This fortnight, Nick and Alastair do battle with romance itself in Love Everlasting, and the horrifying scale of capitalism itself in How To Blow Up A Pipeline. Heavy stuff.

But first, they’ve also caught up on their streaming series, as Nick’s seen Heartstopper and Alastair’s done Foundation.

After which, it’s time to read the first volume of Love Everlasting (12:43), the surreal romance-fantasy puzzle comic by Tom King and Elsa Charretier.

Last of all, they learn some important lessons about terrorism with 2022 movie How To Blow Up A Pipeline (23:34).

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair return to the hellish kitchen of The Bear for its second season, then descend into a more literal underworld in Damn Them All.

But first, Alastair’s sticking with the monstrous angle in What We Do In The Shadows season 4, while Nick’s in more scholarly territory with Poisoned Chalice by Pádraig Ó Méalóid, a book chronicling a longrunning legal saga (about comics).

After all that, they gird their loins and dive into the kitchen of The Bear (14:14), only to find it’s… maybe a little less stressful than they remember it? (Also there are a few unlabelled spoilers in this review, sorry.)

But don’t worry, new comic Damn Them All (31:44) by Simon Spurrier and Charlie Adlard is exactly as demonic as you’d expect.

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair ascend to the heavenly heights of Good Omens 2, then plunge into the dirty underworld of spies in Old Dog.

But first, Nick’s still listening to bands from his teens with the new Hives album The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons, while Alastair’s seen The Last Waltz outside the Barbican. (With a cameo from Nick’s Barbie opinions.)

And then they ascend to the afterlife and bicker like an old married couple with Good Omens 2 (12:27, including full ending spoilers from 23:01), testing the very limits of hot actor chemistry.

Lastly, time to go underground with Old Dog (29:55), the new spy-fi comic from Declan Shalvey, but don’t worry, there’s no risk of our heroes learning any new tricks.

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It’s the return of the Netflix movie double-bill this fortnight, with They Cloned Tyrone and Extraction 2.

But first, Alastair’s seen new wine-battle show Drops of God, while Nick’s once again in retro territory with new Blur album The Ballad of Darren.

After which, our heroes sign on for the conspiracy in blaxploitation scifi comedy They Cloned Tyrone (12:08).

And lastly, time to heroically blow up some vehicles and slaughter hundreds with Chris Hemsworth in Extraction 2 (23:47).

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A change to the advertised programme, as Nick and Alastair both made it to the cinema to watch burning-hot new movie Oppenheimer, as well as sneaking through latest Marvel mini-series Secret Invasion.

But first, Nick’s reading long-standing cops/capes comic Powers by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, while Alastair’s filling in the other half of the Barbenheimer meme for us with Barbie.

From which they move right onto the nuclear dawn in Oppenheimer (13:29), Christopher Nolan’s new biopic about nuclear bombcraft which looks like one of the big releases of the year.

And at the opposite end of the spectrum, they also saw Secret Invasion (28:32), the latest Marvel Disney+ event finally giving Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury some spotlight.

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Nick and Alastair go deep down this fortnight, delving into the criminal underworld (kinda) with Nimona, then plunging literally underground with Silo season 1.

But first, Alastair’s watched the latest film in his beloved Mission Impossible franchise (surely you’ve read his epic retrospective article?), while Nick’s staying up in the light with Abbot Elementary.

And then it’s time to get ambiguously not-evil with Nimona (15:09), Netflix’s movie adaptation of the devious graphic novel by ND Stevenson.

Lastly, they study the dark secrets of Silo (24:54), the hit Apple TV series. But are our heroes about to go unusually against the media consensus?

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair take a journey into many sides of America, with the dark underbelly in Poker Face, and an altogether more whimsical angle in Asteroid City.

But first, some other TV catchup, as Nick’s finished the final season of Ted Lasso, while Alastair plunges into a new grim collection of Black Mirror episodes.

Plus a little more, as they both saw Poker Face (13:56), the acclaimed new crime show from Rhian Johnson. Is it as good as people say?

And how about Asteroid City (26:52), the latest movie from tweecore auteur Wes Anderson?

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A brutal fortnight this time, as Nick and Alastair cover teen cannibal drama Yellowjackets and ultraviolent Finnish movie Sisu.

But first, Alastair’s staring at shiny cars and shinier bald heads in Fast X, while Nick’s reading Stan Sakai’s fluffy rabbit samurai comic Usagi Yojimbo.

And then it’s off into the wilderness with Yellowjackets season 2 (15:02), as the lost football team finally get into the meat of the situation. Specifically the dead human meat. Including hardcore survivalist season-ending spoilers from around 25:30.

Lastly, our heroes relax by watching an angry commando slaughter Nazis in Sisu (34:08).

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A couple of the year’s major cultural events come together here, with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and the final season of Succession.

But first, Nick’s been reading introspective flight-metaphor comic She Could Fly, while Alastair’s been at Sci-Fi London film festival, seeing movies you cannot watch, such as Phi 1.618.

But never mind that, it’s time to get into Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (8:45), a sequel to a film wildly heralded as the best Spider-Man adaptation and one of the best animated movies of recent years. So no pressure then.

Lastly, another era-defining release – Succession season 4 (26:57), concluding the smash hit series about horrible rich siblings destroying each other. Includes full-fat finale spoilers from 37:35.

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Nick and Alastair find another animated anthology to subject to an internet-friendly chart treatment with Star Wars: Visions, and are then punished by an online demon in new comic W0rldtr33.

But first, Alastair’s revisiting one of the very first recommendations on this podcast by reading all of The Manhattan Projects by Jonathan Hickman & Nick Pitarra, while Nick’s fulfilling a longheld ambition by finally watching Justified.

And then they finally dive into season 2 of Star Wars: Visions (12:43), pausing only to also reflect on the first season which they felt compelled to watch due to geek completism. After all that, the inevitable top three countdown takes place.

Lastly, Nick and Alastair read unsettling internet horror comic W0rldTr33 #1 (26:44) by James Tynion IV and Fernando Blanco and try not to reflect too much on the amount of time they’ve spent online and the fact the demon is probably already in them.

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