Ep. 51: The 2018 Geek Glad Game

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If we were to take some of the best things our respective fandoms have given us this year to date, wrap them lovingly in fancy paper, add a few ribbons and bows for detail, possibly place them under a tree or on a candle-lit table, chase away the cat who inevitably will attempt to eat said ribbon, and invite friends to accept them as gifts to be opened and enjoyed as we first did, you’d have the spirit of what we’re looking to do today. You may hear a lot of items we’ve shared in our “good news” segments from previous episodes this year, or even things that have come up in our main topic conversations with previous guests. Knowing us as you do by now, you may also be able to predict a number of things we have on our lists, and that’s okay! That just means we’re excited about them and thankful for them, and hope you feel the same. You may, however, hear of some things you’d missed in the flurry of activity and social media blur, and that’s even better. Our biggest hope is that you find something new to enjoy, and maybe even a new fandom to add to your roster. Joining us for the “game” this year is staff editor for and contributing writer to Den of Geek, Kayti Burt! (The full roster of mentioned ‘glad’ items is coming shortly, but listen for them first!)


It Takes You Away

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After checking that all the mirrors in the studio do in fact have us looking back in them, we settle in for a discussion of the penultimate episode of Season 11. Continue reading ?


The Witchfinders

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This week, we get another invaluable history lesson from Team TARDIS in the eighth installment of Series 11, “The Witchfinders”. Continue reading ?


Kerblam!

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Just in time to properly worry about Cyber Monday, Series 11 gives us “Kerblam!” a statement about the worries over technological advancement and automation, as well as the dangers of (all too human) fanatical extremism. Continue reading ?


Ep. 50: Living On Laughter

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When the world around you feels like a burning trashbag, there are many — many — of us who seek the temporary refuge of laughter. We rely on comedy and humor to brighten our days, distract our conscious minds, perhaps bond with others, and even release some valuable endorphins into our systems that help with the mental and physical healing processes. (It’s true!) Knowing this, the role of the comedian, the humorist, the satirist, is that much more important to our society. But is this a viable occupation in that society? How does one actually make the decision to bring laughter to others as a profession, and then seek out and test the medium in which to explore it? From the comedy stage, to the pages and sites of humor and satire magazines, to the writer’s rooms of television, film, and online studios, there are thousands among us who not only enjoy the good joke, but enjoy its creation. Joined by stand-up comedian and writer Riley Silverman, we look at what is means to make a career out of comedy, and how one can retain their sanity in the pursuit. (…Maybe.)


Demons of the Punjab

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Asking Chris Chibnall to step away from the pen this week, we are given Vinay Patel’s fascinating depiction of the 1947 Partition of India, in “Demons of the Punjab”. Continue reading ?


The Tsuranga Conundrum

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This week, we tie on our bibs and tuck in to a heaping coil of antimatter with “The Tsuranga Conundrum”, marking the midpoint in Series 11. We’re all in agreement that this is stock-in-trade, dare we say “classic” Doctor Who, involving a complex set of interwoven challenges, limited time, interesting but not distracting supporting characters, and a blend of scientific wonder and oddball humor from our Doctor. Continue reading ?


Arachnids in the UK

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This week, we peek over the top of the couch (or possibly the hotel tub?) to see what the reactions are to a spider the size of a van in the fourth episode of Series 11. Continue reading ?


Rosa

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Small decisions can change the course of history. With equal parts concern and anticipation, we sat down to watch Doctor Who this past weekend, and see what would happen when Rosa Parks was depicted in a British science fiction television series. Continue reading ?


The Ghost Monument

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With sand in our shoes, and a swank pair of sunglasses on our faces, we tumble across the viewing landscape in pursuit of the second episode of Series 11, “The Ghost Monument”. Continue reading ?