If you’re looking for something sword-forward, we’re sorry to say that The Sword in the Stone, weirdly, might not be for you. But if you’re hoping to spend some time learning about magic and goodness and maybe, just maybe, making a few friends along the way, then Merlin, Wart, and the Dummies invite you along for a wild ride!

Next Movie: The Jungle Book (1967)

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“We are an unusual couple you know.” – Wanda
“Oh I don’t think that was ever in question.” – Vision

Can you believe it’s been over a whole dang year and a half since us comic book nerds have had any Marvel content? Well after an unintentional but perhaps a much needed break from all things Marvel, Disney + has finally dropped the first of their interconnected MCU TV shows! So this week join Tuong La and Taylor Fleming as they discuss the mind bending, fantastical, and mysterious sitcom world of the first two episodes of Wandavision!

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Featuring Jon Blair (CBC Radio’s Because News, Now More Than Ever)Nkasi Ogbonnah (Second City Mainstage, Untitled Black Sketch Project), and Jason Voulgaris (Shots Fired!, MCU Improvised). This week, the panel tries to get sponsors for the show, learns about drowning in your own piss, and names their first-ever Ultimate Loser.

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“Music Used:
Hurt – Lucas King

(Used under Creative Commons License Attribution 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)”

A Top 5 fit for a King!

The title of King is one the highest positions of powers that people across the world have yearned and fought for (maybe because you get a fancy crown and comfy velvet robe?). For everyone else, the King meant the ruler of a kingdom who called all the shots, where you just really hoped they were a kind King and not the type that believes in you know…an ol’fashion beheading. But what makes a good King or rather interesting King? This week we’ll find out! Join Tuong La and Royal Court Jesters/ Pull the Plug’s Justin Godelie, Shannon Godelie, and Dan Foerster as they obey the royal decree of the PodCavern and all hail the Top 5 Kings list!

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Ground Rules

  • Just for fun we are also pitting real kings vs fictional kings because it’s Ranked and we do that here
  • If the indvidual has “King” in the title it would technically count.
  • Someone whose regarded as a king but doesn’t necessarily come from “royal blood’ still counts.
  • That said, we don’t want to veer too far away from the spirit of the topic today so the list should still comprise of mostly what you would consider a traditional king and not all gag nominations where “king” happens to be in their name.
  • We are ranking on interesting kings not necessarily just “good kings”. For example the king could be a total jackass as long as they are interesting enough to back it up.

*Spoilers* Below is our Top 5 list from this episode as well as our own personal unordered  lists.

Group Top 5

5. King Cyrus II (Cyrus the Great – real king)

4. Elvis Presley (King of Rock and Roll)

3. Jack Skellington (Nightmare Before Christmas – The Pumpkin King)

2. Aragorn (Lord of the Rings – King of Gondor)

1.King T’Challa (Black Panther – King of Wakanda)

Tuong’s List

  • King T’Challa (Black Panther – King of Wakanda)
  • Joffrey Baratheon (Game of Thrones – King of the Seven Kingdoms)
  • Bowser (Super Mario – Koopa King)
  • King DeDeDe (Kirby)
  • The King Piece in Chess
  • King Shark (DC Comics)
  • King Tut(ankhamun ) (Pharaoh – real king)
  • Ben KINGsley (okay maybe a bit of a stretch)
  • BB King
  • Martin Luther King
  • Mufasa (Lion King)
  • Aslan (Narnia)
  • King Julien (Madagascar)
  • Aragorn (Lord of the Rings – King of Gondor)
  • King K Rool (Donkey Kong)
  • The Lich King (Warcraft)
  • King of All Cosmos (Katamari Damacy)
  • Ganon (The Legend of Zelda – Gerudo King)
  • King Leonidas (300)
  • King George (specifically in the musical Hamilton)
  • Babar the Elephant (Babar)
  • Hades (King of the Underworld)
  • Hank Hill (King of the Hill)

Dishonourable mentions:

  • King’s Cup (that stupid drinking game)
  • King of Queens (Kevin James)

Justin’s List

  • Aragorn (Lord of the Rings – King of Gondor)
  • King Arthur (you know the one)
  • King Cyrus II (Cyrus the Great – real king)
  • King Bluetooth (Harald Bluetooth – real king)
  • King Henry the VIII (King of England 1509-1547 – real king)
  • King Louie (The Jungle Book)
  • King Lear (The Shakespearian play)
  • King Theoden (The Lord of the Rings – King of Rohan)
  • Hammurabi (King of the First bablyonian dynasty of the Amorite tribe)
  • Kings of Leon (The rock band)
  • King’s Cup (yes that drinking game again)
  • Martin Luther King
  • King Kong
  • Burger King
  • King T’Challa (Black Panther – King of Wakanda)

Shannon’s List

  • Elvis Presley (King of Rock and Roll)
  • King Triton (The Little Mermaid – King of Atlantica)
  • Los Angeles Kings (Hockey)
  • King T’Challa (Black Panther – King of Wakanda)
  • Odin (King of Asgard)
  • Zeus (King of Olympus)
  • Alexander the Great (King of the ancient Greek Kingdom Macedon – real king)
  • King Mints (The Peppermint candy)

Dan’s List

  • Godzilla (King of the Monsters)
  • King T’Challa (Black Panther – King of Wakanda)
  • Jack Skellington (Nightmare Before Christmas – The Pumpkin King)
  • Mufasa (Lion King)
  • King of the Red Lions (The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker)
  • King Vendrick (Dark Souls 2)

Dishonourable mention: King Hippo (Punch Out!)

