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Marvelous TV Club
61 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
The Answer to the Question "What If?" Is Complicated
We're three episodes into "What If?" and that means it's time to unite a few timelines of our own to discuss what's working, what isn't, and where it's all headed. Amanda Marcotte and Jesse Taylor join Marc for a discussion of our favorite characters, the biggest missed opportunities of the series, and how "What If?" will impact the future of the overall MCU. Oh, and we talk about Thanos's butt, too. So settle in, because we're as excited as a wild-eyed, serial-killing Hank Pym to dissect "What If?" on the MTVC!
86 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Charactercast: Loki Episode 6 Final Arcs
Kang/He Who Remains was full of surprises. And lies—at least if you ask Sylvie. She and Loki began the final episode closer than ever, only to find themselves multiverses apart in the end. Meanwhile, the TVA as we knew it seems gone. And in its place...well, we probably won't know for sure until season 2 just how different the new TVA is. But we definitely have some ideas. On our final Charactercast of Loki season one, Kristine Kippins and Marc Faletti discuss the finer points of Loki's growth, Kang's plan, Sylvie's revenge, Mobius's new form, and Ravonna's past. The Marvelous TV Club: For all time. Always!
67 minutes | Jul 17, 2021
PonderVision: Loki Episode 6 Making Sense of the Multiverse
The possibilities within the MCU literally exploded out of the Loki season finale, and the implications are almost impossible to comprehend. But that is exactly the kind of problem space we love here at PonderVision! If you want to know how time works now, what happened to the TVA at the end of the episode, the potential origins of Kang's tech and plans, and where the MCU might go from here, we've got you covered. Join Jesse Taylor and Marc Faletti for the kind of branching discussion through the exciting possibilities that we specialize in here at the Marvelous TV Club!
80 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Storycast: Loki Episode 6 Final Themes
What a barnburner! What a mind-twister! What a cliffhanger! The end of Loki's first season had it all -- well, except pat answers. Those were in short supply. But that's what makes it so fun to unpack and explore thematically, which is what we specialize in here at Storycast. Join Maeve Adams, Amanda Marcotte, and Marc Faletti for a look at two primary themes of the finale: 1) that we do not need to invent an oppressive god to save us from ourselves, and 2) despite what many other stories have told us, love and war are fundamentally incompatible.
70 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Charactercast: Loki Episode 5 Relationships and Futures
Loki and Sylvie showed major growth in teaming up to battle Alioth. But will those changes stick? And should we be worried about either (or both) of them surviving the series if their arcs start to feel complete? Meanwhile, we met a bunch of new Lokis to discuss, Mobius continued to be the Loki Whisperer, and Ravonna might be the biggest bad of them all. Or is it Miss Minutes? Kristine definitely votes for Miss Minutes. Join Kristine Kippins and Marc Faletti for the kind of entertaining reflection on our fave heroes and villains you'll only get on Charactercast!
67 minutes | Jul 10, 2021
PonderVision: Loki Episode 5 Easter Eggs and Lokigate
PonderVision is back to take you for a mind-bending ride through the wildest questions raised by Loki episode 5, "Journey into Mystery!" Inside the episode, we explore the easter eggs littered throughout the Void, the ideal candidates for the Big Bad at the end of time, how Loki's powers work, and more. Then we step into the real world to discuss the controversy surrounding a Loki reviewer, the challenge of meeting fan expectations for the series finale, and Jesse's fond memories of childhood D.A.R.E. concerts. Join Jesse Taylor and Marc Faletti for all of this, a few convoluted sports analogies (we promise we're banning them for a while!) and who knows what else on PonderVision!
