Wednesday, February 18, 2015

066: Constantine 1x13 "Waiting for the Man" - Angels. What're You Gonna Do?

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"Midnite. I've come to invite you to join my boy band. Like my personal backlight?"

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x13

In this episode:
  • Alina of the Anglo-Filles podcast joins us!
  • Discussion of Constantine 1x13 "Waiting for the Man," including the adaptation (or lack thereof) of the comic issue of the same name, the price on Constantine's head, the foggy motivations throughout the episode, and the lack of a season finale climax.
  • WHY NO CHAS.
  • Clearly there was more sexual tension going on between Constantine and Corrigan than either of them with Zed.
  • The Manny reveal: ...the fuck?
  • How did the switch from Liv to Zed end up suiting the series?
  • Constantine season 2: Yay or Nay?
  • Our next episode will be in two weeks (March 5). Trust us, we'll have a topic by then. For reelz.
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Thanks again to Alina for joining us!
  • Ok, so I went back and re-read the "Waiting for the Man" issue of Hellblazer a bit more, and here's the deal: First of all, the girls don't show their "wedding rings" right off the bat. All they tell "Vesta" is that there's a Man who has a house and he lets them do whatever they want. So of course that's going to be attractive to a young kid whose home life sucks. Second, it's INCREDIBLY clear by the climax of the story that her mind is clouded by some sort of hypnotism/spell/trance, which is why she doesn't just bolt once she finds out about the "wedding rings." So seriously, TV show writers, what was the deal?
  • Again: Let us know if there's anything in particular you want to hear us talk about on the podcast! You can contact us through the various options in the sidebar.
Music:
  • Intro: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro: "Mice and Gods" - Clutch | YouTube | iTunes |
(Header image taken from http://screencapped.net/tv/constantine/thumbnails.php?album=19&page=27)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT066/AMOT066.mp3

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

065: Constantine 1x12 "Angels and Ministers of Grace" - Yay, Harold Perrineau!



SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x12 and THE WALKING DEAD 5x09.

In this episode:
  • Discussion of Constantine 1x12 "Angels and Ministers of Grace," including Manny's double-speak, the logistics of the plot, and the awesome dialogue this episode.
  • Various rumors swirl over the fate of Constantine as a TV series. We share our thoughts on the matter.
  • We have a core-four main cast--why doesn't it feel like it?
  • What we hope to see in the finale. Share your own wild mass guessing in the comments!
  • Since our discussion on Constantine ends a bit prematurely, we talk a little bit about this week's episode of The Walking Dead and the *MAJOR SPOILER* that occurs.
  • We also have several divergences within our Constantine discussion into Helix, Haven, Being Human, Fringe, Hannibal, Agent Carter, Arrow, and Battlestar Galactica. But not Divergent.
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Guys, there's so much stuff we missed in our discussion of this episode: Chas stabbing himself to get them into the ICU, the Heart-of-Darkness monster's kills, Constantine's arc this episode, and various other minutiae that are meant to be nitpicked in podcast form. If there's anything in particular you were hoping we'd talk about and we didn't, let us know in the comments.
Music:
  • Intro: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro: "Superman" - Lazlo Bane | YouTube | iTunes |
(Header image taken from http://screencapped.net/tv/constantine/thumbnails.php?album=18)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT065/AMOT065.mp3

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

064: Constantine 1x11 "A Whole World Out There" - Rutabaga Dashboard

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"You've forgotten about your English lit midterm."

Or:

https://counterforce.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/screen-shot-2010-01-31-at-1-56-14-am.png?w=549

"I'm going to fucking murder your hobbit."

Which do YOU find more threatening?

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x11. Minor spoilers for Coraline (2009) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).

In this episode:
  • Discussion of Constantine 1x11 "A Whole World Out There," including the return of Ritchie Simpson, the slasher-movie style of this episode, Jacob Shaw, and the cinematography.
  • Mini Lost reunion! Kinda.
  • We discuss the similarities between this episode and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • Ian invokes Are You Afraid of the Dark? and brings up the episode "The Tale of Oblivion."
  • No Chas or Zed this episode. Woe.
  • Jeremy Davies makes things more awesome. In general.
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Seriously, I don't know what sort of connection between voodoo and jars my brain was trying to make.
  • I wanted to get a particular sound clip for the end of this episode, but I couldn't find it. Btw, anyone else remember this guy?
Music:
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "Main Title" - Charles Bernstein, A Nightmare on Elm Street (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) | YouTube | iTunes |

(Jacob Shaw image from http://screencapped.net/tv/constantine/thumbnails.php?album=17&page=6; Ethan Rom image from http://counter-force.com/2010/01/31/the-100-greatest-moments-of-lost-part-2-you-knew-and-you-sent-me-anyway/)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT064/AMOT064.mp3

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

063: Constantine 1x10 "Quid Pro Quo" - No Faustian Bargain Jokes? Huh.

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In this episode:
  • You WON'T find any Faustian bargain jokes, or any references to Dr. Faustus. I know. Color me surprised, as well.
  • You WILL, however, find our discussion of Constantine 1x10 "Quid Pro Quo," including our love for all things Chas, recycled stories (and the subversion thereof), the TV portrayal of Felix Faust, and many, many tangents.
  • All in all, though, we really liked this episode. W00T.
  • Everything is Chas and nothing hurts. Well, actually, if you're Chas, everything FREQUENTLY hurts, but--you get what I mean.
  • We have a few digressions, including one on the use of various names for zombies on The Walking Dead.
  • Zed did things, too! Now if only they were character-developing things.
  • We appreciate the writers taking time away from the ~*Rising Darkness*~ myth-arc to spend some time on one of our favorite characters.
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Somehow I misheard the medium Fennel's name as "Fennelly," so I misname him throughout the episode until Fio finally corrects me. Mea culpa.
  • Thanks to everyone who has been sending in suggestions for what we should discuss in the interim between Constantine and Hannibal! Keep 'em coming; we've got plenty of time to fill.
  • Alina: I completely forgot about your question about Constantine in the hanged man's pose until after we recorded. However, looking back at a screencap, I think the argument can definitely be made.
Music:
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "Cat's in the Cradle" - Harry Chapin | YouTube | iTunes |

(Header image taken from http://screencapped.net/tv/constantine/thumbnails.php?album=16&page=6)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT063/AMOT063.mp3

Thursday, January 22, 2015

062: Constantine 1x09 "The Saint of Last Resorts: Part 2" - We're Back! A Constantine Story



SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x09. 

