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Longtime friends and games media colleagues Vinny Caravella, Brad Shoemaker, and Alex Navarro share their combined decades of knowledge, expertise, and passion for games with weekly discussions about what they're playing, what's happening in the industry, and whatever else they're up to.
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The Nextlander Watchcast

The Nextlander Watchcast

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The Nextlander crew branches out into media that doesn't require a controller to enjoy! Join Alex, Brad, and Vinny as they watch the movies, shows, and anime they've either missed out on up to this point in their lives, or just want to revisit again.
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The Film Vaulters is a bi-weekly podcast that pays tribute to one of the longest running film podcasts "The Film Vault" Hosted by "Bald" Bryan Bishop and Anderson Cowan. The Film Vaulters, hosted by friend of the Film Vault Mitch Burns, will bring on people associated with the Film Vault, whether it be Co-hosts, Producers, listeners and other friends of the show. We'll discuss their connection to the show, and pick a Top 5 from shows past and do them ourselves!
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En Clave de Podcast

Pilar Orti and Craig Wealand

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Craig and Pilar were curious about what was going on with podcasting in Spain. So they've set up a podcast to give them an excuse to talk to podcasters in Spain. In the first part of the show, we interview podcasters in Spanish. During the second part, we talk in English about what we have learned. Craig y Pilar no tenían ni idea de qué estaba pasando en el mundo del podcasting en España. Así que han lanzado un podcast para entrevistar a podcasters en España. La primera parte de los episodio ...
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After the wild note Part 8 left off on, it's time to get back to some good old fashioned Twin Peaks stuff involving mysterious devices, extradimensional experiences, and the rigors of online shopping. CHAPTERS: (00:00:00) - The Nextlander Watchcast Episode 093: Twin Peaks: The Return Parts 9 & 10 (00:00:20) - Intro. (00:01:46) - Launching right int…
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Summer Game Fest is over, Brad's back from LA, and it's time to talk three hours of upcoming video games, among them firsthand impressions of AstroBot, Monster Hunter Wilds, UFO 50, Battle Aces, Arranger, DeathSprint 66, Fear the Spotlight, and more, plus our thoughts on Doom: The Dark Ages, Star Wars: Outlaws, Dragon Age 4, and (nearly) all the ot…
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The time has come, Watchcasters. We know this is a Twin Peaks: The Return episode a bunch of you have had circled on your calendars, and now the wait is at an end. Join us as we pick through parts 7 and 8, and ponder what revelations they may have to offer. CHAPTERS: (00:00:00) - The Nextlander Watchcast Episode 093: Twin Peaks: The Return Parts 5 …
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Head to https://www.squarespace.com/NEXTLANDER to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code NEXTLANDER. Summer Game Fest is here, so we put on our best E3 (and Guitar Hero) hats and talk about all the stuff we hope and expect to see, plus what stood out from Sony's State of Play, and then dig into games like Arctic Eggs, Pl…
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On this week's Watchcast we're up to parts five and six in The Return, and we're meeting all kinds of new folks from Las Vegas to Philadelphia, and all the South Dakotas in between. And only some of those folks die horrifically! CHAPTERS: (00:00:00) - The Nextlander Watchcast Episode 093: Twin Peaks: The Return Parts 5 & 6 (00:00:48) - Intro. (00:0…
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With SGF approaching and the console wars heating up, this week we consider Sony's newly announced State of Play, Xbox's decision to put Call of Duty on Game Pass, and Atari's ruthless takeover of Intellivision, plus we catch up on all the recent games with more on Lorelei and the Laser Eyes, (the end of) Hellblade II, Animal Well, Hades II, and mo…
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We dive further into Twin Peaks' final season and take a fantastic voyage with our good friend Agent Cooper through time, space, and the electrical grid. CHAPTERS: (00:00:00) - The Nextlander Watchcast Episode 092: Twin Peaks: The Return Parts 3 & 4 (00:00:18) - Intro, and early thoughts. (00:12:36) - Gathering our thoughts to kick off Part 3, or C…
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Head to https://www.squarespace.com/NEXTLANDER to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code NEXTLANDER. This week we all dig into Hellblade II, Lorelei and the Laser Eyes impresses mightily, we ponder the state of both games media and arcade "cabinets," cat ownership is debated in its many aspects, Big Rigs gets a shocking …