63 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Storycast: Loki Episode 5 Themes and Journeys
Loki's fifth episode is titled "Journey into Mystery," which is a tip to the ways it draws on the themes and ideas of classic works about, well, journeys into mystery! (Yes, it's also the name of the comic where Loki and Thor first appeared, but it's not *just* that!) On Storycast, Maeve Adams and Amanda Marcotte explore how this episode and the series itself ties into the Divine Comedy, the Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland. But it doesn't just reference their ideas, it also updates them—particularly in regards to what it means to love someone. Grab your horned helm and join us beyond the veil of time for a ride on the wild side of literature and Loki!
62 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Charactercast: Loki Episode 4 Heroes, Villains, and Therapists
Put on your alligator Loki horns and join Kristine Kippins and Marc Faletti for an exploration of the complex relationships between Loki, Mobius, Sylvie, Ravonna, B-15, and more! We also address, once and for all, who's the superior Loki, how much of the TVA propaganda Ravonna actually buys, and the creative decision that made the scene between B-15 and Sylvie so moving. We've got two episodes left, and the time/space shenanigans show no signs of letting up. So strap in for a Charactercast that's not afraid to wake up at the end of the timeline!
56 minutes | Jul 3, 2021
PonderVision: Loki Episode 4 Time Feuds and Love Quizzes
The nature of the relationship between Loki and Sylvie is as hard to define as it is for them to actually get a damn moment of peace together. To resolve this, Jesse Taylor and Marc Faletti examine it in the most scientific way possible: a Cosmo quiz. This being PonderVision, we also explore the outer limits of the most fascinating questions raised by Loki's fourth episode. For example, how does "pruning" actually work given the revelation of Loki's survival? What are the real names of the Timekeeperbots? How good would it feel to be the Sif in that timeloop situation? And so much more. Come ponder the most captivating conundrums of "The Nexus Event" with us now!
65 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Storycast: Loki Episode 4 Themes and Reclaimed Histories
The shocking and surprising fourth episode of Loki intertwines two powerful ideas: that the so-called "natural order" is a way to write marginalized people out of the dominant narrative, and the idea that the reclaimed stories and histories of those same folks are much more powerful than the "official" stories. Join Amanda Marcotte, Maeve Adams, and Marc Faletti as we explore the power of revolutionary storytelling in "The Nexus Event."
81 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Charactercast: Loki Episode 3 Arcs and Revelations
The clues Sylvie dropped about her history might've revealed much more than she intended—especially about her relationship to the TVA. And while Loki's moral compass has proven unreliable so far, one crucial event on Lamentis may have changed all of that. Meanwhile, from motivations to instincts to attention span, Loki and Sylvie are night and day. And yet! They both strive to shield themselves from the very thing they also most desperately seek. What could that be? Well, if you join Kristine Kippins and Marc Faletti on this week's Charactercast, you'll find out! Provided we don't mind-wipe you after the fact, of course...
62 minutes | Jun 26, 2021
PonderVision: Loki Episode 3 Apocalyptic Questions
Let's face it: The name "Lamentis" is telegraphing that you're gonna have a bad time. But maybe there's more to that name than meets the eye? Meanwhile, there are so many small details that raise big questions, like: Where is Sylvie's missing horn? What's at the top of those gold elevators? Where's that Lamentis scene from the trailer? Which is weirder: Sylvie and Loki, or Josh and Cher from Clueless? Join Jesse Taylor and Marc Faletti for PonderVision, the place where Loki episode 3's most captivating conundrums will be explored. Even if it takes a toll on our backsides.
57 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Storycast: Loki Episode 3 Themes and Types of Love
They say you can't truly love someone else until you love yourself. But, uh, what if you combine those into one relationship? The third episode of Loki is an intimate examination of love, but not in any traditional way. Like Loki and Sylvie, it's subversive, chaotic, and interested in testing the boundaries of what's possible. It's also an episode that drives home the old adage that no plan survives first contact with the enemy, which happens to Loki and Sylvie at every turn, but also almost everyone else we meet (or watch blow up). Join Amanda Marcotte, Maeve Adams, and Marc Faletti for a judgment-free romp through the themes of "Lamentis" and what it means to love.
