VoK 624: The Mandalorian Season 2 (Chapter 9-12)



The Vassals gather aboard the Razer Crest to discuss season two of the Disney+ show Star Wars: The Mandalorian. We cover the first four episodes (chapter 9-12) that have currently aired.

Hosts: Adam (Drownedsnow), Zach (Alias), Marie (Nymeria), and David (davidhhh)

Credits:
Edited by Adam


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VoK 623: Deadwood Season 3


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A podcast episode is never late. It arrives precisely when it means to. And so with characteristic timeliness, VOK releases its review of the HBO series Deadwood’s third and final season a mere fourteen years after its initial release. Join Dana, Michael, Thomas and Bina for a spoiler-filled discussion of plot and character. Then join us for an uncharacteristically long after show where we discuss the constitutional politics of the USA and UK.

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VoK 622: LOTR – The Fellowship of the Ring part 1


The Vassals of Kingsgrave once again explore Middle Earth in this new reread of The Lord of the Rings. Join us for the first 6 chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring, following the hobbits from Bag Eng to the Old Forest.

Hosts: Alix (Aiwendil), Tanja (scilens), Zach (Alias), Marie (Nymeria)

Credits:
Edited by Marie (Nymeria)
Check out the Alliance of Arda for discussions about race, sexuality, gender identity, and disability through Tolkien and his works.

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VoK 621: Indian Matchmaking (Netflix)


Hey, you single? Join Michal (inkasrain), Adam (drownedsnow), Tanja (Scilens), and Matt (Varley) as we discuss Netflix’s Indian Matchmaking, the reality dating sensation that’s sweeping several nations. Who’s our favorite match candidate? Why do people get married anyway? Would we go to a face reader? What’s up with the molecular gastronomy? And will Vyasar hang out with us, pleeeeease?

In the aftershow, we’re joined by Bina007 to go in-depth on her take on the series, as well as Indian culture, diaspora, and the role that matchmaking plays in Indian life around the world.

Credits:
Edited by Michal (inkasrain)

Music: Marrakesh Market by Parry Music 
(We note that Marrakesh is in Morocco, not India, but this music was used in the show and it slaps.)

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VoK 620: The Witcher Saga – Blood of Elves (Part 2) (by Andrzej Sapkowski)


Join the Vassals for more swords and sorcery as we discuss the second half (chapters 5-7) of Andrzej Sapkowski’s “Blood of Elves”. Also, are councils good or bad? And who needed that old shack anyways!

Hosts: David/davidhhh, Bing/Shoeshiner, Kevin/NuncleKevin, Zach/Alias, Adam/DrownedSnow and Marie/Nymeria

Credits:
Edited by Kevin (NuncleKevin)

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VoK 619: The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 12 – Order of the Phoenix Start)


The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to start the fifth book in the series, The Order of the Phoenix. Join Adam (drownedsnow), Matt (Varley), Marie (Nymeria), Michal (inkasrain), Zander (The Lord Baron), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 1-6.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Loved Ones and Leaving by Nicholas Hooper 

Reclaiming Magic: ‘Harry Potter’ Fans Advocate for Trans Rights
‘Harry Potter’ Helped Me Come Out as Trans, But J.K. Rowling Disappointed Me
Opinion: Harry Potter’s Magic Fades When His Creator Tweets
Combatting Transphobia from a Clinical Psychology Perspective with Oak Reed

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VoK 618 – I May Destroy You


Bina007 and Hannah / Shadowbaby discuss Micaela Coel’s provocative, powerful TV series, I May Destroy You. The discussion is full of spoilers, but also discusses sexual assault and rape in detail. Listeners are encouraged to exercise self-care.

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VoK 617 – Return of the King Extended Edition Fan Rewatch Part 2


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The Vassals finally head Into The West with the final part of their Return of the King Extended Edition rewatch. This part begins at the Muster of Rohan, 1hr49m into the film. Learn how the movie did Gandalf and Faramir AND Aragorn dirty, but that the absence of the Scouring of the Shire isn’t actually a problem.

Hosts: Bina007, Adam/DrownedSnow, Matt/Varley, Marie/Nymeria, Alias/Zach and O.G of the M.E. Peter/Shellfish.

Spoilers for all things Tolkien duh.

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VoK 616 – Return Of The King Extended Edition Fan Rewatch Part 1


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The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began. Join the Vassals on their rewatch of the Extended Edition of The Return of the King. As the film is so long, they watch the pre-amble to the final battle, and leave as Gimli enters the Paths of the Dead (to the end of scene 33) and just before The Muster of Rohan.

Hosts: Bina007, Adam/DrownedSnow, Nadia, Matt/Varley, Alias/Zach and O.G of the M.E. Peter/Shellfish.

Spoilers for all things Tolkien duh.

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VoK 615: The Witcher Saga – Blood of Elves (Part 1) (by Andrzej Sapkowski)



Join the Vassals for more swords and sorcery as we discuss the first half (chapters 1-4) of Andrzej Sapkowski’s “Blood of Elves”. Also, how does book translation work? Where’s #Greg?

Hosts: David/davidhhh, Bing/Shoeshiner, Kevin/NuncleKevin, Zach/Alias, Adam/DrownedSnow and Abby/DaceyMormont

Credits:
Edited by Kevin (NuncleKevin)

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VOK 614: Two Towers EE Fan Watch


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Following on from our LOTR AltHistory discussion, the ReRead crew get together to watch the Extended Edition of The Two Towers. They ramble chat and occasionally offer insights into why Faramir is dreamy.

Hosts: Bina007, Adam/DrownedSnow, Nadia, Matt/Varley, Marie/Nymeria, MunroJock2 and O.G of the M.E. Peter/Shellfish.

Spoilers for all things Tolkien duh.

