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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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Comic-Con and the health of geek culture

7/20/2018
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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...

Duration:00:45:37

Why do we love The Rock so much?

7/13/2018
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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.

Duration:00:50:30

'Ant Man and the Wasp' and small-time superheroes

7/6/2018
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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. Photo Credit: Disney/Marvel via AP

Duration:00:29:46

‘Pride’ and pop culture (feat. Mariko Tamaki)

6/29/2018
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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?

Duration:00:25:15

Talking 'Luke Cage' Season 2 with showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker

6/22/2018
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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.

Duration:00:29:52

Our favorite video games from E3

6/15/2018
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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.

Duration:00:42:32

'Hereditary' and the scariest movies of all time (No spoilers!)

6/8/2018
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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.

Duration:00:39:08

The very best (and worst) TV series finales

6/1/2018
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In honor of 'The Americans' closing out its run on FX, The Mothership crew is talking TV series finales — fondly remembering the best, ripping apart the worst and debating what makes a perfect closer for your favorite show.

Duration:00:42:20

Time to go ‘Solo’ (No spoilers!)

5/25/2018
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The Mothership welcomes special guest Mike Ryan, senior entertainment writer from Uproxx, to break down 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.' Is it a worthy spinoff? Does Lando really steal the show? Can Brett successfully pronounce “Alden Ehrenreich?” Plus, we update our personal Star Wars movie rankings! (Photo: Jonathan Olley, AP)

Duration:01:01:26

'Deadpool 2' and a state of the union on the modern superhero film

5/18/2018
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In a post-'Avengers: Infinity War' world, are we experiencing superhero fatigue? Absolutely not. USA TODAY's Kelly Lawler, Brett Molina and Brian Truitt take stock of the superhero genre, including this weekend's great 'Deadpool 2' and what's working and what's not. (Photo: 20TH CENTURY FOX)

Duration:00:38:29

Your 2018 summer preview

5/11/2018
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It's getting hot out there but thanfully there's plenty of pop culture goodness to should look forward to this summer, from 'Ant Man and the Wasp' to 'Luke Cage' Season 2.

Duration:00:28:24

The 'Avengers: Infinity War' spoilercast

5/4/2018
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Beware, spoilers await! The Mothership crew is back to talk 'Avengers: Infinity War' and we are leaving no Infinity Stone unturned. We talk about all the big moments from the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and what it means for the future. (Photo: Marvel Studios)

Duration:00:37:02

Is 'Avengers: Infinity War' truly marvelous? (No spoilers!)

4/27/2018
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Kelly and Brian tackle the humongous Marvel crossover epic 'Avengers: Infinity War" in a spoiler-free discussion, breaking down positives and negatives, favorite heroes and ranking the new film among the 18 previous projects. (Photo: MARVEL STUDIOS)

Duration:00:21:42

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

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