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Best Episodes of 2017

It’s here! It may be a week late but it’s here! My favorite article of the year which seems egotistical but it’s not because the reason I like it so much is because of all the words everyone but me put. (Perfect sentence.) Enjoy this year’s breakdown of the best TV episodes of 2017 from a variety of my friends, all with a unique perspective.

 

American Gods — “The Secret of Spoons”
(Season One, Episode 2)

American Gods best of

By Robbie Mehling

“We’re not taking the highway. Not now. Not ever,” says Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) as they drive from Indiana to Chicago and beyond. This summer I did my own personal road trip from Minneapolis to Southern Indiana using back country roads. First you turn left, then right, then left again as you meander past cornfields and farmhouses. It certainly takes longer but the possibility exists for some truly stunning views, more so anyway than the interstate rest stop. It’s this mentality that runs through Neil Gaiman’s original novel and is certainly present in Bryan Fuller’s adaptation. This show moves at a slow pace as the whole first season only covers the first few chapters of the book. But I think it works incredibly well as it meanders through folklore, mythology, and back road America.

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Episode #103 — Gimme Shelter / Number of the Beast / Ptarmigan / Boys Don’t Cry / Sliders

Gimme Shelter podcast review

What are The Immortals if not the foremost experts on rocking and the follow-up action of rolling? Today they are diving into one of the most beloved rockumentaries, Gimme Shelter, covering a memorable tour by The Rolling Stones. Then they have Iron Maiden screaming to Satan, a music video so good it seems like a short film and then they end with….Sliders. Which does technically have a musician as one of the leads. (He doesn’t rock though.)

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Orson Welles Wrap-Up

Orson Welles Wrap-Up

From Citizen Kane to Falstaff, we looked at the dramatic rises and falls of Orson Welles’ career. The guys look back at his incredible screen presence, the scope he was able to achieve with what he was working with and they announce their next Five which will start in 2018. Thank you all for listening to us throughout 2017! You all are fantastic and thank you for taking this cinematic look with us.

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Episode #85 — Chimes at Midnight

Chimes at Midnight podcast review

It’s Orson Welles and William Shakespeare back again! After a successful team-up with Othello, this time Welles plays a character with the same skin tone as himself with the beloved and tragic fool of Falstaff. With Chimes at Midnight, Welles took elements from Henry IV Part I and Part II and mixed in parts of Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor to give this side character his own starring role. The guys are joined by the brilliant Tara Olivero from Shakespearemachine to provide more context for what Welles was accomplishing.

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A White Christmas Commentary!

White Christmas commentary track

Holidays mean good food, mediocre movies and trying not to strangle family. Join The Immortals’ Leigh and her brother, Robert, while they watch their favorite Christmas movie, White Christmas, and make fun of the bad dancing, bad lip syncing, and bad writing. They’ll  share tidbits they’ve learned about this beloved classic after years and years of watching it every Christmas Eve on repeat. They can’t promise this commentary will bring peace on earth or snow to your Christmas celebrations, but it will at least provide you with a two hour distraction from your family with a two hour divergence with this family.

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Episode #102 — Days of Heaven / California / Holy Basil / Im Nin’Alu / Takeshi’s Castle

Days of Heaven podcast review

Terence Malick makes beautiful films that are known for their peaceful aesthetic and calming atmosphere. So of course we argued about it. The Immortals reviewed the Days of Heaven, Malick’s second film, which takes place in Texas. Then they went to California, Israel and Japan. We’re so cultured!

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Episode #84 — Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil podcast review

Orson Welles returns to Hollywood and instead of looking like a dashing knight, he is a very gross overweight racist cop. It wasn’t how the audiences remembered him, but years later Touch of Evil remains one of his most memorable films. It is a noir film set on the Mexican border about the fallout of a bomb explosion. The guys talk about its iconic tracking shot, the fact that Charlton Heston plays a Mexican and how disgusting this world is.

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Episode #101 — Grease / The Real Thing / Chives / Voices Carry / Top Gear

Grease podcast review

OH MY GOD WE’RE BACK AGAIN! After surviving Leigh crashing their space ship, the four Immortals are hiding on [REDACTED] and back to reviewing so many very random pieces of pop culture. And there’s no better movie about coming back from break and realizing everything is bonkers and this plot doesn’t make any sense than Grease! Also we have a band who is apparently not the Red Hot Chili Peppers, we confirm chives are weird, we know what not to do at the opera in a music video and we talk about a car show but never really talk about cars. Get excited!

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Episode #83 — Othello

Othello podcast review

What does Orson Welles do after making perhaps the greatest movie of all time? He gets basically exiled to Europe to make low-budget Shakespeare films. But are they any good? The guys look into his Othello adaptation and how he interprets the Moor of Venice. Without the resources of Hollywood, Welles uses real incredible settings and new tricks to bring gravitas to the leader who is being betrayed by Iago. And yes, they are distracted by the blackface pretty much the entire time.

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Episode #82 — The Third Man

The Third Man podcast review

Orson Welles is known as a man of many hats as seen with his tour-de-force last week. This week, with The Third Man, the guys are just focusing on him as an actor. It’s one of the most beloved noir films of all time as a dimestore novelist travels to Vienna to see an old friend who he learns died under confusing circumstances. As the mystery continues, here enters Welles and he steals the show with perfectly evil charisma.

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