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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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Episode 24: The Last Straw

Episode 24: The Last Straw

April 24, 2020

We're heading into controversial territory with this episode folks... well, at least for Star Wars fans that is. That's right, we're talking The Last Jedi with our special guest, Jimmy Dice of the Scruffy Looking Podcasters! We talk about why the flick is so divisive amongst fans, what we liked, what we didn't, and ss a special bonus, we also manage to get into a Star Trek discussion as well.

Jimmy Dice is one of the co-hosts of Scruffy Looking Podcasters, which they describe as "a stuck-up, half-witted, Star Wars podcast -4 scruffy dudes on a weekly podcast covering Star Wars news and speculation."

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Relating to a pre-show discussion with the lads, here's an interview with comedian Bill Hicks talking about the worst gig he ever had. (NSFW for language)

- Relating to Tim's brew choice for this episode, the APA was a wrestling gimmick for a tag team that acted as a protection agency for other wrestlers. Trust us, it actually made sense at the time. Here they make a comeback in 2012 with Lita.

- Yeah, Darth Vader at the end of Rogue One was pretty badass, wasn't he?

- Here's the Scruffy Looking Podcasters episode where they rank their favorite Star Wars movies.

- Looks like a bunch of commentators have been tipping the picks at the NFL Draft for a while.

- Here's the news about Stellan Skarsgard in the new Star Wars series.

- Here's the Phasma comic that Jimmy Dice was talking about that takes place between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

- Here's our episode talking about the depth of the Star Wars universe verses something like the MCU

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

- JIMMY DICE highly recommends the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

- TIM is very bullish on season one of Star Trek: Picard.

- TODD recommends going back and watching your favorite movies in black & white.

 

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Episode 23: A Whole New (West)world - Part 2

Episode 23: A Whole New (West)world - Part 2

April 21, 2020

We're back to dive into the third and fourth episode of Westworld season 3, so prepare to melt your mind a little bit more. As usual, please be warned that this episode is spoiler-rific - so if you haven't watched episodes 3 and 4, pause this, watch the episodes, and then come right back!

We offer our theories, explanations, slobbering admiration, and much more.

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Geary's Special Hampshire Ale has an ABV of 7%, so it's not moonshine territory, but it ain't no joke either

- Here's a video of R-Truth's funniest moments in WWE

- Here's a video of R-Truth pinning Drake Maverick at his wedding

- Check out the Mark Strand poem that Todd is talking about as a reference for the title of Episode 3

- How the phrase "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" is dumb

- How the toilet paper shortage isn't all about hoarding, but has a lot to do with supply chain

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

Tim would has been pretty happy with his new Fuego grill and would advise you to check it out the next time you're in the market for a controlled fire to grill your meats.

Todd recommends the OG graphic novel of V For Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd along with the movie version.

 

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Episode 22: Lockdown Survival Tips

Episode 22: Lockdown Survival Tips

April 10, 2020

In this episode, we're going to share some things that we've been doing over the last couple weeks of social distancing to keep us going crazier than we usually are. Because like James Brown used to say, we don't know karate, but we dang sure know crazy.

To all the folks out there who are in essential jobs and out there working, please be safe and take care of yourselves. You're the glue that's holding this thing together and we appreciate each and every one of you.

If you need help during this time, here's a couple quick links we found:

- Coronavirus Resources (benefits.gov)

- A guide to helping and getting help during the coronavirus crisis (cnn.com)

- COVID-19 Pandemic (211.org)

Please note that we haven't thoroughly researched any of these - please check into them as you see fit and don't give anyone important personal information unless you're sure they are trustworth.

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Never heard of the Hardcore Chair Swingin' Freaks? Well, let's remedy that for you

- Here's the "Make Before You Manage" blog post by Tim Ferriss

- If you're interested in The Thrawn Triology of Star Wars books, here you go

- One of the games Tim has been getting into (read: obsessing over) is Civilization VI, which you can check out here

- Another game he recommends you delve into (but maybe not too deep) is Eve Online, which you can check out here

- You should definitely check out the album Be-Be's Kids by the late, great Robin Harris - but the bit Todd was referencing is the "Picolo Player" segment (NSFW)

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

Tim recommends the Marco Polo app as a good way to stay in touch with friends via video instead of text or email.

Todd recommends listening to Bill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall front to back, several times if necessary

 

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Episode 21: A Whole New (West)world

Episode 21: A Whole New (West)world

April 3, 2020

Greetings once again to all y'all out there in Interwebs Land, we're back and talking about one of our favorite shows, Westworld. Season three debuted in March, and we're talking about the first two episodes - what we liked, what we loved, and how damned confused we are about the whole thing. Check it all out along with a couple recommendations and ideas of how to sneak a dragon out of your workplace in this episode!

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- A little background on who the Steiner Brothers are

- And since we're light on links this episode, here's a bit from a Steiners / Road Warriors match back from 1996

- If you've never heard about "Go Away Green", then check this out

- Tim was correct, Boardwalk Empire was an HBO show - so if you're watching Westworld, you can probably stream that one too

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

TIM was watching Viceland's excellent web series called "Dark Side Of The Ring", specifically the Chris Benoit two part documentary.

TODD has been listening to the 1972 Ray Charles album "A Message From The People" album, which is very tough to come by these days, but is available to stream on Spotify. Good news, it's also due for a physical copy reissue next month!

 

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