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MechaDragon

By MechaDragon
A Geek/Nerd Culture Podcast! We discuss all the geeky/nerdy stuff you love, from movies and TV to video games, comics, and fiction of all manner to tabletop RPGs, geek culture, space and technology topics, and and everything sci-fi & fantasy. Follow us on: Twitter @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MechaDragonShow/ Instagram @mechadragonshow
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47. TERMINATOR Franchise: Sequel Pitch!

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47. TERMINATOR Franchise: Sequel Pitch!

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53. The Babadook (2014)
Halloween Month celebration continues with THE BABADOOK, a horror movie with heart. Writer/Producer of the Boston Harbor Horror audiodrama, Mike Gagne, returns to the show with horror afficionado and podcaster Megan Salinas to discuss the film with Will and Jes. This is a film with a lot of depth, so we dive deep. Topics include: non-spoilery review (at the beginning) spoiler-heavy discussion the monster's fright-factor The Babadook and parenting metaphor and symbolism: what the Babadook represents expertly crafted theme through metaphor: what the story is really about WTF? The film's ending: explained Mike Gagne - Boston Harbor Horror Twitter: @BostonHbrHorror Instagram: @bostonharborhorror RSS: https://bostonhorror.libsyn.com/rss Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BostonHarborHorror/ Megan Salinas Twitter: @themenguin Silver Screams podcast: @Silver_Screams No Love Lost podcast: @NoLoveLostPod MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:36:23
October 19, 2020
52. The Thing (1982)
MechaDragon's celebration of Halloween Month 2020 continues with an in-depth discussion of THE THING, John Carpenter's 1982 horror masterpiece. Horror aficionado and podcaster Megan Salinas returns with film critic and writer Eric Hanson to discuss the film with Will and Jes. We start with our standard but brief non-spoilery review before moving into a more in-depth and spoiler-filled conversation about the movie. Topics include: leveraging the ensemble size for added tension masterful use of ambiguity: what, how, and why the film's legendary practical effects Lovecraftian imagery use of pacing, suspense, and character Ennio Morricone's score creating tension and suspense through what's shown on screen and what isn't much more MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:23:12
October 12, 2020
51. Horror Films That Influenced Us
MechaDragon dives into Halloween Month 2020 with a discussion of horror films that made a huge impact on Will and Jes. Each talks about three horror films that influenced them, what's special about them, some interesting background info and factoids about them, and why they were so influential. Which film made people believe it was actually real? Which movie showcases an alien entity that personifies "the cosmic indifference of the universe, in a very Lovecraftian sense"? Which horror comedy is essential to the development of the zombie movie genre and introduced one of its most well-known tropes? Which gave us what's arguably the most delightfully terrifying practical effects sequence in horror movie history (that still holds up to this day)? Which films kept us up at night in a tizzy of paranoia? And which one was a total mindf**k? Join us to find out all of this and more. MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:14:35
October 5, 2020
50. Our Top Geek Influences
In MechaDragon's 50th episode special, join Will & Jes for a more intimate chat about their all-time top geeky/nerdy influences. What are their top geeky influences, what do they love so much about them, and how were they influential? Topics include: nourishing the imagination geek/nerd content as escapsism providing inspiration and hope shaping our sense of humor creative impact of geek influences finding community MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:34:46
September 28, 2020
49. Aliens & UFOs in Congress, Part 2
UFOs are once again a major topic of serious discussion in the United States Senate, where the Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to require a more coordinated collection of UFO encounter data from across all intelligence agencies, and a new official to oversee the process, which will culminate in (among other things) a public report on the findings. In this follow-up to our as-yet most popular episode, Will and Jes discuss a plethora of new details about UFO/UAP activity, which has increased sharply in recent years. Topics include: all the juicy details from actual Senate documents shocking statements about the reality of UFOs from high-ranking government officials why the government is finally, officially saying UFOs are real