Episode 220: Flashforward, Part 1

July 5, 2017

(This was recorded a couple of weeks ago. J. apologizes for the delay.)

It's summer time on the Podcastulacra, and that means one thing: Mad Men! As per our tradition, we swap coverage of Elementary out during the summer months to focus on the adventures of Don Draper and his merry men (and oppressed women). We're starting season five this week, so cringe along with Don at the season opener, "A Little Kiss." Before all of that, though, we're also starting a new One Season Only show this week, as we flashback to ABC's Flashforward. Maybe if the writers had seen a flash of the future, they wouldn't have been so timid in their storytelling!

Episode 219: Fargo, Season 2

June 7, 2017

Well, this one turned out to be a monster. As promised, we dedicate this week's entire episode to a discussion of the second season of the FX series Fargo. We talk about the things we agree on (the acting! the dialogue!), the things we don't (the split screens! Hanzee's entire character and arc!), J. pontificates on the Coen brothers, and we all have a grand old time.

Episode 218: I Have a Bug Upstairs in My Room

May 24, 2017

Elementary's fifth season comes to an end that has us going all "Uhhhhhh..." Then, we talk the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation's first season, with "Conspiracy" and "The Neutral Zone." Hey, did you know 20th century humans were pieces of trash? 'Cause the Enterprise crew is here to tell you all about it!

Episode 217: Wonderfalls, Conclusion

May 19, 2017

We've reached the end of Wonderfalls, and it's a bittersweet conclusion. That's to be expected from a show that was this far out of step with its time, really. In addition, we talk about the penultimate episode of Elementary's fifth (but not final!) season, Robby learns about Tim Allen's life of crime, and we go on about a billion tangents. It was kind of night.

Episode 216: Denise Crosby Deserved Better Than This

May 11, 2017

Denise Crosby deserved so much better than the first season of The Next Generation. We watch "Symbiosis," "Skin of Evil," and "We'll Always Have Paris," and have a whole of complainin' to do. We also manage to bring up Red Shoe Diaries multiple times, so get your Podcastulacra bingo cards ready.) Elsewhere, Elementary is kind of whatever, which J. can talk about just as soon as his wife finishes updating him on MTV's The Challenge.

Episode 215: Five Years Later (Or: Wonderfalls, Pt. 4)

May 3, 2017

We've been doing this podcast for five years! That is a piece of time. We think back to the old days, briefly, until moving on to this week's Elementary, which is...eh?...followed by a few more installments of Wonderfalls. When Wonderfalls is good, it's great, but it's starting to really be unfortunate they never got a chance to work out the kinks.

Episode 214: This Is Not Part of the Test…OR IS IT

April 26, 2017

We start off with goofiness inspired by The Leftovers, because J. is a dork. But then we move on to regular business, as Elementary does an episode about magicians that would have been great without its problematic B-plot, and then Star Trek: The Next Generation's first season gets...good? What? That can't be right. We talk "Coming of Age," "Heart of Glory," and "The Arsenal of Freedom," and take one last chance to dump on Gene Roddenberry. Hey, everyone needs a hobby.

Episode 213: Wonderfalls, Pt. 3

April 19, 2017

We continue our look at Wonderfalls this week, as we think about the difficulty inherent in doing a television show whose defining characteristic is "quirk." What happens when you can't thread the needle with your tone, and you end up too serious or too silly? Or, um, seesawing violently between both extremes in the same episode? Elsewhere, we talk the endless NBA playoff schedule, and some CBS show called Elementary. It's pretty good, why don't they air this more often?

Episode 212: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water

April 12, 2017

So, Elementary got bumped from the schedule thanks to golf (thanks again for moving the show to Sunday, CBS), leaving us with only Star Trek: The Next Generation to discuss this week. We talk about "Too Short a Season," "When the Bough Breaks," and "Home Soil," and break off into random-ass tangents at every opportunity.

Episode 211: Wonderfalls, Pt. 2

April 5, 2017

It's back to the land of talking animals as we continue our look at Wonderfalls, after some lengthy prattle about baseball and Wrestlemania.

Episode 210: Shut Up, Next Gen Writers

March 29, 2017

Have I mentioned that the early episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation are pretty badly flawed? Because that seems important. We watch "Datalore," "Angel One," and "11001001," and, like, guys, what the hell? These scripts are so sloppy we're amazing the actors could even read their lines. Elsewhere, J. gets hyped(-ish) for Wrestlemania week and we talk about the the latest Elementary, in which the show finally decides to do something with Shinwell, which is...I guess an improvement?

Episode 209: Wonderfalls

March 29, 2017

So, this was recorded a week ago, and it should have been recorded a week before that. We had problems. But! Good stuff! We add Wonderfalls to our podcast, talking about two of the early episodes, and we talk about a couple of...eh, less than stellar episodes of Elementary. Hey, this season has been rough.

Episode 208: We Could Win a Peabody

March 16, 2017

Well, probably not. But Star Trek: The Next Generation did, for one of these episodes we're talking about this week. We talk about "Hide and Q," "Haven," and "The Big Goodbye," and, honestly, it's not hard to guess which episode won an award. We talk about the holodeck, Lwaxana Troi, and how the writers, again, insist on being gross to Tasha Yar (and Denise Crosby). Also, Elementary is back, and finally gets its groove back.

Episode 207: We Don’t Need No Education

March 1, 2017

Well, we've reached the end of The River, and it's...well, it's probably not the end the producers wanted. The show gets canceled before they can reach the end of their journey, or reveal everything in the characters' backstory, or explain really much of anything. We break it all down, and heap praise upon the things that deserve praise. And a lot of it actually does! Elsewhere, it's Crazy Game Show Corner, as J. talks about The Wall. No, not the Pink Floyd album. Yes, we make that joke, don't worry.

