Friday, August 31, 2018

Catching Up on Australian Survivor 2018 with Dan Liebke


The first twelve episodes of Champions vs. Contenders have already flown by, unless you've fallen behind, in which case it will take months to catch up, and today Colin is joined by Australia's own Dan Liebke to break down the early highlights and check in on how everyone stacks up with the merge on the horizon. As always, listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Survivor Maryland: Finale Preview with Kirsten MacInnis and Kos


With the All-Stars finale officially set for September 3rd, Colin is joined by icons of betrayal Kos and Kirsten MacInnis to break down the post-merge dramatics and forecast (wrongly) how the endgame might play out. Catch up on the season here, then listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Challenge 32: Episodes 1-5 with Matt Liguori and Brian Scally


Through five episodes of Final Reckoning, we've seen four showmances, three eliminations, two main matches, and one Califiore brother determined to be unemployed forever. Today Colin is back with Big Brother Twitter icons Matt Liguori and Brian Scally to talk through all the drama from the first month and forecast how each remaining pair stacks up below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Tyrant Saw Us Brexit: Deal or No Deal?



With Donald Trump offering policy advice, hiring recommendations, and general moral support to a beleaguered Britain, saner voices are desperately need to explain what on earth is happening on that side of the pond; none were available, so Colin once again enlisted Dom to break down the Brexit progress (or lack thereof) two years in. How have his and his compatriots' opinions changed since 2016, and what do people expect to happen next? With important deadlines approaching, what might the final deal look like? And, if there isn't one, will there be panic on the streets of London, Birmingham, and/or Carlisle? Find out below, here, or on iTunes here.

Previous episodes:
Background
Further Analysis
Check-in
UK Election 2017

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Unlocking The Room with Mario Lanza


The Room defies all explanantion, but that won't stop us trying. We decided not to leave our stupid comments in our pockets this time as we invited comedy writer and official staff pick Mario Lanza on a journey into The Room and through the mysterious mind of Tommy Wiseau. Dom has a Wiseau-esque struggle with the English language to find words to convey the majesty of watching the film with the man himself and dozens of spoon-bearing superfans. Get the results of your test back below, here, or on iTunes here.

Squaring the Survivor Circle with Quack Wabbit, Part 3: Character Studies

(This is Part 3 of a three-part episode on all/some/many things Survivor with writer, amateur anthropologist, and Abi-Maria apologist Taylor, better known to many as Quack Wabbit; shift your gestalt by reading his work herehere, or everywhere)

Any story is only as good as its stars, and Survivor has given us a deep well of compelling and confusing characters to chew over in our minds. We may all be water hyacinth plants, but who grows and flourishes while others wilt on the vine? We take a deep dive into the social dynamics that make the show so appealing and illustrate those with a deconstruction of Dawn Meehan's disintegration. Taylor then wraps up this marathon by conclusively settling the Michele vs Aubry debate as a final gift to the fanbase.

Part 1
Part 2

Squaring the Survivor Circle with Quack Wabbit, Part 2: Survivor Storytelling

(This is Part 2 of a three-part episode on all/some/many things Survivor with writer, amateur anthropologist, and Abi-Maria apologist Taylor, better known to many as Quack Wabbit; shift your gestalt by reading his work herehere, or everywhere)

At its best, Survivor has as much to enjoy and analyze as any classic work of art or literature; and if you can't handle it at its worst, it's probably because you've experienced it at its best and hold out hope that it can recapture that glory. In this segment, we discuss which stories the show is trying to tell, how it tells them, and how well it tells them, and track the changes in all of those over its 18-year run.

Part 1
Part 3

Squaring the Survivor Circle with Quack Wabbit, Part 1: Writing + Internet Fandom

(This is Part 1 of a three-part episode on all/some/many things Survivor with writer, amateur anthropologist, and Abi-Maria apologist Taylor, better known to many as Quack Wabbit; shift your gestalt by reading his work here, here, or everywhere)

In a time when there are more podcasts about any show than hours in the day, the hive mind's judgment is meted out in 140 280 character fragments, and nobody has an attention span any more, what place is there for long-form writing? Are blogs and forum posts relics of a bygone era or the last refuge of communal, thoughtful discussion? And, with the internet fandom evolving and proliferating every day, how do you engage in and encourage those conversations while keeping the trolls from doing yoga in your rock garden? Taylor weighs in with thoughts that all authors - whether of their own fate or of delightfully trenchant screeds on trashy television - will find valuable.

