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Episode 49: The Familiar

Episode 49: The Familiar

This speak: Jake is having a tough time being leader of the Animorphs (and the leader of Ax). After yet another gut-wrenching battle with the Yeerks, the team is fragmented and tormented and looking to Jake for guidance, but ol Jakey’s not in the mood. Lucky for him, when he goes to bed that night he wakes up in a world where he’s not the leader of the Animorphs anymore! BUT the world is ruled by the Yeerks and the Animorphs have long-since been defeated. Ruh-roh! Join Jake, alone and confused, as he navigates a hellish future-Earth that’s been dominated by the Yeerks, discovers which of his friends are still alive….and which ones have become controllers… All in an effort to return to the past and abort this nightmare reality. But is there a way for Jake to return to the life he knows and continue the fight? Well there’s like more than ten books left in the series, so I sure hope so! All that and more when we review Animorphs book 41: The Familiar.

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Episode 48: MEGAMORPHS 4: Back to Before

Episode 48: MEGAMORPHS 4: Back to Before

This speak: Jake’s had enough. Enough of the bloody battles. Enough feeling powerless to help. Enough of being an Animorph. So naturally Crayak is all over him ready to pounce, sending in the Drode to offer Jake a way out. But of course, a deal with the devil is no deal at all, and Jake awakes to find the timelines reset and everyone’s memories wiped. And this time, on their way home from the mall one night, 5 kids don’t meet a dying alien. They don’t get the power to morph. And they don’t know they’re being invaded by Yeerks. Relive the beginning of the invasion, and really the beginning of the series, with a dangerous twist that leaves all our teens clueless to what’s going on around them. See how their lives might have played out, if things had happened differently. See what happens when they go back… to before! All that and more in our review of MEGAMORPHS #4: Back to Before!

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Episode 47: The Other

Episode 47: The Other

This speak: Marco witnesses what appears to be footage of an Andalite on television, sending him flying from the coop over to Ax’s scoop. With Ax’s technological advancements they’re able to replay the footage and find out exactly what they’re dealing with here…..an after-school special about the treatment of the differently-abled! But Marco, Ax, and Tobias find way more than they expected roaming the woods when they run into *A BRAND NEW ANDALITE* that wants nothing to do with them. Ol’ Gaffy the Buff Andalite is a man on a mission, struck by disaster now he’s wishin’ to find his friend Mertil in the kitchen eatin’ chicken finger lickin’. Can the Animorphs (and their own pet Andalite Ax) work together with Gafinalin to find his crippled friend Mertil? How exactly will the Yeerks clock-block them this time? And are we all really going to just forget exactly how scummy of a person Ax is revealed to be in this book? It’s like each book that expands on Andalite culture is making them out to be worse and worse. And these are supposed to be the good guys! What the hell is going on here?! All that and more in our review of Animorphs #40: The Other!

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Episode 46: The Hidden

Episode 46: The Hidden

This speak: The hunt is on…for Animorphs, that is! Cassie is enjoying normality one day when Erek busts in and gives her a new mission: Run! It seems the Yeerks have found and repaired some downed Helmacron technology, and now they are able to track the morphing energy the Animorphs emit when they use their powers. Also, the blue cube emits this energy constantly, and now it’s up to Cassie to keep it moving to evade the sudden rush of oncoming Yeerks! Her escape leads her to the Gardens where an encounter with a Cape Buffalo throws a wrench in the mission… and the poor animal gains the ability to morph! Now Cassie and the team have two problems to deal with, and it’s only a matter of time before the Yeerks close in on them and everyone’s too tired to run. Will they get away? And how will they deal with the morph-capable “buffa-human?” The answers lie in our review of Animorphs #39: The Hidden!

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Episode 45: The Arrival

Episode 45: The Arrival

This speak: During a botched mission, Andalite Aristh Aximili (and the Animorphs!) are unexpectedly aided by extra Andalites! Aximili is enthralled with the alluring Estrid, but his Animorph allies are only certainly sceptical. Aximili of course entertains his Andalite allies and adds his aid to their conspicuous cause. When the arguing Animorphs find themselves falling apart, it’s up to Aximili to crack the code on his brave brethren’s bold cold assassination attempt: their terrible target, the dreadly (amiright?) and deadly Andalite V-3! Is it Aximili’s hour of power and glory? Or will it be downfalls and death and the end of the Animorph’s story? Find out! In our review of Animorphs #38: The Arrival!

