Category Archives: Science Fiction

VoK 489: Neuromancer (by William Gibson)



The Vassals jack into cyberspace for a review of William Gibson’s Neuromancer. Join Duncan (Valkyrist) and Dana (Taindana) for an indepth discussion of cyberpunk fiction, artificial intelligence and the dark side of technology.

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Music from Eurythmics and Valve Corporation

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VoK 479: Solo – A Star Wars Movie [2018] (Review #2)




Time for another job that only VoK can deliver. Shoddily and with rambling nerds. Join Zach (Alias), Zander (The Lord Baron), Matt (blu3arm0r), Jock (munrojock2) and Paul (SerDinnerRoll) as they look into this little gem of a movie and discuss not only its excellence as a film but also why it has been doing poorly in the box office.

This podcast will contain spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Credits:
Edited by SerDinnerRoll
Music by John Powell and John Williams

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VoK 474: Westworld – “Vanishing Point” & “The Passenger” (S02E09-10 Review)


Join Hostcast as we discuss the season 2 finale of HBO’s Westworld, “The Passenger”.

We’re all in the thing now.

Hosts: Adam (Drownedsnow), Matt (Blu3arm0r), and Bina (Bina007).

From Lisa Joy

“In Lost, they really believed in the mystery box and not looking too much inside the mystery box. It was some kind of idea generator that you didn’t need to dissect and open up. And that’s absolutely fascinating and an engaging way to tell a story”, Joy said. “But for us, you know, I think we are interested in dismantling the mystery box, opening it up, looking at what it is, putting it together like it’s some kind of Lego, seeing how it works and really questioning and exposing that.”

“The questions that we tee up, we do try to address”, she said. “We have an answer for all of them.”

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VoK 473: Westworld – “Les Écorchés” & “Kiksuya” (S02E07-08 Review)


Join Hostcast as we discuss the 7th and 8th episodes of season 2 of Westworld, “Les Écorchés” and “Kiksuya”.

Hosts: Adam (Drownedsnow), Dana (Taindana), Matt (Blu3arm0r), and Hannah (Shadowbaby).

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VoK 471: Westworld – “Akane no Mai” & “Phase Space” (S02E05-06 Review)


Join Hostcast as we discuss the 5th and 6th episodes of season 2 of Westworld, “Akane no Mai” and “Phase Space”.

Hosts: Adam (Drownedsnow), Hannah(Shadowbaby), and Matt (Blu3arm0r).

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VoK 470: Solo – A Star Wars Movie [2018] (Review)


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In this FlashVoK a hastily assembled crew of over-excited Vassals gather to give a spoiler filled review of the latest Star Wars movie. A longer more thoughtful VOK response may be forthcoming when more members of the community have seen the film.

Hosts – Amberrocks, Bina007, Varley and Tye/Enigmas.

Picture credit – Disney

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VoK 468: Westworld – “Virtù e Fortuna” & “The Riddle of the Sphinx” (S02E03-04 Review)


Join Hostcast as we discuss the 3rd and 4th episodes of season 2 of Westworld

Hosts: Adam (Drownedsnow), Bina (Bina007), and Michael (Mordian).

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VoK 466: Doctor Who (BBC One series) – Season 10



Join hosts David (davidhhh), Jock (Munrojock2), Marie (Nymeria), Alix (Aiwendil) as they discuss season 10 of modern Doctor Who and the surrounding Christmas specials, the end of the Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat eras of the show, plus their hopes for the show’s future. Julia (No True Lady) and Matt (Varley) make cameo appearances in the aftershow.

This episode contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Doctor Who.

Show times:
Part 1 – Intros and general thoughts on the season
Part 2 – 14:23 – The characters
Part 3 – 46:58 – The episodes
Part 4 – 2:04:22 – The future: new Doctor, new showrunner, new controversy
After Show – 2:18:33

Edited by David.
Music: The Timelords (aka The KLF) – Doctorin’ The TARDIS

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VoK 464: Westworld – “Journey into Night” & “Reunion” (S02E01-02 Review)


Some people choose to see the ugliness in this world, the disarray. Hostcast chooses to see the beauty. To believe there is an order to our days. A purpose.

Hosts: Adam (Drownedsnow), Bina (Bina007), Marie (Nymeria), and Jock (Munrojock2)

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VoK 462: Black Panther [2018] (Review)



Join hosts Kevin/Gaiden, Sara/DrBlood, and Dana/Taindana as they discuss the movie Black Panther, the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spoilers for the movie and for other entries in the MCU.

Aftershow starts at 1 hr 34 mins.

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VoK 459: Ready Player One [2018] (Review)


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Join Adam/DrownedSnow, Bina007 and Greg/ClaudiusTheFool as they discuss the Steven Spielberg film Ready Player One based on the novel by Ernest Cline. This podcast spoils both the book and film, although a more detailed discussion of the former is available in VOK 158.

The after show begins at 45m.

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VoK 454: Altered Carbon (Netflix series) – Season 1



Join VoK for a stop over in a twisted future where the physical body has become all but meaningless and rich people live above the clouds. We discuss the first season of Netflix’s Altered Carbon.

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Hannah (Shadowbaby), Matt (Blu3arm0r), and Marie (Nymeria).

