Pokémon is the world’s most profitable entertainment franchise, with more than two decades of trading cards, manga, TV shows and movies stoking the flames of fandom. At its core is a series of games so iconic that when its latest installment, Pokémon Sword and Shield, broke slightly from the mold, it generated fire and fury online. We give our two cents on the newest game, the series as a whole, and the backlash in today’s episode.
Despite Halloween having passed, we also take a look at the shockingly well-cast yet poorly received witchy movie Practical Magic starring Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, some frozen margs, and gay icon Stockard Channing. And if you like what you’re hearing, please tell your friends about us! It’s seriously a huge help.
[00:00] Intro to Pokémon
[02:29] History of the Core Series
[07:16] Pokémon Firsts
[11:35] To Grind, Or Not To Grind
[15:41] The Galar Region, Dynamax Battles, and Team Yell
[21:17] Dissecting ‘Dexit’
[28:22] Returning to Pokémon vs. Playing Them All
[32:52] Pokémon Gen 9: What’s Next?
[36:15] Our Favorite Gen 8 Pokémon
[41:10] Intro to Practical Magic
[45:23] Familial Love & Feminism
[51:26] Midnight Margaritas!!!
[54:48] Very Gay & Very ‘90s
[57:24] The Cauldron: An Interactive DVD Menu Game
[60:01] Queerness is Magic
[67:57] Women Lifting Up Women/Casting the Practical Magic Reboot