This fortnight, the streaming TV continues unabated, as Nick and Alastair get into the new season of The Boys, plus go a little more obscure with new German scifi drama Biohackers.

But first, Alastair goes way undercover to document Sacha Baron Cohen’s turn to serious acting in The Spy, while Nick’s studying long distance hiking with Luke Healy’s graphic novel Americana (and the act of getting over it), with a shout to other quality travel comics, such as Pyongyang by Guy Delisle and Follow Me In by Katriona Chapman.

That done, they delve back into The Boys season 2 (10:26) – or at least, the four episodes released so far. And although the violence against deserving superheroes is brutal and explicit, they only use hardcore spoilers from around 28:14.

And not for long, because at 32:11, it’s time to chat about Biohackers, the new Netflix show where the miraculous genetic manipulation seems wholly plausible compared to some of the main character’s complex masterplans.

Lastly, yes, if you’re interested in backing Nick’s new comic And It Snowed on Kickstarter, you’ve got two weeks left! By the time the next episode goes up, it’ll be just hours!

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair return to the Netflix well with Project Power and Transformers: War for Cybertron.

But first, in the face of a confusing world, Nick returns to the comforting world of scifi sarcasm on TV with Killjoys, while Alastair continues his delve into the Netflix foreign language library with Trotsky.

At last, they must sit down and watch Project Power (13:26), a new Netflix superhero/cop hybrid engineered by Netflix, with the help of Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and beards.

Finally, even further from reality, it’s Transformers: War For Cybertron: Chapter One: Siege (29:50), a new anime series about the robots in disguise, staring almost as many different transforming machines as there are letters in that incredibly long title.

And, as mentioned a couple of times in this episode, Nick’s new comic And It Snowed is up on Kickstarter, an urban fantasy crime comic featuring lovely wintery cityscapes by Robert Ahmad and letters by DC Hopkins. If you fancy it (and also wanted to pick up any of his old comics, they’re all there too), he’d hugely appreciate it if you headed over here and checked it out.

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair return to streaming TV, as you always knew they would, with The Umbrella Academy on Netflix and Muppets Now on Disney+.

But first, they’ve both been hitting the HBO sitcoms for some premium laughs – Alastair with Silicon Valley and Nick with Insecure.

And then it’s time for The Umbrella Academy (11:07) to wow everyone with their wacky antics, inconsistent time travel and dubious taste in music. Nick and Alastair manage not to spoil the season that much, although some plot events are mentioned.

Lastly, they’ve watched the opening three episodes of Muppets Now (33:20), so must answer the big questions: can the Muppets work in 2020? And… can you really review them like this?

Finally, if anyone in the MFV audience is interested, Nick has a new comics Kickstarter coming up, an urban fantasy crime story called And It Snowed. Click here to sign up for a notification when it launches (or, if you’re reading this during September 2020, your pledges would be much appreciated!).

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This fortnight, uninspired by recent releases, Nick and Alastair delve into the old days to each bring a recommendation to the pod-table. Alastair volunteers for popular child-slaughter movie Battle Royale, while Nick signs up to contemplative spy comic Zero.

But first, Nick’s gone even further into the misty past by reading a load of David Lapham’s classic indie crime comic series Stray Bullets, while Alastair’s making one token effort to stay topical with season 2 of Amazon’s Hanna adaptation.

And then they finally get onto the Battle Royale (13:52) island, with discussion of its trashy grindy gore, before trying to work out if they fully understood the ending. (So yeah, maybe some mild spoilers for this quite old film.)

Lastly, they go deep under with Zero (29:36), by Ales Kot and various artists (Michael Walsh, Tradd Moore, Mateus Santolouco, Morgan Jeske and Will Tempest, to be specific). And after the giddy bloodsport of Battle Royale, Kot’s here to make them wonder: is violence… bad, actually? 

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This fortnight, after a few weeks of teasing, Nick and Alastair make a full-on journey into the Dark, with the third and final season of Netflix’s epic German timetravel saga, followed by new comics-based action movie The Old Guard.

