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MaXXXine is the Perfect Finale to Ti West’s Horror Trilogy

MaXXXine, the final film in Ti West’s horror film series featuring Mia Goth, is a terrific ending to an almost perfect trilogy. Join us as we tell you why this should be on your watchlist.
by Iain McParlandJuly 15, 2024

The Acolyte Episode 7: A Different Point of View

The penultimate episode of The Acolyte is upon us, and it’s another flashback. Join Tom as he gives his thoughts on this trip through history from a certain point of view.
by Thomas RichardsJuly 13, 2024

Tower of God Season 2: New Faces, New Mysteries, Same Epic Adventure!

Season 2 of Tower of God is coming to Crunchyroll, but is it worth the four-year wait? Join Tom as he gives you his thoughts on the first two episodes of this new season.
by Thomas RichardsJuly 11, 2024
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Streaming, The Australian Media Landscape & Games at PAX Aus 2023- Couch Soup Interviews Back Pocket

Rohan managed to wrangle Steph and Pete from Back Pocket for an interview talking all things streaming, the Aussie media landscape, and some fund games at PAX Aus 2023.
by Rohan ElliottMarch 20, 2024
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First Impressions from the Surprisingly Great Concord Closed Beta

Live service skeptic Iain took part in the Concord closed beta this weekend and was utterly pleasantly surprised. Check out his first impressions on a game many people have written off before it’s even launched.
by Iain McParlandJuly 17, 2024

Batman: Arkham Origins – The Forgotten Gem

Batman Arkham Origins is often seen as the black sheep in the series. It's time to put some respect on its name.
by Jordan JurkowskiJuly 16, 2024

Ally X Announced! Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Grab the Original ROG Ally

Do you want a handheld gaming device? Should you get a Steam Deck or an ASUS ROG Ally? Should you consider the ALLY now that they’ve announced the new one? Read more to find out!
by Dan MorrisJuly 9, 2024

Platinum Trophies That Took Years Off Our Lives

Every PSN trophy hunter loves a platinum trophy, but sometimes it just isn’t worth it. Join Thomas and Iain as they recount the platinum trophies that took years off their lives.
by Thomas RichardsJuly 4, 2024

Good Weird, Bad Weird Pt 1: An Introduction to Tabletop Gaming

Tabletop gaming is rewarding in creativity and friendship. This series is a how-to guide on joining or creating a group to be inclusive, fun, and rewarding.
by Sam NilssonJuly 3, 2024

Why I’m Hopeful for Dragon Age: The Veilguard

Dragon Age: The Veilguard has been revealed, and reactions have been mixed, but sometimes, a little time can help you see things clearly. Join Thomas Richards as he explains why he’s hopeful for the next game in the series.
by Thomas RichardsJuly 2, 2024

These will be the Pokemon Legends: Z-A Starters

Ben is calling it on the Pokémon Legends: Z-A starters, he's so confident that he's put up exactly who and why the starters will be. Do you agree?
by Ben HazellJune 30, 2024

Smite Evil, The Way Priests Were Meant To! Graven Game Review

Grab your Staff and holy weapons of war. There’s evil to quell in the dark-fantasy FPS action adventure, Graven.
by Dan MorrisJune 27, 2024

Why “The PS5 has No Games” Argument is Nonsense

The narrative around the gaming world keeps circling back to “The PS5 has no games.” Let me tell you why that argument is nonsense, and why people describing the PS5 library as empty are equally empty… in the head.
by Iain McParlandJune 26, 2024

From 8-Bit to HD: Does the New CONTRA Capture the Magic of the Original

Guess who’s back? Back again? Contra’s back. Tell all your friends with lower back pain. Trust me, if they played the first one, they worry about that. We dive into the rebooted CONTRA: Operation Galuga, and we wonder if it's still the same old Contra, or did we lose something along the way? Let's talk about it …
by Tim BeisiegelJune 25, 2024
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MaXXXine is the Perfect Finale to Ti West’s Horror Trilogy

MaXXXine, the final film in Ti West’s horror film series featuring Mia Goth, is a terrific ending to an almost perfect trilogy. Join us as we tell you why this should be on your watchlist.
by Iain McParlandJuly 15, 2024