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It's been a long road getting to Twin Peaks: The Return, but let's all just be glad we didn't have to wait 25 years like everyone else. Join us as we dive into Twin Peaks' final season to learn what all our favorite residents are up to, what happened to Agent Cooper, and what the hell is in that big glass box. CHAPTERS: (00:00:00) - The Nextlander …
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A ton of interesting indies hit last week, and we picked Animal Well, Cryptmaster, and Crow Country to dig into this week. Also in the news, PlayStation's new leader(s) announced, a multiplatform future for Square Enix, our initial thoughts on Assassin's Creed Shadows, and a new Doom next month?! Advertise on The Nextlander Podcast at Audioboom, or…
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It's been a week in the games industry with both Xbox's closures of Arkane Austin and Tango Gameworks and the Helldivers 2 account backlash, and we dig into the whole mess. On the upside, Hades 2 came out! Nintendo said the words "Switch successor!" We played Indika, Minishoot' Adventures, and the Balatro update! Podcast! Advertise on The Nextlande…
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For all you Twin Peaks superfans out there, enjoy this very special bonus Watchcast where we talk about the various deleted and extended scenes from Fire Walk With Me. CHAPTERS: (00:00:00) - The Nextlander Watchcast Bonus Episode 001: Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (2014 (00:00:17) - Intro. (00:04:00) - How The Missing Pieces came into existence. (…
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Our watch-through of Twin Peaks: The Return is visible on the horizon, but before we can get there, we've got to go back to where it all began. Join us as we learn about the Blue Rose, meet Phillip Jeffries, and witness the final tormented days of Laura Palmer. CHAPTERS: (00:00:00) - The Nextlander Watchcast Episode 080: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With …
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We're thrilled to be joined by Remap Radio's Rob Zacny this week to talk about everything from Shogun: Total War to Qui-Gon Jinn's Force balls, Manor Lords, Another Crab's Treasure, the post-Embracer troika, strategies for truly unplugging, and plenty of other stuff! Advertise on The Nextlander Podcast at Audioboom, or support us on Patreon! CHAPTE…
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On this week's Watchcast we dive deep into the movie that kicked off Tom Cruise's obsession with crafting exciting near death experiences for himself in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible! CHAPTERS: (00:00:00) - The Nextlander Watchcast Episode 89: Mission: Impossible (1996) (00:00:36) - Intro. (00:02:03) - What is our familiarity with any versio…
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Head to https://www.squarespace.com/NEXTLANDER to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code NEXTLANDER. We're taking a week off of the regular podcast, so in its place we offer an episode of our monthly reunion show, in which Dan Ryckert and Jeff Bakalar join us to talk about snakes in the basement, Stew Leonards, and cotto…
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On this week's Watchcast we scrutinize the ridiculous 1987 movie version of TV's driest cop show, Dragnet! And in the process Vinny and Alex try their best to figure out why the heck this movie, of all movies, holds so much real estate in their brains. CHAPTERS: (00:00:00) - The Nextlander Watchcast Episode 88: Dragnet (1987) (00:00:37) - Intro. (0…
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Let's talk about such games this week as Harold Halibut, Life Eater (eater of life!), and Laysara: Summit Kingdom, plus news and sundries like the games of the Triple-I initiative, what "PS5 Pro Enhanced" is going to mean, $90,000 copies of Castlevania, awkward dining experiences in Japan, and plenty more. Advertise on The Nextlander Podcast at Aud…
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On this week's Watchcast we kick off a month of TV-related movies with the first trip to the big screen for a beloved pair of cartoon dumbasses in Beavis & Butt-Head Do America! CHAPTERS: (00:00:00) - The Nextlander Watchcast Episode 87: Beavis & Butt-Head Do America (1996) (00:00:12) - Intro. (00:01:27) - What does Beavis & Butt-Head mean to us? (…
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Head to https://www.squarespace.com/NEXTLANDER to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code NEXTLANDER. This week we all bend bullets in Children of the Sun, Vinny parties at the Gold Saucer, Brad digs deep into the childhood archive, and we enjoy our new post-eclipse mutations. EA reassigns Motive to Battlefield (and kibos…
