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Jun 19, 2020
Season two review of 'Doom Patrol'
Film Critic Brian Truitt chats with Timothy Dalton about his role as The Chief in HBO's "Doom Patrol" and what fans can look forward to in its second season. Brian names the first movie he saw in a theater and Dalton reflects on how the film was received by American audiences who didn't understand camp at the time.
Jun 12, 2020
Systemic racism and cop TV shows
This week pop culture and current events collide as our hosts speak with NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans about the current racial movement taking place in our country and how TV shows about cops and the justice system pass along derogatory and discriminative messages regarding race, specifically African-Americans. Deggans also discusses the desire among white Americans to fight systemic racism and suggests they "find one thing that may support white supremacy or passes along racist ideas and tackle it" whether it's a family member, a television show, or systemic problems in the workplace.
Jun 5, 2020
Henry Rollins: The Renaissance Man
Henry Rollins comes aboard the Mothership and chats about his new horror-fantasy film, "Dreamland" which premiers on streaming platforms today. Rollins explains how Corona has affected his life, discusses his deep and multifaceted career as a musician, actor and author and gushes about his love of collecting records and crawling record stores.
May 29, 2020
Snyder Cut and HBO Max
This week the crew dissect HBO Max--whether it's worth it and what fans can expect from the infamous Snyder Cut set to debut on the platform in 2021. TV Critic Kelly Lawler breaks down the never ending question of what show is on which platform and Brian Truitt and Brett Molina give advice on how soon-to-arrive streaming services can corner the market.
May 22, 2020
Happy Birthday Star Wars: 'Episode V'
Mike Ryan, Senior Entertainment Writer for UPROXX joins hosts Brian Truitt and Kelly Lawler as they pay tribute to the 40th birthday of "The Empire Strikes Back," also known as Star Wars: "Episode V." Each host explains why they love this particular installment of the Star Wars saga and discusses specific details you may or may not know about the film.
May 15, 2020
The wonder of Frank Welker
This week the Mothership has peeked! And hosts Brett Molina and Brian Triutt marvel at their guest, the incomparable Frank Welker. The name might not ring a bell but his voice--or voices, will. Frank has voiced of some of the most iconic animated characters since the 60s and recently voiced the beloved Scooby-Doo in the animated film 'Scoob!" soon to be released on VOD May 15, 2020. Frank amazes the crew as he seamlessly transitions from the voice of Megatron to Scooby-Doo to Smokey Bear and shares memories of working with Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed making it and getting nostalgic over our childhood!
May 8, 2020
Clark Duke from 'The Office' to 'Arkansas'
Clark Duke comes aboard the mothership to discuss his directorial debut of his new film "Arkansas". Clark chats about the challenges and lessons learned from directing a movie he also starred in and the film's "Twinsesque pairing". And Brett & Brian get Clark to nerd out about wrestling.
May 1, 2020
Like, check out our 'Valley Girl' episode -- or like, whatever
Jessica Rothe comes aboard the Mothership and dishes about her totally tripendicular movie "Valley Girl" soon to be digitally released on May 8th. Brett Molina & Brian Truitt get schooled on valley girl slang and make light of a very specific review.
Apr 24, 2020
Quarantining with friends
Brian Truitt is away this week but filling in for him is Alexander Zalben, Managing Editor of the New York Post's Decider. Alex describes his new schedule and workout regimen while social distancing and chats with Brett Molina about top television picks for friends. Kelly Lawler confesses about unused game consoles and asks for movie suggestions to occupy her three-year-old niece during quarantine.
Apr 10, 2020
Horror films & 'Tiger King' & Alexandra Daddario, oh my!
This week special guest Alexandra Daddario comes aboard the Mothership to talk about her character in the heavy-metal, satanic film, "We Summon the Darkness". Alexandra discusses the deeper meaning and symbolism of the horror genre, how she enjoyed and was intimidated by her stunts in the film and whether Johnny Knoxville or The Rock are the best movie dads. And as a bonus, Alexandra and Brett gush about their love for Netflix's "Tiger King" and their fascination with the complexity of its characters.
