Free Range Idiocy
Episode 34: Higher Ground - Todd & Tim’s Top 5 Albums

Episode 34: Higher Ground - Todd & Tim’s Top 5 Albums

July 3, 2020

With out BSG binky taken away, what ever will we do?!

Oh, don't worry. We've got plenty to talk about.

In this episode, we go through our current top five albums, some of our musical upbringing, and what we think makes a great album. Also, some honorbale mentions, and at least one embarrassing story from Todd. C'mon in - the idiocy is fine!

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Here's that video of Billy Joel freaking out in Russia because the lighting guy wasn't listening... or didn't speak English

- Turns out Casey Kasem did voices for a bunch of other stuff too

- With the mention of "Be My Yoko Ono" and The Beatles, we'll use this excuse to show you the video where Yoko Ono made Chuck Berry question his entire life

- Todd foolishly said Alberta license plates when it should've been Ontario. Sorry.

- Here's that video of Stevie Wonder playing "Superstition" on Seasame Street back in the day

- Here's a live version of "Living For The City" with the intro by Stevie

- Oh yeah, and Stevie also kept pace with Tony Bennett

- A little more background on The Beatles being better in mono and also Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in mono

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

TIM recommends checking out the WWE documentary Undertaker: The Last Ride covering The Phenom's last year in the business

TODD humbly suggests checking out Speed Of Soul by his band Mama's Boomshack, which turns six this year

 

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Episode 33: Battlestar Galactica - The Plan

Episode 33: Battlestar Galactica - The Plan

June 26, 2020

This is a bittersweet episode for us folks... Not only are we creeping up on our one year anniversary as a podcast, but we've also come to the end - or rather, the end tacked onto the end - of the journey that has been our re-watch and re-cap of Battlestar Galactica. In this episode, we gush over all the things that we loved and bid a fond farewell to our most favorite of TV shows.

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Here's the wikipedia page for BSG: The Plan

- Here's the IMDB trivia page for BSG: The Plan

- The actress who played Giana - Lymari Nadal - also happens to be married to Edward James Olmos

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

- TIM highly has high hopes for his new book, Fit Men Cook 100+ Meal Prep Recipes for Men and Women by Kevin Curry

- TODD has been pleased with his read on Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

 

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Episode 32: Star Wars Breakdown - Rogue One vs. Solo

Episode 32: Star Wars Breakdown - Rogue One vs. Solo

June 19, 2020

In this episode, we break out our new favorite gimmick and go all tale-of-the-tape as we break down the two Star Wars Story movies: Rogue One and Solo using categories like overall story, main characters, villains, droids, and more. Who will win and who will lose?! Okay, we're pretty sure how this is going to turn out, but there's lots of jokes and rambling to keep you entertained along the way, so dive in with us!

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Our suggestions for the "national anthem" of Free Range Idiocy... Todd was partial to Funkadelic's "One Nation Under A Groove" while Tim preferred "Spirit of Radio" by Rush

- Here's a little more information about The Bolsheviks in the 1980's WWF

- Here's more info about Paul Campbell (aka Bill from BSG). And it wasn't a Hallmark Christmas movie, it was just a plain ol' Hallmark movie that starred Paul Campbell with fellow BSG alumnus Tricia Helfer called Sun, Sand, & Romance

- And yes, you can still find the Star Wars set for Luke's home in Tunisia

- Here's some more information on screenwriting legend Lawrence Kasdan

- Here's the article from The Verge that Tim was talking about

- What time is it?! It's Vader time! Check out Vader's return to the WWE back in 2012

- Not only was Dryden Voss originally a different actor (Michael Kenneth Williams), but the character was also supposed to look very different as well

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

TIM highly recommends checking out the new video from the official Rush YouTube channel for "Spirit Of Radio" with lots of Easter eggs about the band

TODD would suggest getting your hands on a copy of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen if you can and also read up some more on actor Oliver Reed

 

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Episode 31: Battlestar Galactica - Series Finale, Daybreak

Episode 31: Battlestar Galactica - Series Finale, Daybreak

June 12, 2020

It hasn't been quite as long as the Colonials journey from Caprica to Earth... but it feels like it sometimes! We've come to the end of the line with Battlestar Galactica as a series and will be talking about our favorite moments and characters from the final episode. Buckle up folks, it's going to be journey!

