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The Companion Briefing Podcast

The Companion Staff dive into the biggest and most interesting stories of the geek world. It’s fun and informative, but we also don’t hold back in discussing the cultural and emotional stories when sci-fi impacts culture and society. 


ABC’s of Shang-Chi: The Impact of the Latest MCU Film on Asian-Americans

Episode 15 | Sep 10, 2021 | 35 Minutes

In this special edition of the podcast, The Companion Co-Founder Lawrence Kao invites his brother, Emmy-winning TV Producer Franklin Kao on to talk about the impact of Marvel’s latest entry into the MCU, ‘Shang-Chi: The Legend of the Ten Rings’ and what’s in store next for one of the most culturally important films of the 21st century.

Shang-Chi – Hope and Risk for Asian Representation

Episode 14 | Sep 1, 2021 | 53 Minutes

In this week’s episode of The Companion Briefing catch up with James and Tommy as they take a quick look at the teaser for Spider-Man: No Way Home, catch up on Marvel’s What If…?, and are joined by Companion co-founder Lawrence Kao to discuss Shan-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and the risks and rewards it might open up for Asian storytelling.

Captain Carter is More Fun than the First Avenger

Episode 13 | Aug 11, 2021 | 34 Minutes

In this week’s episode of The Companion Briefing catch up with James and Tommy as they discuss the potential new showrunner for Doctor Who, the folly of judging The Suicide Squad based on its Box Office, and the very first episode of Marvel’s new animated anthology, What If…?

James Gunn’s Suicide Squad Is All Guts, Gore, and Genius!

Episode 12 | Aug 4, 2021 | 35 Minutes

In this week’s episode of The Companion Briefing catch up with James and Tommy as they discuss the headlines from Doctor Who Series 13, the big controversy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, compare notes on James Gunn’s explosive Suicide Squad, and serve notice to the DCEU.

Guns Akimbo Gets a Kicking and Chris Judge is Black Panther

Episode 11 | Jul 22, 2021 | 29 Minutes

In this week’s episode catch up with James and Tommy as they discuss Daniel Radcliffe sci-fi thriller Guns Akimbo on Amazon Prime, introduce VFX legend Ed Kramer to The Companion, and review your votes for sci-fi shows you’d like to see right here.

Loki Episode 6, Black Widow, and Sylvie’s Secret Identity

Episode 10 | Jul 14, 2021 | 33 Minutes

In this week’s episode catch up with James and Tommy as they review two big moments in sci-fi right now, the Loki finale and the Black Widow movie.

Loki Episode 5 Payoff, Predictions, and Alligator Loki

Episode 9 | Jul 7, 2021 | 23 Minutes

With just one episode remaining, James and Tommy discuss the penultimate episode of Disney+’s Loki series, and James gives his review of The Tomorrow War on Amazon Prime Video.

Loki Episode 4 Recap: Self-Love and Animal Avengers

Episode 8 | Jun 30, 2021 | 44 Minutes

After yet another great episode of Loki, James and Tommy discuss everything in the episode (both before and after the credits) as well as invite VFX expert, Joe Bumpus onto the podcast to dispel Dr Strange rumours from WandaVision.

Loki Episode 3 Reactions, Spoilers and Crazy Fan Theories

Episode 7 | Jun 23, 2021 | 28 Minutes

At the halfway point of Disney+’s Loki series, James and Tommy are back to discuss the season so far and give their predictions for who the major villain will turn out be. Plus, a look at the Suicide Squad trailer, and an extra special Stargate announcement from The Companion.

Loki Special w/ Episode 2 Preview

Episode 6 | Jun 11, 2021 | 38 Minutes

With episode 1 of Disney+’s latest MCU show, Loki, James and Tommy discuss the first episode, give their predictions for the rest of the series and break down the potential implications for the rest of Phase 4 – all with extra special guest Clint Worthington.

Loki on Disney+ Preview

Episode 5 | Jun 1, 2021 | 13 Minutes

The latest entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+ launches next week with Loki. James and Tommy discuss their excitement for the new series as well recap everything you might have missed on The Companion.

Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ Trailer, Kevin Feige on ‘The Ancient One’ Controversy and More…

Episode 4 | May 24, 2021 | 13 Minutes

Kevin Feige commented on his mistake in casting Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, and James & Tommy discuss the latest MCU trailer for Eternals.

Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead’ Franchise

Episode 3 | May 17, 2021 | 13 Minutes

Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead’ starring Dave Bautista has had a limited release with a positive response from critics and fans. James and Tommy discuss Netflix’s plans to build a franchise.

A Whole New Millarworld

Episode 2 | May 10, 2021 | 9 Minutes

Jupiter’s Legacy kicks off Millarworld on Netflix and what’s next for Amanda Tapping on The Companion are discussed on this week’s briefing, a short and snackable Sci-Fi news digest. Hosted by Tommy Terry-Green and James Hoare.

May The 4th Be With You

Episode 1 | May 4, 2021 | 9 Minutes

What the Noel Clarke scandal means for Doctor Who and how Stargate’s Amanda Tapping is fighting for women in The Briefing, a short and snackable Sci-Fi news digest from The Companion. Hosted by Tommy Terry-Green and James Hoare.

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