State of the Union: Star Wars

Fear leads to Anger, Anger leads to Hate, Hate… leads to suffering. Welp, that pretty much sums up the Star Wars fandom right now. What can we do as fans to protect ourselves from the hate we see and hear? How do we help others show respect for another person's opinion? There’s a lot to unpack here.
by Tim BeisiegelJuly 1, 2024

BLUE LOCK THE MOVIE -EPISODE NAGI- Review: A Genius Is Such A Hassle

BLUE LOCK THE MOVIE -EPISODE NAGI- is finally here, but is it worth a watch if you’ve already seen the show? Join Thomas Richards as he gives his thoughts on this story of a genius and his rich friend.
by Thomas RichardsJune 29, 2024

A Quiet Place: Day One – The Loudest Quiet Place Movie

After following the Abbott Family in Quiet Place Part 1 and 2 it is time to go back to day one when it all started. The big question is - as always - did they capture the essence of what made the originals so successful? Let’s dive in.
by Art of Lily KJune 28, 2024

Spaceballs 2 has been Announced… Yay?

After all the pleading, begging, and human sacrifices, Spaceballs 2 has been announced… but is it time for celebration or despair? Rohan and Brandy take us through their reactions to this long-awaited sequel announcement.
by Rohan ElliottJune 28, 2024
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House of the Dragon Season 2 Episode 5 Recap- Regent

The King is partially alive, and there’s a new sheriff in town this week in House of the Dragon. Let’s get into the incest, death, and panic together!
by Michelle HolstineJuly 17, 2024

MaXXXine is the Perfect Finale to Ti West’s Horror Trilogy

MaXXXine, the final film in Ti West’s horror film series featuring Mia Goth, is a terrific ending to an almost perfect trilogy. Join us as we tell you why this should be on your watchlist.
by Iain McParlandJuly 15, 2024

The Acolyte Episode 7: A Different Point of View

The penultimate episode of The Acolyte is upon us, and it’s another flashback. Join Tom as he gives his thoughts on this trip through history from a certain point of view.
by Thomas RichardsJuly 13, 2024

Predictions for Sweet Home’s Final Season

The moment I’ve been waiting for since December 1st, 2023, is finally here. Sweet Home Season 3 comes out on the 19th of July, so it is time for me to do a prediction round before we meet with our survivors for the final time.
by Art of Lily KJuly 13, 2024

Top Picks for the Crunchyroll Summer 2024 Anime Season!

The Summer anime season has arrived at Crunchyroll, but all those choices can be daunting. Never fear; Couch Soup is here to give you our picks for what anime you should be checking out this anime season.
by Thomas RichardsJuly 12, 2024

Tower of God Season 2: New Faces, New Mysteries, Same Epic Adventure!

Season 2 of Tower of God is coming to Crunchyroll, but is it worth the four-year wait? Join Tom as he gives you his thoughts on the first two episodes of this new season.
by Thomas RichardsJuly 11, 2024

Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor Who Has Problems

The latest season of Doctor Who has been interesting, to say the least. But it’s not been good. Ncuti Gatwa’s incarnation has had problems that need to be addressed for season two.
by Iain McParlandJuly 10, 2024

House of the Dragon Season 2 Episode 4 Recap: Fire in the Sky

Dragon battles! Fire, blood, dancing dragons… it has finally happened! Keep up with Michelle as she flies through the events that unfolded in Season 2, Episode 4 of House of The Dragon, and why we’ll be mourning for longer than the season will last.
by Michelle HolstineJuly 9, 2024

Is Smiling Friends the Adult Version of Amazing World of Gumball? Here’s Why!

A quick compare and contrast between two of the most uniquely animated comedies of the past few years: Smiling Friends and Amazing World of Gumball
by Otis LundahlJuly 7, 2024

Is The Acolyte destroying Star Wars?

The Acolyte may, in fact, be the most divisive production to come from the Disney / Lucasfilm camp. Or, it may be a good production that a small but very vocal group of fans are trying to subvert. Is The Acolyte ruining Star Wars? Are these recent shows killing our fandom? We dive into this topic to see where the issues really are.
by Tim BeisiegelJuly 5, 2024
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Good Weird, Bad Weird Pt 1: An Introduction to Tabletop Gaming

Tabletop gaming is rewarding in creativity and friendship. This series is a how-to guide on joining or creating a group to be inclusive, fun, and rewarding.
by Sam NilssonJuly 3, 2024

Breaking Free From People-Pleasing As Portrayed in Persona 5 and My Hero Academia

While breaking out of her own destructive people-pleasing cycles, Stef finds relatable rebellions in Persona 5's Makoto and My Hero Academia's Dabi.
by Stef WatsonJune 7, 2024

What Keeps Us Hooked on Games? Dive Into the Minds of Gamers and Their Unshakable Game Obsessions!

