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  • Flame On :: Episode 271 :: DitNS: AS6: Love Eleganza Extravaganza

    Flame ON! is the all-gay, all-geek podcast. Tune in as we dish on the latest in pop and queer culture.

    A wise poet once said, “A little bit of love goes a long, long way. Lifting you up to a brighter day,” and while you wait for that RuPaul earworm to exit your head, why not sashay your way to the Drag Race Hall of Fame to meet the newest inductee! It’s been an incredible journey, but the latest season of All Stars is over and a new queen has been crowned! Everybody say (Kylie Sonique) LOVE!

    The boys are backpack, backpack, back again to sip the tea and dish the dirt, squirrel friends! Now that the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 6 has aired, Bryan, Erik and Pat Da Bear have reconvened to dish on the cast that made up, quite arguably, one of the best seasons of All Stars we’ve seen yet. From the sisterhood the queens shared to the stunning looks they turned, to the depth and maturity they showed in the challenges, these queens truly are ALL STARS. They also share their picks for the best of the challenges from this season as well as the challenges they hope to NEVER see again and of course there’s an extended conversation about the Super Secret Lip Sync Smackdown Pageant Competition Extravaganza Competition Extraordinaire. Did Silky deserve all of her wins? Did Jan break the runway lights on purpose? Should the light up wall have won that Barbie Girl lip sync (the answer is of course – and the lighting person should get a raise as well!)? Was Trinity robbed of her rightful place in the top 4? Did the right queen take the crown? All of those questions are discussed and in this episode, so check it out and let us know what YOU think!

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  • Flame On :: Episode 270 :: The Titans of Schmigadoon!

    Flame ON! is the all-gay, all-geek podcast. Tune in as we dish on the latest in pop and queer culture.

    Is that a show tune playing faintly in the distance in that town called Schmigadoon? Maybe it’s the call of a Hawk or Dove? Whether you fear the paranormal and vampires or you’re just worried that a giant starfish from space is coming to get you, this episode of Flame ON! will help keep you safe and sound during these uncertain times!

    The summer is sizzling by and while storms roll past the Southeast and the Midwest, the boys of Flame ON! have reconvened to bring their favorite pop culture topics to the round table to discuss them for you. Tickling their fancies this month are a range of topics that they’re ready to chat about so they kick off the discussion with the Apple TV+ show that is on everyone’s lips (and playlists), Schmigadoon! If you’re a fan of musical theater, parodies, or just Kristin Chenowith (even as a side character), then Schmigadoon! is the show for you. After that the boys hop into a discussion about James Gunn‘s newest superhero film, DC‘s The Suicide Squad, currently in theaters and on HBO Max. Did the boys like it? Was Harley Quinn the best part or too over powered for the film? Did Sly Stallone do the motion capture for King Shark? The boys discuss all of that and more! After a quick break to shout out more members of our Patreon family and a station identification break, they come back chatting the What We Do In The Shadows spin off, Wellington Paranormal on HBO Max including some highlights and spoilertastic plot points for season two. The last topic of the episode dives into the third season of DC‘s Titans now exclusive to HBO Max. Has the storytelling gotten better? Does Scarecrow turn on one of the boys in ways he never thought would happen? Did they really just make one of the boys horny on main for a naked Hawk before they blew him… to pieces? You’ll have to listen to find out! After one last commercial break the boys are back with their 1UPs AKA the pop culture that is giving them LIFE this month!

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  • Flame On :: Episode 269 :: DitNS: A RuDemption for All Stars

    Flame ON! is the all-gay, all-geek podcast. Tune in as we dish on the latest in pop and queer culture.

    Are you ready to Sissy That Walk? Do You Wear It Well? Are you a Glamazon in need of a RuDemption? Well get ready, Kitty Girl, cause Mama Ru wants you for All Stars and we’re here to talk about the latest queens to hit the runway with their eye on the Drag Race Hall of Fame!

    Welcome dear listeners to our Pink Table Talk! Bryan, Erik, and Pat Da Bear are back as your hosts for this discussion about podcasting… wait… that’s not the topic! Oh, that’s right, we’re here to dive head first into the sixth series of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars! Has your favorite Ru Girl been given her chance at a RuDemption? Did the RuDemption runway give you all the life you needed? Can we find another way to shoehorn RuDemption into this show? No, that about covers it! The queens have sauntered into the WERK Room and are slaying the competition, but has your favorite lasted to this point in the competition? Are you ready to play the game within the game? Do you think that the game within the game will be Duck, Duck, Goose for a chance to return to the competition? Anything is possible when it comes to All Stars!

