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Stories told through found audio from an alternate universe. Season four, "The Cradle" is a story about a mother and daughter as they attempt to lead a family-centric commune surviving on the fringes of society. Narrated by Mona Grenne. Written by Jeffrey Cranor and Janina Matthewson. Original music by Mary Epworth.
 
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It’s the first Vacation Edition of Binary System in over two years! Recording from the same time zone in the same place, this week we planned on a quick recap of the latest episode of Night Vale (the Sherif’s Secret Police is never going to get this Frank Chen thing right, mostly because he dead)... The post Binary System Podcast #283: WTNV #194 – …
 
With all of the amazing content that we need to get caught up on, it’s no surprise to anybody that we’re taking the time to watch TV and movies that we’ve already seen. Multiple times. But, you know, pandemic, serotonin, comfort watching. So Elizabeth’s rewatching Peaky Blinders and Kathryn rewatched Sunshine, but we did at... The post Binary Syste…
 
It’s a pretty quick recap of Welcome to Night Vale This Week (TL:DR Consultants are annoying even in Night Vale, and Elizabeth can do a very passable imitation of the “You’ve got a message” sound effect on Slack). And that’s good, because we needed to devote a lot of time to a very in-depth discussion... The post Binary System Podcast #281: WTNV #1…
 
If you know us you know that we’re always interested in the newest movies and TV shows that have hit the nerd world! We just wait six months or more to watch them. Which is why Elizabeth only just now got around to watching the first episode of Lovecraft Country, and instead of watching current... The post Binary System Podcast #280: board games, L…
 
You know those dreams, the ones where you’re watching a movie you really really love, except your favorite character is played by a different actor, and the plot has changed, and the soundtrack sounds like owls hissing and there’s a strange figure glaring at you in the background of every single shot? Cecil experiences something... The post Binary …
 
After the weekly SitRep (vaccination numbers, fish tanks, and mask peer pressure) we jump right into the second season of Beastars. Macho lions and meat-eating deer? A wolf in drag? The hallucination with the moth?? We’re very confused, but we do know the homoerotic subtext is text and goes to a really dark place. After... The post Binary System Po…
 
We may have mentioned this before, but the Binary System Podcast team loves a good time-travel story. We especially enjoy it when the writers use the side-effects of time travel to really mess with longtime fans who know that none of what’s happening is normal. (Sheriff Pamela Winchel? Michelle Nguyen is marrying Sara Sultan, the... The post Binary…
 
We’ve already talked enough about Loki this month so we don’t need to talk about the season finale AHAHAHAHAHA, kidding, of course we do. After a quick SitRep where we talk about our trip to visit family (yay!), the rising COVID numbers (boo!) and the second season of Love Death + Robots (..meh?) we fangirl... The post Binary System Podcast #276: B…
 
So of course we’re going to be talking about Lore Olympus and the latest episode of Loki (not the final episode that just aired yesterday, the one before that.) But we also just watched the third installment of Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow series, “The Absent Destinations of David Prime” and we have opinions. Spoilers... The post Binary Syste…
 
Okay let’s just admit it; until the Loki series finishes up on the 14th, this is probably going to be the All Loki All The Time podcast. And we’re never not going to talk about the latest Lore Olympus episode, with all the lovely art and compelling story and darn it when is Hades going... The post Binary System Podcast #274: Loki and Lore Olympus (…
 
We’re only talking about two things this week, and that’s Loki and Lore Olympus! And the weekly SitRep. Okay three things. Loki, Lore Olympus, the weekly SitRep, and Mr. Robot. Four things. Maybe five? Oh nevermind. Play the Podcast Below | Download the MP3 | Subscribe via Apple Podcasts | RSS Feed Ack! We forgot... The post Binary System Podcast #…
 
This week we’re recapping Welcome to Night Vale’s 9th Anniversary episode (NINE YEARS holy Glow Cloud where does the time go) which ended up being a celebration not just of Night Vale but of podcasts in general, as over a dozen shows contributed to the Night Vale universe. But first up we’ve got the weekly... The post Binary System Podcast #272: We…
 
We haven’t had a chance to discuss Lore Olympus for a while, so this week we’re devoting the entire episode to a recap of episodes 159-161 and oh who are we kidding LET’S TALK ABOUT LOKI. In all seriousness, we do get around to a spoilerrific discussion of some really fantastic episodes of Lore Olympus... The post Binary System Podcast #271: Lore O…
 
This week we recap a Night Vale episode that’s all about a severed, sentient human hand, and it’s not even a little creepy, it’s actually very sweet. Later on in the episode we recap a movie about several kids chatting together on social media, and it’s not even a little sweet, it’s actually very creepy.... The post Binary System Podcast #270: Welc…
 
Seriously you guys we’re not kidding this time, ALL THE SPOILER WARNINGS this episode because we’re breaking down the final season of Bojack Horseman and we’re going to spoil everything. (…yes okay the final episode dropped a year and a half ago but it’s entirely possible there’s people out there who are even worse at... The post Binary System Podc…
 
