TV in Review Podcast – Episode 3


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Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction
0:16 – Awake
14:18 – Glee
23:03 – Fringe
28:46 – X-Factor judge offers and wrap-up

Summary

For this TV in Review, we focus on our last new show for the 2012 mid-season and offer our thoughts on the winter “finales” of Fringe & Glee. Check out the teasers below for a taste of what we discuss!

Awake– We praise the long-awaited premiere of NBC’s new high-concept drama. Find out why we think it is the most successful new show of the 2012 mid-season and find out why we *shocker* disagree about the which of the two realities feels more “real.”

Glee– Hear out thoughts on the shocking events on the latest episode and why we wish New Directions had lost at Regionals.

Fringe– We discuss what we’ve learned about the Observers, debate whether there really is another timeline and attempt to predict where the show might be going. Hint: We have no idea.

Please let us know your thoughts by dropping us a comment here after listening either here! You can also visit our newly launched Facebook page and leave a comment there! We love to hear feedback and what you thought of the show. We also encourage you to check out our blog or twitter feed to keep up to date with us!

 

March 12, 2012 I Written By

TV in Review Podcast – Episode 2


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Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction
0:35 – The River
8:51 – Smash
16:36 – Alcatraz
20:04 – Wrap-up

Episode Length: 21:55

Summary

We take a break from discussing some of our established shows to focus on three new mid-season premieres. Take a look at these teasers to get a taste for our thoughts a few episodes into these new shows and see if you can guess which shows we’re sticking with and which we’re letting go!

The River– ABC’s new found footage horror series only has 8 episodes in its first season, but surprisingly slow pacing and unengaging characters make this a difficult show for us to connect with. We discuss the first four episodes of the show, including the success of the documentary style in telling the story.

Smash– NBC’s much hyped backstage Broadway drama is definitely not Glee, but everything that could make the show stand out as a legitimate drama about the highs and lows of putting together a Broadway musical, falls prey to some weak writing and what we argue is a misguided focus on the character of Karen.

Alcatraz– Another much hyped JJ Abrams’ pilot that promises a mysterious island and lots of plot twists, but fails in every way to live up to these promises. We expand more on our initial thoughts from our last TV in Review Podcast and articulate a bit more our major issues with the series.

Please let us know your thoughts by dropping us a comment here after listening either here! We love to hear feedback and what you thought of the show. We also encourage you to check out our blog or twitter feed to keep up to date with us!

March 4, 2012 I Written By

TV in Review Podcast – Episode 1


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Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction
3:27 – Alcatraz
11:38 – Fringe
15:44 – Person of Interest
22:03 – Once Upon A Time
27:03 – The Big Bang Theory
31:21 – Wrap-up

Episode Length: 32:23

Summary

We jump into the 2012 mid-season with a new format for TV Week in Review podcasts and our thoughts on the letdown that was this year’s much hyped Ricky Gervais hosted Golden Globes. Check out the teasers below for a taste of what we discuss!

Alcatraz– Our first new series of 2012 started off with a 2-hour premiere episode. We discuss the inevitable comparison to that other JJ Abrams produced series surrounding a mysterious island, offer our initial impressions of the main characters and give our verdict on how much potential the series appears to have moving forward. Oh, and we give our thoughts on Emerson’s apparent prisoner collecting hobby.

Fringe– We learn new information on the new shape shifters and discuss the subtle ways the writers have been working in the differences between the two timelines.

Person of Interest- Carter’s role in the series is finally picking up, we get a homage to Rear Window and we give discuss the blurring line between Finch and the machine.

Once Upon A Time– Meghan belatedly laments the loss of Sheriff Graham, we finally learn about Rumpelstiltskin’s back story and we discuss what the presence of the “stranger” may mean.

The Big Bang Theory– James is confused by the 100th episode fake-out, Meghan announces her favorite moment of the series and we have a bone to pick with the writers (hint: It involves Sheldon and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers).

Please let us know your thoughts by dropping us a comment here after listening either here! We love to hear feedback and what you thought of the show. We also encourage you to check out our blog or twitter feed to keep up to date with us!