Apr 3, 2020
The Mothership's great escape--'Animal Crossing: New Horizons'
Social distancing and can't leave your house? The Mothership crew has figured out a way to escape! What is their quarantine retreat? It's "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" and boy are they enjoying themselves. This week they talk coconuts, dinosaur fossils, home loans and drunken pilots and share their best tips for advancing in the game.
Mar 27, 2020
The movie industry v. COVID-19
Movie theaters have long been competing with streaming services but now they have to compete with COVID-19. This week, the crew takes a look at how quarantining and social distancing is affecting the movie industry. Will Hollywood learn and adapt or will box office releases fall prey to the convenience and safety of streaming?
Mar 20, 2020
Isolate & Chill: What to stream while social distancing
It's a been a crazy week for everyone and while we can't be there for you physically (social distancing and all) we can support you with entertainment. This week we share our favorite things to watch across various streaming platforms. Brian Truitt breaks his long-standing fight against dating shows with "Love is Blind" which he refers to as the "mac & cheese of Netflix", Kelly Lawler gets lost in Sundance Now's "A Discovery of Witches" and Brett Molina escapes the pandemic with "Schitt's Creek". So whether you are "single distancing" or "avoiding other beings in your house distancing" we've got your back!
Mar 13, 2020
'Westworld' meets real world - Season 3 review
It's a skeleton crew this week as we're all working from home to avoid the Coronavirus. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY's TV critic chats with Bill Keveney, USAToday's TV Reporter out of LA as he review the newest season of "WestWorld".
Mar 6, 2020
'Onward' moves upward in our Pixar ratings
Our Film Critic Brian Truitt reviews Disney and Pixar's new release "Onward" and ranks it among the many Pixar films. Brian and Tech Reporter Brett Molina discuss their top picks for Pixar and explain why they love or (in Brian's case) loathe them. Make sure you have tissues and prepare yourself for some emotion as this episode might evoke a little nostalgia.
Feb 28, 2020
Punchy and Under the Radar
This week the crew reviews some of the hottest movies, TV shows and apps that you may or may not know about. Our hosts get punchy and chat about their favorite things, and make their case for why you should consume a piece of content.
Feb 21, 2020
Our Harrison Ford episode is a hoot!
Harrison Ford: we can’t say enough about him. But we try, in this week’s tribute episode. Listen to each crew member gush over their favorite Harrison Ford movie and speculate on the future of his adventure series, "Indiana Jones". Brian and Kelly predict whether Ford will win an Oscar and everyone gets distracted by a pesky owl.
Feb 14, 2020
A 'Mythic Quest' from Paddy's Pub to 'Raven's Banquet'
Rob McElhenney phones into the studio to discuss his new show on Apple TV Plus. "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet" debuted February 7th and features what our TV Critic Kelly Lawler describes as an all-star cast. Rob walks us through the process of choosing the right cast members, the hardship of pegging comedy for different audiences and compares the new show to "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia".
Feb 7, 2020
Our 'fantabulous' review of 'Birds of Prey'
The crew delivers a spoiler-free review of "Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn". Kelly Lawler and Brian Truitt zero in on accent issues, disappointing villains and underutilized characters. And Brett Molina makes a hysterical comparison of Harley Quinn as Mary Tyler Moore running around Gotham with an egg salad sandwich and "making it after all."
Jan 31, 2020
Osgood Perkins on the beauty of horror and 'Gretel & Hansel'
Osgood Perkins visits the studio this week. Perkins gives us spoiler-free insight into his upcoming film “Gretel & Hansel” and discusses the beauty of the horror genre. He also describes what it was like to play 12-year-old Norman Bates and tells us what he really thinks about his father’s acting legacy.
Jan 24, 2020
Oscars talk: history of Best Picture, Actor nominees and Oscar snubs
The Oscars are coming and the crew wants you to be prepared. So this week we talk Oscar history including Best Picture nominees past and present, Oscar snubs that were a downright shame and whether the Academy is out of touch. And Brett challenges Brian to make a case for movies he feels should have won the Oscar for Best Picture category in the past.
Jan 17, 2020
Gettin' jiggy with a tribute to Will Smith
This week the crew pays homage to the second person to ever pull off a blue, animated genie: Will Smith! Or depending on your generation, the Fresh Prince. With a career that has spanned music, television and film Will Smith has stood out as one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood. Join us as we celebrate his legacy and break down exactly what makes his personality so endearing.
