The Free Range Idiocy Podcast
Episode 14: Star Wars - The Rise Of Skywalker

Episode 14: Star Wars - The Rise Of Skywalker

January 10, 2020

The dynamic duo of idiocy is joined by special guest Jimmy Dice of Scruffy Looking Podcasters (a weekly Star Wars podcast right here on Podbean) to dissect, digest, and digress on the topic of the end of the Skywalker Saga. We talk about what we liked, what we didn't, and where we'd place this film in the overall saga. Buckle up, we're about to make the jump to light speed.

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Learn some more about author Timothy Zahn, who wrote the Thrawn Trilogy among others.

- The backstory of how Ian McDiarmid kept his voice in Return of the Jedi.

- Ian McDiarmid's "Roll it again" at Star Wars Celebration 2019 after the first showing of the Rise of Skywalker trailer.

- Yeah, the deaging on Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy was a bit creepy.

- The Reddit post in question regarding studio interference with the flick.

- Todd would like to clarify that he ripped the whole "Jedi class picture" line off from Marc Bernardin on the Rise of Skywalker spoiler episode of Fatman Beyond.

- The moment when Matt Smith became The Doctor.

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

Tim enjoyed Recycled Percussion very much on his trip home to New Hampshire and would recommend checking out their charitable organization, Chaos and Kindness.

Todd recommends the book Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

James pointed us to the fantastic Etsy shop Black Sheep Rebellion, home of great artwork by Chris Hall.

 

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Episode 13: Bradygeddon!!!

Episode 13: Bradygeddon!!!

December 17, 2019

Going from sports entertainment to plain ol' sports, we explore the mental meltdown taking place in New England around the potential departure of Patriots franchise quarterback and New England folk legend, Tom Brady. We'll go over how we got here, what's happening, and the best/worst case scenarios for the Pats and Brady. Dig in!

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Here's the Tom E. Curran article that started this whole mess.

- Correction: the Patriots have missed the playoffs TWICE during Brady's time as a starter. First time was after the 2002 season when they were 9-7. The second time was after the 2008 season when they were 11-5 with Matt Cassel at the helm when Brady was injured in the first quarter of the first regular season game.

- Here's the franchise stats for the Boston/New England Patriots and the career stats for Tom Brady.

- At the moment, the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers are tied for most Super Bowl wins at 6 each, with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49er's in the second with 5 each. The Patriots do hold the record for most Super Bowl appearances as a franchise with 11, with Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Denver in second with 8 each.

- The Patriots hold the record for consecutive games won (regular season and playoffs combined) at 21 (2003-2004). They also had an 18-game win streak (2007-2008) and have a 16-game regular season win streak (2007).

- Joe Montana wound up in Kansas City by trade. The 49er's traded Montana, safety David Whitmore, and a 1994 third round pick to the Chiefs for their 1993 first round pick (18th overall).

- Some information on the net worths of Gisele and Tom Brady.

- No, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy never played in the NFL, although he did spend six seasons in the Arena Football League. The Brett Favre back-up Todd was thinking of was Craig Nall. Incidentally, Nall's five career touchdown passes are approximately four more than we thought he'd have.

- Here's a link to The Big Lead post about potential Tom Brady replacements in New England.

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

- Tim highly recommends both the book version of Moneyball by Michael Lewis and the movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt.

- Todd advises everyone to download and buy the physical CD of the new album Self-Titled by Rustic Overtones immediately.

 

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Episode 012: What The Hell Just Happened?! - 2019 WWE Survivor Series

Episode 012: What The Hell Just Happened?! - 2019 WWE Survivor Series

December 6, 2019

As a couple of wrestling geeks from way back, we figured it was about time we got down to the nitty gritty and talked about what's happening in Vince's playground. After watching this year's Survivor Series, we got together and went through the card discussing what the hell just happened. Pull on your elbow pads and luchador mask - it's time to get to the ring!

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Turns out the Busta Rhymes video Todd was thinking about isn't exactly what he thought, but here it is anyways - "Gimme Some More" (NSFW for language). And while we're here, how about a bit of Busta rapping live on the radio? (NSFW again for language)

- How over was Steve Blackman back in the day? Not so much. Not only was that nowhere close to a Road Warriors pop, he didn't get a Crash Holly pop.

- Neither one of us could explain how taping injured ribs would help, so after some quick Google Fu, the answer is... Not much. In fact, doctors now recommend not taping ribs because it restricts the ability to take deep breaths which can help avoid getting pneumonia. 

- Yeah, Ricochet is pretty good. Here's that clip of him jumping out of the ring to meet up with Velveteen Dream.

