Category Archives: Science Fiction

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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VoK 433: Thor – Ragnarok [2017] (Review)



Join Dana (taindana), Sarah (Lady Weaver), Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Nadia, and Adam (drownedsnow) as they drive their ships to new lands exploring Thor: Ragnarok and the current state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Edited by Adam

Music credits: Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin

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VoK 431: Stranger Things (Netflix series) – Season 2 Speculation


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Welcome to the First Impressions Podcast about the first half of Stranger Things season 2.  Your hosts are Sarah/Ladyweaver, Adam/DrownedSnow, Adam/root, Hannah/Shadowbaby, Jock/MunroJock and Patrick/SerPatrickTheTall.

We will, as stated before, cover the first 4 episodes and talk about the Russians, pealing out of cars and being “fake” drunk.

This podcast will spoil all of season 1 and up until episode 5 Season 2 of Stranger Things.

Credits:
Patrick- editing
Music credits:

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VoK 426: Stranger Things (Netflix series) – Season 1


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This podcast will spoil all of season 1 and the trailers for Season 2 of Stranger Things.

Credits:
Casey- editing
Music credits: Music by: Music promoted by Royalty-Free Music for Your Videos https://goo.gl/tgZky7 Contact the artist : https://goo.gl/amZBKi

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VoK 424: Blade Runner 2049 [2017] (Review)



We gather to discuss the new movie ‘Blade Runner 2049’, share our thoughts on the film, and talk about Ryan Gosling’s coat.

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Katie (Lady Griffin), and Matt (Blu3arm0r).

Aftershow at 1:13:00

Spoilers: This episode includes spoilers for Blade Runner 2049 and Blade Runner (1982).

Editor: Adam

Music Credit: It Never Rains In Southern California by Albert Hammond

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VoK 409: The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu series) – Season 1


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Be a dear and give Commander SJLee your attention as he reviews the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale with rebels Michal/Inkasrain and Bina007.

Spoilers – Both the book and season one of the show.

Picture and music credit: Hulu original show, The Handmaid’s Tale.

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VoK 407: Sense8 (Netflix series) – Seasons 1 & 2


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In this very wide-ranging episode, your hosts Hannah (shadow_baby), Tanja (Scilens), Alix (Aiwendil) and Marie (Nymeria) explain why they love Netflix’s show Sense8 so much, and why the cancellation of the show is heartbreaking. This is a discussion about love, tolerance and open-mindedness. There are spoilers for the entire show, as well as non spoilery mentions of Orange Is The New Black, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Firefly, Scrubs, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Leftovers, and the Dune series.

Music Credits: What’s Up (4 Non Blondes), Beethoven 5th Piano concerto “Emperor”

Edited by Nymeria.

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VoK 382: Wonder Woman [2017] (Review)




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Kati3 (taindana), Scott (Skywaltz3r) and Thomas (FTWard).

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Skywaltz3r onc3 again att3mpts to 3xplain the m3tric “syst3m” and 3astt3xasdir3wolf provid3s som3 much n33d3d p3rsp3ctiv3.

Credits:
Edited by Thomas (FTWard)
Music: Wonder Woman TV Series Intro written by Charles Fox
The Rake’s Progress featuring Dean and the Weenies and Mephiskapheles
Wonder Woman Theme written by Hans Zimmer & Junkie XL, Performed by Tina Guo

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VoK 370: The Expanse (Syfy series) – Seasons 1 & 2


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Join the Vassals as they review the first two seasons of Syfy’s The Expanse, a science-fiction/drama/thriller set in a future where humanity has colonized the solar system and which has been described as “A Song of Ice and Fire in space”.

In this podcast, a balanced group of book-readers and show-watchers made up of Alix (Aiwendil), Adam (drownedsnow), Mariana (LillyKaneIsNotDead), Marie (Nymeria), Patrick the Tall and Silvana (silvaubrey) discuss the TV series in great detail while steering clear of show-spoiler territory.

Aftershow begins at 1 hr 59 min
(Who are the Expansionistas? Which characters would Patrick have a threesome with? Stick around to find out!)

The Hosts:
Alix (Aiwendil)
Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall)
Adam (drownedsnow)
Mariana (LillyKaneIsNotDead)
Marie (Nymeria)
Silvana (silvaubrey)

Aftershow begins at 1 hr 59 min

Alix (Aiwendil) – Editor

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VoK 359: Logan [2017] (Review)


loganimaxposterJoin the Vassals for a spoiler-filled discussed of the final Hugh Jackman Wolverine movie.