Jan 10, 2020
What we are looking forward to this new year
This week Nate Scott, Managing Editor of “For The Win,” joins the Mothership and speaks with Tech Reporter Brett Molina and Film Critic Brian Truitt about what they are most looking forward to in 2020. Nate Scott also discusses his new true crime podcast “The Sneak” and compares the first season, a theatrical bank heist (including multiple inner tubes) to the upcoming second season which focused on a murderer.
Dec 27, 2019
Our final 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' review with spoilers
Warning: This episode contains spoilers! This week the crew gives their final review of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker". The crew discusses everything from their unadulterated disappointment in the series finale, to the absurd new Jedi rules and powers and what plot lines did or did not work for the film emotionally.
Dec 20, 2019
Our spoiler-free review of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'
This week TV Critic Kelly Lawler, Film Critic Brian Truitt and Tech Reporter Brett Molina review the ninth and final installation of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker". Our critics discuss their interest in new Star Wars characters, their surprise in old character role reprisals and they rate the trilogy on a scale of one to ten, ten being the highest. And as promised we kept this episode spoiler-free.
Dec 13, 2019
Our picks for best TV shows, films and video games of 2019 & the decade
This week the crew shares their favorite things from 2019 and the decade. Each host will name four of the best TV shows, films or video games and explain what they love most about each choice!
Dec 6, 2019
Fans Vs. Critics
From the archives: This podcast first aired Aug. 31, 2018. The Mothership crew is tackling a very public divide in the pop culture world: Fans vs. critics. We hear about diverging scores on Rotten Tomatoes, rave reviews for movies that flunk at the box office and filmmakers who claim badly-reviewed films were made "for the fans." So what gives? USA TODAY's Kelly Lawler, Brett Molina and Brian Truitt on why critics and fans are divided.
Nov 23, 2019
'Knives Out' is out; let's talk mysteries with Maureen Johnson
Best-selling Author Maureen Johnson stops by to talk about her obsession with mysteries and what is best about the genre. She also chats with the crew about writing a movie for Netflix, "Let It Snow."
Nov 15, 2019
'The Mandalorian' spoiler-town review
Spoilers there will be! Movie Critic Brian Truitt coins a new term for the new Disney+ TV series in this episode. TV Critic Kelly Lawler and Tech Reporter Brett Molina weigh in with Brian on the much-discussed "Mando".
Nov 8, 2019
Streaming services decoded
In this week's episode the crew explains the negative and positive benefits to all the recently debuted streaming networks. We break down all the details on bundling the best networks for your buck and the rules and regulations for bundling said networks. And our TV Critic Kelly Lawler divulges the big questions, How will these streaming networks effect television programming and it's critics? Or more importantly will streaming services and their content become skewed or polarized?"
Oct 31, 2019
Daphne Rubin-Vega talks Dolores Roach, 'In the Heights' and Halloween treats
This week's episode is for Halloween & horror lovers! Film Critic Brian Truitt talks with Daphne Rubin-Vega about her current podcast "The Horror of Dolores Roach", an urban re-imagining of Sweeney Todd. She shares what it was like to work with Lin-Manuel Miranda on the movie adaptation of "In The Heights". Plus, in celebration of this fright-filled holiday Rubin-Vega discusses her worst fear and other holiday themed topics.
Oct 25, 2019
Star Wars: 'The Rise Of Skywalker' trailer review
The new movie Star Wars: "The Rise of Skywalker" is fast approaching. In preparation for the end of this epic saga, the crew breaks down the newly released trailer, and speculates what we can expect from the final film that will end 42 years of a journey in a galaxy far far away.
Oct 20, 2019
Our review of HBO's 'Watchmen'
TV Critic Kelly Lawler gives a detailed six episode review of HBO's new series "Watchmen". Tech Reporter Brett Molina joins to discuss whether the series is too violent for television and whether its presentation of certain social and authoritarian relationships are properly represented.
