A husband and wife play-through of the Mass Effect games. Laughter, romance, and hijinks ensue. Biweekly episodes discussing plot, character, gameplaythe whole gamut!


  • ME2: 8 – Arrival

    ME2: 8 – Arrival

    04/07/2019 Duração: 38min

    An abject failure of story-telling, in every possible way. Jaimie makes bad puns and does a mean Kasumi impression. Chris rants about the horrible, no good, very bad ethics on display here. Both of them rant about the bad writing and the putting-the-characters-on-rails decisions the story team made. …but hey, at least there's a Hackett appearance? Interact! Patreon @mass_affection

  • ME2: 7 – Horizon

    ME2: 7 – Horizon

    31/05/2019 Duração: 25min

    Thor-Collector bug time! (This is a really weird crossover…) In which we meet and fight Collectors, argue with a guy in a shed, and argue with Kaidan. Also, Chris cannot talk to save his life in this episode, and Jaimie is reveling in it. Show Notes The Incomparable Episode I: The Phantom Menace Part 1: We Waited 16 Years For This? Part 2: Go Wash a Droid Episode II: Attack of the Clones Part 1: Full Fledged Force Mullet Part 2: How I Sold Your Mother Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Part 1: Force Denier Part 2: Caucus with the Sith Interact! Patreon @mass_affection

  • ME2: 6 – Grunt

    ME2: 6 – Grunt

    04/04/2019 Duração: 19min

    Recruiting “The Convict”—or, Jaimie is sleepy and this mission was not well-written. Grunt Show Notes The Expanse books TV series Interact! Patreon @mass_affection

  • ME2: 5 – Jack

    ME2: 5 – Jack

    18/02/2019 Duração: 32min

    Recruiting “The Convict”—or, as Jaimie summarized it: If you talk to people enough and steal their credits… everyone will love you. Show Notes Monologuing (TV Tropes) I’m always angry “SMH”: “shaking my head” LBD (yes, again!) headcanon XKCD "headcannon" Interact! Patreon @mass_affection

  • ME2: 4 – Kasumi

    ME2: 4 – Kasumi

    23/01/2019 Duração: 23min

    We talk about how Kasumi is bad at parties but is creepily good at knowing Shepard's measurements, and also about a gunfight and the problems with hoods. Show Notes Newton's First Law the referenced sequence in the game LBD (yes, again!) Andromeda Strain by Michael Crighton headcanon XKCD "headcannon" Interact! Patreon @mass_affection

  • ME2: 3 – First Recruitments and Omega

    ME2: 3 – First Recruitments and Omega

    08/11/2018 Duração: 35min

    We talk about the Normandy 2's crew, Omega and Aria, and recruiting Mordin and Garrus. Show Notes “male gaze” Jayne Cobb's chain of command Hero of Canton Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” Trinity in The Matrix “Space opera” Interact! Patreon @mass_affection

  • ME2: 2 – Freedoms Progress

    ME2: 2 – Freedom's Progress

    12/07/2018 Duração: 33min

    A ghost town with wolf noises, meeting Tali again, talking to TIM, and PLOT!!! reasons. Show Notes Hamilton bionic: "having normal biological capability or performance enhanced by or as if by electronic or electromechanical devices" New Rustacean, Chris' other podcast blog post about moving to Colorado Interact! Patreon @mass_affection

  • ME2: 1 – Opening

    ME2: 1 – Opening

    06/07/2017 Duração: 36min

    Cerberus between games, the prologue, and the opening. Show Notes "retcon" -- "retroactive continuity" "new money" Chuck "little black dress" Interact! Patreon @mass_affection

  • ME: 7 – Finale

    ME: 7 – Finale

    20/06/2017 Duração: 39min

    Show Notes Shamus Young's Mass Effect Retrospective -- "A Chat With Vigil" Marauder Shields Faunts: "M4, Part II", from M4 Bonus "Screenshot"

  • ME: 6 – Virmire

    ME: 6 – Virmire

    25/04/2017 Duração: 44min

    Show Notes Moronic Mako Driving "Thanoptis" and "Thanopsis": Jaimie was thinking of "Thanatopsis", by William Cullen Bryant. TVTropes on monologuing Speeches and Monologues (the overview page for all the kinds of monologuing) Evil gloating -- also a master list of specific kinds of evil gloating You Have No Chance To Survive -- Sovereign's specific variation "It's a trap" Cutscene Incompetence (TVTropes) Freeeeedoooooom (warning: a bit gruesome, though all offscreen) "Hold the line!" speech Interact! Patreon @mass_affection

  • ME: 5 – Feros

    ME: 5 – Feros

    09/04/2017 Duração: 29min

    Bad corporations and plant-based… body horror? Show Notes Paragon and Renegade earrings Interact! Patreon @mass_affection

  • Andromeda: 0 – Trailer Thoughts

    Andromeda: 0 – Trailer Thoughts

    21/03/2017 Duração: 26min

    Show Notes Shamus Young's retrospective ME2 trailer: "We will fight for the lost…" :beat: \ Interact! Patreon @mass_affection

  • ME: 4 – Noveria

    ME: 4 – Noveria

    05/03/2017 Duração: 32min

    Show Notes Towers of Hanoi Ender series Ender's Game – notably, itself originally a short story Speaker for the Dead "Named character" and Alestia: see Nominal Importance at TV Tropes "Lampshade" from "hang a lampshade on it" (see TV Tropes) Interact! Patreon @mass_affection

  • ME: 3 – Liara

    ME: 3 – Liara

    20/02/2017 Duração: 36min

    Finding our favorite delightfully awkward and nerdy blue alien woman. Show Notes Chris kept saying "spaceography" because he couldn't remember the word astrography. Exoplanets Halo Cutscene Incompetence (TVTropes) Jaimie described meeting Rear Admiral Mikhailovich as "a little spice in the tasty stew that is Mass Effect"; she was referencing a post Chris wrote about art a few years ago: "And the Stew Tastes Good" Interact! Patreon @mass_affection

  • ME: 2 – The Citadel

    ME: 2 – The Citadel

    07/02/2017 Duração: 35min

    The Council, meeting almost all the rest of our crew, and space fashion! Show Notes Knights of the Old Republic Character alignment – as described on, and originating in Dungeons and Dragons. Fair warning: if you click into TVTropes, you're apt to get sucked in for a while. Chaotic good Lawful good On villains monologuing: Evil Gloating (TVTropes again; you have been warned!) Interact! Patreon @mass_affection

  • ME: 1 – Prologue

    ME: 1 – Prologue

    23/01/2017 Duração: 28min

    An introduction to the podcast, and the mission on Eden Prime! Show Notes Media OS: our name (probably picked up from somewhere, but we don't know where) for the operating systems you see on television and in movies---which are nothing like real operating systems. Opening music Voice actors Seth Green (Joker) Raphael Sbarge (Kaidan) Jennifer Hale (FemShep) Keith David (Anderson) Doctor Who Companions Interact! Patreon @mass_affection