Join David, Ian, and Dylan for the eighteenth and final episode of season 4, for which we watched 1994's statistically improbable film variation of one of the most recognizable video game franchises of all time. That's right, we watched Street Fighter! Never before has a movie elicited such conflicting emotions one after the other in such quick succession. Mostly joy and dread. Would I recommend you watch it? That's not my job here. I just type these little anecdotes. But yes, I would. In any case, it stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raúl Juliá, along with supporting performances by Byron Mann, Damian Chapa, Kylie Minogue, Ming-Na Wen, and Wes Studi.

As you may be able to tell, we bookended the season with both Street Fighter Movies, starting with “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li” and ending with the good one. We didn’t do it on purpose, but I think it’s really nice.

In any case, this also means that I’ve already talked about the franchise, so I’m kind of in a bind here.

How about an interesting anecdote?

Jean-Claude Van Damme had two choices for staring roles in video game films, of the two he obviously chose to be Guile in Street Fighter (spoilers), but to get that job he had to turn down appearing in Mortal Kombat as Johnny Cage, the character who was based on him and the bad experience the Mortal Kombat team had in making a game starring Van Damme that eventually turned into Mortal Kombat after he bowed out of the project.

Now that would have been a really meta casting choice.

But instead Van Damme decided to play the most American American that had ever Americaned, with a totally American accent.

I’m kidding, he just sounded like Jean-Claude Van Damme. That man can only sound one way, but you love him for it. I know you do.

I’ve seen your Diary. You cannot hide from the truth.

See you next week for the Post-Season Podcast.

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