Episode 25: You See, Ivan

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THIS WEEK: Van and Sven rant about time travel and bad parenting. Guess which topic is going to make them angrier! In this stretch, we’re introduced to a new antagonistic quartet; we discuss the origins of the word “cyborg”; we get corrections coming from inside the podcast; Ivan Whisky is stone fucking cold; and the hosts betray each other just as much as the 00-cyborgs dump on Jet.

Minor correction: “2222” and “2020” are mentioned as the year Rina comes from, the correct one is 2222. Nuclear devastation is not actually coming in two years. Hopefully.

Content warning: There’s some rather frank (and heated) discussion about parental abuse and the tactics abusers use at the end of our coverage, the bulk of it from 1:44:24 to 1:50:10 .

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Episode 24: An Escalation of Incompetence

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THIS WEEK: Ambassador Hell is so very desperate to jump the gun and announce that his underlings have killed Kamen Rider. He’s wrong every time. Also, Sven wants you to know headscissor takedowns are NOT hurricanranas. We contemplate the similarities between Showa Riders and Geralt of Rivia and discuss the evolution of the show; Rider nearly falls prey to his greatest weakness once again; Dr. A. Cula comes back to sabotage his replacement; Hayato might be slacking on the job offscreen; Sven hates X-Ray plots; and don’t forget to sign the Shocker yearbook!!

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Episode 23: Pre-Pubescent Time Crimer

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van reach the midpoint of Season 2 of Cyborg Soldier, encountering ethical dilemmas and time-cops along the way. In addition, we discuss how we would restructure the second season; Joe Shimamura continues to gently disengage from reality; Dr. Gilmore doesn’t know thermodynamics as well as he knows robotics; things get lost in translation; Black Ghost finally returns (again) (for the umpteenth time); the crew rants about Black Ghost not understanding teamwork, and Sven’s G.B. impression could really use some work.

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Episode 22: Federal Bureau of Infidelity

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THIS WEEK: The historians finally get what they’ve wanted for fifty-some episodes: More of Hongo Takeshi being a shitter. Oh, and the show’s classic iconography has finally come together, that too. In addition, we review the first (technically second) film in the franchise; we’re treated to a myriad of callbacks; Hayato and Hongo finally synchronize their respective ideas of what a “clever scheme” means; casual reminder that 1971’s villainous organization is literally nazis; we very much regret both our words and deeds; wild speculation on the nature of the rotating circle of female characters; and Taki, for the last time, YOU’RE MARRIED.

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Episode 21: With Apologies To Alex Trebek

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THIS WEEK: After a rocky start to season 2, Cyborg Soldier finally finds its feet. In addition, the historians tackle the differences between their least-favorite writers, 009 is so very done with his cyborg uncles; 004 is the least okay he’s ever been in his life; Van should not be trusted with shapeshifting powers; Joe Shimamura has an extended visit to the Speed Force and does not like it; Sven will not tolerate slander about 1999’s The Mummy; 003 gets her short time in the action spotlight; and if you’re being written by Toshiki Inoue, blink twice!

The animorphs podcast Van mentions in this episode is Morph Club, hosted by Megan Brennan and Carey Pietsch (@morphclubcast on Twitter). Check it out!

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Episode 20: Twice-Removed Kabbalah

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THIS WEEK: The Historians put the focus on “strangeness” of their mission statement with this stretch of Rider ’71. In addition, we are treated to a myriad of extremely stupid callbacks; someone’s been playing too much Monster Hunter; Taki is a jealous boyfriend; Shocker’s running out of warm bodies for their evil science; unicorns aren’t real; Sven wants to push The Rider’s New Groove; and Dr. Shinigami has a PhD in ABJECT WIZARDRY.

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Episode 19: The Truth Is Uh, Somewhere

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THIS WEEK: Mulder and Scully try to look on the bright side of the start of season two of Cyborg Soldier. They fail miserably. In addition: The universe is so determined to make Jet Link wrong about everything it warps reality and distorts his own teammates’ personalities; aliens are responsible for the Nazca lines; G-Junior fights the planet about as hard as the gang want to fight the writers; a sworn enemy of the podcast makes a surprise return; Van and Sven don’t know how to categorize big cats; they try to pronounce things right for once; and Sven finally nails the bit.

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