Oct 11, 2019
Felicia Day reflects on her career and how fans influenced her new book
This week the crew chats with Felicia Day about her new book "Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity", her experience on past & present fantasy shows and how the hate language she experienced during GamerGate was just the tip of the iceberg concerning the internet and non-regulated platforms.
Oct 4, 2019
'The Suicide Squad' & 'Semper Fi's Jai Courtney
USA TODAY's movie critic Brian Truitt asks Australian actor Jai Courtney about his roles in upcoming films like "Semper Fi". The one most like himself? Captain Boomerang in "Suicide Squad".
Sep 27, 2019
The final forking season of 'The Good Place'
In homage to the final season of "The Good Place," the crew interviewed long-awaited guest William Jackson Harper who plays the indecisive Chidi. William chats with Brian Truitt & Brett Molina about the lessons he learned from his character Chidi, what fans can expect from the final season of "The Good Place" and his trepidation for being cast in the horror film "Midsommar."
Sep 20, 2019
The Brad Pitt tribute episode
This week Tech Reporter Brett Molina & Film Critic Brian Truitt analyze and revel in all things Brad Pitt, in honor of his new movie "Ad Astra". Brian Truitt discusses how Brad Pitt's movies were relevant way before their time and Brett Molina explains why he relates to the character Pitt portrayed in Ocean's Eleven.
Sep 13, 2019
Tatiana Maslany on Orphan Black, plus Oscar contenders at TIFF 2019
USA TODAY Movie Critic Brian Truitt identifies Oscar contenders at the Toronto International Film Festival and also points out the duds. Stay tuned for an interview with Tatiana Maslany on the next chapter of Black Orphan.
Sep 6, 2019
Adam F. Goldberg: 'Marvel 1000', 'The Goldbergs' & nerd culture
In celebration of Marvel's 80th birthday the crew chats with the great nerd, Adam F. Goldberg. During his interview Adam discusses his excitement about writing for "Marvel Comics 1,000" and his love of the comic "Damage Control." He also talked about how he created his favorite episodes of "The Goldbergs". Movie Critic Brian Truitt bonds with Adam over their references and vast knowledge of nerd culture and how their wives are "slightly" annoyed by it. A bromance might be brewing!
Aug 30, 2019
'The Rise of Skywalker,' Disney+ and 'Black Panther': A breakdown from D23
This week the crew chats about pop culture trailers debuted at the D23 Expo and future programming for Disney Plus and Hulu. But most importantly, whether we should be overwhelmed or "just whelmed" by the newly released trailer of "The Mandalorian" a series slated for Disney Plus.
Aug 16, 2019
Summer review, fall preview of nerdy TV, movies and video games
This week's episode is chock-full of laughs. Television Critic Kelly Lawler is back aboard the Mothership. She and our Film Critic Brian Truitt go on fantastic rants detailing why they love or hate specific TV series, movies or video games from this passing summer or the upcoming fall. Tech Reporter Brett Molina is along for the ride and gives specifics into why he didn't choose Overwatch as his summer favorite for the third year in a row.
Aug 9, 2019
'Glow'-rious wrestling episode
This week Britney Young a.k.a Carmen Wade steps out of the ring and onto the "Mothership" to chat with the crew about the newly released season three of "Glow", her future career goals and how she learned a hard lesson about fear.
Aug 2, 2019
Our 'Fast & Furious' resident expert reviews 'Hobbs & Shaw'
Tech Reporter Brett Molina interviews Film Critic Brian Truitt on the first spin-off of the "Fast & Furious" franchise, "Hobbs & Shaw." During this hilarious interview, Brian goes into detail about a piece of Hobbs' clothing that drove him insane and the giant Dominic-Toretto-shaped hole that needed to be filled.
Jul 26, 2019
Awkwafina talks joining the MCU, 'The Farewell' and pool parties
Nora Lum A.K.A. Awkwafina chats with the crew about the surprise pool party she's throwing, her new film "The Farewell" and why she aims to tell stories that contain universality and Brian gives all the announcements and trailers from last week's Comic Con.
Jul 19, 2019
Cynthia Erivo the quadruple threat!
Cynthia Erivo comes aboard the Mothership and talks about adapting her techniques to act using only her voice in the new sci-fi thiller podcast "Carrier", why her role as the Conductor of the Underground Railroad brought her to see Harriet Tubman as a romantic, and how her current role in Stephen King's "The Outsider" has stretched her skills as an actor.