who will oversee UFO/UAP data collection and deliver the public report the To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences: government/military connections, its possession of UFO material, and more research into materials recovered from actual UFOs / UAPs -- who has them, how they're being studied, and more four possibilities that could explain what UFOs/UAPs actually are and why they're here and much, much more LINKS https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/28377/tom-delonges-origin-story-for-to-the-stars-academy-describes-a-government-info-operation https://gen.medium.com/the-vindication-of-a-ufo-hunter-c79fd1508a76 June 17, 2020: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CRPT-116srpt233/pdf/CRPT-116srpt233.pdf How To Scientifically Test & Analyze Potential UAP/UFO Material: https://youtu.be/SbAtCzZIIsk Eric Davis on working for Pentagon UFO program | New York Post (May 27, 2020): https://youtu.be/X3CcaP3yAkc MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:31:54
September 21, 2020
48. The Vast of Night (2019)
Will & Jes return to discuss the indie breakout hit, THE VAST OF NIGHT, in which two ambitious small-town go-getters find themselves on the increasingly mysterious and disturbing trail of a signal that invades the airwaves on the night of the biggest high school basketball game of the year. What makes this film so incredibly and unexpectedly compelling? Topics include: how the film's treatment of UFO lore excels despite it being a much-used subject the film's expert use of suspense how the cinematography -- sometimes unconventional but always deft -- enhances the story how the script meticulously builds character to make the ending (and every crazy story beat) feel compelling and breathlessly realistic the ambiguity of the finale how the aliens of CONTACT (1997) compare to whoever or whatever is behind the mysterious signal in THE VAST OF NIGHT how Jes will get his teenage children to watch the movie Come geek out with us! MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
54:00
August 10, 2020
47. TERMINATOR Franchise: Sequel Pitch!
Special guest Daryl from The Story Geeks podcast and returning guest Eric Hanson of Screenhub join Will & Jes for our Sequel Pitch on the TERMINATOR franchise! Join us as we pitch a wide array of new TERMINATOR movies... We also discuss what a good Terminator sequel needs to do -- and what it must avoid. There's no fate but what we make, fellow geeks. Come geek out with us! Daryl Smith Twitter: @darylhsmith The Story Geeks: @TheStoryGeeks Eric Hanson Twitter: @Eric_of_Arkham Screenhub: https://screenhub.blog/ MechaDragon.net Twitter: @MechaDragonShow  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/   Instagram: @mechadragonshow   Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:52:27
June 1, 2020
46. Wonder Woman vs. Captain Marvel
Wonder Woman vs. Captain Marvel: Which was the better superheroine movie and why? How well did each deal with feminist themes, what can the franchises learn from each other, and how can leading ladies elevate the MCU and DCEU to greater heights? And if they fought, who would win? Join us for this and much more. Special guests: Megan Salinas of the No Love Lost podcast & Silver Screams YouTube channel; nerd culture journalist Amanda Finn; and RPG-designer and writer Jessica Marcrum. Megan Salinas Twitter: @themenguin No Love Lost podcast: @NoLoveLostPod Silver Screams: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCciI2E_nTX9BU2uCRYS0x8Q/featured Amanda Finn Twitter: @FinnWrites website: amanda-finn.com Jessica Marcrum Twitter: @Miss_Jess03 website: https://www.jessicamarcrumwrites.com/ Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/angrynerdgirl MechaDragon.net Twitter: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Instagram: @mechadragonshow Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:42:27
May 18, 2020
45. Captain Marvel: Sequel Pitch!
We pitch the next CAPTAIN MARVEL movie! Joining Will & Jes are Megan Salinas of the Silver Screams podcast & No Love Lost podcast; journalist Amanda Finn; and Jay Sherer of The Story Geeks. Come geek out with us as we pitch four potential CAPTAIN MARVEL sequels! We also delve into what any Captain Marvel sequel needs to get right. If you’re jonesing for more MCU & more Captain Marvel, you will NOT want miss this. Megan Salinas Twitter: @themenguin Silver Screams podcast: @Silver_Screams No Love Lost podcast: @NoLoveLostPod Amanda Finn Twitter: @FinnWrites website: amanda-finn.com Jay Sherer Twitter: @JaySherer The Story Geeks podcast: @TheStoryGeeks Reclamation Society: Fantasy Storytelling YOUTUBE: https://t.co/8DwHhKTEo7?amp=1 MechaDragon.net Twitter: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Instagram: @mechadragonshow Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:56:07
