Ep. 141 – STAS – Monkey Fun

No monkeying around here, it’s all business as the Good Brothers continue with their month of Superman: The Animated Series episodes with this week’s titanic review of “Monkey Fun.” Cal and Liam discuss why the adults make so many poor choices, Sam Lane being in the conversation for worst DCAU dad, Bibbo as the only true-to-form character, and music that calms the heart of the beast. Plus the hosts fantasy book a Grodd/Titano crossover, discuss the soundtrack from composer Lolita Ritmanis and bad tropes from monster movies borrowed for this story. All of this, a complete scorecard and a preview of next week’s all-new episode await on this week’s DCAU Review!

 

 
 
 
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Ep. 140 – STAS – Target

It’s 2021, feels like we’r 2020, but allow the Good Brothers to take you on a trip back to 1997 with another review of Superman: The Animated Series and this week’s episode “Target.” Hear Cal and Liam talk about their memories of this episode being in heavy rotation on the Kids WB, why this episode is a perfect companion piece to “The Late Mr. Kent“, and seeing a different, softer side of Lex Luthor. Plus, a surprise appearance by #MyIronMan(?), a preview for next week’s episode and much more excitement on this week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 139 – STAS – Mxyzpixilated

New year, same Good Brothers! Cal & Liam kick off their 4th year of podcasting together with a return to Superman: The Animated Series and a review of “Mxyzpixilated” which features the unforgettable debut of Mr. Mxyzptlk. The hosts talk a myriad of subjects including how to give scores for what is essentially a Superman Looney Toon, how this and “Heart of Ice” could have originated from the same brain, easter eggs-a-plenty, and lots and lots of Gilbert Gottfried. Plus the hosts preview next week’s episode and much more on this week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 122 – STAS – In Brightest Day…

As announced on last week’s episode, the Good Brothers are mixing things up for the month of September, reviewing a month of Green Lantern episodes featured all across DC animation in honor of the Green Lantern’s 80th anniversary. Kicking off the month, the hosts are covering the first appearance of the Green Lantern in the DCAU with Superman: The Animated Series episode “In Brightest Day…” which features fan-favorite Kyle Rayner. Cal and Liam discuss the episode in detail, including how it feels like a backdoor pilot for an unfulfilled Green Lantern animated spin-off, the soaring and memorable GL theme used throughout, whether or not this would’ve been better served in two parts and their thoughts on the DCAU GL uniforms. Plus, they discuss the mashup origin given this Kyle Rayner, the myriad of Easter Eggs, and whether or not this episode makes an actual lasting impact on the DCAU based on how the GL character evolves.  The hosts also preview which GL will be featured on next week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 112 – STAS – Obsession

The Good Brothers wrap up the year month of June with a review of Superman: The Animated Series episode “Obsession” which features the return of Toyman to the city of Metropolis. Cal and Liam discuss the haunting nature of the DCAU’s Toyman, weigh in on just how you are supposed to pronounce “Lana”, pose the question of Giant Mechanical Duck v Giant Mechanical Kangaroo, and revisit Jimmy “Horndog” Olsen. Also, they discuss a few blink-and-you-miss-it cameos including one from a future JLU member, discuss the Toyman theme song, how much they love the #SUPERCLAP and a surprising voice cameo from a voiceactinv legend. Plus, the hosts reveal what show they’ll be reviewing for the month of July and have a complete scorecard for this week’s episode on this week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 111 – STAS – The Main Man Part I & II

As the Good Brothers continue their June reviews of the Man of Steel they come upon one of the series-defining episodes of Superman; The Animated Series  when Lobo makes his first animated appearance ever in the DCAU in the episodes “The Main Man Part 1 & 2.” Cal and Liam discuss how monumental it was at the time for this adult character that started out as a riff on 90’s gritty comics to appear on a children’s cartoon and then begin discussing the ins and out of the plot that at times feels right out of a Looney Toons cartoon. The hosts also discuss the myriad of interesting visuals on The Preserver’s ship, including one important background cameo that would be a storyline thread in another DCAU show. The guys also talk about the great soundtrack and the uniqueness that adds to the Lobo character itself as well as the iconic voice performance from  Brad Garrett and an early appearance from another voice actor that would go on to play an important baddie on Batman Beyond. All of this, a full scorecard and much more await you on this week’s DCAU Review

