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A Pod Has No Name

A Pod Has No Name…but it does have analysis and theories! A rotation of hosts including Shane Sullivan, Dave Pfendt, Tom Stinson, and some of your other favorites from the Painted Lines family of podcasts talk all things fantasy.  From Game of Thrones to His Dark Materials, from books to TV shows and movies, we have you covered.  Expect everything from discussion of plot points, character arcs, symbolism, and reactions, to all of the crazy things that can happen in a fantasy world.  As with all of the other podcasts on the TPL podcast network, we hope you join us!

Our read-along series of His Dark Materials keeps churning, and this time we’re back covering chapters 19-22 of The Amber Spyglass. Host Dave and Tom react to and recap the chapters, as well as: Lyra and her Death and Betrayal Mary Malone and her Climbing Skills and Discovery Lyra and her Plan and Next Steps and more! *** Warning *** Tom and I also discuss suicide. These chapters were...
Our read-along series of His Dark Materials keeps churning, and this time we're back covering chapters 14-18 of The Amber Spyglass. Host Shane and Tom react and recap to the chapters, as well as: The Subtle Knife and how it relates to a weapon of mass destruction The detail and beauty of Pullman's writing, particularly in chapter 15, "The...
This time around on A Pod Has No Name, Shane and Tom recap and react to chapters nine through thirteen. With the first third of the final book behind us, listen to our host: Get acquainted with Tialys and Salmakia  Talk about the forces converging on Lyra. From Will and Iorek to Lord Asriel and even the Magisterium Dive into the...
After a holiday break, we are back with another pod! On the last episode we finished up book two of the His Dark Materials trilogy, and this week we've moved onto the third book. The Amber Spyglass starts off with multiple riveting chapters. Shane, Tom, and Dave recap and react to the first eight chapters here, as...
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Suit Up! is on site at the Keystone Comic Convention this weekend in Philadelphia, but luckily crossover events happen. While walking the floor, I saw two people with broomsticks not wearing their House Robes. Intrigued by this, and their proximity to the beer stand, I had to put on my A Pod Has No Name hat on and talk...
The A Pod Has No Name gang has wrapped up another book! We've finished book two of our His Dark Materials read-along. Listen to Dave and Shane recap and react to the final four chapters, as well as: Analyze Pullman's potential inspiration of the John Parry character  Pullman's analogy of "the serpent" and "Eve" Appreciate the badassery of Lee Scoresby What we think...
Welcome back to another episode of A Pod Has No Name! This week we ran into some technical difficulties, so instead of our typical hour-long pod, host Shane Sullivan gives a briefer recap and reaction to chapters 8-11. Highlights include: The Subtle Knife might be a lightsaber Will Sir Charles and Mrs. Coulter move forward with their own agenda...
In the second episode on The Subtle Knife, Dave, Tom, and Shane discuss Chapters 5 through 7 This week on A Pod Has No Name, the team discovers that The Subtle Knife continues to bring more death, child endangerment, religious overtures, and mispronunciations. The guys also answer questions like: How many people will Lee Scoresby end up killing? Did he...
We've started a new book! That's right, after finishing The Golden Compass, our fantasy experts here at The Painted Lines are onto the second part of Phillip Pullman's trilogy. We get introduced to a new character called Will, and even start to enter new worlds in these early chapters of The Subtle Knife. Listen to us react...
The 2007 movie The Golden Compass brought in an all-star cast for a box-office bomb, so here at A Pod Has No Name, we needed to do the same. Our pod will probably make as much money. Tom and I are joined by Chris and Jason to dive into The Golden Compass, but as a bonus, last week...
We did it! We finished the Northern Lights! Sadly, Tom couldn’t join us this week, but Shane and I did our best. We recapped and reacted to the final chapters of Northern Lights (or The Golden Compass if you are in the US), and discussed: Lyra's Hero Journey Lord Asriel and his love for Mrs. Coulter Fandom comparison Whether or not the...
The fourth episode of A Pod Has No Name: His Dark Materials is here! Sadly, Shane couldn't join us this week, but Tom and I were up to the challenge. We recapped and reacted to chapters 17-20, and discussed: "Maybe, these bears aren't actually smart?" 2019 is now the Summer of Dolls here at The Painted Lines, sorry Keanu. Where is...