VOK 668: What We Do in the Shadows



The Vassals review and discuss the What We Do in the Shadows series and film. Bat!

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Zander/TheLordBaron
Sara/DrBlood
Abby/daceymormont
Jock/munrojock2
Tanja/scilens

Credits:
Edited by Peter/Shellfish

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VOK 667: Shadow and Bone (Netflix)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave welcome you to magic Russia, a land full of hot men, crime-friends, and places whose names will be spelled out for you on the screen! Join Michal (inkasrain), Adam (drownedsnow), David (davidhhh), Matt (Blu3arm0r), Amber (amberrocks), and Jock (Munrojock2) as we discuss Netflix’s new-ish young adult fantasy series, Shadow & Bone. Who ships Malina? Who wants to hook up with Ben Barnes? Who thinks you should read the books? And who is just here for the Crows?

Credits:
Edited by Michal

Music: Royal Archives Heist by Joseph Trapanese

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VoK 666: Creature Chat – Demons



The Vassals delve deep into devilry, and hope to escape with their souls intact. Why is it goats?

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Sara/DrBlood
Jock/munrojock2
Adam/drownedsnow
Zach/Alias
Kat/kitkathistory24601
Patrick/Ser Patrick the Tall

Credits:
Edited by Peter/Shellfish

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VOK 665b – Soccercast – Euros 2020 Semi Final Review and Final Preview


Join Bina, Bing, Noah and Patrick as they review the semi-finals and preview the final of the Euros 2020.

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VOK 665 – Bitesize Soccercast – Reaction To England’s Semi-Final Victory


Two short clips of Bina and Noah in jubilant mood; Patrick gracious in defeat; and Bing neutral as always. Football’s Coming Home! Join us on the Discord for live Finals chat on Sunday.

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VOK 664 – Soccercast – Euros R16 and QF Review and SF Preview


Noah, Patrick and Grand-Maester Bing review the Round of 16 and Quarter Final matches and preview the Semi Finals with the aid of Noah’s quote unquote amazing wall chart.

The Round of 16 review plays out as follows: Boyos vs Denmark up at the start; Italy vs Austria at 6 mins in; the shock upset of Netherlands vs Czech Rep at 9m; Belgium vs FC Ronaldo at 14m; Croatia vs Spain with Most Weird Shit in a football match at 17m; RIP France vs Switzerland at 23m; and FOOTBALL COMING HOME at 28m; Sweden vs Ukraine at 40m.

The Quarter Final coverage starts at 44m with the entrance of Ser Patrick The Tall and moves into Spain vs Switzerland; Belgium vs Italy at 49m and the potentially fateful injury of Spinnazola; Czech Republic vs Denmark at 59m in that footballing mecca of Baku; and finally England roflstomping Ukraine 4-0 at 1hr 3 mins in.

The semi-final preview begins at 1hr 10mins in on England vs Denmark and Spain vs Italy at 1hr 20mins in.

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VoK 663: The Movie Passport #2 – Indonesian Cinema


Selamat pagi! Welcome to The Movie Passport, a new podcast series about world cinema. In this episode, Duncan (Valkyrist), Silvana (silvaubrey), Matt (Blu3arm05) and Bina (Bina007) travel to the country of Indonesia to discuss the following films:

7:59 – Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts / Marlina Si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak (Mouly Surya, 2017)
28:34 – The Raid / Serbuan Maut (Gareth Evans, 2011)
52:03 – The Act of Killing / Jagal (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012) & The Look of Silence / Senyap (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2014)
1:04:57 – The Dancer / Sang Penari (Ifa Isfansyah, 2011)

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VOK 662 – Soccercast – Euros 2021 R16 Preview


Bina and Bing review the final week of group games, and preview the Round of 16.

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VOK 661 Witcher Lady of the Lake Pt 2 Finale!


Join the Witcher Vassals for the final installment of the Witcher saga by Andrzej Sapkowski – part 2 of Lady of the Lake. We hope you have had a fun ride and enjoy the last section of this pod. Vassals for this episode are Bing/Bing; Katie/Lady Griffin; David/DavidHHH; Michal/Inkasrain; Adam/DrownedSnow Kevin/Nuncle Kevin.

Edited by Nuncle Kevin

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VOK 660 – Soccercast – Euros 2021 Week 1 Round Up


Noah and Bing review the first week of group games, recording at 4pm UK time on Friday 18th June. They discuss Turkey’s poor form; Wales’ outperformance; whether Denmark should’ve still played their opening match; and make some ballsy predictions for the England Scotland match.

