99 minutes | Jan 1, 2023
House of the Dragon: Season 1 Rankings
Today we close out our coverage on the first season of House of the Dragon, and correspondingly, close out Season 2 of Chase & Josh Fact or Fantasy with another acclaimed Rankings Episode! Tune in for the last time this season as we put together a set of categories, rank our answers in a hierarchy format, and provide an insight of how each of us individually view what constitutes importance when it comes to our selections. Not only will we be ranking a wide array of categories, but we will also be discussing what we think we will see in Season 2 of House of the Dragon, moments we think will come full circle, and other houses we believe will come into play. Stick around and sound off on what you agree/disagree with, and let us know your opinions about what you would change or add!
76 minutes | Dec 25, 2022
House of the Dragon/Fire & Blood Comparison (Season 1 vs Pg 350-Pg 422)
We have an exciting one to bring you today as we compare Season 1 of House of the Dragon to its novel counterpart, Fire & Blood in its corresponding pages. We are covering the second to last paragraph on Page 350 through the second paragraph on Page 422. While this is not necessarily a spoiler alert since the vast majority of what we talk about from the book is seen on screen, if you haven't read the book and don't want to know how these passages play out on paper, this is your warning. Stay with us as we discuss some of the notable changes that are found between Season 1 and the pages that align in Fire & Blood such as; Ser Criston Cole's relationship with Princess Rhaenyra, Queen Alicent and King Viserys' third son, King Viserys' health condition, Ser Vaemond Velaryon's fate, and Queen Rhaenyra's response to King Aegon II's terms. With Chase & Josh highlighting key differences, providing a numeric grade for Season 1 overall as well as a grade for the affiliated 72 pages in Fire & Blood, and discussing how the portrayal of characters can give a conflicting sense of allegiance, don't miss out! "And with his death, the war of ravens and envoys and marriage pacts came to an end, and the war of fire and blood began in earnest."
83 minutes | Dec 18, 2022
House of the Dragon Season 1: Review & Evaluation (Episode 10)
The final act in House of the Dragon's first season comes to a head, and the conflict reaches a breaking point here today in Episode 10. The coup is brought to light, battle plans are made, and envoys are sent. Buckle up as Rhaenys informs Rhaenyra and Daemon of what happened at King's Landing, Otto issues terms, the Sea Snake awakens, a headcount of potential allies is tallied, Jacaerys and Lucerys assume envoy duties, a debt is owed, and we have the first significant casualty. With Chase & Josh detailing the summary, debating alternative options, rating the episode, providing key takeaways, and discussing potential foreshadows, don't go anywhere! "Then the storm broke, and the dragons danced."
82 minutes | Dec 11, 2022
House of the Dragon Season 1: Review & Evaluation (Episode 9)
Things reach a breaking point here today as we tackle Episode 9 in House of the Dragon where loyalties are tested, bonds are broken, and ultimatums are given. Stick around as we see the realm prepare for life without King Viserys, the Small Council's secret plan unfold, the race to find Aegon, Alicent trying to find common ground with Rhaenys, the White Worm enter the fray, and an explosive ending. With Chase & Josh providing a synopsis of this episode, rating what we saw on screen, highlighting major takeaways, and debating the execution of plans, don't miss out! "There is a beast beneath the boards."
85 minutes | Dec 4, 2022
House of the Dragon Season 1: Review & Evaluation (Episode 8)
With showing no signs of slowing down, Episode 8 in House of the Dragon is on deck today where petitions are heard, successions are uncertain, insults are issued, and plans are foiled. Follow along as 6 years have passed since last episode, Rhaenyra and her family return to King's Landing, Viserys' condition has worsened, The Hightowers are in a position of power, Vaemond makes a play for Driftmark, the King arranges a dinner for the entire family, and a monumental misinterpretation is made. With Chase & Josh recapping the highlights, rating the episode, providing takeaways, and debating intentions, this one is a can't miss! "If you wish me to bear it, then defend me. And my children."