Jul 12, 2019
Spoiler - Town: 'Stranger Things' Season Three review
This week the full crew is in the studio to dissect what did and didn't work for "Stranger Things" season three. And the second half of the podcast heads back to spoiler-town to discuss who or what may or may not have survived.
Jul 5, 2019
Spoiler-Town! 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' review
This week Movie Critic Brian Truitt & Mike Ryan, Sr. Entertainment Writer for Uproxx review Spider-Man: Far from Home and go to Spoiler-Town. But don't fret! The first half of the podcast is spoiler free, and we make an announcement before the spoilers start.
Jun 28, 2019
Politics and pop culture collide
This week, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! Movie Critic Brian Truitt interviews Emily Brandwin & Philippe Reines, hosts of the podcast "Unredacted" on the best and worst shows to imitate government agencies and how politics influences pop culture.
Jun 21, 2019
Keanu, 'Cyberpunk' and more Video Game Goodies from E3
This week TV Critic Kelly Lawler interviews Tech Reporter Brett Molina and Movie Critic Brian Truitt about the upcoming video games that debuted at the Electronic Entertainment Expo and the possibility of having Keanu Reeves as a guest on the "Mothership" to discuss the video game "Cyberpunk" in 2020.
Jun 14, 2019
Chris Redd delivers hardcore laughs in the softcore spoof 'Deep Murder'
This week the crews interviews SNL's Chris Redd on his upcoming softcore thriller spoof, "Deep Murder", his past experience on Popstar and how he came to be the Guru of Kanye West impressions.
Jun 7, 2019
Spoiler Town: X - Men "Dark Phoenix" Review
This week the crew heads to spoiler- town! TV Critic Kelly Lawler interviews Tech Reporter Brett Molina and Movie Critic Brian Truitt about the new X-Men installment: "Dark Phoenix" and why they're ready to say good riddance to Fox's X-Men series.
May 31, 2019
Getting Swampy with Derek Mears
Special guest Derek Mears joins the crew to talk about taking on the leafy green title role of DC Universe's new "Swamp Thing," being a horror icon and learning from Will Smith.
May 24, 2019
Game of Thrones: Winter is finally over!
Film Critic Brian Truitt, TV Critic Kelly Lawler and Tech Reporter Brett Molina dissect the season finale of "Game of Thrones" and whether its legacy is permanently or only slightly tarnished.
May 17, 2019
Disney live-action remakes: Yea or Nay?
Film Critic Brian Truitt, TV Critic Kelly Lawler and Tech Reporter Brett Molina chat about Disney live-action remakes: do they do more harm than good? Follow us on Twitter @MothershipPod and tell us what you think there or rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts.
May 10, 2019
Special guest: Actress Karen Gillan a.k.a. Nebula
This week Karen Gillan who plays Nebula in the Avengers series comes aboard the Mothership. Film Critic Brian Truitt, TV Critic Kelly Lawler and Tech Reporter Brett Molina chat about new projects the Scottish actress has coming up and about stories from the MCU set.
May 3, 2019
Spoilertown - Avengers: Endgame & Bonus: Battle of Winterfell
We take it on down to Spoilertown to spoil Avengers: Endgame and the most recent episode of Game of Thrones. The two epic finales of sorts are excellent for comparison's sake - which legendary battle has higher emotional stakes? Which of the two disappointed fans and which satisfied fans who have followed these particular stories for years? The crew (Reporter Brett Molina, TV Critic Kelly Lawler & Movie Critic Brian Truit) answers these questions and more. Follow Mothership on Twitter @mothershippod.
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Apr 26, 2019
Spoiler-free! The Avengers 'Endgame' is Near
"It's a standard miracle." Our movie critic Brian Truitt liked Avengers "Endgame" a lot. TV Critic Kelly Lawler liked it but not as much as Brian. And Tech reporter Brett Molina hosts and asks these two all the spoiler-free questions you want answered.
Apr 19, 2019
Star Wars returns this December
What's going on with Rey? How was Star Wars Celebration? What can we expect from The Rise of Skywalker this December? Brett Molina and Kelly Lawler have it all for ya, plus hear Mark Hamill do a near-perfect Harrison Ford impression.
