EARTHCORE Episode #39

Connell Kirkland, Bertha Lybrand and Patrick O’Doyle made it through the ancient ship, but on the far side they spotted a heavily armed Kayla Meyers, and she isn’t there to rescue them. Kayla’s hunt for camp survivors is about to come to a grizzly end. Veronica Reeves didn’t make it through the ship. She thinks she’s figured out a way to make the rockopi pay for killing her father. She’s going to wipe them out, all of them and doesn’t care who else dies in the process

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EARTHCORE Episode #38

Kayla Meyers’ future is on the line as she descends deeper into the Linus Highway, looking for Angus Kool and any other survivors. Angus is almost out of the hellhole that is the Dense Mass Cavern and the maze of tunnels. Finally, Angus and Kayla will meet face-to-face. Veronica, Connell, Bertha and O’Doyle are still in the tunnels, in an underground, river being washed through the ancient wreck of the rocktopi ship. Bertha and O’Doyle are at death’s door, barely hanging on. Veronica burns at the loss of Sanji — will she find a way to get revenge?

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EARTHCORE Episode #37

The silverbugs just attacked Bertha Lybrand and Patrick O’Doyle. He destroyed them, but not before they slashed Lybrand, cutting her bad, slicing off fingers. Angus Kool could have helped, but instead he fled into the underground river and was swept away into the ancient, ruined Rocktopi ship. The horde of monsters is still outside the Dense Mass Cavern, held at bay only by ancient superstitions, but how long can that last?

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EARTHCORE Episode #36

Miles below the surface, Dr. Veronica Reeves has come face to face with her life’s work, but in a way she could have never imagined. Facing detailed carvings covered with strange symbols, can she finally piece together the history of the rocktopi. Angus and Randy are faced with a standoff against a new enemy, one that has been stalking them since they entered the massive, ruined ship. Meanwhile, Bertha Lybrand watches over a wounded Patrick O’Doyle — with his injuries and failing KoolSuit, will he live out the day?

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EARTHCORE Episode #35

Connell, Bertha Lybrand and the others escaped the Rocktopi horde, at least for the moment. As they recover, Angus Kool and Randy Wright have slipped away to explore the ship — can they find something inside that massive ruin that will help them escape the tunnel complex?

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My Bloody Valentine

StorySmack Episode #46

Happy Valentine’s Day Junkies! We’re doing our best to stay on-brand and still celebrate love. You know, like the love of a great 80s slasher flick!

Scott & A sat down this week to watch this 1981 horror … classic. It comes out pretty early on in the 80s slasher heyday, and it’s full of all that goodness: goofy plot devices, loads of teenagers sinnin’, plenty of gore and lots and lots of violence. All with great set design, some solid bloody prop work, and the world’s best dog actor.

 

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EARTHCORE Episode #34

A horde of rocktopi are hot on the heels Connell, Bertha, Patrick, Veronica and Sanji. Patrick is badly injured — will his wounds slow him enough for the rocktopi to cut him down? All five are out of ammo. They race for the Dense Mass Cavern, hoping they can, somehow, find shelter before it’s too late. Will they make it?

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The Storytelling Drama of Combat Sports

StorySmack Episode #44

“But fights aren’t stories,” you say? WRONG-O, FISH-BREATH! Companies like the UFC are exceptional storytellers, creating tales with live performers and unwritten endings. A discusses her initial dismissal and disdain for combat sports, and how she’s come to change her mind. Scott talks about how getting punch in the mouth can lead one to discovering proper, civilized behavior. They both use UFC Fight Night 143 to discuss how these real-life storylines play out, with all the drama, violence, sacrifice and the built-in “Hero’s Journey” path.

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EARTHCORE Episode #33

Connell and the others are trapped in the tunnels, and the’ve realized that the only way out is through.They need to reach the dense mass and cross over to the other side in order to, hopefully, reach the Linus Highway, the path Angus and Randy took to secretly enter the tunnels in the first place. Meanwhile, Kayla Meyers continues to stalk the group, looking for a chance to cut them all down. And, up on the surface, Sonny McGuiness has to find the courage to face up to his fears.

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Groundhog Day

StorySmack Episode #45

Groundhog Day on Groundhog Day? Are we in a time loop? Scott and A become gods (but not the god) as they discuss this 1993 classic, and the hordes of rodent-like movies “inspired” by it.

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EARTHCORE Episode #32

In the last episode, Connell, Veronica, Sanji, O’Doyle and Lybrand barely escaped with their lives, rescued by Angus and Randy. But Mack Hendricks wasn’t so lucky. The surivors are holed up in a cave, trying to figure out their next move. Meanwhile, Kayla Meyers has entered the tunnell system, trying to track down those same survivors … and kill them. Will she find Angus?

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SpiderMan: Into the Spiderverse

StorySmack Episode #43

Scott and A take a look at the Golden Globe-winning film that could have long-term ramifications on superhero storytelling. When a film so successfully brings a comic to life as a comic, what does that mean for big-budget live-action superhero films? Are the days of live flicks doomed?

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EARTHCORE Episode #31

Connell, Veronica, Mack, Lybrand, Sanji and  O’Doyle are under attack, trapped on a ledge. On one side, a sheer cliff and certain death. On the other, a crawling army of monsters, steadly closing in. But there is a way out — Angus Kool and Randy Wright just dropped down from a place higher up the cliff face. Can they get Connell and the others off the ledge before it’s too late?

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EARTHCORE Episode #30

Connell, Veronica, O’Doyle and the others are trapped on a tunnel ledge overlooking a vast cavern filled with the Rocktopi. On one side, a sheer rock face that ends in certain death hundreds of feet below. On the other side, a tunnel system teeming with creatures that want to slice them to pieces. Meanwhile, Kayla Myers continues her hunt for Angus Kool and Randy Wright, the two Earthcore scientists that have inadvertently sabotaged her efforts to return to the NSA. Will she catch up with them? And if she does, will the pliers come out?

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EARTHCORE Episode #29

Connell, O’Doyle, Lybrand and the others just endured a grueling, savage fight for life against the original occupants of the picture cavern. Deep in another part of the tunnell complex, Angus Kool and Randy Wright were dissecting a silverbug, trying to learn what technological secrets might be inside. And up on the surface, Kayla Meyers is ready to parlay the unimaginable discovery of the Funeral Mountain horrors into a shot at redemption, a shot at getting back her position in the National Security Agency. Will she once again represent the USA?

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