Analysis: The hidden pain of Jester and Scanlan – CR C2 Ep76 and CR C1 Ep85

Spoilers for Campaign 1 through episode 85 and Campaign 2 through episode 76 One thing I really love about Critical Role from both campaigns is the way they show that the seemingly happy, jokey, funny, delightful people are really using that as a mask for a lot of pain and insecurity that they're either hiding … Continue reading Analysis: The hidden pain of Jester and Scanlan – CR C2 Ep76 and CR C1 Ep85

Transcript: Clay Family History – Critical Role C2 Ep70 3:31:05

This was such a beautiful Clay family lore drop. Husky firbolg ASMR story time. Transcript by @DarkwaterSmidge, posted with permission. Scene runs: 3:31:05 to 3:34:41 3:31:05 Caduceus: "The day after the Raven Queen ascended, three of her champions were given the task of dealing with one of the heroes of the war. And his body … Continue reading Transcript: Clay Family History – Critical Role C2 Ep70 3:31:05

Transcript: Network D&D Beyond Ad – Critical Role C2 Ep072 0:27:55

This is a double transcript of the famous Mad As Hell scene from the 1972 film Network and the Critical Role C2 Ep072 D&D Beyond ad that parodies is. I'll first present them separately and then line by line so you can see exactly what they changed. Network Scene runs: 0:53:36 to 0:57:37Video clip: I'm … Continue reading Transcript: Network D&D Beyond Ad – Critical Role C2 Ep072 0:27:55

Transcript: Yasha struggles against her chains – Critical Role C2 Ep60 3:27:02

In light ep C2 Ep069, this seems like a good scene to bring back. There's a lot of set-up here to what happened. Scenes runs: 1. A Dream from the Stormlord 3:27:02 to 3:32:26 2. Yasha, Nott, Jester, and Caduceus talk it out 3:32:26 to 3:41:09 3. Yasha Confronts the Stormlord 3:41:09 to 3:54:13 1. … Continue reading Transcript: Yasha struggles against her chains – Critical Role C2 Ep60 3:27:02

Transcript: Wednesday Club Ep19: Love is Love

Looking for some good Queer content? The best Wednesday Club was Episode 19: Love is Love! with Marc Andreyko. They talked about the Love is Love anthology made in memory of the Pulse shooting and talked about the history of queer representation in comics. This is also the episode where Taliesin and Amy came out … Continue reading Transcript: Wednesday Club Ep19: Love is Love

Analysis & Transcript: Fjord is ashamed of losing his abilities – CR C2 Ep62 1:56:49

I really sympathize with Fjord right now. As someone whose had their abilities and their old life taken from them, who thinks every day about what they cost their loved ones, this is a powerful and intensely real narrative. That denial and shame are horrible. It's awful and terrifying feeling like everything you've been working … Continue reading Analysis & Transcript: Fjord is ashamed of losing his abilities – CR C2 Ep62 1:56:49

Transcript: Fjord’s inner fears – TM for CR C2 Ep61

This is the longest Talks Machina transcript I've put together (it's 14 pages), and it's only half the good stuff: Beau's answers were also excellent. This is the absolute best of what Talks can be: Travis spilled absolutely everything about the subtext of Fjord and what's been going on in his mind as he panics. … Continue reading Transcript: Fjord’s inner fears – TM for CR C2 Ep61