 

“Where is Optimus Prime?!”

Back in 2007 Michael Bay launched one the most beloved shows/toys from our childhood into a live-action franchise that took over the world by storm. After 4 sequels, he also ran that sucker right into the ground creating the most convoluted, explosion festish-y, and overly serious movies that were just supposed to be about transforming robots punching each other. We all were ready to write off Transformers for good until….now?! Join Tuong and Improv College’s Vinny Francois as they make like Autobots and Roll Out their thoughts on 2018’s latest Transformer’s movie – Bumblebee!

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Featuring Andrew Bushell (Second City Mainstage, Christmas Catch)Jeff Clark (Clark-Sauce), and Hailey Masterson (MCU Improvised). In our first episode of 2021, the panel discusses how they spent their holidays, trading tickles for oral, and the best way to measure the size of a dinosaur’s erection.

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Angus and Sal have Parker McKennly (Stefan Spec, Some Good Friends) a “Travel Influencer ” on to figure out what exactly that is. Have Angus and Sal unwittingly brought the most dangerous and entitled  guest on the show?

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Buckle up, because the Dummies are on the edge of their seats this week as they watch Cruella de Vil chase 101 Dalmatians across the English countryside. And don’t worry, cat fanatics – the Dummies have got lots of love for the REAL hero of the story, Sargeant Tibbs!

Next Movie: The Sword in the Stone (1963)

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“Is All This Living Really Worth Dying For?”

It’s the first episode of 2021 in the PodCavern and we are starting things off by talking about some deep life sh*t all wrapped in the colorful world of Pixar! This week, join Tuong and special guest Kadi Diop (YA Podcast) as they answer life’s important questions such as: “What does it mean to have a soul?”, “Why are epsom salts good for the body?” and “Would you play a Kanye West Nintendo game?”. All this and more as we get chatty about Pixar’s animated jazz-tastical film – Soul!

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At least we had video games in 2020.

It is not breaking any new ground to say 2020 was a dumpster fire. In that raging dumpster fire though, there was a small little ray of hope and escapism in the name of …video games! It is not hyperbole to say that video games provided that much needed comfort in these dark times to the entire world. And while 2020 brought out the worst in gamers (we’re looking at you The Last of Us 2/Cyberpunk entitled knuckleheads), it also brought out some real fantastic game experiences that we were able to get completely immersed in. It gave us a way to connect with family/friends digitally, in a world where we couldn’t physically see each other. So join Tuong La and ‘Sus Gamers’ Angus MacDonald, Ethan Howieson, and  Matthew Whalley as they celebrate the best games of 2020!

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Ground Rules

  • Games must have come out in 2020 and not just have gotten popular in 2020 (ie Among Us).
  • Expansions of games DO count so long as they bring in full game size experiences
  • Remakes of games DO count so long as they add something new, drastic, and is not just an uprezzed version of an older game. (ie counts if the remake was built from the ground up and had some obvious attention of detail added to it) Therefore, Super Mario 3D All Stars would not count because it very little work was done for this package.
  • Free to play games count if they came out in 2020
  • Early access games count but they should feel like more or less full game experiences and not at it’s very early stages of development

Group Top 5

5. DOOM Eternal

4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

3. The Last of Us Part II

2. Final Fantasy VII Remake

1. Hades

Tuong’s Top 10 List (ordered)

10. Paper Mario and the Origami King

9. Marvel’s Spider-man: Miles Morales

8. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

7.  Ghost of Tsushima

6.  DOOM Eternal

5.  The Last of Us Part II

4. Bugsnax

3. Hades

2. Final Fantasy VII Remake

1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Honorable Mentions: Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, Resident Evil 3

Games I wish I played this year: Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1-2 Remake

Game that I really liked that that didn’t come out this year: Ring Fit Adventure, Hollow Knight

 

Angus’s List (ordered)

5. Cyberpunk 2077

4. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

3. Final Fantasy VII Remake

2. Persona 5 Royal

1.Hades

Honorable Mentions: Astro’s Playroom, Demon’s Souls

Games I wish I played: Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Ethan’s List (ordered)

6. Final Fantasy VII Remake

5. Ghost of Tsushima

4. Bugsnax

3. Ori and the Will of the Wisps

2. The Last of Us Part II

1. Hades

Honorable Mentions: Valorant, Spiritfarer, Spellbreak, Roki

Matthew’s List (ordered)

5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

4. Final Fantasy VII Remake

3. Carrion

2. DOOM Eternal

1.Hades

Honourable Mention: Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, Ghost of Tsushima

NOTE: Matthew changed his #1 after we recorded the podcast. Either way his number 1 is related to Hell in some some form