This fortnight, both Nick and Alastair see their favourite teenage culture return in terrifying forms, with the new Dune adaptation and Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Which one has aged better?
But first up, they check in with Star Trek: Lower Decks season 2, and Alastair gives you his annual update from London Film Festival, now back in real physical space.
And at last, time to enter the desert of Alastair’s childhood dreams with Dune (10:43), the 2021 adaptation directed by Denis Villeneuve. Which got its sequel announced since Nick and Alastair recorded the episode and said it hadn’t – good news for moviegoers, less so for our heroes not sounding like suckers on the pod.
After that, the oily wasteland of Nick’s teenage years also rears its toothy head in Venom: Let There Be Carnage (25:46), although it may not have much in common with the comics he read when he was thirteen. But is that such a bad thing?