 

February 1, 2012 I Written By

TV Week in Review Podcast: Dexter 11/06/11


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Episode Length: 16:53

Summary
The newest episode of Dexter ended with the shocking return of Brian Moser, aka the Ice Truck Killer from way back in season one of the series. Based on spoilers, we speculated that he would be returning in this manner, so it was exciting to see one our predictions pan out! Brian’s return may mark a dramatic, series-changing direction for the show, as we have the possibility of Dexter of completely indulging his dark passenger and leaving behind anything he may have learned in the previous seasons. It opens up a lot of possibilities that haven’t been present in the show for a long time. In this special podcast we discuss the implications of this cliffhanger, as well as the interesting juxtaposition between the character of Dexter and the character of Travis.

Let us know what you think after listening to the podcast! Leave us a comment here or tweet us. We love feedback and will respond either with a comment or in our next published show.

November 12, 2011 I Written By

TV Week in Review Podcast: 10/30/11 through 11/5/11


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Time Stamps
0:00 – Intro
1:05 – Fringe
7:06 – Glee
12:45 – Once Upon A Time
15:06 – The Mentalist
20:46 – How I Met Your Mother
23:02 – Dexter
31:39 – Dexter– Spoilers!

Episode Length: 38:24

Summary
Fringe: We discuss the immediate effects of Peter’s 3 week delayed return and speculate on just who the new and improved Shapeshifters could be working for.
Glee: Finally back after a LONG hiatus! We offer our thoughts on the addition of Glee Project winner Damian McGinty, how the show is living up to its self-proclaimed intention to focus on character this season and Meghan expresses her love for Burt Hummel.
Once Upon A Time: We learn about what the Evil Queen had to sacrifice to enact her curse, Meghan wonders just how much Rumpelstiltskin remembers and James finds out what he missed by not watching this week.
The Mentalist: The show continues to serve as a repository of secondary actors from other programs (hi Lost‘s Ethan!) and James talks about the decision to continue the Red John arc even after he was “killed” last season.
How I Met Your Mother: Ted finally finds the Slutty Pumpkin, Meghan speculates on how this could impact Ted’s arc and laments how long it’s been since we’ve seen the slap bet.
Dexter: As the Ice Truck Killer continues to be mentioned in the show, we speculate on what this could mean. We continue to discuss whether or not Professor Gellar is real or if the “clues” are simply a creative choice by the episode directors. We also discuss Brother Sam’s last words, “we should do this again sometime” and how they always seem to precede a character getting killed.

November 9, 2011 I Written By

TV Week in Review Podcast: 10/23/11 through 10/29/11


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Summary
It’s a little delayed, but our TV Week in Review for last week is finally ready for download. Now that we’re all nice and caught up, these should start coming out on time again.

The Amazing Race: We briefly discuss the sudden implosion of the Father/Son team
Big Bang Theory: Another previous cast member of Dexter makes an appearance on CBS!
The Office: Jim and Pam’s ghost debate seems way too familiar to us
Once Upon A Time: Meghan and James share a rare difference of opinion regarding the quality of ABC’s latest new series, with Meghan viewing it as an engaging and promising premise and James finding it difficult to get past the complete fantasy of the fairy tale world. We also point out some of the writers’ heavy handed Lost Easter Eggs.
The Real World: Our dislike of Zach is solidified in his confrontation with Sam and we debate whether Zach’s “don’t ask don’t tell” attitude is truly harmless. Did we mention we don’t like Zach?
South Park: Randy + Stephen Sondheim + Bro Down= Amazing
Dexter: We continue to discuss the theory that Professor Gellar is a hallucination in Travis’ mind and note the accelerated pacing of Dexter tracking down and killing this season’s “Big Bad.” The Ice Truck Killer case is getting lots of references which we think is the writer’s cue that something from that case is going to play a very important role later in the season. Finally, we wrap up our discussion by considering some pseudo-spoilers. Source 1 and Source 2 for the Dexter spoilers we discuss. Do not look at them if you want to remain spoiler free!

Please let us know your thoughts by dropping us a comment here after listening either here! We love to hear feedback and what you thought of the show. We also encourage you to check out our blog or twitter feed to keep up to date with us!

