Sequels get worse. We get better. Hosts Mat Bradley-Tschirgi and William Thrasher look at movie franchises one film at a time (weekly) and a mix of retro and current video game franchises (monthly).

Hosted by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi and William Thrasher, the podcasts on the Sequelcast Network look at movies and video games in franchises.

The theme songs to the Sequelcast, Sequelcast Special, and SequelCommentary podcasts are written and performed by Marc With a C . The Sequelcast is a proud member of the Battleship Pretension Podcast Fleet.

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Mat and Thrasher discuss Starship Troopers: Invasion in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. Perhaps bolstered by the success of their direct-to-DVD CG Resident Evil feature films, Sony released the animated Starship Troopers: Invasion in 2012. The main characters from the original film are older and back in a new adventure that features bugs attacking the outside and inside of different spaceships. The satire is not the focus this time around, but the action is arguably gets crazier than in any of the live-action films. 

Thrasher laments the passing of the TV producer/writer Sam Simon. Mat thinks Tim Burton is a decent choice as the director for a live-action Dumbo film; just think of the clown sequences! 

Mat likes the intimacy between the subject and the director in the documentary Paul Williams Still Alive. Thrasher thinks the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Player's Handbook is a great revision to a classic tabletop game. 

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Mat and Thrasher discuss Starship Troopers 3: Marauder in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. Screenwriter Ed Neumeier makes his directorial debut with this flick. The satire and humor is amped up compared to Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, but the budget it still quite limited. Its reach might outreach it grasp, but at least the titular troopers are trying this time around. 

Mat is sad how modern the costumes look for Guy Ritchie's upcoming King Arthur film, reportedly the first in yet another massive franchise. Thrasher is intrigued by an Indiegogo campaign for Con Man, a web series starring Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk of Firefly fame.

Thrasher thinks Earth To Echo could have been better. Mat enjoys the fluffiness of Netflix's new series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Mat and Thrasher discuss Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. Special effects legend Phil Tippett directed this direct-to-video sequel which features a greater element on horror than one might suspect. A mostly humorless affair, the highlight of the film is an opening news reel mainly consisting of footage from the original! 

With Marvel Films jamming Spider-Man into the upcoming film Captain America 3: Civil War, Thrasher wonders how big Spidey's role will be. Mat and Thrasher enjoy how the season finale of Star Wars Rebels features a character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Mat enjoys the new sitcom Fresh Off The Boat for its offbeat humor. Thrasher rants about how boring Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter are. Here's hoping Marvel's upcoming slate of live-action TV shows for Netflix fare better. 

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Mat and Thrasher discuss Starship Troopers on this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. Although it had modest box office returns given its budget, the flick has been a perrenial best seller on a multitude of home video formats. Director Paul Verhoeven (Hollow Man) added a healthy dose of satire to the mix which many people miss on their first viewing.

Mat thinks the plot synopsis for Creed, the upcoming Rocky spin-off film focusing on Apollo's son, is a bit banal. Thrasher is tickled by a new Tomb Raider movie in the works inspired by the recent reboot video game that takes Lara Croft back to her origins. 

Mat enjoys a bit of retro comedy with the John Landis (Animal House) classic Trading Places. Thrasher chuckles at the Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special that recently aired. 

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Mat, Thrasher, and Jersey Jason discuss the long career of Leonard Nimoy in this episode of the Sequelcast Special podcast. He was an actor, poet, photographer, and director. Best known for playing the role of Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek TV series, Nimoy also was a regular on Mission: Impossible for two seasons playing the role of Paris. Nimoy's dulcet tones provided narration to documentary TV series (In Search Of) and video games (Seaman, Civilization IV) He passed away recently, leaving behind a legion of roles that were quirky, warm, and often full of emotion.  

The Nimoy family has also asked that, in lieu of flowers, people consider making a charitable donation in Nimoy’s memory.

Everychild Foundation

P.O. Box 1808

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Foundation

20 F Street NW, Suite 200-A

Washington, D.C. 20001

 

Beit T’Shuvah Treatment Center

8831 Venice Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90034

 

Bay-Nimoy Early Childhood Center at Temple Israel of Hollywood

7300 Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90046

 

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Mat and Thrasher discuss Escape From L.A. in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. John Carpenter returns to direct this sequel to Escape From New York with a bigger budget than the original, yet the whole enterprise feels cheaper due to shoddy mid-1990s special effects. Bruce Campbell (Oz the Great and Powerful) has a dandy cameo as a master plastic surgeon. 

Mat and Thrasher delight in Neill Blomkamp being chosen as a director for Alien 5, but wonder if the film will actually make it into production. Mat is still enjoying Gotham even though more time in Arkham Asylum would have been appreciated. Thrasher has a marathon of sorts watching the four Starship Troopers movies. 

 

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Mat, Thrasher, and special guest Ash Paulsen (Senior Editor at Udon Entertainment + Editor of Game Xplain) discuss the Mega Man video games for the NES in this episode of the Video Game Sequelcast podcast. They also touch on Mega Man 9 + 10 released for the Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360. 

Mat and Ash discuss the news of amiibos being able to play demos of NES and SNES titles on the Wii U in the near future. Ash brings up the possibility of Star Wars and Marvel characters worming their way into Kingdom Hearts 3. I'd love to see a scene of Donald Duck trying to eat Princess Leia's hairbuns.  

Thrasher sits down to play Dragon Age: Inquisition after watching his wife play through most of the game. Ash enjoys The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D on the 3DS. Mat loves IDARB on the Xbox One for its wacky social media hooks. 

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Mat and Thrasher discuss the Pac-Man arcade games in this episode of the Video Game Sequelcast podcast. 

Thrasher likes how BioWare released the tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition as a free download for a limited time. Mat thinks the concept of Mario Maker for the Wii U is past its prime. 

Mat enjoys Alien: Isolation until its stealth mechanics become inconsitent and cheap; it still does a great job with capturing the mood and lighting of the original film. Thrasher is watching his wife play through Dragon Age: Inquisition and notices all the fetch quests. 

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Mat and Thrasher discuss Escape From New York in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. John Carpenter (The Fog) added more humor to the screenplay with each draft to make this more than just an action picture. With a visual style reminiscent of Walter Hill's The Warriors, Carpenter presenters a Western Noir that benefits greatly from a simple story peppered with effective plot twists. 

Mat marvels that the rumored co-production deal between Sony and Marvel Films finally came to pass. Expect Spidey in a lot of flicks over the next few years. Thrasher revels in Tony Hale's casting in Alvin and the Chimpmunks 4: Road Chip

Mat likes the new HBO special Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen even if the stories presented have been oft-repeated; Brooks' solo renditions of his songs in the second half are the real reason to tune in. Thrasher likes the BBC series Psychoville.

 

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Mat, Thrasher, and special guest Scott Nye (co-host of the CriterionCast and writer for Battleship Pretension) discuss Prometheus in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. Ridley Scott (G.I. Jane) returns to direct this film set in the Alien universe as a loose prequel that largely serves as its own tale. References to the original Alien are plentiful, but Prometheus is hardly the cheap cash in it easily could have been. 

Thrasher is intrigued by an upcoming adaptation of the Bradley Cooper film Limitless into a TV series. Scott caught Million Dollar Legs as part of a double feature and enjoys it silly premise. Mat can't seem to get Tusk out of his head, watching it twice in one week. Thrasher finally watches the first two seasons of Game of Thrones and appreciates its absence of magic. All three discuss their picks for exciting flicks coming out this summer. 

 

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