Chris and Reggie’s Cosmic Treadmill
X-Lapsed, Episode 238 - S.W.O.R.D. #7

X-Lapsed, Episode 238 - S.W.O.R.D. #7

August 31, 2021

Or, [X]Lapsed Annihilation, Episode 003!

Welcome friends, to the episode that marks one-year of daily podcasts here at the Chris and Reggie Channel!  That, and a couple'a bucks ought to get me a cuppa cheap coffee - but, hey - it's still something I can say I did!

Today we're keeping with the Last Annihilation gimmick, and getting our S.W.O.R.D. cast on the board... and boy are they snarky.  Well, Abigail Brand is, anyway.

All this, plus some great Mailbag, wherein we talk a bit about the S.W.O.R.D. title getting too tangled with crossovers, as well as some deep philosophical chatter regarding Nightcrawler's faith and depiction over in Way of X!

It's a fun time as always... thank you all so much for allowing me to keep you company this past year!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 237 - Guardians of the Galaxy #16

X-Lapsed, Episode 237 - Guardians of the Galaxy #16

August 30, 2021

Or, [X]Lapsed Annihilation, Episode 002 if you prefer!

Today we're kicking off the actual Last Annihilation coverage with a look at Guardians #16.  There isn't much of a mutie presence here... but, they do get mentioned a bunch and we even get a scene on MarsArakko!  We're laying the foundation for what's to come before Abigail Brand and S.W.O.R.D. show up to deliver the sass and snark!

Also: Mailbag, This Week in X, and Shout-Outs!

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Chris and Reggie’s TOTAL PACKAGE - The History of the Direct Market

Chris and Reggie’s TOTAL PACKAGE - The History of the Direct Market

August 29, 2021

Today I am sharing a compilation of the last deep-dive Reggie and I did together, wherein we focused on another "tent-pole" series of Weird Comics History.  From the very start, we knew this was a topic we really wanted to sink our teeth into... and we were very fortunate to get that opportunity!

We cover it all... from newsies shillin' papers, to the origins of the "organized" comics fandom, and how that fandom kicked off an aftermarket for comics, thereby creating the "back issue".  We'll meet Phil Seuling, for better or worse, the "Father" of the Direct Market.

From there, we'll get into the nitty gritty of what it meant for comics to be "direct marketed" in comparison to "newsstanded"... how this affected retailers... and how, ultimately we wound up with a monopoly over the entire thing (well, at the time of these recordings, anyway...).

It's a couple hours of fun chatter, from comics, to speculation, to aftermarkets, to seemingly phasing comics out altogether!  I promise, it's not as glum as it sounds!  Give'r a listen!

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The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 17 - Dawn of X, Volume 14

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 17 - Dawn of X, Volume 14

August 28, 2021

Today's is a pretty interesting compilation... as, if you're a listener of the more recent episodes of X-Lapsed, you'll be familiar with my gushing over X-Factor... and lamenting its cancellation.  Well, wouldja believe that there was a point in time where I was actually HOPING it would be canned with the quickness?  It was with the second issue of the volume where I was officially "done" with this book.  Boy, how things change!

Also, despite the fact that we're wrapping up the Empyre-sploitation miniseries here, we're also including the only Empyre chapter worth a damn in X-Men #11!  You WILL believe a man can drop a satellite on a veg-alien!

All that, and my usual nonsense... all here waitin' for ya!

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TIMESTAMPS:

(00:00:00) Wolverine (vol.7) #4: "The Red Tavern"
(00:38:36) X-Factor (vol.4) #2: "Mojoverse Sonata XF.3 Op: 45, Danse Macabre"
(01:27:18) X-Men (vol.5) #11: "One War, One Mutant"
(02:05:14) Empyre: X-Men #3: "Staff Infection"
(02:43:23) Empyre: X-Men #4: "Un-Ring"
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X-Lapsed, Episode 236 - Cable #12

X-Lapsed, Episode 236 - Cable #12

August 27, 2021

Today we wrap up the fourth volume of Cable!  When the dust settles... are we going to be left with Old Man Cable... or will Kid Cable remain?  Well, I'm sure it was spoiled for you at 12:01am the day it came out... but, please play along anyway!