Apr 12, 2019
GOT: The Final Season Is Coming
Get excited for Game of Thrones - and ponder whether you'd want a dragon or direwolf as a pet - and find out what the Mothership crew is expecting from this season. Plus get to hear from several GOT stars at the end of the episode (From Arya to Varys!).
Apr 5, 2019
'Shazam' and a short history of the DC Universe
This week the crew talks all things DC, and rank "Shazam" among the top DC Universe movies, and dissect the the new trailer for the upcoming film, "Joker".
Mar 22, 2019
Happy Birthday, Batman!
From video games to movies to TV to comics, Batman rules - and he's celebrating his 80th birthday this year! USA TODAY's resident gamer Brett Molina and film critic Brian Truitt share their favorite Batman picks and discuss why the old man's still got it.
Mar 15, 2019
The pop culture from childhood that lives on
It’s all nostalgia, all the time onboard The Mothership this week. In honor of Nancy Drew returning to theaters, Brett Molina and Kelly Lawler discuss the pop culture that defined their childhoods and what shows, movies and books should come back in 2019 and beyond.
Mar 8, 2019
How marvelous is 'Captain Marvel'?
It’s finally, finally here: The long awaited debut of Marvel’s first female-led superhero film is here, but does it live up to expectations? The Mothership’s Kelly Lawler, Brett Molina and Brian Truitt discuss the Brie-Larson starring “Captain Marvel” and what it means for other Marvel films.
Mar 1, 2019
The Spy Who Guested
This week, guest Emily Brandwin, a former CIA agent, spoke with Brian Truitt & Brett Molina about her experience in the disguise department (yes, a real thing!) and shared her expertise on what CIA-related TV shows and movies are actually accurate.
Feb 22, 2019
Oscars 2019: Who should win and who will win but shouldn't
We break out the tuxedos and evening gowns for The Academy Awards. Who are we rooting for? Who do we think will take home an Oscar? Who will win but will be on the list of the worst award winners of all time? The Mothership crew covers the highs and lows of awards shows.
Feb 15, 2019
‘Frozen 2,’ blue Will Smith, and the return of James Cameron
Pull up a seat for a Mothership news stew, featuring our thoughts on the new trailer for Frozen 2, Will Smith as the genie in Aladdin, Lego Movie 2, and James Cameron’s latest project.
Feb 8, 2019
We honor Valentine's Day with our favorite rom-coms
Time for a little romance. The Mothership crew celebrates Valentine’s Day by sharing our favorite romantic comedies.
Feb 1, 2019
Super Bowl special: Our favorite football flicks
Break out the buffalo wings and nachos. In honor of Super Bowl LIII, the Mothership crew is here to break down our favorite football films.
Jan 25, 2019
What the heck is going to happen to TV in 2019?
From new shows to the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ to Disney getting into the streaming game, the crew of “The Mothership” discuss the monumental and potentially industry-altering changes that are coming to TV in 2019. Get your popcorn ready.
Jan 18, 2019
The ‘Unbreakable’ M. Night Shyamalan
This week the crew of “The Mothership” is seeing dead people and “Signs” while discussing the unconventional and controversial career of director M. Night Shyamalan, in honor of his new film, “Glass.”
Jan 11, 2019
Our 2019 Movie Preview
It’s a big year for movies, between a new Star Wars and the ‘Endgame’ for The Avengers. This week, we discuss the films we’re most excited to watch in 2019.
Jan 4, 2019
We play a round of 'Bandersnatch'
On our first episode of 2019, the crew breaks down the latest chapter in the Netflix series Black Mirror: an interactive film called Bandersnatch. Was it worth our time, and what’s the future for interactive movies or TV shows like this?
Dec 21, 2018
It’s our final podcast of 2018!
The crew closes out 2018 by talking about our favorite TV shows, movies, video games (and mascots?) of the year.
Dec 14, 2018
We go under the sea with 'Aquaman'
It’s a big year for Arthur Curry. The movie Aquaman starring Jason Momoa dives into theaters next week. Plus, a new story arc arrives next week featuring the DC superhero from Captain Marvel writer Kelly Sue Deconnick, who joins the crew to talk about why Aquaman is more than a guy who talks to fish.
