VoK 585: Watchmen (HBO miniseries) – Retrospective


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No, Miss Crookshanks! It’s only just begun!

Welcome to the VOK review of maybe the only ever season of the TV show, Watchmen. (We reviewed episodes 1-3 in VOK 576).

Your hosts are Adam (drownedsnow), Amber (amberrocks), Jock (Munrojock2), Matt (blu3arm0r), Michael (Mordion) and Thomas (FTWard). There’s an aftershow at 1hr 24m in which Bina007 and DavidHHH share their thoughts on the season with a little counter-point from Mordion.

Editor: FTWard.

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VoK 584: Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker [2019] (Review)



VoK makes the jump to lightspeed and ends up long, long ago in a galaxy far far away to bring you our feelings on the “end” of the Skywalker Saga. How does Episode IX measure up as a Star Wars movie?

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Michal (inkasrain), Kevin (Gaiden), Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Duncan (Valkyrist), Katie (Lady Griffin), and Amber (amberrocks).

Spoilers: The entire Star Wars movie universe and some of the EU/Legends material.

Editor: Adam

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VoK 583: Ride or Die! aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 98)


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Join us for the 98th episode of the linear reread. In this sintallment we spend a lot of time on Dany 9 from Dance and we also get into Arianne 1 from Winds. Your hosts are QueenJames, Dr. Blood, Khal Wadege, Gaiden, Pops88, Shadow_baby, Nymeria, Varley, and Bina007.

Spoilers for all ASOIAF including TWOW preview chapters. We also have a GOT show discussion in the aftershow.

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VoK 582: A Buyer’s Market aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 97)


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Join the vassals as we continue our epic linear reread. Tyrion, Penny, and Jorah are sold to Yezzan zo Qaggaz, Dany makes peace with Yunkai, introduces Quentyn to her dragons, attends the opening of the fighting pits and flies away on Drogon. Oh yeah, Arianne is in this episode too…

The episode was split into two parts due to length. In part 1 we review Tyrion 10 and Dany 8 from Dance. In part 2 we spend a lot of time on Dany 9 from Dance and we also get into Arianne 1 from Winds. Your hosts are QueenJames, Dr. Blood, Khal Wadege, Gaiden, Pops88, Shadow_baby, Nymeria, Varley, and Bina007.

Spoilers for all ASOIAF including TWOW preview chapters. We also have a GOT show discussion in the aftershow of part 2.

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VoK 581: Video Game Roundtable – Best of 2010s Edition


The Vassals of Kingsgrave engage in a different sort of video game discussion this time around. Instead of evaluating the best games of 2019, they take a look at the entire catalog of games released over the past decade. Join Bing (Shoeshiner), Katie (Lady Griffin), Matt (Blu3arm0r), and Zach (Alias) as they share the games they each personally felt best defined the past 10 years in gaming for them.

This podcast contains spoilers for The Last of Us, Persona 5, the Batman Arkham series, and Gone Home.

9:50 – Telltale’s The Walking Dead
22:30 – Undertale
32:45 – The Last of Us
43:45 – Persona 5
58:15 – Gone Home
1:09:50 – The Witcher 3
1:20:20 – Batman Arkham Series
1:25:30 – Starcraft 2

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Music:
Witcher 3 – The Trail
Journey – Apotheosis

My Life of Starcraft by Day9

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VoK 580: Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)


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Outlaws Zach (Alias) and Katie (Lady Griffin) take a break from their hunt for the Legendary Beaver to review Rockstar’s 2018 magnum opus, Red Dead Redemption 2.

Edited by Lady Griffin

Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hoB8lHNMZo

Break: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8068ZrwicQ

Outro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu3gx5p1h5o

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VoK 579: The Dragon Prince (Netflix series) – Season 3


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Join Michal, Zack, Adam and Bina for a spoiler-ific discussion of the third season of Netflix’ The Dragon Prince. Spoilers for The Mandalorians in the aftershow, 52 mins in.

Special appearance from Baby Dr Blood at the start and end.

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VoK 578: A Little Hatred (by Joe Abercrombie)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave get their book reading game back on as they dive into the world of the First Law, created by Joe Abercrombie. Join Brett (White Raven), Greg (claudiusthefool), Alex (LuckyCharms), and Zach (Alias) as they talk about how they got into this series of fantasy novels, share why they enjoy them so much, and do an in-depth review of the most recently published book, A Little Hatred.

