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.

Enjoy!

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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Monday, January 4, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #359 – The Top 10 Video Games of 2020


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 10th year of podcasting kicks off with a look back at one of the very few things that was truly good in 2020: Video Games. While the world was falling apart, gaming, at least, delivered one of the best, broadest, and deepest years on records, with scores of titles we loved playing and reviewing throughout 2020, and today’s episode is our chance to look back on the best of the best, go deep with ones we haven’t discussed much before, and share memories of our favorite gaming moments from the past 12 months. It’s one of our longest episodes ever, but the games discussed here make it all worth it – and with 2021 shaping up to be a very exciting year for the medium, we’re already excited to do it all again next year.

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