May 4, 2020
44. ALIEN Franchise: Sequel Pitch!
Special guest Aaron from ALIEN VS. PREDATOR GALAXY and returning guest Eric Hanson of Screenhub join Will & Jes for our first Sequel Pitch episode! Join us as we pitch a new ALIEN movie -- more than one, in fact. If you're a fan of ALIEN and want a new installment that won't disappoint, put on your face-hugger protective gear... and come geek out with us! Aaron on Twitter: @_CorporalHicks Alien vs. Predator Galaxy Website: https://www.avpgalaxy.net/ Twitter: @avpgalaxy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avpgalaxy Instagram: @alienvspredatorgalaxy Eric Hanson Twitter: @Eric_of_Arkham Screenhub: https://screenhub.blog/ MechaDragon.net Twitter: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Instagram: @mechadragonshow Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:18:40
April 26, 2020
43. 12 Monkeys (1995)
Descend into the "tinfoil rabbit-hole" with Will & Jes, and guests Captain Raine & Jamye, as they navigate the marvelous madness of "12 Monkeys." Free will, time travel, insanity, power -- join us for a deep dive into these and more. MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:41:02
April 22, 2020
42. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
For our 42nd episode, Will & Jes discuss "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" with returning guest Jamye and new guest Captain Raine. Hilarity abounds as we search for the meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything. 42! "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish" song: written by composer Jobie Talbot, conductor Christopher Austin, and director Garth Jennings; performed by the Tenebrae Choir. MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:30:56
April 14, 2020
41. Labyrinth (1986)
This episode is dedicated to the late Terry Jones, who (among his many accomplishments) wrote the screenplay for the topic of Will & Jes's conversation: LABYRINTH, the 1986 cult classic starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie. Topics include: the film's appeal to all age groups; the power of nostalgia; use of fantasy tropes to tell a very original "coming of age" story; the deep mythic and psychological underpinnings of Labyrinth's themes of growing up; celebrity deathmatch: Jareth the Goblin King vs. Freddy Kreuger... and much more. Come geek out with us! REFERENCED ARTICLE: The Heart of the Labyrinth: Reading Jim Henson's Labyrinth as a Modern Dream Vision https://dc.swosu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1213&context=mythlore Chilly Down - song and lyrics by David Bowie - performed by Charles Augins, Richard Bodkin, Kevin Clash, and Danny John-Jules MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:19:12
January 29, 2020
40. R2D2 vs. The World
In this episode, Will & Jess are joined by special guest Bob the Computer Super-Geek to ask the question: What if R2D2 had to fight various other fictional robots? What would happen? Who would win? Come geek out with us in this rather whimsical episode to find out how R2 would fare against Maximillian, Johnny Five, the T-800 and T-1000 (Terminators), WALL-E, Data, Bender, Winona-droid from Alien: Resurrection, ED-209, and more! MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:03:24
January 22, 2020
39. Top Five Star Wars Villains
Will & Jes each list their TOP 5 STAR WARS VILLAINS, and discuss why each villain made the list at that ranking. Character backgrounds, villainous style, and much more are examined as we rank the biggest bads in the galaxy far, far away. Come geek out with us! MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
58:45
January 20, 2020
38. The Mandalorian: REDEMPTION (s01e08)
SPOILERS! Will and Jes discuss the season 1 final chapter of THE MANDALORIAN: REDEMPTION. Topics include: the comedic genius of director Taika Waititi; the spaghetti western DNA of the show; Will rants about manufactured outrage in the fandom; Will future seasons divide the fanbase?; how the show maintains the underdog status of characters like Mando and Cara Dune, even though they're hardcore badasses. And more! Come geek out with us! MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
50:16
January 6, 2020
37. New STAR WARS Shows
