Wednesday, November 27, 2013

024: The Walking Dead 4x07 "Dead Weight" - Zombie Ninjas

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) THE WALKING DEAD 4x07 (as well as some minor spoilers for 4x08)

In this episode:
  • Discussion of The Walking Dead 4x07 "Dead Weight," including the Governor's change of heart BACK, the Chamblers, the short life of Martinez, foreshadowing, and what horrors are yet to come. 
  • There are several things the writers could do next episode that would make Fio very upset with them. He elaborates during the podcast.
  • What did guard duty ever do to this show?
  • Tara has a girlfriend! We hope that neither of them get killed off before they're able to develop their relationship.
  • Between 42:45 and 43:53, I mention some slightly spoilery stuff about next episode based on the sneak peek they showed during this week's episode of Talking Dead. It's nothing particularly big, but if you're a stickler about avoiding spoilers, there's your warning.
  • How dark has this season been, really?
  • We offer some predictions for the mid-season finale. None of them end in sunshine and rainbows.
  • Aaaand we round out the discussion with some of our plans for the podcast during the break. Let us know in the comments here, on Tumblr, or through one of our other modes of communication what you'd like to hear us discuss.
  • During our discussion of Tara and Alisha's flowering relationship, I kept trying and failing to remember the trope name for what I was talking about. It's the Bury Your Gays trope on TV Tropes.
  • Also, this slipped our mind when we recorded, but to our American listeners: Happy Thanksgiving! And to our non-American listeners (or American listeners who don't celebrate Thanksgiving): Happy Thursday!
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

023: The Walking Dead 4x06 "Live Bait" - Brutally Smushed

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) THE WALKING DEAD 4x06 (as well as some mild cast spoilers for the rest of the season)

In this episode:
  • Discussion of The Walking Dead 4x06 "Live Bait," including the Governor's change of heart, the Chamblers, the logistical nightmare that this episode is, David Morrissey's comments on the character from Talking Dead, and how the rest of this half of the season might play out
  • Seriously, the details of this episode raise too many questions. How did they survive so long not knowing how to kill zombies? How did the Governor survive wandering around half-catatonic? Can David Morrissey sing, and if so, could he pull off the climactic finale to the stage musical adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde?
  • We discuss and relive the brutal moments down in the pit. I then proceed to mention how I did not want to relive the brutal moments down in the pit.
  • SUBTLETY. This show has it.
  • Okay, an episode or two devoted to catching us up on what happened with the Governor is cool, but if they draw this out until the show comes back in February, HEADS WILL ROLL.
  • Jeff Goldblum as Dracula. In the words of a great man: "Well... There it is."

  • Judging by his excitement in the note, Fio probably wanted me to bring this timemark of his to your attention:
    • 49:30 – HOLY SHIT what if the governor's leaving the live rats to bait the walkers into the prison so it gets overrun and they eat everyone so him and martinez and the chamblers can roll in and clear out the prison of walkers and take it for themselves?
  • Early on I mistakenly call Meghan "Lilly," which is her mother's name. My bad.
  • Now looking at this podcast episode title, I kind of want to come up with a parody of the song "Totally F***ed" from Spring Awakening called "Brutally Smushed."
  • Wow, my summary of what happens with the love triangle in the TV version of The Stand is STUNNING. "Main character dude," "nerdy dude," and "Molly Ringwald." Clearly the miniseries had a deep and profound effect on me.
  • Intro: "A Song for the Dead" - Queens of the Stone Age | YouTube | iTunes |
  • Outro: "Confrontation" - Jekyll & Hyde: Resurrection Soundtrack | YouTube | iTunes |
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

022: The Walking Dead 4x05 "Internment" - Don't Die

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) THE WALKING DEAD 4x05 (as well as mild spoilers for Dracula 1x03 and Sleepy Hollow 1x07)

