58 episodes

From Emmy-award winner Jason Concepcion and Crooked Media comes X-Ray Vision, a new weekly podcast that transcends pop culture and entertainment by taking listeners from Middle-earth to Waystar Royco, and everything in between. Hold on to your cape as we journey through the zeitgeist-iest (patent pending) of film, TV, and comics– guided by Jason’s one-of-a-kind analysis and expert guests. Test your fandom knowledge with panel discussions on the latest nerd news, casting, and show lore while staying tuned for deep dives into all of your favorite franchises. New episodes released weekly.
Editors’ Notes: “There’s not a secret sauce to podcasting, there’s only ever two ingredients: information and entertainment value,” Jason Concepcion tells Apple Podcasts. “Every episode is an attempt to combine those two things in a way that feels true and engages the audience.” In each weekly episode of Crooked Media’s X-Ray Vision, Concepcion and co-hosts Rosie Knight and Cody Ziglar share insightful analysis of the shows, movies, and comic book properties that are dominating the pop culture conversation—whether it's the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe, DC Comics fandom, or the latest episode of Succession.
Concepcion got his first taste of podcasting when he worked as a Senior Creative for the sports and pop culture website The Ringer. In addition to covering the NBA, he and Mallory Rubin collaborated on Binge Mode, in which they went beyond the surface coverage of phenomena like Game of Thrones and Harry Potter to get deep into the detail and backstory of the original texts. “It was an incredible experience just from a learning standpoint, but also was incredibly fun and gratifying,” he says. “It tapped into just things that I'm passionate about and that I cared about.” While he believes X-Ray Vision is also research-heavy, Concepcion wants to make the show more conversational and doesn't want listeners to feel like they were listening to a Wikipedia article.
“We always go into covering something with the idea of respecting the material—which helps in the fact that we’re sincerely passionate about the stuff we like,” he says. “I think one of the most important things, granular knowledge of a topic aside, is making that knowledge accessible.” Jason is also the host of Takeline, a fast-paced exploration of the NBA, world of sports, and pop culture.

X-Ray Vision Crooked Media

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 993 Ratings

From Emmy-award winner Jason Concepcion and Crooked Media comes X-Ray Vision, a new weekly podcast that transcends pop culture and entertainment by taking listeners from Middle-earth to Waystar Royco, and everything in between. Hold on to your cape as we journey through the zeitgeist-iest (patent pending) of film, TV, and comics– guided by Jason’s one-of-a-kind analysis and expert guests. Test your fandom knowledge with panel discussions on the latest nerd news, casting, and show lore while staying tuned for deep dives into all of your favorite franchises. New episodes released weekly.
Editors’ Notes: “There’s not a secret sauce to podcasting, there’s only ever two ingredients: information and entertainment value,” Jason Concepcion tells Apple Podcasts. “Every episode is an attempt to combine those two things in a way that feels true and engages the audience.” In each weekly episode of Crooked Media’s X-Ray Vision, Concepcion and co-hosts Rosie Knight and Cody Ziglar share insightful analysis of the shows, movies, and comic book properties that are dominating the pop culture conversation—whether it's the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe, DC Comics fandom, or the latest episode of Succession.
Concepcion got his first taste of podcasting when he worked as a Senior Creative for the sports and pop culture website The Ringer. In addition to covering the NBA, he and Mallory Rubin collaborated on Binge Mode, in which they went beyond the surface coverage of phenomena like Game of Thrones and Harry Potter to get deep into the detail and backstory of the original texts. “It was an incredible experience just from a learning standpoint, but also was incredibly fun and gratifying,” he says. “It tapped into just things that I'm passionate about and that I cared about.” While he believes X-Ray Vision is also research-heavy, Concepcion wants to make the show more conversational and doesn't want listeners to feel like they were listening to a Wikipedia article.
“We always go into covering something with the idea of respecting the material—which helps in the fact that we’re sincerely passionate about the stuff we like,” he says. “I think one of the most important things, granular knowledge of a topic aside, is making that knowledge accessible.” Jason is also the host of Takeline, a fast-paced exploration of the NBA, world of sports, and pop culture.