Will & Jes welcome Clay (from the Two Dads Review podcast) and Mike (from the Boston Harbor Horror podcast) for this special edition of MechaDragon, where we pitch new live-action STAR WARS television shows! If you're a Star Wars fan, come geek out with us for a truly special and extra-fun episode. Two Dads Review twodadsreview.com Twitter: @TwoDadsReview Boston Harbor Horror Website Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BostonHarborHorror/ Twitter: @BostonHbrHorror MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:29:07
January 1, 2020
36. The Mandalorian: THE RECKONING (s01e07)
SPOILERS! Will & Jes discuss Chapter 7 of THE MANDALORIAN: THE RECKONING. Topics include: How much time has passed since the first episode, and why the so-called "filler" episodes were good for the story; Cara Dune returns; can Carga be trusted now?; Baby Yoda goes to the Dark Side; the reformed IG-11; What IS a Moff?; the Moff troopers -- was that beskar?; mourning Kuiil; predictions for the season finale -- and much more! Come geek out with us! MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
38:35
December 27, 2019
35. The Mandalorian: THE PRISONER (s01e06)
SPOILERS! Will and Jes discuss Chapter 6 of THE MANDALORIAN: THE PRISONER. Topics include: dropping on Friday the 13th and this episode's horror genre elements; excellent dramatization of exposition & backstory; the band of misfit mercs; Xi'an and the Mandalorian's backstory; worldbuilding between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens; well-deserved comeuppance; Baby Yoda and practical effects vs. digital effects; "filler" episodes = bad?? This and much more. Come geek out with us! MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
47:20
December 26, 2019
34. Gremlins (1984)
In this Christmas edition of MechaDragon, Will & Jes revisit the 1984 fantasy/black comedy/horror classic: GREMLINS! Topics include: movie trivia; the weird originality of GREMLINS; how the film helped create the PG-13 rating; balancing black comedy, fantasy, fairy tale, horror, cheesy small-town Christmastime tropes, and gratuitous violence; Chris Columbus's plans for Gremlins 3 -- and the question on everyone's mind... Alien vs. Gremlins: who would win? Come geek out with us for that and so much more -- including our first geeky giveaway!! MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
59:05
December 25, 2019
33. Rise of Skywalker SPOILERS Discussion
Will & Jes get into a spoiler-heavy discussion of STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. Come geek out with us! MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:23:15
December 24, 2019
32. Rise of Skywalker - No-Spoiler Review & Discussion
In this NO-SPOILERS episode, Will & Jes review the long-anticipated conclusion to the Skywalker Saga: STAR WARS: RISE OF SKYWALKER -- and discuss their reactions to the movie. MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
18:01
December 24, 2019
31. Rise of Skywalker THEORIES
The Prophecy. The Chosen One. Rey's origin. Kylo's destiny. How is Palpatine alive, what are his plans, and how does he fit into this final chapter of the Skywalker Saga? Will Anakin return? How will the conflict between the Resistance and the New Order conclude? Who IS Dark Rey, anyway? What's going on with C3P0's red eyes? Will balance finally come to the Force? Put on your tinfoil hats, because we're in full theory mode BEFORE seeing STAR WARS: RISE OF SKYWALKER this upcoming weekend. Come geek out with us! MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:25:12
December 18, 2019
30. HALO
In this episode, Will & Jes are joined by Eric Hanson of Screenhub Entertainment and Dustin Murphy for a deep-dive into HALO -- the game, the story, the legend. Topics include: what made the game stand out at initial release; our favorite characters; the SPARTAN Program; themes of religious extremism & indoctrination; why the story is compelling; why the game remains so popular and has spawned so much additional content; what impacted us the most in Halo; and so much more! Come geek out with us! Eric Hanson Twitter: @Eric_of_Arkham Screenhub: https://screenhub.blog/ Dustin Murphy Twitter: @GamingAnomaly Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/munkeegames/ MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
59:14
December 17, 2019
29. Fantastic TTRPGs and How to Play Them
