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Remember When – Episode 56

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Grimlock

Pick yourselves up on the floor!  Not only is Remember When back with a new episode, we’re on schedule!

Heads up, we’re coming in HOT!  Parris has just finished the first season of Sherlock after a year of pressure from Jay.  And boy, do we have a lot to talk about! Parris recounts his experiences watching the first season and what he thinks about the show’s brilliance.  Jay chats about an alternate universe where Benedict Cumberbatch nearly became the Eleventh Doctor.   And then, of course, we tangent off to talk about the news of David Tennant’s return to the Who-niverse for the 50th Anniversary Special…. and we somehow, inexplicably, end up talking about Beverly Hills 90210 (the original) and Saved by the Bell.  Go figure!

Jay lets it slip that he’s not a fan of Dinobots, which leads to a nostalgic trip down memory lane as we revisit our love of the original Transformers cartoon, the G.I. Joe movie, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and Voltron.  Parris lets Jay know about the original edit of G.I. Joe where a beloved character nearly died, and Jay talks about his emotional stress from the original Transformers movie.

We briefly chat about the starting episode for the latest season of Mad Men, and then tangent on how both of us are coming up to an impasse with The Walking Dead… at different points in the show.   And naturally, this leads to catching up on where we’re at with other shows, like Parks & Recreation, Modern Family, and Community.  And then Jay talks about the first 15 minutes of Defiance, and how painful it looks.

Whether you like new stuff or old memories, this episode has something for you!

As always, thank you to our fans for your continued support of our show. We continue to do the show because of all the wonderful feedback we get. Our fans’ passion drives us! If you’d like to reach us, give us a ring at 714-758-5027 (you can call or text)! Or if you don’t want to hear the sounds of our voices, you can click through to our Facebook page or say hi to us on Twitter.

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0:00 to 2:44 – Intro

2:45 to 24:17 – Sherlock, some Doctor Who tangents, and more (Spoilers for season 1 of Sherlock)

24:17 to 34:00 – Transformers (the old school stuff), G.I. Joe, the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and Voltron (spoilers)

34:00 to End  – Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and where we’re at with the latest slate of TV shows (minor spoilers)

Remember When – Episode 55

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Super Goonies 8

Yes, it’s been a while.  But if it helps, WE MISSED YOU TOO!  And that’s why we’re back with Episode 55 of Remember When.  After a slight, minor, tiny delay due to Real Life, we’ve dusted off our microphones and come back for a fun and spirited conversation!

We kick off the show with a chat about Super 8.  This J.J. Abrams helmed adventure seeks to capture the spirit of Steven Spielberg and The Goonies by taking us back to the era of the late 70’s … but peters out near the end.  We talk about the successes and failures of the movie, and sidetrack into whether or not J.J. Abrams is really as great as Hollywood seems to think he is.

Then we sidestep our way into The Goonies, a timeless piece of 80’s pop culture.  A seminal work from our youth, this film ages like fine wine or good cheese.  In fact, it’s better to say it ages like Karen Allen (listen to the show… you’ll get this joke later)

And since we’re on a J.J. Abrams themed show, we talk about the news of his helming Episode VII, and what we think this means for the future of the Star Wars franchise.  Can our childhood memories be resurrected from the cruel, tortured world of the prequels?  Will we be able to feel proud for this sci-fi epic once again?  And how much lens flare can you fit into a single space epic?

We look ahead at the summer movie season.. there’s a LOT of stuff ahead (like Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Man of Steel) and a lot of stuff that has us worried (like Man of Steel and Kick-Ass 2).

And TV is in a WILD place right now! From the success of House of Cards to the general failure of pretty much every one of the major TV networks, it’s like we’re back in the wild wild west of content programming.

As always, thank you to our fans for your patience and understanding as the duties of both of our Real Lives come up! We’ve missed you and thank you so much for your words of support these past few months. If you’d like to reach us, give us a ring at 714-758-5027 (you can call or text)! Or if you don’t want to hear the sounds of our voices, you can click through to our Facebook page or say hi to us on Twitter.

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0:00 to 4:22 – Intro

4:22 to 15:37 – Super 8 discussion (we basically spoil the CRAP out of the movie) and some tangenting about J.J. Abrams

15:37 to 31:31 – The Goonies discussion, with backtrack to Super 8 (More spoilers… we wreck the ending of both)

31:31 to 48:04 – J.J. Abrams taking over Star Wars… how do we feel? (plus talk of the casting rumors, side movies, and more)

48:04 to 52:15 – Sidetrack to Bryan Singer and the new X-Men casting news, Kick-Ass 2, Doctor Who, Sherlock (just a feather dusting of spoilers, nothing important)

52:15 to 56:02 – Summer movies and what we’re looking forward to (includes chatter on Man of Steel’s trailer)

56:02 to 1:02:28 – The Hobbit (mild spoilers)

1:02:28 to End – Chitchat on The Americans, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and the network TV issues… plus House of Cards!

