Episode 7: Won’t Somebody Please Hug Chris Traeger?

Episode 7: Won't Somebody Please Hug Chris Traeger?

This week we thought about going with a theme then completely failed to do so. It’s the first of many failures this week, but they’re not all ours. For shame, Walking Dead. For shame.

  • Television is back! Well actually no, it’s nearly summer and all TV is going away, but for us it’s like so totally back! New hardware has flicked a spark at the cold pilot light of our love and we’ve been going through TV shows like a demonic lawnmower grinding through the tall grass of overgrown souls. (That is quite possibly the strangest marriage of imagery I’ve ever written.) We talk about how mass consumption of TV seasons can alter your relationship to the show and how that applies to our recent marathon of The Walking Dead and the long-ago marathon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Plus we say goodbye for now to Parks & Rec, but it’s never far from our heart.
  • The Avengers has got Mike to thinking, and he has a burning question that can wait no longer: Could Wolverine beat the Hulk? A question this important requires no small amount of thought, and oh, the thought we give it. You will believe a couple can get into way too much detail about how to kill Wolverine.
  • The Final Round, where once again Mike makes a one-off comment that brings the entire thing to a screeching halt. Oh, Mike. (And yes I know we consistently say that one guy’s name wrong, I don’t wanna hear it.)
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Runtime: 0:46:47
Direct download: advjwu07.mp3

Episode 6b: Avengers Special, #1 Collector’s Edition!

Episode 6b: Avengers Special, #1 Collector's Edition!

When you’re comic book enthusiasts who’ve been up all day and go to the midnight release of a movie as lusted after as The Avengers, what else can you do but go home right after and podcast about it at 4 in the morning? I mean, that’s the natural human reaction. It’s in our DNA. You can’t change DNA.

  • This is Avengers, the whole Avengers, and nothing but Avengers. Ultrace thought it could’ve been Avengerier and Jet Wolf basically complains for half an hour then changes her mind about everything but maybe not. It was a confusing time. Sprinkled liberally with enthusiasm for awesome things.

Perhaps needless to say, this podcast is spoiler-heavy. Don’t listen unless you’ve seen the movie already as we are going to ruin the hell out of it for you.

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Runtime: 1:00:30
Direct download: advjwu06b.mp3

Episode 6: And Darkseid Goes “Meow”

Episode 6: And Darkseid Goes 'Meow'

Armed with a brand new microphone and recording setup, Jet Wolf & Ultrace are ready for the big time! The big time of slighty different recording qualities and forgetting that the new mic is probably sensitive enough to pick up the dog collar jingling. It’s a constantly ongoing learning experience and you’re invited.

  • A brief update on what we’ve been up to somehow swings around to a discussion about Super Friends. Did you know that it’s kind of a cheesy cartoon? Because spoiler warning. Could Lex Luthor become Wonder Woman? The answer is a surprising YES. Bonus trivia: Is it true that STTNG ripped off Super Friends? The answer is a surprising YES.
  • PAX 2012 is coming, but if you didn’t get tickets within those first few hours you’re probably already screwed. As one of the happy not-screwed, we discuss what we’re expecting (turns out we have no idea) and how we’re probably never, ever going to get to a panel that isn’t hosted by Harmonix.
  • Jet Wolf loves scary stuff, but only in her own excruciatingly specific way. She and Ultrace talk about creep-out triggers (there are several and they are strong), ARGs and the Slender Man, numbers stations, and horror video games that she absolutely cannot play such as Silent Hill, Alan Wake, Amnesia and Bioshock. (YES, BIOSHOCK, SHUT UP.) [And here’s the promised link to that Amnesia video we talk about. Seriously, watch it; it’s both terrifying and hilarious.]
  • The Final Round. A surprisingly smooth but ultimately evil set of questions.
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Runtime: 0:49:14
Direct download: advjwu06.mp3

Episode 5: Dick Clark, Nature’s Own Cyborg

Episode 5: Dick Clark, Nature's Own Cyborg

In this episode we run the gamut from cutting edge current events to a segment we recorded weeks ago, mashing it all together and hoping you don’t notice. Also we implant into your brain the image of a rapping holographic Abe Lincoln. Really, you should be paying us for this stuff.

