In which we finish our miniseries on Citadel and attempt to wrestle with what, exactly, we have brought upon ourselves.
Is watching this show not unlike descending into pure mindless sensation? Like a sensory deprivation tank, but as a TV show? Also why on earth does the Priyanka Chopra-Jonas character make these choices?! They're such bad choices!
Extra Hot Great co-host and TV critic extraordinaire Tara Ariano parachutes into our Citadel series this week, to help us break down exactly what is going on in all these flashback sequences where characters look and act exactly the same way they do in the "present day." This episode moves the season's main story forward by roughly 37 seconds.
It's so hard to remember any individual thing that happens in an episode of Citadel that I'm not sure how we keep sitting down and having a conversation about it, but our journey continues, flying forward with the inevitability of a super-spy on ski-boots.
We gently encouraged you to tell us whether you wanted us to watch more of Citadel, and you gently encouraged us back, so here we are with another episode about this dumb, dumb show where nothing is as it seems but in a super predictable kind of way.
We'll watch all six episodes of Citadel season 1 on Amazon, one at a time, posting on Thursdays(ish).
We saved the best and the worst for last this year! Mrs. Davis is a little zeitgeisty and a little head-fake-y and a lot of fun, while Citadel kind of wants to be all of those things and isn't any of them? Also if three or four dozen of you tweet at or email us I guess we'll fuck around and watch the entire first season of Citadel, don't disappoint us!
In this week's (comically belated) episode, we're tackling Kathryn's Spring 2023 GOBO picks, the shoulder devil and should angel of the Mom TV genre: The Diplomat (good, currently streaming on Netflix) and The Last Thing He Told Me (preposterous, not in a fun way, currently streaming on Apple TV+). In addition, we take some time off from discussing wood turning, houseboats, and even-weirder-than-Sweeney-Todd Stephen Sondheim musicals to discuss the current writer's strike in Hollywood and what's driving writers' discontent. Listen and enjoy and pretend this came out on Thursday like it was supposed to!
Daisy May Cooper's Am I Being Unreasonable is fascinating and strange and maybe (probably) doesn't work? Particularly because we all get into an argument about who we're supposed to be sympathizing with and why! But one thing's for DANG sure, and it's that Am I Being Unreasonable is a more interesting and successful show than Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies!
We're back gang!! This time we pick through the spring 2023 TV season to find shows to hang our hopes and our anti-hopes on. Next week! Prepare to watch Am I Being Unreasonable on Hulu and (ugh) Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies on Paramount+.
It is our final GOBO of this run, in which we discuss NBC's Quantum Leap and ABC's Alaska Daily. We promise to send you out on much skepticism about the wisdom of building a new Quantum Leap machine, and also a few thoughts on The State of Journalism.
Star Wars TV shows need to learn how to do episodes. So Help Me Todd is, so help us, not our worst-ever watch, even though it's very goofy and stupid. Classic bad one!!
Hello poppets! You're in for a treat with this one, posting up juuuust in time for everyones' commute home from work. We gather together to discuss Margaret's GO and BO: Reboot (GO) and The Vampire Academy (BO) and the vast majority of the episode is us trying in vain to figure out the vampire rules of a poorly written show to which we may or may not have paid much attention. Margaret gets sent to horny jail by minute 18.
Have you heard? People love giant fantasy series! They really do. Or at least, they definitely WATCH giant fantasy series, and whether or not they love them is maybe beside the point? In any event, we're doing a free space Good One / Bad One episode to discuss both House of the Dragon and The Rings of Power, which are your two choices for overstuffed fantasy extravaganzas this fall. No one gets mad about anything.
Ah, the promise of a new TV season. Maybe one of the premieres will be one of your new favorites! Maybe you'll watch something so bad that you can make yourself mad years later just by thinking about it. The world is alight with possibilities!
We're back for a FIVE-episode fall engagement! This week we'll announce our picks, and next week we're going to do an obligatory Oops! All Fantasy episode about the House of the Dragon and Lord of the Rings shows.
This is, fundamentally, an episode about life's most existential questions. Some of those questions are fairly simple: what is good TV? How many shows about the same true crime murder is too many shows?
Some of those questions are much more complicated, like "if a time traveler poops in the woods and Steven Moffat is the showrunner and he changes the rules of how the story works so that detached parts of the time traveler's body follow him around through time and space ... what are the implications for Thanksgiving?"
This week, Margaret reopens her Queer TV Quorner to discuss OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH and then inflicts THE COURTSHIP upon Andrew and Kathryn. Its vastly superior predecessor Regency House Party is also discussed.
Did you miss us? Whether you did or not, we’re back again with our spring 2022 edition of Good One/Bad One, along with some notes about what we’ve been watching while we’ve been gone.
Our Flag Means Death: https://play.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GYf3LzwJV98JifQEAAAAO
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/star-trek-strange-new-worlds/
The Courtship: https://www.usanetwork.com/the-courtship
Lovestruck High: https://press.amazonstudios.com/us/en/press-release/lindsay-lohan-unveiled-as-the-official-voiceover-o
The Time Traveler’s Wife: https://www.hbo.com/the-time-travelers-wife
You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here.
SHOW NOTES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGytDsqkQY8
This week we watched the unredeemable mess that is Netflix’s Father Christmas Is Back, starring Frasier from the show Frasier. You’ll miss us when we’re gone.
In this week's episode, we take our final dive into the Ask Box while it's still Appointment Television's ask box. Himbos, endings, and what we would do with nigh unlimited funds are all discussed, among other things. And Margaret barely even cries, it's really impressive how brave she is.
It's the final SYMBOL [final countdown riff goes here].
It's got everything - it's got death! It's got pyramids! It's got degrees, but not celsius or fahrenheit degrees, some OTHER degrees! It's got resonance, and kissing (terrible kissing), and oh yes - it's got symbols.
Andrew has watched Amazon's Wheel of Time adaptation, because you don't read a 14-book fantasy series and not watch the TV adaptation. Then, the three of us are whisked back to the magical world of Dan Brown, where everyone is always in on the scheme and all the evil masterminds are named "Zachary."
On this week's show, two reoccurring segments: the first return of "We Were Wrong About-- OR WERE WE?" (subject this time: Apple TV PLUS) and the final iteration of The Old Type about, inevitably, I Love Lucy. We discuss the episode "Lucy Does a Commercial" (which we all watched together) and then in turn the episodes "Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her," "Job Switching," and "Lucy Meets Orson Welles." And speaking of our man Orson, here is the wine commercial outtakes reel of which we speak in the episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvxwf1jxdaM. Trust me, you WILL want to watch it. Love, The Podcast.
In this episode of ATV, Robert Langdon visits a quarry, and that is how we know that this show was our destiny! Also featuring: bad arm casts, Dell desktops, pyramid tops, masonic squares, CIA psychics, and some Netflix metrics reporting!