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.

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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.

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