  • Dick Clark has passed, but he leaves us with a lifetime of memories and, we hope, the gateway to an exciting new world of Hollywood abusing dead celebrities for its own gain. I mean, can Dick Clark truly die? And should we allow this to happen if technology can save us?
  • The Avengers are coming. Jet Wolf has a happy little bitch about Avengers vs. X-Men (why does no one think of Rachel Summers??) Then we get excited about the upcoming movie for a second before starting to complain about that too. There’s a lot of complaining in this segment is what I’m saying. Also, Hank Pym is a jerk.
  • Jet Wolf finishes Mass Effect 3 and she talks about it a bit with Ultrace, who hasn’t. This is a spoiler-free discussion about the general nature of the ending, why it maybe wasn’t what people were expecting, and what the future may (or may not) hold.
  • The Final Round, where Ultrace poses the hardest question anyone has ever had to answer.
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Runtime: 1:07:10
Direct download: advjwu05.mp3

Episode 4: Surprise! Jedis Kinda Suck.

Episode 4: Surprise! Jedis Kinda Suck.

Despite seeing each other every single day, Jet Wolf & Ultrace somehow manage to enthuse over a dozen different topics this week. It’s one long geeky chat and YOU’RE INVITED. Not to the actual chat. That happened already. But to listen to the past. And pretend. BYOB.

Among (many) other things we discuss:

  • The triumphant (kinda?) return of Community.
  • Spider-Man, the state of the X-Men, Daredevil and how Mike will fight Mark Waid to the death.
  • We’ve just started playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, and what begins as a discussion about its place in the world of MMOs somehow becomes Nikki talking about how much she hates Jedi.
  • Wasteland 2 is coming and Mike is stoked. He tells you why you should be too, and then Nikki gets all cynical about Kickstarter because of course she does.
  • The Final Round, where a statement is made that I guarantee you never, ever expected anyone to utter.
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Runtime: 1:10:50
Direct download: advjwu04.mp3

Episode 3: This Is My Favourite Podcast On The Citadel

Episode 3: This Is My Favourite Podcast On The Citadel

Mass Effect 3 is out, and we are excited, excited people. This week we can do little more than have an enthusiastic conversation about it, thus ostracizing that portion of our listening base that doesn’t actually care about video games. Yes, amazingly those people exist and they listen. I’d like to see the Venn diagram on that one.

  • Mass Effect 3 is the topic du jour, and we touch on our feelings about ME3 specifically, new features in the game, the series as a whole, what sets it apart from other role-playing games, how it could change the face of the RPG genre, and the awesomeness of Commander Shepard. We keep it spoiler-free, so listen without fear.
  • The Final Round. We keep to our theme, yet Ultrace is still somehow totally unprepared.
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Runtime: 1:20:25
Direct download: advjwu03.mp3

Episode 2: A Hate Letter to Katniss Everdeen

Episode 2: A Hate Letter to Katniss Everdeen

This week Jet Wolf and Ultrace over-discuss:

  • The Borderlands 2 release date trailer. “Excited” is an insufficient word for Ultrace’s level of enthusiasm.
  • Hunger Games, oh Hunger Games, how you have plagued us. Jet Wolf especially has Thoughts About Things. [Note that this is a spoiler-heavy discussion. You’ll want to jump to 59:23 from when we caution you about spoilers to avoid them. Yes, this means most of this episode is Jet Wolf bitching about Hunger Games.]
  • The Final Round. We again challenge each other with pointless comparisons. How is Ultrace so much better at this than I am?
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Runtime: 1:02:48
Direct download: advjwu02.mp3

Episode 1: Rick Rolls and FemSheps and DC (oh my)

Episode 1: Rick Rolls and FemSheps and DC (oh my)

Jet Wolf and Ultrace begin their adventure in podcasting with a few of their favourite things. Listen along as we discuss (at length):

  • The latest Rock Band DLC announcement. That was the most requested song? Really?
  • Mass Effect’s latest trailer. As FemShep finally takes the spotlight, we debate the pros and cons of a named, defined RPG protagonist.
  • DC’s New 52. The numbers are rolling in, and they aren’t looking good. What’s wrong with this industry that we love? Why the hell won’t everyone just turn over complete control to us? So many questions.
  • The Final Round. How better to close out a show than with an impossible choice? Though some are more impossiblier than others.
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Runtime: 1:07:22
Direct download: advjwu01.mp3