    She-Hulk Ep 6 & Head Writer Jessica Gao Interview + Andor Eps 1-3

    She-Hulk Ep 6 & Head Writer Jessica Gao Interview + Andor Eps 1-3

    We’re releasing two episodes this week! The episode you’re currently reading about contains all things She-Hulk and Andor.

    On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight sustain 20 seconds of eye contact! In the Previously On (4:08) Jason and Rosie discuss She-Hulk episode 6, quickly summarizing the episode before theorizing all about adamantium, villainous geniuses, and Mr. Immortal. Then, in the Hive Mind (36:05) Jason and Rosie welcome the incredible and lovely She-Hulk head writer Jessica Gao to discuss bootleg manga, bringing She-Hulk to life, out-trolling the trolls, and more. Plus, Jason and Rosie ask all sorts of questions we know Jessica can’t really answer about the MCU. Finally, in the Airlock (55:44), Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeep) into the premiere three episodes of Andor on Disney+, discussing flashbacks, opportunities for larger conversations around fascism and power, and the directions and ideas they hope to see the series explore.

    Tune in every Friday and don’t forget to Hulk Smash the Follow button!

    Do you – like us – want more Rosie Knight in your life? Do you – like us – love to amaze, confound, and astonish your friends – and enemies – with your encyclopedic knowledge of comics, movies, TV, and more, but need a place to attain said knowledge? Do you want – nay need – extra Tin Foil Hat™ theories in your life from the mind of Rosie Knight? Look no further! As in look below:

    Rosie’s IGN author page

    Rosie’s Nerdist author page

    Rosie’s 2022 Fall Preview at Polygon

    Follow Jason: twitter.com/netw3rk
    Follow Rosie: IG & Letterboxd
    Join the X-Ray Vision Discord
    Follow Crooked: twitter.com/crookedmedia

    The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!
    Union Jack #1 (1998) - written by John Cassaday, Ben Raab, penciled and inked by Cassaday, colors by Dave Stewart, letters by Comicraft and Richard Starkings; first appearance of Baroness Blood.

    Sensational She-Hulk (1989) - written and penciled by John Byrne, inks by Bob Wiacek, colors by Glynis Oliver, letters by John Workman.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    House of the Dragon Ep 5 & Ask the Maester + LOTR: The Rings of Power Eps 1-4

    House of the Dragon Ep 5 & Ask the Maester + LOTR: The Rings of Power Eps 1-4

    We’re releasing two episodes this week! The episode you’re currently reading about contains all things House of the Dragon and Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

    On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight attend a red wedding…no, not that one! In the Previously On (4:23), Jason and Rosie recap House of the Dragon episode 5 and discuss floundering friendships. Next, in round six of Jason’s classic segment Ask the Maester (59:27), he and Rosie answer listener questions about the history and lore of House of the Dragon and Game of Thrones. Then, in the Airlock (1:26:00) Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeep) into the mines of Moria with the first half of season one of Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, discussing friendship, mithril, who may or may not be Sauron, and (*fantastical voice*) Celebrimbor.

    Tune in every Friday and don’t forget to Hulk Smash the Follow button!

    Do you – like us – want more Rosie Knight in your life? Do you – like us – love to amaze, confound, and astonish your friends – and enemies – with your encyclopedic knowledge of comics, movies, TV, and more, but need a place to attain said knowledge? Do you want – nay need – extra Tin Foil Hat™ theories in your life from the mind of Rosie Knight? Look no further! As in look below:

    Rosie’s IGN author page

    Rosie’s Nerdist author page

    Rosie’s 2022 Fall Preview at Polygon

    Follow Jason: twitter.com/netw3rk
    Follow Rosie: IG & Letterboxd
    Join the X-Ray Vision Discord
    Follow Crooked: twitter.com/crookedmedia

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Disney D23 News & She-Hulk Ep 5

    Disney D23 News & She-Hulk Ep 5

    Due to the glut of content, we’re releasing two episodes this week for your listening pleasure. The episode you’re currently reading about contains all things D23, She-Hulk, Marvel, and Star Wars.

