Episode 29 – Reason for Madness

You can’t spell hate without hat in this latest episode that also includes advice on remembering the small stuff and how to avoid divisive discussions about Game of Thrones. Spoiler: the answer is beer.

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4.10: Pomp & Circuitry

This week on the podcast Bryan Dressel, Nick “I’m A Fucking Asshole” Friedemann, and Graham “Sue Storm” Mason talk Pomp & Circuitry, the episode that heralds in the great back half of the season. Come for the Ventures, stay for the co-hosts driving Bryan bonkers with their exquisite comic book knowledge.

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Airwolf: 35 years on

A BRIEF RETROSPECTIVE OF A UNIQUE TELEVISION SERIES THAT BROKE THE MOLD OF THE ACTION-ADVENTURE GENRE.

The whirring of the engines, the whooshing of the rotors, and that iconic theme song. Airwolf was a TV series that broke the mould of the action-adventure genre of 1980s television. Looking back, the pilot episode doesn’t feel like a TV program at all; it feels more like a feature. From the opening shots of the desert and the close-ups of Airwolf to the intense aerial photography, the TV pilot has some serious production value behind it. The storyline of the pilot also includes some rather dark themes. The series would last for three seasons totalling 55 episodes before being cancelled in 1986.

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RERUN – Ep #103 – The Babadook

We’re still in hiatus this week so we thought it would be interesting to go back to our episode on THE BABADOOK, one of the best horror films of the last decade. Chewie was here to help us dissect what makes this movie so dang great, as was friend of the show Hunter and newcomer Donnacha. It’s worth noting that we had Donnacha call in over the internet, so his audio quality is a little low. Apologies in advance. It’s the Babadook’s fault.

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Chapter 3 – Gnoll Problem

After a little bit of a heart-to-heart about blood heritage, the tiefling make their way down through the mountain and finally find themselves at the exit…or rather, the entrance to this horrible place. Escape is not so quick, however, as the gang finds themselves caught in a skirmish between an Aasimar scouting party and a bunch of gnolls. Roll for initiative!

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Episode 28 – All Fellowships are Broken

Sam gets question about dealing with difficult people, and the Holy Trilogy reminds us all that fellowships, by virtue of being made of people, are always broken but can still save the world. Sushi also finds its way in there somehow.

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4.09: The Diving Bell Vs. The Butter-Glider

This week Bryan Dressel, Nick “Batman” Friedemann, and Graham “Mr. Terrific” Mason get into the back-half of the season with an episode that’s got some problems. But hey, it’s got a Conjecture Cycle…so yay?

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RERUN – Ep #108 – Ex Machina

This week we’re going back to an earlier episode for one of Bryan’s favorite movies – Ex Machina. The gang is all here, with Sam making another guest appearance (before she became a regular on the show). It’s a great discussion about an awesome, thought-provoking film, and if you missed it the first time now is your chance to hear what we had to say about it.If you haven’t seen the film by now…what are you waiting for? Go. See. Now!

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Chapter 2 – Freed Blood

The four tiefling, finally introduced, continue their journey through this altar of ill purpose, trying to piece together what happened and what brought them to this horrible place. What lies ahead for our adventurers? What secrets will they uncover? How far does this mystery go? And what’s this about blood? All that and more in the second chapter of this campaign.

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Are These They? Or: Why I love The Venture Bros

A LOOK AT WHAT MAKES THIS CARTOON SO COMPELLING FOR SO MANY PEOPLE.

Growing up as a 90’s kid retro cartoons were readily available thanks in large part to the Saturday morning ritual of too much sugary cereal (looking at you Fruity Pebbles and Trix!) being offered up to the God’s Hannah and Barbera. The old 60’s adventure cartoons always stuck with me so when Adult Swim first aired a show that spoofed Johnny Quest, the Hurculoids, and even the old Fantastic Four Cartoon (the one with H.E.R.B.I.E. and not the Human Torch because the executives were worried kids would pour gas on themselves and then light themselves on fire because kids are stupid,)  I was all for it.

The Venture Bros. combines that same self-indulgent 60’s campiness with something far more original. It takes the superhero and adventurer genre and turns it on its ear. Filled with pop culture references that never seem dated and science fiction tropes that never fail to entertain, Doc Hammer and Jackson Public, two men who I have spoken to personally, have created a timeless program filled with twists and turns that rival some of the best shows on prime time.

I don’t exactly remember when I got into the Venture Bros. It was just one of those things. It was streaming on Netflix and I was bored and through that boredom, I fell in love with some of the best characters created for television.

What appeals to me the most about this show is its fanbase. Maybe it’s just me but there doesn’t seem to be the same toxicity other fanbases suffer from. There are no rabid Venture Bros. fans lining up at McDonald’s to get their hands on special sauces and gatekeeping newer fans from joining in on the fun. I believe my wife said it best when she said that Doc would shut that shut it right down and never make another episode if he found out there was any sort of shenanigans like that going on.

No place is this welcoming fanbase better represented than at Dragon Con in Atlanta. Last year I cosplayed as the Blue Morpho and met up with some fellow VB Cosplayers at the fan booth in the Hilton. We all just sort of hung out together, laughing and having a great time getting our pictures taken. There is a great picture of me with a half-naked Traester wrapped in an American flag with a post-it note saying “Fix It!” I mingled with St. Cloud, a half dozen Henchmen, A Killinger and so many Monarchs and Dr. Mrs. The Monarchs.

The funny thing is, it’s such a low key and welcoming fanbase because Doc and Jackson created characters who are pretty welcoming when you think about it. Rusty is a damaged character and surrounds himself with equally damaged people who have, in a lot of ways, become a tight-knit family. His relationships with his sons, though strained, often lead to emotional gut punch moments like when Rusty asks “Brock, am I a bad person?” It so often comes out of nowhere that you are left slack-jawed because this show shouldn’t be that serious and heavy but it is and we’re grateful for it.