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TV, movies, video games and comic books - The Mothership tackles all the news in nerdy entertainment with USA TODAY's entertainment journalists Kelly Lawler, Carly Mallenbaum, Brian Truitt and Tech reporter Brett Molina every Friday.

TV, movies, video games and comic books - The Mothership tackles all the news in nerdy entertainment with USA TODAY's entertainment journalists Kelly Lawler, Carly Mallenbaum, Brian Truitt and Tech reporter Brett Molina every Friday.
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TV, movies, video games and comic books - The Mothership tackles all the news in nerdy entertainment with USA TODAY's entertainment journalists Kelly Lawler, Carly Mallenbaum, Brian Truitt and Tech reporter Brett Molina every Friday.

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Episodes

Celebrating 80 years of Superman with Brian Michael Bendis

4/20/2018
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The Man of Steel has been kicking around comics, movies and TV for 80 years this week. So this week we're talking all things Clark Kent, from his origins to his future. We're joined by renowned comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis, who recently made the jump from Marvel Comics to DC Comics, and made his debut with Action Comics No. 1000, a loving tribute to 80 years of Superman. (Photo: Metropolis Collectibles via AP)

Duration:00:31:13

Introducing 'The Potcast,' a new USA TODAY NETWORK podcast

4/18/2018
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Coming soon from the USA TODAY NETWORK: "The Potcast" podcast! "The Potcast" launches on 4/20 (Friday), and you can find it by searching "USA TODAY Network Potcast" on your favorite podcast player. New episodes drop every Friday. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts today: https://apple.co/2GrGzOA

Duration:00:17:02

Revisiting the Marvel movies before 'Infinity War'

4/13/2018
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It's been a decade of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies — 18 of 'em — leading to 'Avengers: Infinity War.' The crew breaks down the good, the bad and the Loki of it all, plus predicts what they want to happen in the superheroes' near future. (Photo: Disney/Marvel Studios 2018)

Duration:00:48:17

Which professional wrestlers are box office champs?

4/6/2018
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In honor of John Cena's new movie 'Blockers' hitting theaters Friday and WrestleMania on Sunday, it's time to debate which wrestling stars have made the best transitions from the ring to the big (and small) screen. (Photo: Quantrell D. Colbert)

Duration:00:20:47

Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' and why toxic fandoms suck

3/30/2018
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The release of "Ready Player One" has stoked discussions about fandom and when it crosses into toxic territory through trolling or harassment. The crew breaks down the Spielberg flick, what toxic fandom looks like, and what can be done to prevent it. (Photo: Jaap Buitendijk)

Duration:00:28:25

'Tomb Raider' and the do's and don'ts of reboots

3/16/2018
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'Tomb Raider' is just the latest in a long string of reboots, revivals and remakes, Hollywood's favorite way to lure you into theaters or in front of your TV screens these days. Since we're stuck with them, the crew of The Mothership offers a few tips and tricks for a successful reboot. (Photo: Ilze Kitshoff)

Duration:00:28:53

Our favorite pop culture escapes (feat. Brad Meltzer)

3/9/2018
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Which pop culture destinations do we travel to most often when we just need to get away? The Mothership crew chats with Brad Meltzer, author of the new novel 'The Escape Artist,' about his book and our favorite — and greatest — escapes. (Photo: Nintendo)

Duration:00:33:31

When is it time to break up with your favorite pop culture?

3/2/2018
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We all have that television show, movie franchise, or video game we fall in love with only to have our hearts broken by bad writing or directing, or we just grew apart over time. Brian Truitt, Brett Molina and Kelly Lawler detail their biggest breakups, from a long-running zombie series to a beloved children's film franchise to a ubiquitous video game. (Photo: Gene Page/AMC)

Duration:00:30:41

‘Annihilation’ and why smart sci-fi can be a hard sell

2/23/2018
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The latest sci-fi epic starring Natalie Portman is a hit among critics. But can it drum up box office numbers anywhere close more mainstream sci-fi stalwarts like Star Wars? We discuss why great sci-fi films don’t always pull the blockbuster dollars. (Photo: Peter Mountain)

Duration:00:22:21

Why movies like 'Black Panther' are so important (feat. Kwanza Osajyefo)

2/16/2018
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The latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe saga has arrived and it has been hailed as a cultural touchstone. Kwanza Osajyefo, author of the comic series 'Black' and the new graphic novel 'Black AF: America’s Sweetheart,' joins The Mothership crew to break down ‘Black Panther’ and what it means for representation in Hollywood. (Photo: Disney/Marvel Studios.)

