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7
Dec

Batman (1966): Smack in the Middle

Join Shawn and Scott as they breakdown and review "Smack in the Middle", the second episode of the iconic 1966 series "Batman"! Listen as they detail this story, which continues from the Batman pilot (covered in last week's episode of the podcast) in which the dastardly Riddler hatches a plot to separate the Dynamic Duo, kidnap Robin, and steal a small country's priceless treasure. They'll talk about Burt Ward's difficult performance, attempting to portray Jill St. John's character, Molly, disguised as his character, Robin. They'll also talk about the only on-screen death to ever occur on the show, why Batman and Robin needlessly caused millions of dollars worth of damage, and the stupidity of Batman falling love with a girl he only talked to for three minutes...oh, and also tried to kill him! From Batmobile chases and "La-zar" beams to well labeled instrumentation and jewel-encrusted woolly mammoths stuffed with postage stamps, not to mention the brilliance of Adam West and Frank Gorshin, this episode has it all! Plus, they rank the cinematic Batmen! So spray some "Can A" in your face, turn off the detect-a-scope, and conclude this campy bat-venture along with us! Na-na na-na na-na na-na na Batman! 
 
And don't miss our breakdown of the first part of this story, "Hi Diddle Riddle" in last week's episode! (It'll help this episode make a little more sense!) 
 
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9
Nov

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (w/ Steve Lavigne)

Join Scott as he welcomes a very special guest to the show: an artist, illustrator and letterer for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, (and a guy described as the inspiration for the character Michelangelo), Steve Lavigne! Listen as Steve talks about the early days of the Turtles, from working with creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird out of his apartment, to seeing the underground comic book expand to include a popular toy line and animated series, all within a span of three years! He'll also share some stories from the set of of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature film, including getting to meet the great Jim Henson! From working on TMNT comics, and action figure designs, to creating most of the licensing art you've seen on your favorite Turtle products, and owning and operating the great store and gallery, Shellback Artworks, Steve has been involved in all things TNMT for decades! So sit back, grab yourself a slice (hold the anchovies, dude!) and listen to a great conversation about everyone's favorite Turtles! Cowabunga! 
 
Make sure to follow Steve at Shellback Artworks' Facebook page for all of the latest updates on his comic con appearances, online store, and his board game Kickstarter! 
 
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28
Sep

Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Banjo

Join Scott and Shawn as they breakdown and review a classic episode of a subversive animated talk show, hosted by a superhero and featuring his two imprisoned adversaries: "Space Ghost: Coast to Coast"! Listen as they discuss "Banjo", the highly rated episode featuring Space Ghost's monstrous pet sea monkey as well as celebrity guests Schooly D and Weird Al Yankovic! They'll talk about the history of the characters of Space Ghost, from the  1960's Hanna-Barbera cartoon "Space Ghost and Dino-Boy", to Adult Swim spin offs like "The Brak Show", and even DC Comics like "Future Quest"! They'll also discuss the great voice work of the late C. Martin Croker, who voiced the hilarious villains Zorak and Moltar and the great musical work of the late Sonny Sharrock. Plus, Shawn will also talk about the amazing experience of seeing Weird Al Yankovic live! So don't forget your super-special vitamin, feed your sea monkeys, and get ready to receive a transmission from the Ghost Planet! 

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21
Sep

Supergirl: Pilot

Join Scott and Shawn as they breakdown and review the pilot episode of DC Comics' hit series about Superman's cousin and her decision to devote her life to becoming a superhero: Supergirl! Listen as they detail the long history of the character of Supergirl, from a girl magically wished into existence by Jimmy Olsen in the 1950's (then crushed by a meteor), to Kara's death and resurrection, and a very poorly reviewed movie. They'll point out the many Easter eggs you may have missed, discuss the show's change of networks for season two, and theorize possible ways for Supergirl to join the other shows of the "Arrowverse". And if that wasn't enough, they'll explain how the episode wouldn't have a villain if it wasn't for Sean Connery wearing a speedo. (Sadly, this is true.) So wrap yourself in an indestructible blanket, eat a celebratory pizza, and join us for a trip to National City! Up, up and away! 

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31
Aug

The Tick (2016)

Join Scott and his special guests Kevin and Matt as they take a look at Amazon's new pilot about a mysterious superhero and his young neurotic sidekick uncovering the mystery surrounding their lawless city: "The Tick"! Listen as they discuss the history of the character of the The Tick, from 18-year-old Ben Edlund's creation for New England Comics' newsletters, to a much-loved 1994 animated series, and a short-lived live action reboot in 2001. They'll talk about Peter Serafinowicz's amazing talent for voices, the specific look of The Tick and Arthur's costumes, and how Wally Pfister's direction brings an interesting grounded reality to The Tick's off-the-wall comic book universe. They'll also point out nods to the animated series, share details you may have missed, and also Ben Edlund answers some tweets about the characters! So drink a cup of melted ice cream, watch out for falling ships, and let destiny make listening to this episode your "new plan"! Spoon! 