    Who do you think will take the crown and her rightful place in the Drag Race Hall of Fame? Does your pick match the boys? Sound off in the comments to make your voice heard!

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  • Flame On :: Episode 268 :: A Multiverse of Loki Before You

    Flame ON! is the all-gay, all-geek podcast. Tune in as we dish on the latest in pop and queer culture.

    Is that really you or is that your variant coming to greet us? One can never be too certain when trying to maintain the sacred timeline, you know. Whether it’s Classic Loki, Sylvie, or Alligator Loki, one thing is for sure, Loki always keeps us coming back for more!

    The temp-pads have all been charged up and the branch realities are almost at the red line, but the boys of Flame ON! are ready to spill the tea on the latest television installment from Marvel Studios, Loki! They kick off the conversation chatting about the things that they enjoyed most from the series including the pacing, the action, the set pieces, (if you know Bryan at all) the amazing use of the Theremin in creating a truly captivating score, and of course, some of the memorable variants including breakout star, Alligator Loki! After a brief station identification, they dig into some areas where the felt the show might have slightly missed the mark including the pacing, unearned character growth, the short season length, and the fact that Owen Wilson never did his trademark “Wow” during his scenes. As they wrap up their conversation, Bryan throws out the question of how the birth of the multiverse in this show will impact and tie together as we make our way to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Do you think the boys have the answer? What do you think will happen? Listen in for their thought and share yours on social media! The boys would love to hear it!

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  • Flame On :: Episode 267 :: A Special Tulip Made of Hellfire

    Flame ON! is the all-gay, all-geek podcast. Tune in as we dish on the latest in pop and queer culture.

    Come on in, everyone is invited to our very own Hellfire Gala! Ok, well maybe this isn’t THE Hellfire Gala, but the boys of Flame ON! have gotten themselves gussied up for a deep dive into the pop culture that’s tickling their Tulip fantasy!

    We’re deep into the summer and it’s almost as hot as Hellfire here in the States and that can only mean one thing, it’s time for the July pop culture round up! The boys have donned their best mutant attire as they get ready to discuss the pop culture that is currently tickling their fancies. In this episode the boys discuss the new indie comic/trade paperback, Everyone is Tulip, created by Dave Baker and Nicole Goux (lovely friends of our Pod and frequent artist alley pals), the brand new horror/mystical Netflix movie trilogy, Fear Street (part one along with a dash of part two), as well as the final season of Ryan O’Connell‘s series, Special. The boys then break for a brief station identification along with shameless plugs for the website and Patreon where our listeners can support the show and get great perks like BeeJay’s horrorscopes which you’ll get to hear in this break! After the break BeeJay, Bryan, and Pat do a massive dive into the X-Men‘s line-wide crossover spectacular, The Hellfire Gala, which promised fireworks, but did the boys think that it delivered? Listen in to find out! After the Gala has ended the boys share their 1-Ups AKA the things that are giving them life this month before signing off from this broadcast.

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  • Flame On :: Episode 266 :: Kink, Fetish, and Pride, Oh My!

    Flame ON! is the all-gay, all-geek podcast. Tune in as we dish on the latest in pop and queer culture.

    Ready to let your freak flag fly? It seems that every year social media is flooded with posts about kink and pride festivals and how the two should never meet, but the boys of Flame ON! are here to break down the discussion that is on everyone’s fingertips!

    As Pride month comes to an end, the boys of Flame ON! have gathered to discuss a hot button topic that seems to come up every year lately on social media and that is whether or not there is a place for kink at Pride events. Is this a topic that is really having an impact on the community, or is it a highly planned disinformation attack on LGBTQIA+ events by accounts meant to rile up right wing social media users? The boys tackle this discussion as well as aspects of Pride events that are lacking and should be topics being dissected by the community. They also talk about the beginnings of Pride, how virtual Pride events during the pandemic have opened up accessibility to events otherwise inaccessible, as well as where they feel Pride events should be headed in order to continue moving in a positive, more progressive direction. The boys round out the conversation with talks about intersectionality and how indiscriminate “canceling” of those with differing viewpoints closes the door on teachable moments and the ability to hold people accountable for their own growth and development when they fall short in social matters.

