Monday, December 15, 2014

Survivor 29: Pre-Finale Commentary



Better late than earlier, we are reunited this week to give some questionably hot takes on the penultimate act of San Juan del Sur. In a season so chaotic, why was Jon's downfall predictable and how might he have prevented it? Will last-round draft pick Natalie continue to prove us wrong or will she fall at the final hurdle? Or could Keith actually win, showing that nothing is real and all human claims to knowledge are ultimately futile? All this and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Survivor 29: Wesley Sniped -- Episode 10 Recap/Analysis with Ian Terry


With Dom's internet out of commission, Big Brother 14 champ Ian Terry fills in to break down the latest Survivor happenings and, more importantly, remind oppressors that America will not be made anybody's bitch. Are we being beaten over the head by a classic winner edit or might Jon and Jaclyn find themselves in jeopardy down the line? Was Natalie right to coach her biggest threat into staying alive? And what's scientific approach to an endurance challenge? All that PLUS our comprehensive candy bar rankings when you listen below, here, or on iTunes here.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Survivor 29: In Which Jeremy is Extinguished (ta-da!) -- Episode 9 Recap/Analysis with Kos


In a world where Josh and Jeremy are the first two merge boots, spending two hours predicting what's yet to come is a fool's errand. Fittingly, here we are to do just that, joined once again by confirmed Amanda fanboy Kos Kosdrosky. Was flipping best for Jon and Jaclyn or have they simply managed to focus the target squarely onto themselves? How does Reed proceed from here, and is he a serious contender or just the latest red herring? Plus, find out how much money Colin has decided to donate to Kos this season when you listen below, here, or on iTunes here.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Survivor 29: Miss Misch-igan -- Episode 8 Recap/Analysis



After arguably the least exciting merge vote literally ever, we're back today to talk about everything but that.  While it seems clear that Missy and Baylor are this season's meal ticket, whose plate (and bank account) are they going to fill?  How do things change now that Jon has found the "Hidden" Immunity Idol, and is Jaclyn a serious winner candidate? Plus, we dive into the mailbag to give our barrelfire takes on your questions about seasons past and present. Listen below, here, or on iTunes here.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Survivor 29: Punting the Sweet Fantastic -- Episode 7 Recap/Analysis


With our typical representation from God's greatest nation back and restoring order, we return today to break down the latest happenings of Survivor: Pairs vs. Singles: Josh vs. Jeremy: Mockingjay: Part 1. After offering parting thoughts on the most pathetic casting decision in recent memory Julie, we debate which figurehead will be left standing after the critical merge Tribal Council and how likely is it that they can convert a win from there. Plus, how can aspiring porn stars Jon and Jaclyn position themselves to be long-term decision makers? Will Missy be blinded by playing with her own daughter or will she be able to ... divorce ... herself from her emotions? And what can America's Player, Keith, do to turn this backwoods circus into a million dollar payday? Find out when you listen below, here, or on iTunes here.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Survivor 29: Dale Et Mon Droit -- Episode 6 Recap/Analysis



Good day podcast denizens! With my co-host from across the pond out of action for the week, I enlisted blogger and compatriot Sarah Freeman to chat Survivor. After Dale's smashing effort led nowhere, what's next for power couple Jon & Jaclyn? Are Missy & Baylor as dodgy as they seem?   And why is Jeremy's constant moaning just not cricket? All this and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Survivor 29: Swap It Like It's Hot -- Episodes 4+5 Recap/Analysis



For weeks, the Survivor fanbase has been enthralled by Drew's march to a seemingly inevitable Spradlin-esque victory. As we struggle to process his shocking defenestration, where might things go from here? Was Kelley screwed by the swap, or just outmanoeuvred?  Are the singles or the couples primed to take control? And why will Baylor have no trouble getting divorced? All this and more on last week's/this week's/next week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Revisiting BB16 with Derrick Levasseur