In this episode:
  • Welcome baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!
  • Constantine picks up from the hiatus by immediately resolving the cliffhanger it left us in.
    • Seriously, it takes less than three minutes. I don't feel like this counts as a spoiler, it takes up none of the show's runtime.
  • They still haven't come up with a better name than Rising Darkness™, by the by, so if you're looking for that... this doesn't have it.
  • Zed, though! And Chas! They actually have things to do! Guys, things really happened for real in this episode!
  • There's also momentum and themes, this is uncharted territory for Constantine. Ian and Fio talk about this for a little and come to a resolution of cautious optimism when it comes to the show moving forward.
  • There's a bit of meta-commentary about the actions the characters take and how they're driven less by the character themselves and more from the needs of the writers' room.
    • On the exact opposite end of the spectrum, we discuss the growth of Anne Marie's character in this episode and how she should probably hang around for the immediate future.
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • If any of our listeners are nearing college age, you're welcome. Do your best to find a library that has an account, because it's an amazing resource. If any of our listeners are of college/grad school age, we're assuming you're already super familiar with the OED and will stop patronizing you.
    • Or maybe we won't? Is it part of our charm?
  • Also there are some wacky tangents about Gotham and the Librarians and a whole mess of other stuff, so you'll find "...but Constantine, though" becoming a pretty common refrain over the course of the episode.
Music:
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "Welcome Back" - John Sebastian | YouTube | iTunes |

(Header image taken from http://screencapped.net/tv/constantine/albums/uploads/Season%2001/con109/normal_con109_1437.jpg)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT062/AMOT062.mp3

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

061: Constantine 1x08 "The Saint of Last Resorts" - Praising the Flesh Tree

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Well, that was...unexpected.

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x08. Additional spoilers for Serenity (2005) and Red Dragon (2002).

In this episode:
  • Fio has returned to discuss Constantine 1x08 "The Saint of Last Resorts," including the exploration of Zed's backstory, the Rising Darkness reveal(?), and TREE MADE OF FLEEEEEEEEESSSSHHHHH \m/ .
  • Subbing Zed into the series in the repilot had its problems, and in hindsight the cracks are really easy to spot.
  • The source of the Rising Darkness™ is revealed! And...it's not as effective as it should be.
  • Locke & Key Digression (because Fio will always go out of his way to namecheck Ksenia Solo)
  • Fio and Ian will be accepting applications and donations to their new organization, People for a Better Usage of Chas Chandler. (Only joking. Please don't send us applications.)
  • Also, what we plan to do (or not do, as it were) over the break. While we're at it: when does Constantine come back?
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Happy holidays!
  • Highlights from Fio's timestamps:
    • The fact that we don’t really have a face to pin the rising darkness on is an issue for this show. This danger is being caused by a shadowy cabal, however they don’t feel oppressive or powerful enough to be a real threat, given that Constantine seems to solve all of the problems caused by the rising darkness tidily within nice 45 minute chunks.
    • As I was typing that you said “General spooky shit is happening. Why? Who knows.” Which sums up the philosophy of this show pretty well.
    • I get really uncomfortably excited about that skin tree.
Music:
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "Raining Blood" - Slayer | YouTube | iTunes |

(Header image taken from http://screencapped.net/tv/constantine/thumbnails.php?album=14&page=11)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT061/AMOT061.mp3

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

060: Constantine 1x07 "Blessed are the Damned" - Goosing the Tension

Constantine (2014) Screencap

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x07

In this episode:
  • Vic returns to join Ian in discussing Constantine 1x07 "Blessed are the Damned," including the preacher, the angels, the skeptic, and--wait, is this a folk song?
  • We thought the preacher was handled well in this episode--although we were a bit confused about who the woman with him was for a while.
  • Also, we were fans of the ghouls, although neither of us recalled that was what Constantine called them while we were recording.
  • Throughout the episode, we hit several topics about the series overall: how to do adaptations, wardrobe selections, and utilizing characters to their fullest extent.
  • Also-also, Vic points out how this episode works as great metacommentary for the writing on the show.
 THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Hey, we're on time this week!
  • Thanks again to Vic for filling in.
  • I'm just gonna go straight to the highlights from Fio's timestamps:
    • An easy excuse for genre shows, making up reasons that one character can’t solve the problem. Like, what was up with that necromancer in the Hobbit that meant that Gandalf couldn’t just snap his fingers and fix 90% of the problems?
    • Vic is referring to Metron, one of Jack Kirby’s new gods, not the Metatron
    • Don’t we get enough stuff about fallen angels with the goth dark angel oc everyone made when they were 13? Or was that just me?
    • OH MY GOD THAT EPISODE OF COURAGE IS AMAZING
Music:
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "Evil Angel" - Breaking Benjamin | YouTube | iTunes |

(Header image taken from http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view-screencaps.php?tv-show=constantine-2014&episode=s01e07)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT060/AMOT060.mp3