Episode #38: It Ruins Lives

Supermarket SweepWe spend 20 minutes not talking about Star Trek: Into Darkness. Jenny tries to convince everyone to watch Canadian-made sci fi series Orphan Black. Cynara reviews Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

PLUS: Game show nostalgia. We put out a call for submissions to a list of Feminist Horror flicks. And we close out with some weird My Little Pony stuff.



Mad Men Open Thread: Season 5, Episode 10: “Christmas Waltz”

No clever caption, this pic is just here because C. Hendricks is gorge.

*It’s a Krishna Christmas! And it’s 1966, so that means that STAR TREK now exists!
*Lane’s having money problems, I don’t understand what they are and I don’t care to
*”The twist is that the Negron are white”
*Pete can’t drive stick (and yet he wishes Don would kiss him on the mouth)
*Uncle Roger wants to provide baby Kevin with more than just bicycles
*Epic fraternal goodness between Don and Joan (I actually typed “Doan” at first, sue me — or don’t, at least not with any model airplanes around)
*”Lakshmi” (or, as I like to think of her, “The Lovechild of Juliette Lewis and Cobie Smulders”) screws Harry, and then he returns the favour. But the question is, will Paul actually go west?

TUNE IN next week for the return of Trudy!

Episode #25: Cumberbatched

Cynara is very, very interested in actor Benedict Cumberbatch, and she is positively itching to tell you exactly why.

She’s been delving into his body of work with the greatest of aplomb, and so she can report on his past work, which includes a critically acclaimed portrayal of a famous scientist and a supporting role in a Hugh Laurie sitcom.

We also get into the reasons why you might want to take up watching the BBC series Sherlock, starting Cumberbatch and also The Office (UK) alum Martin Freeman. If you’re worried about being spoiled — FEAR NOT! We don’t talk spoilers until the 34:00 mark, and we encourage the newbies to listen to the first part. We also discuss the RDJ (that is, “Robert Downey, Jr.”) flicks and how they compare with Cumberbatch iteration of Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary sleuth.

Oh, and also stuff about how Sherlock‘s showrunner is also Doctor Who‘s current showrunner, Steven Moffat, and the question of just how alike (or not) are Sherlock and the Doctor?


Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson in season 1, episode 3 of Sherlock.

Photo by lemonflavouredllama


Episode #4 – Papas in the Kitchen


-The white-washing of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and a side-discussion about cultural appropriation in Firefly and the fact that the evil sea witch Ursula from The Little Mermaid remains a fat icon because the pickings are so scarce.

-Latest word that the film adaptation of Twilight: Breaking Dawn probably and disappointingly won’t depict the graphic birth/death/vampiring scene as written in the book.

-In honour of Father’s Day, we talk about some TV dads: mostly good, a couple bad.


-SNL Digital Short: “Dear Sister” [Double Agent]

Fatties on Ice #2 – Too Long; Didn’t Listen


-Our “conquistadorafail”

-Late Late Adventures with Isabel Allende and Craig Ferguson

-the newly knighted Patrick Stewart; Renaissance Man Bryan Batt

-Bust Magazine’s curious omission (a.k.a. Tilda Swinton and PetitionGate)

-Sinkholes and macros

-a tribute to Rue McClanahan.


Patrick Stewart talks about domestic violence [YouTube]

House Hippo PSA [YouTube]


Our new theme music is “Calcutta” by Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra.