come back next time as we move forward into the 2000s with Mobile Suit Gundam SEED!

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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #348 – Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team 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.

This week kicks off with Sean and Jonathan talking about some PS5 news, as the console got a full teardown and backwards compatibility detailed, before discussing Genshin Impact and Hades in greater detail. Then we take a quick trip to Sean’s Beta Corner to talk Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War, before diving into our main topic: Another Weekly Suit Gundam discussion, this time about the 1996 OVA Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, one of the most universally beloved and undeniably entertaining series in the Gundam pantheon. We gush over the lush production values and incredible set pieces, discuss the vibrant cast of characters, puzzle over how best to categorize the bewildering 12th episode (and why this should really be considered an 11-episode series), and also touch on the compilation movie Miller’s Report.

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:01:42

News: 0:01:42 – 0:24:36

Genshin Impact: 0:24:36 – 0:40:25

Hades: 0:40:25 – 0:52:18

Sean’s Beta Corner on Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War: 0:52:18 – 0:58:27

Gundam: The 08th MS Team: 0:58:27 – 3:27:29

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #347 – Genshin Impact, Hades, Minecraft in Smash, Listener Mail & 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 cover a lot of ground in this week’s episode, from news including multiple weird Spider-Man announcements (movie and game) to a discussion on the state of movie theaters and releases amidst the pandemic, plus some new game impressions and a big bag of listener mail! To start, Sean gives some early thoughts on Genshin Impact, the Chinese free-to-play game that mixes Breath of the Wild with Gacha mechanics, and Jonathan discusses his early love for Hades, the latest critical darling from Supergiant. Then we go over the news, including the unveiling of Steve (and Alex) from Minecraft joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, before diving into the listener mail, where we discuss where our Persona 5 Royal review is, what’s in our backlog, questions about movies and TV, and possibly commit ourselves to a very dumb topic for December of 2021.

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 

Intro and Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:17:59  

Genshin Impact: 0:17:59 – 0:33:17

Hades: 0:33:17 – 0:45:39

News: 0:45:39 – 1:42:56

Listener Mail: 1:42:56 – 2:27:24

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Weekly Suit Gundam #23 – Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory 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.

After an unplanned two-month hiatus, we’re finally back to continue exploring the wide and wonderful world of Gundam, continuing our OVA-a-thon with Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, the 1991 OVA chronicling the adventures of Ensign Kou Uraki and his encounter with Zeon loyalist Anavel Gato. It’s a series that provides some of the highest highs but also many of the lowest lows in the entire Gundam franchise, with stupendous animation, great music, a few really strong episodes, and outstanding voice acting, but also some really shaky storytelling and character work and a final episode that may the single worst Gundam half-hour we’ve talked about so far. It makes for one of the best critical discussions about Gundam we’ve had on the podcast, and it’s an episode you won’t want to miss!

Enjoy, and come back next time for our next OVA review with The 08th MS Team!

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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #346 – Xbox Buys Bethesda, Super Mario Sunshine, and Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory


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 an unplanned two-month hiatus, Weekly Suit Gundam – our sister podcast exploring the wide and wonderful world of Mobile Suit Gundam – is finally back, with a big in-depth review and discussion of Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, the OVA series from 1991 that provides some of the highest highs and the lowest lows in the entire Gundam franchise, and makes for one of the best critical discussions about the series we’ve ever had. Before cutting to the Gundam talk, though, we also break down the crazy news that Microsoft is buying Zenimax, the parent company of Bethesda, giving the Xbox brand ownership of Doom, The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, Dishonored, and so much more. It’s a big development with countless implications, so many we can barely begin to cover them here. And finally, Jonathan also talks about finally finishing Super Mario Sunshine for the first time in his life, and he and Sean commiserate over the gauntlet of endless frustration provided by one of Mario’s only notable missteps.

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:06:20

Xbox Buys Bethesda: 0:06:20 – 0:40:14

Super Mario Sunshine: 0:40:14 – 1:08:52

Gundam 0083: 1:08:52 – 3:25:39

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #345 – Super Mario 3D All Stars, PS5 Showcase, Demon’s Souls, Final Fantasy XVI & 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 week brought maybe the best gaming showcase event we’ve seen all year, as Sony not only unveiled the price and release date of the PlayStation 5, but also showed off the Demon’s Souls remake, gave us a good look at Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and most surprisingly, unveiled Final Fantasy XVI. It was a heck of a show, even if the pre-orders that followed were a disaster, and altogether, we’re more excited for the next generation than ever before. Jonathan also talks about Nintendo’s Super Mario 3D All Stars collection for Nintendo Switch, and discusses finally giving Super Mario Sunshine a chance after all these years.

And in light of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we’re also making a political call to action this week, asking listeners to donate to the Get Mitch or Die Trying fundwhich splits donations evenly amongst Democratic Senate candidates so we can get Mitch McConnell out of his job, protect the Supreme Court, and strengthen our democracy.

