Needless Things Podcast 166 – Memory Lane Comics

June 22nd, 2017
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Recorded on location at Memory Lane Comics in Wilmington, North Carolina!

Phantom Troublemaker sits down with Jake, the owner of Memory Lane Comics, a Local Comic Shop which has been operating since 1983. Wilmington has been Phantom’s home away from home for his entire life, and as it turns out he was shopping at Memory Lane when he was just a little Phantom. The opportunity to talk to the current proprietor of such a legendary institution was too good to pass up.

Nobody has quite the same perspective on the comic book industry as the retailers that work within it. Jake’s years of fandom and business experience provide an interesting look at how things have evolved over the years. Plus, his story will be familiar to anyone that has been loyal to their Local Comic Shop for years!

Listen in as Phantom and Jake discuss independent business and the modern comic book market!

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Needless Things Podcast 165 – Orgazmo Needless Commentary

June 15th, 2017
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Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

Arian's birthday is in June, so he got to pick this month's legendary superhero film – Trey Parker's Orgazmo!

Perhaps not as well known as South Park, Team America, or Cannibal: The Musical, this film is not appropriate for anyone under the age of 17. Or over. It's an early example of Parker's obsession with Mormonism, and also with porn. Orgazmo is the story of an earnest young Mormon and his unwitting recruitment into the porn induistry. And also the world of crimefighting. Just watch it.

Listen in as Phantom Troublemaker, Rad Ranger, Arian, and Ryan Cadaver gather in the Phantom Zone to offer up their thoughts on this 1986 tour de force!

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“Now You're A Man” by Hot Beef Injection

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Needless Things Podcast 164 – Wonder Woman

June 8th, 2017
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The Needless Commentary team convenes live in the Phantom Zone to discuss DC's newest blockbuster – Wonder Woman!
 
The modern era of films based on the DC Universe has received mixed reviews, to say the least. Man of Steel, Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad while profitable, were far from universally loved. Even within the ranks of the Needless Things Irregulars.
 
To the point where discussion of said films is strictly verboten.
 
Fans saw Wonder Woman as an opportunity to leave behind the controversial style that Zack Snyder had brought to the DC films and start anew with a tone of hope, humor, and inspiration. Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot were almost literally carrying the weight of DC on their shoulders with this new film.
 
Listen in as Phantom, Rad Ranger, Ryan, and Arian figure out whether or not DC films are back on track in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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Needless Things Podcast 163 – Sir Roger Moore

June 1st, 2017
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In the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast Phantom Troublemaker and Mike Gordon discuss the life and career of the recently deceased Sir Roger Moore.
 
Sir Roger Moore passed away on May 23, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer. His career as an actor spanned decades and resulted in international superstardom. Moore’s signature characters – Simon Templar and James Bond – were known for their suave, unflappable demeanors, a trait Moore picked up during his time at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
 
As the second (and oldest) man to be cast as international superspy James Bond, Sir Roger saw the franchise through the 70s and into the 80s and managed to represent both decades in full. His Bond movies ran the gamut from spy thriller to outrageous science fiction adventure. Without a doubt, Sir Roger Moore is one of the trademark stars of 80s cinema.
 
Listen in as Phantom and Mike share their memories of the wildest Bond of them all!
 
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“Nobody Does it Better” by Carly Simon
 
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Needless Things Podcast 162 – Alien: Covenant

May 25th, 2017
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In the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast Phantom Troublemaker, Mike Gordon, and Ryan Cadaver talk LIVE in the Phantom Zone about Ridley Scott’s newest outer space epic!
 
There’s been a whole lotta aliens goin’ on lately around Needless Things, and there’s no better way to put a lid on it (for now) than with a discussion about the newest entry in the franchise, Alien: Covenant. Claiming to be both a follow-up to the divisive Prometheus and a prequel to the classic Alien, Covenant had a weighty task to accomplish. Find out if Scott and company delivered a satisfying film that connected his other works or if this new movie goes off the rails into the cinematic dumpster!
 
Listen in as Phantom, Ryan, and Mike discuss the finer points of genetic engineering, PLUS and preamble about the recently released trailer for Star Trek: Discovery!
 
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Needless Things Podcast 161 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

May 18th, 2017
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In the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast Phantom Troublemaker, Beth V, Head of Research Ryan, and the Rad Ranger break down the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster!

