We’re back with another episode. This week, Jackson and Daniel are tackling the topic of Plot Twists – one of the broadest and most popular story tools used in media today.
Your hosts take apart foreshadowing, narrative status quo, and their favourite episodes of misdirection from their own stories. There are tons of spoilers in this episode, alongside controversial opinions on Star Wars and more talk about the Sixth Sense than either host expected when they started this podcast.
As always, there are also recommendations:
This week you should listen to The Black Tapes podcast
Welcome everyone to the very first episode of the Player’s Guide Podcast!
Today, your hosts Daniel and Jackson discuss Time Travel and its use in video games, television, and movies. From save scumming to the terrible ending of Interstellar, time is a fast and loose concept in most speculative fiction and we decided to take a look at how it can be used well and how it can be fumbled.
The episode also contains Daniel’s rant about Pym Particles and an in-a-minute synopsis of Lovecraft’s “Shadow Out of Time”.
This will likely be the format of the podcast going forward: your two hosts picking apart the things you love and telling you why they are great/bad. Also, tangents – many, many tangents.
Also, we will include a recommendation section in which you can find what Daniel and Jackson are enjoying themselves:
This week you should listen to the podcast Fictional
This week you should play Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Sorry for the delay in getting this out to you guys, some travelling and working the gruelling ordeal of Le Burger Week got in the way. But, no fear! We are here to feed your gnawing hunger for more Player’s Guide.
This week Jackson has finally subdued, restrained, and…. I mean; has finally convinced Daniel to let him talk about horror movies. Your hosts get into some of their favourites, and what works for them when it comes to horror.
This may seem like an odd topic to be covering now, at the beginning of September, with the most spooky of months just around the corner, but worry not – your hosts have something excellent cooking for Halloween.
They also have some recommendations:
This week you should play Avalon/The Resistance
This week you should watch Little Witch Academia Season 2 aka anime Harry Potter
It walked into my browser, its eyes dark and legs that went on forever. It sauntered over to my audio streaming software and asked: “Can I talk to you about film noir?”
This week Jackson, Daniel, and special guest Shelby are all about hardboiled detectives, dames, gams, and guns. With Shelby’s expert assistance, your hosts take a look at what makes film noir tick and how it has gone on to influence a whole host of genres in the modern age – from Chinatown to True Detective.
Jackson and Daniel are joined by Paul this week to discuss music in television and movies. Spurred specifically by the use of music in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the guys delve into some of their favourite musical moments, as well as a few more lacklustre soundtracks.
Trying to be on-theme this week, all the recommendations are things to which you listen:
This week you should listen to Pacific Myth by Protest the Hero
After a week of struggle, we have finally managed to get everything up and running! Now you finally get to hear Jackson and Daniel wax nostalgic about the decade in which they grew up: the nineties.
Given that millennials are the ones currently dictating the trends of pop culture, the nineties are a decade getting a lot of flashback love at the moment. Considering the pop culture of the time was formative for our two hosts, it would make sense that they would take the chance to delve into what nineties trends shaped their tastes and what passed them by.
As always, there are recommendations as well:
This week you should read Saga
This week you should watch Jaws (yes, the original)
This week you should play the new Ratchet and Clank
In case you’ve all been living under rocks, DC recently released the catalyst for their own cinematic universe, Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice. We’re not going to give to much away, but it was the inspiration for this week’s podcast.
We’ve previously talked about awful games, this week we talk about awful movies. What makes them awful, what are some of the biggest wastes of time we’ve experienced, and what are some mistakes filmmakers should probably stop making.
Since it’s a Zack Synder movie that started all of this, we decided to bring back Paul from our Watchmen cast to help us bitch about what we hate.
This week, we kept our recommendations to films in order to help purge some of the bile this podcast built up:
This week you should watch Zootopia, The Imposters, and Gosford Park.