Fresh off of one of the most dominant victories in reality TV history, BB16 champ Derrick Levasseur joins us to break down his own game and to enlighten us on how all of it was done. How much of a role did his background as an undercover detective play in his success? How did he optimize living with such generally boisterous personalities? And why are we the foolish ones for thinking Victoria was easier to beat than Cody? Find out below, here, or on iTunes here.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

BB16: Hollaaaaa -- Season in Review


Two months after securing victory, Derrick Levasseur was finally able to get paid, and today we're back to discuss the players, decisions, and season in general as well as to wax high-horsey about the Big Brother fan community as a whole. Was Cody evicting Victoria the dumbest move in reality history? After an ugly exit, where does Christine go from here? And how much does this season shake up the all-time great player rankings? Find out when you listen below, here, or on iTunes here.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Survivor 29: Going Down Looking -- Episode 3 Recap/Analysis with Spencer Bledsoe


Just as things have begun heating up in Nicaragua, Sprint fan favorite Spencer Bledsoe joins us to break down Rocker's glorious exit, Josh's glorious edit, and, of course, Drew's winsome personality. Plus, how does Spencer's time spent in Cagayan impact his viewing of San Juan del Sur? With a swap looming, is it time to start intentionally Matsinging? And is Jeff Probst's role as executive producer getting in his way as host? All this and more when you listen on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Survivor 29: Idol Threats -- Episode 2 Recap/Analysis


On this wonderful Tuesday morning, it's a look at Episode 2 of Survivor 29 and there's a moderate amount to talk about! Five years after Stephen Fishbach shattered our collective dreams, might we finally see a successful Exile Alliance!? (probably not). With the fanbase quickly retracting their hype over Val, was her lie as bad as it seemed? And which team is Reed actually on? All this and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Survivor 29: Twinning and Losing -- Episode 1 Recap/Analysis


Fashionably late as per usual, we're back today to break down the Survivor premiere, aka pump our fists for ninety consecutive minutes that one of the Twinnies is gone. Beyond that, we examine some of the more prominent players in the season opener and tell you who not to count out just yet as a dark horse. How did John Wetteland Rocker handle the first inning? Plus a 20-minute debate on which random person you don't know is best to send to Exile. Listen on the player below, find the direct link here, or find us on iTunes here


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Survivor 29: The Whitest Kids U' Know -- Season Preview



Welcome to Survivor: San Juan del Sur Blood vs. Water  Good Pair, Bad Pair, and 14 White People 29. In today's episode we use the scientifically proven 'draw names from a hat' method to preview this season's contestants, before discussing the impact of Exile Island 12.0. How terrible are the Twinnies? (Pure evil). Which of Josh or Reed was Spiderman? (We still don't know). And who completely torched our draft this season? (IT WAS FINALLY DOM!). All this and more available below, here, or on iTunes here.



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BB16: Delusions of Grande -- Weeks 9+10 Recap/Analysis


In atypically succinct fashion, we're back today to break down the latest happenings inside Casa de Derrick the BB16 house. Was booting Donny the right idea? Can Nicole piece together any kind of counterstrike? Is Caleb the Brandon Hantz of Big Brother? What are wedding vows? And which Grande makes worse decisions? Find out when you listen on the player below, find the direct link here, or find us on iTunes here.



Monday, August 18, 2014

BB16: Sons of Dictatorship -- Weeks 7+8 Recap/Analysis

NOTE:  iTunes doesn't seem to like this podcast but you can download it below. 
Look for the red arrows.


Hey gang! Today we're back to break down all of the happenings from inside the BB16 house since the live double eviction, but in lieu of a poignant soulful witty lackluster blog post about all of that, here's a video of a giant rabbit falling down on Big Brother Denmark. Enjoy that clip three or four times, then enjoy the podcast on the player below, find the direct link here, or find us on iTunes here.