    On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight dress steezy with She-Hulk! In the Previously On (1:32) Jason and Rosie unpack the announcements from D23, including a few Tinfoil Hat™ theories backed by the comics. In the Airlock (1:08:38), Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeep) into She-Hulk episode 5, quickly recapping the episode, exploring the possible avenues for DareDevil’s appearance in the show, and discussing the moral complexities She-Hulk’s transformation has on her dating life and the slice-of-life challenges of being a superhero in the world.

    Tune in every Friday and don’t forget to Hulk Smash the Follow button!

    Nerd Out Submission Instructions!
    Send a short pitch and 2-3 minute voice memo recording to xray@crooked.com that answers the following questions: 1) How did you get into/discover your ‘Nerd Out?’ (2) Why should we get into it too? (3) What’s coming soon in this world that we can look forward to or where can we find it?

    Follow Jason: twitter.com/netw3rk
    Follow Rosie: IG & Letterboxd
    Join the X-Ray Vision Discord
    Follow Crooked: twitter.com/crookedmedia

    The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!
    Secret Invasion (2008-09) by Brian Michael Bendis, Leinil Francis Yu, Mark Morales, and Laura Martin.

    Thunderbolts created by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley.

    Truth: Red, White, and Black (2003) by Robert Morales and Kyle Baker.

    Dakota North, created by Martha Thomases and Tony Salmons; debuted in Dakota North #1 (1986).

    She-Hulk (2014-2015) by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido. An acclaimed run with clear influences on She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

    A-Force, created by Marguerite Bennett, G. Willow Wilson, and Jorge Molina, first appearing in Secret Wars before debuting in their own series in 2015.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    House of the Dragon Ep 4 & Ask the Maester

    House of the Dragon Ep 4 & Ask the Maester

    Due to the glut of content, we’re releasing two episodes this week for your listening pleasure. The episode you’re currently reading about contains all things House of the Dragon.

    On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight hit the streets of King’s Landing! In the Airlock (2:04), Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeep) into House of the Dragon episode 4, recapping and discussing the drama, the power dynamics, and the Daemon. Then in round five of Jason’s classic segment Ask the Maester (1:13:15), he and Rosie answer listener questions about the history and lore of House of the Dragon and Game of Thrones.

    Tune in every Friday and don’t forget to Hulk Smash the Follow button!

    Nerd Out Submission Instructions!
    Send a short pitch and 2-3 minute voice memo recording to xray@crooked.com that answers the following questions: 1) How did you get into/discover your ‘Nerd Out?’ (2) Why should we get into it too? (3) What’s coming soon in this world that we can look forward to or where can we find it?

    Follow Jason: twitter.com/netw3rk
    Follow Rosie: IG & Letterboxd
    Join the X-Ray Vision Discord
    Follow Crooked: twitter.com/crookedmedia

    • 1 hr 52 min
    House of the Dragon Ep 3 & Ask The Maester + She-Hulk Ep 4 with Cody Ziglar

    House of the Dragon Ep 3 & Ask The Maester + She-Hulk Ep 4 with Cody Ziglar

    Send all House of the Dragon inquiries to askthemaester@gmail.com.

    On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight hunt stags and hang out with Wong! In the Airlock (2:14), Jason and Rosie dive deep (deeep) into House of the Dragon episode 3, recapping and discussing the drama, lore and greyscale. Then in round four of Jason’s classic segment Ask the Maester (55:43), he and Rosie answer listener questions about House of the Dragon and Westeros. Then in the Hive Mind (1:21:10) Rosie is joined by She-Hulk writer, Spider-Punk head-banger, and X-Ray Vision co-host Cody Ziglar to explore She-Hulk episode 4, what it was like to be one of the in-house comics nerds in a fantastic writer’s room, and the inspirations behind the series.

