lukecageEpisode eighteen, so the podcast has finally come of age! Nick also completes a major rite of passage as he finally finishes Twin Peaks, while Alastair is out partying at the London Film Festival.

After that, it’s a game of two halves as we check out two new American TV shows: the opening seven episodes of Luke Cage, the new Marvel Netflix series (5:36 WITH SPOILERS), and the pilot of Westworld, a new sci-fi series from HBO (24:32).

westworldAnd if you want the syllabus of post-Luke-Cage reading material Alastair mentions during the episode, here it is.

In the latter stage, it’s all about British cinema with Spaceship (38:53), a spacey teenage drama we saw at London Film Festival, and Alastair’s recommendation from last week, the East Midlands revenge thriller Dead Man’s Shoes (49:41).

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thegirlwithallthegiftsThe seventeenth division has landed! It’s a Brit-heavy episode, with opening talk about the current London production of Pinter’s No Man’s Land with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, plus the revival of 90s middle class soap Cold Feet.

And then it’s down to business with new homegrown zombie film The Girl With All The Gifts (6:01) based on a book by MR Carey, which both Nick and Alastair read and loved. Next, it’s the difficult eleventh series of scifi sitcom Red Dwarf (21:57), before finally crossing the Atlantic for horror sequel Blair Witch (36:59). (Some parts of Blair Witch are spoiled quite heavily. BE AFRAID.)

red-dwarf-xiFinally, Britain goes to enhanced war in Nick’s latest recommendation: grim WW2 superpeople comic Uber (50:07) by Kieron Gillen and Caanan White.

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moderatefantasy-violenceOur sweet sixteen! Other important milestones in this episode – Nick finishes watching Chuck after about a year and Alastair books his London Film Festival movies!

More to the point, we catch up to the zeitgeist with Netflix’s scary-nostalgia-saga Stranger Things (4:05, INCLUDES ENDING SPOILERS), then go a little more specialist with Spanish subtitled film Julieta (24:04) and The Divine Comedy’s new album Foreverland (34:51).

As promised in the episode, if anyone’s interested in the Sodajerker on Songwriting podcast with Neil Hannon (of The Divine Comedy), it’s very good and can be found at this link here.

the_divine_comedy_foreverland_artLastly, Nick somehow hasn’t seen The Fifth Element (44:18), but Alastair’s latest recommendation will sort that out.

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david_brent-_life_on_the_road_ricky_gervais_1_h_2016-2Fifteen down! Back on regular format after two reality-bending outings, starting with opening chat about Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman and the end of Outcast season 1.

We’ve got thoughts about the difference between now and the 2000s as we talk David Brent: Life On The Road (3:19), then the long-lost world of folklore with Cry Havoc: Mything In Action (23:08). Next, we jump right back to our own tenth episode to revisit Orange Is The New Black season 4 in its entirety (37:09) INCLUDING SPOILERS.

CryHavoc_vol1-1Last of all, it’s time to get lo-fi with BBC Three’s romantic-yet-squalid one-room sitcom Him & Her (57:24).

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SINK-CpmEHa_WYAAwZiaOne last hoorah for our Nine Worlds coverage – this is Nick talking in his hotel room moments before leaving the convention for the year. (With some heckling from his girlfriend.) Cut from our main episode for reasons of length and slight redundancy, but if you want one more chance to experience the con vibe, this is your moment!

(Pictured to the left – our hotel sink, mere feet from where this audio was recorded.)

And if you want plenty more on-site Nine Worlds audio from both Nick and Alastair, you can listen to MFV #14 here! Unless you already have!

nine-worlds-2016Episode fourteen! We break our format for the second podcast running, but first, discussion of recent activities involving Twin Peaks and the Hackney Visions festival!

And then we’re into our reflections on the recent Nine Worlds geekfest event in London (4:08), including live on-site audio! Then it’s time to review new superhero movie Suicide Squad (26:08) and take a look back at the whole first season of Preacher (49:57).

If you want to revisit our thoughts on the Preacher pilot, you can hear them in MFV #8.

Yes, this episode ran a bit long once we built in all the Nine Worlds stuff. Good fun though.

suicidesquad2And lastly, as ever, Nick takes a look at Alastair’s latest recommendation: Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle (67:07).

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cursed childIt’s our thirteenth episode! We’ve done this for a whole half-year! What better way to mark the occasion than a massive batch of trailers from San Diego Comic Con and the third Sharknado movie?

We’ve also got our first ever guest on the show – we’re talking about Harry Potter And The Cursed Child (6:47), Nick saw the play but Alastair didn’t. So booktuber and mega-Potter-fan Claire Rousseau is coming on to tell us her feelings. There’s a quick no-plot-details opinion-summary at the start, then anyone avoiding spoilers should jump to 46:35, where Nick and Alastair review Star Trek Beyond in the regular MFV way.

And finally, Nick recommends Alastair the video-game-folk-music of Rebecca Mayes (58:29). Is it his sort of thing, or are we headed for another Lebowski-esque clash?

If you enjoy Claire’s appearance, you can find her talking about books on YouTube here, or at ClaireRousseau.com or @ClaireRousseau on Twitter. Since the web allows it, we’ll also embed the first of the Harry Potter re-read videos briefly mentioned on the show.

If Nick’s persuaded you to try out that video game folk music, you can see Rebecca Mayes’ videos for these songs on The Escapist here, or just cut straight to buying the albums here. You can also check out her more recent material as Boe Huntress on her Bandcamp page.

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ghostbusters-full-new-imgEpisode twelve, and Nick is playing Pokemon Go like all the cool kids. (Hopefully it’ll still be cool by the time we release the podcast.) Alastair, controversially, has read The Next Next Level by Leon Neyfakh, an actual book.

Then the 12 begins in earnest, as we review the sometimes-controversial Ghostbusters remake (5:36). We’ve also seen fashion-horror movie The Neon Demon from director Nicholas Winding Refn (23:43) and read the first segment of Normal, a serialised novel by Warren Ellis (35:09).

normal-coverFinally, Alastair gets Nick to watch The Big Lebowski, one of his favourite films (46:09). Will this finally trigger… podcast civil war?

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got-s6-facesHere’s our eleventh episode, in which we mostly don’t talk about the current Brexit-fuelled political turmoil in the UK! You might spot some frustration leaking through during the Independence Day 2 section.

But focusing on the fiction: we gaze upon the whole of Game of Thrones season 6 (5:51), before moving on to hardcore nuke-on-child action in Independence Day: Resurgence (26:24) and then Within The Wires (44:43), a new podcast from Team Night Vale – plus some chat about how Alice Isn’t Dead is holding up.

within-the-wires(Check out our initial review of the first Alice Isn’t Dead episode back in MFV #3 if you like.)

Finally, Nick introduces Alastair to Dead Like Me (54:25), a grim reaper show that warmed his cold dark-comedy-loving heart back when it first aired.

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oitnbIn a short extract trimmed from the end of our Orange Is The New Black sequence in MFV #10, find out who Alastair’s favourite character is! Then discover, yet again, that he seems really worried about shows he loves turning into Lost. Well, I guess some shows just really traumatise you.

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