What is it about a game that makes us continue to come back to it? Is it because it’s story driven or just mindless fun? Dive in to see what four of our contributors think.
by Brandy BrownMay 12, 2024

The Profound Influence of Scooby Doo on Who We Are Today

Scooby Doo has been a major figure in popular culture since the 1960s, but does it get enough credit? This author’s whole life has been influenced by the habitually spooked Great Dane.
by Iain McParlandMarch 29, 2024

A Fan Reaction to the End of the Rooster Teeth Era

Stef reflects on Rooster Teeth closing its doors and the fandom, content, and community that meant so much to her.
by Stef WatsonMarch 9, 2024
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MaXXXine is the Perfect Finale to Ti West’s Horror Trilogy

MaXXXine, the final film in Ti West’s horror film series featuring Mia Goth, is a terrific ending to an almost perfect trilogy. Join us as we tell you why this should be on your watchlist.
by Iain McParlandJuly 15, 2024

The Acolyte Episode 7: A Different Point of View

The penultimate episode of The Acolyte is upon us, and it’s another flashback. Join Tom as he gives his thoughts on this trip through history from a certain point of view.
by Thomas RichardsJuly 13, 2024

Tower of God Season 2: New Faces, New Mysteries, Same Epic Adventure!

Season 2 of Tower of God is coming to Crunchyroll, but is it worth the four-year wait? Join Tom as he gives you his thoughts on the first two episodes of this new season.
by Thomas RichardsJuly 11, 2024

Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor Who Has Problems

The latest season of Doctor Who has been interesting, to say the least. But it’s not been good. Ncuti Gatwa’s incarnation has had problems that need to be addressed for season two.
by Iain McParlandJuly 10, 2024

House of the Dragon Season 2 Episode 4 Recap: Fire in the Sky

Dragon battles! Fire, blood, dancing dragons… it has finally happened! Keep up with Michelle as she flies through the events that unfolded in Season 2, Episode 4 of House of The Dragon, and why we’ll be mourning for longer than the season will last.
by Michelle HolstineJuly 9, 2024

Ally X Announced! Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Grab the Original ROG Ally

Do you want a handheld gaming device? Should you get a Steam Deck or an ASUS ROG Ally? Should you consider the ALLY now that they’ve announced the new one? Read more to find out!
by Dan MorrisJuly 9, 2024

The Acolyte Episode 6: The Dust Settles

Episode 6 of The Acolyte is here. Can this slower-paced episode keep the momentum from the action-packed Episode 5? Join Thomas Richards as he gives his thoughts on Episode 6 of The Acolyte, Teach/Corrupt.
by Thomas RichardsJuly 4, 2024

House of the Dragon Season 2 Episode 3- They Misunderstood the Assignment

Episode 3 left a lot to be desired, and a lot on the table. We didn’t even get to see the Burning Mill battle. Are the showrunners even reading the same book of source material? Let’s get into what happened in this week’s episode.
by Michelle HolstineJuly 3, 2024

The Acolyte Episode 5: Rumble in the Jungle

Episode 5 of The Acolyte is here, and it’s the best one yet! Join Thomas Richards as he breaks down the fights and mysteries in this episode of The Acolyte.
by Thomas RichardsJuly 1, 2024

BLUE LOCK THE MOVIE -EPISODE NAGI- Review: A Genius Is Such A Hassle

BLUE LOCK THE MOVIE -EPISODE NAGI- is finally here, but is it worth a watch if you’ve already seen the show? Join Thomas Richards as he gives his thoughts on this story of a genius and his rich friend.
by Thomas RichardsJune 29, 2024
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Good Weird, Bad Weird Pt 1: An Introduction to Tabletop Gaming

Tabletop gaming is rewarding in creativity and friendship. This series is a how-to guide on joining or creating a group to be inclusive, fun, and rewarding.
by Sam NilssonJuly 3, 2024

Top Board Games You Need to Try By The End of the Year

As the End-of-Financial-Year sale approaches, Thomas and Rohan highlight some must-have board games like “You Can’t Say Umm,” “Block Party,” and “Throw Throw Burrito” that promise endless fun and excitement. Time to elevate your game nights during the sale season!
by Thomas RichardsJune 20, 2024

Protect Newbs and Enable Teamwork with these D&D Builds!

