Episode 125 – The End of All Things Buffy

August 26, 2011

Click to listen to episode 125

Yes, there are spoilers in this episode. For both Angel and Buffy. But if you haven’t watched them yet, you probably have no interest in watching them. So you may as well listen to some spoilers.

If, after listening to the spoilers, you think it all sounds pretty good. You should follow this guide for watching Buffy and Angel in conjunction.


Episode 99 – Pioneer Cage Match (UNH #4)

January 28, 2011

Jakob totally forgot to put the theme music at the start of this episode. Fitting, since there was no electro-funk in pioneer times. The oversight might have been because Jakob has almost no interest in all things pioneer—something Mandi revels in. She’d have remembered the theme songs.

Jakob did remember to include a theme to a new segment debuting this episode : BANANGEL. Igor & The Banana discuss the Buffy spin-off, Angel.


Episode 96 – Vampire Cage Match

January 7, 2011

The whole point of this episode was to make it up to people who were upset by our treatment of Buffy The Vampire Slayer in our Buffy episode. Because, really, one of the other two is the obvious biggest hurdle. In hindsight, this is probably not going to appease the Buffsters. And Twihards (not to mention the abomination that are Twilight Moms) probably aren’t going to be happy either. There’s no recasting this time around at least.

Vampire fans might question why the Anne Rice Lestativerse isn’t on the card here. Blade and Underworld and good old Dracula as well could probably have cases made for them being bigger nerd hurdles than either Buffy or Trueblood. And people would be right to question our oversight. But let’s be honest, there’s only one franchise we were ever going to name as the biggest hurdle winner of Round 3 (not to spoiler the episode, but take a wild guess).

Throwing Blade into the mix might have monkey-wrenched the outcome we were carefully rigging. Because, goddamn, that Blade is hella nerdy. Heck, Westley Snipes is a hurdle unto himself.

Underworld though probably isn’t popular enough to be in the running for Ultimate Hurdle and Dracula is somewhat (for some uncomprehendable reason) universally loved.

We should probably have  talked more about the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat novels in the episode. Because they remain primarily a literary fandom instead of a film franchise, getting into her world is by definition a nerd hurdle. Also the popular perception her books are written only for velvet-caped goths is going to keep many people away. Truly, the Anne Rice books could have been in the running. If not for the existence of the clear winner.

There’s surprisingly few Twilight Vs. Trueblood videos out there. This one seemed pretty funny at 2am on New Years.

The song that plays during the cage match “promo” and at the end of the episode is “Yo-Yo- Daddy-O” by superPOP and can be downloaded at the Arachnidiscs Free Downloads page.


Episode 40 – You Can’t Take This Guy From Me (Firefly)

November 20, 2009

Joss Whedon’s Firefly was probably the best sci-fi television show ever. To be cancelled after half a season. By Fox (those bastards). It might have proved to be the best sci-fi show ever, period, if it’d been picked up by another network but it wasn’t. All we got was 14 episodes and a movie (Serenity). Fans of the show were heartbroken.

I wasn’t one of the heartbroken. I was part of the problem. I never watched Firefly when it was on the air because it was a huge nerd hurdle for me. Not because it was sci-fi but because I had no idea it was sci-fi. I heard the words “Joss Whedon” and “Firefly” and assumed it was another Buffy spin-off like Angel, but maybe about Willow or some other wiccan lesbians. Though I loved Buffy, I didn’t care for Angel, so I never checked out Firefly. And not many other people did either.

Then, after it was cancelled, I heard it was really good. One of the best TV shows ever. My ears pricked up. Then I heard it was “space cowboys” and my ears pricked back down. Cowboys are a huge hurdle for me. I like the odd western (usually starting a young Clint Eastwood) but generally I don’t care for the genre. It’s why it took me so long to watch the excellent Deadwood. Perhaps it’s because I don’t like modern-day cowboy culture and thereby associate “westerns” with redneck douchebags. And I don’t care for the music. Such as the Firefly theme:

Then it was explained to me that the show isn’t so much about space cowboys as space outlaws and once again my ears were pricked. So a couple of years ago, several years after it was cancelled, I finally sat down to tackle Firefly.

I wasn’t disappointed. True, I wasn’t hooked from the first episode, but by the third I couldn’t stop watching if I tried. The show’s strength is that it’s blessed with probably the best ensemble cast ever assembled. Where other classic ensembles (TNG, Buffy) took a good three or four seasons to hit their stride, the cast of Firefly hit the ground running. The chemistry couldn’t have been improved in a laboratory. Check out the gag reel at the bottom of this post. It’s hard to believe these people were practically strangers.

Though there is certainly an outlaw/western feel to the show, it’s all the aspects of westerns I enjoy. They’re more dust-bowl pirates than cowboys. In a way it’s like Pirates of the Caribbean set on the Millenium Falcon instead of the Black Pearl. If it’d been sold to me that way, I’d have been watching from day one.

Instead the show was pitched as “nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things.” Um. Okay. That’s cool and all, but it’s sounds like Waiting for Godot staged on Discovery One. This show isn’t that at all. Perhaps the exact opposite. It’s an adventure-comedy of the highest grade. And well worth the hurdle.


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