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Strangers and Aliens: Science Fiction & Fantasy from a Christian Perspective

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Lessons from San Diego Comic Con – SA281

The weekend of San Diego Comic Con has come and gone, and with it there were some interesting news items and some less exciting news items. There were some fantastic trailers and some less than stellar trailers. In this episode we explore three “lessons” to be learned from this years …

1hr 23mins

1 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Review – SA294

Ben and Evan talk about one of the best movies of the year, one of the best animated superhero movies, one of the best Marvel movies, and one of the best superhero movies. And they are all the same movie: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse!

55mins

14 Dec 2018

Rank #2

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GODZILLA: PLANET EATER Review – SA304

The final chapter of the Godzilla anime movie trilogy has arrived on Netflix. Ben, Evan, and Steve take a look. Is it a good movie? Is it a good ending to the trilogy? Is it better than the other two? Does it make the other two better? Our first episode …

59mins

30 Jan 2019

Rank #3

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Spider-Man for the PS4 – SA305

Evan’s been talking about this for months! It’s a game he LOVES. It’s a game he PLAYED. It’s a game that none of the other hosts have systems to play . . . So here’s Evan’s review as he and friend of the podcast Zach Nelson talk about the game …

52mins

7 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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Disney Animation Retrospective Pt. 1 – SA285

It’s another animation retrospective! This time, we discuss the first half of the Walt Disney Studios Animation feature films…

1hr 33mins

21 Sep 2018

Rank #5

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Advent Week 2: FAITH – SA293

A special Strangers and Aliens Advent event! Every Sunday (and then Christmas Day) join us for some thoughts on the traditional Advent candles . . . even if we don’t have candles . . . Week 2 of Advent: FAITH Faith and hope are very similar, faith is hope in …

17mins

10 Dec 2018

Rank #6

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M. Night Shyamalan Superhero Retrospective: Glass – SA303

Ben and Steve discuss the final chapter in Shyamalan’s superhero trilogy, where we revisit characters from a beloved and acclaimed movie from 20 years ago. How does this chapter work? How does the trilogy come together? Does it live up to their expectations?

1hr 14mins

22 Jan 2019

Rank #7

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POKEMON: THE FIRST MOVIE (Retro Movie Mission 6) – SA284

In Retro Movie Missions the Retronauts fire the Retro-rockets on their Retro-starship to take a look back at some retro-movies! Will they discover something new? Will they retroactively change their opinion? Join Captain Ben, Sergeant Steve, and Ensign Evan as they explore the feature film 90s kids were clamoring for but …

1hr 4mins

9 Sep 2018

Rank #8

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1979 and the STAR WARS Effect – SA322

Ben and Steve journey back in time to talk about 1979 and it’s place in science fiction and motion picture history, and how the effects of the mega-blockbuster hit Star Wars began showing up forty years ago.

15 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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DETECTIVE PIKACHU ROADTRIP – SA313

Ben takes a road trip to see Detective Pikachu, and talks about parenting, collecting, and how Pokemon has become a big presence in his house. Then his son joins him for an eight-year-old perspective.

40mins

24 May 2019

Rank #10

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AVENGERS ENDGAME Review – SA312

There was one potential future where they win, and while we knew the snap survivors would be victorious, we certainly didn’t know how. With surprise after surprise, and call back after call back, and send off after send off, we come to the historic Endgame. Ben, Evan, and Steve are …

1hr 21mins

16 May 2019

Rank #11

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GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS – SA315

Ben and Evan are joined by our friend Nathan Marchand to take on the newest installment in the Legendary Monster-verse: Godzilla King of the Monsters! Some of us liked it! One of us did not! But all of us had fun! And all of us had some problems with the …

1hr 19mins

7 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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VR: the superhero audio drama – SA306

We’ve teased this project for a while, and here’s the result! VR, a superhero audio drama!

36mins

25 Feb 2019

Rank #13

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SPIDERMAN: FAR FROM HOME Road Trip – SA318

It’s another family road trip to another Marvel cinematic universe movie. Evan, Ben, and most of the Avery clan head out to a theater close to home, and you get to ride with them to and from the theater as they talk about this new Spiderman cinematic experience!

43mins

13 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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TRACKS: a SUPERSONIC Pod Comics Preview – SA311

With the SUPERSONIC Pod Comics Kickstarter in full swing, here’s our short preview episode written by Ben! This is a story that becomes a kickstart itself — a short story setting up the style of stories that SUPERSONIC Pod Comics will features, while also introducing some of the threads we’ll …

26mins

18 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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RAMBO franchise retrospective – SA324

It’s Ben vs. Rambo, as he watches through the entire Rambo franchise over the summer, culminating in seeing RAMBO: LAST BLOOD in theaters opening night. What’s good? What’s bad? What one will he definitely watch again? What one will he never revisit ever? Find out here!

1hr 29mins

16 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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CAPTAIN MARVEL Roadtrip – SA307

Ben and Evan take a roadtrip to see the Captain Marvel. On the drive to the theater, they discuss their expectations and hopes. In the parking lot after the movie, they talk about what they thought without spoilers. On the drive home, they talk about more details about the movie …

48mins

10 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Road Trip – SA277

Ben, Evan, and Ben’s son Tim take a road trip to the Jurassic! One of them cosplayed. One of them didn’t wear the shirt to the thing. But all of them agreed on the movie! Part one is the drive to the theater, where they discuss the franchise and other …

46mins

25 Jun 2018

Rank #18

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VENOM Road Trip – SA287

Ben and Evan take a road trip to see VENOM. Their standard? Is is better than Spider-Man 3? Is it better than Fantastic Four? Is it as good as an MCU movie?

48mins

5 Oct 2018

Rank #19

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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Road Trip – SA279

Join Ben and Evan and four of Ben’s kids on a road trip as they drive to the theater to see Ant-Man and the Wasp, and then as they drive home after seeing the movie! Was it good? Bad? Ugly? How does it tie into Infinity War? Is it worth …

42mins

6 Jul 2018

Rank #20