D&D Builds for rogues, druids, barbarians, fighters that are great for seasoned players and newcomers alike. Don't be afraid of multiclassing, in Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition there are always options for everyone having fun and supporting each other.
by Sam NilssonMay 2, 2024

The Best Board Games for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is here, which means a lot of time with friends and family. So, why not play some new board games with them? Join Thomas Richards as he tells you about some fun board games you can play this holiday season.
by Thomas RichardsDecember 17, 2023

PAX Aus 2023: Nintendo’s Return, Tabletop Adventures, and a Brush with Back Pocket!

Missed out on PAX Aus 2023 or wondering what it was like to attend? Join Rohand and Thomas as they break down PAX Aus 2023 from the eyes of a first-timer and a grizzled veteran.
by Rohan ElliottNovember 19, 2023
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Top Picks for the Crunchyroll Summer 2024 Anime Season!

The Summer anime season has arrived at Crunchyroll, but all those choices can be daunting. Never fear; Couch Soup is here to give you our picks for what anime you should be checking out this anime season.
by Thomas RichardsJuly 12, 2024

Tower of God Season 2: New Faces, New Mysteries, Same Epic Adventure!

Season 2 of Tower of God is coming to Crunchyroll, but is it worth the four-year wait? Join Tom as he gives you his thoughts on the first two episodes of this new season.
by Thomas RichardsJuly 11, 2024

BLUE LOCK THE MOVIE -EPISODE NAGI- Review: A Genius Is Such A Hassle

BLUE LOCK THE MOVIE -EPISODE NAGI- is finally here, but is it worth a watch if you’ve already seen the show? Join Thomas Richards as he gives his thoughts on this story of a genius and his rich friend.
by Thomas RichardsJune 29, 2024

HAIKYU!! The Dumpster Battle Review: An Epic Showdown Between Cats and Crows

After years of waiting, the next match of the Spring National Tournament is here with Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle. Join Thomas Richards as he reviews this latest theatrical instalment.
by Thomas RichardsJune 22, 2024

Breaking Free From People-Pleasing As Portrayed in Persona 5 and My Hero Academia

While breaking out of her own destructive people-pleasing cycles, Stef finds relatable rebellions in Persona 5's Makoto and My Hero Academia's Dabi.
by Stef WatsonJune 7, 2024

SPY x FAMILY CODE: White Review – A Fun Detour or an Unwanted Trip?

The SPY x FAMILY film is finally here, but is it a worthy addition to the series? Join Thomas Richards as he reviews SPY x FAMILY CODE: White!
by Thomas RichardsApril 27, 2024

New Seasons of My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, and More are Landing on Crunchyroll this Spring!

Crunchyroll keeps adding more new seasons to its already stacked Spring lineup. Join Thomas Richards as he updates you on all the recent announcements.
by Thomas RichardsApril 17, 2024

Parasyte: The Grey and The Question of Being Human

A new K-Drama just arrived on Netflix and it is for all of you Sci-Fi and Body Horror lovers. Let’s review Parasyte: The Grey from the director of Train to Busan.
by Art of Lily KApril 11, 2024

Crunchyroll Adds Even More Excitement to the Spring Anime Season

With the 2024 Spring Anime Season nearly here, Crunchyroll is rolling out some last-minute surprises! Join Thomas Richards as he fills you in on the latest news from Crunchyroll.
by Thomas RichardsMarch 30, 2024

Get Ready: Crunchyroll’s Spring 2024 Anime Revealed!