71 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Charactercast: Loki Ep. 2 Deep Dives on Loki, Mobius, Sylvie, and More
Sylvie pulled off her scheme, but what's her real agenda? Loki dove through her time door, so does that mean he's given up on the TVA? And will Mobius's mistakes mean he's a fugitive from the only life he's ever known? Charactercast goes inside the hearts and minds of our main characters to tease out their plans, loyalties, arcs...and a fascinating theory about who's "real" and who might be a variant. Join Kristine Kippins and Marc Faletti for all of this and more as we gear up for episode three of Loki!
69 minutes | Jun 19, 2021
PonderVision: Loki Episode 2 Mysteries and Paradoxes
The TVA cafeteria is a source of endless mystery. How do they decide what food is available? Where do those Jostas even come from? And if you like *that* mystery, wait til we get to the question of how there can be both a sacred timeline and a bunch of different Lokis running around! Loki episode 2 gave us a ton to chew on, and Jesse Taylor and Marc Faletti decide to take a huge bite out of its most compelling mysteries and paradoxes. If you've ever wondered to yourself, "Is Loki more like Charles Lindbergh or Prince?" then this PonderVision is the perfect show for you.
66 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Storycast: Loki Episode 2 Themes and Competing Realities
If the first episode of Loki pitted free will against fate, the second episode sets up a clash of order vs. chaos. This tension ripples throughout the relationship between Loki and Mobius, but also in the showdown between Loki and his female counterpart. Even the jet ski plays a crucial role in this debate! But that's not all. "The Variant" also explores how much our ideology can shape the reality we perceive. And when competing views of reality come face-to-face, violence is usually just around the corner... Join Amanda Marcotte, Maeve Adams, and Marc Faletti as we strip Loki's second episode down to the scaffolding to see what makes it tick.
78 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Charactercast: Loki Episode 1 Allies, Threats, and Snitches
How villainous is this Loki, really? Is Mobius someone he can trust? What about anyone else at the TVA? And what would cause a Loki to go full serial killer? As we anxiously await episode 2, it's a perfect time to get inside the heads of everyone we met in the premiere. Join Kristine Kippins and Marc Faletti for a breakdown of our favorite potential allies, most serious threats, and how many Lokis it might take to bring down the TVA.
66 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
PonderVision: Loki Episode 1 Spoke to a Fundamental Truth About Life
What does it mean to be Loki? Is he a side character in the lives of the people around him? Does he exist so that other people can make use of him on their more important journeys? Is he truly at fault for the time variance he created? PonderVision exists to wrestle with the most captivating conundrums of each episode of Marvel TV, and the first episode of Loki delivered a heaping helping of them. Join Jesse Taylor and Marc Faletti as we digest the delicious meal that is "Glorious Purpose."
58 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Storycast: Loki Episode 1 Themes and Archetypes
Loki begins! And Storycast is here to break down its underlying themes and genre conventions. As always, we'll also discuss the works of literature and film that inform it. Episode 1, "Glorious Purpose," explores the question of free will vs. predetermined fate, and sets up even more thrilling interrogations of that eternal conundrum. It also makes powerful use of the archetype of the dystopian bureaucracy, which informs everything from character to set design. Join Maeve Adams, Amanda Marcotte, and Marc Faletti as we unpack all of this and more on the Marvelous TV Club's Storycast!
56 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Charactercast Loki Preview: Loki Past, Present, and Future
Our character-driven preview of Loki focus on the main man himself, Loki. But which Loki? Because this show has teased the possibility of meeting several different Lokis from various times and timelines. So we’re going to discuss three of the Lokis near and dear to our heart: the Loki of our past, the Loki of the present, and the Loki we might see in the future. Join Kristine Kippins and Marc Faletti for a look at what makes Loki tick, how he's grown over time, and what it means that the 2012 version of Loki is back in the saddle.
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