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Moderate Fantasy Violence

Welcome to Moderate Fantasy Violence, a fortnightly podcast about pop culture and the world around it, as discussed by Nick Bryan and Alastair JR Ball. Nick will probably launch into a tangent about comics, Alastair will likely go for politics. Both are equally worthwhile.
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May 13, 2021

This fortnight, we celebrate Alastair's successful Oscar predictions by covering 2021's best picture Nomadland (11:15), then catch back up with the X-Men line in Way of X #1. (22:57)

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Apr 29, 2021

Inevitably, it's time to unveil our opinions of The Falcon & The Winter Soldier (12:18, with spoilers from 19:45), followed by some talk about scifi romcom Palm Springs (36:13, with... yet more spoilers from 39:37).

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Apr 15, 2021

This fortnight, we're so far back into superhero media, you'd think it was 2019, with Wonder Woman 1984 (14:37) and Invincible (31:50, spoilers from 39:15).

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Apr 1, 2021

With a sense of internet duty, Nick and Alastair sit down to watch Zack Snyder's Justice League, aka The Snyder Cut (11:13), before stopping to quickly take in Pacific Rim: The Black (29:53).

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Mar 18, 2021

This fortnight, at long last, time to get our WandaVision thoughts out there (14:38), along with Tribes of Europa on Netflix (39:48) - be warned, spoilers all over the place in both sections.

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Mar 4, 2021

This fortnight, back to the Netflix movie coalface with Space Sweepers (11:01) and The Dig (26:40).

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Feb 18, 2021

Happy fifth birthday! It's our birthday, and to celebrate, we're voyaging into beautiful indulgence by recommending each other some classics. First, Nick suggests the first volume of Alan Moore's classic Swamp Thing run (9:47), then Alastair adds Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 movie North by Northwest (27:55).

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Feb 4, 2021

Nick and Alastair return to the blasted wasteland of 2020 to cover some leftover culture - last superhero movie standing The New Mutants (13:52) and scifi sitcom spinoff Star Trek: Lower Decks (25:04).

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Jan 21, 2021

This fortnight, we polish off Star Trek: Discovery season 3 (10:24, with full spoilers from 22:50) and enjoy Netfllix movie-play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (38:21).

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Jan 7, 2021

A week into 2021, it's time to exorcise the ghosts of that dark year, with our 2020 retrospective! But first, some up-to-the-minute content with a quick review of the new Doctor Who special (10:21), before we lunge into our detailed breakdowns of last year in film (19:46) and TV (47:38).

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Dec 24, 2020

Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas, the season is upon us (to a limited pandemical extent) and we're reviewing the Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (12:19), with some bonus spoilerific chat about that Mandalorian finale and the many recent spin-off announcements (19:45), and Euphoria: Trouble Don't Last Always (37:02), a bonus semi-festive episode of the troubled teen drama.

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Dec 10, 2020

This fortnight, it's time to reach out and touch the Star Wars zeitgeist with The Mandalorian (13:36), then dive into the buzzy world of indie comics with Redfork (25:28), plus some other TKO comics earlier on.

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Nov 26, 2020

This fortnight, we cover Pegg/Frost ghost-hunting horror-comedy Truth Seekers (10:52) and Netflix Greek mythology anime Blood of Zeus (23:29).

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Nov 12, 2020

This fortnight, we top and tail the telly, with the opening 4 episodes of Star Trek: Discovery season 3 (9:07) and the second half of The Boys season 2 (26:21, with total spoilers).

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Oct 29, 2020

This fortnight, Nick & Alastair renew their Aaron Sorkin sorktificates with The Trial of the Chicago Seven (11:44, ending spoilers from 27:34), then make a token nod to Halloween with Lovecraft Country (31:25).

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Oct 15, 2020

This fortnight, it's time to talk about the devil all the time, and also The Devil All The Time on Netflix (12:47), followed by the first issue of Department of Truth from Image Comics (24:13).

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Oct 1, 2020

This fortnight, it's back to work at the Netflix coalface with Enola Holmes (10:28) and Teenage Bounty Hunters (23:50, with mid-way twist spoilers from 36:44 and full-bodied ending ones from 40:15).

If you're reading this by midday on launch day, back Nick's Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nickbryan/and-it-snowed

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Sep 17, 2020

Another fortnight, another streaming television festival, with the first half of The Boys season 2 (10:26), plus the entire of Biohackers season 1 on Netflix (28:14).

And yes, you can still back Nick's new comic And It Snowed on Kickstarter for two more weeks: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nickbryan/and-it-snowed

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Sep 3, 2020

This fortnight, we're back on our all-Netflix diet with Project Power (13:26) and Transformers: War For Cybertron (29:50).

And if you want to back Nick's new comic And It Snowed on Kickstarter, goto http://kickstarter.nickbryan.com/

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Aug 20, 2020

We're back on the streaming TV hard this week, with The Umbrella Academy season 2 (11:07) and Muppets Now (33:20).

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Aug 6, 2020

This fortnight, we dig into the past with some recommendations - Alastair's brought classic kid-killing movie Battle Royale (13:52), while Nick's zooming in on contemplative spy comic Zero (29:36).

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Jul 23, 2020

This episode, we take our long awaited journey into Netflix loopy scifi show Dark (13:28), starting with some general chat with broad season 1-2 spoilers and then (at around 27:09) veering into hardcore season 3 ending details. You have been warned.

And then we top it off with a little look at new Netflix comics-adapted action movie The Old Guard (43:15).

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Jul 8, 2020

This fortnight, Nick & Alastair cover Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods (14:21) and the first two issues of madcap comic series The Ludocrats (32:11). Try as they might, there is not much underlying theme here.

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Jun 25, 2020

This fortnight, we focus on the growth industry of TV shows based on popular movies, with the new Snowpiercer series (12:37, some mild implied spoilers towards the end) and second season of What We Do In The Shadows (24:49).

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Jun 11, 2020

This fortnight, Nick and Alastair take off with Netflix's Space Force (12:30) and then venture into the woods of Image Comics' Family Tree (29:14).

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