Spooky Friday the 13th edition! Making fake(?) absinthe from Le Loup Garou Alchemy!
Jim and A.Ron are here to talk about HBO. Both in general terms, because we’re not big fans of the way the new executive overseeing the network is talking about our baby, and in specifics, namely the new mini-series, Sharp Objects. Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, it features Amy Addams as a journalist who returns to the small town she grew up in to investigate a series of killings. Giving us strong True Detective vibes, the mystery is intriguing and the characters are vivid and well developed just one episode in. We’ll be back with weekly coverage of Sharp Objects, if you’d like to join the conversation, use the links below!
We’re back to ambush your podcast feeds with a summer re-watch of HBO’s Game of Thrones season three! If you’ve seen the show, you know this is a red banner year for the series with tons of the twists and tragedies we’ve come to expect. And if this is your first time through, relax! We’ll be doing our level best to keep all spoilers for future episodes and seasons confined to the very end of the podcast where you can easily skip them. For this, our season three kick off, please enjoy the live podcast we taped in front of an audience at the awesome Con of Thrones from Dallas this year. We’ll be back next week with full coverage of the season three premiere, “Valar Dohaeris”! Got feedback? Send it in using the links below and we might consider it on air!
A.Ron returns to give his thoughts on the finale episode “Abbadon’s Gate”, before Jim joins in to talk about our thoughts on the season as a whole. We discuss our hopes and fears for season four, the transition to Amazon, and consider a ton of feedback before signing off for the year. It’s going to be a long wait, ya’ll.
Season two of Westworld is in the books. It was a bit of a rough, uneven experience for us, and we suspect from the vast amount of feedback we got this past week, a lot of you as well. But, the bones of Westworld are still sound, and the table is set for season three to be more expansive and interesting than the at time claustrophobic and confusing season two. We discuss our hopes and fears for next season, discuss some leading though on simulations, brain scans, and AI before considering lingering thoughts and questions from our fellow fans. By all accounts it’s going to be a long wait for next season, but we hope to see you back then!
Here to close out the season with the discussion of yet another excellent episode are Jim and…. Levi. They may not be the hosts the podcast deserves, but they’re the hosts the podcast needs right now. Seriously though, we have a great conversation and a lot of fun on this guest-hosted season finale. Thank you to Levi for filling in this week. Tune in next week for your regularly scheduled season wrapup.
The penultimate episode of SfFy’s The Expanse, “Congregation”, finds our subsection of humanity trapped within the ring station making so very hasty, and perhaps rash, decisions. Firing super powerful lasers, setting off nukes, just in general Fourth of Julying it up in there. The ring doesn’t like it, and now that same subsection of humanity has 7 hours to make things right. Aside from the end of all human life as we know it, there’s also some really good bits with Amos and Anna, Naomi and ROBODRUMMER, and we continue to be impressed with Ashford’s leadership and diplomacy. Aside from, you know, the whole Fourth of July thing. Jim and Levi will take it from here for the finale, but don’t forget, we’ll be back next week with a wrap up pod where we finalize our season three coverage, so send us some feedback and tell us what you’re thinking!
Reasonable people may disagree, but for Jim and I, the finale of HBO’s Westworld season two, “The Passenger” failed to justify an ultimately flawed and uneven 10.5 hours of television. We’re not ready to write the show off by any means, it’s too well constructed with too much talent for that. But we can’t help but think of it as a misstep that is going to justify a lot of fans decisions to give up on the show. Next week, we’ll be back to discuss our overall thoughts on the season, and what we hope for and expect coming into season three. Please send us feedback if you want to join in on that discussion!
Watch us record the podcast, including all the sound checks, flubs, and riveting research breaks that you’ve always wished you could see… Hey, at least you can hear the podcast before anyone else.
The Instant Talk podcast is our aftershow, with our own quick thoughts about the episode followed by an interactive chat discussion with our fans, live on YouTube. The first half is released as the Instant Take podcast. The audio from the interactive section is released as a premium podcast just for our club members.