We'll talk all about the issue, as well as the second-half of this funner-than-it-had-any-right-to-be series!

Also: Mailbag and Shout-Outs!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 235 - New Mutants #20

X-Lapsed, Episode 235 - New Mutants #20

August 26, 2021

Weekend At Gabby's!

Today we're going to be spending even more time discussing the concept of clone resurrectability... and distrusting those who are older than you to make your decisions!  A very fun issue... which, in a subtle way, makes us ask a lot of inconvenient questions!

Also: Mailbag and Shout-Outs!

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Check out my appearance chatting up X-Men with Mark Radulich!

Source Material LIVE - X-Men: Deadly Genesis

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X-Lapsed, Episode 234 - Marauders #22

X-Lapsed, Episode 234 - Marauders #22

August 25, 2021

Today we're talking trauma on several fronts - what happened to Wilhelmina?  What happened to Lourdes?  What was Emma forced to do?  We'll find out some of those answers today.  If you're hoping to see any actual Marauders this issue... well, I've got some bad news for ya.

Plus: Your humble host stumbles into some uncomfortable discussion when he questions the wisdom of trying to alienate upwards of half your American audience in current year comics!  Drink in the awkwardness! 

Also: Mailbag and Shout-Outs, oh my!
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X-Lapsed, Episode 233 - X-Corp #3

X-Lapsed, Episode 233 - X-Corp #3

August 24, 2021

After terraforming Mars... the mutants' next trick is - quick internet?  No, really.

Today we're heading to a Tech Expo so the Corp can unleash their broadband service upon the world... all the while acting wildly out of character!

Least we got the Mailbag!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 232 - Way of X #4

X-Lapsed, Episode 232 - Way of X #4

August 23, 2021

In what might be the penultimate issue (but not penultimate chapter) of Way of X, we get the x-pected levels of amazingness from Spurrier and Quinn.  Awesome character work, and further x-ploration of the Krakoan Laws.

I tell ya what... at the risk of sounding crass - Way of X is the kind of book I just wanna sit back and let have its WAY with me!  If you're not reading this... you should be!

Also: Great Mailbag, This Week in X, and Shout-Outs!

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Chris and Reggie’s TOTAL PACKAGE - DC Comics 1980s PSAs!

Chris and Reggie’s TOTAL PACKAGE - DC Comics 1980s PSAs!

August 22, 2021

Gather 'round gang, it's time to learn about being a responsible citizen!

Today's TOTAL PACKAGE revisits the times Reggie and I discussed the Public Service Announcement specials released by DC Comics during the first-half of the 1980s, chock full of Gestalty goodness - and in our own inimitable style!

In addition to the Cosmic Treadmill episodes, and in the interest of completionism, I have also included an episode of the old Chris is on Infinite Earths show, where I spend an hour blabbing about psychological addiction and how one of these comics actually realizes that it's a thing that exists!

I hope you enjoy!

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TIMESTAMPS:

(00:00:00) Chris is on Infinite Earths, Episode 20
New Teen Titans Drug-Awareness Special #2 (1983)
(01:10:40) Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 35
New Teen Titans Drug-Awareness Specials & History
(02:59:45) Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 107
American Honda & Supergirl Teach us how to Buckle Up!
Total Running Time: 4 Hours, 32 Minutes, 29 Seconds
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The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 16 - Dawn of X, Volume 13

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 16 - Dawn of X, Volume 13

August 21, 2021

That awkward volume where you're dealing with not one, but two mass-crossover events, and just trying to keep your head above water!

Today's compilation piece is part Empyre... and part X of Swords - I suppose we could (and should) blame the Covid-Hiatus on this, but still - it makes for a very odd reading x-perience.  I couldn't imagine what trade-waiters thought when they picked this one off the shelf!

Also: I so hate to do this to y'all... but, the first two parts of Empyre: X-Men are a part of this collection as well -- so, they're ba-ack!

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TIMESTAMPS:

(00:00:00) X-Men (vol.5) #10: "Fire"
(00:21:15) Cable (vol.4) #3: "Ace in the Pouch"
(00:55:56) Cable (vol.4) #4: "The Big Bang"
(01:32:16) Empyre: X-Men #1: "[Alien] Plants vs. [Mutant] Zombies"
(02:14:28) Empyre: X-Men #2: "Growing Strong"
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X-Lapsed, Episode 231 - Excalibur #22

X-Lapsed, Episode 231 - Excalibur #22

August 20, 2021

Who missed Otherworld?  Yeah, me neither... but, we gotta.