Part 2
Part 3

Monday, July 30, 2018

Consulting Ghost Island Management with James Lim

Channeling our inner Tony Robbins, we're harnessing the universe's positive energy by reliving one of the most popular pre-merges in history as Ghost Island blindsider/blindsee James Lim joins us for a deep dive that will hopefully go better than his dive in Fiji. As always, listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

International Survivor with Pooya: South Africa


The Survivor off-season is quickly becoming an outdated concept as New Zealand prepares to hand the baton to Australia and South Africa continues at a brisk pace. This week we have a global Survivor celebration as former Dubaite and current Canadian Pooya Zand Vakili makes the trip over from Big Brother and RHAP to join British stereotype and wannabe Canadian Dom in breaking down the seasons trying to show the Yanks how it's done. Part 2 covering Survivor South Africa can be found here, or on iTunes here

International Survivor with Pooya: New Zealand


The Survivor off-season is quickly becoming an outdated concept as New Zealand prepares to hand the baton to Australia and South Africa continues at a brisk pace. This week we have a global Survivor celebration as former Dubaite and current Canadian Pooya Zand Vakili makes the trip over from Big Brother and RHAP to join British stereotype and wannabe Canadian Dom in breaking down the seasons trying to show the Yanks how it's done. Part 1 covering Survivor New Zealand can be found here, or on iTunes here

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Deep Dives and Degeneracy with Domenick Abbate



As the dust settles from the dramatic finish to Survivor: Ghost Island, we dial up Domenick Abbate to hear his reflections on his unique Survivor experience. The ins-and-outs of his game are well-documented already, and today he fills out the rest of his journey and its larger meaning in his life. What did he expect his own absence to mean for his family and does it match his wife Kristin's account, which she shared with us as she stole the stage in her own interview? How did he mature on Long Island from a young thrill-seeker to the driven and chiseled family man the world saw on Survivor, and how has the show changed his trajectory? And, if you need to escape the law or dig a grave, what's the way to go? Prepare to take many sips of coffee during this episode, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Friday, June 22, 2018

[unlocked] Heroes vs Villains: Premiere Part 1

With the Heroes vs. Villains rewatch officially underway, we're unlocking the first part of our season premiere commentary as a free sample. As always, listen on the player below, here, or on iTunes here, and if you still want more, get the weekly bonus episodes on Patreon here.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Shilling for Killing Eve with Sadie Holloway



As Jodie Comer steals our suitcase, Sandra Oh steals the show, and #Villaneve steal our heart, we invited Canada's own Sadie Holloway to talk all things Killing Eve: the twisted and enthralling relationship at the heart of the show, how ambitious it really is in pushing the boundaries of the TV crime thriller, and the creative yet enigmatic genius of Phoebe Waller-Bridge. You can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.


Survivor Maryland: Merge Preview with Charles Kurz and Mel Sullivan

It's merge time in College Park and today we bring in Survivor: Maryland superfans (Schuperfans?) Charles Kurz and Mel Sullivan to break down how each of the twelve candidates stacks up through the first eight electric episodes. As always, listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Challenge: Final Reckoning Draft with Matt Liguori and Brian Scally

With a new season of The Challenge right around the corner, Colin is again joined by podcast mercenaries Matt Liguori and Brian Scally to settle their vendettas from last season and preview Final Reckoning in the form of a draft. As always, listen on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Surviving Life as a RTV Loved One with Kristin Abbate



For most reality TV fans, the contestants' loved ones are a fleeting distraction: they appear on cue from some jungle clearing or TV monitor, tug your heartstrings as required, and then disappear for good. For the loved ones themselves, those contestants going on TV leaves a massive void in their lives and can permanently change those relationships - for better or for worse. With so much attention focused on the games and their players, these perspectives are rarely found in the commentary. We did our part to fix that by chatting to Kristin Abbate, wife of Survivor: Ghost Island star Domenick and target of the fanbase's ire for being too candid about the strain that his absence put on their family. What happens when a parent and provider vanishes with no explanation? How does it feel to have hordes of internet stranges calling you a terrible wife and mother? And just what silliness do the loved ones get up to behind the scenes? Kristin takes the floor on this episode, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Survivor 36: Season In Review


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After constantly saying we'd podcast about the finale and never following through, we finally made a big move. With the new F4 format making its mark on the game in perhaps the most competitive finals ever, how do Wendell and Dom compare to each other and the all-time greats - and are these comparisons even possible? Does the crazy finish redeem this season? And will we remember it more fondly than we do now? All this and more in our wrap-up for this season, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Survivor 36: Finale Preview