Keeper Susannah of the Thornvale actual-play podcast joins Cap'n Will for an in-depth discussion about Tabletop Roleplaying Games (TTRPGs). Hear our passion! Topics include: the memories we make and why they stick with us; how D&D prepared Will for college; how TTRPGs help writers and how writing skills can help you play; dealing with "murder hobo" PCs; character death: striking the right balance between fun and creating tension; the fun of critical failures & character weaknesses; min/maxing; balancing fun with stakes (a.k.a. when & when not to kill PCs); tips for creating characters that are fun to play (best practices for character creation); the value of NPCs & dramatic moments; Pathfinder 2.0 vs. 1.0. Also, Susannah and Will share a couple of their favorite roleplaying moments. TTRPG systems discussed: D&D, Monster of the Week, Pathfinder (OG & 2.0), Rifts, d20 Modern/Future/Apocalypse... and more. THORNVALE: Thornvalepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @Thornvalecast Dragon Knights: One Shots Deep Hollow book series Come geek out with us! MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:16:45
December 10, 2019
28. The Mandalorian: THE GUNSLINGER (s01e05)
SPOILERS! Will, Jess, & returning guest Cami discuss episode 5 of THE MANDALORIAN: THE GUNSLINGER. Topics include: a kinder, gentler, less racist Mos Eisley; the current state of the Empire; the "foie gras" of Mos Eisley; The Mandalorian's parenting skills; Baby Yoda's verisimilitude; implications the Mandalorian might end up going to KAMINO... and much more. Also: Who's the mystery figure tracking the M & Baby Yoda?? And: How might THE MANDALORIAN tie into RISE OF SKYWALKER?? Come geek out with us to find out! MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
51:40
December 9, 2019
27. The Mandalorian: THE SIN + SANCTUARY (s01e03+e04)
SPOILERS AHEAD in this installment about episodes 3 and 4 of THE MANDALORIAN! Topics include: Density of storytelling in The Mandalorian; predictions about what the Client wants with Baby Yoda; unifying the Star Wars fandom; well-written female characters; romance shomance; ways the show connects to the larger Star Wars universe/setting/galaxy. Also: Connections to the prequel trilogy: What does Dr. Pershing have to do with the cloning labs on Kamino? Why is episode 3 titled "THE SIN"? What IS that sin? How hard would it be to raise a child for hundreds of years? What makes us root for the Mandalorian in these fight scenes even though he's a superior warrior? Why is "Sanctuary" the Dark Nerd's least favorite episode so far?? Was the AT-ST driven by Klatooinians or an A.I.? This and more! Come geek out with us! MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com 
1:12:15
December 2, 2019
26. BONUS: How JOKER Will Change Superhero Movies
BONUS MINISODE! Captain Will has some thoughts about how JOKER could change superhero movies for the foreseeable future. MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
07:31
November 25, 2019
25. The Mandalorian: THE CHILD (s01e02)
SPOILERS AHEAD. This episode about "The Child," the 2nd episode of THE MANDALORIAN! Theories on Baby Yoda's origin. What is the Client's (Werner Herzog's) interest in the baby? Was all the episode's action satisfying? Will the Mandalorian turn in the child or protect it? Are Jawas a spacefaring civilization? What species is Baby Yoda, and what's his or her origin? What importance does the child hold for the future of The Mandalorian, and for Star Wars in general? Come geek out with us to find out -- and don't miss The Dark Nerd's alternate plot synopsis of the episode. MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
46:26
November 21, 2019
24. The Mandalorian - EPISODE 1
Will & Jes discuss THE MANDALORIAN with fellow Star Wars geek Cami. We start with a very brief NON-Spoiler review, followed by a spoiler-heavy discussion. Topics include: The Mandalorian himself, Mandalorian history tidbits, influence of Westerns and samurai movies on the show, commodes in Star Wars, favorite moments from the show, the honor of a bounty hunter, that Armorer scene, the sound of a Hutt bounty hunter, IG-11's alter ego, plenty of [REDACTED], and much more! Come geek out with us! MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
47:38
November 19, 2019
23. Joker (2019)
