Due to some social plans, we needed to record this episode in a hurry, and get it up even faster. On the other hand, I got to be on a guest podcast! It’s a fun bit of stuff and nonsense, but watch for me (Andy) to appear for about 45 minutes on Chris and Crys Take Over The World! I had a great time doing a car-podcast with them in Indianapolis, when I visited a week or so ago.
My fortunes being what they are, of course, it culminated with me getting the worst case of strep throat I’ve had in years, which hit me just hours after the podcast was recorded. :-p So, if you wanna hear me drop F-bombs and media references with fanboy glee, head on over to http://www.crysthewolf.com/chrisandcrystakeworld/ (which will likely be their Episode 71) in a week or two and check it out!
This week’s episode of Jumpgate dealt with a Garibaldi-focused tale, and showcased a little more about his past. The episode seemed to touch on the *effects* of alcoholism, but not truly on how it affects those who go through it and come out the other side. Both Jinny and I have known people who were alcoholics, both functioning and otherwise, so it was nice to see it addressed so well here.
While we would have liked to see more of the aftermath, there really wasn’t time in the episode itself to cover it. In keeping it as spoiler-free for Nick as possible, we merely note that substance abuse is brought up several times in the future, and has a very solid place among the best of the B5 character arcs.
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Chipped Beef on Toast… or Shit On A Shingle — Here’s a great recipe for that old military favorite. This is made from considerably better ingredients, but the basic form is the same. Beef. Salt. Butter. Gravy. Bread. A modern man’s hardtack.
Quint’s story from JAWS — Speaking of naval references, this is Quint’s chilling story about sharks from Jaws, which Jinny’s grandfather also lived through during WWII.
GUILE’S THEME!!! — Nick and I had a lot of fun with this one, watching Garibaldi’s fight scene with Guile’s Theme playing. For those who don’t know, Guile was the name of a character from the the 1992 arcade game Street Fighter II, which is probably one of the greatest cabinets of all time, spawning many successful descendants. For some reason, this character’s theme song seems to go to just about any video clip you care to find on YouTube. Below is the remix we reference, featuring footage of Carl Weathers and Arnie, from Predator. Try it. Just go to YouTube and search for “Guile’s Theme goes with everything”. You’ll either laugh your ass off at the dozens of videos presented, or think we’re utterly stupid. 🙂
Galactic Civilization — A really great turn-based 4X game, in which one escapes the solar system and explores, exploits and expands into the galaxy at large, while several other race do too. There are some comparisons we can make to the B5 universe in general, although this type of game has been around for decades, now.
Girl Genius — And a shout out to one of my all-time favorite comics, Girl Genius. It’s a steampunk world full of homunculuses, clanks and creatures called Jaegermonsters, who only respect you if you have a cool hat. 🙂