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Some Time To Explain

Some Time To Explain is a raucous weekly podcast about the lore and ongoing story of the Destiny video game franchise. Join your co-hosts Kit and Mike as they discuss the Destiny universe's past, present, and wildly speculate about its future. We'll be bringing leftist criticism to Destiny, pulling loose threads, investigating topics we're interested in, and answering listener emails! No data-mined spoilers!

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Achilles Weaves a Cocoon and the Story of the Vanguard-Lanyard-Wearing Eliksni

Destiny 2's Season of the Splicer weekly story updates are on pause during intended seasonal downtime. Mike and Kit take the opportunity to review this season's background stories they haven't talked about yet, answer some Big Question listener emails, and agree upon 5 words you can't say in a ramen shop. Note: Mike says "Hawthorne" during the discussion but meant "Holliday."Things discussed: Solstice of Heroes 2021 continued, 7/15/21 TWAB, Exodus Crash strike Failsafe voiceline, Compass Rose shotgun lore tab, Achilles Weaves a Cocoon lorebook, the effect of imperialist violence on cultural practices, Herealways pieces, Ghost Fragment: Fallen, The Dreaming City book entry - Misraaks, Eliksni gender norms, a Guardian speaking...French?, the extreme mortality of non-lightbearers, Story of the Vanguard-lanyard-wearing Eliksni: Beneath the Endless Night III - Gifts from the Shore, Sojourner's Tale Shotgun, Chroma Rush auto rifle, Gridskipper pulse rifle, Riiswalker shotgun, Shattered Cipher machine gun, Holliday's 5 spirited words, Spicy Ramen Coupon, Proper Noun Review: Memory of a Bygone Past, Embrace, Seasonal titles - Splicer, Warden, Splintered, Listener emails: who is included in the "Humanity" category in Destiny? Ecdysis lorebook - Question After Question, Do you have headcanons for your guardians? (yes)Intro Music: Unfunky UFO by ParliamentSegment Break Music: Just a Friend by Biz MarkieOutro Music: Fuck Shit Stack by Reggie WattsCover Art by Jez Winters @jez_wintersPodcast Name by Michael MoldovanEmail us: sometimetoexplain@gmail.comMike's contact info: @macclubbin, www.michaelmaccubbin.comKit's contact info: @kit_boyoteReferences:George Carlin's 7 Words You Can't Say On TVCheck out our friend Jez's portfolio!"Talking the Spirit Realm," Yu Yu Hakushow podcast @WatchingSpirits

1hr 28mins

22 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Season of the Splicer, Weeks 7-9 and the Solstice of Heroes

As was foretold...we're back! Mike and Kit catch-up on the seasonal Path of the Splicer quest, resume their Consensus callout posting, and question when exactly is the summer Solstice in the Destiny universe?Things discussed: Our week "off," follow-up from episode 13 Destiny comic collection (redux), Twilight Gap, the problem with adaptation, Crota and Savathun controlling a gate, Dust lorebook entry - The Gate, Stolen Intelligence lorebook entry - Cocytus, Beneath the Endless Night book entry VII - Ripe, an addendum to our previous recommendation of Jason Schrier's book, Path of the Splicer VII, Path of the Splicer VIII, Beneath the Endless Night book entry VIII - Gilded Knives, Beneath the Endless Night book entry IX - Prediction, Lakshmi-2 wants to 'drain the swamp,' Expunge: Delphi, encountering Quria: Blade Transform, how we feel it compares with Will of the Thousands (Xol strike), seasonal storylines becoming more central, pacing and timing of Season of the Splicer lore, Ikora Rey, Mithrax, and Lakshmi's weeks 7- 8 dialogue, Kit's thoughts on each of them, collaboration between fascists and liberals to maintain the status quo in the Tower, We Are Huge Sticklers, Solstice of Heroes event, the summer Solstice, Master Vault of Glass, updates in the Botsa Ruins/Eliksni Quarter, Compass Rose shotgun lore tab, Eva's Journey lorebook, Butterfly Meme Update: Osiris, Savathun's goal, Bungie's "Save the Date", preview for next week, Mobile Suit Gundam (1979)Intro Music: Unfunky UFO by ParliamentOutro Music: Gallant Char by Takeo Watanabe and Yūshi MatsuyamaHope for the Future by Paul McCartneyCover Art by Jez Winters @jez_wintersPodcast Name by Michael MoldovanEmail us: sometimetoexplain@gmail.comMike's contact info: @macclubbin, www.michaelmaccubbin.comKit's contact info: @kit_boyoteReferences:Destiny Comics reader (click the icon that looks like an open book to select issues)Jason Schrier's Bad Article"Go through the wall" gameshow"Talking the Spirit Realm," Yu Yu Hakushow podcast @WatchingSpirits

1hr 14mins

15 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Pride Month Spectacular!

Coming in hot at the end of June '21 to celebrate, it's our Pride Month Spectacular! Join Kit, Josh, Andrew, and Jez as they discuss how the Destiny franchise and its universe handles queerness. Spoilers up to Season of the Splicer week 6.SCHEDULE UPDATE: We are taking a week off, so there will be no new episode next week (7/8). We will return to our Season of the Splicer coverage the following week (7/15). See you then!Things discussed: queerness and queer romances in Destiny compared to Bioware games, Chioma Esi, Maya Sundaresh, Ghost Fragment: Vex 5 , lore delivery systems, Saint-14, Osiris, Crow, Mara Sov, Sjur Eido, the Marasenna book, Clovis Bray, romance options, Destiny fan fiction, Ao3, Ana Bray, Cameron Dumuzi, definitions and depictions of family in the Destiny universe, definitions of personhood, Ikora Rey, Elsie Bray, the Dark Future book, Shaxx, Mark of the Great Hunt, Aro and Ace characters in Destiny, trans stories in Destiny and common pitfalls, Oryx and trans representation, Hive biology, the Books of Sorrow, Lost Lament: Locate Dead Exos - Mia-9, Exos: transness and class, character interiority, the Awoken, the Bechdel test, Alis Li, Uldren Sov, Jolyon, Kit's Awoken theory, the Imperial Radch series, non-binary people in the Destiny universe, Utopias, Eris Morn, the Drifter, Devrim Kay, Marc, Dawning Delights book entry - Our Choices Define Us, Quria's gender, Medusa, Savathun, Truth to Power book, Eliksni gender, Destiny 2's queer communityIntro Music: strongboi by strongboiOutro Music: SHUM by Go_ACover Art by Jez Winters @jez_wintersPodcast Name by Michael MoldovanEmail us: sometimetoexplain@gmail.comMike's contact info: @macclubbin, www.michaelmaccubbin.comKit's contact info: @kit_boyoteReferences:Robert Brooks on Saint-14 and OsirisDestiny Comics reader (click the icon that looks like an open book to select issues)

1hr 1min

1 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Season of the Splicer, Week 6 and the Destiny Comic Collection

Major spoiler discussion for the overall plot of the Season of the Splicer thus far and its week 6 developments. Also, if you haven't listened to our episode 11 yet, you might want to do that first! Also also, Kit gives his impressions of his time with the Destiny comics available on Bungie's website.Things discussed: Kit's moviegoing experience, The Conjuring 3 - The Devil Made Me Do it (2021), Guilty Gear Strive, path of the splicer vi quest, the butterfly meme update, expunge: corrupted labyrinth, the Corridors of Time from Season of the Dawn, Savathun, Quria, the Darkness and 4th Wall breaking, the Limited Blessings Rare Weekly Bounty, the With Both Hands Rare Weekly Bounty, the Total Victory Rare Weekly Bounty, Ahamkara, Invitation of the Nine - Mystery and Potential (Visit 5), the Otherside sparrow, Skull of Dire Ahamkara lore tab, Truth to Power book - Thank you entry, Books of Sorrow Verse 4:2 — Majestic. Majestic, Unveiling book - entry The Wager, Unveiling book entry - The Flower Game, Orin, The Emissary of The Nine, Dust book entry - The Witch, Mike's episode 7 Glykon theory, Beneath the Endless Night book entry VII - Ripe, Dust book entry - The Gate, Stolen Intelligence book entry- Cocytus, Osiris's line delivery, youtube thumbnails, dialogue options, the Destiny Comic collection Vol. 1Intro Music: Unfunky UFO by ParliamentOutro Music: Brian May: We Are The Champions microcon #15 TAKE 1 (9 April 2020) improvedBig Shot by The Beastie BoysCover Art by Jez Winters @jez_wintersPodcast Name by Michael MoldovanEmail us: sometimetoexplain@gmail.comMike's contact info: @macclubbin, www.michaelmaccubbin.comKit's contact info: @kit_boyoteReferences:Fingertips on the surface of my mind!Osiris's line delivery in OverrideThat's the ticket! (0:45)Who's that Pokemon?Destiny Comics reader (click the icon that looks like an open book to select issues)Destiny Comic Collection Vol. 1Project RooftopKris Anka

1hr 11mins

24 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Season of the Splicer, Week 5

The Endless Night continues to bear down on the Last City and its denizens. Much like in-game, Mike and Kit take some time to reflect on the fallout of last week's events.Things discussed: path of the splicer V quest, beneath the endless night VI - understanding, Boots of the Assembler lore tab, FWC, Lakshmi-2, The Matrix (1999), Cerebro, Ikora Rey, Saint-14, beneath the endless night IV - conspirators, Mithrax, The Accolade weblore, children in the Destiny universe, Mike's Hunter saga and character creation, the Beyond Light intro cinematic, Saint's character development, separating Saint's myth from reality, Mithrax's continued naivete, the neoliberal Vanguard, Mithrax and Ikora's joint announcement, the City's justice system, the Consensus, beneath the endless night V - sabotage, Be Brave, speculation on the potential of Eliksni Guardians, Hawthorne, Mike's episode 8 called shot re: Mithrax, Mithrax end of Override dialogue, end of the expunge: tartarus mission dialogue, Achilles weaves a cocoon book's absence from discussion so far explanation, the proper noun review, Tartarus, Supergiant's Hades, Bungie's approach to Classical mythology references, the Riiswalker shotgun, the Eliksni language, Kit crosses the 1,000 hour mark in Destiny 2, Mike's leftist media criticism notes to self, Mithrax and KojimaIntro Music: Unfunky UFO by ParliamentOutro Music: Under Pressure by The Blood BrothersCover Art by Jez Winters @jez_wintersPodcast Name by Michael MoldovanEmail us: sometimetoexplain@gmail.comMike's contact info: @macclubbin, www.michaelmaccubbin.comKit's contact info: @kit_boyoteReferences:CerebroBe Brave from the Destiny 2 OSTD1 Be Brave emblemexample of Zavala saying "Be Brave" in contextBeyond Light intro cinematicThe Saint finds use for Eliksni? Hmm. These are dark days indeed.End of Expunge: Tartarus mission dialogueKojima addresses the critics of Quiet's character designBob l'éponge

52mins

17 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Season of the Splicer, Week 4, Saint-14, and Savathûn

Mike and Kit attempt to digest the substantial Path of the Splicer IV quest. This leads them to a discussion of leftist strategy, Saint-14's history in the Destiny universe, and a game of Name That Tune!Things discussed: Mystery creature, Vex effects, Beneath the Endless Night V - Sabotage, Ether rationing as social control, Path of the Splicer Week IV, the neoliberal Vanguard, Get fucked Lakshmi, the rhetoric of saintliness, The Saint cinematic, Mithrax's nonviolent leadership, Saint-14 and the Speaker, Battle of Six Fronts, the Reef Wars, The Accolade weblore, Legend: Saint-14 grimoire card, Vanguard Commander weblore, the City Age grimoire card, The Pigeon and the Phoenix lorebook, FWC, Boots of the Assembler lore, Saint and Osiris are partners!, Kit's Spinfoil Hat theory, Get fucked Lakshmi (reprise), The Vision sidearm lore tab, Dr. Maya Sundaresh as "the Founder", Ghost Fragment: Vex 5 grimoire card, Stochastic Variable lore tab, Amanda Holliday, The Chaperone lore tab, Shipwright grimoire card, Ghost Scan: Hangar, Tower, #6, Riis Racer lore tab, Mithrax's fireteam, the Outbreak Perfected lore tab, Empty Vessel grenade launcher lore tab, Expunge: Styx ending and the Pathfinding book, The Butterfly Meme update re: Savathun, The Deicide lore tab, Quest: Parts Long Lost, A Moment In Time (Devil's Ruin quest), Traveler's Chosen sidearm lore tab, A Light in the Darkness weblore, Savathun's songIntro Music: Unfunky UFO by ParliamentSegment Break Music: Destiny 2: Season of the Splicer OST - Override (High Action)Is This a Pigeon? from The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird (1991), episode 3Outro Music: Synthetic Life by Julian Emery featuring Dana Jean PhoenixDuel by the Konami Computer Entertainment Sound Team JapanOh Yeah by YelloCover Art by Jez Winters @jez_wintersPodcast Name by Michael MoldovanEmail us: sometimetoexplain@gmail.comMike's contact info: @macclubbin, www.michaelmaccubbin.comKit's contact info: @kit_boyoteReferences:Creepshow (1982), "The Crate"Stokely Carmichael, "In order for nonviolence to work, your opponent has to have a conscience."Fireteam is fireteam, family is family.Eris hums Savathun’s song to Drifter in ProphecyI'm on the moon, it's made of cheese.Crow whistling Savathun's songLakshmi namedrops Dr. Maya SundareshSituation Normal

