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Entries from October 2017

182. Twin Peaks: The Return (with Emily Benita)

October 16th, 2017 · Comments

One of the most talked about pop culture events of this summer was the unlikely resurrection of Twin Peaks, David Lynch and Mark Frost's landmark work which brought a new level of visual, thematic and philosophical sophistication to American television before flaming out in glorious fashion with one of the most harrowing series finales of all time.

Befitting a series which left its hero (Agent Dale Cooper, played by Kyle Maclachlan) trapped in a strange netherworld for a quarter of a century, Twin Peak returned feeling both familiar and not. The cast (at least, those who had not passed away in the intervening years) were back, but the tone was darker, more abrasive, and the story flew in the face of all conventions of the medium. Once the show had finished airing there had been time to take in a fuller view of Lynch and Frost's work, Ed sat down with writer and producer Emily Benita, who is currently the producer of the great history podcast Past Tense, to talk about The Return in a wide-ranging discussion that involved good, evil, grace, nostalgia, misogyny, stagnation...basically everything, and they didn't even scratch the surface.

Before all that, Matt and Ed talk about the week's news, including the latest fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Sylvester Stallone taking over as director of Creed 2, and James Corden being spectacularly terrible. But, like, more so than usual.

 

00:00:00 - 00:01:27 - Intro

00:01:28 - 00:30:17 - Matt and Ed discuss the news

00:30:18 - 02:22:45 - Ed and Emily discuss Twin Peaks: The Return

02:22:46 - 02:24:21 - Outro

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Tags: In Review

181. Blade Runner 2049

October 9th, 2017 · Comments

The long-gestating sequel to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic Blade Runner hit theatres this week to glowing reviews and disappointing box office. As two recently converted Blade Runner skeptics, Matt and Ed talk about Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, an ambitious movie which, like its predecessor, raises a lot of questions: Was Deckard a replicant? How much does it owe to the work of Andrei Tarkovsky? And is Jared Leto "perfectly tolerable" in this movie?

They also discuss the fallout of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the spectacularly dumb Rick and Morty/Szechuan sauce farrago, and whether Jessica Williams joining the cast of the Fantastic Beasts... sequel could possibly balance out the Eddie Redmayne-shaped void at the heart of that franchise.

 

00:00:00 - 00:01:47 - Intro

00:01:48 - 00:35:11 - News

00:35:12 - 01:26:41 - Matt & Ed talk about Blade Runner 2049 (Spoilers abound!)

01:26:42 - 01:33:44 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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Tags: In Review

180. Star Trek: Discovery

October 2nd, 2017 · Comments

After a gap of twelve years, Star Trek is back on television! Sort of.

The latest iteration of Gene Roddenberry's sci-fi classic, Star Trek: Discovery, debuted on CBS All Access and Netflix (depending on your location) last week, so Ed (a Star Trek fan) and Matt (a Star Trek skeptic) watched the first two episodes and debated their merits, and ask what does a new Star Trek have to say about 2017? Also, is there too much exposition? Why are there so many Dutch Angles? And how is Discovery like The Lost Boys? Some of these questions are answered on this week's show.

 

00:00:00 - 00:01:18 - Intro

00:01:19 - 00:26:52 - News

00:26:53 - 01:07:50 - Matt & Ed talk about Star Trek: Discovery

01:07:51 - 01:13:57 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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Tags: In Review