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Ep. 110 – STAS – My Girl

Episode 110 is here and the Good Brothers continue the month of June with the Man of Tomorrow as they review Superman: The Animated Series episode “My Girl” which features the debut of the all-grown-up Lana Lang. Cal and Liam discuss a plot which leaves it very much open to interpretation as to whether or not Lex Luthor could have feelings after all. Also, the hosts talk about a guest vocal performance that has to carry most of the show and how well they think they handled that responsibility, what happened when they went to listen to this week’s soundtrack, some stunning visuals with a mix of off-model characters and a very specific homage to the Max Fleischer Superman cartoons. Plus the guys reveal which long-awaited episode they’ll be covering next week on this week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 109 – STAS – Feeding Time

A new month means the Good Brothers kickoff another series review, as they return to the bright blue skies of Metropolis and Superman: The Animated Series. This week the hosts are reviewing the origins of the Parasite with the season 1 episode “Feeding Time.” Cal and Liam discuss a plot that’s fun but not without a few holes, stunning visuals with some horror-esque undertones, yet another case for the importance of the release of individual series soundtracks and a voice cast with a sound-alike comparison to a famous comedian. Plus the hosts give a full scorecard and reveal what episode they’ll be reviewing next week! All on this week’s DCAU Review!

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Bonus Ep. 2 – Ten Favorite DCAU Toys

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To celebrate the start of the Holiday season, Cal & Liam are bringing you a special gift in the form of their second BONUS episode ever, and this one is set to bring back a whole bunch of nostalgic feelings. The Good Brothers are talking about their top ten favorite toys from the DCAU on this extended episode. From the early Kenner Batman: The Animated Series figures to the Superman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures toys of the mid to late nineties, all the way up through Hasbro’s Batman Beyond and Mattel’s Justice League and Justice League Unlimited figures, the hosts run the gamut of DCAU collecting, including some surprises and deep cuts while discussing why these particular toys mean so much to them.  So sit back, make yourself another plate of Thanksgiving leftovers and relive your childhood on this week’s bonus episode of the DCAU Review!

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Ep. 77 – STAS – Heavy Metal

The month of October is nearly over and with that, it’s almost time for the Good Brothers to turn over a new leaf and change DCAU shows. However, our hosts have one last episode of Superman: The Animated Series in 2019 and it’s a fun one. This week’s episode entitled “Heavy Metal” is the direct sequel to the very first episode the boys covered this month. This week’s discussion includes a favorable plot for introducing someone capable of aiding Superman against Metallo, some memories of the introduction of the Steel character, a soundtrack with similar tones to one of the hosts’ favorites, the question of how a metal helmet can show expression and a preview for the show being covered in the month of November. All of this, plus Liam broadcasts from inside the Steel suit and Cal acts as if it’s completely normal…on today’s episode of the DCAU Review!

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Ep. 76 – STAS – Fun and Games

The Good Brothers continue their stay in Metropolis with October’s penultimate review of Superman: The Animated Series. This week’s episode entitled “Fun and Games” features the series debut of Toyman and Cal & Liam discuss his DCAU interpretation compared to the Super Friends and DC Comics continuity versions. They also talk about the outstanding visual gags in this episode including deadly Play-Doh, knockout-gas filled bubbles and the giant robot rubber ducky! The hosts also talk Bud Court’s creepy/sinister performance as the main antagonist and offer a preview of next week’s episode review.

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Ep. 75 – STAS – New Kids In Town

The 75th edition of the DCAU Review is a unique episode from Superman: The Animated Series that actually doesn’t have Superman in it at all. Cal and Liam discuss “New Kids in Town” on this week’s show, an episode that takes place in the future 30th century and then heads back to the past of rural Kansas to visit young Clark Kent in Smallville. The Good Brothers ponder as to why Brainiac has never utilized Kryptonite, why the villain going back in time is such a familiar trope this Legion versus the more recent versions, a lack of Legion theme son, the unique design of Chameleon Boy, Pa Kent being dumb again Brainiac’s cosmic sled, the age-old red underpants vs. no red underpants for Superman’s costume and much more!

