Sunday, April 11, 2021

Weekly Suit Gundam #30 –Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer 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.

With both seasons of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 reviewed, it’s time for the third and final piece of the 00 tapestry: Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer, the 2010 feature-film follow-up/finale that brings a close to the world of Gundam 00 and introduces the world of Gundam to extraterrestrial life for the first time. It’s a wild, strange, defiantly singular movie, and one of the stranger corners of the Gundam universe – but also one of the most rewarding, especially when you break it down in a long-form conversation as we do here. Operating on the levels of symbolism, metaphor, and myth-making, A Wakening of the Trailblazer isn’t quite like any other piece of Gundam, and it isn’t quite like anything we’ve discussed before; but it’s got a lot of fascinating, rich ideas on its mind, some of the most startling imagery in the entire franchise, and brings the Gundam 00 saga to an unexpected but wholly satisfying close. Gundam 00 has been one of our favorite series to discuss so far, and the film is no exception.

Enjoy, and come back next time for the CGI OVA series, MS Igloo!

 

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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #371 – Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer 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 or wherever you get your podcasts.

After touching base on the games we’ve been playing – including the original Diablo and 2016’s Ratchet & Clank remake – and discussing this week’s Bloomberg report about a Last of Us PS5 remake and the state of Sony’s development priorities, we move on to another Weekly Suit Gundam topic, rounding out our triptych of Gundam 00 reviews with Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer, the 2010 feature-film follow-up/finale that brings a close to the world of Gundam 00 and introduces the world of Gundam to extraterrestrial life for the first time. It’s a wild, strange, defiantly singular movie, and one of the stranger corners of the Gundam universe – but also one of the most rewarding, especially when you break it down in a long-form conversation as we do here. Gundam 00 has been one of our favorite series to discuss so far, and the film is no exception.

Enjoy, and come back next week for our review of Season 1 of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, ahead of the North American debut of the new film, Mugen Train, in theaters!

TIME CHART:

Intro & Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:17:50

News: 0:17:50 – 0:38:50

Gundam 00 the Movie: 0:38:50 – 2:57:46

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #370 – GODZILLA VS KONG vs KING KONG VS GODZILLA: DAWN OF KAIJU JUSTICE


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 or wherever you get your podcasts.

The great Kaiju showdown of our time has arrived in Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla vs Kong, the fourth film and grand culmination in their ongoing ‘MonsterVerse,’ and to celebrate, we’re not just reviewing this movie – we’re also going back to Round 1 of this particular match-up, discussing the original Toho King Kong vs Godzilla from 1962! And that’s not all! We also dive into the other Legendary Pictures monster movies to recap our thoughts on the entire series, and we discuss the original Toho Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla for reasons that should be apparent to anyone who’s seen Godzilla vs Kong! It’s a grand old time talking about these wonderful monster icons, a chance to not only review this surprisingly great new movie, but to do the kind of big Kaiju celebration we haven’t done in a while on this podcast.

Enjoy, and listen to all our past Godzilla episodes as well if you’re interested!

Episode #162 – Godzilla Retrospective Spectacular!

Episode #163 – Shin Godzilla Review

Episode #86 – Godzilla 2014 Review

Episode #287 – Godzilla: King of the Monsters Review

TIME CHART:

Intro & Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:23:20

King Kong vs Godzilla (and other Toho movies): 0:23:20 – 1:20:22

Godzilla vs Kong (and other Legendary movies): 1:20:22 – 2:38:31

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Weekly Suit Gundam #29 – Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 2 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 its stupendous first season, Gundam 00 has a lot to live up to in its back half, and we find it more than rises to the challenge with an incredibly smart, exciting, affecting, and entertaining second season, bringing the TV portion of this Gundam experience to a rousing close. Set 4 years after the first season, in a world that increasingly resembles some of Gundam’s most recognizable archetypes, Gundam 00 Season 2 reconfigures and interrogates some of the franchise’s longest-running ideas for the 21st century, not just applying issues of 21st-century geopolitics to its own fiction, but asking where Gundam belongs, and how it must evolve, as the franchise goes forward. With amazing animation, outstanding mobile suit designs and action, tremendous characters, and one of the best voice casts the franchise has ever assembled – including the very surprising return of one of Gundam’s most iconic voice actors – Gundam 00 truly is one of the franchise’s finest hours, and we had even more fun talking about it the second time.

