Episode #310: Indistinguishable from Magic


In discussing series 2 of His Dark Materials, Kendyl, Jess, and Dorin talk about how The Subtle Knife was adapted, the opposite natures of Mary Malone and Mrs. Coulter, and changes in the ending.

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Episode #304: The Turn of Certain Old Corners

With so many story lines in The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020), the hosts struggle to touch on everything they loved in the series. Not that they are without complaint, but this follow up to The Haunting of Hill House (2018) definitely hit the mark on everyone’s feels.

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Episode #297: Fine Wholesome Fun

The Adaptation hosts discuss the characterization, modernization, and representation in the 2020 Netflix series, The Baby-Sitters Club.

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Episode #284: The Daemon of Honk

Jess, Dorin, and Kendyl watched the first series of His Dark Materials (2019- ) and talk through the timeline, daemon, and character adaptations in this episode.

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Episode #280: Seeing Alaska

In covering the Hulu series Looking for Alaska (2019), the Adaptation hosts consider the target audience, who sees Alaska as she is, and the changes the show made to the friendship dynamics from the John Green novel.

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Episode #265: The Relative Importance of Agnes Nutter, Witch

In this episode, Adaptation discusses the greatest love story ever told, the badassery of Agnus Nutter, and all the fantastic bits and bobs that made Good Omens (2019) a great adaptation.

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Episode #255: The Evil in Hill House

Jenn, Cate, and Kendyl are handing out pardons for diverting from the source material in this episode on Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House.

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Vlog: Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party Spotlight

In which Kendyl tells you why you should spend your Halloween watching Poe Party.

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Episode #202: Reach Out and Touch Faith

The hosts have a lot of laughs discussing the Starz series American Gods: serious ships (Djinn/Salim 5eva), favorite moments (carnivorous body parts anyone?) and who has tiger balls (hint: it’s one of the hosts).

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Episode #201: Mayday or Maynay?

In the longest episode in a while, Sarah, Kendyl and newbie Drew discuss the television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, loving the extra depth of the characters, figuring out who is Mayday, and giving their hopes for season 2.

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Episode #199: Once Upon a Reset

Jenn and Kendyl discuss the ups and downs of the sixth season of Once Upon a Time, including brilliant sleeping curse vengeance, musical weddings, Rumple rants, and a soft reboot.

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Episode #195: Apple Pie Gods

The hosts discuss American Gods by Neil Gaiman in preparation for the new television show.

Question(s) of the Week: What new gods have emerged since publication?

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Episode #193: Morphitudinal Power Rangers

The hosts get nostalgic over the new Power Rangers (2017) film, talk representation, and stress the vital importance of Krispy Kreme.

Question(s) of the Week: Who was your favorite original Power Ranger? Who was your favorite in this film?

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Episode #192: The Handmaid’s Pedestal

Dorin, Sarah, and Kendyl, unsurprisingly, have a ton to say about Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, from frustrations with the universe to frustrations about the characters. But that only added to the their conversation and their admiration of the book’s relevance.

Question(s) of the Week: Is Offred a non-character character? What role would you never want in this universe?

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Episode #190: Go Back to the Way Jem Was

Dorin and Kendyl have a real good time dragging the Jem and the Holograms (2015) movie, talking about how it could have been better and admitting that there were parts they actually liked.

Watch the first five episodes of the TV show along with us in our commentary.

Question(s) of the Week: Would you have rather seen a more straight-forward version of Jem or something that would have been more like the cartoon? What other 80s cartoon would you like to see made into a movie?

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Episode #169: Star Trek Above and Beyond


A packed episode leads to a lot of opinions–some on opposite ends of the spectrum–on Star Trek Beyond (2016), the film series as a whole, and how well it interprets the television series.

Question of the Week: Do you think the next Star Trek movie is going to involve time travel? How could they do a storyline like that without it getting weird?

We also have an episode on Star Trek Into Darkness.

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Staff Recommendations – July 2016

Here’s what the Adaptation staff has been consuming this month:

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Episode #166: Winter Has Come


Jenn, Ryan, and Kendyl discuss the best season yet of Game of Thrones!

Question of the Week: What are your predictions for next season? What’s John’s real name? How is Cersei going to fuck up next? Where will Dany land? Where is Arya headed?

Check out our episodes on Season 3, Season 4 and Season 5.

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Episode #165: Once Upon a Test of True Love


Adaptation covers the fifth season of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, which started off promisingly before it crashed and burned.

Question of the Week: How does True Love work in OUAT based on this past season? Do both parties need it to break a curse as we’d always believed, or can it be one-sided?

Check out our episodes on Season 2, Season 3, and Season 4.

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Vlog: Voiceovers Done Right

In which Kendyl goes over the best voiceovers in adaptations and why they were so well executed.

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Clips from:
Veronica Mars (2014) – (C)  Warner Bros. Digital Distribution,  Spondoolie Productions, Rob Thomas Productions
A Christmas Story (1983) – (C)  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Christmas Tree Films
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – (C)  New Line Cinema, WingNut Films, The Saul Zaentz Company
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) – (C)  New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), WingNut Films
Rise of the Guardians (2012) – (C)  DreamWorks Animation
Stardust (2007) – (C)  Paramount Pictures, Marv Films, Vaughn Productions
The Princess Bride (1987) – (C)  Act III Communications, Buttercup Films Ltd., The Princess Bride Ltd.