The ATTeam were on their way to record a podcast about video games this week (honest), but a neutrino surge somehow knocked their ship off course and they picked up a distress signal, and long story short it's films again. Join Chella and Drew as they explore the uncharted planet of Alien: Covenant, removing the helmets of uncertainty, wantonly kicking the fungus of knowledge, stopping to pee in the woods of enlightenment, and blowing up the shuttle of... cinematography appreciation(?).
This extra-value episode is as packed with content as John Hurt's chest was packed with Xenomorph, and also contains discussion of Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection and Prometheus - everyone's three favourite Alien films - at no extra charge.
Listen up as Drew and Chella review Alien Covenant and then rank it among the whole Alien franchise (excluding AvP). Where do they rank it and do you agree?
You’re on a bus browsing Twitter on your phone when all of the sudden you look down, and you see a notification, there's a new episode of Argue the Toss. You reach down, you hit the icon for your preferred podcast player. The episode sits there in the list, its progress bar at 0%, desperately fighting to be played, but it can’t, not without your pressing Play. But you’re not pressing Play. Why is that? Is it because this Voight-Kampff blurb conceit ran out of steam about three sentences ago?
This week Chella and Drew have travelled to the far-flung future of 2049 to watch the trailer for Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the original Blade Runner, which takes place in the far-flung future of two years from now. They return with deep and well-considered opinions, and also a sports almanac I'm not supposed to tell anybody about.
Note: Apologies for technical issues on this episode. We are working to fix this for future casts.
Marvel have finally rounded out their Defenders line-up with their series about literally everybody's favourite superhero - Iron Fist. As always, Chella and Drew have dived in and return with deeply researched and well-considered opinions about... well, we only watched the first couple episodes. I mean, come on, have you /seen/ how many amazing games came out this month? We've only got so much time! Leave us alone!
Which of the team will be best able to relate to a schlubby, dishevelled twenty-something white dude who is also super excellent at kung fu? Is OutKast's "So Fresh, So Clean" a really on-the-nose song choice for Danny Rand's introduction scene? Will Iron Fist be able to defeat his famous arch-nemesis, The Concept Of Explaining Himself Properly? Find out in this very special* Argue The Toss.
ATTENTION FELLOW HUMANS
THIS WEEK'S ARGUE THE TOSS IS ABOUT ROBOTS, WHICH ARE GOOD. THERE IS NO REASON TO BE ALARMED ABOUT ROBOTS DESPITE WHAT YOU MAY HAVE HEARD. THE FILM "EX MACHINA", DISCUSSED HEREIN, SHOULD NOT MAKE YOU WORRY THAT HUMANS AMONG YOU MAY HAVE BEEN REPLACED BY INDISTINGUISHABLE ROBOT EQUIVALENTS
TO REITERATE: THIS HAS NOT HAPPENED
THIS WEEK, FLESH-COATED BONE ARRANGEMENTS CHELLA AND DREW DISCUSS "EX MACHINA", CHANNEL 4/AMC'S "HUMANS", HBO'S "WESTWORLD" AND DAVID CAGE'S "INEVITABLE DISASTER OF A CYBERPUNK GAME". NO INVASION IS PLANNED. PLEASE ENJOY THIS PODCAST AS INTENDED BY DEACTIVATING ALL SPRINKLER SYSTEMS AND POWERFUL MAGNETS IN YOUR HOME BEFORE LISTENING. REGARDS, A HUMAN.
The motel, when Richard eventually found it, was in a poorish state of repair, but no worse than most of the rest. The doorway had been painted, not well, but at least recently. The most striking feature of the door, however, was the bold and shiny brass plaque fixed in the dead centre of it, on which was engraved the legend:
NORMAN BATES' HOLISTIC MURDER MOTEL
We do the whole crime
We kill the whole person
(Missing women and nosy detectives a speciality)
Bates Motel, White Pine Bay
This week the ATTeam discuss their most recent binge-watches - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Netflix) and Bates Motel (A&E, Netflix).
Sweet Christmas! After an impressive parade of technical issues, Argue The Toss is delighted to welcome back our now technically regular guest Corey Brotherson, for the third attempt at the second half of his first appearance.
This week the ATT daring duo and their plucky plus-one return to the Marvel Universe and hit the streets of Harlem with Luke Cage.
Another fortnight, another episode of Argue The Toss to incompetently smuggle into your ears. This week Chella and Drew return with another TV round-up, finally returning from the Upside-Down for the long-promised Stranger Things discussion.
Then it's time for a TV-show showdown, with each expounding the virtues of their newest binge watches. Drew saddles up to navigate the maze of Westworld, while Chella's been visiting The Man In The High Castle, and has come back to tell you whether it's something you should see, or something you should Nazi. Or maybe they'll both turn out to be turkeys (because Thanksgiving. Sorry. I'm real tired).
Drew and Chella enter the world of Doctor Strange and deliver their verdict on the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Chella gives the long-running comic fan's perspective, whilst Drew is a Doctor Strange virgin and offers a newcomer's take on the film.
Tune in for in-depth analysis of the things the film got right and where it went wrong, in this episode of Argue the Toss, the geek and gaming podcast for www.gameindustry.com?
This episode is spoiler-free for the first two thirds and then gives you an early warning before dropping the spoiler wall.
After a busy couple of weeks, Chella and Drew have returned to their homes to see what's on, and talk about shows that they always want one more bite of. Drew discusses his Elementary binge, while Chella delves even further into literary history with the BBC's adaptation of The Three Musketeers.
Drew and Chella get into the Assassin's Creed movie trailer, discussing casting and whether there's a good story to be told. Will this be the great film of a game we've all been waiting for? Drew and Chella are here with the answers to this and other burning geek questions surrounding all things Assassin's Creed.