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!
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.
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.
THIS WEEK: We finally return to Kamen Rider to meet the new Shocker lieutenant: Dr. Dr – I mean, Dr. Shinigami. In addition, Toei learned maybe the wrong lesson about cycling out side-characters; Taki doesn’t know how to dress himself if it isn’t a disguise; Rider should know better than to raw super; Snowman has worse facial blindness than Van does; Dr. Shinigami is a Dwarf Fortress overseer; we get distracted by talking about all the toku locations we recognize; and always remember to drink your Hayato Hating Juice.
THIS WEEK: Despite the end of the world and despite Sven’s repeated attempts to drown himself, we take a detour from our detour to get back on topic. In addition, all rocket turtles are automatically Gamera; Sven is very particular about his CGI machine designs; Van shuffles through piles of mythology notes and understands nothing; Dr. Teufel is big bad sad scientist dad gone mad; and, oh hey, is that the script!? (Translator’s note: Teufel means devil.)
THIS WEEK: Alexa returns to find the entire studio in disarray and gets the crew back on track covering the rise and fall of Colonel Zol. In addition, every scientist in this series is a Spark; Sven doesn’t know how veganism works; the best bit is an abandoned bit; productivity was down something-eight percent; Van is bewildered by the unpersoning of the club girls and the plausibility of Rayking’s electrical attack; John Toei spent too much money on flamethrowers; and some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb.