(Harry Potter) Episode 71 – Why Are You Such A Hot Mess Today?


Some time back, we had the crazy idea to analyze the Harry Potter canon as though it were fanfic. We finally went and did it. We did it with Chi. The result is a return to all the things that made PFW great. We provide completely in-depth discussion of things that are only marginally on the point. We take hours to even start on chapter 1 and hours more to get through it.
Kat is moving tomorrow. She’s not packed. She may indulge in a little bit of swearing tonight, as she has anger issues towards various characters we talk about. She raises the Hufflepuff banner proudly, defying Hagrid’s characterization of her house. The Slytherins cheer her on.
Chi is high on ibuprofen but needs to do laundry. She asks the age-old question “Do laundry or buy new underwear?” We pray for her liver. Her lack of clothes might be why she was propositioned on dating sites.
Lots of in-depth discussion of chapters 1 through 5, so in-depth that it gets way off course. We have become birthers and demand to know where Harry’s birth certificate is. Hagrid was caught breaking into the safe in the Potter house. There’s a lot on the Dursley family. It turns out Uncle Vernon was the nice one. We discover this and other startling revelations about what you thought you knew about canon.

In tonight’s episode:
* Kat is spying on Deth. Since she wants to join the NSA, this is vaguely appropriate.
* Moony urges the abolition of money.
* Chi knows lots of sensitive guys in Kansas.
* Discussions-That-Shall-Not-Be-Had
* Lily is a biker chick.
* Hagrid walks Harry down the aisle.
* Dear God: Do not click on this link until 1:38:00 in the podcast. http://i.imgur.com/EBwdVKd.jpg

Startling Revelations:
- Chi rants all the time
- Moony will talk about that later
- Kat is a Hufflepuff
- Deth has questions
- JKR can’t do maths

Hosts: Dethryl, Kat, Moony
Special Guest: Chi
Runtime: 3:16:46
Editor: Deth

(Stargate) Episode 70 – And now for something completely different.


Tonight, the hosts are returning to the Stargate fandom. It’s been awhile since we watched, so there’s lots of checking the wiki. Deth and Kathryn are drinking tequila and may be tax evaders. Kat talks religion of her own volition.
Season 3 has lots of awesome. By and large there’s excellent progression on a lot of different arcs. We’ve got a few issues with it regarding timing and pacing, as there is one episode of this season that really needs to be watched in season 2. No one cares about Sha’re anymore. Even professional writers require beta readers. Daniel gets lots of girls, as does Jack. Jack finally kisses Sam again, but it’s not the real deal, so we are sad shippers.
Apophis comes back. Again! If Apophis = Voldemort and Hathor = Umbridge, who is playing the part of Bellatrix? The Goa’uld do not know how to friend, but at least they celebrate diversity.
* Deth and Kathryn may get chickens.
* Chicago and Boston have attitude.
* Jaffa jokes!
* Pope Francis stories.
* The arrogance of the Tollan.
* Cake or death?
* Giant aliens!

Maniacs: Dethryl, Kat, Kathryn
Special Guests: Rusty the Red, Curie the Green, Faraday the Singer
Time: 3:55:07
Editor: Deth

(Castle) Episode 69 – Kat does not have a sordid sex life


After a very long delay, the hosts are discussing the second season of Castle, starring the incorrigible Nathan Fillion. Be forewarned: Kat gets fairly bombed during these two recordings. ‘How bombed?’, you ask. By her own proclamation, she wants to have babies with her Pinot Noir. Enough that we got her to discuss sex, politics, and religion, her trifecta of verboten topics. Despite numerous protests that we’re not going to get political, that’s exactly where we go. The gun policy discussion starts at the 4 hour mark and lasts a good 25 minutes.
We love the very cohesive, self-referencing world. It’s nice to see the secondary characters step up, like Honeymilk. Despite this season being too much of “Just another cop show”, it’s still better than any other cop show out there. The MEs are awesome.
We forget to call Bob. We engage in broad generalizations of men and women. Kat compares breast implants to puppies. We give criminal advice that is not to be used. We discover that Deth does not have boobs or curvy hips. We have a discussion about towels/towel physics.
* The Fonz and other pop culture icons. Inner death. Generational disconnect. The joys of modern air travel.
* Traffic stop etiquette.
* The joy of infomercials. “Now I own a boat-boat!”
* Crazy cat ladies.
* The awesomeness of Robert Picardo.
* Lethal Weapon is a great series of movies.
* PSA: Practice safe bondage and use safe words.
* Sneezing is the same as meth.
* Nikki Heat is real.
* Startling Revelations:
Kat knows about forensic science and criminal justice
Bob doesn’t speak much
Deth has issues with crime show science