Enjoy, and come back next time for Gundam 00 The Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer!

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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #369 – Gundam 00 Season 2 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 or wherever you get your podcasts.

After covering a few pieces of recent news – including the trailer for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad and reports that Sony might be sunsetting digital game sales for PS3 and PS Vita – we dive right into our latest Weekly Suit Gundam discussion, this time on the second season of the fantastic Mobile Suit Gundam 00. The show has a lot to live up to in its back half, and we find it more than rises to the challenge with an incredibly smart, exciting, affecting, and entertaining second season, bringing the TV portion of this Gundam experience to a rousing close. With amazing animation, outstanding mobile suit designs and action, tremendous characters, and one of the best voice casts the franchise has ever assembled – including the very surprising return of one of Gundam’s most iconic voice actors – Gundam 00 truly is one of the franchise’s finest hours, and we had even more fun talking about it the second time.

Enjoy!

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:01:24

Stuff: 0:01:24 – 0:17:02

News: 0:17:02 – 0:38:25

Gundam 00 Season 2: 0:38:25 – 3:24:51

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #368 – 2021 Year in Preview Spectacular!


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 or wherever you get your podcasts.

Better late than never, this week is our annual ‘Year in Preview’ episode, where we look over all the video games and movies coming in 2021 and assess what looks good (New Pokemon Snap, yay!), what looks bad (oh God, Disney’s Cruella movie is real), what baffles us (who the hell thought Six Days in Fallujah was a good idea?), and what’s likely to even come out (is Halo: Infinite ever gonna be a thing?). Before all that, we also give some quick updates on Genshin Impact and Yakuza: Like a Dragon, puzzle over the weirdest video-game tie-in Pringles ever, and Jonathan gives some thoughts on Zack Snyder’s Justice League – which he also has a full written review of you can read right now!

Enjoy!

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:12

Stuff: 0:03:12 – 0:17:32

Justice League: 0:17:32 – 0:29:23

2021 Year in Preview: 0:29:23 – 1:57:21

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Review: "Zack Snyder's Justice League" is a miraculous, improbable landmark of superhero filmmaking


Zack Snyder’s Justice League,
as it appears this week on HBO Max, isn’t the movie Zack Snyder would have finished or released in 2017, even under ideal conditions in the absence of personal tragedy or woeful studio mismanagement. It wouldn’t have been 4 hours long, because the studio would never allow that and theaters would flat-out refuse to show it. It wouldn’t have been presented in a 4x3 open matte aspect ratio, save for the tiny handful of real IMAX theaters still exhibiting IMAX 70mm film. It would have had a different score, as Tom Holkenborg, originally commissioned to score the film by Snyder before being replaced with Danny Elfman for the Joss Whedon-directed theatrical cut, threwout his original 2017 compositions and started from scratch for Snyder’s reconstruction. It most definitely would not have been rated R, though the two or three f-bombs used to give it that ‘edgier’ rating don’t amount to much. And most importantly, it would have been made by a different person, at a different moment in time, with a different life experience. The Zack Snyder of 2021 is certainly not the Zack Snyder of 2017, as could be said of all of us, and it’s impossible to know which among the thousands of decisions that go into crafting a film, even after shooting has ended, would be different with the passage of time.

All of this is to say that I don’t think it was ever pre-ordained or written in the stars that a Zack Snyder-directed Justice League would be a great movie. It certainly didn’t seem likely after the raging dumpster fire that was Batman v. Superman, and it’s impossible to know if the conditions that helped tank that effort would have similarly doomed any version of Justice League released in 2017, no matter who oversaw the final project. Yet whatever weird alchemy led us to this point – an unprecedented blend of studio incompetence, personal tragedy, mountains of fan pressure (some positive, some toxic), a struggling streaming service desperate for attention, and finally a director coming back to old work after a few years on the bench – the Justice League that is now streaming on HBO Max is something special. Special in ways that are clearly evident in all the original, unused footage unearthed for this release, like the formidable quality of the cast and their surprisingly compelling interactions, completely buried or obscured in the theatrical version; and in ways that definitely wouldn’t have surfaced in 2017, like the durational aspect of the project, the stunning open matte presentation, or Holkenborg’s phenomenal score.

