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Remember When – Episode 58

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The Last Bluth of Krypton

And now the story of omnipotent aliens who lost everything, and the two podcast hosts who had no choice but to watch their respective movies and see if they could keep it together.

We start off the show with a look back at Star Trek Into Darkness.  While our anticipation for the movie ran high, the final product proved to have a few holes.  Our spoiler-filled chat on the Final Frontier talks about the gross underutilization of Benedict Cumberbatch, the way they’ve mangled the story of some of the characters, where the story hit its all time high, and just a few of the ways the movie pays tribute to the original timeline.

Then we jump in, feet first, to our Man of Steel discussion.  Remember back in Episode 8 when we talked about what it would take for Superman to be relevant and interesting to current movie audiences?  It seems like Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan might have been listening in to our show that week, because Man of Steel feels like a line-by-line interpretation of so many of our ideas.  We gush about the updated approach to the movie, lament the property losses, and talk about how much we love Man of Steel almost in spite of itself.

Jay’s been binge watching an old TV show, and we look back at the Bluth empire and its mighty fall.

Then it’s a quick sideways tangent into the current landscape of TV, with brief chats on Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, Breaking Bad, and the finale of The Office.

There’s lots of stuff in this episode, all crammed into a 75 minute window!

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 18:15 – Intro, Star Trek Into Darkness discussions (spoilers for the whole movie as well as the original Abrams release)

18:15 to 47:00 – Man of Steel (spoilers for MoS, Superman Returns, and the entire Christopher Reeve saga)

47:00 to 1:00:00 – It’s Jay’s Arrested Development (spoilers on everything EXCEPT the finale of Season 4)

1:00:00 to End – TV chat about Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, The Office, and Orphan Black (minor spoilers for Mad Men)

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.

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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 39

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After an unintentional hiatus due to real life, we’re pleased to bring you the glorious return of the Remember When podcast!

Although we promised you a Doctor Who & Torchwood episode, we’re pushing that off slightly.  At the top of the show, we explain why we’re postponing our venture into the realm of British sci-fi, and why the delay means better things for our listeners.

We spend the rest of Episode 40 talking about our views on other TV shows, both spectacular and spectacularly bad.  First up, we cover the third season of True Blood.  With the series finale airing last month, we look back at the season overall and discuss the elements we loved, the pieces that failed miserably, and what we think needs to be fixed before Alan Ball and the cast and crew start working on the fourth season.

Then we take a long awaited dive into the deep end of Mad Men.  Jay’s finally caught up with the show, and as AMC puts the fourth season to bed, we take a comprehensive look into the first few years of the show, talk about Jay’s experiences with getting invested in this AMC marvel, and Parris’ viewpoints on the complexities of the Draper family, and why they’re so fascinating to watch.  We talk about some of the unsung heroes of the show, our favorite moments, and why this can be a tough sell for new viewers.

We spend the last 30 minutes of the show working our way through the Fall season.  It’s been a lamentable slate of releases over the past few months, with early cancellations and very few stand out shows.  We talk about why this Fall TV season seems like one of the worst in recent history, some of the early standouts for us, and more.  We also discuss the remainder of episodes for Remember When in 2010, and the Big Movies we’re tackling at the start of 2011.

It’s a show filled with loads of tangents, as you’ve come to expect. The audio quality may be slightly off at points.  We apologize for that, and will work to have that fixed for our upcoming Doctor Who episodes.

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As always, Remember When continues to grow and thrive thanks to the joy, love, appreciation, and comments we get from our fans. If you enjoy our show, please leave us positive feedback on iTunes. We really appreciate it, plus it helps us reach people that have never heard of us! And if you’d like to share your thoughts with us, you can send us an email at or leave us a voicemail at 206-495-1732. Please note, long distance charges may apply.

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SHOW NOTES

Start to 8:45 – Show intro, explanation of Doctor Who & Torchwood delay
8:45 to 16:07 – True Blood Season 3 (filled with spoilers)
16:07 to 23:08 – Recent stinkers on TV, looking back on Heroes and The Shield, as well as some Rubicon chat (almost no spoilers)
23:08 to 48:57 – Mad Men (filled with spoilers through all seasons)
48:57 to 1:22:35 – The Fall TV season (minimal spoilers, though we call them out ahead of time)
1:22:35 to End – Upcoming schedule for Remember When, Toy Story talk, and wrap up

Remember When – Episode 38

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Parris and Jay vs. The World

Prepare yourself for a battle royale.  Remember When is back with a new podcast, and this time, it’s a battle of opinions!

We sit down this week for a quick episode, as we look back on our respective experiences with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.  Jay loved it passionately, Parris hated it to the point of nearly walking out.  With two diametrically opposed opinions, it’s going to be a fun discussion.

Jay talks about his experiences with the movie, why he was pleased he DIDN’T read the comics ahead of time, and how he appreciates the love letter effect in the film.  Parris explains The Wife Effect, his feelings on why the romantic storyline deflated the overall film, and why Michael Cera might not have been the best choice for the role.

Two people enter the ring.  Where will it end?  Listen in and find out.

Then we wrap up the show with some talk about True Blood, Mad Men, why AMC is one of the greatest cable networks available, and our hopes and fears for the Fall TV season.  Believe it or not, we even manage to avoid spoilers in this section as well!

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As always, Remember When continues to grow and thrive thanks to the joy, love, appreciation, and comments we get from our fans. If you enjoy our show, please leave us positive feedback on iTunes. We really appreciate it, plus it helps us reach people that have never heard of us! And if you’d like to share your thoughts with us, you can send us an email at or leave us a voicemail at 206-495-1732. Please note, long distance charges may apply.