But before that, Alastair’s stuck to the foreign-language Netflix scifi theme with Russian robot scifi show Better Than Us, while Nick switches over to evil human creatures in HBO’s Succession.

And then, at last, it’s time to turn off the lights and keep it Dark (13:28), with an opening summary chat containing only a few broad season 1-2 spoilers, before they drop the full spoilers warning at 27:09 and wade all the way into ending details. Only some of this podcast is about our heroes checking with each other that they actually understood the show.

Lastly, as a palette cleanser, Nick and Alastair watch The Old Guard (43:15), once a comic they covered way back in 2017, and now a zippy action movie starring Charlize Theron.

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair watch new Spike Lee movie Da 5 Bloods, then read the opening issues of madcap comic series The Ludocrats. Despite their best efforts, there isn’t much connection there – which is apt enough for the chaotic nature of the latter.

Before all that though, it’s time for some popular musical streaming service fun with the Hamilton film on Disney Plus, and the equally culturally significant Eurovision movie on Netflix.

Then for their first big item, Nick and Alastair dig into Da 5 Bloods (14:21), taking in both the movies about Vietnam and the ones by Spike Lee, and relatively few spoilers for once.

Finally, they’ve read the opening two issues of The Ludocrats (32:11), the new absurdist action comedy by Kieron Gillen, Jim Rossignol, Jeff Stokely and co, and… well, it’s a hard one to describe in words, which might be a problem for this medium.

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair tackle the growth industry of TV series based on popular movies, with the new Snowpiercer show and the second season of What We Do In The Shadows.

But first, they touch on the recent Warren Ellis news, before Alastair talks up the latest Ben Aaronovitch Rivers of London novel False Value, and Nick ecstatically reviews the new Harley Quinn animated series.

And then they launch into covering the first five episodes of Snowpiercer (12:37), complete with chat about how it compares to the cult movie (surprisingly Alastair’s seen it while Nick hasn’t), the American TV drive to turn everything into a cop show and a few implied spoilers for the fourth and fifth episodes.

Lastly, Nick and Alastair catch all the way up on What We Do In The Shadows (24:49), with talk of all their favourite characters, heavy admiration for Matt Berry and, surprisingly, the fact they’ve both seen the original film.

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair take off with Space Force, then venture into the forest of Family Tree.

But first, Nick’s gone back and read the original classic run on The Authority by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, while Alastair’s spent time watching plays like Frankenstein, Coriolanus and A Streetcar Named Desire on the National Theatre YouTube channel.

After all that, Space Force (12:30) waits for them in the stars (on Netflix). Can a new show from the lead writer and star of The Office US live up to that starry pedigree?

And then another big name – podcast favourite comic writer Jeff Lemire and artist Phil Hester bring us Family Tree (29:14), their new plant-horror book from Image Comics.

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair meet a pair of action heroes who are both having their hearts melted by cute kids in Star Wars: The Mandalorian and Extraction. If only they’d planned this thematic cohesion.

But first, the introductory lockdown culture update section takes in Alastair’s latest Mission Impossible update and review of the new Altered Carbon season, plus Nick finally watching Westworld season 3.

And then, way after America thanks to Disney Plus’s annoying British release schedule, they finally head out on the plain with The Mandalorian (10:40), and for once they’ve even held back on the spoilers.

Lastly, they go way old school with new Netflix one-man-army action orgy Extraction (24:15), in which Chris Hemsworth murders hundreds, but still gets emotional about a child.

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair take a break from their dystopian-level Netflix immersion to watch Devs on iPlayer and read new crime comic Friday!

But first, Nick’s finally checked out this year’s DC Arrowverse crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths, while Alastair’s… back on Netflix again to watch Ghost In The Shell: SAC_2045.

And then they dive into Devs (15:27), the thoughtful tech-thriller written and written by Alex Garland, with a few spoilers scattered throughout. Although they somehow manage not to ruin the ending.

Lastly, our heroes read Friday (34:40) by Ed Brubaker, Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente, one of the few new comics making it to readers at the moment. This, of course, is because it’s only available directly from the Panel Syndicate website as a pay-what-you-want download.

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