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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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Episode 28: The Michael Grant Interview

Episode 28: The Michael Grant Interview

On this unfeasibly special episode of Thought-Speak, Mitchell and Coleman somehow managed to snag an interview with the man, the myth, the legend and one-half of the K.A. Applegate duo that gave us Animorphs, Michael Grant! We were lucky to have an hour of his time where we spoke with him (quite candidly at times) about all of his works, including: Front Lines, Gone, BZRK, Messenger of Fear, Eve & Adam, and of course our beloved Animorphs. This is not an episode to be missed, folks!

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