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Program time stamps:

Start to 26:55 – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (loads of spoilers)

26:55 to end – Mad Men, AMC, the Fall TV lineup, and the failings of network TV (extremely minimal spoilers)

Remember When Episode 37

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You’ve been living in a dream world

Put on your pajamas and grab a cup of warm milk, because Episode 37 of Remember When is about to take you into the world of dreams.

We kick off our show with our latest “Great Movie Jay Has Never Seen”, discussing the 1980’s camp film “Dreamscape”.  It’s been a quarter of a century since the movie was released in theaters, and Dennis Quaid’s hair has certainly improved since then.  But whether or not Jay’s going to be able to appreciate this piece of nostalgia after all this time is questionable.  Listen in as he talks about the bad decision he made with the movie, as well as why he’s not kicking himself over it.

Then we dive into the Dream Within A Dream, talking about Christopher Nolan’s latest cinematic release, “Inception”.  Written and directed from the muse behind The Dark Knight and Memento, this film has critics raving and audiences walking out of their theaters in wonder.  We sit and offer our opinions on the film, offer our opinion on the ending (and why its various interpretations help the film achieve its brilliance), and rave about the newfound appreciation we have for Tom Hardy.  We also talk about what we think was lacking in the film, and how a second viewing should be mandatory for anyone seeing it.

Finally, we wrap up the show with some talk about our TV viewing habits of late, our thoughts on True Blood… and could a hulking be in the mix?

As always, Remember When continues to grow and thrive thanks to the joy, love, appreciation, and comments we get from our fans. If you enjoy our show, please leave us positive feedback on iTunes. We really appreciate it, plus it helps us reach people that have never heard of us! And if you’d like to share your thoughts with us, you can send us an email at or leave us a voicemail at 206-495-1732. Please note, long distance charges may apply.

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Remember When – Episode 36

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Remember When is back, and shinier than ever!

In our latest episode, we talk about Joss Whedon’s Firefly and the feature film follow-up, Serenity. A cult phenomenon that lasted a mere 14 episodes (3 of which weren’t aired in the original run), this show holds a special place in the hearts of Jay and Parris.

We kick off by discussing how the two of us were introduced to this legendary series, and talk about how a simple TV show turned us from enthusiastic fans into Browncoats (and what it means to be a Browncoat). And after a fresh viewing of the entire TV run, we take a look at which episodes are our favorite, which ones will end up crumbling over time, and remark at how extraordinary it is that so many of the episodes hold up over time. We even give you our selections for favorite and least favorite episodes.

Then we jump into the Serenity feature film. Both of us followed this piece of cinema joy as it progressed through creation, seeing it several times in pre-release fashion before it even hit the mass market. You won’t believe how many times Jay saw the movie in total! Serenity was a moment of beauty for both Parris and Jay, and we talk about some of our favorite scenes, pieces of dialog that tickled us, and what makes this such a spectacle to behold.

And hey, even in our Firefly-centric episode, we have a few tangents. Fortunately though, we saved those until the end, so if you’re not a fan of True Blood, you can skip right past it.

We close our show with a BIG BIG ANNOUNCEMENT that will be the first big step for Remember When’s future. This is something you won’t want to miss.

As always, Remember When continues to grow and thrive thanks to the joy, love, appreciation, and comments we get from our fans. If you enjoy our show, please leave us positive feedback on iTunes. We really appreciate it, plus it helps us reach people that have never heard of us! And if you’d like to share your thoughts with us, you can send us an email at or leave us a voicemail at 206-495-1732. Please note, long distance charges may apply.

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Program time stamps:

Start to 1:19:05 – Firefly & Serenity discussion (spoiler filled)
1:19:05 – 1:26:25 – True Blood Season 3 discussion (minor spoilers) and some other TV talk
1:26:25 to end – The BIG BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

Remember When – Episode 34

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Oh, Sookie!

Remember When is proud to bring you the first edition of our Honda Hybrid Confessions.  Made famous on the UncleGamer Radio show back in 2008, we’re continuing our annual trend by moving Remember When to the official Live show of the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

As we zip through the Los Angeles freeway system, we talk about our initial reactions to “Bad Blood”, the Season 3 opener for True Blood.  The return of Sookie, Team Bill, Team Eric, LaFayette, and Tara has been something we’ve both been eagerly anticipating, and we talk about what worked in the episode, what fell flat, where the show missed an opportunity, and how much fun we had.

Then we tangent off as Jay confesses to Parris about a deep, dark, dirty secret from his Ireland trip, and Parris pats himself on the back for another job well done.

We wrap up the show with a mini-homage to our old UncleGamer days as we talk briefly about video games and what we saw during the first day of press conferences at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, what we’re looking forward to, and the things we’re most excited about as we prepare to set foot in the convention halls of this year’s E3.

This episode is presented in its raw and uncut format, recorded on-the-fly as we’re sitting in a car together, giving you a chance to listen in on us during one of our normal conversations without any editing or adjustments to the recording.  As a result, you may notice a little more naughty language than usual, but we do our best to put it to good effect.  Mostly.  😉

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As always, Remember When continues to grow and thrive thanks to the joy, love, appreciation, and comments we get from our fans. If you enjoy our show, please leave us positive feedback on iTunes. We really appreciate it, plus it helps us reach people that have never heard of us!

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Program time stamps:

Start to 12:48 – True Blood
12:48 to 16:18 – Jay’s Confession
16:18 to 26:53 – Video game conversations
26:54 to end – Show wrap up

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