Duration:00:35:27

Have we reached 'Star Wars' fatigue?

2/9/2018
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We got our first look at 'Solo: A Star Wars Story,' the fourth film from the beloved franchise since 2015. And this is only the beginning. Between Rian Johnson’s second trilogy, and a film deal with the creators of 'Game of Thrones,' we may be nearing 'Star Wars' overload. Is this a case of too much of a good thing? (Photo: Lucasfilms)

Duration:00:27:21

'The Good Place' Season 2 spoilercast

2/2/2018
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Holy shirtballs! The Feb. 1 finale of NBC's 'The Good Place' was everything we hoped it would be and more. We break down the hit comedy's second season, that crazy forking finale and make some predictions about what's next for Team Cockroach — plus, an obligatory shoutout to Jake Jortles. (Photo: Colleen Hayes, NBC)

Duration:00:53:40

The epic Oscars crossover

1/26/2018
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The Mothership recruits some special guests — the hosts of sister podcast Straight Up Hollywood — to break down the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards. Who got snubbed? What are our predictions? Why should Boss Baby win Best Picture? We break it all down. Photo Credit: AP

Duration:00:19:00

'Black Mirror' and the art of anthology

1/19/2018
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The crew digs into the renewed popularity of anthology series like Black Mirror and Electric Dreams, what makes them unique in an era of Peak TV and which ones best utilize the format. (Photo: Elizabeth Sisson, Amazon)

Duration:00:24:28

Our favorite pop culture of 2017

1/1/2018
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We close the door on 2017. The Mothership crew shares their favorite TV, movies and video games in our last podcast of the year.

Duration:00:47:31

‘The Last Jedi’ spoilercast

12/22/2017
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One week after Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters, we’re ready to talk spoilers. Did we learn any key answers about Rey’s parents, or who is Snoke? We break it all down.

Duration:00:28:41

Dissecting the Last Jedi with absolutely no big spoilers!

12/15/2017
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The nerds have all seen 'The Last Jedi.' Most and least favorite characters? Where do we stand on Porgs? USA TODAY’s Brett Molina, Kelly Lawler and Brian Truitt break it all down. Photo Credit: AP

Duration:00:33:16

A 'Game of Thrones' guest, and our best 'bad' movies

12/8/2017
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John Bradley, who plays Samwell Tarly on the hit HBO series 'Game of Thrones' joins the crew this week to revisit Season 7 (out on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday), which wrapped up earlier this year. Plus, in honor of 'The Disaster Artist,' which recounts the making of worst-movie-ever favorite 'The Room,' we share our favorite awful but amazing flicks. (Photo: Helen Sloan, HBO)

Duration:00:30:16

We tag along with ‘Runaways’

12/1/2017
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Freelance comics and TV writer Oliver Sava joins host Kelly Lawler to talk "Runaways," the latest Marvel TV series premiering on Hulu. Does it live up to the hype? Plus, we dissect the hairy goodness of the "Avengers: Infinity War" trailer. You can read our review of "Runaways" here: https://usat.ly/2iyocK0 (Photo: Paul Sarkis, Hulu)

Duration:00:40:05

We're all in for 'Justice League' (spoiler alert)

11/17/2017
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Brett and Brian discuss the much awaited 'Justice League' movie featuring DC's A-list superheroes, first for a spoiler-free discussion and then later for a "post-credits" chat about the big secrets and reveals (warning for those who haven't seen it yet!). But before that in the Nerd Alert, we talk about the first 'Deadpool 2' teaser. Photo Credit: Clay Enos

Duration:00:34:13

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