Episode Length: 31:19

Time Stamps
0:00 – Intro
0:58 – The Amazing RaceBig Bang Theory & The Office
5:00 – Once Upon A Time
10:00 – The Real World
15:37 – South Park
19:31 – Dexter
26:28 – Dexter: Spoiler Alert!
30:38 – Wrap-up

November 3, 2011 I Written By

TV Week in Review Podcast: 10/16/11 through 10/22/11


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Summary
We’re close to getting back on schedule with our TV Week in Review podcasts! This episode is shorter than normal with us only discussing a handful of shows.

Dexter – The Ice Truck Killer case reappears, the motives of Travis and Professor Geller remain unclear and Dexter learns a lesson from the Tooth Fairy.
America’s Next Top Model – We discuss just exactly what type of season Tyra is attempting to produce and how successful the All-Stars are at living up to their titles.
The Real World – Frank can’t seem to confront the real source of his anger issues, we explain our dislike of Zach and Nate is DEFINITELY not gay.
The Mentalist – The Ice Truck Killer from Dexter and Scott Farkas from A Christmas Story make an appearance!
South Park – James proves what a dork he is by pointing out the source of the parodied songs in the “Bass to Mouth” episode.

Please let us know your thoughts by dropping us a comment here after listening either here! We love to hear feedback and what you thought of the show. We also encourage you to check out our blog or twitter feed to keep up to date with us!

Episode Length: 26:23

Time Stamps
0:00 – Intro
0:13 – Dexter
12:04 – America’s Next Top Model
15:48 – The Real World
22:16 – James mentions his favorite Easter eggs from The Mentalist and South Park
25:01 –  Wrap-up

October 27, 2011 I Written By

TV Week in Review Podcast: 10/2/11 through 10/15/11


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Summary
After a several week hiatus, we’re back! We go through the back-burner and discuss the shows that aired over the past couple of weeks. We promise to stay on schedule in the future (okay, maybe not, but we’re going to try)!

The Playboy Club – We discuss why The Playboy Club was just so terrible.
The Amazing Race – A controversial sign led to a shocking double elimination and we debate whether the race has become too predictable or intentionally vague.
Dexter – The intriguing premiere introduced religion into Dexter’s world in the form of a friend (Brother Sam) and a foe (Travis and Professor Geller). We speculate on whether or not the Professor Geller character is real or akin to Harry, a manifestation of  the consciousness of Travis.
Suburgatory – Barbecue story line proves the show is finding its voice and embracing its awkward/absurdist humor.
The Real World – “We were besties!!!’
The Office
 – Slowly finding a voice for the new Nard-dog era, “Garden Party” brings us the best prank in several seasons and James reveals what he felt was the funniest moment in the past two episodes.
Person of Interest – Reese begins to get emotionally involved in his cases and we debate on how this will affect their mission going forward as well as potential overlapping cases in the future.
Fringe – Meghan draws the line at killer brain-moss, Walter attempts to give himself a lobotomy, we get more insight into changes in the alternate timeline… oh and Peter’s back.

Please let us know your thoughts by dropping us a comment here after listening either here! We love to hear feedback and what you thought of the show. We also encourage you to check out our blog or twitter feed to keep up to date with us!

Episode Length: 44:29

Time Stamps
0:00 – Intro
0:50 – The Playboy Club
4:09 – The Amazing Race
13:33 – Dexter
27:23 – Suburgatory
29:52 – Our favorite line from The Real World
30:29 – The Office
34:21 – Person of Interest
38:24 – Fringe
43:37 – Wrap-up

October 26, 2011 I Written By

TV Week in Review Podcast: 9/25/11 through 10/1/11


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Summary
With the first day of the week bringing with it even more premieres, we had another busy week of Fall TV! This week we talk about more new shows as well as offering our thoughts on some established shows’ second episodes of the new season:

