Parents, never read your kid's diary. That's a lesson learned in this week's trilogy of Freaks and Geeks episodes, "The Diary," "Looks and Books," and "The Garage Door."
We're talking Next Gen this week, with "Reunion," "Future Imperfect," and "Final Mission," and a couple of these episodes are important in the long run! The other one...well, it has some pretty terrible old age makeup. Also, we talk Elementary's new season, and it's unbelievable announced seventh season. THIS SHOW IS INVINCIBLE!
It was kind of unavoidable. I'll skip the rambling introduction here and just list the things we talk about for two and a half hours: the Arrested Development season 4 remix; the latest episode of Elementary; three more Freaks and Geeks episodes ("Carded and Discarded," "Girlfriends and Boyfriends," and "We've Got Spirit"); and then, at last, "Person to Person," the final episode of Mad Men. It's been a long road, gettin' from there to here.
Elementary is back! It's good to have the show back. We talk about the season premiere, which is great just for existing. Then, we talk about Star Trek: The Next Generation, with "Suddenly Human," "Remember Me," and "Legacy." One of these is all-timer! The others are...forgettable. (Heh, get it, forgettable? It's a pun.)
I mean, they do.
We watched more Freaks and Geeks, and we learn about Kim's crappy home life, Nick's crappy home life, and Daniel's crappy math skills. This show is good! Also, we continue our rush to the Mad Men finale, with "Lost Horizon."
We begin on our voyage through the fourth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation with a fine batch of episodes: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part 2," "Family," and "Brothers." Admit it: you want to see a sitcom about Worf's Russian parents, too. Also, Mad Men yanks the rug out from underneath the agency, as they fight for independence but run out of "Time & Life." Well, okay, more that first one.
Yes: everybody. We start our look at Freaks and Geeks and kind of marvel at the young talent on display. Sure, it means we have to talk about James Franco, who is a dick, but his character is a dick, so that makes it easier.
We're wrapping up the end of the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation with that all-time classic everyone still quotes and obsesses over: "Transfigurations," in which meet a glowing guy in a full bodysuit. Also, the finale, something called [checks notes] "The Best of Both Worlds"? Never heard of it. Also, a kind of garbage Mad Men episode, "New Business."
This week, The Prisoner comes to an end, and, um, uh, yeah, about that. We talk about the final two episodes, "Once Upon a Time" and "Fall Out," and you can bet that J. loved it, but...man. Man oh man. In addition, Mad Men starts the run to the finale with "Severance."
He doesn't succeed the way Riker did. But you keep at it, Data! We watched Next Gen's "The Most Toys," "Sarek," and "Menage a Troi," and, hey, they can't all be winners. Or feature guest star Mark Leonard. Then, Mad Men reaches for the moon in "Waterloo." It's the one with the singing and dancing ghost!
It was inevitable -- The Prisoner has left the farm. We watched "Living in Harmony," "Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darling," and "The Girl Who Was Death," and, whoops, they're all completely insane.
Of course Will sends the Captain to the sex planet. This week, we're taking a look at three Next Gen episodes -- "Captain's Holiday," "Tin Man," and "Hollow Pursuits" -- and are left to wondering the usual things we wonder. Like, can just anybody walk into the middle of anybody else's holodeck programs?
The Prisoner does an episode without any dialogue for 23 minutes, so you know J. is tuned up about it. We watched "Many Happy Returns," "A Change of Mind," and "Hammer into Anvil," and are still amazed this show got made.
You better, because we're talking about Next Gen's "The Offspring," and it gets kind of weepy. We also talk about "Sins of the Father" and "Allegiance," and one of those episodes is an all-time, important classic, and the other is, um, not.
We continue with The Prisoner, with "The General," "A, B, and C," and "It's Your Funeral."
I mean, they are. We're talking about Next Gen's "Deja Q," "A Matter of Perspective," and "Yesterday's Enterprise." And...well, okay, two of them are a big deal.
The Prisoner continues, with "Checkmate," "The Chimes of Big Ben," and "The Schizoid Man," and one of these episodes kind of gives J. the absolute creeps. Then, we wrap up the sixth season of Mad Men by talking about the finale, "In Care Of."
That's to be expected. We talk about "The Defector," "The Hunted," and "The High Ground," and discuss how Star Trek's good-people-on-both-sides take on political terrorism is pretty foul in hindsight (not that it was all that great at the time).
Prepare yourself, Number Six: we start the new year by starting The Prisoner. We talk (rave, actually) about "Arrival," "Dance of the Dead," and "Free for All." Robby talks about how weird the show is, and J. tries to talk about anything he can while keeping his voice together. Then, we discuss Mad Men, as everybody's trolling for "Favors."
Ho ho ho -- it's Christmas on the Podcastulacra, as Robby and J. exchange their traditional gifts: television episodes that kind of sum up the person recommending them. For Robby, that means 1970s sitcoms (The Bob Newhart Show); for J., that means -- sigh -- Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing). They also talk about A Christmas Carol for a while? Then, in tune with the season, it's time for more Mad Men, as Don (and the agency) continue unravel in "A Tale of Two Cities." Actual, now that I think of it, that doesn't have anything to do with the season, does it?
He does! Riker absolutely murders a woman and faces no consequences. We talk about "The Enemy," "The Price," and "The Vengeance Factor," and discuss Romulans, creepy Betazoids, and how, yeah, Riker completely and totally murders someone and gets away with it. Then, like, Mad Men or whatever? I think "The Better Half"? That sounds right. But Riker. Dude.
Well, we did. We finally got through Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Sorkin gives us his final four scripts -- "K & R" parts 1-3, and "What Kind of Day Has It Been" -- and lets us free, back into the world, full of hope and wonder and joy again. Then, Mad Men takes us on a drug trip, as the office gets hopped up on crank to try to avoid "The Crash."
I mean, we love the guy. But c'mon. We watch "Who Watches the Watchers," "The Bonding," and "Booby Trap," and Geordi needs to talk to a professional. Therapist, I mean. Also, maybe hire another engineer so you don't have to Weird Science one on the holodeck? Then, Don Draper starts to slip a bit, as the merger leaves him desperate for some control in "Man with a Plan."
Episode 237: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Part 6 - Let’s Ask This Powerful White Man What He Thinks About Sexual Harassment
Ooh boy. Studio 60 really goes for the gusto here, as Aaron Sorkin creates a punching bag to let his enlighted characters sound off on the absolutely ludicrous idea that a woman working in the comedy industry might be the victim of sexual harassment. I mean, can you imagine? We hold our noses through "4 AM Miracle," "The Disaster Show," and "Breaking News," and marvel at how little self-awareness this show has. Then, speaking of gross, it's time to talk about Matt Weiner, as the recent allegations make "For Immediate Release" unpleasant to sit through.