On Episode 7 of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight play Red Light, Green Light, otherwise known as What’s the Time Mr. Wolf! In Previously On…(3:50) Jason and Rosie celebrate DC’s announcement of Jon Kent (aka the Superman of Earth) coming out as bisexual as well as the revival of the iconic Image comics series Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples. In a mini-segment called The Editor’s Note (10:48), X-Ray Vision producer (and 007 superfan) Chris Lord joins to toast (with a vodka martini of course) No Time to Die and speculate on the future of the franchise. In the Airlock (26:30) Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeeeep) into the Netflix smash hit Squid Game to unmask why the show and its capitalist critiques resonate so strongly. Next, this week’s Hive Mind (59:50) features an insightful conversation between Jason and two of the producers behind Disney+’s anime anthology Star Wars: Visions. Finally, in The Endgame (1:19:50) Jason and Rosie select their own ‘Deadly Game’ in which to compete (and hopefully not lose). Use #XRVEndgame & tweet at Jason to let us know what you think of their choices!
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The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!
Saga, An iconic epic space opera in the truest possible sense; this comics fantasia tells the story of a wife & husband from warring planets, one highly technologic, the other magical, and their interplanetary adventures with their daughter and an ever-changing cast of oddballs, bounty hunters, & a robot-computer-sex-addict-prince (you read that right). Available in multiple compendiums, single issues, & more.
Goldfinger, The 1964 third installment of the EON-produced 007 James Bond franchise, starring Sean Connery at the height of his prowess & charisma. While undoubtedly problematic for its portrayal of women and Koreans (specifically, characters Pussy Galore & Odd Job), the film also cemented the now trademark Bond formula of gadgets, close calls, & big action set pieces. It is considered by many to be the quintessential Bond film. Available on Hulu & more.
Call of Duty: Warzone, Introduced on March 10, 2020, this free-to-play Battle Royale style game takes the incredibly popular Call of Duty FPS franchise in a slightly new direction by limiting game modes and utilizing large scale (shrinking) maps to give players room to collect cash, weaponry, and fight each other off.
Battle Royale (2000), Literally the film by which most other works in this genre are named for and/or reference (see COD: Warzone above). Directed by Kinji Fukasaku and based on a book by Koushun Takami, the film follows the kill or be-killed antics of a group of delinquent school children. Highly controversial upon release for its violence & gore, it has gone on to such cult fame that it is essentially a widely popular film. Available here.
Gambling Apocalypse: Kaiji, A Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nobuyuki Fukumoto that has been ongoing since 1996 and chronicles the very misadventurous escapades of an inveterate gambler named Kaiji Ito. The series has garnered wide acclaim, both critically and commercially, in Japan and beyond.
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