Mr. Robot – 305 – eps3.4_runtime-err0r.r00

Jim and A.Ron were blown away by the latest real time “oner” episode of USA Network’s Mr. Robot, “eps3.4_runtime-err0r.r00”.  We think the technique was employed skillfully here, increasing the drama, tension, and immediacy.  We’re also left with a lot of questions regarding the state of Stage 2, Angela’s relative hacking skills, the nature of Mr. Robot’s relationship with Elliot, and we’d love to know exactly what Darlene is up to, and how much of her plan the FBI has signed off on.  More answers surely to come, but this was a fun ride! 

Fargo – 305 – “The House of Special Purpose”

FX’s Fargo comes out swinging this week on “The House of Special Purpose”, delivering top notch black comedy and savage inhuman beatings with equal aplomb. Seriously, somebody should get an Emmy nom just for the phrase “fornicating with the cookware!” We try to figure out exactly how powerful Varga is, speculate on the Storage Queen’s prospects as an escape hatch for the Stussey crew, start to get suspicious of “New Chief” Dammick, and consider some of our listener feedback in a packed podcast episode.

Following The Leftovers – 305 – It’s a Matt Matt Matt Matt World

HBO’s The Leftovers had a Matt Jamison episode in “It’s a Matt Matt Matt Matt World”, which means it was heavily thematic, absurd, inspiring, infuriating, and more than anything, Biblical in it’s intensity. Adding John, Michael, and Laurie, and a bunch of hedonists who’ve formed a cult around a 91 year old lion just makes it so much more so. We discuss Matt’s shifting relationship with his faith, a surprising amount on the human penis, and attempt to talk a few Leftovers fans off their emotional ledges.

Better Cast Saul – 305 – Chicanery

Jim and A.Ron are highly impressed at the high stakes quasi-legal and totally legit familial drama on hand with the latest episode of AMC’s Better Call Saul, “Chicanery”. A masterclass in acting and dialog, Jimmy has to go three levels deep in scamming to fool Chuck, but he manages to do so, with devastating results. But how does Jimmy skate given his crimes? Will this end the blood feud between the brothers? Will Chuck go darker? Will Kim get caught in the cross fire? We discuss all this, plus feedback, and a rather excited spoiler section geeking out over next week’s episode.

Halt and Catch Fire – 305 – Yerba Buena

The season may have just hit a bottleneck at the halfway point. We discuss the seesaw nature of the characters as we try to pin down the root cause of our dissatisfaction with the episode. Does Joe have HIV? Is Cameron married or just engaged? What is this week’s Tandy Shandy recipe? Join us while we discuss episode 305… after all, It’s always a bad idea to bet against openness.

Penny Earful – 305 – “This World is Our Hell”

A.Ron and Cecily break down the action in the rare (perhaps singular) Vanessa free episode of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, “This World is Our Hell”. Ethan is done with forgiveness, Rusk is done with genteel notions of rules of engagement and law enforcement in general, and Ethan’s father is done with his son’s stubborn refusal to atone for the sins of his bloody past. Also, snakes!