You can vote for The Tick to be made into a series at http://www.amazon.com/pilotseason/ 

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3
Aug

Wonder Woman (Trailer) and Justice League (Trailer)

Join Shawn and Scott as they breakdown and review the new trailers for the fourth and fifth installments of the DC Extended Universe: "Wonder Woman" and "Justice League"! Listen as they review these highly anticipated trailers that premiered at San Diego Comic Con and discuss every little detail! From the "Wonder Woman" trailer, they'll discuss Gal Gadot's portrayal of the immortal demigoddess Diana, and her first adventure away from the land of Themyscira in the early 20th century. They'll talk about the look of this version of the Wonder Woman costume, as well as Chris Pine's character, Steve Trevor, and his importance to the Wonder Woman franchise. From "Justice League", they'll discuss the attempts by Bruce Wayne to recruit Jason Momoa's intimidating Aquaman and Ezra Miller's introverted Flash to aid him in preparing for an extraterrestrial threat. They'll also talk about the Apokoliptian villain Steppenwolf and the Motherboxes he'll be seeking on Earth. Plus, some rumors, a little bit of Arrowverse talk, and Shawn has some strong opinions of the "Star Trek: Discovery" teaser. So much to cover, so many heroes, may the Source be with you!

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13
Jul

The Flash: Pilot

Join Shawn and Scott as they discuss and review the pilot episode of the series about crime scene investigator Barry Allen and the freak accident that transformed him into the world's fastest superhero: "The Flash"! Listen as they breakdown every little detail and Easter egg of the episode, from references to DC Comics' New 52, characters from the comics you may have missed, and references to the classic DC storyline "Crisis on Infinite Earths"! They'll also discuss the complicated history of The Flash and the many characters that have taken up the Flash mantle throughout the years in the comic books. Plus, there's some talk about The Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and how this shared "Arrowverse" might absorb the new CW acquisition Supergirl! So grab a cup from Jitters, get your helmet strapped on, and listen to the story of the fastest man alive! 

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1
Jun

X-Men (1992): Come the Apocalypse

Join Scott and Hamish as they delve deep into the character of Apocalypse and break down the classic episode of the X-Men 1992 animated series entitled "Come the Apocalypse"! Listen as they discuss Apocalypse from his beginnings as Louise Simonson's leader of the "Alliance of Evil" in X-Factor #5 to his feature film debut in "X-Men: Apocalypse". They'll also review his four horsemen in their original forms, including the shocking transformation of Angel to Archangel in this episode, as well as the comic books. They'll also talk about the incredible anime intro that only aired in Japan (plus with some closing credits elsewhere), the ToyBiz line of action figures that was sometimes tied to the show, and a whole bunch of funny moments from the cartoon. And if that wasn't enough, Scott also plays a clip of an X-Men skit he recorded as a little kid. So put on your yellow spandex, leave Morph behind, and enjoy the show! 

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30
Apr

BONUS EPISODE: Captain America: Civil War (Spoiler-Free Review)

Join our special correspondent Hamish for an early (and don't worry, SPOILER-FREE) review of "Captain America: Civil War" in this bonus episode of Hitting Play! While the movie hits U.S. theaters on May 6th, it already opened in Australia on April 29th! So Hamish will give you the scoop on this highly anticipated newest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From continuing the personal journey of Captain America to furthering the story of The Avengers to introducing the Black Panther and Spider-Man, this movie has a lot to offer. Does it deliver? Hamish will tell us...without ruining it for us, of course! Go team Cap!...or Go team Iron Man! Whatever you prefer. 

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4
Apr

Captain America: Civil War (Comics and Trailers)

Join Scott and his guests, Kevin, and Civil War comics expert, Chet, as they delve deep and gear up for the much anticipated release of the latest movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: "Captain America: Civil War"! They'll first breakdown the seven-part Civil War comic book miniseries by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, released in 2006, and theorize what story elements may be translated to the screen, what may be changed, and what the volumes of supplemental Civil War comics material add to this story. Then, they breakdown the two major Civil War movie trailers, and discuss how these scenes relate to the previous films of the MCU as well as the original comics source material. (As well as the first looks at Black Panther and Spider-Man!) Will there be another "Stamford incident"? Will another hero die? How will the character of Spider-Man be used in this story? Will Crossbones kill Captain America? All of these questions are tacked, and much much more! So step out of your cryonic containment, brush your perfect teeth, and enjoy the show! (After all, we could do this all day.) 

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