- Here's the Triple-H versus Taka Michinoku match was from RAW back in the day

- That time Tommaso Ciampa came to the ring with no music and got roundly booed? Yeah, we've got that.

 

AND ANOTHER THING...

- TIM: A big ol' shout out to the soundtrack for Hamilton, the current touring show, and Paris Nix in particular.

- TODD: Dig in to TBNH by The Brand New Heavies for a funky good time.

 

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Episode 011: Deep Geek - Battlestar Galactica Episodes Favorite Season 3.5 Episodes

Episode 011: Deep Geek - Battlestar Galactica Episodes Favorite Season 3.5 Episodes

November 22, 2019

Tim and Todd are back with another deep dive into one of their favorite geek topics, Battlestar Galactica! In this episode, we'll be talking about our favorite episodes from the second half of season 3 with some slight detours into Westworld, professional wrestling, and the films of Spike Lee. Strap yourself into your Viper, grab your headphones, and get ready for launch!

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Our apologies once again to Tahmoh Pennikett for one of us spacing on his name... again. 

- The actor who played Da Mayor in Do The Right Thing was the wonderful Ossie Davis. Interesting bit of trivia, Ossie was co-starred in one of the most oddly heartwarming movies Todd has watched, Bubba Ho-Tep, where he joins forces with Bruce Campbell (playing a geriatric Elvis Presley) as they fight back against an Egyptian mummy come back from the dead. And yes, it's just as delightfully weird as it sounds. 

- The actor who played the doctor in "The Woman King" and Senator Kelly in X-Men and X2: X-Men United? That'd be the prolific Bruce Davison, who's acted in 268 films to date, including James Maine in Titanic 2. For those of you who didn't know they made a sequel to Titanic... they didn't, it's just as bad as you'd think it'd be, and you're welcome.

 

AND ANOTHER THING:

- TIM: The sixth season of Silicon Valley which is currently streaming on HBO GO.

- TODD: The Reboot Roadshow with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes or just check out Jay & Silent Bob Reboot at your local theater. Here's the red band trailer, so be forewarned that there's a dump truck full of bad language and objectionable material to follow. Enjoy!

 

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Episode 010: The NFL - The Worst & The Best

Episode 010: The NFL - The Worst & The Best

October 24, 2019

It's time to dissect one of America's favorite institutions and talk about the best and the worst of the National Football League. In this episode, we discuss all the things that make the league a fun and entertaining watch as well as all the things that bug us to no end. 

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Here's the return of the Dudley Boyz on WWE RAW in August of 2015.

- In case you're wondering who Iron Mike Sharpe is, here he is up against The British Bulldog back in 1992.

- Some documentation on the Oakland A's winning 20 games in a row during the 2002 MLB season.

- Here's George Carlin talking about the differences between baseball and football.

- For the record, Anthony Munoz retired with 4 career touchdown receptions.

- Actually, four teams have never played in a Super Bowl - the Browns, Lions, Texans, and ... the Jaguars.

 

AND ANOTHER THING:

- TIM: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ... which we highly recommend buying on BluRay, DVD, VHS, and Beta.

- TODD: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

 

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Episode 009: Deep Geek - Our Favorite Episodes from Battlestar Galactica Season 3.0

Episode 009: Deep Geek - Our Favorite Episodes from Battlestar Galactica Season 3.0

October 17, 2019

Ladies and gentlemen, we hope you've braced yourself, popped some corn, and got a cold one (or two) ready... because we're back to go full-on deep geek with our favorite episodes from Battlestar Galactica Season 3.0.

We both picked our favorite three episodes from the first half of the third season and run them down with all our thoughts therein. We learn some more about Fat Apollo, how screwed up Starbuck is, how many votes does a circle need for a death sentence, and more people heading out the airlock! 

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Turns out Todd was right, we did get an episode of the OG Star Trek when the Enterprise was inside the atmosphere and intercepted by some USAF fighters.

- Tim's favorite BSG reference, Battlestar Wiki.

- Here's the Wikipedia page for the 1960 U-2 Incident when pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the USSR during a spy mission. 

- And if you like that, check out this video from Simple History on the incident.

- Here's some information about the A-10 Thunderbolt II (aka "The Warthog") that Todd was talking about with specific attention to its durability.

 

AND ANOTHER THING:

- TIM: Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is an hour-long weekly news-based radio panel show hosted by Peter Sagal out of Chicago, IL. You can listen on the NPR radio, online through their website, or via your favorite podcast service.

- TODD: Tower of Power - Soul Side of Town is the band's first number one album, released during their 50th anniversary as a band. They are based out of Oakland, CA and have been highly influential in funk, soul, and R&B. The album is available on your favorite digital platform as well as CD and vinyl.