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Here is Adama's speech on the hangar deck

- Todd was wrong - it's LEO, not LEON Getz. And yeah, they... get you at the drive-thru (NSFW for language)

- Battlestar Galactica was originally called Adam's Ark when Glen Larson began developing it

- Here's the extra scene from "Daybreak" with Starbuck and Adama

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

- TIM recommends checking out the Grimm TV series when you have a moment

- TODD recommends giving the HBO Watchmen series a viewing or three

 

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Episode 30: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5

Episode 30: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5

June 5, 2020

We're back with our top moments, characters, and episodes from the second half of Battlestar Galactica season four. What were the turning points? Who were the most important characters? Did both Tim and Todd manage to stay awake through the entire episode? All this and more.

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Here's a list of all the season four episodes for reference

- Here's the Smart Park commercial

- Here's Casey Affleck's legendary Dunkin commercial from Saturday Night Live

- And just in case you missed it, here's Laura Roslin going medieval on Tom Zarek

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

- TIM continues to (rightfully) gush about Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, especially the fourth episode, "Technology", which covers one of favorite things ever, The Volume.

- TODD got himself hooked on French singer Cyrille Aimee this past week via the Sanborn Sessions. Be sure to check out her album Move On: A Sondheim Advernture.

 

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Episode 29: Who’s Yer Captain? with Jimmy Dice

Episode 29: Who’s Yer Captain? with Jimmy Dice

June 2, 2020

We welcome back Jimmy Dice from Scruffy Looking Podcasters to help us break down who is the best starship captain: William Adama or Jean Luc Picard? Using categories like intelligence, tactical acumen, and more we'll figure out who'd you want at the helm of your adventure through the cosmos and a whole lot more.

Scruffy Looking Podcasters is a stuck-up, half-witted Star Wars podcast that is definitely worth your time, featuring Jimmy Dice, Kev Garbett, Chris Hall, and Ed Bosshart

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- For reference purposes, here's some background information on William Adama.

- And here's a couple of reference articles for Jean Luc Picard.

- Oh yeah, and that Fred Wesley song that Todd mentioned called "Breaking Bread"? It's pretty great.

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

TIM was pretty enthralled by the documentary series McMillions, which talks about the guy who scammed the McDonald's Monopoly game for years.

TODD highly recommends watching the documentary ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas as well as checking out one of their newer singles, "Gotsa Get Paid" which pretty badass.

JAMES is pretty excited to start reading the first few books in The Expanse books series. And you should totally check out the new song from his band The Fogcutters called "New Moanin'" which features Ryan Zoidis of Lettuce.

 

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Episode 28: Battlestar Start Galactica Season 4.0

Episode 28: Battlestar Start Galactica Season 4.0

May 22, 2020

We weren't just teasing with our BSG Razor episode, we're back to complete our epic deep geek of the greatest television show ever made, Battlestar Galactica! In this episode, we discuss the best moments from the first half of the final season, favorite characters, and list our favorite shows along with some healthy sidetracks into the world of professional wrestling, driver's ed, and more. And the episode is under 3 hours! Will wonders never cease?!

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Jeri-Show might've been a short-lived tag team in the WWE, but they definitely left a mark as well as having an epic (and cheesy) mash-up of an entrance song.

- Here's Chris Jericho in AEW reading his list of wrestlers he won't be wrestling again. Wonder how he feels about Moxley?

- Yeah, that episode of SmackDown with Brock Lesnar giving Big Show a superplex and collapsing the ring is pretty cool.

- It was Georgia that was giving out licenses (almost 20,000 of 'em) to new drivers without taking their road test. Again, what could possibly go wrong?

- Here's the Wikipedia list of BSG Season 4 episodes for reference purposes.

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

TIM implores you to watch Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian on Disney+ for a great behind-the-scenes look at one of our favorite TV shows from the last year.

TODD suggests you continue diving into the Star Wars world with Empire of Dreams, a documentary covering the early part of George Lucas' career as well as the making of the OG trilogy.

