Christmas is over, Survivor: Cambodia is in the books, and now all anyone seems to care about is Making a Murderer, but before we say goodbye to 2015, we're back to offer our parting thoughts on the finale, the cast, the winning game, and where the season stacks up historically. Could anything have been done to stop Jeremy, and where does his performance rank all-time? What can be made of Spencer's losing effort, and where did it all go wrong? What was the catalyst for such active game dynamics all season? And who's coming back for round three? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.
Pre-gaming always plays a crucial role in returnee seasons, yet Survivor fans have never had access to those critical back room dealings, relegated solely to exit interviews and invariably tainted by revisionist history. In today's episode, reality podcasting gets a dose of New School as Spencer Bledsoe joins us from May 2015 to break down his final thoughts in the sequester hotel the night before leaving for Cambodia. How did he prepare for his second time around? What were his overall goals within the game? Who was he thinking would actually be out there, who was he hoping to find on his tribe, and who was he hoping would be the early casualties? All that and much more on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.
With only one jam-packed episode left, things appear to just be getting started on Survivor: "We"-demption Island. On today's podcast, RHAP Bach'-caster Haley Strong fills in for Dom to break down how the field is shaping up entering the finale, how each player might go on to win (and/or lose), and which fast food establishments are the most elite. Plus, Colin tells the full, self-congratulatory version of how Spencer memorized the immunity puzzle on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.
After sitting shiva for the last 48 hours we're back to break down all the drama from family day on Survivor: Camp-bodia. Was there anything Joe could have done to save himself, and should anyone have been listening? How can the men combat a potential women's alliance, if at all? And while the winner candidates have remained constant, who's looking like a losing finalist? All that and more on this week's episode below, here, or on iTunes here. (music: Radiohead)
After a long weekend spent giving thanks for precious freedom from monstrous British oppressors, we're back to break down all of the latest action in this week's double-stuffed episode. Was Stephen doomed from the start or did he miss a million dollar opportunity? Unrelatedly, is there ever a reason to win an individual reward challenge? How might former front-runner Jeremy turn things around after losing an idol and his closest ally? And if The Iron Throne really is once again back up for grabs, which of #Spentworth is better poised to swoop in for victory? All that and more on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.
With Dom finally home from snorkeling around the Galapagos with Posh and Becks, we're back to break down all of the latest Cambodian action. Just how powerful is Stephen's new advantage, and how should he try to make use of it? With Val's prophetic second idol now in hand, is this already Jeremy's game to lose? And after their stay of execution, might The Witches be in the driver's seat next week? All that and more on the player below, here, or on iTunes here. (music: Ben Folds)
This week in lieu of our normal fare, Colin ventured over to the Rob Has a Cult If He Ever Wants It side of podcastland and joined BBCAN3's Jordan Parhar on the Reality TV RHAPpy Hour for nearly three hours of discussion about all of the latest Survivor RHAPpenings. You can download that podcast here or watch the full discussion on YouTube on the player above. Our regular schedule will resume next week.
It's merge time in Cambodia and with Dom out mentoring up-and-coming pickpockets via song and dance, Antonio Mazzaro sits in to talk through each remaining player and evaluate who's looking like a winner and who's looking like the latest victim of a classic Big Move™. Plus, was the early merge a happy coincidence for Savage or was it preferential treatment? Why doesn't anyone seem concerned about hidden immunity idols? And could Survivor continue without Jeff Probst? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.
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With the tribes shuffling almost as often as the alliances, the tension is higher than ever and today we're back to break down all of the latest happenings on Survivor: Island of Tears. Was Stephen's historic confessional merely crybabyitis or might it be just a small part of a broader picture? If so, which of Joe or Jeremy is really the new golden boy? Did Kass and Friends make the right call in booting Woo over Savage? And what kind of role will America's favorite Aryan posterchildren, Spencer and Wentworth, play at the upcoming merge? All that and more on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.
Things seemed to temporarily slow down this week on Survivor: Clam-bodia, or maybe Abi just lost her voice for a couple of days, but nonetheless we're back today to catch up on the latest happenings as well as check in on where some of our season-long theories currently stand. Does the newly formed Ta Keo alliance have a shot at staying together or are they destined to fracture? Was the Monica boot justifiable or was it a classic instance of Fancy Play Syndrome? What's our early forecast regarding next week's shocking twist? And, most importantly, how quickly can Dom backpedal on Jeremy? All that and more on this week's show, available below, here, and on iTunes here.
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It's time to say goodbye to the greatest show in the genre, and it's hard to do it justice. We (mainly Colin) are indebted to Kos who always would chip in with hot takes and who joins us once again to settle some scores. How do the winner and the season stack up in the all-time RTV pantheon? Should we hope for the show to be revived, and would we even want that? And why is the Bangor public works department facing (wholly undeserved) criticism? All this and more on our final The Genius podcast, available below, here, or on iTunes here.