Season 3 of MechaDragon begins with an in-depth discussion of JOKER, with returning guest Eric Hanson. We start with a very brief NON-Spoiler review, followed by a spoiler-heavy discussion. Topics include: Sympathy for the devil (how the movie generates empathy for one of the most iconic supervillains of all time); Joker controversy and how the film portrays violence; gritty realism in a comic book movie; thoughts on the film's social commentary and how it resonates worldwide; and much more. Also: Is the movie a definitive origin for the Joker? What ACTUALLY happened and what was just in his head? Will Joaquin Phoenix's Joker cross over into other DCEU movies? Which version of the Joker is our favorite, and why? And whose name will Will mispronounce this episode?? Come geek out with us and find out! MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:13:10
November 18, 2019
22. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Season 1)
22. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Season 1) In this episode, Will & Jess bring back ScreenHub film critic Eric Hanson for a deep dive into the THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE, the prequel series to the 1982 cult classic movie, The Dark Crystal. Topics include: Elevating the art of puppetry to a whole new level; the show's exquisite artistry; Eric's spot-on impression of SkekLach/The Collector; why the show shouldn't go beyond 5 or 6 seasons, in-depth examination & analysis of the characters, empathizing with puppets, how Age of Resistance turns classic fantasy tropes on their heads in the most satisfying way... and much more. Why is The original Dark Crystal a cult classic rather than a classic classic? What makes the writing in Age of Resistance so incredibly effective? How does the show stay faithful to the spirit of the original film, both thematically and artistically? What does it all mean for Jim Henson's legacy? Join us to find out! MechaDragon.net Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ Email: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:42:34
September 18, 2019
21. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
Film nerds rejoice! On this episode: ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD! Will & Jess bring in ScreenHub film critic Eric Hanson for a deep-dive into the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood". Topics include: What makes this one of the best films of 2019; The film as a fairy tale; Who inspired DiCaprio's character,  Rick Dalton; History vs. events as depicted in the film; Tarantino's payback on the Manson family; The scene that will go down in film history forever. How is the "Once" Tarantino's version of a Disney movie? Does Tarantino have a foot fetish and does this film help prove it?? A discussion of the potential Tarantino Star Trek movie... Join us for all of this, and much more!  Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ EMAIL: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:31:56
September 11, 2019
20. The Dark Crystal (1982)
In preparation for the upcoming show, "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" on Netflix, Will & Jes delve into the 1982 classic that started it all: Jim Henson's "The Dark Crystal." What makes the story so powerful? How well does it hold up after 37 years, and why? What's it like to watch it for the first time, as a child, in the current age of the MCU and ubiquitous big-budget blockbusters? Why are the Teletubbies as frightening (yet infinitely worse entertainment) as the Skeksis? How is "The Dark Crystal" like "The Catcher in the Rye"? How does the film appeal to both kids & adults in a totally different way than more modern "kids movies" like Toy Story, etc.? What makes the movie's themes so relevant and timeless? How could the prequel show on Netflix deal with Thra's past? Join us to get the answers to these questions -- and much more! Twitter & Insta: @MechaDragonShow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MechaDragon/ EMAIL: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
1:14:21
August 29, 2019
19. Will Spider-Man Leave the MCU? + D23 MCU News