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VOK 613: The Fellowship Of The Ring Fan Watch


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Following on from our LOTR AltHistory discussion, the ReRead crew get together to watch the Extended Edition of Fellowship of the Ring. They ramble chat and occasionally offer insights on why Boromir is the most under-rated character in LOTR.

Hosts: Bina007, Adam/DrownedSnow, Nadia, Matt/Varley, Paul/Ser Dinner Roll and O.G of the M.E. Peter/Shellfish.

Spoilers for all things Tolkien duh.

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VOK 612: LOTR ReRead Reunion – Counterfactual History


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Many of us are comfort-reading LOTR right now, so Bina007 decided to gather up the Vassals who hosted the LOTR re-read back in 2013 to discuss what would have happened if Faramir had attended the Council of Elrond rather than Boromir; if Sauron had never found the Ring; if Theoden hadn’t helped Gondor; what if Sauron won; and what if Saruman never went bad.

Thanks to Matt’s Air Con and Paul playing LOTR online this isn’t the cleanest of audio files but we thought The Listener would still like to hear OG Vassals Shellfish, Nadia and EastTexasDirewolf back on the airwaves.  Quotidian hosts include Matt/Varley, Bina, Brett/Whiteraven, Adam/Drownedsnow and Paul/SerDinnerRoll.

Spoilers for all things Tolkien duh.

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VoK 611: The Witcher Saga – Sword of Destiny (Part 2) (by Andrzej Sapkowski)



The Vassals discuss the second half of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Sword of Destiny including the short stories “A Little Sacrifice,” “Sword of Destiny,” and “Something More.” Your hosts are: David/davidhhh, Michal/Inkasrain, Marie/Nymeria, Bing/Shoeshiner, Bina/Bina007, Kevin/NuncleKevin, Paul/SerDinnerRoll

Credits:
Edited by Kevin (NuncleKevin)

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VoK 610: The Witcher Saga – Sword of Destiny (Part 1) (by Andrzej Sapkowski)


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The Vassals discuss the first half of the second book of The Witcher series – Sword of Destiny – in an episode that spoils the book but not the Netflix show.

Topics:
: 30 Intro and general reviews
09:45 The Bounds of Reason
41:25 A Shard of Ice
1:04:30 Eternal Flame
1:31:40 General discussion

Your hosts are: David/davidhhh, Michal/Inkasrain, Marie/Nymeria, Bing/Shoeshiner, Bina/Bina007, Kevin/NuncleKevin, Paul/SerDinnerRoll

Edited by davidhhh

Music credits:
Geralt of Rivia:
Original Music by Sonya Belousova & Giona Ostinelli
Toss a Coin to Your Witcher:
Original Music by Sonya Belousova & Giona Ostinelli
Lyrics by Jenny Klein, Sonya Belousova & Giona Ostinelli
Performed by Joey Batey

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VoK 609: Remember Cedric Diggory? aka The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 11)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to pick up the fourth and final part of The Goblet of Fire. Join Jock (munrojock2), Matt (Varley), Saad (saad164), Marie (Nymeria), Michal (inkasrain), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 31-37 and complete the book.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Harry in Winter by Patrick Doyle

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VoK 608: A GameShow of Thrones #2 (ASOIAF Trivia)



What started out as a wholesome round of A Song of Ice and Fire trivia, quickly descends into drunken, isolation-induced mayhem. Vassals Michal (inkasrain), Matt (Varley), Adam (drownedsnow), Hannah (shadow_ baby), David (davidhhh), and Abby (Daceymormont) duke it out for supremacy. Listen at your own peril! 😜

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 607: GRRM’s Thousand Worlds – “Bitterblooms” and “In the House of the Worm” (Review)


The Vassals (and Bastards) launch into George R. R. Martin’s science fiction universe. Join Amin, Duncan (aka Valkyrist), Michael (aka Mordion), and Zach (aka Alias) as they review two short stories from Martin’s Thousand Worlds series – “Bitterblooms” and “In the House of the Worm.”

Credits:
Edited by Amin and Valkyrist

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VoK 606: The Plot Against America (HBO miniseries)


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The Nerdywells discuss Philip Roth’s 2004 alt-history novel and the recent HBO series based on it. Spoilers for both within.

Topics:
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10 mins in – the romantic idealism of Herman Levin and the tragic cynicism of Alvin Levin
27 mins in – the strength of Bess Levin and vacuity of Evelyn Finkel
36 mins in – Interlude: what really happened at the end?
46 mins in – the assimilationist politics of Rabbi Bengelsdorf
58 mins in – Sandy, Philip, Seldon and Alt history as a genre
1 hr 11 mins in – the ending again! Seriously if any of you can explain this to us please write in.

Hosts: Bina007, Matt/Varley, Greg/ClaudiusTheFool, Adam/DrownedSnow, Abby/DarceyMormont and Jock/MunroJock2.

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VoK 605: The Witcher Saga – The Last Wish (by Andrzej Sapkowski)


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The Vassals discuss the first book of The Witcher series – The Last Wish – in an episode that spoils the book but not the Netflix show.

Topics:
– How people got into the show and favourite short story
– 15 mins in – Intro to the world
– 18 mins in – The Witcher
– 33 mins in – A Grain Of Truth
– 42 mins in – A Lesser Evil
– 51 mins in – Question of Price
– 1 hr 4 mins in – The Edge of the world
– 1 hr 17 mins in – The Last Wish
– 1 hr 32 mins in – The Voice of Reason
– 1 hr 40 mins in – TV show and video game stuff

Your hosts are: Michal/Inkasrain; Abby/DaceyMormont; CreepyNuncleKevin; Paul/SerDinnerRoll; Bing/Shoeshiner; DavidHHH; Marie/Nymeria.

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