Lise is laid up this week and can’t get the latest episode edited and uploaded. While she recovers, please enjoy this conversation with Karin Kallmaker.
Episode 144: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: Does it Hold up?
Andi and Lise watched the 1986 film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (the whale movie!) to determine if it holds up after all these years. Here, the Star Trek crew has to save Earth from destruction by an alien probe. To do that, they need…whales. Trust us on this! It’s a great plot device! Unfortunately, whales have been extinct for centuries. So the crew devises a way to go back in time to late 20th-century Earth to find whales to save the Earth of the future. Does it hold up? Listen and find out!
Also note the tribute to the crew of the space shuttle Challenger at the beginning of the film. Challenger exploded January 28, 1986, killing all seven crew members. Star Trek IV premiered in theaters November 26, 1986. More on the tribute at THIS LINK.
Star Trek IV original trailer HERE.
Shout-outs: Lise actually has a HALP shout-out—she’s working on a project and would like recommendations for cozy mystery series, especially those that include animals. If you have some, hit LGO up on Twitter or Lise (see below for links). Andi shouts out the PS4 game Horizon Zero Dawn, which she’s currently playing on “story” mode because she’s decided she’s actually a hoarder gamer and would much rather explore the world and collect resources.
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Episode 143: Wednesday, Season 1
Andi and Lise rave about season 1 of the Netflix series Wednesday, which follows Wednesday Addams (a fabulous Jenna Ortega) of the iconic Addams family as she’s expelled from yet another high school and ends up at Nevermore Academy, a school for paranormal misfits where her parents first met. While there, Wednesday navigates tensions with the nearby townspeople, teen angst, her relationship with her mom, and a mystery in which something is killing people and it might have ties to the town’s distant past. Excellent script, tight pacing, and wonderful secondary and tertiary characters. This is full of thrills, chills, teen angst and comedy, and a mystery that will keep you guessing.
Wednesday trailer HERE
Shouts-outs: Lise just finished Season 2 of the animated series The Legend of Vox Machina (link HERE) on Prime, which is beautiful to look at but is also well-done and well-written and well worth people’s time. Andi is watching Poker Face (link HERE) on Peacock starring Natasha Lyonne in a quirky, raunchy mash up of epic road trips, odd jobs, and cat-and-mouse as Nicole’s character Charlie is on the run from a Vegas casino owner in this mystery-of-the-week series.
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Episode 142: A Pale Light in the Black, by K.B. Wagers
Andi and Lise loved K.B. Wagers’ A Pale Light in the Black, the first installment of Wagers’ NeoG series. A fast-paced, diverse character-driven space opera meets sports story meets mystery with some of their fave elements: strong diverse characters with issues we can all relate to; space opera adventure; found family; sporting competition; creepy mystery.
Find out more and get buy links at Wager’s website HERE.
Shout-outs: Lise is getting ready to get her arm sleeve completed by a specific tattoo artist. It’s been five years, and she’s psyched about it. Andi has been playing the game Silk Rose Murders on Nintendo Switch, a fun murder/puzzle game set in an ancient Chinese dynasty.
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Episode 141: National Treasure: Edge of History: One and Done/Fun
In this episode, Andi Marquette and Lise MacTague discuss the first episode of Disney Plus’ new series National Treasure: Edge of History, based on the movies but starring a different cast with interesting takes on the characters and some of the issues they’re dealing with. Like the movies, this is a quest-themed movie that Andi likens to watching a quest game. Puzzle-solving, conspiracy theories, clues—episode 1 ticks all these boxes. Andi and Lise will let you know whether this is a One and Done or One and Fun!
Trailer for NT: Edge of History HERE. Available on Disney Plus.
Shout outs: Lise is very excited to be reading the second in K.B. Wagers’ NeoG series—space opera meets sports drama! Book 2 is Hold Fast Through the Fire. Andi shouted out Book 1 in that series, A Pale Light in the Black. Andi also shouted out the first in John Sandford’s latest thriller series starring badass/kickass Letty Davenport, The Investigator.
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Episode 140: What’s up in 2023!
Andi and Lise chat about the changing of the year, taking stock, calendars, and a few of the things they’re looking forward to in terms of books, TV shows, and games, and also their dreams to win powerball and fund game studios.
Tears of the Kingdom, the next Legend of Zelda game, available in May
K.B. Wagers’ 2023 and 3rd installment in their NeoG sci fi series, The Ghosts of Trappist, but read the whole series!
The space exploration/epic journey game Starfield, by Bethesda, hopefully out in 2023
Author Kalynn Bayron’s latest, My Dear Henry: A Jekyll and Hyde Remix, is out in 2023. Bayron remixes fairy tales and other stories into diverse, queer awesomeness. Andi plans to read all her stuff.
