Final Fantasy XV was 10 years in the making and hopes to build on one of the greatest legacies in video games. As regular host, Claire White, enjoys a well deserved vacation, Kyle Willoughby and producer, James Fouhey, consider the past and present of a franchise they’ve played for almost 20 years. James discusses the genres, mythologies, and themes that have defined the series. Kyle describes the trials of XV’s long production and why the first installment was nearly the last. They conclude with their thoughts on the game, how it measures up to its predecessors, and the women of Final Fantasy.
Like its predecessors, the computer strategy game Civilization VI was made for those who love history, strategy, and indulging in dreams of empire. Kyle Willoughby and Claire White are two such people. Claire considers the stages in the rise and fall of empires as argued by Sir John Glubb. Kyle takes us back to the development of the first Civ game and the early career of Sid Meier. Our hosts conclude with their thoughts on the franchise, the new game, and their shame in the number of hours they’ve played it.(See show notes)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the eighth Star Wars film and every new film from a galaxy far, far away, is a landmark event in nerd culture. Guest, Nicole Davis from Geek Cinema Society joins Claire and Kyle as they draw historical parallels to the events of Star Wars and discuss Disney’s growing empire of acquired intellectual property. Claire focuses in on the incredible life of spy and French Resistance fighter, Nancy Wake and her struggle against real life stormtroopers in World War II. Kyle takes us through Disney’s acquisition of Lucas Arts and the influences and process of director Gareth Edwards. Nicole and our hosts conclude with their thoughts (and feelings) on the film and the franchise.(See show notes)
Westworld is HBO’s most successful series premiere and a chance for Kyle Willoughby and Claire White to delve into science fiction’s greatest concern…SEXY ROBOTS. That said, this show raises big questions in its story and in its production. Kyle considers what it is to be “human” and questions the existence of free will. Claire follows up with how the premium television landscape has changed and explains why so much is riding on Westworld’s shoulders. Our hosts conclude with their thoughts on the show’s narratives…See what we did there?(See show notes)
Harry Potter fans rejoice! With the film release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the success of the (unrelated) Off-Broadway play, Puffs, Kyle Willoughby and Claire White are ready to talk about magical creatures and the dangers of a wizarding education. Special guest, Matt Cox, playwright of Puffs: Or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic, joins them. Kyle goes in-depth on some of the many mythical connections weaved into J.K. Rowling’s creatures and Claire describes the process that brought back England’s most successful film franchise. Matt discusses his long appreciation of the Harry Potter books and the writing of his (unrelated) play. They conclude with their thoughts on Fantastic Beasts.(See show notes)
Kyle Willoughby and Claire White are taking this weekend off to eat turkey and spend time with loved ones. In that order. Here’s a teaser for next week’s episode and our special guest!