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Get down and nerdy with this USA TODAY podcast every Friday as hosts Brett Molina, Kelly Lawler and Brian Truitt dissect the geekiest video games, TV shows and movies.


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USA Today


Get down and nerdy with this USA TODAY podcast every Friday as hosts Brett Molina, Kelly Lawler and Brian Truitt dissect the geekiest video games, TV shows and movies.




The Mothership: Powering Down

Happy final Friday! The crew bid adieu this week as they reflect on their favorite "Mothership" episodes and pop culture sensations that occurred during the seven year run of this podcast. Brett Molina dotes on his forever favorite Netflix show and video game, Brian Truitt praises Marvel as the top pop culture phenomenon in the last decade, and Kelly Lawler reflects on her coverage of "Game of Thrones" since 2015.


'Black Widow', 'Loki', the future of Marvel and an interview with David Harbour

The crew talks all things Marvel this week! Film Critic Brian Truitt critiques Marvel's long-awaited film "Black Widow", TV Critic Kelly Lawler praises the season finale of "Loki" and all three hosts speculate on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as it's TV series. Plus, a bonus interview with David Harbour who chats about his role as Red Guardian in the newly released "Black Widow".


Horror Film or Love Story: Leigh Janiak on 'Fear Street'

Brian Truitt flies solo this week and interviews Leigh Janiak, Director of the new Netflix horror trilogy, "Fear Street". Janiak chats with Brian about the golden age of the horror genre, what two films inspired her vision for "Fear Street" and how she hopes a younger audience is scarred by the R-rated horror trilogy.


Josh Lucas talks 'The Forever Purge,' horror movies

Special guest Josh Lucas comes aboard to talk about his new movie "The Forever Purge," why he doesn't totally love the horror genre, playing cowboys and his all-time favorite film.


Benjamin Walker on 'The Ice Road,' Mike Colter gets 'Evil'

This week is a double feature of special guests: Benjamin Walker comes aboard to talk Netflix's "The Ice Road" and "Luke Cage" star Mike Colter discusses the second season of "Evil."


Talking 'Loki,' 'Heels' and wrestling with Michael Waldron

Special guest Michael Waldron comes aboard to discuss writing the new Marvel series "Loki" with Tom Hiddleston's trickster god and revisiting his wrestling roots with Starz's new show "Heels."


Raiders of the Lost Ark turns 40

In honor of the Indiana Jones classic's 40th anniversary, we host Paul Freeman, who played arch-rival Rene Belloq.


Dane DeHaan talks 'Lisey's Story,' fried chicken

The crew is joined by actor Dane DeHaan, who appears on the new Apple TV+ limited series Lisey's Story.


Memorial Day at the movies

The crew talks about new releases Cruella and A Quiet Place Part II, and the likely return of the summer movie season.


Shrek turns 20

The classic animated film Shrek hit theaters 20 years ago this year. We talk about our favorite moments and Shrek's legacy.


Mothership Replay: Rob McElhenney of 'Mythic Quest' and 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' joins the show

Rob McElhenney discusses "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet" and walks us through the process of choosing the right cast members, the hardship of pegging comedy for different audiences and compares the new show to "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia".


Our favorite pop culture moms

In honor of Mother's Day, we celebrate our favorite moms in pop culture.


Double feature: Anthony Mackie and Mary Holland

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie joins the crew to talk about becoming Captain America. Plus, actress Mary Holland is here to chat about her latest film "Golden Arm."


Chin Han talks 'Mortal Kombat,' working with Heath Ledger

Actor Chin Han joins the crew to talk about playing Shang Tsung in the 'Mortal Kombat' movie out today, and working with Heath Ledger on 'The Dark Knight.'


Guest double feature: LeVar Burton and Brian Volk-Weiss

We have not one, but two guests this week: Reading Rainbow and Star Trek icon LeVar Burton, who talks about his campaign to host Jeopardy!, and Brian Volk-Weiss, executive producer of the Netflix series The Toys That Made Us.


Ready for summer movie season?

Movies including Black Widow and Cruella are coming out this summer in movie theaters? But are we ready to go back?


'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' review & a bonus Erin Kellyman interview

Happy Easter weekend, and boy do we have an "egg-cellent" episode for you! Brett Molina attempts to trudge through "Snyder League", the crew reviews Disney Plus' new Marvel show "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" and Brian Truitt interviews Erin Kellyman about her role as Karli Morgenthau, a villain we might end up loving.


Thomas Lennon, 'Shoplifters of the world' & 'Reno 911!'

Happy Friday! This week Thomas Lennon joins Brett Molina & Brian Truitt over Zoom to chat about his new movie "Shoplifters of the World", soon to be released on VOD. Lennon talks about what it was like for his character to hate his favorite band "The Smiths" and how he drew character inspiration from his father, going to college with a typewriter, and what's to come for "Reno 911!". And if that doesn't draw you in Lennon also plays in a "The Smiths" cover band, jammed with Clint Eastwood and...


'Zack Snyder's Justice League' Reviewed

Happy "Snyder Cut" sabbath! This week our Film Critic Brian Truitt reviews the infamous and long awaited "Zack Snyder's Justice League". Was it worth the wait? Did it cure the ailments of Joss Whedon's "Justice League"? Is it redundant to call it "The Snyder CUT"? All these questions and more are answered in Brian's synopsis.


Rerun - We're all in for 'Justice League'

In preparation for 'Zack Snyder's Justice League' the crew is taking this week off. But be sure to listen next as they dissect and discuss 'The Snyder Cut'. And there will be spoilers!