Sunday, April 23, 2017

Survivor 34: Ozzymandias -- Episodes 8/9 Recap/Analysis



It's back to business this week with one two episodes, a merge, and a disturbing amount of partial nudity. As Cirie makes her tribal council debut in striking fashion, was her effort worth it? Who stands to win the civil war within Nuku? And just what does Zeke have in mind? All that and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


   

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Survivor 34: Inside Outing -- Episode 7 Recap/Analysis with Seth



This week's episode of Survivor launched the show into the public consciousness for the first time in years. Jeff Varner's decision to out Zeke Smith horrified their castmates and sparked a heated discussion that reached beyond the typical Survivor fanbase into major news outlets across the world.

Missing from much of that discussion was any detailed insight from members of the community that Zeke represents; this special episode is a partial attempt to rectify that. Seth wrote in as a Survivor fan who has had to confront these issues during his own transition. We spoke to him about his thoughts on Wednesday's events, the appropriate response from all parties, and wider misconceptions about transgender people. He sticks around when normal business resumes at 1:28:32 for a brief preview of next week's merge.

As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Links:
GLAAD
National Center for Transgender Equality
Zeke's Hollywood Reporter column



Sunday, April 9, 2017

Survivor 34: Adios -- Episode 6 Recap/Analysis

After a contextually remarkable run to the late pre-merge, Queen Sandra's torch has finally been snuffed. But how does the loss impact her overall legacy, and could she have done anything to survive yet another vote? More importantly, does the queen stay queen? Plus, what in the WORLD is going on with hiding idols? How beneficial were each of Debbie's advantage options? And might this be merely the beginning of Cochran as an NPC on Survivor? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: The Smiths)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Survivor 34: Sugar is for Closers Only -- Episode 5 Recap/Analysis

After springing forward with #SurvivorDST, we're back to break down all the latest drama between JT, Michaela B, SD-T and more. How did things go so wrong for Juicy Thicc and what made him think they were going so right? After another epic swing-and-miss, do we have to reevaluate his win in Tocantins? Might Sandra and Varner quietly be the closest pair in the game? And is there any chance next week's visitor is someone besides Rupert? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Alabama Shakes)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Survivor 34: The Red Wedding -- Episode 3 Recap/Analysis

It was a particularly uneventful episode of Survivor this week but we somehow managed to concoct a few talking points. Among them: Was there anything Malcolm could have done differently, and how soon will he be back? What the hell's going on with idols this season? Should there be a rule against private meetings at Tribal Council? And in a world where Culpepper is a legit winner candidate, could JT be his goat? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Muse)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Survivor March Madness Winner Bracket Deliberations


Coming to you live from mid-February, we're back in conjunction with the RHAP March Madness winner tournament to unseal the evidence and debate every match-up as we cast our first official Survivor Supreme Court votes. Listen as we marginalize millionaires and help determine the champion of champions below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: One Shining Moment)

Survivor 34: Bust Mode Cowboy -- Episode 2 Recap/Analysis

It's March Madness in Fiji and today we're back to mercilessly break down the latest Survivor swap, unless it has a baby nearby, in which case we'll take it easy. Is Brad actually in there with a chance to win or might he just be the latest Culpepper to lose in the finals? How much damage can a fully-armed Troyzan do to America's favorite players and will the guillotine land on Zeke or Cirie? And what are Dom's blazing vegetarian takes about GoatGate and how can the rest of us improve ourselves to become so noble? All that and more on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Beastie Boys)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Survivor 34: The Royal Rumble -- Premiere Recap/Analysis


After a year of hype the wait is over, two votes are in the books, and we're back to break down the exhilarating premiere of Survivor: Game Changers et al. Where did things go wrong for Tony and Ciera, or were their fates sealed years ago? Which underdogs got off to the hottest start in WentworthWatch 2017? And after one of the most impressive episodes of her career, how long can the queen actually stay the queen? Find out on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Lorde / Postmodern Jukebox)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Survivor 34: Twist Preview with Josh Wigler


After spending far too much time previewing the entire Game Changers cast here and here, we're back today to take a closer look at the newly-announced twists with THRHAParade's Josh Wigler and offer first thoughts about how the changes might impact both the game and the TV show. As always you can listen on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Jason Derulo)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Survivor 34: Season Preview -- Nuku Tribe

image via insidesurvivor.com

Having already forecasted the Mana tribe here, we're back today to break down the mish-mash group of fan favorites and "fan favorites" that make up Nuku as we conclude our Game Changers preseason coverage.  Use the provided time chart to skip around and see if we said anything incendiary about your favorites! As always you can listen on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.

Andrea - 3:30
Tai - 19:30
Debbie - 30:15
Sarah - 44:25
Cirie - 52:20
Zeke - 1:03:35
Ozzy - 1:16:30
Sierra - 1:27:15
Brad - 1:41:30
JT - 1:52:30
General thoughts - 2:19:30

(music: Josh Rouse)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Survivor 34: Season Preview -- Mana Tribe

image via insidesurvivor.com

After inadvertently turning our cast preview into a double album, we're back today to draw more names from the hat plastic basin as we talk through the formidable Mana tribe. The particularly variance-averse can skip around to their favorites using the time chart below. Listen on the embedded player, here, or on iTunes here.

Game Changers as a theme - 7:30
Tony - 25:00
Caleb - 40:45
Troyzan - 49:15
Varner - 56:45
Michaela - 1:08:15
Ciera - 1:21:20
Aubry - 1:33:45
Malcolm - 1:44:45
Hali - 1:59:15
Sandra - 2:06:20

(music: David Bowie)


LINKS
Find our S34 auction draft here
Josh Wigler here
Dalton Ross here
Gordon Holmes here
Inside Survivor here

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)