The Mandalorian Season 3, slated to drop March 1
Heartstopper on Netflix, Season 2. Andi’s going to give this series a try because it’s supposed to be heartwarming and we could all use more of that
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Episode 139: HoliGAY Movies
For this, the last show of 2022, Andi and Lise watched some LGBTQ Holiday (Christmas) movies based on a list published by Cosmopolitan Magazine (we know. We were all “WHAT?” too). They chat about the movies they saw, and throw out some other recommendations (also on the list). And also, Happy Holidays to all y’all!
Cosmopolitan list of LGBTQ movies list HERE.
- A New York Christmas Wedding (2020) – Alt-timeline to show the lead what could have been. None of this should have worked, but somehow it did. Nia Fairweather as the lead and Adriana DeMeo as the love interest. Majority Black and Latinx cast. Trailer HERE. See it on Netflix.
- Under the Christmas Tree (2021) – classic holiday rom-com tropes, but really cute film and the leads have great chemistry. Elise Bauman as the lead, Tattiawna Jones as the love interest, and fun supporting cast including Ricki Lake. Trailer HERE. See it on Hulu.
- Let it Snow (2019) – Rom-com based on the 2008 YA novel Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances, the film follows 6 people in the same town during a snowstorm and their evolving stories. Fun. Trailer HERE. See it on Netflix.
- Christmas at the Ranch (2021) – another classic holiday rom-com trope by Tello Films: city girl returns to the ranch where she grew up to try to save it from financial trouble. Fluffy with fun characters. Laur Allen as the city girl and Amanda Righetti as the ranch hand country mouse. Supporting characters include Lindsey Wagner (The Bionic Woman, y’all!) and Archie Kao. Trailer HERE. See it on Peacock, Prime, or Apple TV.
- The Bitch Who Stole Christmas (2021) – The drag show Christmas movie you’ve been waiting for. Hilarious, raunchy, over-the-top dragfest in which RuPaul as evil editor sends reporter to a small town to dig up dirt on its winter ball celebration, which features a cast of queens from Drag Race. Trailer HERE. Rent it on Apple TV; buy it on Prime.
You can still find us on Twitter: @LGOPodcast, @andimarquette, @LiseMacTague.
Also, Lise’s latest book (paranormal werewolves!) drops just in time for Christmas! Find more info about Winter’s Moons at Bella Books HERE!
Shout-out to everybody this holiday season and we hope you find time to have some fun!
Episode 138: The Tangleroot Palace: Stories by Marjorie Liu
Andi and Lise loved this collection of self-curated short stories (plus one novella) by majorly award-winning spec fic writer Marjorie Liu. These stories represent a collection from roughly 2009 until more recently, and span a range of spec fic genres, including paranormal, post-apocalyptic, fairy tale, superhero, and steampunk. Liu writes multi-layered character-driven stories that will suck you right in and leave you wanting more. Do yourself a favor and definitely pick up a copy of The Tangleroot Palace: Stories.
Find out more about Liu and her work at her website HERE.
Find out more about Tangleroot Palace: Stories HERE.
Shout-outs: Lise is psyched about the game Slay the Spire (shout-out to author Meghan O’Brien, who posted about it on social media), which is a cool fusion of card games and roguelikes in a single-player deckbuilder game. Andi shouts out all the people managing to stay kind during these times, and also shouts out the late Octavia Butler, one of the high-ups in her pantheon of writers.
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Episode 137: WTAF
Andi and Lise spent some time trying to process the recent mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ+ club in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They’re angry, devastated, and horrified. Sometimes, in order to find some support, you need to reach out and talk/vent and claim some space for yourself to do that. We hope that you’re able to do the same—to reach out to your networks and find some support. Because it’s okay to not be okay in the middle of all this horrible crap.
We encourage you, too, to reach out to local organizations in your communities that are doing the on-the-ground work for oppressed people and offer time and money to them so they can continue to provide care and resources to local communities.
There is a GoFundMe for survivors and victim of the Club Q shooting: LINK
As we recorded this episode on November 20, the day after the Club Q shooting, we’d also like to recognize that Nov. 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance. If you’re so inclined and able, you might consider donating to local trans organizations that are doing the hard work of sustaining and building communities.
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Thank you, all, for listening.
Episode 136: She-Hulk: Attorney at Law: One and Done/Fun
This week, Andi and Lise are doing a new kind of segment, in which they watch one episode (generally the first) of a series and determine if it’s One and Done (won’t watch anymore) or One and Fun, in which case they’re willing to go on and watch more episodes.
They’re starting with the 2022 Marvel series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, available on Disney Plus. Tatiana Maslany is attorney Jennifer Walters, cousin of Bruce Banner. Because of an accident, she ends up with Hulk-ness like her cousin, but with some twists. The show plays for laughs but digs into issues that affect Jen on the job and that deal with operating in the world as a woman. The first episode introduces us to Jen and how she acquired Hulk-ness and how it affects her.
So is it one and fun or one and done? Listen and find out!
Trailer for She-Hulk HERE.
Shout-out to Lise and all the people doing NaNoWriMo this year! You’re crushing it! YEAH!
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