We take a look at the first few episodes of seasons two of both Netflix’s The Punisher as well as CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery!
Jim and A.Ron have explored the latest Black Mirror mindf$#%, Bandersnatch. Essentially a choose your own adventure book turned into an interactive Netflix app, Bandersnatch periodically pauses to ask you how the narrative should proceed as you attempt to guide a troubled young 1980’s programmer on the cusp of creating an acclaimed video game of the same name. With branching parallel storylines that can have outcomes that can be mundane, psychotic, or extremely meta, we ask if this is the future of television? We stay spoiler-free for a good portion of the beginning of this podcast, so if you’re curious if it’s worth your time feel free to listen up to the spoiler segment!
Welcome to Cecily and A.Ron’s second annual Cinema Spooktacular, volume two! Ghosts and witches and cults and cannibals and werewolves, oh my! On this podcast, we discuss…
For the first time since The Young Pope, Jim and Cecily come together to record a podcast, this time on season 2 of Netflix’s Ozark. We talk about the many things we liked and the few things we didn’t. We also christen the deadliest road in all of the Ozarks, squeeze a baby for all of its juice, and find out just how much Cecily knows about poison.
We spin up Netflix’s Altered Carbon after we’ve decanted it for a few weeks, to see what we make of it in our final analysis. Cool concepts, excellent design, and decent sci-fi action are slightly undercut by sometimes silly and hammy execution, and a failure to take ideas to their logical conclusion. Still, we’re always down to ponder futurism and human singularities, so we dig it. It will be interesting to see if and how they decide to proceed with future seasons!
Jim and A.Ron have seen the first two episodes of Netflix’s new sci-fi film noir series Altered Carbon. Hundreds of years into the future, the wealthy elite change bodies like we change clothes, and a fallen rebel from a long ago civil war is brought back to life by a rich immortal who wants him to investigate his own “murder”. Intriguing premise, looks amazing, with fantastic action sequences, but we’re a bit worried that some of the lofty ideas and world building are half baked. Nothing fatal, which, what does that even mean to a series featuring unlimited lives? But we’re hoping for some satisfying answers and payoff in the weeks ahead.
Welcome to our coverage of Black Mirror, where you’ll never know whether you’ll have a heart wrenching or heart warming experience, but it will definitely revolve around the implications of technology and culture. From Star Trek simulations, ultimate dating apps, and murderous robotic dogs, this season hits some amazing highs, but for the first time also hits some fairly deep lows. Or maybe what’s most amazing is how the show remains fresh and original four years into it’s creative process? All I know is there are few things Jim and I like discussing more than futurology. Enjoy!
Jim and A.Ron are still feeling the love for Netflix’s Stranger Things 2, as we go through the mailbag and return to Hawkins, Indiana one last time until Stranger Things 3! We discuss interesting death theories, differing opinions on episode 207, D’art Demogorgon theories, growing up a geek girl in the 80s, and much more.
Jim and A.Ron discuss their thoughts on an incredible season one of HBO’s The Deuce, and get into a discussion about politics and society along the way, before A.Ron makes an earnest appeal to check out Netflix’s Lady Dynamite, the funniest, sharpest comedy about depression and mental illness you’ll likely ever see.
We conclude our epic Stranger Things marathon — which really has been a month long obsession — with the spectacular, extremely fulfilling, finale of season two, “The Gate”. Maybe you can say the climax is a rehash of last year. But everything else works in just the way you’d hope and hits all the right emotional and character notes and feels so satisfying that it feels mean spirited to harp on a quibble here or there. We feel that this was the perfect follow up the the original Stranger Things, and in the Duffer Bros. we trust. Thanks for coming along on this ride with us. Can’t wait until next time!