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VoK 191: Looking (HBO series) – Season 2


“Who’s the weird guy crying?” Us, Aunt Sarah. Turns out it’s us. The Vassals gather ’round this week to pay their respects to HBO’s dearly departed Looking. Greg (claudiusthefool), Amanda (middlecyclone), Michael (Khal Wadege), and Katie (Lady Griffin) bid farewell to the boys who made all the mistakes and throw major shade at Slate.com, because, you know, aren’t we all Patrick at the end of the day?

Here is the Slate article we discuss.

Edited by Katie

Intro Music: “Simple Man” by Graham Nash

Outro Music:  “Soul on Fire” by Spiritualized

All audio clips belong to HBO.

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VoK 133: Looking (HBO series) – Season 1


Join Vassals Middlecyclone, Lady Griffin, and Khal Wadage as they explore the trials and tribulations of three fellows who make all of the mistakes on HBO’s Looking.

Edited by Middlecyclone

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VoK 102: LOTR ReRead (Part 8) – The Fourth Age of Middle-Earth


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Join the Fellowship of Vassals for the final episode of their epic eight part re-read of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings. In this episode, Bina007, Shellfish (Peter), Nadia, Middlecyclone (Amanda), Whiteraven (Brett) and EastTexasDirewolf (Shane) discuss chapters 5 to 9 of The Return of the King and the Appendices.

Topics of discussion include the logistics of Maiar reincarnation; the sex lives of elves; badass ninja hobbits; whether, if Galadriel had a beard, she would be more attractive to Gimli; the ineptitude of the White Council and the relative merits of a wiffle bat and a cricket bat in the event of a Zombie apocalypse.

The chapter discussion runs up to 1h 9m and the appendices to 2h.

This podcast contains spoilers for the works of Tolkien and George R R Martin.

Credits:
Edited by Bina007

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VoK 81: LOTR ReRead (Part 7) – The Destruction of the Ring


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The epic Vassals quest to destroy the One Ring finally reaches Mordor as we complete Book Five and begin Book Six of Tolkien’s fantasy epic Lord of the Rings.  Join Bina007, Shellfish (Peter), Nadia, Whiteraven (Brett), Middlecylone (Amanda) and Teddard (Eddie) as they discuss how culpable Gandalf is; Breomer’s poor swordsmanship, and the general awesomeness of Sam as we journey to the Field of Cormallen.

Please note that this episode contains spoilers for Lord of the Rings and incidentally other parts of the Tolkien oeuvre as well as George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Intro;  3m: Book Five Chapter Eight: The Houses of Healing; 17m: Chapter Nine: The Last Debate; 32m Chapter Ten: The Black Gate Opens;   44m Book Six Chapter One: The Tower of Cirith Ungol; 56m: Chapter Two:  The Land of Shadow; 61m: Chapter Three: Mount Doom; 80m:  Chapter Four: The Field of Cormallen; 90m: Outro; 96m Aftershow.

Credits:
Edited by Bina007

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VoK 78: Full Cast(le) Recording #2 – Beware of Flying Babies


In the second installment in the “Full Cast(le) Recording” series, the Vassals of Kingsgrave ascend the auditory stage to perform a dramatic reading of Jaime VI from A Feast for Crows.

Stick around after the curtain falls to hear the vassals discuss the chapter, debate the sanity and circumstance of Brynden Tully, and inevitably wind up debating the various deviations of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

2:00 – Chapter Reading
31: 40 – Aftershow Discussion

Cast:
Michal (inkasrain) – Narrator
Katie (Lady Griffin) – Jaime Lannister
Peter (Shellfish) – Brynden “Blackfish” Tully / Lyle “Strongboar” Crakehall
Leigh (LordManderBlee) – Edmure Tully / Forley Prester
Zach (Alias) – Daven Lannister
Eddie (Teddard) – Emmon Frey / Ryman Frey
Brooke (Asha Greyjoy) – Genna Lannister / Person Who Calls After Jaime / Queen of Whores
Paul (Pod’s Plight) – Karyl Vance / Spearman
Thomas (FTWard) – Addam Marbrand / Clement Piper
Amanda (middlecyclone) – Singer / Walder Rivers / Norbert Vance
Dan (witless chum) – Edwyn Frey

Crew:
Michal (inkasrain) – Host
Katie (Lady Griffin) – Editor

Credits
“The Rains of Castamere” Harp Cover by Harp Twins Camille and Kennerly
“The Rains of Castamere” Instrumental by Ramin Djawadi

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VoK 75: The Hedge Knight (by George R. R. Martin)


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The Vassals raise their pavilions at Ashford Meadow to discuss The Hedge Knight, the first story in George R. R. Martin’s Tales of Dunk and Egg series of novellas. Topics include the role of smallfolk in Westeros and the main story, knights and knighthood, how coinage and the economy of Westeros functions, the age old question of who has a right and claim to rule, and why fahrenheit is better than celsius. Zach (Alias), Bina (Bina007), Vikram (FortyTwo), Amanda (MiddleCyclone), Michael (Mordion), Leigh (LordManderblee) and Nadia (Nadia) also consider various theories that the story has spawned and how they relate to the A Song of Ice and Fire world at large.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)
Music excerpts taken from the soundtrack of HBO’s Game of Thrones, composed by Ramin Djawadi

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Links:
Legends (The Hedge Knight)
The Hedge Knight Graphic Novel
Legends II (The Sworn Sword)
The Sworn Sword Graphic Novel
Warriors (The Mystery Knight)

VoK 67: LOTR ReRead (Part 6) – The War of the Ring


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The Fellowship of Vassals record their best reread yet, covering the Siege of Minas Tirith; the Ride of the Rohirrim; and the Battle of Pelennor Fields. Naturally, this podcast is chock-full of spoilers for all of Tolkien’s works.

02:30 – White Raven recaps Chapters 1 (Minas Tirith) and Chapter 2 (The Grey Company).  Shellfish accuses Aragorn of being a usurper and MiddleCyclone accuses Gandalf of knowing less than the average Gondorian. Bina007 defends Eowyn’s decision to abandon her people and ride to war, and Nadia supports the manliness of archers.

35:00 – Shellfish recaps Chapter 3 (The Muster of Rohan), in which it is discusses how good orcs are at math; how scary it must be to watch people lay siege upon you; and the difference between Book and Movie Eomer.

50:20 – Teddard recaps Chapter 4 (The Siege of Gondor), including the attack from the Mordor Air Force. White Raven argues that Faramir is baked and Bina007 plays devil’s advocate for Denethor.

1:12:00 – Nadia recaps Chapter 5 (The Ride of the Rohirrim), inciting the mantra, “Theoden is magnificent here, but also really stupid”.

1:28:00 – Middlecyclone recaps Chapter 6 (The Battle of the Pelennor) Fields, the coolest chapter in perhaps ALL of literature. Fact! But we all have a bit of a rant about how the movie handles the Army of the Dead.

1:45:57 – Bina007 recaps Chapter 7 (The Pyre of Denethor), and discusses what would happen if an Eagle took the ring, and more seriously, the overtly religious nature of this chapter (and the twisted love Denethor has for Faramir).

Credits:
Edited by Bina007

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