2hr 11mins

10 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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Season of the Splicer, Week 3 and the Consensus

// VANNET // CIVILIAN TERMINAL // ENCRYPTION ENABLED // PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: To those who ordered your Hate Has No Home Here yard signs, you can now pick up your order from Ikora Rey in the Tower BazaarThings discussed: Raid group composition, Tangled Shore Override activity, the Expunge mission, Antichamber, The Matrix (1999), The Path of the Splicer III quest, Lakshmi-2 and Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mystery: The Vault of Glass, Mithrax's poetic writing, Lightkin Bond, Variks Beyond Light idle dialog, Lightkin Cloak, Beneath the Endless Night IV - Conspirators, Factions, Future War Cult, Future War Cult Faction Rep Lakshmi-2, New Monarchy, New Monarchy Faction Rep Executor Hideo, Ghost Fragment: New Monarchy, Dead Orbit, Dead Orbit Faction Rep Arach Jalaal, The Consensus, Beneath the Endless Night II- Fractures, The Singular Exigete book, The Proper Noun ReviewIntro Music: Unfunky UFO by ParliamentOutro Music: Wake Up by Rage Against the MachineCover Art by Jez Winters @jez_wintersPodcast Name by Michael MoldovanEmail us: sometimetoexplain@gmail.comMike's contact info: @macclubbin, www.michaelmaccubbin.comKit's contact info: @kit_boyoteReferences:AntichamberMisraaks, the Forsaken. Do you know him? He is young, but promising. (4:43)

43mins

3 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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Season of the Splicer, Week 2 and the Vault of Glass

2 Guardians, a Kell, and a pizza place! Who wins in a staring contest between two people wearing helmets? Kit and Mike discuss some surprising nuance in this week's story mission. Then, they provide feedback on Contest Mode and the current Day 1 Raid experience and delve into the existential terror hiding in the Vault of Glass's lore. There may be more mysteries waiting for you inside this podcast! Hold my Kabr...Things discussed:The Path of the Splicer II quest, the Vault of Glass Contest Mode, and the Vault of Glass raid encounter spoilers, Future War Cult, Lakshmi-2, The Number Auto Rifle lore tab, Pleiades Corrector Scout Rifle lore tab, Stochastic Variable Submachine Gun lore tab, The Vision Sidearm lore tab, The Decide Shotgun lore tab, Savathun, the Books of Sorrow, Truth to Power, Mask of the Great Hunt, Ghost Fragment: Vex, Ghost Fragment: Vex 2, Ghost Fragment: Vex 3, Ghost Fragment: Vex 4, the Aspect book, Relic: The Aegis, Vault of Glass, Ego and Squid ship lore tab, Super Good Advice, Paradox mission, Paradox daily heroic alternate ending, Mystery: Praedyth's Door, Quest: O Captain, Exodus Black, Quest: My Captain, Exodus Black, Beyond Light Strange Signal Friendly Harpy Test of DarknessIntro Music: Unfunky UFO by ParliamentSegment Break Music: Heart of Glass by BlondieOutro Music: Heart of Glass (Blondie) - Dream Pop Cover Version by NINA, Strong and Strike by Toshio MasudaCover Art by Jez Winters @jez_wintersPodcast Name by Michael MoldovanEmail us: sometimetoexplain@gmail.comMike's contact info: @macclubbin, www.michaelmaccubbin.comKit's contact info: @kit_boyoteReferences:Wards in the Eliksni Quarter (6:18)Evil Eye"The Butterfly Meme"Toland Quria quoteParadox mission from Destiny 1Paradox mission Daily Heroic alternate endingThe Sandwich Alignment Chart

1hr 34mins

27 May 2021

Rank #8

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Season of the Splicer, Week 1