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Ep. 74 – STAS – Prototype

Cal & Liam return to Metropolis for the month of October. On this week’s episode, the guys discuss the Superman: The Animated Series episode “Prototype” which is one part Robocop and one part lecture on the dangers of being addicted to modern technology. The Good Brothers discuss the introduction of a pivotal secondary character, Lex Luthor as Brutus and the innocence of Superman contrasting with Batman’s paranoia. As always, they also give a full scorecard and preview next week’s episode on this week’s DCAU Review!

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Ep. 60 – STAS – Legacy Part I & II

Cal & Liam conclude the month of June with their 60th episode, which just so happens to be one the most impactful and terrifically told stories in the entire run of Superman: The Animated Series. This week’s episode entitled “Legacy”, has ripple effects that would be felt in the DCAU for years to come. With that in mind,  the Good Brothers have a plethora of items to discuss this week. Topics include the all-star cast and Michael Ironside’s tremendous performance as Darkseid, Superman coming unhinged, all the feels from the right musical notes and more exciting visuals than anyone could want! A full scorecard and a preview of next month’s featured DCAU series are also covered on this week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 59 – STAS – Unity

There are bad episodes that you can enjoy, and then there is “Unity”, the episode from Superman: The Animated Series which the Good Brothers cover on this week’s DCAU Review. Join the hosts as they struggle through a painstakingly bad episode filled with nonsensical plot devices, frightening animation, confusing character origins, and more Dennis Haysbert than you can shake a unity monster tentacle at. Plus a pair of historic scores from this week’s scorecard. Strap in and enjoy this historic and entertaining breakdown of one of the worst the DCAU has to offer!

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Ep. 58 – STAS – Where There’s Smoke

This week on the DCAU Review, the Good Brothers tackle “Where There’s Smoke” from Superman: The Animated Series, which introduces the series original character Volcana to the DCAU. Cal and Liam talk Superman’s confusing choice in administering justice, terrific animation, laying the groundwork for key plots used later in Justice League Unlimted and we learn the answer to the question that’s been on everyone’s mind from the beginning of the DCAU: What turns Jimmy Olsen on?

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Ep. 57 – STAS – Little Girl Lost Part I & II

Cal & Liam continue their stay in Metropolis for the month of June with the introduction of Supergirl to the DCAU with the Superman: The Animated Series episodes “Little Girl Lost Parts 1 & 2.” Cal and Liam discuss the diabolical plan of Darkseid to smash earth with a comet, Jimmy Olsen in the main supporting role, Supergirl’s comic origin vs her DCAU origin and the Good Brothers start a petition to get Ed Asner cast in the New Gods live action movie. All of this a full scorecard on this week’s DCAU Review!

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Ep. 56 – STAS – Identity Crisis

The Good Brothers return to Metropolis and Superman: The Animated Series to kick off the month of June, with the episode “Identity Crisis” featuring the debut of classic Superman rogue, Bizarro. Cal and Liam discuss an unnecessary redemption arc, Clancy Brown’s Lexposition, the polluted waters of Metropolis, whether Bizarro’s suit is apart of his skin and Tim Daly’s best villain foil being himself. All of this and a complete scorecard on this week’s DCAU Review!

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Ep. 19 – STAS/TNBA – World’s Finest

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As last week’s crossover episode alluded to, the good brothers detail a very special crossover event in this week’s episode of the DCAU Review. As promised, episode 19 covers “World’s Finest”, aka the first official Batman/Superman interaction in the DCAU. On this week’s episode, the fellas talk the voice acting “Dream Team” assembled for this episode, some inconsistent and rather infuriating animation, how this episode still holds up under the pressure of nostalgia, plus the introduction of THREE new sound effects! All of this and your weekly episode scorecard!
 
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Ep. 18 – STAS – Speed Demons

Episode 18 of the DCAU Review features our first superhero crossover event as Liam & Cal cover Superman: The Animated Series episode Speed Demons. Hear the brothers discuss this incarnation of the Flash vs. the more well known and loved version featured in Justice League, “Weather Wizard” as a serious threat, and the exciting reveal of their own DCAU fan-theory!
 