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Episode 44: The Weakness

Episode 44: The Weakness

This speak: Jake’s outta town or something, so naturally Rachel turns into a power-hungry dictator that takes over the Animorphs (she gets Ax too!) and convinces everyone to go out and just start attacking all the controllers they know about to make Visser Three look bad in front of the bad guy-of-the-week that’s Inspectoring him. So the Rachel-lead Animorphs (she’s still got Ax, too!) hit the town bullying Yeerks and spreading the word that Visser Three and the Yeerks need to leave! Things seem to be going well for the new terrorist group, until Rachel sucks and is stupid and the mission goes off the rails, and we’re left to wonder: where the heck are they going with this book? I won’t spoil it here! You’ll have to listen to our review of Animorphs #37: The Weakness!

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Episode 43: The Mutation

Episode 43: The Mutation

This Speak: Something-something Visser Three, yadda-yadda the ocean, let’s just get to Atlantis already! When the Animorphs go to Atlantis(!), they discover the undiscovered truth about the lost city of Atlantis… which is that it’s not called Atlantis. Actually, it’s “Nartec”. Or at least that’s what the people are called. We never get a name of their “city”, it’s just the land of the Nartec. The lost city of Nartec? That just doesn’t have the same grandiose vibe as Atlantis. Well whatever, the Animorphs find Atlantis, they get outta there, you know how these types of adventures go. Uhh… Ax was there…. And uh, yeah, all that and more! In Book 36, The Animorphs Do Atlantis!

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Episode 42: VISSER

Episode 42: VISSER

Thought-Speak is delighted to invite you to our recap and review of a very special Animorphs offshoot, Visser. Joining the typical lineup of hosts, Mitchell and Coleman, is a brave Animorphs fan and Andalite-tier Patreon subscriber, Richard! After all, such a special book requires a very special extra host! And over the next two hours, we’ll try our damndest to convince you to read this book with our constant adoration and highly-sung praise. We’re not kidding around here folks, this is one of the best Animorphs books and if you haven’t read it yet, you’re doing yourself a disservice. If that’s the case, go read Visser for crying out loud! Then come back and listen to this episode of Thought-Speak! Those are your orders!!

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Episode 41: The Proposal

Episode 41: The Proposal

This speak: Marco’s dad has a new girlfriend! And Marco’s not too happy about it… And now it seems that stress is causing Marco to mix-up morphs! Marco tries to hide this all from his friends, The Animorphs (and Ax I guess?), but they’ve got a new mission to deal with and a controller’s career to ruin. Some guy on TV is telling people to join The Sharing, and the team won’t be having it! To stop him, they’ll pull out all the stops and turn into bugs to try and gross him out. And when that fails, they’ll stalk him as a poodle. War has turned these children into animals…in more ways than one. All that and more when we review Animorphs book #35, The Proposal.

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Episode 40: The Prophecy

Episode 40: The Prophecy

This speak: Cassie’s hearing voices in her head! The voice of Aldrea, the Andalite-turned-Hork-Bajir that died in the Hork-Bajir Chronicles, specifically. Remember her?! Well she’s inside Cassie now. And it may have something to do with the Arn that showed up at the free Hork-Bajir colony. This Arn, the last of his kind, seeks to collect the DNA of the free Hork-Bajir and help to take back their homeworld. He offers up the ghost of Aldrea to the Animorphs (and that rascally Ax) to help them find a hidden weapons cache on the Hork-Bajir homeworld. The team is all over that shit and jumps on the nearest spaceship, installing Aldrea’s ghost in Cassie in the process. Can the team find the hidden weapons and stick it to the Yeerks? Will Aldrea decide to willingly leave Cassie’s body?? Exactly how many times are we gonna say the words “Hork-Bajir?!” All that and more when we review Animorphs book #34, The Prophecy.

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Episode 39: The Illusion

Episode 39: The Illusion

Heya folks, we’re proud to present our review of a fan-favorite book in the series, The Illusion. This is a highly praised Tobias book that finally answers the question: how much does it take to kill a hawk? Our listeners were quick to point out that this is indeed a much darker book than some of our most recent entries, but I always felt that much of this series is “darker” than anyone¬†remembers. This book was no exception. It brought back the themes of Tobias’s inner hawk-human debate, and introduced a new character in Taylor that is a sort of mirror to Tobias. Very interesting stuff. We also continue to(…)

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Episode 38: The Separation

Episode 38: The Separation

This speak: Rachel splits in two. Shut up, don’t ask questions, it just happens, okay?! Now the Animorphs (Featuring Ax the Andalite & Erek the Chee!) have to deal with two completely different Rachels. One of them is a weakling that cries a lot, the other one is seriously a psychopath. Both are useless to the team, and just in time for their critical mission to attack the Yeerks, who are of course working on their latest weapon: an “anti-morph ray” that can supposedly interfere with their morphing powers. How will the Animorphs deal with this whacky new situation? What the heck can they do to get both halves of Rachel back in one body? Why did the Applegates write this book?? We’ll figure it out! All that and more when we review Animorphs book #32, The Separation.

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Episode 37: The Conspiracy

Episode 37: The Conspiracy

This speak: Jake’s great grandpa dies, meaning an out of town funeral for both Jake and his brother. And as we all know, Tom is a controller. A four day excursion away from the Yeerk pool is not something he can do. Now Tom will do anything to get out of going to the funeral. Including straight up murder by drive-by shooting. Jake’s on edge guarding his dad, knowing that Tom could strike again at any moment. The Animorphs (and a feisty Ax!) are desperate to protect Jake’s dad, while keeping their identities a secret. And they’re not so sure they can trust Jake’s judgement lately… They’ll trash random parked cars, morph recklessly, shadow Jake’s dad relentlessly, and kidnap and terrorize the Chapman family all in their quest to save Jake’s dad. And possibly murder Tom. Also the Chee were there! #TomRefusesGo All that and more when we review Animorphs book #31, The Conspiracy.

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Episode 36: The Reunion

Episode 36: The Reunion

This speak: The Visser formerly known as One returns! And when Marco runs smack-dab into her while skipping school, he gets it in his head that he should shadow her. What could go wrong? Marco quickly finds himself breaking all the Animorphs (and Ax!) codes of conduct in his relentless pursuit of his former mother-turned-Visser. Eventually he hijacks the entire mission, taking Ex-V1 hostage and walking her to her eventual doom, leaving the reader wondering: “Dang… is Marco really going to kill his own mom??” All that and more when we review Animorphs book #30, The Reunion.

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Episode 35: Megamorphs 3: Elfangor’s Secret

Episode 35: Megamorphs 3: Elfangor’s Secret

This speak: Our story begins on an alternate, time-tinkered Earth with an entirely different set of Animorphs. Jake is an authoritarian leader. Cassie is a slave owner. Marco is excited by Pong. Ax is the same. And Tobias is in love with the last Animorph, Melissa. This new, more interesting set of characters are swiftly replaced by the standard Animorphs we all know and love, thanks to a convenient truce between Crayak and Ellimist. Now the Animorphs (and Aximili!) are thrust through time on their latest mission to stop one of the second-string villains from messing around with the Earth’s continuity. During their trip, the Animorphs (and Mr. Isthill!) will encounter ancient knights, swashbuckling seafaring ship battles, and absolutely all the worst of human-on-human murder that history has to offer! Will our heroes conquer the evil Yeerk empire and restore balance to the Force? Find out, when we review Animorphs MEGAMORPHS book #3, Elfangor’s Secret.

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Episode 34: The Sickness

Episode 34: The Sickness

This speak: Ax comes down with a deadly and contagious case of SPACE AIDS! And just in time for the next dangerous mission to the Yeerk Pool! When Cassie is confronted by a controller claiming to be with the Yeerk Peace Movement, she learns that her old buddy Aftran (from The Departure) isn’t doing so well after the last time we saw her… as in, she’s about to be interrogated by Visser 3 and reveal all the Animorphs deepest darkest secrets to him! So now Cassie and the rest of the Animorphs (and not Ax!) have to figure out a way to rescue Aftran, all while quelling the flames of Ax’s raging SPACE AIDS… Which has started to spread to the rest of the team! Giving Cassie some much-needed time to work on her alien brain surgery skills. What a head case! *Insert sound of crickets* … All that and more when we review Animorphs book #29, The Sickness.

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Episode 33: The Experiment

Episode 33: The Experiment

This speak: The plot is hologram-delivered to the team once again from their paranoid android friend, Erek the Chee. This time the Yeerks are up to something beefy, and it’s the Animorphs (and Ax!) job to investigate a few locales and get to the bottom of the Yeerk’s sneaky new plan. All the team knows is that it involves chimps and cows, a laboratory and a slaughterhouse. But first, Ax must somehow manage to pull himself away from his newly acquired television set! In an adventure that feels in part like it was sponsored by PETA, will the Animorphs (and Ax?) be able to crack the Yeerk code and save all the animals? Is the beef industry trying to control us all with juicy burgers? Will Taxxon’s ever have access to equal voting rights and a fair dental plan? Find out! All that and more when we review Animorphs book #28, The Experiment.

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Episode 32: The Exposed

Episode 32: The Exposed

This speak: After some quick subplot melodrama, Rachel and Cassie end up at the mall (surprise surprise) where they quite conveniently encounter a malfunctioning Erek. Oh no! After helping to bail out the Chee, the Animorphs (and Ax!) are off on another wildly inconvenient mission. This time, it’s another ocean adventure, as the team takes forever to acquire the perfect morph to reach the bottom of the ocean. That’s where the big doggy spaceship is. What lies below, inside the Chee’s hidden spacecraft? Nothing. Nothing at all. How will the Animorphs (and Ax!) get outta this jim-jam?! *Shrug* All that and more when we review Animorphs book, #27, The Exposed.

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Episode 31: The Attack

Episode 31: The Attack

This speak: We’ve got a lot of catching up to do! Mitchell, Coleman, and Nate discuss everything from Animorphs to Power Rangers to Game of Thrones! We also bring Nate up to speed on what’s been happening in the series thus far, we have a mini-discussion about Animorphs #1 The Invasion, we’ll talk Howlers and Pemalites, Ellimists and Crayaks, Iskoorts and alien worlds. The Animorphs are on another mission to save an obnoxious alien race on a faraway planet and defeat the Ellimist’s arch nemesis, Crayak. There are many “firsts” for the series in this book, and we’ll discuss them all! All that and more when we review Animorphs book, #26, The Attack.

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Episode 30: The Extreme

Episode 30: The Extreme

This Speak, the guys discuss the ghostwriting process now that we’re entering that territory, revisiting the “listener emails” section of the show and reading some, an argument about Visser 3’s feeding grounds, Coleman’s bizarre feelings on this book, Ax impersonates Visser 3 again, we discuss how the team handles arctic conditions, everyone almost freezes to death, another quickly wrapped-up plot, and comparisons to The Forgotten. All that and more, when we review the first ghostwritten Animorphs book, #25, The Extreme.

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Episode 29: The Suspicion

Episode 29: The Suspicion

This Speak, it’s the amazing shrinking Animorphs! Mitchell and Coleman discuss; the future of the Thought-Speak podcast, all the spoilers contained within the cover images, everything wrong with the Helmacrons, plenty of action filler scenes, Coleman’s outspoken opinions on the fandom, the story of the stupid r/Animorphs karma-stealing sweatshirt, Coleman points out a print error that went uncaught by the authors and publishers, the similarities between this book and Michael Grant’s BZRK, the stupid idea to include the Yeerks in this whole shrinking plot, the return of Chapman and a meeting of the Sharing, and the usefulness of the anteater morph! All that and more, when we review Animorphs book #24, The Suspicion.

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