Remember When – Episode 54

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Revenge of the Colt 45

A displacement of geographic proportions left our podcast in an unintended hiatus.  Now that Jay’s moved across the country and settled into his new digs, we’re back behind the mics and getting back into our old routine.

Episode 54 drops us at the end of our Star Wars trilogy series, where we sit and take a look at 1983’s Return of the Jedi.  The final installment of the Original Trilogy is a controversial piece, to say the least, but a renewed look at the movie brings a few surprises.  We talk about the Return of the Jedi that might have been (Han dies before the first half of the movie?) and the Return of the Jedi that will never be again (Hayden Christensen’s Ghost… need we say more?).  You don’t even have to be an Ewok lover to find something to agree with us with in this show… we run the gamut of opinions and have a lot to talk about.

And the timing of our episode couldn’t have come at a better time!  Between the news of the Disney buyout of LucasFilm and the announcement of Episodes VII through IX, there’s a whole slew of new stuff for us to offer up our opinion on.  We’re going to tell you why you don’t REALLY want to see the original cast in the new movie, why it’s a terrible idea to film the Heir to the Empire trilogy in this day and age, and what it’s going to take for the new movies to be successful.

We cap off the show with a look at the road ahead for movies and our current landscape of TV.  The new Star Trek teaser certainly teased, the poster for Man of Steel has us intrigued, and Homeland’s looking pretty solid.

As always, thank you to our fans for your patience and understanding.  We appreciate it as the Universe is taking us in new and exciting directions in our personal lives!  If you’d like to reach us, give us a ring at 714-758-5027 (you can call or text)! Or if you don’t want to hear the sounds of our voices, you can click through to our Facebook page or say hi to us on Twitter.

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0:00 to 5:01 – Intro

5:01 to 43:57 – Return of the Jedi (spoiler filled discussion)

43:57 to 1:06:43 – The future of Star Wars

1:06:43 to End – Star Trek teaser (some mild spoilers), the Man of Steel, Homeland

Remember When – Episode 53

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Walter White vs. The World Crime League

Our tangents escape us as we start off Episode 53, the latest and greatest episode in your Remember When podcast. Before the show even starts, we kick off with some crazy hijinx as Siri delivers some bad news to Parris, leaving him flummoxed as Florida State is down at the half.

And then we jump into this week’s episode of “Great” Movies Jay Has Never Seen.  We’re using “Great” in the loosest sense of the word, because our latest movie from the Wayback Machine is The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension.  If you’ve never seen this movie before, our advice before watching it is…. don’t.  If you have seen the movie before, then sit back and relax as we look at one of those nostalgic 80’s movies that has been absolutely decimated by the passage of time.  Seriously, what were we thinking?

After a spoiler-laden discussion, we jump into our thoughts on some of the upcoming movies for 2012 and how the last three months of the year may be infinitely better than the first nine combined.  With so many great movies in November and December, it almost makes up for the lackluster summer season.

We take a look back at the first half of Breaking Bad’s final season and discuss whether or not it was a smart idea to split the season, and if the narrative handled the split well.  We also chat about NBC’s comedies as the fall season starts, and some of the more promising shows in this year’s lineup.  Plus, Jay gives us the scoop on his Walking Dead adventures!

And guess what?  WE HAVE A VOICE MAIL PHONE LINE AGAIN!  And more importantly, it accepts both phone calls and standard text messages.  So why not give us a ring at 714-758-5027?  Or if you don’t want to hear the sounds of our voices, you can click through to our Facebook page or say hi to us on Twitter.