Episode 206: The William T. Riker Retirement Orgy

February 23, 2017

Man, the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation is a rough road, idn't it? We watch "Lonely Among Us," "Justice," and "The Battle," and do our best to tease out the highlights from the gunk. It's not easy. We also talk about this week's Elementary, which was absolutely flabbergasted at internet content creators. Like anybody would be dumb enough to create something for the internet!

Episode 205: We Brought Fifty Cameras But None of Them Can See Anything

February 8, 2017

J. gets to brag about the Patriots for a few minutes (suck it, haters), but it's down to the business at hand: the first four episodes of The River, ABC's child of Lost and Paranormal Activity that only lasted eight hours. Is the show a secret success? Does its found footage gimmick work? Are any of the characters more than hateable cardboard cutouts? The answers to all these questions are within! (The answers are all the same!) 

Episode 204: Sheeeeeeeit (fixed audio)

February 4, 2017

[There were audio issues with the upload, so this is the fixed version. What, you thought I was gonna just leave a broken podcast on this website? Sheeeeeeeeeeeit.] The early episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation are a goddamn mess, you guys. We watched "Code of Honor," "The Last Outpost," and "Where No One Has Gone Before," and yikes. They're offensive and gross, when they aren't apocalyptically boring. Elsewhere, Elementary wins J. over by bringing in Isiah Whitlock, Jr., a.k.a. Clay Davis from The Wire, which gives J. a chance to use Clay's catchphrase. You know the one. (The Elementary episode also isn't bad, though it certainly has its own problems.)

Episode 204: Sheeeeeeeit

February 1, 2017

The early episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation are a goddamn mess, you guys. We watched "Code of Honor," "The Last Outpost," and "Where No One Has Gone Before," and yikes. They're offensive and gross, when they aren't apocalyptically boring. Elsewhere, Elementary wins J. over by bringing in Isiah Whitlock, Jr., a.k.a. Clay Davis from The Wire, which gives J. a chance to use Clay's catchphrase. You know the one. (The Elementary episode also isn't bad, though it certainly has its own problems.)

Episode 203: A Farewell to Kings

January 26, 2017

Well, if you didn't think I was going to go for the Rush joke in the title, you're crazy. Because this week, we're saying goodbye to Kings, wrapping up its one and only season with "Chapter One," "Javelin," and "The New King." And man, this doesn't all work, but it would've been nice to see them try to fix it in season two. We talk about the good, the bad, the great (Ian McShane, of course), and all that might have been.

Episode 202: Where Everyone Has Gone Before

January 26, 2017

At long last! We start our episode-by-episode look at Star Trek: The Next Generation with "Encounter at Farpoint" and "The Naked Now," and...uh, yeah, there are some pretty big problems. Speaking of which, Sherlock ended its fourth (and final?) season with a bed-shitting of its own, as "The Final Problem" does pretty much every irritating thing the show's ever done (and invents a few new irritating habits).

Episode 201: The Scrying Detective

January 15, 2017

Or is it the Sprying Detective? The Sighing Detective? J. can't remember the name of the second episode of the new season of Sherlock, but we talk about it anyway. It's pretty good! Mostly! Then, we rave about Kings some more, which would even better than it already is if the ostenisbly central character weren't an empty space. Kings is a donut, is what I'm saying. Also, there's an episode of Elementary to talk about it, but it was kind of an empty space, too.

Episode 200: That’s a Lot of Episodes

January 4, 2017

Wow: 200 episodes. That is a big number. And to celebrate, a big episode! We set aside regular business this week, because the New Year has brought us new Sherlock! And it's..erm, uh, well, I mean, it's new! Though it's a lot of the same old. And speaking of the old, we take advantage of the big round number to talk about something we don't get much opportunity to talk about: the original Star Trek series. We discuss Gene Roddenberry's original pilot, "The Cage" (which didn't get picked up), the pilot he hired Sam Peeples to write, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (which did), and the best original series episode ever made, "The City on the Edge of Forever." Yes, we talk about the original Harlan Ellison script. We go DEEP.

Next week, back to regular business with Kings.

Episode 199: It’s Been a Long Road, Gettin’ from There to Here

December 28, 2016

Well, as we end 2016, we end our look at Star Trek: Enterprise. Our discussion concerns the final three episodes, "Demons," "Terra Prime," and "These Are the Voyages...," and Enterprise wraps itself up the only way it knows how: completely shitting the bed and fumbling at even the slightest emotional connection with its audience. Elsewhere, J. counts down his five favorite TV shows of 2016, and we announce our plans for next week's episode, the first of 2017 and our 200th episode.

Episode 198: The Grievous Wound

December 21, 2016

We're halfway into Kings, and J. thinks he's figured out what the show's biggest problem is. We watch "First Night," "Insurrection," and "Judgment Day," and try to figure out how this show's government functions. Like, at all. Also, Ian McShane is like a nuclear weapon unleashed on the rest of the cast. Elsewhere, we talk about the winter finale of Elementary, which should give all you Shinwell fans something to be happy about.

Episode 197: The Grumpiest Timeline

December 19, 2016

We go all-in and tackle four Enterprise episodes this week (which is to say, two weeks ago, when this was recorded). "Divergence" wraps up the Klingon virus business with a shrug, "Bound" phones in its lazy Orion slave girl plot, and the Mirror Universe two-parter "In a Mirror, Darkly" is about one and a half parts too long. Mainly, we just feel bad for Scott Bakula. But we're so close to the finale now! SO CLOSE.