With only a few days left before the (hopefully) thrilling conclusion, we're back for one final look at Ghost Island before results-oriented thinking sullies our takes irreversibly. As always, listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Survivor: South Africa Hype Hour + World Tour with Adam Rida



As the international Survivor sweepstakes heat up, South Africa arrived back on the scene in dramatic fashion with what many are hailing as one of the best openings of all time. Global traveler and Survivor shock jock Adam Rida suits up and joins Dom to make sense of the chaos there before going on an amazing race through New Zealand, Australia, Ghost Island, and the University of Maryland to catch up on events elsewhere. As always, you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

1:36:30 end of South Africa/start of New Zealand
1:56 Ghost Island
2:09 Maryland
2:12 Australia rumours


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Survivor 36: Resting On Your Laurels? -- Episode 12 Recap/Analysis


As the finale draws closer, there's little time to make moves or to podcast about them, but you can find this week's offering below, here, or on iTunes here.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Survivor 36: Requiem for a Dreamz -- Episode 11 Recap/Analysis

After what probably could have been a more colorful episode, we're back with what surely should have been a much shorter podcast. This week: What might Kellyn have been thinking to put her vote(s) on Laurel? With the latest addition to his war chest, has Domenick become the official front-runner? And how will Michael's performance impact teenagers on future seasons? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Survivor 36: Kellyn Heller -- Episode 10 Recap/Analysis with Austin Trupp


With Dom on a mission to soak up as much freedom as possible during his time in America, Survivor: Maryland creator Austin Trupp sits in to break down the latest goings-on in Fiji. Listen on the player below, here, or on iTunes here, then watch the Maryland All-Stars premiere here.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Survivor Maryland: All-Stars Roundtable


Before the new season of Survivor: Maryland drops tonight on YouTube, check out the preview and draft we took part in with host/creator Austin Trupp, Millennials vs. GenX winner Adam Klein, and Survivor: Canada's Hillary on the players above, below, here, or on iTunes here.

Find cast bios here

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Survivor 36: Perkins Up -- Episode 9 Recap/Analysis


It's crunch time on Survivor, and the outcome may be tough to swallow. As boy wonder Michael cheats death once again, is there any glimmer of hope for him? Did Laurel and Donathan miss an opportunity and can any of us even know that? And, with Dom and Wendell as joint kings of the hill, do they have to fear a revolution? All that and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

AlphaGo And Analyzing AI


Machines haven't taken over the world just yet, but they captured the attention of the world in 2016 when DeepMind's AlphaGo conquered Lee Sedol and an important frontier in artificial intelligence research; this year, the hit documentary AlphaGo showed us all how it happened. For this episode the microphone turns inward as Dom, whom Colin insists has a degree in this stuff, gives a crash course in AI research, what it means for mankind, and why we should care. You can join us as we try to deepen our minds below, here, or on iTunes here.

Timestamps:
4:00 what is AI?
8:00 AI and games; why does this matter?
15:30 wider applications; what can AI do?
20:30 different priorities in games (exploitation vs GTO)
30:00 what humans and machines are/aren't good at
36:00 how does AI work? how does AlphaGo work?
48:15 crossover with other disciplines; AI and language
59:00 AI safety; the threat of superhuman AI
1:02:00 ethical and social implications of AI
1:16:00 AI and philosophy; what are consciousness and intelligence?
how are they possible?
1:29:15 AlphaGo, the documentary; what games teach us

Monday, April 16, 2018

Survivor 36: Rhymes Against Humanity -- Episode 8 Recap/Analysis


It's merge week on Survivor and this blurb won't fit the meter. As Chris' nighttime excursions and lyrical diversions come to an end, who's the real winner? Will Dom and Wendell keep control or are they flying too close to the sun? And are we trash... at podcasting? Decide for yourselves on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Born Broken: Bojack Horseman with Mike Bloom & Liana Boraas


This podcast may not bring us to the heights of human drama more powerfully than literature ever dreamed - it's not even Ibsen - but it's pretty solid for what it is. How does Bojack Horseman manage to be fiendishly droll and depressingly deep at the same time? Why is Bojack Horseman - and Horsin' Around - meaningful for so many people? And, at the end of two hours, will we have resolution? Let's find out! As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Survivor 36: Breaking Bradley -- Episode 7 Recap/Analysis

