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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