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0:00 to 1:51 – Siri’s sidetrack, show Intro

1:51 to 16:11 – Great Movies Jay Has Never Seen (Buckaroo Banzai)

16:11 to 24:56 – Quick tangent into the new Robocop remake, the Kick-Ass sequel, and the summer movie season (ridiculously mild spoilers)

24:56 to 34:22 –  The new trailers for Lincoln, Cloud Atlas, Skyfall, The Hobbit, and the close-out movies for 2012

34:22 to 50:34 – Breaking Bad (spoilers for the whole thing)

50:34 to 57:04 – NBC’s Revolution, Parks & Rec’s new season (super duper mild spoilers)

57:04 to 1:00:46 – Jay’s adventures through The Walking Dead S2 (spoilers through episode 4)

1:00:46 to 1:05:00 – The New Normal (mild spoilers)

1:05:00 to end – Wrap up

Remember When – Episode 52

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Jeff Goldblum: Dinosaur Slayer

We’re back in the saddle right out of the gate with episode 52. Want us to prove it?  Here’s the scoop:  We tangent RIGHT AWAY.  Before we start talking about movies, before we jump into any of our planned topics, we get ourselves sidetracked.  And with real life news, to boot!  We talk about some of the successes in our personal lives, what’s been driving us lately… and even hint strongly at a video game podcast in the near-ish future?

After ten minutes, we hop into the Wayback Machine and jump back in time to 1993.  America was still recoiling from the horrific news that Crystal Pepsi was being pulled off the market, and we needed something to heal ourselves with.  Along comes Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg’s popcorn flick based on the Michael Crichton novel.    We talk about what it was like to sit wide-eyed under a giant screen with the new DTS sound systems when the movie came out on opening weekend…. and then give the movie a fresh look.  Can a two decade old movie that’s special effect heavy hold up under the weight of time?

Then we tangent into Star Wars and Spielberg’s involvement with the Lucas franchise (and vice versa)… and further spiral off into Jay’s “delayed reaction” on some of our recent comedies… Parris’ fresh look at The Avengers… and more!  It’s one of our most tangent-y shows of all time, and it’s chock full of goodies.

And guess what?  WE HAVE A VOICE MAIL PHONE LINE AGAIN!  And more importantly, it accepts both phone calls and standard text messages.  So why not give us a ring at 714-758-5027?  Or if you don’t want to hear the sounds of our voices, you can click through to our Facebook page or say hi to us on Twitter.

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0:00 to 11:10 – Intro, sidetrack into real life stuff, weight loss, and a potential video game podcast

11:10 to 28:28 – Jurassic Park chat

28:28 to 32:44   –  George Lucas & Steven Spielberg, 1941, Jay’s “delayed reaction” to recent “Great Movies”

32:44 to 35:55 – Caddyshack, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Saturday Night Live (the early years, when it was good)

35:55 to 45:16 – True Blood (with tons of spoilers… but trust us, we’re sparing you)

45:16 to 48:22 – Breaking Bad (mild spoilers, but a few choice quotes)

48:22 to 51:42 – Jay’s little surprise

51:42 to 59:27 – Homeland & Dexter (no spoilers) plus an extended discussion on why you can’t flinch when a character needs to die

59:27 to 1:08:26  – Parris takes a second look at The Avengers (with spoilers) with a fresh look at The Dark Knight Rises (also with spoilers)

1:08:26 to 1:14:10 – Jay goes through the summer movie season

1:14:10 to 1:19:18  – WTF JAY HAS NEVER SEEN BUCKAROO BANZAI?!?!  (and more tangents)

1:19:18 to end – Wrap up

Remember When – Episode 50

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Got any bubble gum?

OBEY!  CONSUME!  And most of all, kick a**.  The leading themes in “They Live”, John Carpenter’s cult film from the 80’s, bring us back into a new episode of Remember When.  Parris has never seen this little gem of cinema before, and takes time to sit down and watch Rowdy Roddy Piper in one of his greatest performances of all time.  We talk about how the movie holds up over the past 25 years, and how some of its themes have become far more relevant in modern times than they were when the movie first released.

Parris comes back from his viewing of Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter with an admission of his own, and Jay talks about how a second viewing of Prometheus helped to alleviate his ambivalence towards the movie.  Both of us have had second helpings of The Avengers as well, and we spend some time talking about the state of Superhero movies in the industry.

Then we progress into a series of fun, wild tangents through the state of TV as we get caught up on the ending of Mad Men, the sad progression of the latest season of True Blood, and the teasers for the new seasons of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad.

Episode 51 is coming in a few weeks and will be dedicated to one of the summer’s most anticipated blockbuster titles.  Tune in on the weekend of the 21st for our in-depth analysis of The Lorax!  Or maybe we’ll take our time and see something less amusing

As we do every episode, we’d like to take this opportunity to give thanks to our many fans who encourage us, support us, and share their appreciation for the show. Remember When is a product of love, and we do this because of all the wonderful people in our listenership who share our passions, who agree and disagree with us, and then offer to buy us a drink if we’re ever in their town. Thank you to all of you.

