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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

Why 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' is a devilishly good reboot

10/26/2018
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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.

Duration:00:22:58

‘Halloween’ is back from the dead

10/19/2018
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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.

Duration:00:26:09

'First Man' how Hollywood travels to space

10/12/2018
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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.

Duration:00:24:46

Doctor Who is back, and she's finally a woman

10/5/2018
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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.

Duration:00:25:54

The big J.J. Abrams episode

9/28/2018
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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?

Duration:00:25:15

Is 'Captain Marvel' ready for liftoff?

9/21/2018
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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.

Duration:00:27:00

Why we love Nicolas Cage

9/14/2018
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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?

Duration:00:28:02

It's fall TV time!

9/7/2018
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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.

Duration:00:44:34

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 and worst 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 motherforking 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, a few obligatory shoutouts to Blake Bortles. (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