Today we're chatting up Merlyn and Wisdom... as the latter reassembles his team of S.T.R.I.K.E. psychics (let's hope this isn't a back-door pilot to launch a new book!)  There's plenty of meat on this bone... so, let's talk about it.

Also: More X-Cellent Mailbag, another dip into the Voicemail Box, and Shout-Outs!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 230 - X-Men #1

X-Lapsed, Episode 230 - X-Men #1

August 19, 2021

It's a most newsworthy day indeed!  Today, not only are we launching the sixth volume of X-Men... we're also discussing the breaking news that we're abut to lose our Head of X, Jonathan Hickman!  What will this mean to the X-Line?  Are things going to "go back to normal" after the events of Inferno?  Lotsa questions... not many answers - yet!

All 'at plus the Mailbag and More - hope you'll join us for this most opportune "jumping-on point"!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 229 - X-Force #21

X-Lapsed, Episode 229 - X-Force #21

August 18, 2021

When is Man-Thing not Man-Thing?  When he's Man-Slaughter!

Does this make him any less boring than regular ol' Ted Sallis?  Well... yeah, kinda!  Today we're going to be meeting Jackson Strode, Man-Slaughter - first introduced by our X-Force scribe in a semi-recent Weapon Plus one-shot (which I'll also give ya the quick n dirty on during this ep)!  It's a goodie... I hope you'll join me for it!

Plus: Mailbag and some long-overdue Shout-Outs!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 228 - Hellions #13

X-Lapsed, Episode 228 - Hellions #13

August 17, 2021

Whenever I'm feeling down about the direction of the X-Books... I'm so happy to be reminded that a book like Hellions exists (at least for now)!  Today we're going to talk about the surprising "heart" of, not only this book.. but the team itself!  Also: Something Amenthi this way comes!

Plus: An X-Cellent and X-Tended Mailbag Segment, as well as a "This Week in X" chat!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 227 - Children of the Atom #5

X-Lapsed, Episode 227 - Children of the Atom #5

August 16, 2021

The sorta-kinda long-awaited return of "original recipe" X-Lapsed!

We kick off the August episodes with a look at a surprise penultimate issue!  Didn't realize this series was coming to an end... it's Children of the Atom, and in it - the secret is out!  Was the destination worth the journey?  Well, you be the judge of that!

Also: An(other) appeal for dissent, wherein I ask folks to reach out to me if they feel I'm "harshing" too much on certain books/creators... rather than anonymously leaving me harmful feedback on top podding aggregates!

And: An X-Tended Mailbag Feature

Finally: A flip thru everything X in Marvel Previews for September, 2021!

It's a long one... so, "I'm sorry" or "You're welcome"!

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Questerdays, An EPIC ElfQuest Podcast, Episode 6 - ElfQuest #6 (1/86)

Questerdays, An EPIC ElfQuest Podcast, Episode 6 - ElfQuest #6 (1/86)

August 15, 2021

Today the Chris's's's are back to cover a most important issue - for a few reasons!

A) This was the first comic book one of them paid an entire $5 for!

B) It tells the Secret Origin of Cutter's (unwitting) ascent into Wolfrider Chiefdom!

It's the story of Bearclaw's last stand and the menace of Madcoil -- but, as usual for us, that's not all!  We've also got all the MARVELous mid-80's backmatter to share!  Letters Pages!  Bullpen Bulletins!  Adverts!  Nonsense Tangents!  And more!

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The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 15 - Dawn of X, Volume 12

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 15 - Dawn of X, Volume 12

August 14, 2021

The compilation features the episode which started the show's fixation on Madelyne Pryor and her nebulous resurrectability!  We also get our first glimpse of the island that would eventually host the Hellfire Gala!  Plus: The fourth volume of X-Factor launches... which, your humble host was initially NOT a fan of!  Listen to me complain... only to have to eat my words a few months later!  It's a super-seminal episode... in the cleanest way possible. 