    Tune in every Friday and don’t forget to Hulk Smash the Follow button!

    Nerd Out Submission Instructions!
    Send a short pitch and 2-3 minute voice memo recording to xray@crooked.com that answers the following questions: 1) How did you get into/discover your ‘Nerd Out?’ (2) Why should we get into it too? (3) What’s coming soon in this world that we can look forward to or where can we find it?

    Follow Jason: twitter.com/netw3rk
    Follow Rosie: IG & Letterboxd
    Join the X-Ray Vision Discord
    Follow Crooked: twitter.com/crookedmedia

    The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!
    She-Hulk (2004-2005) and She-Hulk (2005-2009) by Dan Slott and Juan Bobillio (iconic covers by Greg Horn, some of which have inspired posters for the show). One of the most well-known She-Hulk comic runs and a big influence on the series.

    She-Hulk (2014-2015) by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido. Another acclaimed run with clear influences on She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

    A-Force, created by Marguerite Bennett, G. Willow Wilson, and Jorge Molina, first appearing in Secret Wars before debuting in their own series in 2015.

    Daredevil by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, Marcos Martin, and more.

    Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja.

    Black Widow by Kelly Thompson, Elena Casagrande, and more.

    • 2 hr 9 min
    The Rings of Power Premiere + She-Hulk Ep 3, House of the Dragon Ep 2 & More Ask the Maester

    The Rings of Power Premiere + She-Hulk Ep 3, House of the Dragon Ep 2 & More Ask the Maester

    Send all House of the Dragon inquiries to askthemaester@gmail.com.

    On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight enjoy the Harfoot vibes! First in Previously On (2:10), Jason and Rosie recap and discuss She-Hulk episode 3, with theories abounding for the direction of the series; they also recap and discuss HBO’s House of the Dragon episode 2 (31:46), analyzing the show’s character driven relationships and more. Then in round three of Jason’s classic segment Ask the Maester (1:33:40), he and Rosie answer listener questions about House of the Dragon and Westeros. In the Airlock (1:59:49) they dive deep (deeep) in a NON SPOILER fashion into the 2 episode premiere of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power – priming listeners on the series, some of the Tolkien lore, and what they love about LOTR’s vibes.

    Tune in every Friday and don’t forget to Hulk Smash the Follow button!

    Nerd Out Submission Instructions!
    Send a short pitch and 2-3 minute voice memo recording to xray@crooked.com that answers the following questions: 1) How did you get into/discover your ‘Nerd Out?’ (2) Why should we get into it too? (3) What’s coming soon in this world that we can look forward to or where can we find it?

    Follow Jason: twitter.com/netw3rk
    Follow Rosie: IG & Letterboxd
    Join the X-Ray Vision Discord
    Follow Crooked: twitter.com/crookedmedia

    The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!
    The Defenders #17 – Introduces The Wrecking Crew; written by Len Wein, penciled by Sal Buscema, inked by Dan Green, colored by Glynis Wein, lettered by Gaspar Saladino and Annette Kawecki.

    A Monster Calls – directed by JA Bayona.

    Kyle Anderson’s Nerdist piece on 1977’s animated The Hobbit.

    Rosie’s Nerdist piece on the sumptuous food of Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

    • 2 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
993 Ratings

993 Ratings

Galandrial ,

What a great team!

Jason and Rosie are the best! I love hearing people talk about the things I love with so much joy and excitement. I always learn something new and look forward to the new episodes!

LehmanDC ,

Love Jason and Rosie! Love this podcast

It’s so nice to listen to people who are fans talk about something they love. I always come away being a more knowledgeable fan than when I started.

the.potato ,

The nerd podcast we need

If there are nerd happenings, I know I can count on Jason and Rosie to not only cover it but direct me to more resources. I’ve picked up comics, books, and shows that I wouldn’t have sought out otherwise and I owe it all to X-Ray Vision! Plus they’ve got the best podcast theme song out there, hands down, no contest!!

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