All Marvel all the time this fortnight, as Nick and Alastair tackle Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and the full first season of Moon Knight, a man lost in his own labyrinth of mental problems.

But first, Nick is trudging through the dank maze of Dark Souls, while Alastair’s also experiencing a split within the mind via Severance.

And then it’s time to finally get into this Marvel Cinematic Universe thingy everyone’s talking about, with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (10:58). Surprisingly few spoilers in this one, apart from a few minutes chat about the surprise cameos in the closing minutes of the review.

And lastly, Nick and Alastair return to Moon Knight (28:22) to cover the whole of this endearingly strange series, with even less spoilers somehow.

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Netflix’s hit Korean sci-fi drama The Silent Sea has a claustrophobic intensity that makes it addictive watching. The drama takes place in the confined space of a moon base, where murderous inhuman creatures stalk the corridors preying on the heroes. It owes a lot to Alien, without being derivative of the sci-fi horror masterwork, not least how it sustains the tension across its eight episodes.

The show’s protagonist, Doctor Song Ji-an (Bae Doona), is motivated to find her sister, who was amongst the previous crew of the moon base who disappeared. Song Ji-an, and the mix of scientists and soldiers who join her on this mission, probe the secrets of the moon base to uncover the mystery of what happened to the previous crew. The twist – and this is something of a spoiler – is that the secret of the moon base has more to do with Earth than the Moon.

Most of the drama of the series takes place on the moon base, but we get glimpses of the characters’ lives on Earth. These moments answer the question: what motivated these people to risk their lives on such a dangerous mission? The answer lies in the sorry state that this future Earth has found itself in following an environmental catastrophe.

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair take a voyage into the past with Viking vengeance movie The Northman and time travel veteran Doctor Who in Legend of the Sea Devils.

But first, Alastair’s lost and alone on an island with Yellowjackets, while Nick’s revisiting Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics as they come to a mini-climax in Inferno.

After all that, they finally grow out their beards for The Northman (11:24), the new Hamlet-esque revenge saga created by Robert Eggers and grimy death.

Lastly, it’s the penultimate outing for the Thirteenth Doctor Who in Legend of the Sea Devils (25:18), and as the end becomes increasingly nigh, the possibility begins to loom that Jodie Whittaker might… go out on a moderate high?

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This fortnight, it’s a tightly disciplined military exercise as Nick and Alastair cover Peacemaker and Black Crab.

But first up, Nick’s gone back to finally watch Apple TV’s Dickinson, while Alastair’s bringing us right up to date with the opening episodes of Moon Knight.

And then they leap into Peacemaker (11:53) – also slightly late, to be honest, as it’s taken forever to finally air this in the UK, but at least it happened in the end. Nick named The Suicide Squad (featuring the debut of Peacemaker) as his favourite film of 2021 – will his love persist?

Finally, for more serious army-action, we head over to Sweden for Black Crab (28:11), a dark thriller that finally gives us soldier-survival drama ON ICE.

For anyone listening to this literally in the first few hours after it drops on April 14th, Nick’s latest comics Kickstarter is finishing at UK lunchtime! Get yourself some nice Necromancer books!

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair look on the sunny side of life with Pixar’s Turning Red and… the other one with The Boys: Diabolical.

But first, Alastair’s finally seen enough Oscar movies to take a shot at predicting the results (and yes, since the ceremony has aired since this episode was recorded, you’ll already know if he was right). (This also means no jokes about Will Smith.) Meanwhile, Nick’s getting into the spirit of the season with Weezer’s new timely EP SZNZ: Spring.

And then our heroes cast aside their many worries and wish they were a red panda with Turning Red (13:46).

Last of all, Nick and Alastair have seen The Boys: Diabolical (25:04), a new animated anthology from the world of Amazon’s superhero-bashing show. And yes, an animated anthology can only mean one thing: top three countdown time!

Finally, a reminder that Nick’s latest comics Kickstarter is still running, and by the time the next MFV pod goes up, it’ll be hours from the end. So really it makes more sense to head over and back now.

