We’ve got a Bloater-size feedback bag this week. Turns out the show Jim pitched already exists in multiple iterations. For the last time, that is a menstrual cup, ok? Is the dog sniffing test equivalent to a PCR or home covid test? What’s the difference between Jackson and Jackson Hole? And if you think Jim and A.Ron are faking their enjoyment, go listen to Bald Move’s Mandalorian podcast.
The emotional damage is high this episode. After the horrors of clickers, raiders, and the Kansas City QZ, Joel and Ellie arrive in Jackson, Wyoming. There are family reunions and safety in this peaceful settlement, but there’s trouble in paradise. Joel considers parting ways with Ellie, and understandably, Ellie is upset. Tune into this podcast before we get the result of the cliffhanger in the next episode of The Last of Us.
It’s three months later from the last episode and we rejoin Ellie and Joel in Wyoming. Craig Mazin takes an opportunity this episode to build emotional bonds and remind us what is at the heart of this adventure.
Jim and A.Ron put their science hats on to answer your questions and come up with some head canons where answers are lacking. Can bloaters have a midlife crisis? Do practical effects save money? How is FEDRA still operating across the separate quarantine zones? Why is Kathleen the way that she is? Find out the answers to these questions and more!
Henry and Sam join Joel and Ellie in their hazardous adventure out of Kansas City. Pursued by Kathleen and her troops, the four make their way out of the city dodging dangers they have not yet encountered. Weta Workshop, of Lord of the Rings fame, helped create the nightmares in this episode. And between the touching and heart-wrenching moments, we get a Savage Starlight appearance!
The Last of Us continues to tear our hearts out while delivering its best action scenes in S01E05 “Endure and Survive.” Enjoy the instant take and we’ll reconvene 1 day early this week for the full recap podcast on Monday.
Jim has some hot takes about aging. You can email him directly with your responses. A.Ron and Jim answer your burning questions and quandaries, such as…would a “Karen” survive the apocalypse? Should there be a Christmas episode? Is the plot too simple? REMEMBER: The Instant Take will be this Friday evening after the premiere of episode five.
David and John take a road trip with Joel and Ellie in The Last of Us, the latest hit from HBO. After explaining the origins of the episode title of Season One, Episode 4 – Please Hold to My Hand, David and John recap an action-packed 45 minutes that still managed to develop the relationships and motivations of the characters.
It doesn’t matter how much you push the envelope..it will always be stationary. HA! Get it?? If you didn’t chuckle at that, you might be dead inside like Joel. After the love story interlude of last week, we’re back with Joel and Ellie in their dangerous, cross-country bonding adventure. The real threats? People and coffee addiction.
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.