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Sunday, August 3, 2014

BB16:He Got Game -- Weeks 5+6 Discussion with Kos


Not to totally jinx it, but we're about to enter what should eventually become a somewhat compelling midgame, and today we're back with our old friend Kos to break down last week's events, the current happenings, as well as the future. Just how good is Derrick? (Prettayyy prettayyy good). Was it fair for Amber's entire storyline to center around Stalkgate? Is Cody just a pretender or might he be the next Drew Daniel? Plus, a 20-minute debate about Christine in which no middle ground is reached and some bonus real-time mid-stakes gambling. Listen on the player below, find the direct link here, or find us on iTunes here.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

BB16: Meet, Prey, Love -- Weeks 1-4 Recap/Analysis


The microphone packs have been charged, the convoluted twists have been drunkenly designed, and the unrequited love is palpably in the air. It's that time of year again -- things are in full swing in the Big Brother house and today we're back to break down all of the conniving, aligning, and imploding of BB16's opening rounds. Plus, now that the game has reverted into its normal state, we examine each remaining player's chances of sealing the deal and becoming America's next half-millionaire. Listen on the player below, find the direct link here, or find us on iTunes here.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Closer Look at Cagayan with Tony Vlachos



After compiling one of the most captivating runs in the show's history, Cagayan champ Tony Vlachos joins us to dissect how his unparalleled hustle and constant reevaluation landed him the million dollars. How useful was his background as a construction worker police officer and how did he balance his real-life ethics with those necessary for success in the game? How did he actually find all of those idols? How does he currently feel about the rest of the cast? Plus, a groundbreaking soliloquy about the theoretical and psychological merits of lying that would make Dan Gheesling weep. All of this and much more when you listen on the player below, find the direct link here, or find us on iTunes here. Additionally, for the first time, you can find a full written transcript of the interview here.



Sunday, June 22, 2014

Examining Cagayan with Spencer Bledsoe


Now that his wild ride through Survivor Cagayan has come to a close, we're back today with Spencer Bledsoe to discuss everything from his time as a fan to his casting experience all the way through every round and decision of the game. Additionally, for the first time, Spencer reveals the actual circumstances surrounding his letter of apology from Jeff Probst and goes public with its contents. Plus, how does he feel about Tony as the winner of the season? What's his take on the various recent claims made by Kass about the goings-on both at Brains camp and post-merge? And might we ever see him return for a second shot at the game? All this and much more when you listen on the player below, find the direct link here, or find us on iTunes here.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Survivor 28: The Bald Ambition Tour -- Season In Review


Timely as always, we're back now that Cagayan has had a month to breathe to offer our final HOT TAKES on the season, its winner, and where both stack up historically. Beyond that, we break down the finale and offer our parting thoughts on every member of the cast. Plus, who might we see return for a future season?  What conclusions can be drawn about Spencer as a player?  And was Woo's decision at final three the worst move in Survivor history? All this and much more when you listen on the player below, find the direct link here, or find us on iTunes here


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Survivor 28: Suck a Bag of Tricks -- Episodes 11+12 Recap/Analysis


This wild ride is coming to an end, but the excitement isn't. As Tony makes his most surprising move yet by not pulling off a coup, what sense can be made of Trish's exit? As great as his theatrics are, can he close when it matters? And could unexpected tinkering with the endgame format shatter the dreams of producers and fans alike? All this, and more, on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.



Friday, May 9, 2014

A Look Back at Big Brother 4 with Jack Owens


Eleven years after his initial run on Big Brother 4, Jack Owens joins us to relive his season week by week and to fill us in on his thought process during the game as well as clear up several longstanding questions. How did he go about fitting in with a group of people who were all 20+ years his junior? What were the real circumstances surrounding Scott's expulsion? What, if anything, would he have done differently in the house? How does he feel about Jun as the winner of his season? And what did he think of Erika's performance on All-Stars? All this, plus a look into his career as an FBI agent and his current work as an author. Listen on the player below, find the direct link here, or find us on iTunes here.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Survivor 28: My Little Tony -- Episode 10 Recap/Analysis




In today's episode we break down all of the latest happenings in Cagayan, the correct pronunciation of which still remains a mystery to us as well as to all of the Survivor universe. What were the proper ideas for the auction and why don't we see rocks drawn every season? Was Tony correct in making yet another game-changing flip? What are the implications as we begin to entertain ideas that two -- not three -- will face the jury? And could Kass light the internet on fire and convert a win? All this, plus a bonus #BBCAN2 minicast when you listen on the player below, find the direct link here, or on iTunes here.