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As Ozzy makes his fifth and surely not final appearance on Survivor, we consider the implications of his greatest legacy. What weird bluffs are in play when anything could be an idol? After doubting Domenick's playstyle for weeks, why are we siding with him and against the masses here? And as Kim Spradlin's heir walks out the door, is there a better place than his crotch for Wendell to hide his crown jewels? All this and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Survivor 36: Spillyn Our Guts -- Episode 6 Recap/Analysis



As the Malolo massacre continues despite another swap, we wonder how Naviti has been so successful - is it luck or smart, by-the-book Survivor, and how long can it continue? With Ghost Island a shadow of its former self, how might it haunt the rest of the season? And are the Kellyn haters just so many ugly babies? All this and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Embiggening The Simpsons with Mike Bloom + Lita Brillman


We know there's an anonymous clan of slack-jawed troglodytes out there who loves The Simpsons as much as we do, so we decided to act on it at last. With resident kwyjibo Colin on the loose for the day, friends and well-wishers Mike Bloom and Lita Brillman tagged in to discuss a show that defined a generation. What made the golden years of The Simpsons so magical, and when/how did it change? Do the modern seasons face too much criticism, and have the early seasons held up over time? And is Frank Grimes just Homer's Enemy, or should he be ours too? Drive around in our van solving mysteries below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Survivor 36: Nope, Not Today, No Game for You -- Episode 5 Recap/Analysis


As Stephanie and her technicolour swimsuit leave the stage and Colin curses yet another unfortunate winner pick, we take stock of how the game looks right now. When players and viewers alike know what's going to happen, how can CBS keep the episode engaging? Did this introspective experiment work, and should we expect to see more like it in the future? And could another swap actually breathe new life into the outsiders' games? All that and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Survivor 36: I'm Sitting with Albert Destrade -- Episode 4 Recap/Analysis


In a week of firsts - most importantly, the first words of queen Chelsea - we're back with one of our first ever guests, South Pacific finalist Albert Destrade. Michael's move is the talk of the town, but is he wise beyond his years or just another busted flush? How has Ghost Island worked out so far, and does it need redemption? And how likely are we to see Brandon Hantz back on our screens, this season or at all? All this and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Bananas and Vendettas with Stephen Fishbach


After the most thrilling episode in years, veteran Challenge viewer Stephen Fishbach joins Casual Colin and Stripes-Earning-Rookie Dom to break down all the mayhem from episode 10 and debate the long-term ramifications for the franchise. As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Survivor 36: Malolos In The Middle -- Episode 3 Recap/Analysis with Matts Liguori/Geoghegan


It's opening night for #mattchat as social media moguls Matt Liguori and Matt Geoghegan fill in for both halves of Colin's personality. Now that Morgan's swimming with the fishes, was she the right target for James' impressive coup? Which of Domenick and Chris looks poised to win their showdown, and does it even matter? And just how ugly are babies? All that and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Survivor 36: Social Derwinism -- Premiere Recap/Analysis


As the ghosts of mistakes past make their debut, Scrooge and Bob are back to ask why it all went so wrong for Jacob. How is Ghost Island being received, and does it have a flaw that could break the game? Does Kentucky's angel Donathan have a long life in the game ahead of him? And should we be concerned already about the pacing and editing of the season? All this and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Survivor 36: Season Preview


Jeff Probst is on an island somewhere and isn't returning our calls so we rang each other to debate what might be in Pandora's Box and which of these youngsters will be elected prom king or queen on finale night, with a few distractions along the way. As always, you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Links:
Pre-season coverage roundup on Reddit
Quack Wabbit's Survivor writeups (Sucks thread)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Catching Up on The Challenge: Vendettas with Haley Strong, Matt Liguori, and Brian Scally

With eight episodes in the books, Colin is back with Haley Strong, Matt Liguori, and Brian Scally to catch up on the latest drama, pray for Leroy, and talk through how everyone stacks up going forward. Listen below, here, or on iTunes here, and just so you know, everyone talks shit about you whenever you leave the room.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The King of Kong with Jonny Fairplay

In the first of (hopefully) many podcasts about documentaries, Survivor legend Jonny Fairplay joins Colin to break down Seth Gordon's superb 2007 arcade soap opera The King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters. Watch the full movie here, then find the podcast, below, here, or on iTunes here.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Good Place with Haley Strong


Welcome! Everything is fine, other than Dom's takes about Parks & Rec, as Haley Strong joins us to talk through NBC's standout second-year sitcom The Good Place. As always, listen below, here, or on iTunes here. Derek?!