Sure, the final episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier dropped a solid month ago and we’re only halfway through the season, but that’s better than waiting a solid year like we usually do, right? Progress! After the weekly SitRep (vaccine cards, hockey games, and stupid injuries) we go nuts about the fourth episode... The post Binary System Po…
 
“Why are you pretending you wrote this?” Not gonna lie, the Night Vale folks had us going for a bit when they said they had to change plans for the episode at the last minute and just answer some fan-submitted questions. Being Night Vale, things get a lot more complicated, very fast. This one’s up... The post Binary System Podcast #267: WTNV #188 “…
 
This week we’re just drooling about all the things we want to do once we’re fully vaccinated (haircuts and craft stores, we know how to party) and then we jump into a spoileriffic recap of Bojack Horseman season 5, complete with our favorite stunt casting! The Bojack Horseman bit ended up going on a little... The post Binary System Podcast #266: Bo…
 
The Night Vale recap is very quick this week, partly because it’s a very cerebral episode about life and identity and carving forgotten languages into insanely tall monoliths, but mostly because Elizabeth finally watched all of 2017’s Twin Peaks: the Return AND HAS SOME QUESTIONS. SPOILERS AHOY. Listen in as we go over our favorite... The post Bina…
 
If you’re looking for a detailed breakdown of this year’s Oscar ceremony and all the winning films…this is not the podcast for that. Because we barely saw any of the nominees and we certainly didn’t watch the ceremony. Not that it stops us from having opinions! So after what we laughingly call a recap, we... The post Binary System Podcast #264: The…
 
Big news in Night Vale this week! The Secret Police were given one year to provide the life of Frank Chen back to his family, an impossible task that they somehow managed to accomplish way before the deadline! Yes indeed, Frank Chen, good as new, exactly as he was before, no need to look too... The post Binary System Podcast #263: WTNV #186 “The Ma…
 
After this week’s SitRep on the vaccine situation (Mom, Dad, and Nathan are 2 for 2, Kathryn and Hannah are 1 for 2, and Elizabeth’s 0 for 2.) (Hurry up Elizabeth! – Kathryn) (I’M WORKING ON IT. – Elizabeth) we jump right into Lore Olympus because holy hell did you see what happened to Minthe??... The post Binary System Podcast #262: Lore Olympus, …
 
Jeffrey and Janina have written you a book. Yes you! YOU FEEL IT JUST BELOW THE RIBS: a novel, by Jeffrey Cranor and Janina Matthewson Coming November 16 Pre-order here: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/you-feel-it-just-below-the-ribs-jeffrey-cranorjanina-matthewson?variant=33105381490722 And check out the cover art & get all the latest news …
 
It’s a beautiful day in Night Vale, and it’s time once again to run around in circles and PANIC because the Librarians have escaped their cages. Fortunately, heroic teen militia leader Tamika Flynn is here to save the day by…helping the Librarians get their paperwork sent in so they can form a union. And she... The post Binary System Podcast #261: …
 
As we slooooowly (dear lord so slowly) move out of the pandemic (KNOCK WOOD) other, less horrific news is taking its place in the weekly SitRep. In this episode the news is about a certain ship that got stuck in a canal and our hearts, about Marvel kicking Diamond Distributors to the curb (including what... The post Binary System Podcast #260: Comi…
 
Raise a glass, or a can (of beer), or a cup (of hot cider), because the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA is officially one year old. To distract us from this grim milestone we have a new Night Vale episode (featuring Deb, the Sentient Patch of Haze) and TWO Lore Olympus episodes to recap. And... The post Binary System Podcast #259: WTNV #184 “The Fog” …
 
WandaVision wrapped up last week and we have thoughts. ALL THE SPOILER WARNINGS for the entire season, plus bits of Infinity War and Endgame too of course. But first up is the weekly SitRep over beers (some people in our family have been vaccinated eeeeeeeeeeee) and while going over everything we loved about WandaVision we... The post Binary System…
 
Okay, so according to the latest Night Vale episode Director’s Notes (which you can get if you sign up to their Patreon, hint hint), Kathryn may have misspoken a little. The episode wasn’t “weird for weird’s sake”, but it still doesn’t have any deep, hidden meaning. It’s also appropriate that Elizabeth was so taken with... The post Binary System Po…
 
That’s right, we actually got completely caught up with WandaVision! And now we have to wait an entire week before the next episode. Seven days to get new content what is this the stone ages? #firstworldproblems ANYWAY, we’re recapping episodes five, six, and seven of WandaVision SPOILERS AHOY. But first we’ve got the weekly SitRep... The post Bina…
 
Over in Night Vale, Cecil and Carlos are (probably) suffering from a little cabin fever, so this week they decided to take their young son Esteban to go hiking! It was a wonderful trip, they made so many good memories. It’s just a shame that Cecil is having trouble actually, you know, remembering them. But... The post Binary System Podcast #255: WT…
 
Yes, you’re reading it right: we’re actually watching a TV show that isn’t three years old or cancelled! Of course we’re at least four episodes behind everybody else but that’s not important right now. So first up we jump into the first two episodes of WandaVision and geek out about how much fun everybody’s having.... The post Binary System Podcast…
 
