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Second Star to the Left
55 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
The Galley: "Nemesis Games"
In the series finale of The Galley, Matt and Katie talk about the season finale of The Expanse's sixth season: the difference between antagonists and villains, where the show is going, and the departure of a beloved character.
35 minutes | Jan 30, 2021
The Galley: "Winnipesaukee"
Matt and Katie are back in the penultimate discussion of THE EXPANSE's sixth season. This week we talk about the balancing act this season has had to walk and the impact that Flowbees have had on Belter culture.
44 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
"THERE'S NO CRYING IN SPACE!" In this week's critical episode, Matt and Katie dig into the problem with crying, the Earther version of the War on Terror, and conclude with Belter profanity and terms of endearment.
54 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
This week on the cast, Matt and Katie catch up on TWO episodes (with another recording coming out this week!). They talk Melba's Muppet frenzy, future spoilers, and mechanical maternity.
40 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
Expanse Episode 3 Bonus Season 5
This week Matt and Katie talk about episode 5 of season 5 of The Expanse, "Down and Out"! We lament the plight of Naomi Nagata. WARNING: We talk about book spoilers that MAY be TV show spoilers almost immediately.
39 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
The Galley: An EXPANSE Fancast "Guagamela"
This week on THE GALLEY, an #TheExpanse fancast, Matt and Katie commiserate over the things lost in translating the books for television, discover what Belter Laura Dern would be like, and begin to conquer their fear of X's in Belter Creole.
54 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Expanse Season 5: Episodes 1-3
Matt welcomes Katie back to the cast as they do a special side project in THE GALLEY, a fancast where they talk about THE EXPANSE's fifth season. Note that we talk about book spoilers starting at 36:30, but you can come back for our Belter Creole of the Day at 52:30.
48 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
This week the cast dives into sharksploitation with THE MEG! Matt does his best Dwight, Mer questions the physics of Ruby Rose's hair, and Burt updates everyone on Rudy Giuliani's various failures.
50 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
Case Files: "Ghost in the Machine"
On this week's Case Files episode "Ghost in the Machine", Mer, Burt and Matt check in on Mulder and Scully to find out which sick Doom wads they're downloading from angelfire. Just kidding, they're mostly getting stuck in elevators and air ducts! That's technology for you.
48 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
This week the gang wraps up Better Red month with 1977's cult Japanese horror film HAUSU! Matt pits Whedon against Snyder in the thunderdome, Burt nerds out on his film studies and Meredith taps into her inner librarian.
50 minutes | Oct 18, 2020
Case Files: "Shadows"
On this week's episode of Second Star's Case Files, the cast digs into X-Files Season 1 Episode 6 "Shadows". Will Mulder think ghosts are as cool as aliens? Probably not, but what about Mer, Burt and Matt?
57 minutes | Oct 10, 2020
The Love Witch
This week the Second Star cast kicks off BETTER RED THAN DEAD month with 2016's THE LOVE WITCH! Matt dreams of Jeannie, Burt takes a trip to the Everglades, Mer has a flashback to her school days, and Katie "bastes the chicken".
44 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Case Files: "Jersey Devil"
This week, the cast explores the dark and spooky world of the Jersey Devil, as illustrated by a pubescent teenage boy. We rated this episode "T", for "Tatas".
51 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
Case Files: "Conduit"
On this week's CASE FILE, Mer, Burt and Matt open up "Conduit". Burt still doesn't believe in UFOs, but Matt wants to believe. They also break down the unique topography of Iowa as presented in this episode.
59 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
This week the cast dives in to the midnight movie WILD ZERO (2000)! Thrill as the cast tries to identify archetypal himbos (himboes?) and analyze the gender and sexual politics of a film that features a man chopping a UFO in half with a katana pulled from the neck of his guitar.
57 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
Case Files: "Squeeze"
This week on our X-Files recap project, Mer, Burt and Matt identify: is LA Beast a cryptid? What computer capabilities did they have in the 90s MSPaint? And how truthful are lie detectors?
64 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
Alita: Battle Angel
This (late) podcast features the cast talking about the Robert Rodriguez anime adaptation ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL (2019) - a film that was so nonsensical they timed it down to the minute when it goes bad and makes them long for Scarlett Johansson.
57 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
Case Files: "Deep Throat"
The watchthrough of the X-FILES continues, this week with "Deep Throat" and a spirited debate about the existence of extraterrestrial life. Matt doesn't believe in ghosts though.
50 minutes | Sep 11, 2020
This week on the cast we dive into the film INNERSPACE (1987), a film that frankly lacks adequate description for how surreal a comedy scifi film it is. Also features a guest appearance by none other than critical and film theorist Slavoj Zizek. Apologies for the audio quality; there were some challenges in recording but we had such incredible fun on this episode and wanted to share that with you.
62 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
Case Files: "Pilot"
In a new side project from the cast, we're rewatching the classic 90s sci-fi TV show, THE X-FILES. Matt has dropped out of watching this show half a dozen times, so the rest of the group is going to help him get through by breaking down whether Mulder is a bratty sub, President Kanye's latest edicts, and if the truth is out there (spoiler alert it is and Matt believes aliens are real).
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