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Weekly Stuff #344 – Marvel’s Avengers Review, Xbox Series S, Mario 35 Nintendo Direct, 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 been a big couple of weeks for video game news, from Nintendo unveiling all their plans for Mario’s 35th anniversary to Xbox (finally!) unveiling the Series S and their next-gen launch dates and pricing, to another round of announcements from Ubisoft. We break down all of that and more, including a check-in on the state of movie releases in the US for the rest of 2020. Before all that, we also check in on how life is going amidst the ongoing pandemic chaos, Sean reviews the latest DLC for Control, and we talk at length about Marvel’s Avengers, the wildly imperfect but also surprisingly compelling superhero game that launched last week.

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 

Intro and Plaguecast: 0:00:00 – 0:25:08

Stuff: 0:25:08 – 0:47:13

Avengers Game: 0:47:13 – 1:30:50

News: 1:30:50 – 2:44:32

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #343 – Chadwick Boseman Tribute, DC FanDome News, and COVID Rants


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 has been a rough, difficult week in a rough, difficult year, and the sudden loss of Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther, made it all the more wrenching. We start today’s show by playing tribute to the late actor and the heroic, inspirational legacy he left behind, before moving on to discussing our lives teaching in public schools and at the University level, where impossible situations and bad policies have us slowly losing our minds. Then we hit a few big pieces of news, including the announcement of Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War and veteran Halo writer Joseph Staten coming on board Halo Infinite to oversee campaign development, before recapping last week’s not-Comic Con DC FanDome event, where DC showed off some big trailers, including the Snyder cut of Justice League, Matt Reeves’ The Batman, and the Batman: Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League video games.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro & Chadwick Boseman Tribute: 0:00:00 – 0:22:18

Stuff and COVID Rants: 0:22:18 – 0:53:10

News: 0:53:10 – 1:21:35

DC FanDome News: 1:21:35 – 2:06:40

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #342 – Avengers Beta, Halo Infinite Delay, and Ghost of Tsushima Final Thoughts

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 travel and a giant inland hurricane in Iowa delayed our recording two weeks in a row, we are finally back with another jam-packed episode, full of life updates, news, and more! Jonathan talks about recording from his fancy new computer and making the switch from Mac to Windows, showing his brother Kurosawa movies, and getting into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, while Sean takes us on a trip to his Beta Corner to talk all about Marvel’s Avengers, the much-discussed superhero/Destiny game launching next month. We cover some major news, from the wild news of Halo Infinite getting pushed to 2021 and leaving the Xbox Series X without a launch game, to Epic picking a big fight with Apple and Google, to news of Rocksteady developing a Suicide Squad game. And lastly, we give our final thoughts on the incredible Ghost of Tsushima for PS4, having both completed and Platinum-ed the game, breaking down the surprisingly compelling story and characters to wrap up our multi-part review of a really special game.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:05:02

Stuff: 0:05:02 – 0:44:07

Avengers in Sean’s Beta Corner: 0:44:07 – 1:04:56

News: 1:04:56 – 2:10:23

Ghost of Tsushima:  2:10:23 – 2:55:39

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Monday, July 27, 2020

The Weekly Stuff #341 – Xbox Games Showcase, Halo Infinite, and Ghost of Tsushima 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. 

Our latest and possibly final entry in “Not-E3 2020” came this week with Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase, where they unveiled Halo: Infinite and detailed many other games coming to the Series X and Game Pass. It was certainly a compelling pitch for the latter, but did it do anything to pitch us on the fancy new console itself? We go in depth recapping the entire show, before settling in for a longer review discussion of Ghost of Tsushima, the excellent PS4 swan song that we can’t stop playing. Neither of us have finished it yet, so no major spoilers here, but we go deeper with the gameplay systems, characters, and presentation that make this such a unique and memorable open-world game. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:01:42
Stuff: 0:01:42 – 0:32:17
News and Xbox Games Showcase: 0:32:17 - 1:56:37
Ghost of Tsushima: 1:56:37 – 3:06:43

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Monday, July 20, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #340 – The Final Fantasy VII 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

After giving some quick first impressions of Sucker Punch’s outstanding Ghost of Tsushima for PS4, this episode is fully dedicated to one long-awaited topic: Final Fantasy VII. This year’s PS4 remake, yes, but also the PS1 original, and the PSP spin-off Crisis Core, and the depressingly abysmal movie Advent Children. We talk about it all, having both finally journeyed through the complete Final Fantasy VII experience for the first time this year, diving deep into why the original remains such a unique and powerful pillar of narrative gaming despite plenty of dated elements, and why the Remake just didn’t do it for us despite its good character work and production values. If you’ve been waiting to hear us talk about Final Fantasy VII in any or all of its forms, this is the episode for you. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:29 
Ghost of Tsushima Impressions: 0:02:29 – 0:22:18 
Final Fantasy VII: 0:22:18 – 3:25:24

Stream The Weekly Stuff Podcast Episode #340








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