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Survivor 28: You Madea Big Mistake -- Episode 9 Recap/Analysis

(DISCLAIMER: In case you can't hear the disclaimer in the episode because of audio issues... we're having audio issues. New setup, so hopefully it should be over quickly. Bear with us, we shall overcome, etc.)



As pointless twists threaten to slam the brakes on this season, we're here with a late and belaboured discussion of this week's episode. Was there a way out for Spencer and Tasha (and Jeremy) beyond getting 'lucky' with the idol? We can give angry jeremiads about the Tyler Perry idol all we like, but how could and should it affect things? And, though Tony's safety may be ensured for now, is there enough in his bag of tricks to carry him to the finals and through a jury vote? All this, and more, on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Big Brother Canada 2: Weeks 5-7 Recap/Analysis with Ian Terry


Another three weeks have passed in the #BBCAN2 house and today we're back with BB14 champ Ian Terry to break it all down. How legitimate was it for Canada to be the first HoH to crack open the First Five, and how much of that public uprising had to do with Sarah and Kenny's evictions? What does an actual Big Brother mastermind look like? And which HouseGuest is in consideration as the greatest female ever to play the game? Find out when you listen on the player below, find the direct link here, or find us on iTunes here.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Survivor 28: The Purple Wedding -- Episode 8 Recap/Analysis


Just when we thought Survivor: Cagayan might finally be slowing down, last Wednesday turned out to be one of the most exciting episodes in years and today we're back to break it all down. Did Tony make the right move turning the tables so soon on LJ? What considerations led Spencer to ambitiously sit on his Tyler Perry Idol? What's the optimal technique for the classic Survivor memory challenge? And with the game now seemingly wide open, how will things play out next round and going forward?  All this and more when you listen on the player below, find the direct link here, or find us on iTunes here.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Survivor 28: Episode 7 Recap/Analysis with Jay Fischer



Survivor went back to its roots this week, spending precious airtime on nerds and ninjas frolicking in the woods in search of an idol. Why such excitement over what appears to be a humdrum immunity idol, and what happened to Tyler Perry's brainchild? Following on from last week's discussion, what was Kass thinking last week and how will that carry over to future episodes? And, most importantly, what were Colin and others thinking when they convinced themselves Morgan could actually win Survivor? Velvet-voiced Survivor Historian and wise old sage Jay Fischer joins us to cover all this and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.



Sunday, April 6, 2014

S28: Flip, Flip, Flipadelphia -- Merge Recap/Analysis


It may not always be sunny in Cagayan, but nonetheless we're back to break down the latest post-merge happenings. Sarah is dead (she's not actually dead, it's just a business tactic), yet so much remains left to be seen. Is LJ still the favorite to convert the D.E.N.N.I.S. system into sweet, sensual victory? Is Rickety Cricket (Trish) proving herself to be more than a just street rat? Where does Greenman (Spencer) stand now that the acid is wearing off? Which of the waitresses (Morgan, Jefra) are an under-the-radar front-runner? Can Tony McPoyle hold the gang hostage and take home the million? Are Jeremiah and Woo the brains, the brawn, or just the useless chicks? And what can be said of Kass's move other than WILDCARD BITCHES, YEEHAW!? Find out when you listen on the player below, find the direct link here, or find us on iTunes here.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Big Brother Canada 2: Weeks 1-5 Recap/Analysis


(N.B. This was recorded on Wednesday before Heather's HOH win, so make excuses for our woeful predictions accordingly)

