Better Worlds

Better Worlds
A podcast exploring geek culture across mediums: movies, TV, books, comics, video games, board games, and more. Episodes somewhat fortnightly.

43: It’s Not Our Fault They Release Them So Fast
Mar 21, 2019 • 51 min
Life has been busy, but here’s a handful of topics that we wanted to talk about on October 7. Shocking news about Telltale Games! The first teaser image for The Mandalorian! We finally have a trailer for Captain Marvel! Please clap.
42: Destiny Arrives All the Same
Dec 24, 2018 • 76 min
Dread it. Run from it. We will circle back around to talking about Destiny. And now, it’s here. Or should I say, Better Worlds 42 is. Also, the robot dinosaur concierge revolution.
41: Buy MoviePass
Sep 18, 2018 • 69 min
One of the “25 Most Disruptive Apps of 2012” continues to make incredible product decisions. Kelly Marie Tran reveals her real name. Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy game has Matthew’s seal of approval. The trailers for Aquaman and SHAZAM! are items we…
40: A Xenomorph by Any Other Name
Aug 29, 2018 • 107 min
This episode features an unplanned deep dive into the complete Alien franchise, and the latest news (at time of recording) about Star Wars: Episode IX and The Clone Wars. We also discuss board games, movie-watching decisions, dangerous holidays, and how…
39: Once and Future Video Games
Jul 31, 2018 • 99 min
We’re going back to the show’s roots: video games. Trevor and Matthew update Dustin on the state of Destiny 2. We also discuss this year’s E3 announcements and debate the merits of mechs, game downloads vs. discs, and playing old games.
38: It’s OK to Like Different Things
Jul 4, 2018 • 92 min
In this episode we discuss a couple interesting articles covering The Field Museum, user interfaces for mummies, and dinosaurs. We also return to Solo for some items we missed, including the more-controversial-than-it-should-be question of which Star Wars…
37: Unstable MacGuffin
Jun 19, 2018 • 67 min
Part 2 of our discussion of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
36: Hanne and Londo
Jun 9, 2018 • 74 min
Part 1 of our discussion of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
35: It’s Hard to Sell a Death Cult
May 24, 2018 • 82 min
Part 2 of our discussion about Avengers: Infinity War.
34: Can We Go Back to Loki for a Minute?
May 15, 2018 • 87 min
Part 1 of our discussion about Infinity War.
33: Our Own Jaeger Names
Apr 21, 2018 • 96 min
Matthew gets his completely spoiler-free thoughts about Infinity War on the record before we all see the movie. Also discussed: Pacific Rim, Ready Player One, Hufflepuff representation, and a possible Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV revival.
32: Survival Chocolate and the Northern Lights
Mar 31, 2018 • 102 min
War! *huh* What is it good for? In Wakanda, rhinos. Yes, we forgot to mention some things about *Black Panther*. The sun will never set on our Wakandan followup, but this is not a Part 3. In fact, it’s less than 40% of this episode, and we save it for the…
31: Wakanda Forever
Mar 17, 2018 • 76 min
We did what we had to do… and kept talking about Black Panther for a second episode. Actually, we just kept talking, and then split it into two episodes later. This half of the conversation goes into characters, plot points, and overarching themes of the…
30: The Power of the Black Panther
Mar 8, 2018 • 73 min
Shuri enough, our discussion of the latest MCU movie went long. This episode covers the first half of our conversation on Black Panther, along with important information about crocodiles, middle names, and Nokia’s product road map.
29: Darkest Possible Timeline Adjacent
Feb 22, 2018 • 78 min
Are we living in the Darkest Possible Timeline? The signs are everywhere: Jumanji is a runaway box office success. Minions have almost completed their takeover of our dimension. Keurig has purchased Dr Pepper. But there are signs of hope.
28: Frosty the Snowlem
Feb 11, 2018 • 83 min
Is Frosty who he says he is? Can Levar Burton read? What incredible risk did Matthew take as he rewatches the early MCU movies? In this episode we discuss mystical creatures such as golems, hevisaurs, Elcor, murder whales, camelcorns, and colonels,…
27: Dinosaurs of Finland
Jan 27, 2018 • 89 min
We present a discovery which may change your world: the first known dinosaurs native to Finland. Other topics include what A New Hope would sound like with an all-Elcor cast, some followup on The Last Jedi, murder whales, and Kingdom of Loathing.
26: It’s Time for This Episode to End (The Last Jedi, Part 2)
Dec 27, 2017 • 79 min
The conversation on Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues into deeper waters, sort of like that time R2-D2 fell off of Luke’s X-wing into a swamp. This episode explores the new age of space combat, the unchanging nature of the Force, and the theme of killing…
25: Anyone Can Cook (The Last Jedi, Part 1)
Dec 21, 2017 • 73 min
The Star Wars saga continues with Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. (We will never surrender our Roman numerals, whatever the Lucasfilm marketing department might say.) This episode of Better Worlds explores important questions like: What has JJ done? What is…
24: The Good, the Bad, and the Followup
Dec 14, 2017 • 111 min
In the conclusion to our Episodes With No Name Trilogy, we make an accidental return to main topics with our discussion of Justice League. Only two of us have seen the movie, but 66% is still better than the movie’s score on Rotten Tomatoes.