 
James Gunn changed the game with Guardians of the Galaxy. He took the tone and ideals that had been established with the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a galaxy not-so-far away and thrust a group of unique and compelling characters into classic situations. It was a risky move to take characters that the general public hadn’t heard of and create a franchise around them, but much like Jon Favreau before him, Gunn pulled it off with style and skill. The first Guardians was a massive success.
 
Having earned the fans’ (and, perhaps more importantly, Disney’s) trust, James Gunn was given the ability to continue the story he sowed the seeds for in the first movie. The musically named Vol. 2 continues to develop the characters and the galaxy that Gunn introduced us to in 2014 while opening up the possibilities for more stories in this far-flung part of the Marvel Universe.
 
Listen in as Phantom, Beth, Ryan, and Rad Ranger discuss the highs and lows of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
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“Guardians Inferno” by The Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff

 
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Needless Things Podcast 160 – Aliens Needless Commentary

May 12th, 2017
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Cover Art by Vance Kelly
Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

Continuing the Alien-centric themes of the last few episodes, this month’s Commentary is James Cameron’s masterpiece, Aliens!
 
After seeing Ridley Scott’s Alien in glorious RPX, there was no way the Needless Commentary team could do anything but watch the incredible – and vastly different – 1986 sequel. While Scott’s film delivered unparalleled atmosphere and suspense, Cameron’s follow-up used tight action, military-industrial intrigue, and blazing bombast. Utilizing a cast that would become very well known to fans of 80s action, Cameron went in an entirely different direction and created a different kind of blockbuster.

Listen in as Phantom Troublemaker, Rad Ranger, Arian, and Ryan Cadaver gather in the Phantom Zone to offer up their thoughts on this 1986 tour de force!
 
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Needless Things Podcast 159 – News Blitz w/ Ryan & Jay

May 4th, 2017
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Phantom Troublemaker, Head of Research Ryan Schweck, and the Belligerent Monkey take a look at the latest in pop culture goings-on!
 
New trailers for The Dark Tower and Defenders! DC’s Rebirth is still hot – or is it? Ridley Scott seemingly poo-poos Neil Blomkamp’s idea for Alienses! There’s plenty of genre news out there, and today on the show the Needless Things Irregulars convene to discuss these items and more!
 
Listen in as Phantom, Ryan, and Jay have a good, old-fashioned nerd jam in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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Needless Things Podcast 158 - Alien

April 27th, 2017
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Phantom Troublemaker, Mike Gordon, and Ryan Cadaver discuss Alien and special bonus footage from Alien: Covenant after a Regal RPX screening on Alien Day, 4/26!
 
Alien is one of the greatest movies of all time and April 26th has been designated (in a clever marketing move by FOX) as Alien Day! This is a reference to LV-426, the planet where the colonists had some bad times in Alien.

Obviously Needless Things had to celebrate this momentous occasion, so Phantom organized a field trip to scenic and decaying Downtown Atlanta for a very special screening of Ridley Scott's (and Dan O'Bannon's and Ronald Shussett's) classic horror film. 
 
Listen in as Phantom, Mike, and Ryan discuss the greatest sci-fi/horror film of all time in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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Needless Things Podcast 157 - Thrawn

April 21st, 2017
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Phantom Troublemaker, Beth V, and Chad J. Shonk discuss Timothy Zahn’s new Star Wars novel, Thrawn, as well as Grand Admiral Thrawn’s history in the galaxy far, far away!
 
In 1991 Timothy Zahn released the first official, Lucasfilm approved narrative to expand the Star Wars galaxy beyond the events of Return of the Jedi. He continued the adventures of the characters we all knew and loved, but also introduced a number of new characters that would grow to become vital and beloved fixtures in the new ongoing canon of the Expanded Universe (now known as Legends).
 
Among those characters was Mith’raw’nuruodo, a member of the previously unknown Chiss species. Against all odds he rose through the ranks of the human-centric Empire to attain the rare rank of Grand Admiral, all in order to guard against a threat from outside the galaxy. Thanks to his tactical genius and driven nature, Thrawn became a hugely popular character to EU fans.
 
When Disney bought Lucasfilm and stated their intention to eject all previous canon, Thrawn was assumed to be lost to the changing tides. But then, late last year, it was announced that the Chiss Imperial would be returning to canon as part of the Rebels animated show, as well as having his history explained in an all-new, in-canon novel by his creator, Timothy Zahn!
 
 
Listen in as Phantom, Beth, and Chad discuss the history of one of the Empire’s greatest and most fascinating figures in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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