Edited by Adam

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VoK 450: Star Trek – Discovery (CBS series) – Season 1


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Join Marie/Nymeria, Dana/Taindana, DavidHHH and Bina007 as they discuss the first season of the latest iteration of Star Trek. In the aftershow Steven/SJLee bursts their bubble with an articulate criticism of the series.

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VoK 448: Jessica Jones (Netflix series) – Season 1


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Join Nadia, Nymeria (Marie) and munrojock2 (Jock) as they discuss the first season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones.

This podcast contains spoilers for all episodes of the first season of the Marvel’s Jessica Jones.

Edited by Nadia.

Music:
Marvel’s Jessica Jones Opening Sequence
Cockroach by Sean Callery

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VoK 446: Video Game Roundtable (Vol.3)



The Vassals return once more to the pixelated roundtable to offer wise council and exchange valuable cheat codes. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Zach (Alias), Katie (Lady Griffin), Bing (Shoeshiner), Paul (SerDinnerRoll), and Kevin (Gaiden) as they chat video games and gush over some of their favourite titles of all time.

01:14 – Recently Played
11:37 – Favourite Games (Round #3)
1:00:48 – Favourite Games (Round #4)
1:52:24 – Favourite Games (Round #5)
2:14:43 – Upcoming Games

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Audio Clips owned by Valve and Toby Fox

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VoK 193: Video Game Roundtable (Vol.1)
VoK 338: Video Game Roundtable (Vol.2)

VoK 445: Black Mirror – “Hang the DJ” (S04E04 Review)


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Join Glen (Dagos_Rivers), Hannah (shadow_ baby), David (davidhhh), Tanja (Scilens) and Jock (MunroJock2) for a discussion of Sci-fi drama ‘Black Mirror’ episode ‘Hang the DJ’.

We discuss some questionable things about the episode, discuss other favourite shows and our history (or lack of history) with Black Mirror.

Edited by Dagos_Rivers.
Duration: 01:41:21

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VoK 444: Best Media of 2017 Awards


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In this episode, various Vassals describe the music, books, TV shows and movies that they enjoyed last year. Listen in for recommendations of things to try that may be outside of your usual comfort zone!

Music (45s): Alix/Aiwendil opens up the show with her recommendation, “In the Passing Light of Day,” by Pain of Salvation.

TV shows (5m): Glen/Dagos_Rivers and Hannah/Shadowbaby recommend dystopian TV show Black Mirror; Adam/DrownedSnow recommends the Netflix Western Godless; Glen also recommends the British gameshow Armchair Detectives. Marie/Nymeria is joined by Alix and Glen to discuss the star-studded thriller Big Little Lies; Natalie/BranTheBeastling and Sarah/Lady Weaver recommend sci-fi drama Black; DavidHHH reviews the Syfy dystopian drama 12 Monkeys; Natalie and Sarah return to review the Korean drama Stranger; and DavidHHH returns to share his love for the DC Arroverse crossover.

Film (36m): Bina007 discusses the the AI documentary Alphago.

Books (40m): Paul/SerDinnerRoll reviews Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve; Bina007 returns to review Blitzed by Norman Ohler and Alix takes us home with a discussion of SPQR by Mary Beard.

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VoK 439: Star Wars – The Last Jedi [2017] (Review)



Join VoK for a spoiler-filed discussion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Did you love this movie? Hate it? Can’t decide? Tell us what you think. It’s certainly been a hot topic this past week.

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Michal (inkasrain), Katie (Lady Griffin), Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall), Duncan (Valkyrist), Amber (Amberrocks), Bina (Bina007), and Hannah (Shadowbaby).

Edited by Adam

Bina aftershow at 2:20:00

Actual aftershow 2:51:00

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​VoK 435: Video Game Roundtable – 2017 Edition




The Vassals of Kingsgrave convene for another video game roundtable.  This time around Vassals Duncan (Valkyrist), Bing (shoeshiner), Katie (LadyGriffin), and Zach (Alias) gather to talk about some of their favorite video games in the year of 2017. They also share some of the biggest games they are anticipating in the coming year.

0:45 – Introduction
7:15 – XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
14:40 – Persona 5
23:10 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
49:05 – Divinity Original Sin 2
1:02:40 – Night in the Woods
1:12:25 – Mass Effect: Andromeda
1:21:45 – Most Anticipated Games of 2018
1:35:35 – Aftershow

While there will be minor spoilers for the various games discussed, this podcast is largely spoiler-free. 

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Super Mario Odyssey OST – Jump Up, Super Star!
Night In The Woods OST – Astral Alley (Build-Up Version)
NieR: Automata OST – Amusement Park (Dynamic – Vocals)

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VoK 434: Justice League [2017] (Review)



Please join the Vassals as they decide if the latest DCEU movie is Rotten or Fresh and ponder the future if any of DC cinematic universe.

Thomas (FTWard), Adam (drownedsnow), David (davidhhh), Sarah (Lady Weaver), Kevin (Gaiden), and Shane (easttexasdirewolf) Unite the Vassals to discuss who has the best knitted jumper, why Daredevil shaves his chest and where the hell was Gleek?

After Show : 2:27

Intro Music: “Everybody Knows” Written by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson Performed by Leonard Cohen
Outro Music: “Heroes” Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno Performed by David Bowie

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