This fortnight, Nick and Alastair watch badly reviewed franchise-finale X-Men: Dark Phoenix!

But first, they look at some better-received material, such as Amazon’s Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett adaptation Good Omens and the hit Mister Miracle comic by Tom King and Mitch Gerads.

Then its time to get into the meat of the firebird with X-Men: Dark Phoenix (10:47). Is it as bad as people say? Have they provided a hard send-off to the franchise after nearly twenty years?

And then, considering all the spiralling rumours about this film, it seemed a good time to ask: To what degree does the circumstances of a film’s release affect our viewing of it? (32:16)

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It’s the season finale of Game of Thrones! After eight long years, the end of TV’s hottest show landed on us all, and Nick and Alastair have taken their time to give you some long-considered thoughts on it. (Unlike the actual series. Ahem.)

But first, Nick’s catching up on increasingly bizarre undead crime show iZombie, while Alastair’s right up to date with nuclear docu-drama Chernobyl.

And then it’s onto the ash-strewn battlefield for the final six episodes of Game of Thrones (8:51). Where on the wide spectrum of possible Westeros opinions will our heroes fall?

Lastly, there’s one big question left: what will be the next big show everyone watches? (29:04)

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Following on from last episode, where they asked a gaming YouTuber about a film, this time, Nick and Alastair ask two TV/movie podcasters (themselves) about a film based on a game – Pokémon: Detective Pikachu!

But first, Alastair’s made his annual trip to the Sci-Fi London Film Festival and saw Perfect, whereas Nick stayed at home and watched The OA season 2 on Netflix.

And then they sniff out the secrets of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (9:57). Alastair grew up gotta catching them all, Nick is slightly too old – will this affect their enjoyment? In either direction? Could this be the best video game adaptation?

And further to that, the follow-up question: what about all the others? How do we make better video game movies? (29:03)

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At long last, Nick and Alastair are in the Avengers: Endgame, and to cover this epic team-up, they’ve recruited Jon from Many A True Nerd (stepping in for our advertised guest Claire Rousseau) to join the battle, and also run long. So very long.

But before they even get into that, they’ve got some recommendations for you, such as Jon’s thoughts on linguistics game Heaven’s Vault, Nick’s reading of some Horus Heresy novels and Alastair watching indescribable BBC bus show Don’t Forget The Driver.

After all that, Nick, Alastair and Jon finally start on Avengers: Endgame (16:34), complete with FULL TOTAL SPOILERS, individual character arc breakdowns, pondering where the Marvel media machine might go next and, inevitably, it all comes back to Jon’s love of weird Batman prequel show Gotham.

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Anything for a laugh this fortnight, as Nick and Alastair celebrate a sudden golden age of new British sitcoms by covering three of them in a single podcast: Derry Girls, This Time With Alan Partridge and Fleabag.

But first, Alastair’s caught up with old podcast subject Star Trek: Discovery, while Nick’s read Sweet Tooth (and a few other comics by Jeff Lemire).

And then, for the first time since changing the show format ages ago, our heroes cover three whole new releases in a single episode: Derry Girls at 8:51, This Time at 19:11 and finally Fleabag at 31:09, complete with ending spoilers for the latter.

Impressive work by our heroes, though it does mean no related question. Sorry.

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A fortnight after they should’ve but didn’t, Nick and Alastair cover Jordan Peele’s Us, a new horror movie about secret evil duplicates and scissors.

But first, Nick’s lurked in more conventional horror territory with The Walking Dead, while Alastair’s seen Hanna, Amazon’s latest film-into-series adaptation.

And then it’s time to cover Us (10:51), beginning above ground in the sunlight, and then descending into the dark spoiler tunnels around 21:02.

Lastly, they take this movie’s strange final act as a chance to ask: what makes a good horror movie ending? (30:39)

And yes, it’s about endings so there are more spoilers for Us in the question section, along with a few ending-details for such films as Scream, Dog Soldiers, Psycho, The Witch, Rosemary’s Baby, Cabin In The Woods, Don’t Look Now… basically if you’re behind on horror movies and care about being surprised, maybe skip that bit. Fair warning.

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This could be sci-fi’s big moment. Denis Villeneuve is working on a star studded adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel Dune, and Netflix recently dropped a sci-fi anthology show from David Fincher called Love, Death and Robots.

I loved Villeneuve’s films Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, and I’m very excited for his big screen adaptation of one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time. Could this be the beginning of a new trend? Could sci-fi novel adaptations unseat superheroes from their position as the overlords of cinema? If so, what other epic sci-fi novels would make great films? I have a few ideas:

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This fortnight, slightly contrary to their trailer at the end of last episode (sorry), Nick and Alastair watch all eighteen stories in Netflix’s Love, Death & Robots, an assortment of scifi fantasy shorts offering a stunning combination of animation styles.

But first, Alastair’s watched Dark, a German scifi-horror show, whereas Nick’s back on old favourite Crazy Ex-Girlfriend for their final season, both of which are on Netflix.

After which, they get to Love, Death & Robots (8:24), giving you their view on the overall quality, whether the high volume of nudity and gore is an issue and then count down their respective top five episodes, to give you a warm flashback to the end of year shows.

Finally, after an unusually high density of Netflix in this episode (despite them not sponsoring us), Nick and Alastair ask: does Netflix know too much about you? (27:35)

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Time to break into 2019’s superhero film batch, with the debut of Marvel’s Captain Marvel!

But first, Nick’s been watching a non-shared-universe superhero adaptation in the form of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, while both he and Alastair have seen This Time with Alan Partridge, leading to some kind of mini-review.

After which, it’s time for Captain Marvel (11:27), with some initial safe non-specific talk, followed by hardcore spoilers from 22:20 onwards.

And then, in light of Samuel L. Jackson’s startling youthful transformation in this movie, time to ask: what other uses are there for new digital de-aging technologies? (37:53)

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair return to the bricky world of The Lego Movie to learn another important lesson about how to play nicely with others!

But first, Alastair’s been watching Nightflyers (and Nick takes the opportunity to drop some news on him), while Nick’s started Homicide: Life On The Street, the TV adaptation of David Simon’s book – yes, the one he told a story from in MFV’s guest appearance on And Then What?

And then it’s time to work together with your little sister and watch The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (8:53), so everyone can find out if it really needed a sequel.

Last of all, inspired by the multi-franchise toy commercial nature of this fortnight’s movie, Nick and Alastair ask: what film concept would involve more capitalism? (24:54)

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