This fortnight, Nick and Alastair finish up Star Trek: Discovery season 3 and keep mopping up last year’s movies with Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

But first, Nick’s played Burton-esque indie platformer Hollow Knight, while Alastair’s continuing that 2020 catch-up with His House.

And then they dig into the final two-thirds of Star Trek: Discovery season 3 (10:24) to find out whether anyone on this spaceship will ever exchange a cross word, including hardcore ending spoilers from 22:50.

Lastly, it’s time to check out Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (38:21), a film on Netflix based (very obviously) on a play by August Wilson and featuring the last ever performance by Chadwick Boseman.

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Only one week into 2021 (unlike last year when it was three months), Alastair and Nick unite to give one last run-down of 2020 – the highs, the lows and the other lows.

But first, one last quick film review from the tail-end of the year, as Alastair (and also eventually Nick) saw new Pixar movie Soul, while Nick was left watching Tropic Thunder on Christmas Eve because his internet crashed.

And then, before writing off last year, our heroes take a short pitstop in 2021 with a review of Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks (10:21), the latest holiday special from their favourite inconsistent sci-fi show.

Da 5 Bloods Chadwick Boseman 2020 filmAt last, it’s then time to dive into that hot retrospective material, with some analysis of the year in film (19:46), complete with Nick and Alastair each counting down their top five releases and agreeing on a unified MFV top 3 (plus the inevitable worst one), before turning to do the same for TV (47:38).

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Festive joy abounds! It’s the twenty-fourth of December, and in what might be their best approximation of a Christmas special yet, Nick and Alastair are here to talk about The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special and the festive Euphoria bonus episode Trouble Don’t Last Always.

But first, Nick keeps the holiday spirit rolling with Netflix’s Norwegian seasonal romcom Home For Christmas, while Alastair’s festively seen… historical Hollywood biopic Mank. Oh well.

But then they’re right into the timely material with The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (12:19), which… you’d think might be borderline unreviewable, and funnily enough, around the 19:45 mark, they wander off to chat about the recent Mandalorian season 2 finale (with FULL SPOILERS, be warned) and their thoughts on the recent Star Wars spin-off armada announced by Disney.

And lastly, it’s Euphoria: Trouble Don’t Last Always (37:02), a seasonal episode of the stare-into-the-void teen drama, which turns out to be… not quite as big a bummer as Nick expected. (But still a bit bleak at times.)

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair engage with the zeitgeist, in the form of adorable Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian and well-reviewed new graphic novel Redfork.

But first, Alastair’s watched death-defying Netflix series Ad Vittam, while Nick warmed up for Redfork by reading TKO stablemates Sara and Sentient.

After all that, time to re-engage with The Mandalorian (13:36), after covering the first season earlier in the year, to find out how his long galactic babysitting gig is going in season 2.

Lastly, Nick and Alastair check out Redfork (25:28), a new graphic novel from TKO Studios by Alex Paknadel and Nil Vendrell, and learn that coal might be even worse for their health than they even suspected.

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair root themselves to the sofa for short sweet binges on Amazon’s Truth Seekers and Netflix’s Blood of Zeus.

But first, Nick’s continuing his low-pain TV diet with New Girl, while Alastair’s caught up with cult scifi movie Little Joe.

Then it’s Truth Seekers (10:52) time, bringing Nick Frost, Simon Pegg and friends face to face with the paranormal. Is it funny, scary, or, somehow, both?

Lastly, they travel back in time to sample the Blood of Zeus (23:29), a new show from the studio behind Castlevania which they will surely enjoy just as much.

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair top and tail the telly, with the opening chunk of Star Trek: Discovery season 3 and the back end of The Boys season 2.

But first, Alastair’s meditating upon the intellectual side of things with The Queen’s Gambit, while Nick’s escaping from the world entirely with ludicrous satancrime show Lucifer.

After which, our heroes return to Star Trek: Discovery (9:07) to check out the opening four episodes of season 3 with very few spoilers and… moan about how everyone’s too nice to each other? Make your mind up, Nick.

Lastly, time for another crack at The Boys (26:21) after covering the opening of season 2 a few episodes ago, this time taking it all the way to the end. Since Nick and Alastair are returning to the scene of this crime a while after it was committed, they’re allowing themselves full total spoilers from the start, right up to the final plot twist. Consider yourself warned.

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair take a break from talking about the devil all the time to talk about The Devil All The Time, plus the opening issue of Department of Truth.

But first, Alastair’s seen the new adaptation of Brave New World, which had writer Grant Morrison involved in its creation, while Nick’s played Batman: Arkham Asylum, the classic video game loosely based on a graphic novel written by Morrison. Truly, it’s all connected.

That done, it’s time to armour up and step out into the wilderness with The Devil All The Time (12:47), the new glum Netflix movie about constant murder in small town America.

And lastly, they’ve also read Department of Truth #1 (24:13), a new series from Image Comics by James Tynion IV, Martin Simmonds and Aditya Bidikar about conspiracy theories and the dawning horror of their reality.

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This fortnight, the Netflix don’t start til Nick and Alastair walk in, as they cover Enola Holmes and Teenage Bounty Hunters.

But first – if you happen to be reading this before midday UK time on release day (October 1st 2020), you might only have minutes to back Nick’s new comic Kickstarter! If that’s something you want to do.

Anyway – back in the normal schedule, Nick and Alastair are recommending stuff, such as Batman-adjacent police comic Gotham Central, and harrowing-sounding films like The Nightingale and Bait.

Before finally launching into today’s full reviews with junior detective movie Enola Holmes (10:28), starring Millie Bobby Brown as Sherlock’s younger sister in a fun kids’ adventure.

And they round it off with some less wholesome (yet still very likable) investigative antics in Teenage Bounty Hunters (23:50), a silly action-comedy-drama from the producers of their beloved Orange Is The New Black. Just FYI, includes spoilers for a big midway twist from 36:44, followed by full-on ending ruiners from 40:15.

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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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