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Structurally, this is a good episode. The stakes were high and the action was good. But we can't help but wonder why all the sudden ARGUS's hands are tied because of red tape and how the Quadrant became so weak compared to Diaz. Also, while we appreciate Oliver's growth, it's getting a bit annoying that the problems with Diaz were literally caused by everyone else. 

Also, if you haven't read the Green Arrow Rebirth arc, you really should.

Diaz targets Team Arrow and their loved ones. Oliver struggles with Felicity putting herself in danger when she gets the chance to stop Diaz for good.

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Direct download: Arrow_Season_6x22_Review_-_The_Ties_that_Bind.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT

This week Kriss is joined by Elise Bacon (@B4c0nzilla) and after a bit of early trolling (because Kriss is evil), they get into the topics for this week.

Topics:

  • The art of trolling your cohost
  • The empathy people have for Kanye's mental illness versus their own friends and families suffering from the same
  • So much is happening with Trump
  • Remembering how bad G W Bush was
  • Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast
  • When John McCain wasn't terrible
  • Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro?
  • Great Moments in White Privilege
    • Taking a Bear out for ice cream

 

Unreasonable Fridays
@UnFridays on Twitter
 
Bacon's art prints
 

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:02pm EDT

Believe in Toronto?

For who?

For what?

Quick episode on the 2018 NBA playoffs as LeBronukah continues at the expense of the Toronto Raptors.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:13pm EDT

Put Star City in rice folks. The entire city is corrupt. So much so we don't know if there are any solutions for Oliver in how he can fix this. I mean the entire police department (minus like 5 people), the DA and now even the City Council are all in Diaz's pocket. Maybe it's time for a Malcolm Merlyn style "undertaking" to just wipe out the entire city and start again.

This episode was pretty good. Ignoring the issue that both Arrow and The Flash have with season structure, this episode was able to have Oliver confront his choices and failings without having it feel like he's regressing. And even then, it showed that not all of the things that have happened have been his fault (Laurel & Renee ain't on Oliver). It still remains to be seen if they can stick the landing for the season.

In his darkest place yet, Oliver wonders if he has failed at everything; Oliver lashes out at Felicity and William; a surprising visit from an old friend has Oliver questioning his next move.

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Marvel and Stitcher Premium have released a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 

Direct download: Arrow_Season_6x18_Fundamentals_Review_-_Super_Tuesday_Recap.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:53am EDT

The NBA regular season is in the books, and the second season kicks off Saturday, April 14th. But playoffs mean paying the piper, and that means acknowledging that somehow, someway, I lost our Over/Under NBA Picks for the second year in a row. IN A ROW. But, I got to pitch a fix for next years picks that might make EVERYTHING a bit more interesting. Plus, we got to break down the forthcoming NBA awards, and pick our way to this years NBA Champion.

Topics:

Big Mike

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:53pm EDT

Wrestlemania season is behind us, and with it, the gnashing and wailing of smark souls the world over. A not-so-quick recap of the weekend in WWE, from the Hall of Fame (Pain), to NXT Takeover: New Orleans setting the bar even higher for the black and yellow brand all the way to  Wrestlemania being taken over by the women - and deservedly so.

Topics:

  • NXT tears down the house AGAIN.
  • Wrestlemania news and notes!
  • Wrestlemania match times.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:11am EDT

*I read the wrong episode number/title/synopsis at the beginning of this episode. I read the one for 15 not 16*

Here's the scary thing about Agents of SHIELD right now: Since the team has come back into the present, despite everything that's happened, the end of the world is still on track here. Jemma and Elena might think they're invincible but the truth is, no one on the team has ever really sat down and talked about everything they know about the future. To be fair, there's been a lot going on and they've been going from one fire to another. But at some point, they need to brain dump everything they know. Because right now this rogue team, plus Daisy bringing Robin into the fold, is just keeping the clock ticking down for the end of the world.

Also, poor young Strucker is thinking with the wrong body part when it comes to Ruby, who seems to be a little too enthusiastic about being the "Destroyer of Worlds". 

Coulson is forced to team up with unlikely allies to save the world, while his team try to track him down and rescue him.

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Direct download: Agents_of_Shield_Season_5x16_Inside_Voices_-_Super_Tuesday_Recap.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT

Tis the season! That's right, no more waiting, not much more fantasy booking, the Super Bowl of Wrestling is upon us. PWTorch's Rich Fann joins us to break down the entire weekend -and put himself over as he calls in from WWE Axxess to preview the whole weekend. We talk NXT, we talk Hall of Fame, and because Rich is here, we also talk a good deal of indy wrestling for the weekend. Come for Rich stunting on us, stay to hear two nerds fantasy book the future of WWE.

Topics:

  • MANIA

Rich Fann - @rich_fann - The Deep Dive, presented by PWTorch

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:05am EDT

The trailer for Blockers doesn’t do the film justice. While the promos for this film make it seem like Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz are the focus and stars of the film, it’s really the young actresses (Kathyrn Newton, Gerladine Vsiwanathan and Gideon Adlon)who play their daughters who are the standouts. This film proves you can make a raunchy, edgy coming-of-age comedy without being super problematic or focused on dudebros. If Blockers was made 10 years ago, it would have been super white, super male and aged incredibly poorly like most comedies of this time. Instead, Kay Cannon’s film is pretty diverse, inclusive and turns most of the dudebro comedy tropes we’ve seen before on their head.

Think about it. We’ve seen plenty of films where young male high school students decided that “this is the night” they lose their virginity. But we’ve never seen it from a teen girl perspective. At least not done this well. In this film, the girls are all the aggressive ones with their dates for prom going along with their plan. While yes, the parents are frantically (and hilariously) trying to stop their daughters from going along with this pact, the focus is really about young girls exploring their own sexuality and forming their own decisions about what they want to do with their bodies. Gerladine Vsiwanathan is the standout star here. She's the "Tomboy" of the trio and makes most of the crass jokes but they're hilarious, well timed and she plays off of John Cena extremely well in their scenes together.

Even the parents buck some trends we normally see. Leslie Mann plays the overprotective single mom whose real issue is, she doesn’t want to let go of her daughter. This is typically the father role in most films. John Cena is the straight-laced sports dad, but he’s also a pushover and a stay-at-home dad whose wife is the breadwinner. Barinholtz is the “problematic” dad but even his character has a few progressive traits, like the fact that he’s figured out that his daughter is gay and just wants her to feel free enough live her truth.

Like I said, this is a film that from the trailers a lot of people might avoid but that would be a mistake. This is a smart, funny, progressive film that honestly probably makes a great case for why feminism and allowing women the ability to be free and open about their sexuality is good for everyone.

Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on Prom night.

Direct download: Blockers_Review_-_Movie_Trailer_Reviews.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:09am EDT

Steven Spielberg is back at it again! This time with Ready Player One, a really fun movie that embraces not just gaming and 80's pop culture but pop culture in general. Kriss and Phenom are joined by Joi to discuss the film, what worked and what didn't, the toxic nature of gaming culture  (and how that can affect your viewing experience). 

Direct download: Read_Player_One_Spoiler_Review.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:47am EDT