Hosts: Adam/DrownedSnow; Bina/Bina007; Greg/ClaudiusTheFool; Jock/MunroJock2; Matt/Varley; Sarah/LadyWeaver; and a special guest appearance from our resident lurker Amber/Amberrocks.

The aftershow begins at 58 minutes.

Music credit: Johnny Cash, The Man Comes Around and Hurt.

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VoK 357: Rogue One – A Star Wars Story [2016] (Review)


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The Vassals come together in Darth Vader’s pun palace to discuss the highs and lows of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In addition to Michal (inkasrain), Alexi (Czar Alexi), Paul (SerDinnerRoll), and Zach (Alias), Adam (drownedsnow), Zander (The Lord Baron), and Matt (Varley) all eventually show up to join the epic, nitpicky, and unrelievedly nerdy Star Wars fun.

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Shine bright, you stars.

Credits:
Edited by inkasrain

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VoK 347: Book Club (Vol.6) – Perdido Street Station (by China Miéville)


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The VOK Book Club Crew gathers (actually gathered back in September 2015) to discuss China Mieville’s weird fiction masterpiece, “Perdido Street Station”.

Hosts Greg (claudiusthefool), Steven (SJLee), Brett (WhiteRaven), Alex (LuckyCharms), Amber (Amberrocks) & Zach (Alias) assemble to discuss the myriad inhabitants of New Crobuzon, it’s political structure, the true meaning of The Weaver’s ramblings, the effects of Dreamshit & just who the hell was Jack Half-A-Prayer.

Beware of spoilers for Perdido Street Station but not for the other books in the Bas-lag series.

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VoK 346: Westworld (HBO series) – Season 1 Retrospective


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Join Alix/Aiwendil, Adam/DrownedSnow, Bina007, Matt/VarleyOnTheForums and Michael/Mordion as they review season 1 of HBO’s Westworld and speculate about season 2.

This podcast contains spoilers for the HBO series and original movie.

The aftershow begins at 57 minutes.

Music and picture credit: HBO & Barenaked Ladies.

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VoK 340: Westworld (HBO series) – Mid-Season 1 Discussion


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Glen (Dagos_Rivers) continues the hype discussion of Westworld, and is joined by Bina (Bina007), Michael (Mordion), Thomas (FTWard), Hannah (shadow _baby) and Jock (Munrojock2).

Popular theories such as William = MiB, is everyone secretly a machine, and the location of Westworld are discussed at length.

Also highlighted:
-‘Child abuse’ within Westworld.
-Future of the show.
-Have the fans sussed out everything within 5 episodes?
-Will it really take the place of ‘Game of Thrones’ for HBO?

Aftershow: 01:48:00
Duration: 01:55:23

Edited by FTWard

Music:
“Westworld Main Title Theme” Written by Ramin Djawadi
Perforemed by Iacovos @iacovosmusic

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VoK 339: Tales from the Darkling Plain (aka The Lost VOKs)


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In this Halloween spooktacular, Valkyrist ventures into the Darkling Plain in search of lost podcast recordings, and summons the ghosts of Kingsgrave’s past.

Clips have been selected from the following unpublished VOK podcasts:

02:10 – DragonCast S04E09 Review
24:20 – SoccerCast (Vol.2)
47:49 – CockneyMoot 2014 FCR Outtakes
50:41 – ASOIAF Future Predictions
1:13:44 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens Preview
1:38:23 – Mockingjay: Part 1 Review
1:44:50 – WolfCast S05E10 Review
2:02:09 – SeattleMoot 2015
2:22:32 – APOIAF April Fools’ Aftershow
2:39:49 – Kingsgrave Jukebox

Disclaimer: This podcast contains spoilers for A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and The Hunger Games. Please consult the timestamps above to avoid being spoiled for any of these titles.

Credits:
Curated by Valkyrist
Songs by jed o’white hart, Aiwendil, Bina007, and Amberrocks

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VoK 338: Video Game Roundtable (Vol.2)


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The Vassals gather round the console to bask in gaming’s warm, pixelated glow. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Zach (Alias), Katie (Lady Griffin), Bing (Shoeshiner), Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall), Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Adam (drownedsnow), and Hannah (shadow_ baby) as they chat video games and gush over some of their favourite titles of all time.

1:17 –What We’re Playing
17:21 – Favourite Games (Round #1)
1:04:33 – Favourite Games (Round #2)
1:58:38 – Thoughts on the Current Gen

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Audio Clips owned by Nintendo

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VoK 193: Video Game Roundtable (Vol.1)