In this episode:
  • Discussion of The Walking Dead 4x05 "Internment," including Hershel being a badass, father/son bonding with Rick and Carl, all of the shit hitting the fan (gettin' kind of messy in here), our concern for the lives of several characters, and the RETURN OF THE GOVERNOR (dun dun DUN).
  • Seriously, Hershel and Maggie are awesome this episode.
  • We bid adieu to Dr. Caleb, and consider the future of the community of the prison now that half of them are dead and there's a big gaping hole in their fence.
  • What can we expect from the Governor? Only time will tell.
  • I make some vague predictions about Lizzie. In short: nothing good.
  • Fio made movies in high school that involved fake blood! This does not surprise me.
  • At about 44:54, we do a rundown of a bunch of different shows we're watching/have heard about at the moment. Shows mentioned include: Dracula, Sleepy Hollow, Blacklist, Grimm, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and Reign (yes, I saw the first episode of Reign, and yes, it's as silly as everyone makes it out to be).
  • I was right about the word "intubator." I REALLY need to be more confident in the words I say.
  • Fio and I seem to be hazy about several plot points. Please let us know if you can clarify any of them.
  • I think my "Oh, FUCK EVERYTHING" tweet may have actually been in response to the zombies breaking through the first fence.
  • Looking through the screencaps now--Fio was right about the zombies breaking through the second fence.
  • In reference to Reign: I was looking for the phrase "historical figure," not "historical character."
  • Intro: "A Song for the Dead" - Queens of the Stone Age | YouTube | iTunes
  • Outro: "The One You Left Behind" - Vayden | YouTube | iTunes |
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

021: The Walking Dead 4x04 "Indifference" - The Pancake Conversation

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) THE WALKING DEAD 4x04 (as well as mild spoilers for NBC's DRACULA 1x01 and 1x02)

In this episode:
  • Discussion of The Walking Dead 4x04 "Indifference," including the continuing adventures of Team Badass Beyond, Rick's and Carol's combating philosophies, red shirt hippies, Bob and going back to the drink, and trying to maintain your humanity in the face of adversity.
  • Michonne continues to be such an awesome character this season.
  • How does Carol really characterize her relationship with Lizzie and Mika?
  • Did Rick make the right decision sending Carol away?
  • All of the acting on this show--all of the awards.
  • Ian gets a little deep. He also invokes Animorphs and The Dark Knight in his attempt to connect ALL THE THINGS.
  • Also, at 58:52, we do a short "Dracula-Cast" discussion of the first couple of episodes of NBC's Dracula.
  • Ian says "that tattoo was on the girl's arm." Pretty sure it was actually her leg.
  • This is a little ambiguous because of some oddly phrased stuff we cut, but when Ian asks "Were you expecting him to find booze in there?" and Fio replies "Of course not" we weren't discussing Daryl finding booze in Bob's bag, because... duh. We were talking about Bob finding booze in the veterinary hospital.
  • Fio "wanted to make a clear distinction that even if Rick is reminiscing, this is firmly not the same Rick who was 6th Sensing it up last season, this is a healthier response and doesn't reek of denial the way his visions of Lori did last season."
  • Btw, anyone want to join my new band, "Visions of Lori"?
  • During our Dracula discussion, Fio accidentally says John Rhys-Davies instead of Jonathan Rhys Meyers. An easy mistake.
  • More highlights from Fio's timestamps:
    • 41:35 – Here you say “Zombie Apallalypse” instead of “Zombie Apocalypse.” It can't get cut out, because your point wouldn't make sense, I just thought it was funny.
    • 41:30 – 44:29 – While you're going on your Animorphs spiel (there aren't really any necessary cuts that stand out), let me ask, have you heard the new AFI album yet? It's really good. Like, really good.
    • 1:01:25 – I totally lost track of what I was saying and fuck up the way I used the word broach. My soul hurts now.
    • 1:07:50 – I totally fuck up and confuse Jonathan Rhys Meyers with John Rhys-Davies and I'm furious with myself. That would have made a really interesting series, though.
  • Intro: "A Song for the Dead" - Queens of the Stone Age | YouTube | iTunes |
  • Outro: "Changes (1999 Digital Remaster)" - David Bowie | YouTube | iTunes |
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