Special thanks to Tyler Shumway for commissioning the 2008 musical web series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog for our review. The creative fruit of the 2007 WGA strike, Joss Whedon employed his Hollywood friends and family for a whimsical take on Superheroes and Villains, casting Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion as a dynamic duo struggling to control the heart of their city, and one particular woman who dwells within it. From that fairly silly premise, a surprisingly good musical with plenty of heart is born. Also, there is an accompanying musical commentary track to go along with it. That’s something you don’t see every day.
Cecily joins A.Ron in the studio to talk about the finale of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as late season American Gods (23:11) from Starz, before moving on to our general thoughts of the first three quarters of season five of Netflix’s House of Cards (33:53).
Jim and A.Ron debate who won the week between the last two shows standing, AMC’s Better Call Saul and FX’s Fargo. Also, A.Ron sneaks in a few House of Cards hot takes (00:06:09).
An epic battle! The Leftovers brings the thunder in their series finale. Better Call Saul delivers a scene of memorable tension. Fargo delves into the supernatural. Three shows enter, but only one can win the championship belt this week. Who will it be?!
Jim and I discuss who won the week! A short week, as Better Call Saul took it’s ball and went home for Memorial Day, but Fargo and The Leftovers really came strong. Will Fargo have enough stuff to overcome the excitement of The Leftovers’ penultimate episode? Then we talk about Silicon Valley (00:05:12 ) and T.J. Miller’s career prospects for a bit before signing off.
This community commissioned podcast is for the 1990 television series, Twin Peaks. Created Mark Frost and David Lynch, we can only imagine the impact this had on audiences 30 years ago as 30 million Americans obsessively tuned in every week to answer the question, “who killed Laura Palmer?” Jim ultimately doesn’t like it, but I see it’s potential and got a lot of enjoyment from the crazy tonal swings and quirky, off beat nature. Also, lots of beautiful and interesting people on screen constantly, which always helps.
You know the drill. Three shows enter, (HBO’s The Leftovers, FX’s Fargo, and AMC’s Better Call Saul) one show makes it out wearing the crown, taking the gold, hoisting the belt, etc. Another tough week with some epic losses of great characters on multiple shows. The big question on our minds; can anyone stop The Leftovers in their final two weeks?
Cecily and A.Ron grab the mics to talk about the latest episodes of Hulu’s grim cautionary fableThe Handmaid’s Tale, Starz’s incredibly violent and erotic American Gods (00:26:18), and Cecily talks a bit about the latest season of Netflix’s Sense8 (00:52:30).
Oh, man, the toughest week to call yet! The Leftovers, Better Call Saul, and Fargo all had particularly good weeks, and we still have to rank them for some inane, arbitrary reason. Who will be king/queen of the week? Also, we give an update on HBO’s Silicon Valley (00:09:36) before signing off for the week.
This week was even harder to call than normal, and for Jim it came down to an artful final shot, and for A.Ron the combination of a powerful new villain and an appealing buddy cop team up carried the day. With a weak this good, there are no losers, only winners.