 

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Episode 27: A Whole New (West)world - Part 4

Episode 27: A Whole New (West)world - Part 4

May 15, 2020

We've made it through the ups and downs, twists and turns, and mind-bending swerves of the final two episodes of Westworld, so let's talk about it all! Will Delores succeed in her plans? Will Maeve be able to stop her? Will Serac get the world back under control? Will Todd finally shut up for more than 20 seconds at a time?!

Some of these questions might even get answered, so let's dive in!

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Need a little background on "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase? We've got you covered.

- Irving R. Schyster's finishing move? The Write Off.

- Here's Dave Grohl speaking at Lemmy's funeral about their shared love of Little Richard.

- Here's the article from The Ringer about the finale of Westworld season 3.

- Here's the video Todd referenced of stuntwomen and actresses having a virtual fight. Thandie Newton pops up (briefly) around the 3 minute mark.

- Here's the trailer for The Langoliers TV miniseries Todd was talking about, complete with mid-90's CGI.

- Here's Evan Rachel Wood talking about Westworld and acting alongside Anthony Hopkins.

- That little musical break in the middle of the podcast? That'd be the great Clark Terry and his trademark song, "Mumbles".

- The actress who played Arnold's wife was Gina Torres.

- Looks like Tim nailed it on the head - Westworld is shooting for six seasons.

- And yes, Todd was correct - Mark Sandman, lead singer for the band Morphine, did indeed play a slide bass.

 

...AND ANOTHER THING: 

TIM implores you to check out the Led Zeppelin channel on Sirius XM for the rest of this month.

TODD recommends checking out the band Lettuce in general, and specifically, their new album Resonate.

 

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Episode 26: Battlestar Galactica Razor Recap

Episode 26: Battlestar Galactica Razor Recap

May 8, 2020

It's been awhile since we took a deep geek dive into one of our favorite TV shows of all time, so we figured it was time to get back to it. In this episode, we'll be discussing Battlestar Galactica: Razor, the prequel movie for the show's final season.

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Here's the opening of Parks and Recreation with Ron Swanson and the coffeemaker.

- Here's some trivia about BSG: Razor, including the bits about theatrical screenings and the vocoder.

- Turns out former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush get along really well after being in office.

- And yeah, Tywin Lannister looks a lot like the hybrid at the end of his movie, doesn't he?

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

TIM has been spending some quality time with his son and the LEGO Ultimate Collector Series, which is daunting for even the most stout-hearted geeks.

TODD recommends watching My First Name Is Maceo, a documentary / concert film with saxophonist and funk legend Maceo Parker, then going out and buying every album of his you can find. He has one coming out in June, and here's a taste.

 

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Episode 25: A Whole New (West)world - Part 3

Episode 25: A Whole New (West)world - Part 3

May 4, 2020

Guess who's back... back again... Okay, so we're not that cool, but since this episode is being posted late, we're hoping a nice chuckle will endear us to you. Did it work? No? Oh well. We're back with our take on episodes 5 and 6 of Westworld. If you're not caught up, be sure to watch 'em before listening because we're not holding back on spoilers.

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Want to know some more about the legendary wrestling tag team, The Rock N' Roll Express? We got you covered.

- Here's a video of Howard Finkel's WWE Hall Of Fame induction where he explains his trademark intros.

- Here's the video of The Fink acting as CM Punk's personal announcer back at the 2011 Survivor Series.

- Please excuse Todd's error - the bad guy is the antagonist, the good guy is the protagonist - not the other way around.

- The actor who played the father of Charolette Hale's son (Jake Reed) was none other than Michael Ealy.

- Todd muffed the John Wick 3 quote. It's actually the Bowery King who says he's pissed off with John Wick agreeing, and here's the video evidence.

- Keenan Thompson is indeed the longest tenured SNL cast member (at 17 seasons), but he passed Tim Meadows a long time ago (who was on for 10 seasons). Second place is Darrell Hammond, who was a cat member for 14 seasons.

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

TIM recommends watching Keenan Thompson's hilarious "What's Up With That?" sketches from SNL - in studio and at home versions.

TODD advises you to spend some quality time watching Vulfpeck live at Madison Square Garden.

 

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