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Massive attack is back! Well, sort of.

Mitch is back and he's flying solo and by the seats of his pants.

the first episode back is a short one.  It's all about He-Man and a couple of other cartoons that may sound a little familiar.

 

thanks for sticking by and checking it out and welcome to any new listeners.

Hope you like it.

 

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As you all would be well aware, we have not posted a new episode since January this year when we put up our first part of the 2021 Year in Review.

Not long after this, we attempted to record the second part, but due to some technical difficulties, we lost the file. Over the years of the podcast, we’d been pretty lucky, losing a few part eps that we could easily re-do, but never a whole episode. By the time we realised it was lost it was too late that night to re-do, so we agreed to catch up the following week to record again.

But as it has a tendency to do, life got in the way, and by the time we both had a free night to catch up and record again, I decided that mid February was probably a bit late to be discussing 2021 films, so we scrapped the idea and planned to move on to our next show topic.

Unfortunately, somewhere between I realised I’d lost my podcasting mojo. Part of the love of the podcast for me was not just talking about the latest game we’d been playing, or watching a crazy Xmas special, but actually getting together with Mitch to play or watch together before getting to chat about it. Something that is immensely more difficult now I’ve moved to a totally different state. I’d also began to realise I wasn’t actually enjoying most of the media I was consuming, so making interesting content discussing it was also getting harder, so I decided it might be time to take a little break.

During that break I found it harder and harder to justify the podcast. Yes, I’ve had fun along the way talking up the stuff we did cover, I really think the Ska, and One Hit wonders episodes were some of the best ones we’ve done, and I also love our Christmas Specials despite the extra work editing a daily show for a couple of weeks, but I think my passion for podcasting is done.

So that being said, I’ve made the decision to leave The Massive Attack Podcast. Mitch is still deciding if he wants to keep going as a solo show, or maybe find another co-host, so keep subscribed to the feed as there could be exciting new content coming your way. I also want to add a big thanks to everyone who supported the show in its current format.

Cheers, and stay safe.

Joe

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As we kick off 2022 we look back to the dumpster fire of a year that was 2021. There were some shining lights though, so in this first part of our double header we look at our favourite gaming and television moments.

Be warned, as there may be a couple of spoilers in there as we discuss Tiger King 2, Clickbait, Squid Game and Ted Lasso. Plus Mitch tackles the plethora of Marvel related shows on Disney+.

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We'd like to think we've saved the best for last with this offering for Day 12 from the cartoon series "The Real Ghostbusters" from 1986.

What happens with a team famous for catching ghosts meet up with Jacob Marley and his spirit friends? Christmas chaos obviously. 

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In one of the very first syndicated television specials, Vincent Price narrates today's version of the classic tale, dubbed "The Christmas Carol" from way back in1949.

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Just to be confusing we have another movie just titled "A Christmas Carol" again today, however unlike the traditional style we saw yesterday, this is anything but.

Starring UK soap star Ross Kemp as Eddie Scrooge, an unscrupulous loan shark, who meets three ghosts who show him the meaning of Christmas in this contemporary telling of the classic tale.

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We've seen cartoon mice and excessive backstory, super heroes and tenuous links and super quick silent versions, but for toady for Day 9 we find a very traditional telling of the Christmas Carol story.

Made by an Australian production company back in 1982, there's not much we could find wrong with this one featuring the voice talents of Rod Haddrick in the Scrooge role.

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A Christmas Carol is usually a story of a not-so-nice man's redemption. In our episode today, "Blackadder's Christmas Carol" from 1988, we turn that on it's head in a way only Rowan Atkinson can.

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December 19, 2021

Day 7 - Family Ties (1983)

We continue with our 80s bracket today as we take a look back at one of the most popular sitcoms of that decade, "Family Ties" where they do their take on A Christmas Carol in this episode from December 1983.

Everyone's favourite yuppie republican, Alex P. Keaton, played by Michael J. Fox learns the meaning of Christmas thanks to some ghostly persuasion and early 80s special effects.

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December 18, 2021

Day6 - Bravestarr (1987)

80's cartoon/toy tie-ins are probably our favourite genre after Christmas Carol variations, so when Mitch found this episode from 1987 of "Bravestarr" that puts a Filmation spin on the Dickens classic, it got added to our short list very quickly.

Was it worth it, or did it disappoint?

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December 17, 2021

Day 5 - Quantum Leap (1990)

Quantum Leap was one of those shows where, in concept, sounded like something we both would have been into back when it originally aired, yet for some reason neither of us really watched.

Today for Day 5 we rectify that with this episode, "A Little Miracle" from 1990.

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Today we go a little more recent and lot more traditional than yesterday with this animated version of A Christmas Carol from 2001. 

Having Nicholas Cage as Marley seemed like a good choice, but is that overshadowed by too much backstory and the addition of cartoon mice?

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