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"Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) is the ninth episode of Talks Machina.

Andrew from CritRoleStats answers questions about how he got started with stat-tracking for the show and how CritRoleStats has grown from there. Laura Bailey, Liam O'Brien, and Sam Riegel discuss "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81) with Brian Wayne Foster.

Synopsis[]

Talk with Andrew[]

  • Q: How many people maintain the website?[1]
    • A: Four (Andrew, Catherine, the Singing Badger, and Lauren. More on CritRoleStats)
  • Q: When did Andrew start watching the show? And what is the origin story of the website?[2]
    • A: "Hubris" (1x17), taking his personal notes that evolved into CritRoleStats.
  • Q: Walk us through your thursday night. What are the live duties of CritRoleStats?[3]
    • A: Andrew handles live tweeting, Catherine tracks HP shifts, both Badger and Lauren track the running stats (dice rolls, puns, etc).
  • Q: What are the strangest stats you track?
  • Q: What are the strangest requests you got from critters?
  • Q: What are your favorite stats to track?[4]
    • A: For Andrew — stats connected with time (running time, battle time, etc). For Badger — media references.
  • Q: What are the biggest challenges you face with working on CritRoleStats?[5]
    • A: Time

Talk with the cast[]


GIF of the Week

  • Q: Scanlan is starting to show a bit of a dark side. Was that always there or has his death taken a toll?[11]
  • For Liam and Laura: How are you feeling about Scanlan's suude abuse?[12]
  • Q: How do you feel Vax's interactions with Scanlan have affected him?[13]
    • A: Vax is taken aback by his mental problems, as he is used to seeing the jovial side of Scanlan.
  • For Sam: Thoughts on the Super Bowl?
  • For Sam: How would Sam describe Scanlan's state of mind?[14]
  • Q: What are the destructive sides of your characters that in some way are similar to Scanlan's drug addiction but are alien to you IRL?[15]
    • Liam usually does not solve his problems with his fists
  • Q: "Has Scanlan thought about how Kaylie is going to think of him post-suude addiction?"[16]
    • A: Scanlan is trying anything that will provide some relief in a short run but does not look far ahead.
  • Q: Do you think think Scanlan's alignment will change after he Modified Jarett's memory to get a new dose of suude?[17]
  • Q: How is Vax handling Vex's second death?[18]
  • Q: What was going though your mind when the Deck of Many Things came into play?[19]
    • Liam: knew it was destructive when he thoroughly read multiple DnD manuals, preparing for campaigns that involve his kids, and from memories of his childhood campaigns
    • Sam: felt the essence of this item from Liam's reaction but, playing his first campaign of DnD, did not know what it was
  • Q: Knowing what the cards do, would any of your characters draw them?[20]
  • Q: Which did Vax enjoy more: her bath with Percy or getting the flying carpet back?[21]
    • A: "Well, you only get like a couple magic carpets in your life and you can have as many baths as you want."
  • For Liam: How was the bath with Percy? Did Vax enjoy making him uncomfortable?[22]
    • Liam: He was disturbed for Vax, as he cannot tolerate the thought that his naked body was so close to his sister's naked body
    • Laura: Vex doesn't care; she is pretty free with her body
  • Q: What do you think Raishan is searching for?[23]
    • Sam: Raishan stole two of her babies she had with Thordak
  • Q: If the twins had been accepted by elven society from the moment they were born, what profession would they have chosen?[24]
    • Laura: Ambassador or another specialization involving negotiations
    • Liam: Soldier, without thinking about the consequences

Fan art of the Week

  • Q: How did Vex feel when Scanlan ratted out to Allura Vysoren the finding of the carpet?[25]
  • Q: Will Scanlan inspire Vox Machina differently, now that he has become Darth Scanlan?[26]
  • Q: If CritRoleStats would track any part of your life that is not Critical Role related, what would it be?[27]

Talks Machina After Dark[]

  • Q: How do you keep from stepping on each other's toes when there isn't a combat order?[28]
  • Q: Does anyone knows who did the makeup for the opening?[29]
    • A: Misti Dawn
  • Q: Who is Sam's favorite guest player?[30]
  • Q: Liam is always wearing a silver looking bracelet on his upper forearm. Does it have special significance?
    • A: Nope, but it's styled like a snake, reminding Liam of Simon.
  • Q: What is your favorite prank call you did at cons?[32]
    • Laura: Shin-chan
  • For Sam and Liam: What do your wives think about the show?[33]
    • Quyen Tran watched only one episode and was wondering: "Is this what the whole show is and why are you all talking in British accents?"
    • When Liam tells Amy about his DnD game, she listens to little tidbits of the first and the second story but by the third one her eyes would glaze.
  • Q: Sam: How do you come up with your songs?[34]
  • For Laura: With Trinket's decreased role, now that your levels and stakes are so high, is it time for Trinket to retire and stay safe in Whitestone?[35]
  • Q: Did Vex wear the Raven's Slumber with unconscious Trinket inside while she was in the bathtub?[36]
  • Q: How do think about your decision to rest before the fight with Raishan?[37]
  • For Liam and Laura: How do you think Sylador will react to your characters' relationships with Keyleth and Percy?[38]
  • For Laura: Do you have an idea for a DnD campaign?[39]
    • Sam: It for sure would involve angels and vampires
    • Laura: Fantasy setting with "romance everywhere".
  • Q: How can a person with zero acting training get into a character?[40]

Quotations[]

References[]

  1. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 2:07.
  2. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 4:35.
  3. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 6:09.
  4. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 10:18.
  5. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 11:33.
  6. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 14:25.
  7. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 17:42.
  8. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 18:30.
  9. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 19:49.
  10. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 20:44.
  11. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 25:19.
  12. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 26:24.
  13. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 27:34.
  14. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 29:49.
  15. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 32:10.
  16. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 33:00.
  17. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 34:50.
  18. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 36:26.
  19. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 39:48.
  20. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 41:35.
  21. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 45:14.
  22. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 46:05.
  23. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 50:24.
  24. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 51:32.
  25. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 55:20.
  26. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 56:40.
  27. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 57:42.
  28. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 1:01:40.
  29. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 1:01:40.
  30. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 1:01:40.
  31. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 1:05:52.
  32. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 1:06:18.
  33. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 1:07:49.
  34. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 1:07:49.
  35. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 1:11:52.
  36. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 1:13:46.
  37. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 1:14:09.
  38. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 1:16:32.
  39. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 1:17:18.
  40. See "Talks Machina #9: 'What Lies Beneath the Surface'" (TMx09) at 1:17:52.

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