The Lost Episode

In this issue: An episode that was once thought lost, is now recovered, and we think it is our scariest episode ever. EVER!

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18 Comments

  1. February 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm — Reply

    Hey, guys. To answer Stephen’s question, it was an entertaining, thought-provoking and interesting issue–and a great recovery job, now start working on the lost 18 minutes of ‘Magnificent Ambersons.’ Chop! Chop!–but I didn’t find it scary.
    Now, I’m not going to offer possible explanations for Stephen’s dream or the Rodrigo’s family’s precogntitive abilities. It’s easy to poo-poo tales of the paranormal–usually in the sense that it’s easy to do single-digit addition–but unless you were there, Man, you can’t say for sure.
    And I’ve never been there; I’ve never had a paranormal experience, no instance where something happened to me that I could not explain. Is it because I’ve always rationalized it away using some explanation I’ve pulled out of my butt? Is it because the world is, indeed, governed by comprehensible laws of physics and biology? I’d stake my life on the latter but if I turn around in my chair and a Grinning Man is there, I might change my mind.

  2. Ricco
    February 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm — Reply

    First off, the podcast did scare me, but I have enought knives/swords and blunt instruments around my bed that I think I’ll be able to sleep well.

    I had some bad nightmares as a kid, a recurring one had a dark shadow climbing the bed towards my face with me unable to move or scream, just murmur for help, it was a lizard like creature with glowing eyes. The last I dreamt of that I screamed aloud and continued to scream after my mom woke me up, she told me I screamed for a full 15 seconds after she started shaking me…

    I’m also bad with ghosts, really bad, one I’ll never forget is when I was at my mom’s friend and I kept seen something of the corner of the eye near the computer and I just asked “has anyone died here?”, she said yes and I just said “oh that explains the lady I keep seen at the computer”, turns out the person that had died in house was an older woman and my mom’s friend just turned pale.

    • Some Dude
      February 13, 2011 at 1:38 pm — Reply

      Ricco your lizard incident diden’t happen to have occurred more then once did it?
      if so you may have had Sleep Paralysis which is a syndrome some people have that some times gos away with age some times dosen’t, but essentially its where your 80% asleep and enter a state where you think your awake but you cannot move, cannot say any thing louder then a murmer, cannot wake up no matter how hard you try and usually involves what almost seems like your dreams are invading reality most of the time causing you to see monsters either in your room or even attacking you theirs bin extreme cases of this were some people reported having bin interacted with physically by these monsters and even to the point of being carried off by them only to wake up in there beds screaming at the top of there lungs

      • Ricco
        February 13, 2011 at 2:05 pm — Reply

        Yeah happened a few times, like I said the last time my mom woke me up and I was screaming with my eyes open but I wasn’t awake, it did go away. Since it stopped I never looked into it, it’s nice to know what it actually was, thanks!

        • litanyofthieves
          February 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm — Reply

          Here comes the SCIENCE!:

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnagogia

          Ricco, I’ve totally had the same thing, though I never saw a specific creature, I always felt like there was some presence. Some people report old hags, some people report gnomes or fairies, etc… it’s pretty common. It’s believed to be part of the reason for myths like succubi and incubi.

          • Some Dude
            February 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm — Reply

            HUZZZZAHHH! SCIENCE!!!!!!!!
            you forgot to mention that some people see…
            candyman…

            And its also the cause behind many witch hunts in ye olden days when people thought they were being cursed or bewitched (not the crappy comedy) by witches when in reality they were merely having this same problem

            • February 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm — Reply

              At least they don’t see Candle Jack, because everybody knows that sort of thing makes people disapp

  3. Aldo
    February 12, 2011 at 9:39 pm — Reply

    Well a little bit scary, but lots of entertaining. Don’t get me wrong I very much enjoy my comic and d&d episodes but you guys are now so good at podcasting that these free topic Saturday shows is what I enjoy the most. Awesome episode but Stephen you should have saved it for next hallowen. Your sleep deprivation talk made remember this one time I had been working the night shift and volunteering during the day. I got into the bus and fell asleep. Woke up at my stop and totally thought this lady behind me had stolen my wallet I confronted her and she was like you crazy guy. I then realized I had put my wallet in my front pocket. I just jumped off the bus after making a scene. Thank god San Fran is full of crazy people and I was just one more of them for the day…

    • February 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm — Reply

      By using the episode now it freed up some time for us to record an episode of something else this week :D

      • GeorgeDubya
        February 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm — Reply

        Dun-dun-du-du-du-duuuuuuuunnnnnnnn!

