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.

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.