 

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Episode 008: In Feige We Trust, an MCU Grab Bag

Episode 008: In Feige We Trust, an MCU Grab Bag

October 4, 2019

We're taking a bit of a breather from our EPIC re-watch of Battlestar Galactica to chat a little bit about a couple topics that popped onto our collective radar last week. First up is the news that Kevin Feige will be developing a new movie for Star Wars, and then we get into the long winding road Spider-Man has ad getting back to the MCU.

As always, we appreciate y'all listening and please share with your friends if you like the podcast. If you don't, feel free to share with an enemy. We have very low standards.

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Here's the tweet from James Gunn regarding the lovely production gift Marvel sent him as he starts work on DC's next Suicide Squad movie

- Here's a post from writer and artist Austin Kleon talking about how everyone wasn't completely on board with the whole moon landing thing back in the day

 

AND ANOTHER THING:

- TIM: The album 3 Years, 5 Months, and 2 Days in the Life Of... by Arrested Development 

- TODD: Actress & all-around bad-ass Katee Sackhoff's YouTube channel

 

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Episode 007: Our Favorite Episodes from Battlestar Galactica Season 2.5

Episode 007: Our Favorite Episodes from Battlestar Galactica Season 2.5

September 20, 2019

You knew it was coming, but are you ready for some more deep geek with us? We certainly hope so, because we're taking a dive into the back half of Battlestar Galactica's second season and talking about our favorite episodes from one of the greatest television shows of all time. 

In this episode, we dissect and discuss what we liked about this half season, gush a bit more about the acting of the cast as well as the writing, and also bring into play Fat Apollo, Baltar's Love Nuke, and Adama's Stare of Doom. And that's all before we get to our And Another Things for this time around!

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

Here's the full version of the Demolition entrance theme song as well as one of their finer promos.

And while we're at it, here's the time that Ax and Smash were the first two entries in the Royal Rumble and proceeded to beat the living hell out of each other for a couple minutes until Andre the Giant came to the ring.

 

AND ANOTHER THING:

TIM: Clockwork Angels (book) and Clockwork Angels (the album)

TODD: John Wick 3 (trailer)

 

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Episode 006: Entertainment Grab Bag

Episode 006: Entertainment Grab Bag

August 30, 2019

We're taking a break from our deep geek re-watch of Battlestar Galactica to talk about some of the entertainment shenanigans that were happening last week. Kick back while we discuss the merits of tasting whiskey with and without ice, the announcement of the new Matrix movie (with Keanu, Carrie Anne Moss, and one of two Wachowskis), Kevin Smith's new Masters of the Universe anime show for Netflix, and Spidey getting yanked out of the MCU.

Thank you once again to everyone who's been downloading and listening to us chuckleheads - if you really enjoy it, feel free to share it with some friends. That way, you can all laugh along with our particular brand of idiocy!

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- For those keeping score at home, it was Bushwacker Luke who had one of the fastest ever eliminations in the Royal Rumble, coming in one side of the ring and being tossed out the other.

- For the record, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (by Douglas Adams) is a five book trilogy.

- Here's the video of Kevin Smith's Masters of the Universe announcement at Powercon.

- Here's the red-band trailer for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (be sure you don't have your speakers cranked at work unless you want to spend the afternoon with HR).

- The brothers who wrote all those songs for Disney? That'd be Robert and Richard Sherman.

- And here's an explanation of what's going on with the rights to the Hulk, which Todd managed to butcher.

 

AND ANOTHER THING:

- Todd: Check out Another Life starring Katee Sackhoff - the first season is available for streaming on Netflix now.

- Tim: In line with our discussion on the Matrix trilogy, check out The Animatrix - an anthology of nine shorts that was produced by the Wachowskis. Here's the trailer.

 

MUSIC:

- Intro music is "Sho 'Nuff" by Mama's Boomshack - check out their album Speed of Soul on Bandcamp

 

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Episode 005 - Deep Geek: Our Favorite Episodes from Battlestar Galactica, Season 2.0

Episode 005 - Deep Geek: Our Favorite Episodes from Battlestar Galactica, Season 2.0

August 23, 2019

We're back at it with our continuing "deep geek" dive into one of our favorite television shows of all time, Battlestar Galactica. In this podcast, we'll be talking through our favorite episodes from the first half of season two.

We did our best to get a handle on time by only picking three episodes each, but well... you know how these things go. At the very least, we hope that our idiocy is entertaining to you.

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- This is the documentary about the making of the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica pilot and series.

- For those interested, here's the Wikipedia page for BSG Season 2

 

AND ANOTHER THING:

- Tim: Niagara Falls

- Todd: Battlestar Galacticast podcast with Tricia Helfer and Marc Bernardin

 

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