Maniacs: Deth, Kat, Bob – King of Squirrels
MIA: Scott
Time: 5:09:36
Editor: Dethryl

(The Abyss) Episode 68 – PE loves all things nuclear


Tonight we take a break from television to discuss a feature film from 1989. Warning: This is a James Cameron film. Even worse, we’re talking about the Special Edition which is extended with material not found in the theatrical or home video edition. It is, of course, impossible to discuss James Cameron without mentioning Titanic. Only one of the three hosts has seen Titanic.
On to the feature! All of the hosts are upset over the mischaracterization of Navy SEALs. It’s not a realistic portrayal of military men. The blue-collar guys are supposed to be the heroes because the plot says so, so the military guys have to be chumps. The male lead, Budd, is REAL blue-collar. He’s also blue-armed.
How many explanations are there for a real bright white light?
* A little game of Red Rover with the Russian Navy.
* Dethryl and Kathryn have to go to rehab.
* Ryan is the World’s Best Cat-Mom.
* Kathryn is delighted by our explicit rating.
* Church culture and the attitude towards children.
* Mpreg.
* No true sports fan would risk their letterman jacket in freezing salt water.

Maniacs: Dethryl, Kat, Kathryn
MIA: Bob – King of Squirrels
Time: 2:48:56
Editor: Dethryl

(ASOIAF) Episode 67 – They did this really well on the TV show


Dethryl finally reread the second book of the series and took notes, so here we go. He’s been watching the Game of Thrones HBO series with Kathryn and is prone to comparing it to the book tonight. It’s really hard not to when they get so much right and the visuals are just so spot-on. No discussion of anything from season 3, as it’s not out yet at the time of this recording.
* Faraday is very talkative.
* Deth has a job interview.
* The introduction to Marv Snow. “No, no, you silly little girl.” He induces a nerd rage over Star Wars from someone who knows about fanedits and fanfilms.
* Phone time with Londo.
* Deth spoils Kat on something that happened in the previous book.
* All of the families exhibit all of the traits of all the Hogwarts houses. Lannisters are Gryffindors, but Tyrion is a Slytherpuff. Catelyn is an ADHD Hufflepuff.
* George RR Martin writes way too much rape, incest, and other creepy things. We’re tired of it, but we love the actual plot too much to stop reading.
* Deth keeps fading out. Is he playing with his button like Kat was in episode 63? That would be difficult, as he doesn’t have one.

Maniacs: Deth, Kat
Special Guest Maniac: Faraday the Cockatiel
MIA: Jen2
Time: 3:37:29
Editor: Deth

(Stargate) Episode 66 – Non-Existant Worms, More Giant Bugs, and Daniel Dies Again


It’s been 3 months since Deth and Kat last spoke. So much has changed, yet it all stays the same. Leo the Enabler continues his wedding reception hijinx. Deth continues his self-education as a handyman. He gripes about code violations, and it’s like that PFW episode about Holmes on Homes.
Both of our hosts have a lot in common. They used to murder worms in the name of science. They love jarheads and good actors. Stargate has a plethora of each. This episode also includes singing, the hosts not remembering where they stopped the last time around, and lots of shining a spotlight on those damn plot holes.
We witness the continuing evolution of Daniel the Soldier. There’s a discussion of Base 8 math and lots and lots of Sam/Jack shipping. We can’t talk about Democrats and Republicans, but we’re glad to delve into the Goa’uld and the Tok’ra. Teal’c is “A Wizard In Detroit”, and there are Dementors frolicking in the garden. Yes, Dementors. Frolicking. In the garden. Season 2 of Stargate is a lot of fun.

Resident Maniacs: Deth, Kat
Time: 4:25:54
Editor: Dethryl

(Babylon 5) Episode 65: Space Ticks, JMS Had Too Much Time to Fill, and More Nuclear Weapons


Tonight’s podcast was the first recording in season 4 production, but due to overwhelming negative reaction to Thirdspace it was pushed back in the release schedule. You may hear references to Deth and Kathryn’s wedding being two months away. Just roll with it. These things are coming out six months after the fact anyway.
Thirdspace is bad. There’s no getting around it. It’s bad Babylon 5 and it’s mediocre sci-fi. We try to find some positive things to say, but it’s slim pickings. We’re going to keep chugging in the B5 verse, so stay tuned for season 5 and the rest of the movies. Just not for awhile. The hosts and their livers need time to recover.
Where does this movie happen in the series chronology? None of these characters are on the station at the same time during season 4. Why is Delenn acting like a girly-girl? Everyone seems to just be going through the motions in this one. The hosts stopped taking notes and were playing Facebook games, checking email, and writing fic with the movie on in the background. It really is that disinteresting. We can’t recommend that you actually watch it.
Why you should listen to the episode anyway:
* Phallic microphones
* Ryan has gout.
* Kat is cursed.
* Ryan meets Mr. Faraday
* Kat and Deth have squick about Snape/Hermione
* Roach-gate
* Thai food

