Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 is an action-adventure first-person shooter game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Toronto and published by Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is the eleventh entry and the fifth main title in the Far Cry series. The game takes place in the fictional Hope County, Montana, where charismatic preacher Joseph Seed and his cult Project at Eden’s Gate holds a dictatorial rule over the area. The story follows an unnamed junior deputy sheriff, who becomes trapped in Hope County and works alongside factions of a resistance to liberate the county from Eden’s Gate.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: DJ Shadow ft. Nils Frahm – Scars

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Star Wars- A New Hope

It’s 1977 and a tiny blockade runner is chased by the scariest triangle in film history. The movie is not just part of cinema history, it leans on the history of cinema. NEON takes you from a galaxy far far away, to feudal Japan and the films of Akira Kurosawa. This episode also looks at how much World War II shaped the look and feel of this sci-fi film. It also has an interesting story of how we nearly ended up with a very different and far worse version of the film.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu
Produced by Dan Morelle
Music: Nas – Hip Hop is Dead
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God of War

Sony had allowed Kratos some well-deserved rest from his series of games until 2018 when a new one came out for the PS4. But this time they went from the legends of Greece, to the tales from Norse mythology. NEON looks at the evolution of the games as well as the evolution of the legends they are inspired by. Jem also points out the fact that a video game character was able to switch from one mythology to another tells us something else, the similarity of beliefs and storytelling from around the world.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu
Produced by Dan Morelle
Music: Run the Jewels – Legend Has It
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Game of Thrones

George RR Martin’s epic tale of a Song of Fire and Ice has been turned into the hottest TV show (in every sense of that phrase) of the last decade. Jem loves it and thinks it’s not only a great story, an epic TV show but also hiding real history amongst the dragons and the bedrooms. Its fantasy, but it can teach us important lessons about real history, and not just the Wars of the Roses. Come with NEON on a journey to the world of Scottish medieval politics, European dynastic clashes and of course the Wall, what is and what it isn’t.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Orbital – Copenhagen

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Hip Hop

Is hip-hop the most socially aware form of modern music? Will Public Enemy or Ice-T in 100 years’ time be thought of a black America’s Chaucer or Dickens? Jem reminisces about being a white middle class boy growing up in suburban London listening to some of the most “dangerous” music coming out of America, and loving it. This NEON episode is a love letter to the best from a maligned genre and also makes an important point, that at its best hip-hop tells stories as dark and as honest as any of great literature from the past.

Written & Presented by Cool J-Dee

Produced by The DZA

Music: The Next Episode – Dr. Dre

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Minisode: Ready Player One

Steeped in 80’s pop culture, try tearing us away from giving NEON’s take on Steven Spielberg’s latest blockbuster!

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Jump – Van Halen

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Troy: Fall of a City

The oldest story from the West is unsurprisingly one of the most famous. Who hasn’t heard of the Trojan Wars, the Trojan horse and how Helen’s face launched a thousand ships? The BBC spent millions on the series Troy: Fall of a City, only to receive mixed reviews. NEON applauds its ambition and then looks at the myth versus the potential historical reality. There is an argument for historical accuracy, resignation that drama sometimes comes first and a debate about could it be that everything you know about that horse is wrong? And how long could a siege go on for?

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Gary Numan – Films

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Possibly the most perfect action movie of all time, a classic that even the sequels couldn’t better. NEON is not about to challenge the supremacy of such an iconic movie, but it does start some interesting conversations. Firstly is the Ark actually “lost”? The Ethiopians don’t think so, want to know why? NEON explains all. Then there’s the fight around the weird German airplane, NEON reveals that the aircraft in question may not be all that fictional. Add to that bonus information about another classic movie Das Boot and you have another must listen to episode.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Critical Mass – College

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Is it possible to create a medieval life simulator? If it is, does anybody want one? Warhorse studios decided to find out with their highly complex and inventive game this year. The comparison to Skyrim is inevitable and yet both games stand on their own as champions of the publisher’ vision. It also is a chance to look the game versus the reality of medieval life. NEON starts asking you morale questions not only about your actions in real life but how you may play video games in a way that isn’t quite cheating, but probably isn’t what the publishers had in mind either.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu
Produced by Dan Morelle
Music: Beastie Boys – Piano Jam
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

One of the biggest hits, from the biggest movie franchise on the planet, and yet the Last Jedi is also very divisive. This doesn’t deter NEON as the deep dive reveals parallels with another sci-fi franchise Warhammer 40,000 and of course real history. Napoleon gets a look as do Ancient Rome. Perhaps the best scene in the movie involves Snoke and his Praetorian Guard and NEON compares the action of this fictional body guard to the real Roman one, who comes out of the comparison better? Add to that some dark facts about the Nazis and you have a truly epic episode.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu
Produced by Dan Morelle
Music: The Prodigy – Diesel Power
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