The Crunchyroll Spring 2024 schedule is here, and it’s a lot to take in. Never fear; Couch Soup is here to pick out some of the shows that you should keep your eye on this Spring anime season.
by Thomas RichardsMarch 21, 2024
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Xbox Developer Direct | Holiday Gaming – Screen Smash 41 Podcast

The Gang is back to talk about the games they played or didn’t play over the holiday break. Then get into all the whip cracking games from the recent Xbox Developer Direct ’24 #indianajonesandthegreatcircle #SenuassagaHellblade2 #Avowed Catch every Audio Podcast everywhere you listen Thursday. Catch the show Live on Twitch every Monday night at 6 […]
by Dan MorrisJanuary 25, 2024

Glorious Burden – Season 2 Breakdown | Watching Now: Loki

Loki Season 2 has officially ended with the episode “Glorious Purpose”, and what a wild ride it was! Join Couch Soup contributors Lily K, Thomas Richards, Erika Aundawyn, and Iain McParland for a Watching Now special, discussing the series’ ups and downs. Did the Loki series end satisfyingly or did it leave us gasping for more? What did they think of series newcomers? How about that character development: undercooked or jusssstttt right? And what does it all mean for the overarching MCU?
by Drew LewisNovember 14, 2023

Avatar The Last Airbender & Ghostbusters Frozen Empire Trailer Reaction – TRAILER TALK

Trailers we are reacting to: Avatar The Last Airbender - Showrunner Albert Kim and starring Gordon Cormier, Kiawentiio, Ian Ousley, Tamlyn Tomita. Ghostbusters Frozen Empire- Directed by Gil Kenan and starring Starring Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace. Let's watch - react - discuss. This is Trailer Talk.
by Drew LewisNovember 14, 2023

Spider-Man 2 Final Preview | Screen Smash (Members Only)

The Screen Smash crew takes a look at everything we know about the upcoming Marvel's Spider-Man 2 with lots of speculations, predictions, and a few wild theories to boot
by Dan MorrisOctober 17, 2023

Niche Games W/ Alex McCumbers | Screen Smash

Lies of P is a great difficult game for casuals, and we talk niche games with guest Alex McCumbers.
by Dan MorrisSeptember 28, 2023
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Halo Season 2: Is It An Improvement?

Halo Season 2 has come to a close, so the question is, was it an improvement? Join Thomas Richards as he tells you if it is an improvement over Season 1.
by Thomas RichardsApril 18, 2024

Anime From the Crunchyroll Winter 2024 Schedule to Keep Your Eye On

Crunchyroll has released its full schedule for the Winter 2024 season, and a lot of anime is coming. Join Thomas Richards as he gives his suggestions on anime you need to keep an eye on from the Winter 2024 season.
by Thomas RichardsFebruary 5, 2024
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House of the Dragon Season 2 Episode 3- They Misunderstood the Assignment

Episode 3 left a lot to be desired, and a lot on the table. We didn’t even get to see the Burning Mill battle. Are the showrunners even reading the same book of source material? Let’s get into what happened in this week’s episode.
by Michelle HolstineJuly 3, 2024
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House of the Dragon Season 2 Episode 5 Recap- Regent

The King is partially alive, and there’s a new sheriff in town this week in House of the Dragon. Let’s get into the incest, death, and panic together!
by Michelle HolstineJuly 17, 2024

The Acolyte Episode 7: A Different Point of View

The penultimate episode of The Acolyte is upon us, and it’s another flashback. Join Tom as he gives his thoughts on this trip through history from a certain point of view.
by Thomas RichardsJuly 13, 2024

Predictions for Sweet Home’s Final Season

The moment I’ve been waiting for since December 1st, 2023, is finally here. Sweet Home Season 3 comes out on the 19th of July, so it is time for me to do a prediction round before we meet with our survivors for the final time.
by Art of Lily KJuly 13, 2024
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The Dragon Con Experience, Part 3: Our Cultish Behavior

Stef continues her series on Dragon Con, covering the cults and culture that have arisen out of the shared experiences of thousands of fans.
by Stef WatsonMay 29, 2024
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The Bad Batch Season 2 Eps 12, 13, 14: It’s All Coming Together

Ready for some more Bad Batch goodness. Join Thomas Richards as he recaps episodes 12, 13, and 14 as we get prepared for the season finale!
by Thomas RichardsMarch 29, 2023

Monthly Gaming Update: January 2022

Were you able to get a hold of a shiny new console that you have been waiting oh so patiently all year for? No? Me either, but that's ok, as the start to 2022 is thankfully a bit slow. Here are all the biggest gaming releases coming in January 2022!
by Dan MorrisJanuary 1, 2022

The Last of Us HBO Episode 7 – Left Behind

Read our recap and review of The Last of Us HBO Episode 7 - Left Behind. What happened before Ellie met Joel? This. This is what happened. Join Ellie and Riley on an amazing night of… fun?
by Iain McParlandMarch 2, 2023
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