Dec 7, 2018
Let's go to DC's 'Elseworlds'!
Special guest Alex Zalben of Decider.com comes aboard to talk about the CW's newest TV superhero crossover starring Flash, Green Arrow and Supergirl, plus we dig into what's up with the cancellation of the popular "Daredevil" show on Netflix.
Nov 30, 2018
’Tis The Season For New Video Games
The holiday season is here, which is the best time to be a fan of video games. Tech reporter Mike Snider joins the crew to talk about ‘Red Dead Redemption 2,’ ‘Fallout 76’ and more of the big titles out this fall.
Nov 23, 2018
Actor Sean Bean talks ‘Hitman 2,’ why his characters die so often
One does not simply interview Ned Stark. This week, the Mothership crew is joined by Sean Bean, the actor best know for his roles in Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings. He’s here to chat about his latest project, the video game Hitman 2. Plus, we tried the game for ourselves and have thoughts.
Nov 16, 2018
Remembering the one and only Stan Lee
Marvel comics legend Stan Lee died this week at the age of 95. In tribute to a man who has shaped the world of comics, film and television so deeply, the crew of The Mothership spends this week’s episode honoring Lee, and remembering all he’s done for us.
Nov 9, 2018
From the archives: When is it time to break up with your favorite pop culture?
From the archives: When is it time to break up with your favorite pop culture? by USA TODAY
Nov 2, 2018
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and the best/worst music biopics
Is this the real life? The story of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is coming to the big screen this weekend in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” starring Rami Malek. In honor of the so-so film, we run down the best and worst music biopics ever, and whether or not we want the genre to continue at all.
Oct 26, 2018
Why 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' is a devilishly good reboot
The teenage witch is back, but you may not recognize her. Netflix's new take on Sabrina Spellman is a dark, horror-laced drama that doesn't resemble the 90s sitcom at all. In this week's episode The Mothership crew discusses why 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' is so good, and why going Satanic works for it.
Oct 19, 2018
‘Halloween’ is back from the dead
Lock your doors: Michael Myers is back! The crew is joined by Birth Movies Death news editor Scott Wampler to discuss the return of Halloween, a direct sequel to the 1978 classic. Is Michael Myers still scary after all these years? Was he ever scary? Tell us what you think - tweet us @MothershipPod.
Oct 12, 2018
'First Man' how Hollywood travels to space
The crew of the Mothership is taking one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind in this week's episode. Hosts Kelly Lawler and Brian Truitt talk new Neil Armstrong biopic "First Man," and how successful "light sci-fi" space movies like "Gravity" and "Interstellar" are in Hollywood and with audiences.
Oct 5, 2018
Doctor Who is back, and she's finally a woman
The next season of Doctor Who is an important one for fans of the long-running sci-fi TV series. For the first time ever, Doctor Who will be played by a woman, actress Jodie Whitaker. Brett and Kelly are joined by Jill Pantozzi, deputy editor of io9 at Gizmodo to talk about why having a female Doctor is such a big deal, and share favorite moments from the Whoniverse.
Sep 28, 2018
The big J.J. Abrams episode
In honor of the 20th anniversary of his breakout TV show, "Felicity," the crew of the Mothership talks the life and times of J.J. Abrams. What does the writer and director do right? What does he do wrong? And what do we want to see next?
Sep 21, 2018
Is 'Captain Marvel' ready for liftoff?
The "Captain Marvel" trailer starring Brie Larson as the super-powerful Carol Danvers dropped this week and the Mothership crew has a lot of thoughts on that as well as on the news Loki and Scarlet Witch might be getting their own Marvel shows.
Sep 14, 2018
Why we love Nicolas Cage
Previous generations had Orson Welles. We have the almighty Nicolas Cage. His new movie, Mandy, is in theaters Friday, and The Mothership crew is here to dish on all things Cage. Why is he so beloved? Is Mandy possibly his best work? And what are the most essential Nicolas Cage films?
Sep 7, 2018
It's fall TV time!