Big Brother Canada returned to our screens in early March and today -- punctual as always -- we're back to break down all of the season's major events thus far as well as to forecast how we see things playing out from here. Is Kenny the new Emmett? Is Sarah the new Amanda? Is Arlie even good at the game? And who do we think is in the best position to win it all? Find out when you listen on the player below, find the direct link here, or find us on iTunes here


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Survivor 28: Cops and Rubes -- Episodes 4+5 Recap/Analysis


By now predictably unpredictable, Survivor: Cagayan continues to impress. With the starting tribes in the past and a merge on the horizon, there's a ton to cover this week. On Brawn Purple Solana, LJ's fate lies with a wolf and a cougar, as he entertains a marriage of convenience with Tony and marriage proposals from Trish. Did Tony make the right decision - if it even was a decision? Can he woo Sarah, or will he and LJ be watching the action from the jury bench? Meanwhile, the Brains are somehow the most cohesive group in the game and are being courted by some beautiful suitors. Who can they trust, and why is it not Alexis? And, in a season with two idols, many bold players, and the looming shadow of Tyler Perry, how many of our predictions will be comically disproven in the next few weeks? All this, and more, on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Survivor 28: Always Be Throwing? -- Episodes 2+3 Recap/Analysis


After an impromptu hiatus (my bad), we're back this week to break down the last two episodes of Survivor: Cagayan.  Did the Beauty tribe make the right call booting Brice over Morgan, and should they have thrown the next challenge to boot whichever of the two remained? When, if ever, will Tony's spool web of lies catch up to him? And did Kass and Tasha make the right call in letting Spencer make it to a swap? (Spoiler alert: LOLOL no). Plus, for the first time ever, we recorded the show just after Wednesday's episode finished airing, so tune in for all of the heat-of-the-moment hyperbole you could ever dream of on the player below, find the direct link here, or find us on iTunes here.



Friday, February 28, 2014

Survivor 28: Premiere Review with Ian Terry


Despite Jeff Probst's noticeably curbed enthusiasm, Survivor returned to our screens on Wednesday with guns fully blazing and today we're back to break down all of the spyshacking, rice dumping, idol hunting, and blindsiding with Big Brother 14 winner Ian Terry.  Listen to all of our HOT SURVIVOR TAKES on the player below, find the direct link here, or find us on iTunes here.



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Survivor 28: Extended Preview


With the Survivor: Cagayan premiere only hours away, we're back for a typically brief and cursory look at the players gracing our screens for the next three months, who are hopefully bold and definitely beautiful. We break down what Tyler Perry production had in mind when they installed the bevy of twists found on this season, debating what effect these might have on the game, and act as wholly unqualified judges of character for this season's cast. You can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Survivor 28: Cast Preview with Andy Herren



In celebration of Survivor's return to our screens we took our three favourite things (hyperbole, tardiness, and technical problems) and combined them into one glorious package. Our recording software decided to upgrade Dom into Andy Herren, who drops by to give his take on the beauties and beasts of Survivor: Cagayan. We return to our regular programming with a more in-depth look at the season's tribes and twists, which will be up shortly; meanwhile, you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Reflections with Richard Hatch



Thirteen years after being crowned the first winner of Survivor, Richard Hatch stands tall as the franchise's most iconic figure and leading authority. We are honoured to be joined by him for an extensive conversation about his experiences in life and on the show, including many topics he has rarely - if at all - spoken about publicly. As the original Survivor mastermind he gives his perspective on what happened in Borneo, addressing long-held misconceptions about the first season, and waxes lyrical on Survivor as both game and cultural phenomenon. You can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Survivor 27: Season in Review



After 39 hard-fought days and nights, Tyson Apostol finally received the proverbial man-tiara he'd so long been dreaming of, and now that adequate time has passed to forget about how dreadfully clear the outcome was (as well as to forget the entire boot order), we're back to break down the finale, evaluate Tyson's gameplay, give our parting thoughts on the cast, and much more. Hear three hours worth of last words on Blood vs. Water by listening on the player below, find the direct link here, or find us on iTunes here.