I was a big fan of Danielle Riendeau’s Favorite Waypoint Bits of 2018 topic from last year. As we went along, folks often dropped in with favourite segments as new pods and streams were coming out.
While not quite what the original topic wanted, I like that idea a whole bunch and want to keep it going into 2019. While I would, of course, say that supporting media outlets you enjoy by consuming and engaging with as much of their output as possible is good, I understand that isn’t doable for some folks or that Waypoint isn’t their first priority.
Consequently, I’d like to ask folks to highlight their favourite Waypoint segments of 2019, either thus far or as they come out. This could be a good spot to push folks to a particularly interesting discussion of a topic or maybe give a little bit of love to an episode folks may have overlooked.
Links highly appreciated.
Let me get us started: I thought the Ace Combat 7 segment from Waypoint Radio episode 216 (timestamp: ~1:14:53) was great. From the pitch to the rhapsodising about the joys of mission briefings (quote Walker and Zacny, “it is wild to play a game where there are missions with mission briefings […] The world of games has become one in which to play a game is to enter a world and experience. Welcome… to Austinworld! To Jurassic Park!”, into, “But Austin and I come from a time where they didn’t put mirrors on the passenger side of vehicles and missions had briefings.”), it is a lot of fun to listen to even if you’re not an Ace Combat person (which I am most certainly not).
I lost it when Natalie was describing My Time at Portia. I really thought I was back at a grade school sleepover combined with a fever dream.
The entire last episode was some WILD stuff. There was something very soothing about them all doing their Pokemon sounds at the end.
Very specifically when Natalie says what you collect from the mines and Austin loses it.
Every single Clap/Snap/Sound Check fail that gets included in the after parts of the show. Cado does some great extra content editing, and those have been a riot.
Also, Sassy Rob. I mean he’s always sassy, but 2019 Rob has some extra sassafras.
The Kingdom Hearts spoiler cast has given us the glorious return (albeit briefly) of Austins Mickey Mouse impression & it’s still funny every time.
Early contender is: “YO! MICKEY KEEP THAT MOTHERFUCKIN THANG ON HIM”
I was a fan of the reaction to the death of Goofy in the KH spoilercast.
I don’t know why, but I completely lost it when Natalie and Austin poke-talked to each other. Just giggling in my chair at work.
There’s little so endearing and fun as Natalie who goes “Okay! So!” five times in one sentence
From recent episodes:
Episode 216 (~2:42:26 to 2:43:22): The crew wonder what they would sound like if they were Pokemon.
Episode 217 (~00:01:45 to 00:10:20): Natalie talks about how NOT to use dating apps.
Episode 218 (~1:16:55 to 1:19:10): Patrick stans for Moana, as does Cado. Also in the same episode (~2:09:50 to 2:12:44) the crew compare dilly dilly to whassaaaap.
If anyone has missed the amazing fanart of this, let me rectify that situation for you…
Bloodarmz has the link and time above. Episode 216 (after the first set of credits, after thanking artists, there’s a bonus Question)
I gotta call out Austin’s experience with Resident Evil 2 in Episode 217 ~1:15:00 - 1:18:30.
I thought we returned to the land of machine elves for a second.
Eidt: Conversely, I think my least favorite segment is later in the episode around 1:41:15 - 1:42:15 with the description of ‘The Patrick’ sandwich and…the surprise…contained within.
Natalie describing My Time at Portia and Austin losing his minds at the mention of data discs.
Also, if Waypoint Radio bingo was a thing, off mic laughter from Cado would totally be a square.
I cannot get over how much I love that drawing of Rob. It’s appropriate for so many situations!
I may have to stop listening to Waypoint podcasts while I’m driving lol. In Lore Reasons ep. 2 (12:30 - 15:00) Natalie’s rendition of the famous drum solo from In the Air Tonight absolutely destroyed me. It’s a miracle I was able to maintain control of my car during that segment.