September is here, which means our television calendars are about to quickly fill up. Brett, Kelly and Brian navigate everything coming to networks, cable and streaming TV to break down the must-see shows of fall.
Aug 31, 2018
Fans vs. Critics
The Mothership crew is tackling a very public divide in the pop culture world: Fans vs. critics. We hear about diverging scores on Rotten Tomatoes, rave reviews for movies that flunk at the box office and filmmakers who claim badly-reviewed films were made "for the fans." So what gives? USA TODAY's Kelly Lawler, Brett Molina and Brian Truitt on why critics and fans are divided.
Aug 24, 2018
The fall movie preview
We break down the biggest films hitting theaters in September and October. What nerdy films are we eager to watch? What other non-nerdy picks caught our eye? Plus, we talk about the one film that has The Mothership crew worried.
Aug 17, 2018
There's a lot to love about pro wrestling (you should love it, too!)
With Ronda Rousey's new action movie 'Mile 22' in theaters and 'SummerSlam' Sunday, the geek culture podcast discusses why pro wrestling is great.
Aug 10, 2018
Sinking our teeth into 'The Meg' and other shark movies
In this week's episode of The Mothership, the geek culture podcast of the USA TODAY NETWORK, the crew offers biting commentary on "The Meg," starring Jason Statham and a prehistoric megalodon, plus discuss where it fits into the pantheon of shark movies alongside "Jaws" and "Deep Blue Sea."
Aug 3, 2018
Disney now owns our childhood after merger with Fox
The crew breaks down the $71 billion deal and what it could mean for the pop-culture landscape. When will the X-Men meet the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? What happens to the X-films that haven't come out yet? How does Deadpool fit in? And when are we getting a "Die Hard" ride at Disney World?!
Jul 20, 2018
Comic-Con and the health of geek culture (feat. Jill Pantozzi)
San Diego Comic-Con is underway, and attendees get to gush over the new movies, TV shows, comics, and other geeky goodness arriving this year and beyond. But the event kicks off at a time where many of us worry whether geek culture has grown too toxic. On this week's episode of The Mothership, the geek culture podcast from the USA TODAY Network, we're joined by Jill Pantozzi, the soon-to-be deputy editor for geek blog io9. We chat about the health of current geek culture, what needs to change, and whether it's even worth saving.
Jul 13, 2018
Why do we love The Rock so much?
The Rock is back! His latest film, "Skyscraper" hit theaters on July 13. This week on the podcast, we review the movie and dig into The Rock's fascinating career (and undeniable charisma) with special guest Charlie Gile, co-host of the Rock Talk podcast.
Jul 6, 2018
'Ant Man and the Wasp' and small-time superheroes
Marvel is bringing some of its smallest superheroes to the big screen this weekend, literally and figuratively. With the premiere of 'Ant-Man and the Wasp,' the crew of the 'Mothership' is talking their favorite small-time superheroes, those underrated and under-appreciated super friends like Martian Manhunter and Squirrel Girl.
Jun 29, 2018
Pride and pop culture (feat. Mariko Tamaki)
In honor of Pride Month, special guest Mariko Tamaki — writer of upcoming series on Marvel’s X-23 and DC Comics’ Harley Quinn — joins the crew to discuss LGBTQ representation in pop culture. How well has pop culture represented LGBTQ people? How could it improve?
Jun 22, 2018
Talking 'Luke Cage' Season 2 with showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker (No spoilers!)
Marvel's Hero of Harlem has returned for a new 13-episode season on Netflix, and The Mothership crew couldn't be more excited. We welcome "Luke Cage" showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker on this week's very special episode to talk all things "Cage," from the inspirations for the new season to the criticisms of Season 1.
Jun 15, 2018
Our favorite video games from E3
Stretch out those thumbs for an episode all about video games. The Mothership crew break down what happened during the annual video game showcase E3, which was held in Los Angeles this week. Plus, we talk about the future of gaming.
Jun 8, 2018
'Hereditary' and the scariest movies of all time (No spoilers!)
The Mothership crew is joined by '80s All Over podcaster and horror expert Scott Weinberg to talk about 'Hereditary,' the new horror film that's getting rave reviews. But don't worry, there are no spoilers. Plus, we debate the best, worst and most horrifying horror movies of all time.