Twincast / Podcast Episode #156 "Gestalt Theory"

Twincast / Podcast Episode #156 "Gestalt Theory"

Sunday, September 25th, 2016 4:41pm CDT

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Get ready to storm the Bastille, tear down that wall, and throw your tea in a harbor because the Twincast / Podcast is back to unite and get revolutionary on your audio receptors. Join host Scotty P, Jon "Optimus Prime for Real" 3.0, eternal voice of reason and/or comedy Counterpunch, and welcome back Megatronus while he watches the meter as they discuss Combiners, Titans, and a Revolution.

Episode #156 "Gestalt Theory" is available directly and in our RSS Feed and should appear on iTunes, and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

With the Combiner Wars cartoon wrapped up, we (except Jon 3.0 who sits out this segment) finally discuss our thoughts about the show. Did this more "mature" attempt at a Transformers program resonate with the crew? No, not really. Did we think it was good storytelling and a nice way to bring these characters out in a different form of media? No, still nothing there either. Listen in to exactly why we weren't impressed, as we try to take a measured approach in our critique.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #156 "Gestalt Theory"
Metroplex has fun ways of telling you to get off his lawn.

The negative vibes disappear as soon as they arrive, as we take a look at the fantastic Till All Are One #4 released last week from IDW Publishing. We discuss the Combaticons and the depth of character illustrated within the book for these classic Decepticons. Additionally, the ongoing saga of Ironhide comes under inspection, as well as the longer continuity at play with Chromia's confession. As always, spoilers will be within if you haven't yet caught this issue!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #156 "Gestalt Theory"
Iron Yeager > Cade Yeager

Given that combiner team characters often carry an inherent difficulty in defining every piece as interesting and well defined, considering the amount often introduced at once, we discuss times from the past where combiner teams bucked this trend. In this special discussion for the week, we remember Aerialbots and their varied team makeup, Stunticons and there lack of it, and we learn one very prescient yet terrifying truth:

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #156 "Gestalt Theory"
Unicron is frightening.

After that, we stay on the gestalt theory as we attempt our best thoughts on how to flesh out an existing combiner team where the characterization over the years has been lacking. Shock, awe, and even some tactical espionage await. The Technobots doing technoforming? Devastator the beserker? Piranhacons in Tropic Thunder!? Anything goes as the cast tries to break out some creativity.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #156 "Gestalt Theory"
Not quite Armageddon.

Once we've had our fun here, things shift into a very different arena as we take on a special request topic from Seibertronian ctrlFrequency - Transformers: Earth Wars tips, tricks, and strategies. Megatronus and Jon 3.0 do the heavy lifting and take a look at Events, alliances, and the basics of how it all works. Tactics for "Wars", plus much more await within, and we hope players of the game enjoy this segment!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #156 "Gestalt Theory"
Canadough not required.

Things shift back to comics for a short while, as Revolution 1 has hit the stands. A second attempt at being negative and nice simultaneously hits the show, with yours truly getting on a soapbox out of pure frustration. Tune in to find out why the 'A' for effort and good build didn't lead to warm fuzzy feelings about this ongoing event comic.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #156 "Gestalt Theory"
19 covers to collect and still no sign of T-Bob

Things take another turn as we analyze an excellent Listener Question from new board member @Quint's, who asks:

My question is; Which of these 3 era's do you like most?
The one when it was all new? The one that made you feel you missed a whole lot and got you exited again? Or the current one where there are more choices for the same goal than you'd ever imagined you would have to choose from?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #156 "Gestalt Theory"
The thrill of discovery!

Good looks at the upcoming third wave of Titans Return deluxe class toys, as well as a hot round of rumors for future Titans Returns releases take a quick turn in the spotlight too, though some of the cast takes the time out to give feedback on current releases for the 9,000,000th time. Tune in for an audible progression of people that have kept a show going a little too late in the evening on a weeknight, as they talk about toys from the present and possible future.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #156 "Gestalt Theory"
Space Chicken dreams? They're more likely than you think.

We finish up the show by winding down with some Bragging Rights. What will Megatronus' long layoff yielded? Is Counterpunch still buying Battle Beasts? And what "Adventure" has Scotty P been up to this time?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #156 "Gestalt Theory"
Cards now included

Hope you enjoyed listening! Check back in about two weeks as New York Comic Con 2016 lays the smack down on the news cycle.

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Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #156 "Gestalt Theory" (1829155)
Posted by Big Grim on September 28th, 2016 @ 11:50am CDT
Man, my return was in two parts. Was looking around the bookshop and saw the first Titan reprint of the Marvel US reprints. The runup to Unicron, that area. Picked it up, was all "Wow, I remember this stuff." saw the second book too, which brought Marvel US to a close and grabbed em both. Went home and read them. Over the months, I bought more (As they started at the beginning of the TF run.) and enjoyed it immensely!

Then, I walked into the toyshop as I was continuing to buy Warhammer 40K and walked past a shelf, then walked back. There, I saw a bunch of Armada figures. I was amazed that there were still toys! I picked up Hotshot and Cyclonus. Got em home and just played. 20+ year old "adult" playing. It was aces. Went back, picked up Demolisher and happened to see RiD Optimus Prime. I guessed it was not the same series but he was so big and awesome that I dropped the 25 odd quid on him as well. Demolisher was great but my god! That RiD Prime was sublime! I loved it! Found the show on TV and watched it, thinking it was terrible but continued buying the trade paperbacks of G1 Marvel (US & UK) as well the new DW stuff. It was a wonderful time. Still have RiD Prime and those comics. They brought me back.


Oh, and (I think it was) Mike (I am horrible with names and Net handles, sorry), MakeToys Despotron? Sooooooo good!
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #156 "Gestalt Theory" (1829908)
Posted by @Quint's on October 1st, 2016 @ 2:18pm CDT
Thankyou guys for answering my question.

This episode made me think about the thing John said.

I have no kids myself. But i'm really having fun watching the 5/6 year old sons of my friends handle the CombinerWars toys that I gave them.(Makes me feel important ;) ). Since CW toys are for 8+ children this is my way of figuring out if kids are indeed getting smarter keeping G1's Jazz waist-piece in mind. Maybe it's the true joy of TF's for me as an adult nowadays. This "silly" hobby that I adore so much from Day- and G-one is still here after all this time. And it progressed by being for all ages.

Keep up the good work/time! ;)^ I'm hoping for another/last MTMTEonly episode how hard it may be. :-s :arrow: :-?

If I don't have to answer this post I will do my best to cook-up another interesting question for my 3rd party :RUBSIGN: .

Best regards, Quint :QUINT:
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #156 "Gestalt Theory" (1830430)
Posted by ScottyP on October 4th, 2016 @ 7:24am CDT
@Quint's wrote:
Keep up the good work/time! ;)^ I'm hoping for another/last MTMTEonly episode how hard it may be. :-s :arrow: :-?
There are things brewing for next month. I'd expect something in some form before LL #1 ;)

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