With Dom off vandalizing the streets of London because he's secretly Banksy, RHAP live feed correspondent Taran Armstrong steps in to break down the latest happenings on Survivor: You-Signed-The-Medical-Release-Form Island. What are the critical differences in Survivor and Big Brother as TV shows and how we analyze them? Is CHAMPION OF HEROES Andrew Savage merely Probstbait or is he legitimately the messiah? Is Stephen poised to rebound from a rocky start, and if not, how many more weeks can we justifiably keep asking ourselves that? And what are the odds we see another Second Chance season down the line? All that and more on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.
The keys have been drawn from the bowl, the preexisting relationships have been forced apart, and today we're back to break down who's in the best position to make a connection with their new partners. Tasha was this week's breakout star, but how real are her long-term prospects? Is Spencer a legitimate front-runner or are we just getting our hopes up higher than ever? And might Fishbock exact revenge upon anything other than a coconut? Find out when you listen below, here, or on iTunes here.
After an early divide between Old School and New Collar, Sur-Varner: Cambodia continues to heat up and today we're back to break down all of the latest SPENCER CRIED ON TV. Did Shirin play her way out of the game or was Jeff just itching to make his mark? Is anyone even filming Monica and Kimmi? Which early heroes are legitimate winner candidates and which are fool's gold? And with the swap looming, who might be poised to rally from the bottom or fall from the top? As always you can listen on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.
After what was surely a hectic preseason, the wait is finally over and today we're back to break down the first 90 minutes of Survivor: Redemption Arc Island. With Abi already in top form, is Peih-Gee the new RC? Did Varner make the right choice when making his decision between (pre-game) alliances? What can be made of Stephen's social media #SURVIVORMELTDOWN and can he potentially recover? Did Vytas play his way out of the game two years before it started? And how do Wentworth and the rest of the supporting cast stack up looking ahead? All that and more on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.
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After spending three months podcasting about televised Korean ORGs, we're back stateside to discuss the cast and twists of Survivor: Second Chance(s) and stake our already poor reputations on more outlandish predictions As always, you can listen below or on iTunes here.
With only days to go until the conclusion of The Genius: Grand Final, we return to break down the penultimate episode and look ahead at next week's epic finale. How does this week's elimination impact the debate about the greatest players of all time, and how might things change based on next week's results? Who's got the edge in snowglobe accumulation? And is there any way this won't go down as the greatest season in the history of reality TV? Find out on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.
Bumdi may have upstaged us by dropping the new episode a day early, but there's still time to overanalyze this show in minute detail and fellow Genius otaku Ian Terry stands in for Colin this week to do just that. As always, you can listen below or on iTunes here.
Since last week's podcast we've kept you in our hearts and today we're back to continue our Genius: Grand Final coverage as we break down Horror Race II. With goodwill from former players carrying the day yet again, is a revenge match within the spirit of the game? After making his mark early in his career as a team leader, is being #2 the best thing that Jinho could have asked for? And despite spending the entire season as one of the front runners, is Hyunmin suddenly in the worst spot to win? All that and more on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.
As symbol of justice Kim Kyungran exits stage left, Kyungfan sunbae Lauren Las fills in for Colin to deliver a eulogy. Was she really The Genius' greatest female player, and what does that say about the show? As Dongmin somehow gets off scot-free for another week, is he amazing, aggravating, or both? And with the endgame in sight and a star-studded Final 5, could K-hound really be on course to win the game (if he survives the wrath of Ahyoung)? All this and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here. DOWNLOAD Minus Auction II with Lauren Las Seed Poker with AJ Mass Garnet Thief Loyalists and Rebels Fish Shop with Mike Bloom
With Dom out scavenging England for Dealer Nuna's feelings, ESPN's AJ Mass sits in to break down the latest episode of The Genius. How was this week's main match remotely comparable to any known form of poker? What caused the rift between Dongmin and Friends, and how friendly might they be next week? Plus, how likely is a season three finals rematch, and who has the upper hand if that comes to pass? All that and more when you listen on the player below, here, or on iTunes here. DOWNLOAD Seed Poker with AJ Mass Garnet Thief Loyalists and Rebels Fish Shop with Mike Bloom
Order has been restored as we're back this week to break down yet another incredible, betrayal-laden episode of The Genius. K-Hound has certainly made his presence felt this season, but is he actually becoming a good player? Might Jinho's Crime Scene experience be making him worse at the games? And now that Dongmin Incorporated appears to have righted the ship (or have they?), where do the outsiders go from here? All that and more on this week's episode available below, here, or on iTunes here.
Today we're back yet again to wax entitled about the latest episode of The Genius that failed to live up to the historic bar they've set for themselves but would be a top 5% reality episode in America. In today's show we wonder what's worse: drawing a Rebel or the new DailyMotion player? Is this the first time that knowing a hundred digits of pi has organically come in handy for any person in the history of time, and just how handy was it? Plus, which former finalists have the best chance of making it to the end again, and who's best poised to stop them? All that and more when you listen below, here, or at your leisure when you download the mp3 directly.