  4. QuoteTheSpeechless
    February 13, 2011 at 1:15 am — Reply

    I’m not actually scared that a man in a Sparkly green suit will be behind with a chesire grin. I am scared that my mind will make a halucination of that actually happening.

  5. February 13, 2011 at 11:18 am — Reply

    This episode reminded me of the time that – for a little while – I genuinely thought I saw a UFO.

    It was 31st August a couple of years ago – I remember because it was right at the end of the summer holidays (or ‘vacation’ for Americans) and we were all due to start back at school the next Monday or whatever – and I was hanging out in the local park with a couple of friends, and it was rather late (it might have actually been September 1st by this time), and my friend is talking to me, but behind him there are these strange lights in the sky – moving all over the place in such a way that they couldn’t be planes or anything. I literally shouted at my friend to turn around and we all stared up at these strange things, and to this day it was one of the freakiest experiences of my life to watch these things moving about. Shortly thereafter we all decided to give chase and get closer to them, and eventually we all calmed down and decided that they were probably Roman candles, but for a half hour or so we all genuinely thought we were seeing something supernatural, and the experience of running around our town trying to get to these things – I remember all the while we were talking about what it’d be like if we encountered the TARDIS on a street corner – is something I’ll never forget.

  6. Some Dude
    February 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm — Reply

    Did this episode remind any one else of any disturbing dreams I sure as heck did.

    (warning explicit content ahead! and feel free to delete this post)

    It was a dream that i still remember to this day, I had dreampt that I was in Africa and there was a genocide going on where I was one of the angry mob of people committing these horrible acts and it was just a awful display of murder thankfully I don’t remember most of it but what sticks with me to this day…

    (once again this is’nt pretty and out of respect Mathew don’t read this)

    We being the angry mob of people had surrounded what looked like a mother and her 5 year old daughter at which point two people broke off of the mob one being the leader and the other being a 6ft burly dude I remember the smaller of the two men butchering her mother right infrount of her. then they held the girl down and torchered her nearly to death leaving her weeping in her dead mothers arms.

    When I woke up! and was increadably disgusted with what I had just drempt of. Now Iv heard all this talk about what dreams have to do with your subconscious and THAT is what really scares me. I would NEVER in my life do such horrible things but there i was I had just drempt that I was participating in genocide and in my dream I was enjoying it… That is whats truly scary…

  7. litanyofthieves
    February 13, 2011 at 8:40 pm — Reply

    Guys, please don’t take offense, this is meant purely for the reference:

    “The Major Spoilers podcast are a cowardly and superstitious lot….”

  8. The Old General
    February 14, 2011 at 2:32 am — Reply

    Great show as always. Only one problem: Ronald Reagan did not play Knute Rockne. This is a common misperception.

    Uh-oh, slipped into Comic Book Guy mode.

    In ‘Knute Rockne All American’ (1940), Reagan played the role of Notre Dame fullback George ‘Gipper’ Gipp, hence the nickname The Gipper. Rockne was played by the generally excellent Pat O’Brien (most notable for two magnificent noirs: ‘Crack Up’ in 1946 and ‘Riff Raff’ the following year).

    For what it’s worth, O’Brien bore a passing resemblance – though no more than that – to both Rockne and Mickey Spillane.

  9. Alexander R.B.
    February 14, 2011 at 10:45 pm — Reply

    WoW…..creepy…. good podcast though and that reminds me. I had a dream a few nights ago that my friends dad died and I had to help him carry the dead body (for some reason I know not the answer to) and right as I had to look at his dad’s dead body I thought of my grandpa who just died this last week and right at that moment i woke up crying my eyeballs out. On a good not my friends dad is still pretty much living. And Grandpa I love you

  10. kmack
    February 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm — Reply

    Stephen – recommended reading : “Many Lives, Many Masters” By Brian Weiss. I think, although this was not about comics, it was really really entertaining! I think everyone can relate to it, and I think all of us, regardless of how we try to justify it, have a level of understanding that we really do not know anything when it comes to what we are capable of, or how to achieve it! We try to scientifically (SCIENCE!!) explain everything away. Not that there is anything wrong with that, as long as we accept science cannot explain everything, nor should it. There has to be a little magic in life. Embrace these things and don’t try to explain them.

  11. David B
    February 17, 2011 at 3:32 pm — Reply

    The random egg thing is the Global Consciousness Project – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Consciousness_Project

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