Fri, 7 November 2014
It's the first post-October episode. Instead of focusing on a month of thanks, it's just business as usual.
Week in Geek: Andrew plays some more Civilization: Beyond Earth and also finally gets his mitts on a copy of Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS. Dan, on the other hand, talks about the new album from his newest favorite band, Dawnbringer, called Night of the Hammer. \m/
30 Years of Busting Ghosts: As children of the '80s, Dan and Andrew decide that this is as good a time as any to discuss why Ghostbusters is still so amazing.
Ladies Second?: Speaking of Ghostbusters, with the recent announcement of a likely all-female reboot of Ghostbusters––as well as the troubled all-female Expendables spinoff, The Expendabelles––Andrew and Dan discuss this very interesting version of the reboot––recasting nerdy franchises with a completely female cast. They discuss the pros and cons and the possibilities as well as any pitfalls that could come with such decisions.
The Master and The Mistress: As Series 8 of Doctor Who draws to a close, Dan and Andrew discuss one of the Doctor's most famous and notorious adversaries––The Master! Consider this discussion a primer for all things Master, just in case you need it.
Question of the Geek:
Who is your favorite villain, in any medium?
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For all intents and purposes, that was an episode recap.
Music From This Episode:
-"Stayin' in Black" by Wax Audio
-"Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr.
-"Main Title Theme (Ghostbusters)" by Elmer Bernstein
-"I am the Doctor" by Jon Pertwee
-"Master of Puppets" by The Scorched Earth Orchestra
David Xanatos deserves a mention, though in the end he's not a villain. He antagonizes the Gargoyles in order to ultimately push them towards a future where they have a solid partnership. He's a great villain because even when he wins, he wins; and when he loses, he still wins. He's just got everything planned out (though we find out that's because of predestination paradox). As for an amazing villain who isn't as well known, there's Nox. Nox is a Xelor from the Wakfu/Dofus/Krosmaster franchise. I can't really talk about why he's so awesome without spoiling everything, but I'll do it anyway. Basically Nox plans out a trip back in time over a millennia in order to save his family who was killed by bad people. He decides to go back in time to save them but in order to do that he needs a great deal of life energy- about 1/4th of the world's population should do it. He justifies his actions as necessary to acquire enough energy to go back in time because killing others won't matter- when he succeeds and goes back in time, they'll all never have been killed. He's a time mage, so his fights are incredible. On top of that, he's insane due to being alive for thousands of years without his family. Just a really awesome villain from the first season of Wakfu.
To echo Dan's stick in the mud nature, I'm going to go with Magus from Chrono Trigger as my favorite all-time villain. The thing I love most about Magus (and about Chrono Trigger in general, really), is that ultimately, it's difficult to call him a true villain in a way that's more than superficial. The game's first half sets you up to believe that Magus is evil incarnate, that he's hellbent on raising Lavos to bring about the destruction of the world... but then *SPOILER ALERT* the second half of the game happens and you realize Magus wants to summon Lavos so that he may defeat it, as a form of vengeance for his sister Schala, who he has sought to find/save ever since his mother activated the Mammon Machine back in the age of Antiquity. BUT you only find that out if you go through the second half the game in the specific path that uncovers the truth about Magus's past, so it's possible to go through the whole of the game on your first playthrough believing he is pure evil and not realizing Magus and Janus are the same person. Also he has a sweet Scythe and his Japanese name, Maoh, literally translates to "Demon King," which is super awesome and metal. \m/