114 minutes | Nov 27, 2022
House of the Dragon Season 1: Review & Evaluation (Episode 7)
Today, we continue on into the next installment in House of the Dragon and journey through Episode 7 where losses are mourned, injuries are worth the price paid, and positions are strengthened. Tag along as we see a funeral at Driftmark, a taste of Corlys' ambition, Aemond getting his hearts desire, Jace & Luke taking a stand, Alicent demanding justice, Leanor's exit, and Daemon taking a third wife. With Chase & Josh guiding through a recap, giving thoughts on the key moments, rating the episode, and debating the balance of scales, tune in! "History does not remember blood. It remembers names."
66 minutes | Nov 20, 2022
House of the Dragon Season 1: Review & Evaluation (Episode 6)
The second half begins today as we move into Episode 6 of the House of the Dragon where things get a bit interesting! Season 1 actor and actress changes are made to coincide with the aging of characters through a 10 year time jump. Family strife is palpable, accusations are quietly levied, and the seeds of dissent are sown. Join us as Princes are introduced with one remaining dragonless, Alicent speaks to Aegon about the future of the realm, a Strong knight loses his composure, Daemon is made in offer in Pentos, and the Small Council suffers a burning loss. With Chase & Josh delivering a summary of the episode, debating changes that could have made life easier for Rhaenyra, grading what we saw on screen, and discussing the high level takeaways, you're going to want to tune in. "How sweetly the fox speaks when it's been cornered by the hounds."
108 minutes | Nov 13, 2022
House of the Dragon Season 1: Review & Evaluation (Episode 5)
We have reached the halfway point of Season 1, and will be diving into Episode 5 today in the House of the Dragon Series! Betrothal's are made, hearts are broken, and lies are uncovered. Stay tuned because in this action packed episode; Daemon becomes a widower, King Viserys makes Lord Corlys a royal offer, Lady Alicent learns a shocking truth, and a celebration turns deadly. With Chase & Josh providing an episode recap, discussing important moments as they play out, debate if certain actions should have lead to consequences, talk through the major takeaways, and rate the episode, this is one you don't want to miss. "The beacon on the High Tower, do you know what color it glows when Oldtown calls its banners to war?"
68 minutes | Nov 6, 2022
House of the Dragon Season 1: Review & Evaluation (Episode 4)
We pick back up where we left off last week and shift focus into Episode 4 in the House of the Dragon series today. Amends are attempted, freedom comes with a price, and desires refuse to be ignored. Stick around as things heat up. Daemon makes his return from the Stepstones, Rhaenyra sneaks out of the Red Keep, Ser Criston Cole is on the receiving end of a surprising development, spies make reports to important people of power, the King is burdened with knowledge he refuses to accept, and more than one person is sent away from Kings Landing as a result. With Chase & Josh recapping the episode, debating important topics, discussing the key takeaways, highlighting the important moments, and grading what they saw on screen, you'll want to stick around for this. "You are the dragon. Your word is truth and law."
96 minutes | Oct 30, 2022
House of the Dragon Season 1: Review & Evaluation (Episode 3)
We are moving right along with the exciting series that is, House of the Dragon, and today we are covering Episode 3 where battles are fought, celebrations are held, and oaths are tested. Keep up as we see the realm celebrate a royal birth, the introduction of the Lannisters, Viserys questioning himself on a key decision, a White Hart appearing to a specific individual as opposed to others, Otto speaking to Alicent about the future of the realm, and Daemon taking matters into his own hands. With Chase & Josh running through a summary of the episode, debating the role certain characters may play moving forward, providing a numeric grade, and discussing major takeaways, don't miss out. "I never imagined that I would remarry, that I would have a son. What if I was wrong?"