23: For a Few Followup More
Nov 21, 2017 • 111 min
Main Topics are dead, and we have killed them. Last time we thought we were doing a followup show, but now it’s official: we’re going to talk about whatever we want to talk about. This time, that includes Nordic Facts (the future of Finland Facts?), some…
22: A Fistful of Followup
Nov 4, 2017 • 101 min
Our followup list got long, so we decided to do our first all-followup episode. Which turned into a small amount of followup surrounded by conversation ranging from game shows to board games, Lord of the Rings to Destiny 2, and weapons of mass destruction…
21: Fallacious Arguments and Where to Find Them
Oct 16, 2017 • 101 min
A straw man, a Scotsman, and literally Hitler walk into a bar. Is it a joke (punchline: something something “unnatural”), or are they our top picks for the finest logical fallacies?
20: Guardian Down (Bonus)
Sep 28, 2017 • 30 min
Dustin isn’t playing Destiny 2 (yet?), so he has questions for Matthew and Trevor. This is a shorter-than-usual bonus episode covering our initial thoughts on Destiny 2 as of September 10, the fifth day after the Cabal attacked.
19: Everything Is Quantum
Sep 15, 2017 • 88 min
In the second of this quantum pair of episodes, we talk about how we’ve seen quantum physics used in fiction. Dustin graciously continues to answer our questions. There’s also a bit of a history lesson on how quantum physics were preceded in science…
18: Quantum of Entanglement
Sep 6, 2017 • 114 min
Dustin fills us in on quantum mechanics and what he’s been doing with his life. Matthew struggles to understand the dangers of “eclipse madness.” Trevor struggles to think of good quantum questions.
17: Ready Player Eleven
Aug 19, 2017 • 111 min
All the news from Comic-Con that’s fit to ramble on about.
16: A Marvelous Return
Aug 2, 2017 • 88 min
Spider-Man, Spider-Man We watched the sixth movie of Spider-Man He slings some webs In the ’burbs We all thought it was pretty gurb
15: Wunderfrau
Jul 18, 2017 • 120 min
Wonder Woman is a significant milestone for superhero movies: a DC movie that all three of us were interested in talking about.
14: Video Games for Days
Jun 27, 2017 • 103 min
E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is like Christmas for the world of video games. That is, if Christmas was a time for watching videos about presents that you might get someday, possibly months or years into the future. And if you like to spend Christmas…
13: Time Enough at Last
Jun 15, 2017 • 89 min
It isn’t fair. Books, books, everywhere, and all of them to read. Drowning in choices? We toss you a life preserver of sorts—our own recent reads.
12: MMORPGFPSP(odcast)
Jun 1, 2017 • 125 min
We have slain gods and plagues. Now it’s time for some patrolling and light banter. Bungie has started making announcements about the sequel to Destiny (coming out September 8), so we decided it was time for a retrospective on the game that birthed a…
11: A Desire for More Heptapods
May 20, 2017 • 130 min
Hannah & the Heptapods are getting the band back together to revisit their 2016 smash hit, Arrival. Journey with us to mysterious Montana as we ask what makes great science fiction, what does it mean to choose something better than fear, and how many…
10: Firsts and Lasts
May 4, 2017 • 113 min
The first teaser trailers are out for Thor: Ragnarok and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and by Odin’s beard, they shall be discussed. We also cover a host of other topics including coffee math, ancient math, movie math, starfighter/airplane age math, and…
9: Free Comic Book Day
Apr 18, 2017 • 52 min
Every spring, birds begin to sing of Free Comic Book Day, and flowers bloom in anticipation of the wonders in store. Here’s our guide to this year’s event.
8: The Ghost of Ratings Future
Apr 7, 2017 • 111 min
In the next step towards the Singularity, Netflix is growing thumbs. Meanwhile, the humans can’t agree on what stars mean, and some of them really don’t like Rotten Tomatoes. Stick around for our most educational aftershow yet, brought to you by Dustin…
7: Superhero Showdown, Part 2
Mar 23, 2017 • 97 min
A champion is crowned.
6: Superhero Showdown, Part 1
Mar 10, 2017 • 127 min
As the saying goes: “If you love something, send it into gladiatorial combat.” In Better Worlds’ first superhero tournament (our first anything tournament, for that matter), we have ten Marvel and six DC heroes facing off for the biggest birthday blast…
5: Cultural Dinopology
Feb 21, 2017 • 82 min
If anthropology is the study of humans, and cultural anthropology is more specifically the study of human culture, then we’re guessing that cultural dinopology is the study of dinosaurs in human culture. We are not linguistics experts; we just play three…
4: Old News
Feb 7, 2017 • 108 min
This week we discuss news stories about old things. That’s right: dinosaur news. They’re terrible lizards, Brent.
3: Some People Juggle Geese
Jan 22, 2017 • 92 min
This is about our very favorite show. We call her Firefly. Tell you what; you watch this show, treat her proper, she’ll be with ya for the rest of your life. 00:00 - Intro & follow up 05:30 - Firefly, no spoilers 48:52 - Spoilers 90:01 - Aftershow See…
2: The Game’s the Thing
Jan 7, 2017 • 82 min
Christmas provides perfect lab conditions for new board games. Here’s a rundown of the games we tested on our families over the holiday break.
1: There Is No Rogue One
Dec 24, 2016 • 81 min
Do Wookiees care what constitutes a normal human greeting? Are the Mon Calamari bent on war? Why do some Imperial walkers have holes in them? Dustin, Matthew, and Trevor answer these questions and more while discussing Rogue One in the first full episode…
Episode Zero
Dec 22, 2016 • 10 min
Dustin ponders which LEGO game to buy. Matthew assumes that podcasts have redeeming virtue, possibly as an archival resource. Trevor doesn’t believe in dictionaries. Against all odds, they announce their new podcast: Better Worlds, a fortnightly foray…