The Geek & Sundry network, now famous for things like Tabletop and Sagas of Sundry and of course, Critical Role, has a wide variety of shows on it’s joint project with the Nerdist, Project Alpha or just Alpha for short. If you’re only watching Critical Role on YouTube, you’ll have noticed that it’s delayed a week reaching there, despite being livestreamed on Twitch weekly. At the same time it’s on Twitch, it’s also live on Alpha. In fact many of their Twitch shows are on Alpha. I’m not here to sell you on Alpha (specifically) but I do want to tell you about one of my favorite shows they’ve done, singular to Alpha (not Twitch) and wholly unique.
Thrashtopia is a weekly talk show with host, Whitney Moore, that takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian bunker. Whitney, with the help of her best pal, Bunker Bot (played by Jason Charles Miller of many a G&S, project as well as lead singer of Godhead) host guests each week in the bunker to talk about how the apocalypse is going beyond the bunker.
Whitney is being cared for by Bunker Bot, who both makes sure she’s eating enough and isn’t lounging and wasting away mentally or physically. In addition, inside this strange show, Whitney hosts a segment called “Adulting in the Apocalypse” which I believe you can now view all of on YouTube, though Season 1 of Thrashtopia has ended.
I love this silly little show so much. It has this like really throwback vibe that makes me think that this would’ve been one of the shows playing on television in the early eighties. Like it’s got this great post-punk, metal attitude with a cheery host and it all sort of reminds me of movies like UHF. It’s not taking itself too seriously. Which I adore.
And of course, at the end of every episode, Whitney (and usually her guest as well) have to “mosh it out” for two minutes. They dance around as a cap on whatever topic the episode was about. And while it does have this sort of innocent vibe going on in the first few episodes, it takes a sharp turn pretty quickly. It’s not for kids. (Not even for cool babies.)
Alpha does have a monthly fee if you decide to sign-up for the service. And while I loathe that channels like CBS have their own paid app, I’ve recommended Alpha to just about everyone I know at this point. If nerdy shit is your thing, there’s something for you to watch on Alpha. Believe me this won’t be the first thing I write about non-CR Alpha shows. This isn’t even my favorite one. But it’s really, really unique and if you haven’t signed up for Alpha before you can do so now and watch free for 30 days. That’s worth it. And more than plenty enough time to watch all of Thrashtopia Season 1.