Episode 195: Bram Stoker’s Chocula

This week the word is Chocula, so the nerds talk about monster cereals and their mascots at some length. Then they talk a lot about previews for shows and movies they haven’t seen yet. Keith talks about a new Eberron book he’s working on, and Andy tells Keith about finally getting to hear live handpan music, and more recent episodes of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio show. Lastly they speculate about the new Star Trek: Picard series, including a discussion of the ending of Voyager.

SPOILER WARNING: CONTAINS VINTAGE SPOILERS

Episode 194: Superman vs. Spiderman

This week the word is secret-identity. The nerds spend a lot of time discussing superhero secret identities in particular. Other topics include the technical reasons for Superman’s powers, the definition of the birthday season, Jumanji, August Fool’s Day, and the new Star Wars area at Disneyland. Then they drop the spoiler curtain to discuss Spiderman: Far From Home at length.

SPOILER WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

Episode 193: The Baboon Reactor

This week the word is crud, since Keith still has the dreaded con crud. Keith talks about some of the things he noticed at the American Library Association conference. Andy talks about how much he enjoyed the movie Yesterday, and Keith discusses the new series called The Rook. Andy also talks about Brooklyn Nine Nine, which he’s now all caught up on, and Keith talks about seeing a Lonely Island concert. Other topics include Jerry Seinfeld’s original appearance on SNL, summer movies they haven’t seen yet, their favorite units of US currency, and what animal they would choose to be turned into (other than a lobster). Lastly, Andy talks about all the new games Looney Labs will be releasing in August.

SPOILER WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

Episode 192: Edifice not Oedipus

This week the word is Libraries. The nerds reminiscence about all the time they spent as youths going to the library, and how times have changed, even including the way we consume books. Keith describes a unique book experience called S and talks about new technology for reading comics. Andy tells the story of meeting Greykell in a library as a youth, and describes how that library building has just been torn down but the cool entrance artifact is being saved. Keith tells the story of how fake accents adopted during a model UN event led to an embarrassing incident in the library. Andy talks about getting ready to go to Origins, and Keith hints at the work he can’t talk about. Andy talks about watching old episodes of Star Trek Voyager again, working from a list of good and bad episodes he created by combining several notable episode lists. He also talks about getting caught up on Brooklyn Nine Nine. They conclude by discussing the word churlish.

SPOILER WARNING: CONTAINS VINTAGE SPOILERS

Episode 191: The Escher Vessel

This week the word is Word. The nerds talk about a few of their favorite words, their favorite word games, and their favorite other uses for word-game tiles. Andy talks about going to New York City for Book Expo & Con and notes the differences between the book industry with the game industry. He also describes walking on the High Line and climbing The Vessel. Keith talks about work he can’t talk about. Keith talks about having seen “Chernobyl” and Andy talks about Jimmy Carter’s visit to Three Mile Island. After the spoiler warning, they discuss the new Twilight Zone episodes, “Wunderkind,” “Point of Origins,” and “Blurryman.”

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Episode 190: Let’s Build That Reactor!

This week the word is Zone. The nerds spend a lot of time discussing The Twilight Zone, since Keith has been re-watching classic episodes and Andy always has things to say about his favorite show of all time. Keith addresses the question of his own favorite Star Wars quote and gives predictions for the next Star Wars trilogy. After the spoiler warning, they discuss the Game of Thrones finale and the new Twilight Zone episodes “A Traveler” and “Six Degrees of Freedom.”

SPOILER WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

Episode 189: G’Kar in the Elevator

This week the word is Fairy Tale. The nerds talk about the concept of the “Fairy Tale Ending” and how modern fantasies like Game of Thrones often embrace dark, dystopian storylines instead. They talk about the differences between Andy’s Fairy Tale Fluxx and Keith’s Fairy Tale Gloom. Andy talks about his favorite Star Wars quote(s), and Keith suggests replacing one word with the word “pants.” After the spoiler warning, they discuss the second-to-last episode of Game of Thrones.

SPOILER WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

Episode 188: Dammit Andy, I’m a Baker, not a Farmer!

This week the word is five. First the nerds talk a lot about The Tick, starting with the new Amazon series but encompassing all the adaptations. Keith talks about his garden, then explains the Discordian Law of Five. Then they talk a little about Star Trek movies, and Andy mentions that his new game Star Trek Chrono-Trek has gone to the printer. After the spoiler warning, they discuss the new Twilight Zone series, and at great length, Avengers: Endgame.

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Episode 187: My Dinner with Android

This week the word is expectations. The nerds talk about how expectations can make or break an experience, and discuss the impact of expectations on everything from Star Wars to Harry Potter, including the Twilight Zone and various role-playing games. After they spoiler warning, they discuss Game of Thrones, the Orville, and Avengers: Endgame.

SPOILER WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

Episode 186: When Worf Shows Up

This week the word is Reset. The nerds discuss various times the reset button has been pressed, and how it differs from the reboot. Andy tells Keith about the fun he had at PaulCon. Keith talks about his latest GoT bingo cards, and shares a few non-spoilery thoughts about Us. Then they lower the spoiler curtain and spend a lot of time discussing Star Trek Discovery’s season 2 finale, the penultimate episode of season 2 of the Orville, and the implications for season 3 of both shows. Lastly they talk about the 2nd and 3rd episodes of the new Twilight Zone.

SPOILER WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS