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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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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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Episode 27: Animorphs: Hork-Bajir Chronicles

Episode 27: Animorphs: Hork-Bajir Chronicles

This speak: the subtle differences between the hard & soft covers, Coleman’s beef with the Hork-Bajir design, how with equal parts science and Ellimist anything is possible, how the Yeerks are like ISIS, how the Hork-Bajir homeworld doesn’t have a proper name, but even if it did it would probably be something stupid, Aldrea’s unlikely morphing ability, Tribe Trees and Father Deep, a Rick & Morty reference, several Star Wars references, Aldrea’s poor brother Barafin and his bunk habits, why you should not be like the Arn, why the Arn are unbelievable dicks, an unlikely army of mind-controlled monsters, the Andalites continue to disappoint and suck at war, yet another interracial relationship in sci-fi, and the new Hork-Bajir seer means shits about to go down! All that and more in our review of Animorphs:The Hork-Bajir Chronicles.

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Episode 26: The Pretender

Episode 26: The Pretender

This speak: More cover critiques, Tobias gets hawk-blocked, weird unexplained flash-visions plaguing Tobias, the classic soap opera cliche of long-lost relatives showing up, the case of Tobias’s missing clothes, a lovely visit to the Lost Valley of Hork-Bajir for a side mission, the introduction of Toby, a long and drawn-out spying mission, the evolution of conservatism, the coincidences start to get to Coleman, another pre-mission homework cram session, Visser Aria’s awesome acting, Rachel and Tobias finally have that relationship conversation we’ve all been waiting for, and the review that’s sure to upset some fans! All that and more in our review of Animorphs #23, The Pretender.

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Episode 25: The Solution

Episode 25: The Solution

This speak: As usual, we discuss in deep detail, like way too much detail, the cover illustration and the blurb on the back of the book, in-depth character discussions on Rachel and David, how David takes the ‘Michael Meyers’ approach to stalking the team, everyone getting “CHAOS MORPHS”, Visser Tony’s brief cameo this book, our suggestions and ideas for how they could have made David work as an Animorph, the fate of poor cousin Saddler, and of course the poor fate of David, and Coleman’s proposal for a more humane way to end the David situation that would have had David in a much better place. All that and more in our review of Animorphs #22, The Solution.

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Episode 24: The Threat

Episode 24: The Threat

This speak: Another in-depth discussion of the book cover, more talk about how big of a D-bag David is, more character development for Cassie, poor cousin Saddler, Visser Tony’s hologram-ception plot, another mission gone awry, the many deaths of Tobias, and one of our favorite morph-on-morph showdowns in the entire series! All that and more in our review of Animorphs #21, The Threat.

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Episode 23: The Discovery

Episode 23: The Discovery

This speak: We start our review by praising the hell out of this much loved book and by dissecting our new character David, Coleman makes a bold statement right off the gate about David, why getting the Escafil device back matters so much and why the Animorphs need to do whatever it takes to get it back, another visit from Eric is always a nice surprise, how we’re going to lose our Russian listeners, we discuss birds breaking into bedrooms, why the Animorphs waste a bunch of time blundering around trying to steal the blue box back from David, the whole stupid sideplot where they try to stop an email from going out, how stupid Visser Three is, David being a coward, and about a million ways the Animorphs could have done everything in this book better! All that and more in our review of Animorphs #20, The Discovery.

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Episode 22: The Departure

Episode 22: The Departure

This speak: another spoiler-ific book cover, Cassie drops out of the war again, a fresh look at the classic “hero and villain must work together” cliche, conveniently placed leopard attacks, random tangents about long-forgotten movies, a much-needed Yeerk biology lesson covering reproduction, a lot of talk about two girls hanging out in the woods, the Yeerk’s possible fake-Andalite propaganda, conveniently placed caterpillars, someone finally calls Cassie a fool, and the worst deal any Animorph ever made! All that and more in our review of Animorphs #19, The Departure.

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Episode 21: Megamorphs 2: In The Time Of Dinosaurs

Episode 21: Megamorphs 2: In The Time Of Dinosaurs

This week on Thought-Speak: Making fun of the terrible covers, Liz reads the back of the book, the sudden abundance of Sario Rips, we discuss what actors the characters voices might sound like, milking T-rexs, faulty morph technology, Ax adding a T-Rex kill to his list of accomplishments, obvious ominous comets, crafting items from their downed enemies, Craaaaab peeeeoople, prehistoric ant aliens, broccoli’s alien origins, the team’s worst best plan involving Sario Rips, we discuss a much better cover design, dinosaurs fighting alien ants, and whole bunch of other weird crap you’ll only ever hear about in an Animorphs discussion! All that and more in our epic review of Megamorphs #2, In The Time Of Dinosaurs!

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Episode 20: THE DECISION

Episode 20: THE DECISION

This week on Thought-Speak: Making fun of the inside cover flap, Chapman’s road rage, mosquitos! Ax’s Matrix moves, a convenient POP! Is the Ellimist involved? Are there still any ‘coincidences’ in this world? Captain Sam the Andalite traitor, differences between Andalite and Leeran cultures, the hammerhead shark finally makes it into Leeran waters, the Leeran-controller’s only weakness: it’s dangly-brain bits, Marco makes a weird Vietnam reference, and we share some of our own Z-space mass theories! All that and more in our review of Animorphs book 18, “The Decision.”

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Episode 19: THE UNDERGROUND

Episode 19: THE UNDERGROUND

Today on Thought-Speak: Remember Private Thought-Speak? It’s back! Also: another in-depth discussion of the cover! Does this book deserve to be more than just “the oatmeal” book? Planet Hollywood! Coincidences! Continuity! More coincidences! Nuthouses! Building a better tarantula scene! The story of poor, poor George Edelmen! Oatmeal! Rachel’s absence from her own plot! Mole morph! The Underground! All that and more in our review of Animorphs book 17, “The Underground.”

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Episode 18: THE WARNING

Episode 18: THE WARNING

Today on Thought-Speak: An explanation about the most recent hiatus, a revelation about Mitchell and Coleman’s other projects, 90′s internet lingo, more poop humor, infiltrating the WAA! HQ, the best scene with Jake’s family yet, another Animorphs mission gone wrong, lovely Yeerk cannibalism… All that and more in our review of Animorphs book 16, “The Warning.”

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Episode 17: THE ESCAPE

Episode 17: THE ESCAPE

In this episode we’re talking about when the Animorphs lose their innocence, building a better Animorphs video game, offensive parrots, Erek’s under-utilized hologram powers, Coming next fall from the makers of Thought-Speak… Dolphin Rodeo!, Ocean World, #sharkpetting, why the Yeerks need to stop shouting “Andalite!”, SPOILERS for Jaws 3, why this series should have been a little more like Spider-Man, Jake’s magical bully detector, how Tobias started riding Rachel, Marco’s power obsession, Animorphs VS. Predator, Visser 3′s opaque obsession, how another one of Cassie’s plans almost gets everybody killed, convenient brain implants, Visser 3′s giant yellow water snake, and how Jake became Marco’s rageaholic sponsor! All that and more in our review of Animorphs book 15, “The Escape.”

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Episode 16: THE UNKNOWN

Episode 16: THE UNKNOWN

In this episode we’re talking about how much we miss Nate, how awesome our new opening and segue-ways are, getting tweeted at by Applegate + Grant, more making fun of the Scholastic marketing team, how ugly and wrong the cover is, another crazy theory about the Animorphs journals, Crazy Helen’s “Loco Weed?”, a uncharacteristic sci-fi reference overload, more arguing about how to split the series into “seasons”, how Marco gets away with being a dick all the time, Yeerks in horses, poop jokes!, toilet humor, and weird Animorphs fan fiction! All that and more in our review of Animorphs book 14, “The Unknown.”

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Episode 15: THE ANDALITE CHRONICLES

Episode 15: THE ANDALITE CHRONICLES

In this super-ultra-mega-special episode, we’re starting right out introducing our super-ultra-mega-special guest co-host, Nate! We’ll let him introduce himself and play a little trivia game to get him warmed up on the series. That’s not all, we also discuss in excruciating detail the book’s cover art, the Andalite re-design, the science of morphing technology, Z-Space mass, the two hour time limit, the Skrit Na alien race, the Chapman Chronicles, the various alien languages, the Andalite home-world economy, the spooooky Ellimist, Doctor Who references galore, alternate timelines and why we shouldn’t discuss them, Futurama references galore, the Taxxon homeworld, Star Wars references galore, genocide and xenocide, the Time Matrix, why you shouldn’t summon Hellraiser, Ender’s Game references galore, K.A. Applegate’s centaur fetish, pocket universes and why we shouldn’t discuss them, His Dark Materials references galore, how the Ellimist screwed over Loren, Dragon Ball Z references galore, and the first ever review from a non-fan of the series! All that and more, when we recruit our first-ever guest co-host to help us review “The Andalite Chronicles”!

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Episode 14: THE CHANGE

Episode 14: THE CHANGE

In this episode we’re talking about how terrible the Animorphs TV show is, an announcement for next week’s special episode, we try out our Hork-Bajir accents, getting sexist about female Hork-Bajir, the political beef between Andalites and Hork-Bajir, the “something else” that’s in Tobias, how to tell a male Hork-Bajir from a female Hork-Bajir, and how Tobias gets his groove back! All that and more in our review of Animorphs book 13, “The Change.”

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Episode 13: THE REACTION

Episode 13: THE REACTION

In this episode we’re talking about the worst Animorphs fans, the crazy amount of Andalite Chronicles ads, Jeremy Jason McColeman, lots and lots of great dialogue, the level of dedication that Visser 3 has for his job, Marco’s awesome llama morph, Cassie and Marco wanting to morph Rachel, Ax being a real “bad Ax”, more evidence of Cassie being a creep, and another book we want! All that and more in our review of Animorphs book 12, “The Reaction.”

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Episode 12: THE FORGOTTEN

Episode 12: THE FORGOTTEN

In this episode we’re talking about where we’re supposed to find the books, a hidden gem in the recap, how Jake might screw with Tom during their home lives, Jake’s “time flashes”, the Animorphs “go out attacking” mentality, the supposed rarity of sario rips, who the richest Animorph might be, more questions and rules for morphing, urethra fish, Time Travel with Coleman, and soooo many random tangents! All that and more in our review of Animorphs book 11, “The Forgotten.”

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Episode 11: THE ANDROID

Episode 11: THE ANDROID

In this episode we’re talking all about the “get morphed” contest winner, why our review of The Secret was justified, Coleman’s thoughts on Chee fan art, the many near-deaths of Marco, what Z-Space “mass” might look like, awkward Rachel/Tobias flirting, communist Pemalites, what the Alternamorphs series should have been, bat morph, and the bloodiest, most gruesome battle since The Stranger! All that and more in our review of Animorphs book 10, “The Android.”

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Episode 10: THE SECRET

Episode 10: THE SECRET

This week, hosts Mitchell and Coleman talk about the longest opening recap yet, Batman vs. Spider Man, unnecessary termite morphs, unnecessary skunk side-plots, Marco’s one good zinger from this book, Visser 3′s new box obsession, and the ultimate weapon: skunk butt! All that and more in our review of Animorphs book 9, “The Secret.”

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Episode 9: THE ALIEN

Episode 9: THE ALIEN

This week, hosts Mitchell and Coleman geek out about Ax’s first official character design, how terrible the Animorphs are at watching Ax, cool ways for Yeerks to die, kangaroo battle morph, the many conveniences of the plot, how Cassie finally snapped and went too far, how Ax phoning home makes absolutely no sense, when the plot jumped the shark, the many friendship speeches of this book, and our different opinions on Seerow’s Kindness! All that and more in the review of Animorphs book 8, “The Alien.”

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Episode 8: MEGAMORPHS: The Andalite’s Gift

Episode 8: MEGAMORPHS: The Andalite’s Gift

In this first-ever Mega episode, hosts Mitchell and Coleman discuss the Animorph’s diary exchange program, the last instance of Melissa being a relevant character, the incompetence of Rachel, the incompetence of the Veleek, Tobias the skycam, the retro book cover, a better Rachel plot, Cassie the Animorphs secretary, our own crazy homeless shack lady theory: yep, we figured out who she really is, punching lawnmowers, Geography With Coleman!, and the continuing incompetence of Visser 3! All that and more in the first ever “Megamorphs” Animorphs book, “The Andalite’s Gift.”

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Episode 7: THE STRANGER

Episode 7: THE STRANGER

In this week’s installment hosts Mitchell and Coleman discuss time travel, tattoos, time travel tattoos, the Applegate vault, the inaccuracy of the cover images, what’s going on with the Ellimists?, various plot holes, and some actual listener emails to read! All that and more in the season finale of Animorphs: book 7, “The Stranger.”

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