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TNO 134: The Calculators And The Compasses

Rod, Karen, Aaron, Kriss and Bacon discuss listener feedback, entertainment, Robert Pattinson is Batman, Rick and Morty coming back, MS and Sony partnering on streaming, AMC wants more Walking Dead, Chadwick to play a Black Samurai, Nintendo Switch outsold PS4 in Japan, Legend of Zelda live action show on Netflix, Avatar 2 pushed back, Randy Pritchford drama, Michelle Rodriguez in for Furious 9, Chris Rock rebooting Saw, Crisis on Infinite Earths will be a 5 hour crossover, Disney shelves Gambit, The Tick is cancelled, Game of Thrones fans launch petition, James Gunn shares his perspective on firing and rehiring, Aladdin reviews are positive, tariffs will affect tech prices, Darkwing Duck, PS4 game gifting, Epic and MS make up, Senator introduces bill to ban loot boxes, Deathstroke animated TV show, Rescue Rangers live action, Dark Phoenix expected to tank and Grumpy Cat died.


  1. rodimusprime

    Dear Rod, Karen, Kriss and Aaron:

    I am glad there are people out there who enjoyed the live-action Aladdin remake. For myself…ehhhhhhhhh. I can’t abide musicals with mediocre or bad singing unless the musical arrangements are so spectacular that it overshadows the vocals (see also: Chicago), and too much of Aladdin was like “hey, this is sort of like that thing you saw as a kid, but not as good, bu that’s ok, right?” I’ve been playing the Broadway soundtrack on loop for weeks now in recovery, astonished at how James Monroe Iglehart could find all of these strange “notes” and “pitches” and “keys” in these songs that not even an autotuned Will Smith or Mena Massoud could (there’s no shame in hiring ghost singers for actors. Bring them back!!).

    A lot of my friends really loved it, so in general I try not to put too much spice on it, but I legit leaned over in the cinema during the “One Jump Ahead” number to my friend I went with and asked “(*Killmonger voice*) is this your Prince?!?” I’m not really looking forward to CGI National Geographic: The Movie in July, but the culture demands.

    I’m resolved to see Dark Phoenix for completionists’ sake, but we’re going to a matinee on purpose. I can’t pay full price for a movie with a Rotten Tomatoes score low enough to warrant a high car insurance premium. And while I know a lot of folks are happy to see the Fox X-Men era go, I’m mostly just…sad that these movies never really found and maintained their footing, despite having full access to several of comics’ most popular characters.

    Maybe those DC Universe people should have been a bit louder when they announced that “Swamp Thing” was being changed from an ongoing series two a one-season limited series in April when the whole production shutdown happened. Oh well. What a mess. The reports from “sources” (verifiable ones albeit) from after the first episode aired rang a lot louder.

    Here’s a question for the panel: what’s the oldest full issue of a comic book you’ve ever read, whether a physical or digital copy?


  2. Amani

    Y’all talk about the fact nothing has been coming out on New Gods after almost a year with no news, we get Tom fucking King co-writing? Rod be knowing! Ava a real G and she moves in silence like lasagna. See, now I’m in a dangerous situation because before it was fun and games as just another theoretical DC movie that I never thought would happen. But NOW? I needs this shit. Expectations are a dangerous thing. The POWER of the Nerd-Off brand man.

    Y’all start bigging up Taika Watiki, and my nigga gets that Akira movie, and this is probably the only way I’d be excited about a live action version is with him directing. Even got my corner of Black twitter in that Darth Vader hive watching Rogue One again. I know folks were excited because it sounds like we really could be getting an Old Republic series, but if they make those Vader books into movies? Oh nigga people aren’t ready! I see Karen has been catching up too, both series are fucking flames!

    But you gotta use the power for good. I almost had to square up on Kriss over here casually mentioning the world building in John Wick leaves the potential for spin-offs like that’s not EXACTLY how we get Common back in the series as Halle Berry’s ex-husband. Stay woke! You already got Alexandra Shipp back out here on her never ending crusade for the Lightskinned Avengers, you can’t just be speaking things into existence like that.

    P.S. talking about finding new things in Rick and Morty last episode, nigga when I first realized that they inserted Mr. Poopy Butthole into the credits like he was there the whole time I hit that WeeBay gif so hard. The little details of this show.

  3. CC

    Hi lovelies. Great episode, y’all some lovely nerds! I ain’t gonna call you Nigg-Erds or whatever Rod said lol
    As one who has only read the books of GoT, well not all. I saw a picture of the nigga when book 4 was coming out and I backed off. “That man is gonna die before he finishes these books” I thought and I would prefer to not waste my time. As I later did with Robert Jordans The Wheel of Time.
    Imma start reading, A song of Ice and Fire, again. As soon as that man releases the books.
    Until then I’m probably just gonna re-read The Deed of Paksenarrion, was nearly 25 years since I last read all the books. It and it deserves more love. If you didn’t get it it was a suggestion for you to read.
    Oh and to jump back to GoT. For everyone complaining about the Showrunners? Aren’t y’all glad to see how they grew? From adding rape scenes in an already rape infested script to just ignoring them and still managing to make y’all feel enough to cry and be pissed it wasn’t what you wanted? It sounds like they did good in my book lol

    Ooh btw y’all saw the right wing gaming nutters go full on stupid online? With the 25%, increase from 15%, tariffs added to the consoles? How they TRUSTED TRUMP to not touch their games? I’m having a good time here. Sorry for the rest of y’all that ain’t bat shit crazy nazi scum.

    y’all take care and thanks for listening to my ramblings xoxo

  4. pretty tomboy

    Hi Rod, Karen, Kriss and Aaron. I love the show and have been listening for years so I figured you four would be the best place to get my question answered. I’m a new gamer (y’all’s fault) and I’m still learning which games I like. I love Spyro. I also have Crash Bandicoot. Both kids games (I know). I got Spiderman too but for giggles really. It whooped my ass but I think I just need to get used to the controller (I have a PS4). Do you have any recommendations? I tried Little big planet and I HATED IT.

    Always a big fan of you four from waay in the back (introverts unite!) LOL. Thanks for your help and have a great show!

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