NEW AUDIO: The Unliklies, Episode 6

The final episode of The Unliklies is here at last.

Now that Skeletor has joined the intrepid band of adventurers, can they retake Grayskull before all of Eternia is swallowed whole?

Trivia [SPOILERS!]

  • First complete episode to be recorded by switching between voices in one take instead of my normal method of recording each voice in its own take.
  • “O Fortuna” is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra version, purposely selected because my oldest daughter loves TSO and goes with my parents, wife, and I annually to see their concerts.
  • The “post credits scene” with Barricade and Mo-Lec-U-Lar was entirely ad-libbed after I realized that I hadn’t included Mo-Lec-U-Lar in the final battle sequence.
  • This audio drama was written in 2016, a year before Skeletor and Mumm-Ra teamed up in the MOTU/Thundercats crossover comic book series. I had that idea first!!

NEW AUDIO: The Unliklies, Part 5

Never actually put the audio in here… so I reblog, this time with the file.

Cory Tucholski: Author


I have now put part 5 of the Unliklies up for your consumption and (hopefully) approval. In this episode, the team has to find an alternate route into Castle Grayskull in order to recruit one final member of their team…

TRIVIA [spoilers]:

  • A running gag is Chip bonking someone and saying, “That’s not your catchphrase.” Here a list of stolen ones from this episode:
    • “Who disturbs my slumber?” The Cave of Wonders, Aladdin.
    • “You’ve just taken your first step into a larger world.” Obi Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope.
    • “Let’s get dangerous!” Darkwing Duck.
    • “No way this should have worked.” Dirk Pitt, Sahara.
    • “That name no longer has any meaning for me.” Darth Vader, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
    • “You’ll put your eye out.” Corrupted version of “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid,” a repeated line from A Christmas Story.

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NEW AUDIO: The Unliklies, Episode 2

The wait is over! Our heroes journey to the mysterious island of Anwat-Gar to recover the lost half of the Power Sword. Can they do it?


I love reading bits of trivia for movies, so I decided to post trivia with each new episode, explaining some of the finer points and illuminating a few of the inside jokes. TRIVIA BITS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS, SO BE WARNED. For those uber trivia buffs, I went back and added trivia for the first episode.

  • “Release the kraken” is one of my favorite movie lines despite never having seen either Clash of the Titans movie, and I frequently use the line comically.
  • In Dungeons & Dragons, krakens have genius-level intellect and are frequently lords of large undersea kingdoms. Mikey is correct to say that the enslave surface dwellers–if they survive having their ship taken down.
  • Mikey misnaming M as Q is a veiled James Bond reference.
  • The music in the cave is from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
  • “I’ll dine on turtle soup tonight” is a reference to a repeated line from Shredder in the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.

Characters from the Past: THE NINJA

When I decided to try to build a self-publishing empire, my immediate idea was a series of novellas similar in style to the Marvel Cinematic Universe starring my own cast of comic-book-like superheroes. Creating that cast proved to be a bit of a challenge.

And then it hit me. I didn’t have to start fresh. I had already thought up a couple of characters that would fit the bill! All I have to do is retool them a little bit. Make them more “adult” than the twelve year old me would have made them.

So I thought some fun blog posts about Then and Now would be interesting as I gear up to release the first of this exciting series, and the best start would be the hero of the story, The Ninja. Continue reading “Characters from the Past: THE NINJA”

My Little Pony: The Movie on the BS2

The Blake Snyder Beat Sheet (BS2) is an easy tool for screenwriters to make sure that they hit all of the important beats. It’s become commonplace for analysts to chart out popular movies to see if they line up with Snyder’s formula.

All the best ones do.

To celebrate my oldest daughter’s 10th birthday, we went to see My Little Pony: The Movie. I had no plans to beat this movie out, or I would have brought a pad and paper with me and took notes. This is purely from memory, so it may not be perfect. I believe this movie hits every beat that it should, and this is my BS2 analysis.


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