75 minutes | Oct 23, 2022
House of the Dragon Season 1: Review & Evaluation (Episode 2)
After a captivating series opener, we continue on into Episode 2 of House of the Dragon today, where family members are at odds, marriage proposals are made, and secret meetings are held. Follow along as the Crabfeeder proceeds to cause more problems for the realm in the Stepstones, a new member of the kingsguard is appointed, Corlys Velaryon suggests a possible solution to further unite the kingdom, a standoff is held at Dragonstone, Viserys makes a fated decision that will shape events to come, and two powerful/important characters find common ground. With Chase & Josh concisely summarizing the episode, providing their opinions, discussing takeaways, giving it a numerical ranking, and debating 'what if' scenarios, this is one you don't want to miss. "To elude a storm, you can either sail into it, or around it. But you must never await its coming."
109 minutes | Oct 16, 2022
House of the Dragon Season 1: Review & Evaluation (Episode 1)
It is finally here... the breakdown and coverage of the biggest on-screen series of the year begins today. The final series that we will cover in Season 2 of Chase & Josh: Fact or Fantasy... Welcome to the House of the Dragon. To do this series justice, we are covering each episode individually to ensure nothing is missed or overlooked with all of its full circle moments, foreshadows, or potential plot holes. Join us as we take a step back in time and return to Westeros, 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen. We see how Viserys was selected as heir to King Jaehaerys, meet the Princess Rhaenyra around whom much of this series is focused, get to know a little bit about Daemon Targaryen including his temperament and personality, learn of some trouble in the Stepstones, witness complications of a royal birth, and the controversial appointing of heir to the throne. With Chase & Josh providing a detailed summary of the episode, discussing takeaways, numerically rating what they saw on screen, debating key aspects, and analyze situations that could have future implications, don't miss out. "Aegon had a dream. He foresaw the end of the world of men. It will begin with a terrible winter gusting out of the distant north. Aegon saw absolute darkness riding on those winds. And whatever dwells within will destroy the world of the living."
89 minutes | Oct 9, 2022
Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Bonus Episode: Categorical Rankings, MVP Debate, & Potential Spinoffs
Today we close out the Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries with our final thoughts, culminating in this exciting bonus episode where we put it all on the table in regards to the complete 6 episodes of the series! We hope you are ready for another installment of the fan-favorite rankings, and learn a little more about the way each of us views the hierarchy of the categories we bring you. Find what/who stood out to us individually and our reasoning behind it. Not only will we be ranking a wide array of categories, we will also be debating who was the MVP of the entire series, and also taking a look into the future of Star Wars while giving our thoughts on potential spin-off series that could also take the Star Wars universe and fans by storm. Tune in and sound off with what you agree/disagree with and let us know your opinions about what you would change or add!
63 minutes | Oct 2, 2022
Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: Review & Evaluation (Episode 6)
Today we officially reach the mountaintop of this series and close it out strong with some of the best action, as well as important implications for the future of the Star Wars universe here in Episode 6. Join us for the finale of the series where we see Obi-Wan and Darth Vader battle one on one at the height of their strength, Owen and Beru defend Luke and their farm against someone with bad intentions, Reva's true character is shown with a life or death decision she makes, and an old Jedi Master makes his reappearance on screen. With Chase & Josh summarizing the episode, discussing how this series could set up future Star Wars productions, giving final thought/takeaways, and debating stand out occurrences, this episode is a must listen "Your strength has returned. But the weakness still remains."
81 minutes | Sep 25, 2022
Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: Review & Evaluation (Episode 5)
We continue our ascent towards the pinnacle of this series as we jump into Episode 5 today, where sacrifices are made and true colors are shown. Tag along as we take a dive down memory lane with some nostalgic flashbacks, move back to the present time with the Path's escape being sabotaged, join in the siege on Jabiim, watch Obi-Wan deduce the truth about Reva, and spectate an attempt at revenge which doesn't end well. With Chase & Josh detailing a summary of the episode, discussing potential plot-hoes, providing takeaways, debating important topics, and rating what we saw on screen, don't miss out. "You're not serving him, are you? You're hunting him."
