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Episode 273: The Cape, Conclusion — Stalemate

Episode 273: The Cape, Conclusion — Stalemate

September 7, 2018

See, it's a chess joke. 

We wrap up The Cape as it comes to its regrettably unsatisfying conclusion. Hope you like absolutely no closure at all! No, I get it, they got cancelled, but still.

Episode 271: When Geordi Becomes the Voice of Reason

Episode 271: When Geordi Becomes the Voice of Reason

August 30, 2018

Data tries his luck with the ladies this week, as we wrap up the fourth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation by talking about "In Theory" (Patrick Stewart's favorite episode, weirdly, though it makes sense when you find out why) and the season finale, "Redemption," which is just a gimme for J.: Klingon politics! Romulans! Guinan with a phaser! Gowron up in this! Oh, also, we talk about Elementary.

Episode 270: The Cape, Pt. II — A Delicate Mixture

Episode 270: The Cape, Pt. II — A Delicate Mixture

August 12, 2018

We're off in crazy town, talking about The Cape again. Does it maintain its madcap air, pulpy feel, and good-time charm? Mostly, yeah! 

Episode 269: Trill, A First Draft

Episode 269: Trill, A First Draft

August 4, 2018

They tried. We're talking Star Trek: The Next Generation this week, with "Half a Life," "The Host," and "The Mind's Eye." The first draft of the Trill wasn't very good, was it?

Episode 268: The Cape, Part I — hahaha

Episode 268: The Cape, Part I — hahaha

July 29, 2018

Hehehehehahahaha, there's no way this was real. The Cape: it's an original superhero IP, drawn up by NBC in the middle of its blue period, watched by no one. And it's...great? Join us in the alternate universe where this exists, and it rocks. Keith David IS Houdini Yoda! This show IS amazing!

Episode 267: We’ll Have You Know We’re the Best Podcasters in Nottingham

Episode 267: We’ll Have You Know We’re the Best Podcasters in Nottingham

July 18, 2018

It's time for Next Gen this week, with three very different (but also good!) episodes. It's "The Nth Degree," "Qpid," and "The Drumhead." We also talk about the latest Elementary, as well as reveal our next one-season-only show. Spoilers: it's a bonkers show no one remembers! No, not that one!

Episode 266: Clerks: The Animated Series Was a Real Thing That Actually Got Made

Episode 266: Clerks: The Animated Series Was a Real Thing That Actually Got Made

July 15, 2018

It did! And ABC put it on television! Well, part of it, anyway. We dish on all on six episodes of the very-clearly-doomed-to-fail series. Is it a lost classic? Embarassing, homophobic juvenalia? Why not both?

Episode 265: Why Does It Have to Be Snakes? No, Really, I’m Asking

Episode 265: Why Does It Have to Be Snakes? No, Really, I’m Asking

July 8, 2018

Happy belated birthday, America. We talk about Hamilton for a minute at the beginning of this one, and then move to discussing the recent passing of the great (and terrible) Harlan Ellison, before our proper topics: Elementary, of course, and then Star Trek: The Next Generation. And not good episodes, either, because it's "Galaxy's Child," "Night Terrors," and "Identity Crisis." Geordi's definitely a mod on an MRA subreddit in the future, isn't he?

Episode 264: Freaks and Geeks, Conclusion — A Chance to Roll a New Character

Episode 264: Freaks and Geeks, Conclusion — A Chance to Roll a New Character

June 29, 2018

It turns out the real Freaks and Geeks were the friends we made along the way. We finish up the series with its final three episodes, and as you'd imagine, it gets us talking for a good long while. Also in here, we talk the latest Elementary, plus we reveal the next one-season-only series we'll be talking about.

Episode 263: Boy, Are We Glad Star Trek Phase Two Never Got Off the Ground

Episode 263: Boy, Are We Glad Star Trek Phase Two Never Got Off the Ground

June 25, 2018

Because it would have destroyed the Star Trek franchise, for real. We're talking about Next Gen this week, with "Devil's Due," "Clues," and "First Contact," and one of them is based on one of those rejected Phase Two scripts from the '70s. Hint: it's the one about the devil.

Episode 262: Freaks and Geeks, Pt. 5 — Punks

Episode 262: Freaks and Geeks, Pt. 5 — Punks

June 21, 2018

Freaks and Geeks continues, with "Chokin' and Tokin'," "Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers," and "Noshing and Moshing." James Franco in leathery punk gear and spiked hair!

Episode 261: I Ii II I_

Episode 261: I Ii II I_

June 20, 2018

It's time for more Next Gen, as we talk about "The Loss" (bleh), "Data's Day," and "The Wounded." Why are Troi episodes always so bad? We spend a long time trying (and failing) to figure that out.

Episode 260: Freaks and Geeks, Pt. 4 — Rise of the Mathletes

Episode 260: Freaks and Geeks, Pt. 4 — Rise of the Mathletes

June 17, 2018

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."

Episode 259: Let Us End This Charade

Episode 259: Let Us End This Charade

May 24, 2018

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!

Episode 258: Freaks and Geeks, Pt. 3 — Oops, This Episode Is Forever Long

Episode 258: Freaks and Geeks, Pt. 3 — Oops, This Episode Is Forever Long

May 9, 2018

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.

Episode 257: There Must Be Something Wrong With the Universe

Episode 257: There Must Be Something Wrong With the Universe

May 8, 2018

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.)

Episode 256: Freaks and Geeks, Pt. 2 — Cream Sucks

Episode 256: Freaks and Geeks, Pt. 2 — Cream Sucks

May 8, 2018

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."

Episode 255: He’s Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Earlier Prototype On Which I Was Based

Episode 255: He’s Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Earlier Prototype On Which I Was Based

April 26, 2018

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.

Episode 254: Freaks and Geeks, Pt. 1 — Everybody on This Show Is Famous Now

Episode 254: Freaks and Geeks, Pt. 1 — Everybody on This Show Is Famous Now

April 24, 2018

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. 

Episode 253: Glow On, Glow Man

Episode 253: Glow On, Glow Man

April 18, 2018

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."

Episode 252: The Prisoner, Conclusion — Dem Bones

Episode 252: The Prisoner, Conclusion — Dem Bones

April 1, 2018

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." 

Episode 251: In Which Data Tries to Straight-Up Murder a Dude

Episode 251: In Which Data Tries to Straight-Up Murder a Dude

April 1, 2018

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! 

Episode 250: The Prisoner, Part 5 — In Which The Prisoner Loses Its Goddamn Mind

Episode 250: The Prisoner, Part 5 — In Which The Prisoner Loses Its Goddamn Mind

March 21, 2018

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. 

Episode 249: Never Take Vacation Tips from Riker

Episode 249: Never Take Vacation Tips from Riker

March 21, 2018

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?

Episode 248: The Prisoner, Part 4 - The Nerve of This Show

Episode 248: The Prisoner, Part 4 - The Nerve of This Show

March 6, 2018

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.