Maniacs: Deth, Kat, Kathryn, Ryan
Time: 1:33:40
Editor: Deth

(Stargate) Episode 64: Planting Seeds, Bottle Shows, and Evil Cliffhangers


It’s three days before Dethryl and Kathryn’s wedding. He needed to podcast just for a distraction. Lucky for him, Poufwa is good at distractions. Kat is busy making travel plans. Bob is getting ready to ship out and join the National Guard. Here’s one last huzzah before EVERYTHING changes.
Stargate! New viewers sometimes complain that the first season is very episodic. Deth and Kat call you spoiled and whiny. You can’t just jump into big plot arcs without getting to know the characters and the world they live in. Otherwise why would we care? Season 1 is all about planting the seeds of further plot development. They will begin to sprout in season 2 as upcoming episodes build on what is presented here. If you’re wondering what’s important and what’s not, Deth and Kat will make sure to tell you!
In this episode:
* Deth plays the part of Julia
* Charles Kawalski the Great
* Rotary vs push button and Star*69
* Master Bra’tac and his awesome feud with Jack O’Neill
* Wicked advanced races that won’t talk to humans
* Kat plays with her button
Comtrya!

Resident Maniacs: Deth, Kat, Bob
Time: 1:59:38
Editor: Deth

(Starship Troopers) Episode 63 – Nudity, Those Damn Kids, and Giant Bugs

Tonight’s podcast was conceived on about 36 hours notice. Welcome to the long lost age of models and props as we dissect this cheesy 80′s movie from 1997. It’s not an action movie, or a war movie, or even a sci-fi movie. This is a character movie with some of those elements thrown in for flavor. Brace yourself as we discuss politics, citizenship, service, fascism, propaganda, AT&T, war, honor, sacrifice, leadership, and many other deep things. There’s lots of laughs in this one, folks.
Dethryl and Kathryn are getting married soon. Two weeks and counting. He’s ready to kill the reception venue. We’re not sure how one can kill a venue, but we’ll look into it. Kat is making travel arrangements to attend the wedding. Toward the end, the recording got slightly out of sync, and Deth appears like he’s a couple of seconds in the future. He’s not twitchy enough that he’s breaking the sound barrier, it’s just a software issue. He gets real twitchy next episode, but we switched recording programs, so hopefully there won’t be any issues.
Remember that horrible football call last season? We’re still discussing it. Kat educates us on literature. Kathryn has some very epic one-liners. There are cancer-free nuclear weapons, public service announcements, and more in this fun and exciting episode.

Resident Maniacs: Deth, Kat, Kathryn
Time: 2:34:18
Editor: Deth

(Stargate) Episode 62 – Hammond of Texas, Jarheads, and Singing

Episode 62 of Poufwa Exchange launches Season 4!

We’re back! We’re under new management! For the first season, Poufwa Exchange was a collection of one-offs. It was a lot of fun, but there was no schedule, per se. Ryan, Deth, and PS split off from PotterFicWeekly at the end of season 3 to revive Poufwa Exchange for a second season that dove into the depths of Babylon 5 and A Game Of Thrones. Toward the end we saw the return of Jen Classic as she joined Ryan to discuss Doctor Who and Torchwood. Season 3 was more decentralized (read: chaotic!) and small groups covered lots of diverse things. We finally covered Firefly, which we had promised to do for years. Now Ryan and Jen have gotten in a car together, gone to abduct Sue from PFW and Bob from Spellcast, and can be heard over on Point of View Weekly, leaving Dethryl to keep the lights on here. He promptly got the best technical help possible, and we welcome Kat to the podcast as a full-time host. Everyone clear on that?

Dethryl and Kathryn are engaged. The wedding is three weeks away — at least at the time of this recording. We’re not very timely with these things, as you may be aware… They did actually go through with it, and Kat was even a guest.

In this episode we’re covering a very old sci-fi movie and the pilot for the spin-off of the TV series that went on to become the longest continuous running in the genre. Deth and Kat have a mutual passion and are exchanging with Kathryn. Bob and Evan from the forum join us, and Scott drops in from PFW.

The Maniacs Responsible for this Production: Deth, Kat, Kathryn, Bob, Evan, and Scott.
Runtime: 2’26’06

Editor: Deth

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