Between shows, we keep up with fans on our Facebook page, through our Twitter account, or on the web at … well… right here!

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Time stamps:

0:00 to 4:55 – Intro, show notes
4:55 to 16:40 – They Live (lots of spoilers for the movie)
16:40 to 23:28 – Parris’ confession about Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter (spoiler laden)
23: 28 to 34:50 – Jay’s second viewing of Prometheus, and talk about the Blu-ray release (again, lots of spoilers)
34:50 to 38:52 – Breaking Bad, Joss Whedon, Cabin in the Woods, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (very minor spoilers)
38:52 to 46:00 – Brave, Monsters University trailer and the overall state of Pixar (minor spoilers for Monsters Inc and a few other Pixar movies, but none for Brave)
46:00 to 53:22 – True Blood (lots of spoilers for this season)
53:22 to 1:03:50 – Closing out the Mad Men season (lots of spoilers)
1:03:50 to end – The Walking Dead, more Breaking Bad, The Shield, Insomnia, Chris Nolan (incredibly minor spoilers)

Remember When – Episode 40

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Remember When returns with another Special Edition episode that’s aimed squarely at your brain… your plump, delicious brain.

Episode 40 is a one-off release that we’re doing to discuss the latest in AMC’s original programming.  The Walking Dead premieres on Halloween night this year, and AMC was gracious enough to provide us with screener copies of the first two episodes before they aired.  So we’re here with a special release to talk about this series, what it means, and why you should watch it.

Because The Walking Dead hasn’t aired yet, we’ve divided the show into three separate segments.  First, we give you a spoiler-free look at the initial pair of episodes, giving you a detailed look at why we love the first two hours of The Walking Dead without ruining any of the story details for you.

After that, we jump into a spoiler-filled discussion on Days Gone By, the pilot episode of The Walking Dead.  We talk about our reactions to the initial offering, what we think worked well, and what could have improved.

Then we end the show talking about Guts, the second hour of The Walking Dead.  This is an amazing piece of television and one of the best hours of TV we’ve seen this year.  Listen in for all the spoiler-filled details.

We want to thank AMC for giving us this unique opportunity to preview The Walking Dead before its official air date.  It’s through their support that we were able to present an episode like this.

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SHOW NOTES

0:00 to 15:36 – Spoiler-free discussion of The Walking Dead and our impressions of the first two episodes

15:59 to 35:36 – Spoiler-heavy discussion of “Days Gone By”, the pilot for The Walking Dead

35:36 to end – Spoiler-heavy discussion of “Guts”, the second episode of The Walking Dead

Jay’s spoiler-free take on the first two episodes of “The Walking Dead”

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I’ll let you in on a little secret:  When AMC sent us a screener disc with the first two episodes of The Walking Dead, I was a little concerned.

Part of that trepidation was because I’d built up this incredibly high expectation for the show.  How could I not?  It has the AMC tag on it, and their original programming has become a model for other networks on cable.  There’s high profile Hollywood talent like Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd attached to the series.  And ever since the early clips at Comic-Con and the initial trailer, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the invasion of the zombies.

Plus, it’s a show about zombies, which poses a whole new set of problems.  What are the limits for a network, even a Cable TV channel, when you’re dealing with an Undead creature that feasts on human entrails and can only be killed by destroying its brain?  Will they suck it up and show you as much as possible, or will they cave and play it the easy route?

I entered The Walking Dead with fingers crossed and raised hopes.  Two hours later, when I left it, I was impressed.  AMC presents The Walking Dead as a no-holds barred TV show that’s easily on par with the rest of their original programming, and stands above the majority of other shows on TV.  It’s vivid, it’s visceral, and it’s violent, and as someone that’s squeamish, I found myself cringing more than once.  But in the end, I walked away with such a high appreciation for the show that I feel comfortable calling The Walking Dead my favorite new TV offering of 2010.

I’ve got more, spoiler-free thoughts after the break.

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Presenting “The Walking Dead” trailer (and it’s intense)

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We admit it, we’re huge fans of the AMC TV lineup.  Over the past few years, the cable network has moved to the forefront of exceptional programming, with shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad.   When the network announced their new zombie-thriller, The Walking Dead, we were eager to see what they could produce.

As you probably heard us talk about on the last Remember When episode, Cable TV has become the front runner in quality TV shows.  The official trailer for The Walking Dead was released today, and if this sneak preview is any indication, then AMC’s latest show is just going to continue that trend.  The series premiere is at 10PM Eastern on October 31st.  Can we just fast forward to Halloween right now?

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