Nine years! Nine years, I’ve asked friends of mine from all different times in my life to write me a short article about an episode of TV they loved this year. On a personal level, it’s fun because I get to see people I care about write excellent pieces. On another level, it’s a wonderful glimpse in the year in television. None of us are professional TV critics; we’re just people who are excited about the episodic medium. These are the episodes that made us cry, made us laugh, helped us figure out our own anxieties and truly wowed us.
Uh oh! Pedro and Sarah are gone and they left the mics with J.C. and Austin! They ignore most of their assignments to talk about what matters most of them: Gloria Grahame, erotic novels and Doctor Who. They do get around to talking about Jean-Luc Godard’s film, but mostly to insult him. It’s a goofy one!
WE DON’T WANNA WAIT FOR THE POD TO BE OVER TO TALK ABOUT THIS SHOW AND ITS CREEK! But before we can get to that, The Immortals look into the river and find a naked dead woman in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy. They listen to some “so smooth” jazz by South African artist Abdullah Ibrahim. They listen to Split Enz and think about New Zealand’s song ranking. Then we get into all of the feelings about Dawson’s Creek.
Austin’s real sick, y’all! But is he as sick as Humphrey Bogart in In a Lonely Place where he may have killed a woman? Hope not! The Immortals also listen to Rod Stewart and Jackie Wilson. Also they discuss the John Cleese farce, Fawlty Towers. Spoiler, Austin doesn’t die.
The Immortals are solving all of the world’s issues with this episode! They begin talking about real world biases in data in Sarah and J.C.’s real work. Then they fix the legal system alongside Errol Morris’ The Thin Blue Line. They fix 90s music while listening to The Holy Bible. They learn the plot of the Dr. Dre’s song Deep Cover. Then they fix all the sexism in The Big Bang Theory. And it’s a shorter episode than last week!
When the truth becomes the podcast, you publish the podcast. The Immortals bring their own truth to one of Sarah’s all time favorite westerns: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. They also listen to David Bowie’s unconventional album, Low, and a happy example of rock, T-Rex’s 20th Century Boy. Austin makes some bold claims about Alf. But before all that, everyone watched J.C.’s bonus pick, the cult reality show MTV’s Fear. Get excited!
BERGMAN! BERGMAN! BERGMAN! That’s right, we’re the only podcast talking about Persona and The Jerry Springer Show on the same episode. They both torment the soul and make us question our identity. We also listened to Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk and Ian Dury’s Sweet Gene Vincent. Enjoy!
Sarah is gone this week so it’s up to Austin, J.C. and Pedro to rise up and smash the bourgeoisie in Sergei Eisenstein’s Strike! They also go deep into the current state of The Tonight Show and how it’s changed in 60 years. Also they record maybe the dumbest segment in the history of The Immortals with the song review of Java Jive by the Ink Spots. Enjoy!
Happy Halloween! Fear the Pale Man! The Immortals watch the beloved Guillermo del Toro new classic, Pan’s Labyrinth. They also listen to the sweet sound of Rufus Wainwright, the political messages of Damian Marley and discuss the murder-porn elements of The Fall. Get excited!
Before Hannibal Lecter bragged about fava beans, he was in prison and stayed in prison in the film Manhunter. The Immortals look into the Michael Mann adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon and see how it stacks up to so many more iconic depictions. They also listen to a long Jane’s Addiction song and marvel at Planet Earth. Get excited!