VoK 144: The War Of The Roses and ASOIAF


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Join Nadia and Bina007 as they discuss parallels between A Song of Ice and Fire and the War of the Roses.  We discuss whether Henry VI was as mad as Aerys II; whether Edward IV was as drunken a lech as Robert Baratheon; how far Richard III echoes Stannis; whether Elizabeth of York used shadow babies to stop her uncle marrying her; and whether Dany will marry Gendry and reunite the realm just as Henry Tudor did.

Spoiler warning: A Song of Ice and Fire, The Princess and the Queen and The Rogue Prince as well as fifteenth century British history.

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[The Hollow Crown] Dan Jones’ newly published book on The War of the Roses

VOK 143: VOK Book Club #2: Half a King by Joe Abercrombie


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Join the vassals for the second meeting of the VOK Book Club.  We review and discuss Half a King by Joe Abercrombie.

Join hosts Greg (claudiusthefool), Amber (amberrocks), Brett (White Raven), Alix (Aiwendil) and Duncan (Valkyrist) as they review the first book of Abercrombie’s planned Shattered Sea Trilogy.  A high fantasy adventure of epic proportions full of betrayal, vengeance, slave revolts, pirates, savages, ancient ruins and blood oaths.

Unshackle your slave collar and join us on our sojourn around the Shattered Sea.

Be sure to vote on the forums for the next pick of the VOK Book Club!

Credits:
Edited by Greg

Jacket image and map taken from the US Hardcover Edition published by Del Rey 2014.  Artwork by Jon McCoy from the Subterranean Press limited edition.

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VoK 142: Movie Roundtable (Vol.1)


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Heat up some popcorn, cause the vassals are heading to the cinema! Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Greg (claudiusthefool), Imogen (Imogen.OB), and Joseph (Ciao_Gamer) as they riff about optimistic armageddons, plagiaristic lions, urban gunslingers, and the live-action prequel to Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.

07:55 – The Postman (Kevin Costner, 1997)
29:47 – The Lion King (Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff, 1994)
45:33 – Dirty Harry (Don Seigel, 1971)
1:06:30 – Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976)

Warning: Contains #SPOILERS# for all four films

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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Links:
Similarities between The Lion King and Kimba the White Lion
Montage Overload: The Insanity of Rocky IV
The Best of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room

VoK 141: Captain America – The Winter Soldier and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


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In this long-awaited episode, Vassals Michal (inkasrain), Bina (Bina007), Eddie (Teddard) and Nadia converge to converse about Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier film, and season one of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Sobering real-world parallels are drawn, the morality of redemption arcs is discussed, and furious debate breaks out over which member of the cast is the hottest.

Credits:
Edited by inkasrain

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VOK 140: The Legend of Korra (“Enter The Void” and “Venom Of The Red Lotus” Review)


Into each life a little rain must fall, Vassals. Join brothers and sisters of anarchy Zach (Alias), Katie (Lady Griffin), Michal (inkasrain), Amin, Stephanie (gsdg), and Leigh (LordManderBlee) as they cast off their earthly tethers and bid farewell to yet another season of The Legend of Korra.

Edited by Katie

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Comedy Central Plug


One of our tweets just appeared on Comedy Central’s @midnight! Could we be any more legit? ;)

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VoK 139: Full Cast(le) Recording – The Abridged Princess Bride


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The Vassals perform extracts from the beloved spoof fairytale movie, The Princess Bride, using incidental music from Mark Knopfler’s classic eighties score. The table reading ends c50m in, whence follows an aftershow containing a spirited defence of Rocky.

The Cast:
Michal (inkasrain) – Narrator, Princess Buttercup & Miracle Max
Zach (Alias) – The Man In Black
Amber (Amberrocks) – Humperdinck & The Kid
Duncan (Valkyrist) – Grandpa, Yellin & Vizzini
Bina007 – The Impressive Clergyman, Mother, Valerie & Inigo
Shane (EastTexasDirewolf) – Fezzik & Rugen

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