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TIMESTAMPS:
(00:00:00) Marauders #10: "Leave None to Tell the Tale"
(00:33:59) Giant-Size X-Men: Magneto #1
(01:10:11) X-Factor (vol.4) #1: "Suite No. 1: Prelude: Aurora Moratorium"
(01:46:24) Cable (vol.4) #2: "The Five in One"
(02:11:16) Hellions #4: "Love Bleeds"
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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 27 - X-Men #20

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 27 - X-Men #20

August 13, 2021

Welcome to the X-Men, Rascally Roy Thomas - we hope you survive the X-Perience!

This time out, we're reintroduced to the dread Lucifer... as well as the tandem of ersatz X-Men, Blob and Unus the Untouchable?!  We'll talk a fair bit (probably too much) about the concept of "Fan Turned Pro" as it pertained to eventually making comics less accessible, storywise, to the more casual reader - Was X-Men #20 the first domino to tip in that direction?!

Plus: Our regular smattering of Silver-Age backmatter... including a rather snippy Stan Lee venting his frustration on Brand Ecch Comics - which facilitates your humble host recalling times wherein Brand Ecch Comics Podcasts lifted some of his own material!  Also: The X-Lapsed Mailbag and the presentation of our first ever "Fake-Ass No-Prize"!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 26 - X-Men #19

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 26 - X-Men #19

August 12, 2021

It's Stan Lee's swansong as scripter... and the issue where he introduces the world to: The Mimic!  Now, you might be asking why the X-Men need their own version of the Super-Skrull... and, well, yeah... that's basically what he is, just in a gaudier costume!  I suppose we can just chalk it up to "It's the Silver Age" and move on.

Plus: All of the 1966 Marvel Backmatter you could possibly ever want... and probably some ya don't!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 25 - X-Men #18

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 25 - X-Men #18

August 11, 2021

It's yet another X-Lapsed Milestone Episode -- 25 episodes in, and we're nearing 1/3 of the way through the original run!  Today's episode features the (short-lived) return of Magneto... the promise that Iceman might just save the day!  I wonder if Professor X can ever stand back long enough to let anyone other than himself save the day?  Prob'ly not!

All'at plus the always entertaining Silver-Age Back-Matter we all know and love!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 24 - X-Men #17

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 24 - X-Men #17

August 10, 2021

Today we talk about the "Spectrum of Suspension of Disbelief" when we ask how in the world people haven't put together that Charles Xavier has an association with the X-Men!  The creep is constantly being seen in public with and for them!

Good thing his kneejerk move is a mindwipe, eh?  Also - We've got the return of a most dangerous mutant - doncha dare spoil the end of this episode with anybody - we'll be watching!

Plus: The always amusing Letters Page, the Bullpen Bulletins, MMMS updates... and even some great Mailbag content of our own!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 23 - X-Men #16

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 23 - X-Men #16

August 9, 2021

Wrapping up our first three-part X-Men story -- it's the Sentinel Saga, wherein, it should come as no surprise that - once again, Professor X steals the spotlight and wins the day!

Also: Stan Lee gets taken to task for his poor Latin usage in the Letters Page, the Bullpen Bulletins takes off - and the Merry Marvel Marching Society won't quit!  It's a fun time in the Silver Age, and I hope you'll join me for it!

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Chris and Reggie’s TOTAL PACKAGE - Age of Apocalypse

Chris and Reggie’s TOTAL PACKAGE - Age of Apocalypse

August 8, 2021
The celebration of Five Years of Chris and Reggie rolls on, with a compilation of the series we used to commemorate the one-hundredth episode of the Cosmic Treadmill.  In our Crisis on Infinite Earths style, we break down the entirety of Marvel's Age of Apocalypse event from 1995... providing bios for all of the creators involved... as well as every single character to make an appearance!  Things get especially crazy once we get to the X-Universe issues!
 