    What are your thoughts on these topics? Do you agree with the discussion being had or do you have a different opinion? Listen in and let us know!

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  • Flame On :: Episode 265 :: Screw Pride, It’s All About Wrath This Year

    Flame ON! is the all-gay, all-geek podcast. Tune in as we dish on the latest in pop and queer culture.

    While it may be Pride Month here in the United States, we think that everyone can agree that Wrath Month would be more appropriate. Our community needs to step up more now than ever to ensure that the most vulnerable of us are defended. While we celebrate, we also need to ensure that we never stop moving forward!

    The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer and the pop culture is hot, hot, hot, so Bryan, Erik, and Pat da Bear have come together to dish the dirt and spill the tea on the month in pop culture! First, they chat about what Pride (or Wrath as we’re now referring to it) will look like in their respective cities in a post-COVID vaccine world before they dive into their topics for the month. From there, they chat about the (in the United States) HBO Max series, Ghosts, and the lack of success that British television series imports have on this side of the pond (with a few obvious exceptions). They also discuss the feature film version of the Tony Award winning musical, In The Heights, by Lin-Manuel Miranda now playing in theaters as well as streaming for a limited time on HBO Max. The final topic (aside from some tangents) is the Disney+ original series, Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston now streaming every Wednesday as the newest part of Marvel‘s Phase Four! Before wrapping up their chat, the boys dive into the things (and there were many this month) that are giving them life in the 1-UPs section!

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  • Flame On :: Episode 264 :: Our Tenth Anniversary House Party Livestream!

    Flame ON! is the all-gay, all-geek podcast. Tune in as we dish on the latest in pop and queer culture.

    It’s our birthday… erm, anniversary… so send us nudes… ok, well maybe just come to our house party to celebrate! We’ve got voices of hosts past and present together to celebrate a decade of nerdy queer in your ears, so sit back and get ready for the 10th anniversary celebration of FLAME ON!

    It’s Pride month here in the US and what better way to kick off this year’s pride festivities than by celebrating a huge milestone in this gay and geeky podcast’s history! That’s right, Flame ON! has turned ten! That’s a decade’s worth of pop culture, news, and shade and we are here to celebrate. In honor of the occasion, our current hosts, BeeJay, Bryan, Erik, and Pat have convened to chat about the amazing moments that have experienced being part of the show as well as stand out moments in pop culture over the past decade, but that’s not all, former hosts, Joshua Yehl (now of IGN fame), Jarrod (our resident Guytoonist), and former straight boy on the floor, Jeff have all joined the party to talk about their time on Flame ON! as well! This anniversary celebration wouldn’t be complete without discussing some new developments for the show and our listeners, so we’ve FINALLY unveiled our new Patreon tiers, which now include our first ever physical swag items!

    We send our most sincere thanks to everyone who listens, whether from the beginning or more recently, you mean the world to us! We love doing this and we wouldn’t still be doing this ten years later if it wasn’t for you! Here’s to ten more years of gay and geeky podcasting to come!

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  • Flame On :: Episode 263 :: Returnal of the Kombat Fantasy Machines

    Flame ON! is the all-gay, all-geek podcast. Tune in as we dish on the latest in pop and queer culture.

    GET OVER HERE… and listen up! Your geriatric millennial (and one late Gen X) hosts are warming up their microphones by Liu Kang’s horribly CGI’d hand fire after trial by Mortal Kombat and they can’t wait to discuss the month in pop culture with you!

    The days are growing longer and the weather is getting warmer and the pop culture is ready for the boys of Flame ON! Join the boys as they dive into their monthly topics including the digital version of Final Fantasy Fan Festival where they announced the final expansion pack for the current version of Final Fantasy XXIV, the new Netflix family comedy from Sony‘s animation studio, The Mitchells Vs. The Machines which warmed the hearts of even the harshest technophobe, as well as the Groundhog Day/Alien/Metroid love child for the Playstation 5Returnal which makes fantastic use of the new haptic feedback system built into the DualSense™ controllers. The boys also chat about the bloody, gory, (not so) flawless victory of the newly rebooted Mortal Kombat film franchise currently in theaters and streaming to HBO Max as well as the newly announced Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal films coming to Netflix as well as the Pride collection currently being sold at Target. Before wrapping up the show, the boys share their 1-UPs for the month AKA the pop culture that is giving them LIFE! They also share that there will be a live stream house party to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Flame ON! on Saturday June 5th and the arrival of four new tiers to the Patreon platform! Go check them out now and you can help support the show AND get some amazing perks for doing it!