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VOK 659 Witcher Lady Of The Lake – Part 1


Join our group of Witchers – Kevin/Nuncle Kevin; Bing/Bing; Katie/Lady Griffin; David/DavidHHH and Marie/Nymeria as we visit an elven realm, trek through the snow and get ready for the battle of a lifetime! This discussion covers chapters 1-6 of Lady of the Lake: the fifth and final novel of the Witcher Saga. 

Edited by Nuncle Kevin

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VoK 658 Witcher – The Tower of the Swallow Pt 2


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Join Bing/Bing, David/DavidHHH, Marie/Nymeria and Kevin/Nuncle Kevin on an ice skating trip to a whole different kind of place. Monsters (human or otherwise) beware! The Witcher Vassals discuss the second half of Tower of the Swallow and all the adventures of Ciri, Geralt and Yen. 

Is that a maelstrom or…

Hosts: Marie/Nymeria, David/DavidHHH, Bing/Bing; Kevin/Nuncle Kevin

Edited by Nuncle Kevin

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8 years!


Today marks 8 years since the very first VoK episode was published: a review of one of the Tuf Voyaging short stories (an earlier work by George R.R. Martin).

The podcast began as an idea suggested by Amin (host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire) in 2013 for listeners of APOIAF to create listener podcasts. A driving force for the podcast was Vikram (original curator ‘FortyTwo’) who setup the structure we still use today when publishing episodes.

Very quickly, additional curators and podcast contributors became involved and a staggering 106 podcasts were published by the first year anniversary.

Contributors / Hosts of the podcast have come and gone (and we really hope they return one day) and the pace of the podcasts have slowed down a bit since ‘Game of Thrones’ ended. However through our passion for literature, film, history, music and a song of ice and fire, we continue to produce over 50 episodes a year.

Thank you to everyone that has listened, continues to listen and especially for those that decided to join the discussion.

Some final stats: 657 episodes, over 100 hosts, 14 curators, 9152 YouTube Subscribers, Total YouTube video views: 2,237,671.

If you wish to listen to where it all began, below is a link to our first episode:

https://vokpodcast.com/2013/06/03/vok-episode-1-tufs-a-beast-for-norn/

VOK 657 – Soccercast – Euros 2021 Preview


Football’s coming home! Join Noah, Bing and Bina as they wrap up the European soccer season and then, at 27 minutes in, preview the Euros 2020/2021, making predictions for how each group will play out. Also watch out for new footie chants for Bing, Bina and Marie in the aftershow.

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VoK 656: The Movie Passport #1 – Scottish Cinema


Beannachdan! Welcome to The Movie Passport, a new podcast series about world cinema. In this inaugral episode, Duncan (Valkyrist), Glen (Dagos_Rivers), Jock (Munrojock2), and Bina (Bina007) travel to the country of Scotland to discuss the following films:

2:51 – Sunshine on Leith (Dexter Fletcher, 2013)
14:56 – Dog Soldiers (Neil Marshall, 2002)
22:23 – Red Road (Andrea Arnold, 2006)
37:36 – Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 1996)

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 655: Creature Chat – Werewolves



Absolute lunacy erupts as the Vassals come face to face with werewolves! Is the beauty of this beast more than skin-deep? Topics include the history of werewolf tales, possible inspirations, shapeshifters around the world, and general human-canine relations.

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Sara/DrBlood
Abby/daceymormont
Adam/drownedsnow
Matt/Varley
Kit/kgcanary
Jock/munrojock2

Credits:
Edited by Peter/Shellfish

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VOK 654 – Soccercast – Superleague Edition


Join Noah, Bing and Bina as they discuss the shambolic short-lived European Superleague (and literally sing the praises of Varley).

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VoK 653: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)


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Join us as we discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s newest Disney+ series and how the MCU passes the shield on after the departure of Steve Rogers.

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), David (davidhhh), Matt (Blu3arm0r), Amber (amberrocks), and Kevin (Nuncle Kevin)

Credits:
Edited by Adam



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VoK 652: Creature Chat – Animal Beef and Phobia


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The Vassals confront their fears and air their grievances about animals! Topics include insects that infest and invade your home, the true meaning of beef, penguin prostitution, and more!

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Zander/TheLordBaron
Sara/DrBlood
Jock/munrojock2
Abby/daceymormont
Amber/amberrocks
Marie/Nymeria
Adam/drownedsnow

Credits:
Edited by Peter



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VoK 651 – Klara and the Sun Book Review



Join Bina007 and Zach/Alias as they discuss the latest novel from Kazuo Ishiguro in a spoiler filled review.

Topics include: the notion of a sympathetic AI POV; the nature of religious faith; predicting remote learning and disrupted socalisation; lifting as a comment on helicopter parenting and the college admissions scandal; the future of work in a world of advanced AI and robotics; and the nature of love; the nature of service.


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