Will & Jes discuss the recent Spider-Man debacle + the latest news (from D23) about the MCU's future. What's going on with the Sony/Disney+Marvel standoff? What does it mean for Spider-Man? Is Peter Parker exiting the MCU? Other topics include: New Marvel shows announced for Disney+, more details about the already-announced titles (like WandaVision as a 1950's sitcom that enters the Twilight Zone), some Star Wars tidbits, and more! TWITTER & INSTA: @MechaDragonShow FB: MechaDragon EMAIL: MechaDragonShow@gmail.com
37:20
August 28, 2019
18. The Future of the MCU & How Endgame Sets It Up
Special guests Jay Sherer (of The Story Geeks Podcast) & Eric Hanson (of ScreenHub Entertainment) join Will & Jes for an insightful & in-depth discussion of what lies in store for the future of the MCU. Topics include a few further thoughts on Endgame & how it sets up the next phase of the MCU, smart Hulk's missed opportunities, how the Marvel Studios Disney+ show "WandaVision" could set up the Lovecraftian Dr. Strange sequel, some details & theories re: every upcoming Marvel Studios production, what Hulk has in common with Jack Ryan, Pam Greer's connection to Ant-Man, and much more. Follow us on Twitter & Insta @MechaDragonShow, and on FB: @MechaDragon. ERIC HANSON Twitter: @Eric_of_Arkham SCREENHUB https://screenhub.blog/ Twitter: @hub_screen JAY SHERER Twitter: @JaySherer "Timeslingers" - https://amzn.to/2ZigxSK THE STORY GEEKS https://thestorygeeks.org/ Twitter: @TheStoryGeeks
1:35:48
August 21, 2019
17. Spider-Man: Far From Home - SPOILERS Discussion
Cap'n Geek & the Dark Nerd are back with a spoilers-heavy discussion of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Topics include movie highlights, why Mysterio is a great supervillain for our times, the unexpected depth of the movie's themes, the multiverse (according to Mysterio vs. clues in this movie & others), the über-talented Zendaya, Peter's journey & connection with Tony Stark, and more!
54:16
August 14, 2019
16. Spider-Man: Far From Home NON-SPOILER REVIEW
In this NO-SPOILERS episode, Will & Jes review Spider-Man: Far From Home, the MCU's 1st post-Endgame movie.
26:36
August 7, 2019
15. Aliens, UFOs in Congress, Bob Lazar Documentary, & Alien Movies
ALIENS & UFOs!! Will & Jes discuss the recent news that U.S. Senators were briefed on intensifying UFO activity, and the first-ever government release of actual UFO/UAP footage. Are they alien craft or secret experimental Navy aircraft? Also discussed: Do we believe in aliens? The surprisingly compelling Netflix documentary, "Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers". And finally, Captain Geek & the Dark Nerd go through their list of the best movies & TV shows featuring aliens & UFOs. CNN Interview with Luis Elizondo https://youtu.be/-2b4qSoMnKE Tic Tac UFO is a US Navy Project (Prof Simon) https://youtu.be/_lml2D4eHbQ X-Files Season 3 on Amazon (episode: Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space') https://www.amazon.com/Clyde-Bruckman/dp/B001C9P63O/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=x+files+season+3&qid=1564432855&s=gateway&sr=8-1
1:36:39
July 31, 2019
14. What Jon Did – Game of Thrones S08E16
Will and Jes discuss the series finale of Game of Thrones. (SPOILERS!) Were the writers “lazy?” How smart are dragons, anyway? And what’s the real difference between Jon & Daenerys? Also discussed are the rumored spinoff shows. Join us for the final episode in our Game of Thrones series. Follow us on Twitter @MechaDragonShow and if you have any comments, email us at MechaDragonShow@gmail.com.
1:12:21
May 22, 2019
13. Did Game of Thrones Earn Daenerys’s “Madness”? (S08E05, The Bells)
Will & Jess discuss the latest episode of GoT with Deanna, and go in-depth on (SPOILERS!) Daenerys’s descent into so-called “madness”. Was it set up properly, has she always been headed for this, or do the show’s writers fundamentally misunderstand her character? Join us for our most passionate discussion yet. Follow us on Twitter @MechaDragonShow and email us with your comments at MechaDragonShow@gmail.com.
1:20:53
May 16, 2019
12. Is Daenerys Becoming a Tyrant? Game of Thrones (E08E04)
Will & Jes go in-depth on the Game of Thrones episode “The Last of the Starks” with guest Deanna, a.k.a. the ‘Dame of Thrones’. Spoiler alert! Check out the Dame’s GoT blog at: https://choupetit.tumblr.com – and follow MechaDragon on Twitter @MechaDragonShow. Email us with your comments at MechaDragonShow@gmail.com.