82 minutes | Sep 18, 2022
Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: Review & Evaluation (Episode 4)
The second half of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series starts today as we move along into Episode 4 and ramp up the stakes and dangers involved with the mission. We pick up with Leia taken captive by Reva where the Inquisitors are based on Nur, Tala risking her cover for a rescue plan, a sector of bodies encased in amber of force-sensitive individuals, Obi-Wan slowly regaining strength/ability, and receiving assistance from the Path. With Chase & Josh running through a detailed summary, providing thought provoking debates on how certain occurrences could change the scope of the Star Wars universe moving forward, giving overall takeaways of the episode and the potential fallout, be sure to check this one out. "The braver you seem, the more afraid you are."
69 minutes | Sep 11, 2022
Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: Review & Evaluation (Episode 3)
We have reached the halfway point in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series and will be jumping into Episode 3 today which will bring us some long awaited confrontations, years in the making! Follow along as we see Obi-Wan coming to terms with the fact that Anakin Skywalker is still alive, him and Leia attempting to get off Mapuzo, an introduction to a double agent/secret society dedicated to helping the Jedi, and a showdown featuring Darth Vader at the absolute height of his powers. With Chase & Josh providing a high level recap of the episode, discussing potential plot holes, thoughts on overall takeaways, and debating interesting topics, you're going to want to tune in. "You should have killed me when you had the chance."
62 minutes | Sep 4, 2022
Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: Review & Evaluation (Episode 2)
We continue our journey through the Obi-Wan Kenobi series and pick up where we left off last week. As mentioned previously, we will be covering each episode in this series individually, so here we go diving into Episode 2 today! Stick around as we follow Obi-Wan's mission to rescue Leia which finds him on a dangerous planet with no leads, a race against Inquisitors, finding assistance from an unlikely ally, and Obi-Wan learning a shocking truth that has eluded him for 10 years. With Chase & Josh guiding through a quick summary of the episode, discussing big takeaways/potential issues, debating the result of a potential duel, and providing perspectives on alternative outcomes, don't miss out. "Kenobi is the last ember of a dying age, extinguish him."
62 minutes | Aug 28, 2022
Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: Review & Evaluation (Episode 1)
Welcome back and thank you for stopping by! Today at Fact or Fantasy, we are pivoting back into the world of streaming services and will begin covering the Obi-Wan Kenobi series that has taken the Star Wars universe by storm. This series is comprised of 6 episodes and they all carry such a level of importance to the overall storyline, that we have decided to cover each specific episode individually to ensure nothing is left out and that no stone remains unturned. So stick around and take a journey with us to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away where we come across Inquisitors who are hunting Jedi, an old familiar hero makes his reappearance, two important children are in danger, and one of them is taken captive. With Chase & Josh summarizing the episode, discussing major takeaways, making comparisons to previous Star Wars productions, highlighting moments that fell short or that issues we raised from, and debating the significance of certain characters, you don't want to miss this. "The Jedi are cowards. They failed you, abandoned you. There is no point in protecting them. They would not do the same for you."
111 minutes | Aug 21, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder- Breakdown, Review & Analysis
We are back with another one-shot episode today, this time covering the standalone film Thor: Love and Thunder as well as how it might tie into the Marvel Universe going forward! **Spoiler Alert** Do not listen to this episode if you have not yet seen the film and are looking to do so because in this installment, we go through a detailed recap and summary of the events as they appear in the movie from beginning to end. You have been warned. Join us as we follow Thor's recent adventures including some time spent with the Guardians of the Galaxy, the introduction of a weapon and wielder who threatens the gods, the return of Mjolnir, a trip to Omnipotence City, and an epic battle in the Shadow Realm. With Chase & Josh discussing the plot points, recapping a summary of the events, highlighting aspects each liked and disliked about the film, debating interesting topics, and providing a numeric grade for this movie, don't miss out. "With all this talk abut dropping heads, I want to give it a go."