March 12, 2016

[Masters of Carpentry] The Thing prequel

We've got an open month on the show (Blood River, why so obscure!), so I'm filling it with a few bonus episodes I've been sitting on for a while. First up, comic creator extraordinaire Julie Sydor is back as we look at the 2011 prequel movie to John Carpenter's The Thing, as well as some semi-related bonus thoughts on Harbinger Down and the first season of Helix. Check it out here.

March 11, 2016

[Made of Fail] The Shannara Chronicles, Season 1

As many of you know, after several years of creating content affiliated with Made of Fail, I ended up parting ways with them for various reasons to venture off on my own. But Made of Fail has ably carried on, retooling the central podcast, and over the last season, adding some wonderful new blogging projects to the site. Dayna herself began some wonderful coverage of The Shannara Chronicles, a television adaptation of a book series to which we both have deep ties from our younger days. I eagerly followed along with her writeups, and when she suddenly needed to step aside, I offered to fill in during her absence. It was weird popping into the old site again, but fun, as we not only saw the season through, but I had a blast collaborating with Dayna on the final post-mortem post. It was a really nice opportunity, one I'm glad I didn't pass up.

Dayna's initial posts:
Episodes 1-2 "Chosen"
Episode 3 "Fury"
Episode 4 "Changeling"
Episode 5 "Reaper"

Then I took over:
Episode 6 "Pykon"
Episode 7 "Breakline"
Episode 8 "Utopia"
Episode 9 "Safehold"
Episode 10 "Ellcrys"

Then our shared post-mortem.

March 2, 2016

[Deconstruction is Magic] My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, episodes 58-62

It only took us (yeesh!) four months, but we made it through another batch of season 3. Tall tales were told, alpha leaders were determined, families were chaosed, dragon codes were crayoned upon cards, and uber big bads were befriended. Enjoy!

58 "Sleepless in Ponyville"
59 "Wonderbolts Academy"
60 "Apple Family Reunion"
61 "Spike At Your Service"
62 "Keep Calm and Flutter On"