The Amazing Race– The season premiere of the show’s 19th season offers up some supposedly game-changing twists right away, but confusing clues and lost passports proved to be the teams’ real challenges
Pan Am– A new series from ABC with a big budget pilot that succeeded in offering intriguing characters, a solid cast and good writing (aka everything The Playboy Club lacks)
Boardwalk Empire– The season premiere introduces increasing race tensions within the Southern Jersey community and highlights the dangerous and deceptive political climate surrounding Nucky
Suburgatory– A new series from ABC with a ridiculous premise, but that made great use of the “fish out of water” to present audiences with one increasingly uncomfortable situation after another
The Real World– The 26th season of MTV’s original reality show about annoying 20-somethings living in a house together returns to San Diego and brings with it volatile cast members and Meghan attempts to justify why she didn’t give up on the show years ago
Glee– Auditions for the musical and the return of Quinn & Puck’s baby make for genuinely interesting story arcs and the musical numbers have a purpose again
The Office– James questions whether the cold open was really that far-fetched and we speculate on Andy’s transformation into Regional Manager
The Big Bang Theory– A largely Sheldon-free episode allowed the under-used Amy Farrah Fowler to establish herself as a strong stand-alone member of the ensemble and Meghan does her best impression of Howard’s mother
Fringe– A stand-alone episode that introduced some interesting questions about the nature of the “truce” between the two  universes and what Peter’s “erasing” means for how this came to be in the new timeline

Episode Length: 38:33

Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction
1:39 – The Amazing Race
9:12 – Pan Am
11:53 – Boardwalk Empire
18:29 – Suburgatory
21:28 – The Real World
25:47 – Glee
27:51 – The Office
31:16 – The Big Bang Theory
33:31 – Fringe
37:10 – Wrap-Up

October 4, 2011 I Written By

TV Week in Review Podcast: 9/18/11 through 9/24/11


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Hello everyone!

I’m cross-posting a podcast series called the TV Week in Review here on the Pure TV Network blog. These episodes are a segment of our television-focused podcast series, Reflections on Pop Entertainment, co-hosted by my fiancée Meghan and myself (James). In this series, we discuss different television shows that aired during the week and give our thoughts and analysis. The shows we discuss differ from week to week and we hope to help foster discussion about these great television shows, both new and established, currently on the air.

To give you some background about ourselves, Meghan and I have known each other since college where we participated in theatre together. We are very analytical when it comes to the things we enjoy and we constantly discussed and analyzed shows with each other. After doing this for the past couple years, we decided that we should turn these discussions into a podcast. We both come from different academic backgrounds (Meghan has a Masters degree in American literature and I’m pursuing a Ph.D. in physics), which combined with our theatre background gives us what we hope is a unique perspective.

This past summer we recorded a series of podcasts covering season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance, so visitors who frequent puresytycd.com may recognize us from over there. In addition we are also posting weekly podcasts dedicated to The X-Factor, the new reality singing competition on FOX, over on Pure X-Factor.

If you like what you hear in these podcasts, we encourage you to subscribe to our blog. You can also follow our Twitter account @ReflPopEnt for our latest updates and thoughts.

Below is a summary and list of time stamps for the latest episode of the podcast. Let us know your thoughts and reactions after the show by leaving us a comment here, on our blog, or by tweeting us. We look forward to interacting with fellow television fans!

Summary
It was an exciting week of premieres, both old and new! In this week’s podcast we discuss following shows:

The Playboy Club– A new series from NBC that offered a very polarizing first episode that we aren’t quite sold on yet
Person of Interest– A new series from CBS and our favorite new show of the fall season
How I Met Your Mother– We got to see more of Barney’s wedding day, but still no sign of who the bride will be
Glee– The show returns to its Season 1 roots and has solid, well-placed musical numbers
The Office– The new boss is revealed and the show attempts to move forward without Michael Scott and we attempt to reconcile the changes that the show has undergone since Season 4
The Big Bang Theory– A quick resolution to a “shocking” cliffhanger
The Mentalist– A legitimately shocking cliffhanger gets a legitimately ridiculous resolution
Fringe– Everything is reset and we have no idea what is going on

We have a few more premieres coming up next week, including The Amazing Race, Pan Am, Boardwalk Empire and Suburgatory. Let us know what you thought by leaving us a comment!

Episode Length: 31:38

Time Stamps
0:00 – Intro
0:34 – The Playboy Club
3:45 – Person of Interest
8:53 – How I Met Your Mother
10:23 – Glee
13:17 – The Office
20:15 – The Big Bang Theory
22:09 – The Mentalist
23:51 – Fringe
30:33 – Wrap-Up

The first episode for the TV Week in Review series, covering September 11th through the 17th, can be found here.

September 28, 2011 I Written By