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  1. Simonsimonforyou on

    What a truly cruel place to end this episode. Gosh darnit! Brilliant! Can’t wait for next week. If you do a mailbag I will die.

    My guess is that the Oversight people was once a people who tried to take over some of the other worlds, kind of like The Salamanders Coil are doing now, but because of an oversight in their plan, they accidentally destroyed their own world.

    They saw the dangers in trying to conquer other vertexes and decided to dedicate their existence to stopping anyone from repeating their mistake.

    • Frederick Pagliarulo on

      Wow, I had an awesome theory as to what is going on, but yours is so much better. That makes so much sense! If you look at their dossier, this is a very good theory.

    • Perhaps too much travel over some period of time weakens the vertex and it collapses or it got sucked into another vertex destroying everything. And the Overseers are the remnants of that vertex that happened to be on other worlds. So yes, the Sparkletones are destined to save the world once again, well for some of them anyway.

    • Frederick Pagliarulo on

      My theory was that the Void were from another Vertex, and when the Torqletones stopped their incursion the bomb they used was more destructive than intended and the result was the Vertex now known as The Corpse, and that was the reason why they were considered bunglers. That theory has a lot of holes in it and would make our heroes not so heroic, so I assume it is NOT the case. I like the idea that Oversight is trying to correct their own mistakes. Whatever the story is, I hope we find out this week and that it paves the way for the Epic Destinies of the Sparkletones!

      • Simonsimonforyou on

        Cool theory. I don’t think the inspector would have that tone with them if they were actually responsible for that.

        But I like the idea a lot!

        • Frederick Pagliarulo on

          Yes, that’s true. Also, it seems like The Corpse has been the way it is for a long time, because according to the dossier they send a case worker to check on it every 100 years. That can probably be explained in a number of ways, but it definitely counters my theory. I can’t wait for story time! I hope it’s a long episode.

  2. Crystal Groves on

    I lost it for a few minutes at the whole “aquatic chicken” portion. Good job, Brian.

    I’m so excited to hear what Missy is going to tell them about their vertex!

  3. The Queen's Obedient Cousin on

    The bonus pre-show chatter clip (recorded before ep #367) in the members-only area made my VIP Gold Membership worth it this month all on its own. Matthew and Brian complaining about sentai mouths, Rodrigo joking about Matthew getting a shoulder-mounted cannon, Stephen making an entirely casual masturbation joke about the mind-control device in Sekhar’s head… I choked laughing. More of these, please. They’re a great membership bonus.

    On this week’s podcast… Ever since I came across the first mention of the Salamander’s Coil waaaaay back in episode 208 (almost exactly a hundred episodes before Little Sparkle even showed up), I’ve been wondering what story seeds we’ve already gotten that might blossom into the next major story arc. We’ve still got the drow disappearance, I believe, and whatever’s going on with Asmodeus and the smoking remains of Tuberville (by now, probably New Asmodeon) is always a possibility. But I’m wondering if the Sagacious Order Pioneer’s offhand reference to a crisis on the Western Continent is also a future hook.

    Oh, and favorite moment this week:

    “I didn’t mean to insult you.”
    “Yes you did.”

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