It's a long one indeed... but a project we were very proud of!  I hope you enjoy!
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TIMESTAMPS:
(00:00:00) Part 1: X-Men in the early-mid 1990's, all the events, LegionQuest, and X-Men: Alpha
(02:09:22) Part 2: All of the AoA #1 issues!  Astonishing X-MenAmazing X-MenFactor-XGambit & the X-TernalsGeneration neXtWeapon XX-CalibreX-Man, & X-Men Chronicles
(04:20:28) Part 3X-Men Chronicles #2 + Issues 2-4 of Astonishing X-MenFactor-XGeneration neXt, and Weapon X
(05:58:52) Part 4: Issues 2-4 of Gambit & the X-TernalsX-CalibreX-Man, & Amazing X-Men
(07:29:23) Part 5X-Universe #1-2
(09:09:56) Part 6X-Men: OmegaX-Men: Prime, and the Legacy of the AoA!
Total Run Time: 10 Hours, 37 Minutes, 5 Seconds
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The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 14 - Dawn of X, Volume 11

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 14 - Dawn of X, Volume 11

August 7, 2021

This is the compilation I've both been looking forward to AND dreading... ya see, this is our "audit" episode!

Since between Amazon, Marvel, Comixology, and the Marvel Wikia... NOBODY can keep straight which issues appear in each collection - we've been forced to dig a bit deeper, and figure out x-actly where we stood.  As such, this will be a bit of a shorter installment, as we've already covered two of the issues that were actually a part of this volume!  Those issues were Excalibur (vol.4) #10, and the second-half of Wolverine (vol.7) #1.  What remains is a pair of issues from both New Mutants (vol.4) and Hellions!  Approximately half of those issues will be quite fun to discuss!

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TIMESTAMPS:

(00:00:00) New Mutants #10 - "Parasomnia"
(01:01:43) New Mutants #11 - "Ice Cream Dreams"
(01:36:43) Hellions #2 - "Blood Work"
(02:03:45) Hellions #3 - "Nothing People"
The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 22 - X-Men #15

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 22 - X-Men #15

August 6, 2021

It's time for the middle chapter of the Sensational Sentinel Saga -- and also, for the original of the Barefoot Bouncing Blue-Suited Beast!  Prepare to be... whelmed!

Also - the always interesting "Let's Visit With the X-Men" letters page, the Bullpen Bulletins, the MIGHTY Marvel Checklist... and more MMMS content than anyone could *possibly* ever want!

Tune in, you'll love it!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 21 - X-Men #14

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 21 - X-Men #14

August 5, 2021

Kicking off our three-part Sentinels Saga - with some FEAR AND HATE!

What can the X-Men do when noted anthropologist Bolivar Trask takes a page out of J. Jonah Jameson's book to assert that Mutants are a MENACE?  Well, their creepy, bald leader might decide to engage in a televised debate with him... which, might not go according to plan!

It's a fun story... and I hope you'll join me for it!

Also: The original Letters Pages, the OFFICIAL Marvel Bullpen Bulletins (featuring plenty - ie. too much - chatter on the Merry Marvel Marching Society), and the MIGHTY Marvel Checklist for cover-date November, 1965!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 20 - Fantastic Four Annual #3

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 20 - Fantastic Four Annual #3

August 4, 2021

Welcome friends, to a most blessed event - it's the Wedding of Sue Storm and Reed Richards, and we're all invited... along with many of the movers and shakers of the Marvel Universe in its relative infancy!  Without hyperbole, this might just be the most important Marvel comic of its time! 

The X-Men not only show up... but get a few good shots in as well!  It's the first time I'm reading this in decades, so it's basically new to me!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 19 - X-Men #13

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 19 - X-Men #13

August 3, 2021

Wrapping up our first two-part X-Men story - with the (final?) fate of the Juggernaut!  Listen as ol' Cain Marko gets his helmet ripped off for the first time!

Also: The always amusing 1965 X-Men Letters Page - where you can find out how much it'll cost ya to join the Merry Marvel Marching Society!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 18 - X-Men #12

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 18 - X-Men #12

August 2, 2021

What terror lurks outside of X-Mansion... and why in the world did Cerebro pick up on it?!

It's the first appearance of Professor X's stepbrother, the Juggernaut... and the first time we find out (to my knowledge) that the Xavier's first name is Charles!  It's a fun one... that, reading as an adult... almost makes me sympathize for the villain!

Plus: A pretty hilarious Silver-Age Letters Page, everything Marvel for (cover-date) July, 1965 - and a plea from your humble host for dissenting opinions to be shared on the show... rather than on review aggregates that can actually HURT the show!

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