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Ep. 17 – STAS – Stolen Memories & Ghost In The Machine

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The boys continue with their stay in Metropolis, covering two episodes of Superman: The Animated Series once again on this week’s edition of The DCAU Review. Both of the episodes reviewed this week share the common thread of one of Superman’s archenemies, and a pivotal protagonist in the DCAU, Brainiac! Listen to the brothers talk about Brainiac’s character motivation, his chemistry and contrast with Lex Luthor, a important moment that goes on to impact Justice League Unlimited, and the return of Liam talking #CapeMovement. All of this, plus a pair of episode scorecards, all in one neat and tidy episode!
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Ep. 16 – STAS – Brave New Metropolis

 
Just like Superman and Batman, Cal & Liam RETURN, this time with the 16th episode of the DCAU Review. This week, the brothers dissect the Superman: The Animated Series episode entitled “Brave New Metropolis” and are surprised to find it doesn’t quite hold the nostalgic charm with which they had remembered. Topics discussed include the hit and miss aspects of this story’s execution of the “rogue Superman” storyline, Liam’s rage at an incredulous Lois Lane, and way too many references to a certain despised episode of Batman: The Animated Series.
 
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Ep. 15 – STAS – Apokolips…Now! Part I & II

Episode 15 of the DCAU Review find the brothers finishing their trip to Apokolips in this classic episode of Superman: The Animated Series. Cal and LIam discuss the first appearance of *gasp* blood, Superman as Jesus and the incredibly moving on screen death of a beloved supporting character. All of this plus the return of #CapeMovement and our overall episode scorecard!
 
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Ep. 14 – STAS – The Late Mr. Kent

Cal & Liam return for their 14th edition of the DCAU Review, this week reviewing an all-time favorite episode of Superman: The Animated Series entitled “The Late Mr. Kent.” In an episode unlike any before or after it, Superman must determine who murdered (or at least tried to) his alter-ego of Clark Kent and why? The brothers talk extensively as to why this episode is just so darn good, and they also discuss some real life social topics like capital punishment and how the underprivileged are treated by the justice system. Plus, an exciting first when it comes to their final scorecards! All of this streaming right here, right now!
 
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Ep. 13 – STAS – Tools of The Trade & Father’s Day

Continuing with their theme episodes, Cal & Liam start on the road to Apokolips in this, their 13th episode. The brothers review Tools of the Trade, which lays the groundwork for some of the most intense episodes of Superman: The Animated Series, with the introduction of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World characters. While this episode deals more with what’s happening on Earth, it gives viewers a sneak peek at future mega-baddie Darkseid. The second reviewed episode, Father’s Day, introduces the audience to Darkseid’s son, Kalibak and give Cal & Liam a chance to discuss whether or not he’s a sympathetic character. The brothers discuss the normal categories as well as the #DumbKents, Darkseid’s cool heel bad guy, and a lack of musical themes for villains thus far compared to Batman: The Animated Series.
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Ep. 12 – STAS – A Little Piece of Home & The Way of All Flesh

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Episode 12 of the DCAU Review is finally here! This week’s episode is the brothers’ first themed episode, featuring a Lex Luthor and Kryptonite theme! Cal & Liam review A Little Piece of Home which introduces the only known element in the universe that can kill Superman, Kryptonite and then following this, they review The Way of All Flesh which features the series debut of the Kryptonite powered adversary, Metallo. The boys discuss the difference between Clancy Brown’s subtle Luthor versus Michael McDowell’s John Corbin/Metallo, how to effectively make Superman vulnerable, and more extreme violence against cartoon robots! All of this, plus Metallo puns and #CapeMovement on this week’s episode!
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Ep. 11 – STAS – The Last Son of Krypton Parts I, II & III

Cal & Liam are back in their 11th edition of the DCAU Review! This week the boys take a break from the Caped Crusader and turn their attentions towards the Man of Steel. That’s right, the DCAU is about to get a whole lot bigger. In this episode you’ll hear a full review of the introduction of Superman and a major part of his supporting cast. Cal & Liam discuss whether they felt this episode does Kal-El’s origin justice, the new spin placed on some of his nemeses, and they even have time to discuss #CapeMovement,  #HairMovement and even #PantsMovement #JeansMovement! All of this and of course, a full scorecard!
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