1:08:33
May 8, 2019
11. Star Wars Day, May 4th 2019
Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th — and the Force — be with you. In this episode, Will tells the story of how he met both R2D2 and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in person; Will & Jes talk about what Star Wars means to them, discuss the latest Star Wars Episode IX trailer, and pay their respects to the late Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca. (ADVISORY: Jes’s mic went out for about one second a couple of times… apologies for that!) Follow us on Twitter at @MechaDragonShow or email us at MechaDragonShow@gmail.com.
57:25
May 4, 2019
10. Game of Thrones (S08E03) Discussion
Join Will & Jes for this –GAME OF THRONES- episode, wherein they discuss the third episode of the Final Season, “The Long Night”. Spoiler alert! There’s so much to discuss about Battle of Winterfell.
45:04
May 1, 2019
9. Avengers Endgame SPOILERS Discussion
Captain Geek (Will) and The Dark Nerd (Jes) get into a spoiler-heavy discussion of Avengers: Endgame. Follow us on Twitter @MechaDragonShow
1:50:46
April 30, 2019
8. Avengers Endgame – No-Spoiler Review & Discussion
In this NO-SPOILERS episode, Captain Geek (Will) & The Dark Nerd (Jes) review the long-anticipated Avengers: Endgame and discuss their reactions to the movie. Follow us on Twitter @MechaDragonShow.
19:10
April 29, 2019
7. Game of Thrones (S8 E2) Discussion
Join Will & Jes for this –GAME OF THRONES- minisode, wherein they discuss the first two episodes of the Final Season… but mostly the 2nd episode, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”. Spoiler alert! Now that winter has come, this is but the first in a series of podcast episodes about GoT.
32:04
April 23, 2019
6. Avengers Endgame THEORIES
Will & Jes are back with geek-tastic guest Jamye to talk Avengers: Endgame theories, which hits theaters in less than two weeks. Spoiler warning! The discussion ranges from our own theories to those that have raged across the internet ever since Infinity War broke our hearts (in the best possible way), to what we’d like to see and our predictions for the movie. Follow us on Twitter @MechaDragonShow
1:24:17
April 15, 2019
5. SHAZAM! Review & Discussion
Captain Geek (Will) and the Dark Nerd (Jes) are back with a non-spoilery review of SHAZAM! followed by a spoiler-filled review & discussion of the movie. Will & Jes also discuss how Shazam used to be named Captain Marvel, and the convoluted history of how characters in Marvel comics ended up with the name instead of Billy Batson’s superhero alter-ego. Follow us on Twitter @MechaDragonShow
1:10:43
April 10, 2019
4. Captain Marvel – Spoiler Review
Captain Geek (Will) and the Dark Nerd (Jes) talk once again with super-nerd guest Jamye to get the woman’s point-of-view in their spoiler-heavy review and in-depth discussion about Captain Marvel, based on the Marvel comic. Follow us on Twitter @MechaDragonShow
1:03:01
April 1, 2019
3. Captain Marvel Non-Spoiler Review + Interstellar Travel
Captain Geek (Will) and the Dark Nerd (Jes) chat with super-nerdy guest Jamye to get the woman’s point-of-view in this no-spoilers review of Captain Marvel, based on the Marvel comic. Will & Jess also discuss interstellar travel, and why it might be closer to reality than you think. Follow us on Twitter @MechaDragonShow
45:29
April 1, 2019
2. Alita: Battle Angel – Spoiler Review
Join Captain Geek (Will) and the Dark Nerd (Jes) for a spoiler-heavy review & detailed discussion of Alita: Battle Angel, based on the Battle Angel manga by Yukito Kishiro. Follow us on Twitter @MechaDragonShow
57:08
April 1, 2019
1. Alita Non-Spoiler Review + Space Elevators
Join Captain Geek (Will) and the Dark Nerd (Jes) for a no-spoilers review of Alita: Battle Angel, based on the Battle Angel manga by Yukito Kishiro. Will & Jess also discuss space elevators, and how they relate to Alita: Battle Angel. Follow us on Twitter @MechaDragonShow
45:18
April 1, 2019