This podcast contains spoilers for all books in the First Law series. Spoilers for A Little Hatred begin at 27:50. 

Aftershow starts at 1:40:45

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Kellan the Undying by Drumurboy

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You can purchase A Little Hatred, the earlier books in the First Law series, or any other book you want at Southhampton Sag Harbor Books

Art by Whichever Flower

VoK 577: Exit Kevan aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 96)


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“No money, mo problems” in Westeros this episode as we wrap up on events in Kings Landing for FeastDance in the Epilogue of Dance. We then head East as Moqorro gives Victarion a fire-arm in Vic 1, before heading to the Wall for Jon 9.  Turns out not paying the Iron Bank is a reaaallly dumb idea.

Your hosts for this episode are Matt (Varley), Bina (Bina007), Adam (drownedsnow), Marie (Nymeria), Hannah (Shadowbaby) and Michael (Khal Wadege.)

Spoilers for all ASOIAF, none for the show, and a clearly flagged discussion of a TWOW chapter in the aftershow at 1 hr 12m.

For those following along at home the next episode will be hosted by QueenJames and will cover Tyrion 10, Dany 8 and Dany 9 with a discussion of a TWOW chapter in the aftershow.

Music credit – Alpine Universe

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VoK 576: Watchmen (HBO series) – Mid-Series Discussion


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Join Thomas (FTward), Michael (Mordion), Matt (Blu3arm0r), Adam (DrownedSnow) and Bina007 as they discuss the first three episodes of HBO’s Watchmen.

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[Peteypedia] Official world building
[The Hollywood Reporter] Lindelof on Ep 1
[Official Podcast] HBO’s episode guide

VoK 575: The Frog and the Fuckboi aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 95)


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It’s melancholia everywhere as no one feels at home in either Westeros or Essos. Theon and Lady Dustin visit the crypts in The Turncloak, Dany meets Quentyn, fucks Daario and marries Hizdahr in Dany 7 and Arya officially becomes an acolyte in The Ugly Little Girl. These events take place between June 20th and 24th 300 AL.

Your hosts for this discussion are Matt (Varley), Bina (Bina007), Matt (blu3arm0r), Adam (drownedsnow), Marie (Nymeria).

Spoilers for all ASOIAF but no TWOW preview chapters discussion (we mention ‘Mercy’ but no details), and as usual no spoilers for the show.

For those following along at home the next episode will cover the Epilogue, The Iron Suitor/Victarion 1, and Jon 9 from Dance.

Music credit – Alpine Universe

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VoK 574: A History of Horror Movies (public lecture)



Why are horror movies so popular? In this lecture, Valkyrist explores the arcane origins of horror cinema and speculates over the social and psychological reasons behind its appeal. Celebrate Halloween season by dissecting the power and meaning behind some of the most famous (and infamous) horror movies of all time.

The presentation includes video clips from the following movies:
Nosferatu (F. W. Murnau, 1922)
Frankenstein (James Wale, 1931)
Godzilla (Ishirō Honda, 1954)
Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero, 1968)
Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)
The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathon Demme, 1991)
Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017)

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Music from John Carpenter and Disasterpiece

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VoK 573: Joker [2019] (Review)


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Please join Jock (MunroJock2) , Matt (Blu3arm0r), Michael (Mordion) and Thomas (FTWard) as we discuss Joker (2019) – director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix’s controversial origin story of comics most iconic villain.

Edited by: FTWard
Aftershow: 1:45:00

Music –
Intro:
My Name Is Carnival
Written by: Jackson C. Frank
Performed by: Erland & The Carnival

Outro:
Bathroom Dance
Written by: Hildur Guðnadóttir
Performed by: Evan Handyside

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VoK 572: Delicious Pies and Shameful Walks aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 94)


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VOK discusses some of the best-written and most iconic chapters in A Dance With Dragons in this episode:  A Prince In Winterfell, where Fake Arya weds Ramsay; The King’s Priza/Asha 2 where Stannis’ troops are snowbound (35m); and Cersei 2, in which she makes her Walk of Shame (1hr).  These events take place far apart in the published order but between June 14th and 19th 300 AL.

Your hosts are Bina007, Adam/DrownedSnow, Hannah/Shadowbaby, Michael/Inkasrain, Marie/Nymeria and Jock/MunroJock2.

We spoil A Song of Ice and Fire, but do not spoil the TV show, A Game Of Thrones.

