We’ve both finished the first season of Yellowjackets and we’re hungry to talk about it so we spend this entire episode talking about nothing but that. We start off with a spoiler-free discussion to whet your appetite before opening up the soft belly of the podcast to spill its spoiler guts. Ok, we spend a few minutes on Peacemaker, The Expanse books 6 & 7, and Andy Weir’s latest book too, but it’s mostly Yellowjackets.
This week we talk about the first 3 episodes and the 12-hour live event of HBO’s “The Third Day”, Showtime’s John Brown-based series starring Ethan Hawke called “The Good Lord Bird”, Netflix’s Sherlock Holmes-adjacent series “Enola Holmes” starring Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill, and the most recent two episodes of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.”
Cecily and A.Ron wrap Showtime’s Penny Dreadful in a white shroud and sob as they dump it in the River Thames.
A.Ron and Cecily are sharply divided on their opinions for the series shotgun finale, episode 309, “The Blessed Dark”. A.Ron would have preferred a more open ended finale that didn’t try to make half-assed an attempt to bring the series to an epic and apocalyptic conclusion, while Cecily appreciates the creative jam the team was apparently other and is thankful that they made the best of the situation they had at hand. Regardless of our personal feelings, this is the end for Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, and we the television watching public are the poorer for it. What did you think? We’ll be back next week to mourn our loss and ponder that what ifs with you and all our fellow fans as we wrap up our coverage of the series. See you then.
A,Ron and Cecily process their shock at learning that Showtime’s Penny Dreadful is being cancelled, and wonder how in the world things are going to be wrapped up, or even if they’ll be wrapped up, in just one more episode. I apologize for the tardiness of this podcast. We’ll have the series finale episode up tomorrow.
A.Ron and Cecily review their thoughts on the surprise penultimate (more on this later!) episode of Penny Dreadful, “Ebb Tide”. They RISE UP! against whore parties. They RISE! UP! against Billy Joel. Then they present their necks to Bruce Springsteen, before taking a jaunty horse drawn carriage on the way to being chloroformed and made into proper podcasters. All recoil in horror.
A.Ron and Cecily cover the latest episode of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, “No Beast So Fierce”. Also, A.Ron does terrible impressions and Cecily recounts the time she was propositioned as a creature of the night at 8:30 in the morning on the mean streets of Indianapolis. Plus feedback!
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!
A.Ron and Cecily are impressed with the levels of craft employed in the latest episode of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, “A Blade of Grass”. And by craft we mean both acting, cinematography, set design, and of course, witch. Rory Kinnear and Ava Green both attempt to blow each other off screen in a very tightly wound bottle episode, and we’re the richer for it. Join us as we try to unravel the complex mythology being built upon this season, with a little help from the feedback of our fellow fans.
Cecily and A.Ron are very impressed with the latest episode of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, “Good and Evil Braided Be”. Full of intra-vampiral intrigue, our favorite werewolf being possibly bewitched by Hecate (with the good hair), surprising revelations and connections to characters and their histories, and an intriguing — and bloody — proto-feminist plot for world dominance, there’s a lot to like and talk about. Join us for a discussion of the episode with a little help from feedback from our fellow fans!