Okay you need to count the number of asterisks in the title, because it’s not the word you think it is. (Unless we’re the only ones who went there? We listen to a lot of off-color Brit podcasts and they use that word more than we do!) ANYWAY, after recapping Night Vale’s attempt at legalizing... The post Binary System Podcast #253: WTNV #181 “C****…
 
In typical, timely, “we are so on top of pop culture” fashion, we started watching Legion. A year and a half after the final episode aired. (We’d say that’s a record for us, but we’re sure you know it isn’t.) There’s so much about this show we love, from the beautiful and creepy special effects,... The post Binary System Podcast #252: Legion and th…
 
Since Kathryn finally finished the last season of The Good Place (only a year late! Gotta be a record!) we decided to break down everything we loved about it. Massive spoiler warnings of course! Plus we talk about the last two chapters of Lore Olympus, and also decide that since its final episode was a... The post Binary System Podcast #251: The Go…
 
Happy 250th episode! Way back in June of 2014 we were getting ready to listen to the latest episode of Night Vale and then talk about it over Skype, and we thought “hey, maybe we should record this?” Six and a half years later and the podcast has grown into a well organized machine that... The post Binary System Podcast #250: Six years in, still no…
 
So, look, FOR THE RECORD we recorded this last Sunday night. We said that we had no idea how the congressional debate was going to turn out. We even called the proceedings so far a dumpster fire. WE CLEARLY HAD NO IDEA what was about to happen. Anyway, bear that in mind when you listen... The post Binary System Podcast #249: Welcome To Night Vale #…
 
It’s New Years Eve! Hope everyone’s celebrating in their own fashion knowing that 2021 is going to be an amazing year. It WILL. There aren’t any other options. We’re not kidding around here. ANYWAY, we finally watched the Welcome To Night Vale live show from, what, two weeks ago? It was delightfully upsetting in true... The post Binary System Podca…
 
Two months earlier: Voicemails from March 1997. # Music: Mary Epworth, http://maryepworth.com The voice of Indra is Amiera Darwish. The voice of Gwen is Norma Butikofer. Written by Jeffrey Cranor and Janina Matthewson. Director: Janina Matthewson Producer: Jeffrey Cranor Within the Wires T-Shirts & Posters, http://topatoco.com/collections/within-th…
 
When it comes to the season two finale of The Mandalorian, we really don’t have a choice: we’re going to have to geek out about it for fifteen minutes. We know, we know, it’s a tough job but somebody’s gotta do it. (Also, the mid-credits scene: eeeeeeeeeee!) Before that we have our weekly SitRep-With-Beers which,... The post Binary System Podcast #…
 
There’s no new Welcome to Night Vale episode to recap quite yet, so once again we go back to the well that is The Mandalorian and the webcomic Lore Olympus, with the addition this week of Black Mirror, and we’ve got some questions. What exactly was the face-scan on the latest episode of The Mandalorian... The post Binary System Podcast #246: “Lore …
 
Two months earlier: Voicemails from May 1997. # Music: Mary Epworth, http://maryepworth.com The voice of Indra is Amiera Darwish. The voice of Gwen is Norma Butikofer. Written by Jeffrey Cranor and Janina Matthewson. Director: Janina Matthewson Producer: Jeffrey Cranor Within the Wires T-Shirts & Posters, http://topatoco.com/collections/within-the-…
 
Oh the weather outside is frightful (it’s 59 degrees in San Diego) but inside it’s just delightful (yes please stay inside we would like this pandemic to be OVER NOW) and since we’ve no place to go (because shutdowns!) let it snow let it snow let it snow (unless it’s the snow in Welcome To... The post Binary System Podcast #245: Welcome To Night Va…
 
We managed to miscalculate once again, so this week we do not have a new Night Vale episode. Instead, we’ll talk about our two latest obsessions, The Mandalorian and the webcomic Lore Olympus. Spoilers are, of course, a given, so check out this episode if you want to find out about a certain person’s name... The post Binary System Podcast #244: “Lo…
 
Three months earlier: Voicemails from July 1997 # Music: Mary Epworth, http://maryepworth.com The voice of Indra is Amiera Darwish. The voice of Gwen is Norma Butikofer. Written by Jeffrey Cranor and Janina Matthewson. Director: Janina Matthewson Producer: Jeffrey Cranor Within the Wires T-Shirts & Posters, http://topatoco.com/collections/within-th…
 
We’re grateful for a lot of things this week: big important things like our family staying safe during the *gestures wildly in all directions* and little things like web comics about Greek gods and TV shows with speeder bike chases in canyons, because those things are awesome. Listen in as we discuss politics and pandemics... The post Binary System…
 
Of course we recap a deliciously creepy Night Vale episode, full of cemeteries and time loops and the worst-case scenario when it comes to hermit crabs. Of course we geek out over badass Mandalorians and adorable frog women. And of course we debate paying the extra money to read Lore Olympus early because we want... The post Binary System Podcast #…
 
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