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We close out our month of '90s hero flicks with the heroes in the half shell! Join us as we dive deep into Turtlemania and ponder the strange edges of this surprisingly solid rubber suit turtle movie. CHAPTERS: (00:00:00) - The Nextlander Watchcast Episode 86: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 (00:00:14) - Intro. (00:02:21) - What level of Turtles…
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This week we all dig (lol) into the indie drilling platformer Pepper Grinder, continue catching up with FF7 Rebirth and LAD: Infinite Wealth, and do battle with American air travel. Also: Embracer and Sega divest of Gearbox and Relic (respectively), a disc-less Xbox Series X is sighted in the wild, we think seriously about Krull and Willow and Lady…
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On this week's Watchcast we tackle the mother of all comic book blockbusters in Tim Burton's Batman! Join us as we talk Nicholson's Joker, the Keat-dawg, cool gadgets, and all that sweet, sweet merchandise. CHAPTERS: (00:00:00) - The Nextlander Watchcast Episode 85: Batman (1989) (00:00:27) - Intro. (00:01:44) - The status of superhero movies when …
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Viiiiideo games on the show this week include Dragon's Dogma II, Princess Peach: Showtime, Open Roads, and the Stellar Blade demo, plus we talk about Phil Spencer's comments on an Xbox handheld and third-party stores on the Xbox, Larian moving on from D&D, a possible open-world Resident Evil, busting open your Switch, our dream game show appearance…
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We continue to push through our current spate of '90s hero flicks, and this week we attempt to sate a deep need for more Billy Zane in our lives with the 1996 comic strip adaptation The Phantom! Did we enjoy watching him Slam Evil? Not so much, but we did have fun talking about it! CHAPTERS: (00:00:00) - The Nextlander Watchcast Episode 84: The Pha…
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We get our pawn on in Dragon's Dogma II this week and check out the new Outcast, even as we dutifully continue plowing through FF7 Rebirth and LAD: Infinite Wealth, plus we cover the latest on PlayStation 5 Pro, the state of PSVR 2, the new Marvel 1943 from Amy Hennig and team, international standards of measurement, and more. Advertise on The Next…
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On this week's show we work our way through a movie that looms large in Alex's mind, The Crow! Does it hold up to Alex's memory? We discuss that and much more, including the incredible soundtrack, and the air of tragedy that permeates the entire production. CHAPTERS: (00:00:00) - The Nextlander Watchcast Episode 83: The Crow (1994) (00:00:39) - Int…
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We're awash in new games this week, with Mars After Midnight, Contra: Operation Galuga, WWE 2K24, and more joining old favs like FF7 Rebirth. Also: the tragic loss of Akira Toriyama, the harassment campaign around Sweet Baby Inc., the mystery of the flying space bugs, and more. Advertise on The Nextlander Podcast at Audioboom, or support us on Patr…
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Our journey through '90s hero flicks kicks off in earnest this week, and we do mean earnest, as we take on Disney's gee-golly-aw-shucks adaptation of The Rocketeer! CHAPTERS: (00:00:00) - The Nextlander Watchcast Episode 82: The Rocketeer (1991) (00:00:17) - Intro. (00:03:09) - Introducing our film for the week: The Rocketeer! (00:12:46) - When we …
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Games! FF7 Rebirth, Skull & Bones, Helskate, Balatro, Helldivers and more. News! The Nintendo/Yuzu settlement, Respawn's Star Wars cancellation, the Halo composer's congressional run, and a hypothetical Chrono Trigger remake (??). Also fleas! And humidity! It's a podcast! Advertise on The Nextlander Podcast at Audioboom, or support us on Patreon! C…
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We're closing out February with a Vinny pick, and one of the most delightfully weird and gross hero movies of the '90s in Sam Raimi's not-quite-a-Batman, Darkman! CHAPTERS: (00:00:00) - The Nextlander Watchcast Episode 81: Darkman (1990) (00:00:19) - Intro. (00:09:03) - Getting into Darkman's production, and the cast. (00:20:40) - The direct-to-vid…
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Brad has played an astonishing amount of Final Fantasy this week, and it's time to talk for like an hour about Remake, Rebirth, Crisis Core, and a bunch of other stuff. Plus: updates on Pacific Drive, Balatro, Infinite Wealth's Animal Crossing thing, PlayStation layoffs and the closure of London Studio, and more. Advertise on The Nextlander Podcast…
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To round out the month of February, Brad and Vinny have each picked a film they most wanted to revisit for the podcast, and Brad's pick is the colorfully outsized comic strip adaptation Dick Tracy! Join us as we discuss Tommy Guns, Pacino's scenery chewing habits, and Warren Beatty's extracurricular activities wearing the trademark hat and coat. CH…
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