For those following along at home the next episode will cover Theon 5/The Turncloak, Dany 7 and Arya 2/The Ugly Little Girl from Dance.

Music credits – Alpine Universe and The Walking Blues by the legendary blues singer Robert Johnson.

Picture credit – HBO

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VoK 571: Is Bill the Hottest? aka The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 8)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to start reading the fourth book in the series, The Goblet of Fire. Join Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Michal (inkasrain), Adam (drownedsnow), Matt (Varley), Abby (DaceyMormont), and Zach (Alias) as they cover the first 10 chapters in 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 570: The Warlock’s Maze Redux aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 93)



In this episode of our Linear ReRead through A Song of Ice and Fire we leave “A Feast for Crows” behind as it’s all Dance all the time. We discuss how our own memory of some chapters greatly differs from what’s actually in them and how some chapters just don’t have much to say.

Events take place in early June 300.

Tyrion 9 – Dance – Adrift on the Selaesori Qhoran, captured by slavers
The Griffin Reborn/Jon Connington 2 – Dance – Take Griffin’s Roost
Cersei 1 – Dance – Kevan visits Cersei in jail

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Zach (Alias), Matt (Varley), Hannah (Shadowbaby) and Michael (Khal Wadege), and Abby (Daceymormont).

Edited by Adam

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VoK 569: Feast Retrospective #3 aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 92)


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Join us for the final part of our A Feast For Crows recap as we explore the character arcs and potential TWOW storylines of Brienne (2m), the Greyjoys (32m) and Sam (1hr2m).

Your hosts are Matt/Blu3arm0r; Michael/Khal Wadege; Wilson/The Wandering Prophet; Noah/Pops88 and Bina007.

WARNING – No GOT show spoilers, but TWOW spoilers throughout.

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VoK 568: A Seminar of Ice and Fire (Part 1) – Totemism



VoK’s very own Dr Blood begins a series of academic examinations through a Song of Ice and Fire. To start, we take a look at Durkheim’s Elementary Forms of Religious Life–specifically the excerpts where he discusses totemism.*

In addition to sigils and house symbolism/identity, we touch on everything from ethical questions (e.g. the “wolves” and “lions’ ravaging the Riverlands) to tinfoil (just how close are the Targs to dragons??), as well as more character-centric considerations (Dany, her silver, and her eggs; the Starks and their direwolves, etc.)…and anything else we can come up with! What would have happened if the Starks had found another Direwolf for Theon? Is Victarion Greyjoy a Raiders fan? Isn’t the Flayed Man such a bad brand that it would have been changed at some point?

Hosts: Sara (DrBlood), Adam (drownedsnow), Wilson (The Wandering Prophet), and Michael (Khal Wadege).

*Totemism: A system of belief in which humans are said to have kinship or a mystical relationship with a spirit-being, such as an animal… (Britannica.com)

Here’s a link to the Durkheim selections we focus on:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1wO5AfgU9rDYdkQ21kI6MvrLO-3g6PRMq

This might also be helpful, especially 4&5: http://durkheim.uchicago.edu/Summaries/forms.html

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Spoilers: This episode covers all published works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

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VoK 567: Feast Retrospective #2 aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 91)


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This is the second episode of an epic three part wrap up discussion A Feast For Crows. We begin with asking whether Sansa will become the most dangerous player of the Game of Thrones, the move to a small discussion of Arianne at 22m in, and wrap up with a discussion of Arya at 25m in. The aftershow begins at 37m30s and contains extensive TWOW spoilers.

The next and final episode of this recap will Brienne and the Greyjoys.

Music credit – Alpine Universe. Picture credit – HBO.

Your hosts are: Matt/Blu3arm0r, Noah/Pops88, Michael/Khal Wadege, Wilson/Wandering Prophet, Bina007 and MunroJock2.

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VoK 566: Gaming the Thrones (Part 2) – Euron Greyjoy



In this episode we will be covering the show Game of Thrones and how it ended certain plots as well as where those plots stand going into “The Winds of Winter”. Will be discussing the effectiveness of the show’s arc as well as the potential impact, if any, on Martin’s future books. Join us as we try to separate fact from fan fiction.

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Kevin (creepy nuncle kevin), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Kevin (Gaiden), Sara (DrBlood), and Matt (Blu3arm0r).

Spoilers: This episode covers all published works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and all aired episodes of Game of Thrones

Editor: Adam

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