BoJack Horseman: Jessica Biel, Secret Monster

Player’s Guide is back!

This week Jackson and Daniel are talking about animal puns and crippling depression; that’s right, it is once again time to discuss the best show on TV: Bojack Horseman.

With season 4 being released on Netflix and breaking new ground for the show’s characters, your hosts figured it would be an excellent time to discuss their favourite talking horse.

In addition to our usual warning vis-a-vis spoilers, be aware that this episode gets a little heavy regarding the topic of mental illness.

As for our recommendations:

This week you should read Agents of the Realm (which you can find here)

This week you should watch Cool Hand Luke… and Wages of Fear… and The Birdcage… We went on a bit of a movie tear 


Over the Garden Wall: Any Sort of Spooky Villain

Hey guys!

Daniel and Jackson are back with a super topical podcast about a miniseries from 2014. For those of you unfamiliar, Over the Garden Wall was a ten-episode story released by Cartoon Network. Since its release it has received something of a cult following in the same circles that appreciate the likes of Adventure Time, Steven Universe, and Bravest Warriors.

Since each of those properties has been praised on this podcast before, you can probably guess where this episode is going. Anyways, even if you aren’t familiar with Over the Garden Wall, there is a lot of good discussion about character arcs, the nature of fear, and how adult-oriented media tackles cynical reality versus how child-oriented media does.

Of course – spoilers abound; both for Over the Garden Wall and for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

As always, here are some things you should check out this week:

This week you should watch Garfunkel and Oates (here is the sample we promised

This week you should play Mystic Vale

And some more bookkeeping, here is the article on the nature of the Beast that Daniel mentions in this episode.


Pokemon 5: “Y’all some snakes”

Hello again everyone!

Welcome to our review of Pokemon Sun & Moon. We welcome Quinn aka CommanderSanta from the AYBTV podcast to help us go over the new games and muse about Pokemon in general.

As always, beware of spoilers if you’re playing through the games yourself, and enjoy our recommendations:

This week you should listen to Hello From the Magic Tavern from the Chicago Podcast Co-Op

This week you should watch the Netflix-exclusive continuation of Gilmore Girls

While you’re on Netflix, you should probably also check out Black Mirror

You should also check out the things Quinn is involved in. You can start here:

You can also find AYBTV here:

Movie/TV Music: Sneaky Beards

Happy Sunday everyone!

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

And the Mega Man X soundtrack

And the Drive soundtrack 

And the Akira soundtrack

Stranger Things: “Why did Benny have to die?”

A belated ‘hello’ to you all,

We are late this week because Jackson has been working a ludicrous number of hours and has not been able to post this week’s episode. Our apologies.

But, don’t worry, everything is okay and we’re here now. This week’s episode is focused on Netflix’s latest smash-hit, Stranger Things. Daniel and Jackson dig into the show’s high and low points, while trying to identify why it seems to resonate so strongly with its audience.

They also (well, mostly Jackson) get a lot of the character names wrong. Oops.

And, of course, there are recommendations:

This week you should read The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin 

This week you should play Mysterium 

This week you should watch Kubo and the Two-Strings

OH! And spoilers, lots of spoilers in this episode.

Pokemon GO: Toppling Porn

Hey everyone!

As inevitable as Niantic’s eventual world domination, so too is our podcast about Pokemon GO. Being Pokemon fans whose love of the franchise has endured throughout the years, Jackson and Daniel have both downloaded the game and have been playing it regularly since its release.

Brad joins our hosts to discuss the ins-and-outs of the game, what they like and don’t like, and some tips for any listeners who might be thinking of getting the game themselves.

We also have some recommendations for you:

This week you should play Neverwinter

This week you should read The Devourers by Indra Das

This week you should watch Stranger Things and Powers

Magic: the Gathering 5: Rock Bottom

Hello friends!

This week we are presenting a podcast of a slightly different stripe – a more personal stripe. Both Jackson and Daniel have recently divested themselves of Magic: the Gathering. For those that have been following this podcast for a while, this might come as a surprise. Your hosts have devoted multiple episodes to the game, but recent developments, both personally and with the game, have made them decide it’s time to lay down their cards.

What has prompted this change? Well, listen and find out. Of course, this episode is about more than just Magic, it’s about the relationship between consumer and media, and knowing when something has stopped adding to your life and started to take away.

Yeah, it’s a little heavy, but we spent last week talking about Steven Universe, we felt it was time for a some gravitas.

Also, we have recommendations:

This week you should read Fandom Following (which you can find here)

This week you should watch Space Patrol Luluco

This week you should listen to Hadestown by Anais Mitchell

If you’re interested in a more articulate account of Jackson’s experience with Magic and leaving it behind, you can find it here on his blog.