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VOK 700 – The House of the Dragon preview


Bina, Kevin and Adam quickly discuss the last 100 episodes of VOK before Kevin, Abby, Adam, Casey, Matt, Michael, Michal and Zander preview House of the Dragon at 10 min 30 secs in.

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VoK 699: A Fandom of Ice and Fire


Glen (Dagos_Rivers) and Jock (MunroJock2) discuss the various Game of Thrones spin-offs such as ‘Snow’ and ‘House of the Dragon’, that are in development. Frustrations over the long-awaited 6th novel of the ASOIAF are also dicussed. Finally, we discuss our appreciation of the existing works available (Game of Thrones Season 1 – 8, ASOIAF books 1 – 5, Fire and Blood, Dunk n’ Egg series etc).

Credits:
Edited by Glen

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VOK 698 – Agatha Christie Minipod 8 – The Big Four


In this spoiler-free episode Bina007 reviews the compendium mystery novel The Big Four, published by Agatha Christie in the wake of her mysterious disappearance in 1926 when she desperately needed money. She hated it, the critics hate it, but it’s actually a rather fun and satisfying set of mysteries with a bizarre James Bond twist – complete with secret evil lairs, poisoned darts and international criminal conspiracies!

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VOK 697: Video Game Hall of Fame #2



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to the video game world with their second round of VOK Video Game Hall of Fame nominations. Join Zach (Alias), Bing (Shoeshiner), Matt (blu3arm0r), Katie (Lady Griffin), Alex (LuckyCharms), Jock (munrojock2), and Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall) as they bring forward a new set of outstanding games for the group to consider inducting.

3:00 — Dragon Age 2
17:00 — Minecraft
30:00 — The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
51:40 — Limbo
1:10:20 — Hollow Knight
1:30:50 — Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones
1:53:00 — Undertale
2:10:00 — Voting

Credits:
Edited by Zach/Alias

Format inspired by the Easy Allies Hall of Greats

Music:
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Soundtrack – 01. Nerevar Rising
Undertale OST: 090 – His Theme

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VoK 696: The Movie Passport #6 – South African Cinema


Sawubona! Welcome to The Movie Passport, a podcast series about world cinema. In this episode, Duncan (Valkyrist), Bina (Bina007), Glen (Dagos_Rivers), and Jock (MunroJock2) travel to the country of South Africa to discuss the following films:

5:55 – District 9 (Neill Blomkamp, 2009)
28:59 – Spud (Donovan Marsh, 2010)
45:15 – Zulu (Cy Endfield, 1964)
1:04:15 – Tsotsi (Gavin Hood, 2005)

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VOK 695 – Agatha Christie 7 – Her Mysterious 1926 Disappearance


Join Zander, Abby and Bina for a minipod that explores the 1926 disappearance of Agatha Christie that caused a nationwide manhunt and it still the subject of controversy today. Many of the themes around marital betrayal can be found in her later books; and the need for financial security after her divorce led to the rushed publication of some of her weaker late 1920s novels.

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VOK 694 – Agatha Christie 6 – The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd


Join Zander, Hannah and Bina for the first full-length review of the murder-mystery that made Agatha Christie a household name – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, published in 1926. The team discuss the plot twists, characters, themes and politics of the novel as well as the adaptations. Novels spoiled in this episode: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and The Man In The Brown Suit. Also discussed without spoilers: The Secret Of Chimneys and The Mysterious Affair At Styles.

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VOK 693 – Agatha Christie minipod 5 – The Secret Of Chimneys


In this brief episode Bina007 critically discusses Agatha Christie’s mystery-thriller-adventure-comedy mash-up, The Secret Of Chimneys, originally published in 1925. It’s a story of blackmail, murder, hidden jewels, and royal coups! The novel is great fun and incredibly silly but tells us a lot about Christie’s attitudes toward men, and gives us a more grown up version of her New Woman. More negatively, it tells us about a certain kind of lazy racial prejudice circulating at the time. Spoilers after the end credit music.

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VOK 692 – Agatha Christie minipod 4 – The Man In The Brown Suit


In this brief spoiler-free episode Bina007 critically discusses Agatha Christie’s fourth novel and first standalone adventure, The Man In The Brown Suit, originally published in 1924. Smart, beautiful, courageous Anne Beddingfield sees a man murdered at a tube station and follows the clues all the ways to South Africa and romance! The novel is great fun and slightly silly but stars both my favourite Christie heroine AND my favourite villain. That said, it is of its time when it comes to depicting racial attitudes and has some rather bizarre things to say about marriage.

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VOK 691 – Agatha Christie minipod 3 – Murder on the Links


In this brief spoiler-free episode Bina007 critically discusses Agatha Christie’s third novel and second Hercules Poirot murder-mystery, published in 1923. The novel is flawed and doesn’t repay a reread other than to show us Christie in debate with herself about what kind of detective novelist she wants to be – and that is very much NOT a Gaston Leroux or Arthur Conan Doyle but rather someone who focuses on logic and psychology rather than material clues.