It's a new season of Destiny 2 - the Season of the Splicer - and it's come with some exciting developments in the Destiny universe! Join Mike and Kit as they sift through a smörgåsbord of new lore to talk about what is interesting them most and what they'll be keeping an eye on over the next 3 months. This episode also brings a shift in format as they endeavor to cover this season's story as it releases in-game weekly instead of at the end of the season. Join them for the experiment!Things discussed: Garden of Salvation desktop backgrounds, Egregore follow-up, chaos magic, Servitors, podcast episode release schedule timing and spoiler policy, Mithrax and his re-design, the Sacred Splicers, Eliksni society, the Botza Ruins and the Eliksni Quarter, Sjur Eido, Eido, the Truth lore tab, Scourge of the Past and Insurrection Prime, Path of the Splicer I quest, the Ignition Code lore tab, Future War Cult, Lakshmi-2, Lakshmi's vision and the FWC devices, Zavala and Caiatl's relationship, the Riiswalker lore tab, Beneath the Endless Night lore book (entry II - FRACTURES), Executor Hideo, New Monarchy, Ghost Fragment: New Monarchy, the Vex Plan, seasonal story scope and setup, the Combustion mission from The Red War, Rahool, the Cryptarchy, the Splicer Gauntlet lore tab, the Vex Network aesthetics, Hackers (1995), accessibility and the Override activity, called shots, Xivu Arath, the Empress book, TorobatlIntro Music: The Grid by Daft Punk, Unfunky UFO by ParliamentOutro Music: Neon Twilight by FEMMCover Art by Jez Winters @jez_wintersPodcast Name by Michael MoldovanEmail us: sometimetoexplain@gmail.comMike's contact info: @macclubbin, www.michaelmaccubbin.comKit's contact info: @kit_boyoteReferences:Original Baby Fallen fanartOfficial Plush ToyJonny Lee Miller in HackersFall Guys

1hr 4mins

20 May 2021

Rank #9

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Presage and the Glykon

Mike and Kit answer the distress call and explore Destiny 2's ghost ship for both loot and themes. Hopefully they're just-in-time for both!Things discussed: The Glykon, Alien (1979), twab 4/29 vault of glass update, the Cabal faction naming convention, the Ancient Mysteries, the mystery cult of Glykon, ancient smack-talk, Katabasis, Eve Astra, Darkness and Light ecology, the Scorn, the Psions, the Darkness's appeal to the player, the Confessions lore book, the Captain's Log lore book, the Dust lore book, the Truth to Power lore book, the Books of Sorrow, Savathun, the Crown of Sorrow, Shadow's Grips, Penumbral Bond, Shadow's Gauntlets, Shadow's Plate, Shadow's Robes, Shadow's Mask, Shadow's Greaves, the With Both Hands challenge, Total Victory challenge, "Am I to cast a Shadow?" weblore, Emperor Calus, Acheron, Hades, The Locus of Communion, the Egregore Link status effect, Coast to Coast, Blood and Honor quest, Road Complex AA1 armor, Gilgamesh's shell lore tab, Dead Man's Tale lore tab, Wild Hunt Hunter armor set lore, Glykon environmental storytelling, Ghosts corrupted by the Darkness, Aunor, Temptation's Hook lore, Osiris and Caiatl, Battlegrounds post-mission dialogue, Cayde's funeral cutscene, Cayde's death cutscene, Forsaken expansion campaign final mission cutscenes, accessibility concerns and navigating the Glykon, lack of catch-up mechanics, weekly rotations and lock-outs, the metaphorical meaning of the Presage mission story, Bahto, the CONTACT entry of the Singular Exigete book, Penumbral Mark lore, the Last City's fascism, listener emailsIntro Music: Unfunky UFO by ParliamentOutro Music: Spooky by The Golden HoursCover Art by Jez Winters @jez_wintersPodcast Name by Michael MoldovanEmail us: sometimetoexplain@gmail.comMike's contact info: @macclubbin, www.michaelmaccubbin.comKit's contact info: @kit_boyoteReferences: 4/29 vault of glass updatethe ancient mysteries by marvin w. meyerPresage Exotic Mission Developer Deep Divezoidberg without a shellmr. krabs without a shellkatabasis voice lineswhat does it all mean, basilPostmaster voice linesegregore wikipediaegregore theosophy wikiEgregores: The Occult Entities That Watch Over Human Destiny by Mark Stavish

2hr 9mins

13 May 2021

Rank #10