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  • Flame On :: Episode 262 :: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    Flame ON! is the all-gay, all-geek podcast. Tune in as we dish on the latest in pop and queer culture.

    Look! Up in the sky!! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it an automated robot sidekick taking the place of a comic book falcon? Well, yes it is and that robotic sidekick is here to help Sam Wilson A.K.A. The Falcon as he comes to terms with the world post-Blip. Oh, and Bucky is here too…

    After 2020 set their project into an indefinite holding pattern, Disney and Marvel have come out of the gates swinging in 2021. With television projects like the acclaimed WandaVision leading the charge, their second Marvel TV outing had a lot to live up to. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was brought to the small screen by Malcolm Spellman and featured many (if not all) writers of color to tell a nuanced story of the black experience not only in this fictional world of the MCU, but how real life experiences shape the lives of these fictional characters. The show also tackles the PTSD of Bucky Barnes as he tries to escape his past as The Winter Soldier through therapy and making amends, regardless of whether it’s for the greater good or just to help ease his conscience. Did the show live up to the hype of a decade+ of Marvel movies and backstory? Did Julia Louis-Dreyfus make our gay hearts explode with her portrayal of the Contessa? Was Sharon Carter just a full blown Petty Mayonnaise by the end of the series? All of these questions and more are discussed as Flame ON! tackles The Falcon and the Winter Soldier!

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  • Flame On :: Episode 261 :: The Invincible Wars of Kong

    Flame ON! is the all-gay, all-geek podcast. Tune in as we dish on the latest in pop and queer culture.

    Spring has sprung and the boys are ready to tackle the pop culture that tickled their fancy for the month of April. Whether it’s kaiju monsters mashing, video game consoles clashing, or Invincible superheroes sparring, the boys of Flame ON! are ready to tackle it all!

    The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the boys of Flame ON! have the fever… spring fever… and the only solution is more podcasting! The boys have gathered to discuss the topic that piqued their interests this month and they’re ready to serve up the tea. From Amazon Prime‘s animated comic adaptation, Invincible, to the rock ’em sock ’em kaiju blockbuster Godzilla vs Kong (now in theaters and streaming for a limited time on HBO Max), to the first original film for the CBS All Access platform (now rebranded to Paramount+Console Wars, depicting the rise of Sega of America and their battle to dethrone Nintendo as the top home console company in the United States. After discussing their individual topics and a brief pause for “station identification,” the boys dish out their picks for 1-Ups of the month, the pop culture pieces that are giving the boys LIFE in the month of April, 2021!

    We also give a shout out to Zack, the newest member of our Patreon family! Join our Patreon at any level to receive your very own shout out, and check out our website for more ways to help support our show including buying some Flame ON! swag from our Threadless store!

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  • Flame On :: Episode 260 :: Rainbow Spotlight: Justin Hall

    Flame ON! is the all-gay, all-geek podcast. Tune in as we dish on the latest in pop and queer culture.

    The audio version of the Rainbow Spotlight series is back! This time around Bryan sits down with QUEER artist and historian Justin Hall to discuss his career, queer comics, and much more. Be sure to catch the Rainbow Spotlight series live on Bryan’s Twitch channel!

    The Rainbow Spotlight series is back and this time Bryan sits down with queer comic creator and historian Justin Hall to discuss his extensive career, his work in comics (including QUEER and No Straight Lines), and much more (including a very apt comparison to the behind the scenes world of gay porn. Be sure to check out Justin Hall and his work on his website, keep up to date with the upcoming film adaptation of No Straight Lines, and check out the Howard Cruise panel from San Diego ComicCon International 2020 by using the links below. This interview originally took place in 2020 as part of our Rainbow Spotlight series hosted by Bryan on his Twitch channel (as well as the Flame ON! Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube channels). Catch these interviews live on Monday nights or check out other previous interviews on YouTube under the videos tab.

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