And perhaps something more intangible still, something hidden between the cuts and unquantifiable – a sense of true artistic hunger from all involved, a big studio superhero epic constructed, in this final form, almost entirely as a labor of love, without consideration for profit maximization, theatrical screening shifts, or satisfying studio notes. Zack Snyder’s Justice League is defiantly, aggressively singular. I suspect it will infuriate some, enthrall others, and leave many cold. For my part, I was from the beginning stunned, and still am as I type these words. This is by a mile the best film Snyder has ever made, a remarkable artistic evolution bringing what he’s always done well to the fore, excising much of what’s held him back, and demonstrating a marked capacity to grow. The notion of the ‘Snyder Cut’ has, for four years, struck me as impossibly silly. Now that I have seen it, I would be very sad indeed to imagine a superhero movie landscape without it. The entire genre seems so much more exciting by the possibilities this movie reveals.

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Weekly Suit Gundam #28 – Mobile Suit Gundam 00 - Season 1 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.

Gundam moves boldly into the era of HD, widescreen, and 21st century geopolitics with Mobile Suit Gundam 00, an absolutely terrific installment that’s wickedly smart, wildly exciting, and features some of the best characters and world-building of the entire franchise. It’s also the first Gundam series to split itself into seasons, so on today’s episode we’re covering Season 1 – Episodes 1-25 – which work pretty splendidly on their own, as the story of the rise and fall of Celestial Being, a stateless military organization aiming to eradicate war through armed intervention. We discuss the story, world, themes, characters, and so much more, including the incredible production values and remarkable batch of theme songs, for a Gundam show that’s definitely worth the deep dive treatment.

Enjoy, and come back next time for Season 2 of Gundam 00! 

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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #367 – Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 1 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 or wherever you get your podcasts.

After a little break, we’re back with an episode full of exciting topics, from first impressions on the outstanding Yakuza: Like a Dragon (now out on PS5, and which we’ll definitely do a full episode on soon), thoughts on the demise of Anthem at Bioware, and most importantly, another Weekly Suit Gundam discussion, this time on Mobile Suit Gundam 00, the series that brought Gundam into the era of HD, widescreen, and 21st century geopolitics. It’s a terrific show that’s wickedly smart, wildly exciting, and features some of the best characters and world-building of the entire franchise. It’s also the first Gundam series to split itself into seasons, so on today’s episode we’re covering Season 1 – Episodes 1-25 – which work pretty splendidly on their own, as the story of the rise and fall of Celestial Being, a stateless military organization aiming to eradicate war through armed intervention. We discuss the story, world, themes, characters, and so much more, including the incredible production values and remarkable batch of theme songs, for a Gundam show that’s definitely worth the deep dive treatment.

Enjoy!

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:05:00

Stuff: 0:05:00 – 0:17:22

Yakuza: Like a Dragon: 0:17:22 – 0:30:52

Gundam 00 Season 1: 0:30:52 – 2:42:11

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #366.5 – Jonathan’s Solo Listener Mail Spectacular!


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 Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

Sean couldn’t be here this week, so Jonathan gets on mic and answers some listener mail, talking about his favorite recent music and most anticipated upcoming games and movies, giving recommendations for getting into classical Japanese cinema, and reflecting on Ang Lee’s 2003 Hulk by reading/making fun of a review he wrote in 2008 at age 15. There’s also a bevy of Gundam-related questions at the end, and a little bit of chat on the recent Pokemon announcements on the top of the show, all to tide listeners over before we’re back with regular episodes next week.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Weekly Suit Gundam #27 – Zeta Gundam: A New Translation Trilogy 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.

This time, we’re taking a look at a curious oddity in the history of Gundam – Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation film trilogy from 2005 and 2006, which saw the Gundam creator returning to the classic sequel series and compiling it into three feature films, just as he had done for the original series in 1981, but now 20 years later, with much shorter run times, and, due to the inevitable passing of time, a much starker difference in new and recycled animation. There’s probably no Gundam series more difficult to condense in to three 90-minute movies than Zeta Gundam, with its enormous cast of characters, heady and challenging themes, and dense, complicated storytelling, but A New Translation is nothing if not a valiant effort, worth examining even if it never quite overcomes the sheer weight of factors working against it. We discuss the pace, the animation, the music, which characters make a strongest impression in this format, and are consistently reminded, at every turn, of just what a masterpiece Zeta Gundam itself truly is.

