However, the year is dominated by books. Most notably, Ben produces hours of Divine Comedy videos then is joined by Matt for an iconic trilogy of episodes. The first Dune review, a discussion of Mark as apocalyptic literature, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Anathem, and a couple Books of LOST (Watership Down and A Wrinkle in Time) combine to make this season untouchable on the literature front.
Ben pops up to the Reini's cabin for a weekend and came back alive. He also discovers that Mary Poppins is a witch.
Both hosts celebrate 4 years of podcasting and Episode 400.
Matt considers leaving the show (or at least podcasting less) after Episode 500.
End of the Year Awards
|Episode||№ 341 Encircling the Inferno, № 351 Prancing Through Purgatorio, № 377 Pondering Paradiso||№ 341 Encircling the Inferno|
|Episode Title||№ 319 The Hobbit: There and Crap Again||№ 319 The Hobbit: There and Crap Again|
|Countdown||№ 336 Top 5 Low Quality Influences||№ 336 Top 5 Low Quality Influences|
|Movie Review||№ 319 The Hobbit: There and Crap Again||№ 322 Middle-Earth on Film Retrospective|
|Book Review||№ 394 The Worlds of Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane|
|TV Show Review||№ 371 Breaking Down Better Call Saul|
|Time Loop||№ 369 The SFC Time Loop: The Divine Do Over||№ 379 The SFC Time Loop: Fate vs. Free Will|
|Guest||Christopher Benek (№ 388 Techno-Theology at Warp Speed)||Christopher Benek (№ 388 Techno-Theology at Warp Speed) (Maybe ineligible because they recorded the previous year and technically Matt was the guest, but my unofficial pick is Leeman and Rachel Kessler (№ 427 Top 5 Sci-Fi Fandoms)). (Also Annie De Bono was great (№ 400 The Sci-Fi Christian Quad-Centennial Self-Celebration Extravaganza))|
|Funniest Moment/Episode||Matt realizing that Ben wasn't keeping track of feedback (№ 372 The Rock Goes On a Rampage and Other News)||№ 411 Mary Poppins is a Witch|
|Surprising Sci-Fi News||Is this the end of The Sci-Fi Christian as we know it?||Spider-Man will get a standalone MCU movie|
|Exciting Sci-Fi News||Star Wars Episode VII is coming soon||Jonathan Nolan is developing a TV show for HBO based on Isaac Asimov's Foundation series|
|Disappointing Sci-Fi News||For the Twilight 10th anniversary, Stephanie Meyer is releasing a gender-swapped version of the story.|
|Lack of Follow-Through||Alan Moore episode||Alan Moore episode|
|Uncovered Topic||More alternative readings||Literary origins of elements in Tolkien|
|Video||The Divine Comedy series||Fantasy and the Academy|
|Sci-Fi Movie||Interstellar||Creed (alternate September-September release and actual sci-fi pick: Inside Out)|
|Sci-Fi TV Show||Daredevil||Daredevil|
|Sci-Fi Video Game||Batman: Arkham Knight||80 Days|
|Worst Episode||№ 387 Conversations of Ice and Fire: Part 2|