Agents of SMOOCH

Hosted by Annette Wierstra

A podcast that’s looking for love in all the right places. Join the Agents of SMOOCH as we delve into the romance of sweeping epics and classic romcoms. Our mission is to investigate the important questions: Should they or shouldn’t they? Is there such a thing as One True Love? Did that smooch have any chemistry? We might not have all the answers, but we know you had us at “Hello.”

Latest Episode: March 17, 2023 — Our Flag Means Death

96 Their Gender is Assassin

It is time for our Agents to get into the inspiration for our Pirates series: Season 1 of Our Flag Means Death. This romantic comic pirate series has inspired a lot of feelings from our Agents - not just for our lead characters: Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby) and Black Beard (Taika Watiki) but for the entire crew of misfit pirates. We are excited to bring you on board for this mission while we wait for Season 2 of this adventure on the sea.

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Previous Episodes

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    March 3, 2023 Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise
    95 The Fast & Furious on Boats

    Our Agents continue their pirate mission with a review of all five Pirates of the Caribbean movies. They tackle important questions like: Can a fight scene be too long? What is an acceptable age gap between suitors? When should your Kraken be light and when should it be intense? Join us as we try to focus on the first movie but end up discussing the full series at length.

    Trigger warning: We talk about the allegations about Johnny Depp from 50 to 62 minutes so you can skip that part or you can skip this whole episode if you prefer.

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    February 17, 2023 The Princess Bride
    94 Is This a Kissing Podcast?

    It’s time for more pirates and the beloved Princess Bride (1987) movie. This is a movie our agents know by heart but they are coming back to after a long period of absence. Does this change our perspective of the classic romantic adventure? We dive right in with a focus on the romance between Princess Buttercup and her Wesley. Is it a great epic romance? They also consider how this story might shift if anyone dared to give it a modern reboot (inconceivable!) or a sequel (looking at you Willow). Drop. Your. Sword. And get ready to skip straight to the kissing parts.

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    February 3, 2023 Stardust
    93 Did the Unicorn Get Toasted?

    Git out yer swords and oversized hats, mateys! It is time for our Falling for Pirates series. Our first swashbuckling mission begins with the romantic, fairytale adventure Stardust, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. Our agents were happy to run through The Wall to follow this all-star cast in an epic chase with royal intrigue and magic with a side of sky pirates.

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    January 20, 2023 Warmer in Winter RPG: Story #2
    92 A Pirate Emergency

    Our intrepid romancers are back with the continuation of our Valentine-themed romance RPG. While they literally try to herd cats, it becomes a romantic chase story. Who will find whom? What is happening with Magnus’ kids? Will this Valentine’s Day Dance ever happen? Tune in to join Betty (Kathy), Cameron (Will), Magnus (James), Mayor Miranda (Kirsten), Stella (Shelly), and Ms. Harper (Jean) in this rollicking romance.

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    January 6, 2023 Warmer in Winter RPG: Story #2
    91 With a Cat on My Head

    A long time ago, for our second anniversary, we recorded a Valentine-themed romance RPG. As we head back into the new year, with our third anniversary fast approaching, we are releasing part one of this delightful, cat-centric romance story. Join Betty (Kathy), Cameron (Will), Magnus (James), Mayor Miranda (Kirsten), Stella (Shelly), and Ms. Harper (Jean) as they try to plan the Valentine Dance of their dreams. This is our second romantic role-playing game using the Warmer in Winter game from Will Lentz.

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    December 23, 2022 A Christmas Movie Marathon
    90 Serial Killer Android Angels

    It’s that time of year again! We’ve got our ugly sweaters on and some of the agents who are all in the same city gathered for snacks, cocktails, and a daylong holiday movie marathon! We discuss the ineffable definition of chemistry and why some actors have it and some don’t. We also evaluate the quality of the movies we’ve been watching from a variety of criteria:

    • Is it good/good?
    • Is it bad in the best way?
    • Was there chemistry?
    • Did I have a good bingo card round?
    • Does it remind us of Doctor Who?
    • Were the musicians actually playing?
    • Did it have the worst skating scene ever filmed?
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    December 9, 2022 Falling for Christmas
    89 Hat on a Fuzzy Hat

    We are back with Season 3 of Agents of SMOOCH. We couldn’t let prime romance movie season pass us by. So we are starting with Lindsay Lohan’s holiday offering: Falling for Christmas. Join our agents as they discuss what worked, what didn’t, which snow was fake, and what makes this a very good movie for our holiday bingo cards.

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    October 28, 2022 The Addams Family (1991)
    88 It Starts with the Eyes

    Join our Incomprehensible Agents of SMOOCH for a special Halloween movie commentary. Cue up the 1991 version of The Addams Family and get ready for some serious romantic gazes with the Addams Family. This movie is a family classic but under the surface has a lot of simmering heat that makes it perfect for a romantic Halloween mission.

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    September 16, 2022 Season 3 Teaser
    87 Romance on Pause

    A brief announcement from our Director and a preview of what is coming in Season 3 of Agents of SMOOCH on starting October 28.

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    September 2, 2022 Ever After
    86 Meet Fruit Cute

    Join us for a mission of love of Ever After. Is it the perfect retelling of Cinderella? Possibly. For a movie that is 25 years old (seriously, we are all old), it generally holds up. All the Agents on this mission have been watching and rewatching Ever After for all those years and are prepared to pick apart what they like, what they would fix, and why they mute the credit. Get your apple throwing arm ready and join us for our happily ever after.

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