Enjoy, and come back next time as we move into the HD era of Gundam with Mobile Suit Gundam 00 – Season 1!  

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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #366 – Nintendo Direct & Zeta Gundam: A New Translation 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 Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

This week brought our first full-length Nintendo Direct since September 2019 (!), but was it any good? Do a few far-off announcements for 2022, a Mario Golf game, and a low-effort Zelda port make up for Nintendo’s months of erratic communication? We discuss all this and cover a few pieces of exciting Diablo news from BlizzCon, before diving into our main topic, another Weekly Suit Gundam discussion in which we tackle a curious oddity in the history of Gundam: Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation film trilogy from 2005 and 2006, which saw the Gundam creator returning to the classic sequel series and compiling it into three feature films. There’s probably no Gundam series more difficult to condense in to three 90-minute movies than Zeta Gundam, with its enormous cast of characters, heady and challenging themes, and dense, complicated storytelling, but A New Translation is nothing if not a valiant effort, worth examining even if it never quite overcomes the sheer weight of factors working against it.

Enjoy!

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:10:05

Blizzard News & Nintendo Direct: 0:10:05 – 0:49:27

Zeta Gundam: 0:49:27 – 3:10:09 

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #365 – Bowser’s Fury is Good, Joss Whedon & Gina Carano are Bad


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 or wherever you get your podcasts.

This week brought one great new video game in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury a Nintendo Switch package including a Wii U classic and, in a wonderful surprise, a brand new 3D open-world Mario game – and two high-profile stories of bad behavior in Hollywood, with a number of accusations against Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon and Disney disinviting The Mandalorian co-star Gina Carano from future Star Wars productions after a series of anti-trans and anti-semitic posts. Today’s episode is primarily concerned with these dark news stories, and in the case of Carano, some of the terrible takes that have surfaced comparing, offensively, Carano’s firing to the dark days of the Hollywood blacklist. Sean also talks about finishing Yakuza 6 – and his entire journey with Kazuma Kiryu over the last three years – and we continue to talk incessantly about the wonders (and dangers?) of Genshin Impact.

Enjoy!

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:08:38

Stuff, including Bowser’s Fury: 0:08:38 – 0:32:30

News: 0:32:30 – 1:18:50

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Sunday, February 7, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #364 – Batman on Film Part 5: BATMAN FOREVER (1995) with Val Kilmer


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 or wherever you get your podcasts.

Our BATMAN ON FILM series continues with the film all you sadists in the audience have been waiting for us to suffer through: 1995’s BATMAN FOREVER, the third and, thus far, worst film incarnation of the Caped Crusader, marking a shark break from the dark and stylish Tim Burton films in favor of the garish colors, wild tonal inconsistency, and porn-quality cinematography of Joel Schumacher, terrible qualities only matched by the abysmal failures of Akiva Goldsman’s horrible writing. A hit in its day and nostalgic to some, Batman Forever has very little going for it, with a bland and confused lead performance by Val Kilmer, Chris O’Donnell as a very miscast Robin, a nearly unwatchable turn from the obnoxious Jim Carrey as The Riddler, and a deeply inexplicable left-field turn in the career of Tommy Lee Jones. It is a bad, bad movie, but at the very least it’s interesting to talk about.

Enjoy!

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:21

Stuff: 0:04:21 – 0:31:10

Batman Forever: 0:31:10 – 2:32:14

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #363 – Hitman 3 Impressions, Genshin Impact, The Stupid GameStop Story & 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 or wherever you get your podcasts.

It’s a loose and laid-back week on the show as we catch up on life events, cover one weird and frustrating piece of news, and discuss a few really great games, including our first spoiler-free impressions of Hitman 3, the triumphant capper to IO Interactive’s outstanding ‘World of Assassination’ trilogy, which has been one of our favorite series to discuss on the show ever since this incarnation launched in 2016. We also gush over the many wonders of Genshin Impact, and Sean tells us about coming full-circle on Yakuza with Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. We also cover the stupid GameStop stock story, which is the first and hopefully only time we ever have an extended discussion about fiscal markets on this show.