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VOK 690 – Agatha Christie minipod – The Secret Adversary


In this brief episode Bina007 continues her brief introduction to the full-fledged VOK Agatha Christie reread by reviewing Christie’s second novel and first Tommy and Tuppence thriller, The Secret Adversary, published a hundred years ago. It is a fast-paced fun novel that reads like a cross between John Buchan and PG Wodehouse with a side order of Evelyn Waugh’s Bright Young Things. It reflects the economic travails of post-war England – the rise of the New Woman – and the fear of communist revolution.

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VoK 689: A History of LGBT+ Movies (public lecture)


To celebrate LGBT+ Pride Month, Valkyrist explores the depiction of queer characters and issues throughout cinema history.

The presentation includes video clips from the following movies:
Morocco (Josef von Sternberg, 1930)
Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
The Boys in the Band (William Friedkin, 1970)
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Stephan Elliott, 1994)
Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
Tangerine (Sean Baker, 2015)

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Music from Focus Features

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VoK 687: Video Game Hall of Fame #1



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to the video game world with a new format for discussion inspired by the Easy Allies YouTube channel. Join Zach (Alias), Bing (Shoeshiner), Matt (blu3arm0r), Katie (Lady Griffin), Alex (LuckyCharms), Jock (munrojock2), Peter (Shellfish), and Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall) as they each nominate a game they hope will be inducted into the newly created VOK Video Game Hall of Fame.

3:20 — Civilization 5
11:55 — Barbie Riding Club for Windows 98
22:40 —The Outer Wilds
39:40 — Resident Evil 4
55:50 — Ghost of Tsushima
1:17:00 — Bioshock
1:25:40 — World of Warcraft
1:41:10 — Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
1:53:10 —Voting
2:02:10 — Aftershow

Credits:
Edited by Zach/Alias

Format inspired by the Easy Allies Hall of Greats

Music:
World of Warcraft – Seasons of War
Outer Wilds – End Times

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VoK 686: Elden Ring (Review)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to the video game world to discuss one of the biggest releases of 2022, Elden Ring. Join Zach (Alias) and Matt (blu3arm0r) as they talk everything they enjoyed from this expansive game.

Credits:
Edited by Zach/Alias

ZeroLenny Youtube Channel

Music:
Elden Ring – Main Theme
Elden Ring – The Final Battle

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VoK 685: The Movie Passport #5 – Nepali Cinema


Namaste! Welcome to The Movie Passport, a podcast series about world cinema. In this episode, Duncan (Valkyrist), Pukar (raptureatlas) and Tanja (scilens) travel to the country of Nepal to discuss the following films:

9:01 – White Sun / Seto Surya (Deepak Rauniyar, 2016)
40:53 – Soongava: Dance of the Orchids / Soongava (Subarna Thapa, 2012)
1:20:43 – Sherpa (Jennifer Peedom, 2015)

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VOK 684: Song of Achilles


Sing, Vassals, of Achilles’ rage! Kat/kitkathistory24601, Sara/DrBlood, Katie/deadleavesinmyhand, and Jock/munrojock2 gather to talk about Madeline Miller’s novel, The Song of Achilles.

(Note: We lost the first 25 minutes of the podcast and had to rerecord them. Apologies for any editorial inconsistencies.)

Credits:
Edited by Peter/Shellfish
Image by artswade

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VoK 683 – Yellowjackets S1


Join Bina, Matt and Thomas as they discuss the first season of the hit mystery-thiller TV show Yellowjackets, airing on Showtime. The aftershow starts at 42m. Twin Peaks spoiler at 48m.

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VoK 682: The Witcher (Netflix series) – Season 2


We’ve read the books, we’ve played the video games, and now we push onward into season 2 of Netflix’s “The Witcher” series. So toss a coin to your Witcher and listen as we figure what we liked, and didn’t like, about the direction of the Netflix adaptation.

Potential major spoilers from the The Witcher book series in the aftershow.

Hosts: Bina (Bina007), Michal (Inkasrain), Bing (Shoeshiner), David (davidhhh), and Adam (drownedsnow)

Edited by Adam

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VOK 681: Arcane


The vassals discuss and review Netflix’s hit animated show Arcane.

Friedrich Engels can come and fuck me up.

Hosts:

Peter/Shellfish
Abby/Daceymormont
Zach/Alias
Alex/LuckyCharms
Katie/LadyGriffin
Dana/Taindana
David/davidhhh
Matt/Blu3armor

Credits:
Edited by Peter/Shellfish

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VoK 680: The Prolific Works of George R. R. Martin (Ice & Fire Con 2021 Panel)


Decades before Martin began writing A Song of Ice and Fire, he was already an award-winning writer who had published a variety of science fiction, horror, and fantasy stories. In this panel, Amin and Duncan (Valkyrist) survey Martin’s other notable works, looking for connections to ASOIAF and discussing his overall development as a writer and his philosophy toward writing.

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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Links:
George R. R. Martin’s “Thousand Worlds” Wiki