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair begin a long dark journey into the depths of the human soul with The Batman and Euphoria season 2.

But first, in a rare brighter moment, Nick’s finally watched Agents of SHIELD season 7, while Alastair’s slightly more up to date with The Dropout.

After which, they zip up their cowls and dive into the dark heart of Gotham with The Batman (12:53). Does the world need another gritty Batfilm? And should it be this one specifically?

Relatedly, Euphoria season 2 (29:22) dares to ask – what if the whole world was really bad?

And finally – as you’ll know almost immediately if you listen to this podcast episode, Nick has a new comics Kickstarter running for his epic fun-goth dark magic graphic novel Death of a Necromancer with Robert Ahmad, David Cooper and DC Hopkins. Fancy giving it a look, and maybe backing for this powerful journey into the dark? Head on over and get involved.

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair attach themselves to Netflix once again to cover improv crime-sitcom Murderville and Oscar-contending cowboy movie The Power of the Dog.

But first, Alastair’s continuing his awards season diet with strong contender Parallel Mothers, while Nick’s finally watching universally beloved optcom Ted Lasso.

After which, they finally sign into Netflix to consume all six episodes of Murderville (12:02) and find out whether the one thing past popular TV cop sitcoms needed was a main character improvising the whole time.

Lastly, as part of their annual quest for Oscar relevance, Nick and Alastair watch Jane Campion’s acclaimed western The Power of the Dog (25:04) and puzzle over exactly where it fits in the pantheon of past Cumberbatch roles, plus (of course) how it connects to Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

PS – if you want to get involved with Nick’s upcoming comic about Necromancers, the Kickstarter notification page thing is up now.

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair armour up and hit the trail with Star Wars: The Book of Boba Feet, then hunker down for the apocalypse with Don’t Look Up.

But first, a rare detour into music reviewing as Nick’s heard the new Frank Turner and Mitski albums, while Alastair’s enjoying not just the new Black Country, New Road record, but also movies The Souvenir and The Souvenir Part II. Bloody hell.

But, at last, they must sit down and watch the latest Disney+ Star Wars antics in The Book of Boba Fett (14:30), chronicling one man’s rise to somehow being the second most popular man to wear his armour despite getting there first. Spoilers throughout.

And then it’s time to embrace oblivion in apocalyptic Netflix comedy-drama Don’t Look Up (29:48), starring… more or less everyone.

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This fortnight, Nick and Alastair take their annual stab at catching some films which will go on to win Oscar glory with Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza and Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth. Their success has been variable in the past, will these films finally win out?

But first, Alastair’s back on the Netflix subtitled drama with The Silent Sea, while Nick’s finally gone back and watched all of HBO scorched-Earth political satire Veep.

And then they cruise back to the 70s with the smooth romance and weird Hollywood satire of Licorice Pizza (11:02).

Last of all, going forward in time to their GCSE years, Nick and Alastair take a look at The Tragedy of Macbeth (23:03).

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Nick and Alastair cover the last month in expansive form, with a packed episode covering Spider-Man: No Way Home (at last!), The Matrix: Resurrections (surprise extra!) and Dexter: New Blood (uh-oh!).

But first, even more franchises folded in, with recent Doctor Who special Eve of the Daleks, plus Alastair’s seen the latest season of The Witcher.

And then, a full month after release, Nick (and also Alastair) has finally seen Spider-Man: No Way Home (15:56), and they’ve got a lot to say, including full film-ruining spoilers from 22:30.

As a small apology for trying and failing to cover Spidey before Christmas, they’ve slotted in a bonus un-trailed review of The Matrix: Resurrections (40:20), including scattered spoilers throughout.

Lastly, Nick and Alastair return to the scene of the crime with Dexter: New Blood (52:05), a show they enjoyed a lot in its heyday. Can this revival mini-series recapture any of the old killer magic? Finding out will require full-on ending spoilers from 63:05.

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