Enjoy!

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:01:30

Stuff: 0:01:30 – 0:33:37

News: 0:33:37 – 0:46:47

Yakuza 6: 0:46:47 – 0:59:04

Hitman 3: 0:59:04 – 1:33:55

Genshin Impact: 1:33:55 – 1:52:54

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Monday, January 25, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #362 - 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Spoiler 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 or wherever you get your podcasts.

Ranking at #2 and #5 on Sean and Jonathan’s respective Top 10 Games of 2020 lists, Vanillaware’s 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is undeniably one of the most singular gaming experiences of the last year – an incredibly compelling, blissfully confusing, wickedly intelligent mix of the visual novel, adventure game, and real-time strategy genres into one unique package that is absolutely unlike anything we’ve played before. A mecha and kaiju story with aspects of just about every anime genre under the sun – from high school shows to mystery dramas to magical girl series – 13 Sentinels is more than worthy of a deep dive discussion, especially considering it was a podcast listener who turned us onto the game in the first place! Consider this episode our thanks for the recommendation – and a strong encouragement for those who haven’t played it yet to take the plunge.

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TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:06:50

13 Sentinels: 0:06:50 – 2:19:23

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Monday, January 18, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #361 – Batman on Film Part 4: BATMAN MASK OF THE PHANTASM with Kevin Conroy


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 or wherever you get your podcasts.

Continuing our ongoing BATMAN ON FILM series, we arrive at the fourth theatrical Batman feature, the first animated one, and quite possibly the single best Batman film ever made: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, a standalone feature based on the classic Animated Series, considered by many to be the definitive portrayal of The Dark Knight. Starring Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker, with a new love interest and antagonist in the form of Dana Delaney’s Andrea Beaumont, Mask of the Phantasm is a dark, incisive portrayal of the tragedy that is Bruce Wayne, a film noir reimagining of his origin that cuts to the heart of the darkness lying beneath Batman’s iconography. It is a truly spectacular film, one that we’ve mentioned dozens of times before on this show without ever devoting an entire episode to, and it’s a real joy to finally rectify that.

Enjoy!

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:58

Stuff: 0:02:58 – 0:32:07

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm: 0:32:07 – 2:20:06

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Weekly Suit Gundam #26 – Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny 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.

The day of reckoning has arrived – at last, it is time to review perhaps the most controversial show in the Gundam pantheon: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, the baffling, confounding, infuriating, utterly fascinating sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. Set two years later with both new and returning characters, Destiny tries to be two different, contradictory shows at once: a challenging sequel questioning the assumptions and characters from the original, a la Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, and a straight-up sequel to SEED – Gundam SEED: Here We Go Again – and in the shuffle, somehow makes us hate the entire returning cast even while it buries and repeatedly does dirty its interesting new characters. The result is one of the most inept sequel stories ever told – but undeniably one of the most compelling to talk about.

Enjoy, and come back next time as Gundam revisits its canonical sequel series with Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation film trilogy!

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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #360 – Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny 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 Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

Today’s episode is another Weekly Suit Gundam extravaganza, this time on the controversial Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, but before that, we also discuss this week’s abhorrent Presidentially-ordered insurrection at the US capital, and – in a lighter topic – Jonathan becoming infatuated with Genshin Impact, Sean’s 2020 Game of the Year. Then it’s on to Gundam SEED Destiny, a show that tries to be two different, contradictory shows at once: a challenging sequel questioning the assumptions and characters from the original, a la Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, and a straight-up sequel to SEED – Gundam SEED: Here We Go Again – and in the shuffle, somehow makes us hate the entire returning cast even while it buries and repeatedly does dirty its interesting new characters. The result is one of the most inept sequel stories ever told – but undeniably one of the most compelling to talk about.

Enjoy!

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:14

The Whole Coup Thing: 0:02:14 – 0:22:08

Genshin Impact: 0:22:08 – 0:43:12

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: 0:43:12 – 4:10:48

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The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman is a weekly audio podcast, and if you subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, episodes will be delivered automatically and for free as soon as they are released. Visit www.weeklystuffpodcast.com for a complete archive of streaming and downloadable episodes.