Celebrity Big Brother with Matt Geoghegan

Our Big Brother boycott lasted all of a week before the Omarosa effect drew us (well, Dom) back in and he reached out to pro athlete, Real Housewife, and teen heartthrob Matt Geoghegan (@mattyfresh24) to catch up on a crazy and unique season. Why is this season exceeding all expectations and what does this mean for the regular show? How is Omarosa so dangerous yet so effective? And why is Metta World Peace on an unstoppable charge towards the Big Brother crown? All this and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Illuminating Dark with Zach Brooks


After expanding the Korean game show fandom we've moved onto German scifi thrillers with the new Netflix original Dark. With Colin stuck in the 1980s, Zach Brooks joins Dom for a journey through time to see how Dark compares to other variations on this theme and how well the show holds up before indulging in a fine British German tradition: complaining about the weather. As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Big Brother Player Rankings (2018) with Taran Armstrong and Kos

In mid-2012 (!), we joined up with Eric Stein stunt double and hot take enthusiast Kos for what became our longest ever show (a high bar for us), a spirited and very, very extended debate over Big Brother player rankings. Now, over five years later, he makes his return alongside Big Brother live feed correspondent-in-chief Taran Armstrong to update those rankings and shatter that record. We discuss the winners and also-rans from the post-BB14 era, with a brief visit to our Canadian cousins, and revisit our arguments from last time before taking another crack at the debate that never dies: is Will or Dan the best of all time (or is it even one of them at all?!). Plus, in what may be a world first, an internet debate comes close to changing someone's mind!

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



0:06:00 - The Bottom Tier
0:37:00 - Shapiro Era/pre-BB14 non-winners
1:48:45 - Modern Era/BBCAN/other notables
2:43:15 - Andy Herren
3:02:15 - Derrick Levasseur
3:15:30 - Will Kirby
3:29:00 - Dan Gheesling/GOAT Debate

RHAPpy Hour BB Winner Rankings (non-winners)

Friday, January 26, 2018

Big Brother All-Stars: Season in Review

In the final chapter of our BB7 rewatch series we spend two hours staring at the memory wall offering parting thoughts on the cast, the season, and the Shapiro era as a whole. Listen on the player below, here, or on iTunes here, #ButFirst, as All-Stars comes to a close, the rewatches are just getting started, so to access future episodes and help us decide which seasons to cover next, subscribe on Patreon here.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Remembering The Genius: Food Chain with Myles Nye

Our Genius recollections continue as wise guy and apex podcaster Myles Nye, who may have played more games of Food Chain than anyone else, returns to give his take on the second season's opening salvo. We discuss how and why the game plays out so differently with varied groups of people and the strengths and weaknesses in its design after Myles (and his fellow #junghyungs) gets a lesson in how the youth talk these days. As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Big Brother All-Stars: Endgame Discussion with Mike Bloom

Just as the HouseGuests are securing their spots in the final four, BB7 is down to the final four TV episodes of the summer and joining us to talk through the endgame is our #1 ho-mance, Mike Bloom. In our penultimate podcast of the season we eulogize Dr. Will and Janelle (FIGURATIVELY), evaluate Boogie's winning game, examine Erika's pivotal role in shaping the outcome and much more on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Black Mirror: Seasons 1-3 + General Discussion with Taran Armstrong


With all of the hype for Season 4 of Black Mirror (there's a lot of buzz around Lenny), it seemed like the perfect time to revisit the seasons that made the show such a hit. Colin's rating was too low to risk podcasting with him, so instead I invited our good friend and futuristic experiment Taran Armstrong to go through our favourite episodes and the show's place in the TV landscape. As always, you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Black Mirror: Season 4 + General Discussion with Amy


Everyone's favourite techno-thriller returned to our screens over the holidays to supply its usual festive cheer. With Colin still trapped inside a simulation looking for his perfect match, Amy (@itsamyanne) took his place to discuss the latest season, its place in the series, and just what the DJ did to deserve it. As always, you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Big Brother All-Stars: Weeks 9-10 with Paul Asleson

Although the endgame is upon us, the action is still hot as ever inside the BB7 house, and joining us to make sure the corresponding takes follow suit is Survivor Historian Paul Asleson. Watch along to see Chilltown develop a more genuine bond with Santa NPH than with anyone in the house all summer, then listen on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.