Friday, February 17, 2017

'The Genius' Coverage Master List


THE GENIUS 1: RULES OF THE GAME

THE GENIUS 2: RULE BREAKER

THE GENIUS 3: BLACK GARNET

THE GENIUS 4: GRAND FINAL
Auction Draft with Kos
Horror Race with Jay Fischer
Fish Shop with Mike Bloom
Seed Poker with AJ Mass
Minus Auction II with Lauren Las
Cooperative Holdem with Ian Terry

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Genius: Season Three in Review (Part 4)


After (gradually) working our way from Fruit Stand through Chain Auction here, here, and here, we're back to close the book for good on our seasonal Genius coverage as we break down the final two rounds of Genius 3 and offer parting thoughts on the cast and season as a whole. Listen to our our takes and doubt them aggressively on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Zomboy)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Genius: Season Three in Review (Part 3)


After discussing the first seven episodes of The Genius: Black Garnet here and here, we're back to break down Investment and Donation, Middle Race 2, and Chain Auction, all while vying to be the most miserly. Truncate the decimals to make a perfect 10 when you listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

SPOILER ALERTEvents from the beginning of TG1 through the end of TG3 are talked about openly. Nothing from TG4 other than the cast.

Watch the Monorail bonus match here.
music: Idiotape

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Survivor 33: Season in Review



Our New Year's resolution was to release episodes in a more timely manner and we've given that our usual level of commitment; all the Millennials may be senior citizens by now but the takes are still fresh out of the oven. This is one of our longest episodes of all time, which is saying a lot, so see the breakdown below for individual segments. As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

05:13 Start of finale discussion through F4
1:02:00 Final Tribal Council
1:36:10 Race/gender patterns in casting/voting
1:46:43 Thoughts on the cast in order
2:46:30 David and the psychology of returning players
3:08:45 Adam as a winner (see our interview with him here)
3:19:07 Thoughts on the season as a whole
3:30:00 Portraying mental health on Survivor
3:33:28 Brief S34 thoughts and 10-dimensional RHAP chess

(music: if you don't know by now, be ashamed!)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Adam Klein Examines Millennials vs. Gen X


Fresh off his million-dollar win, Survivor champ Adam Klein joins us to revisit Millennials vs. Gen X and discuss all the critical decisions along his incredible path to victory.  What really went on during the early days at Millennial beach and how did he turn things around after a rocky start? Did casting so many superfans change the dynamic within the game and how might it impact the show going forward? What's the best way to handle Jeff Probst? And how does he feel about getting such an unconventional #WinnerEdit? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: The Black Keys)

Monday, December 12, 2016

Survivor 33: Finale Preview


With two days left before the winner is crowned, we're back to decide which foxhole we want to die in as we vow to swallow a cyanide pill rather than admit defeat. Plus, is it fair to cast high schoolers to play against grown-ass (wo)men? Is Ken just Gabriel Cade fifteen years later? Is this the least predictable jury of all time? And who the hell's winning this thing? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: U2)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Where Big Brother Ends Up: Fan Interaction on RTV





(Music: Strangers - Passenger)

For obsessive reality TV fans, a favourite pastime is grimacing at the excesses of other obsessive reality TV fans. With the end of the aptly named Big Brother: Over The Top, where fans had more influence than ever before over the players they loved and hated, this seemed like the perfect time to explore the nature of fan interaction in reality TV. We take a tour through the history of the genre with Amanda Ann Klein, while Stephen Fishbach and Andy Herren discuss their experiences as reality show contestants, alumni, and Twitter firebrands.

5:21 - Stephen
50:04 - Amanda
1:27:10 - Andy

You can listen below, here, or find us on iTunes here.