We welcome new cohost Sean Colletti to the podcast this week, and fortunately there was plenty of interesting TV to discuss. First we take a look at the comedies, including a preview of Louie, the pilots of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Bad Teacher, and the Parks and Rec finale. Then we talk genre, including an eventful Arrow and the still controversial Game of Thrones, and we round up our week in TV with the dramas, including new addition to the podcast Elementary. Afterward, Dan Toland of Earth-2.net returns to the DVD Shelf to help us take a look at the long-running, classic sitcom M*A*S*H.
Welcome back to This Is Our Design, the Hannibal podcast. We considered scrapping this episode in favor of a ten-hour podcast dedicated to The Following, but we're not as brave as that series. So we're playing it safe and sticking to what we know, which is pretending to say smart things about Hannibal. Co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick are joined this week by Eric Goldman of IGN to talk some "Shiizakana." Topics of conversation include concepts of love and animalism in Hannibal. The crew also challenges some more of the believability and subtlety concerns the series may or may not have, shortly before excusing the series for being really friggin' good. Listeners will also be treated to the most recent installments of "Kate's Classical Corner" and "The Devil in the Details," in which Sean tries once again to contribute something of use in a power play to hide the fact that he knows nothing about music that doesn't involve electric guitars. Maybe you should be holding out for a TV adaptation of This is Spinal Tap, Sean. Maybe you should stop writing to yourself in the third person, too. As an added bonus this week, we've included an additional 10-minute segment at the beginning of the podcast in which Sean sits down with his mother to discuss how therapy and psychiatry function in "Shiizakana" and Hannibal in general. What Sean forgot to ask her was if she has ever trained some of her patients to become serial killers. We'll leave that up to the listeners to guess. Have a listen and feel free to join the discussion by leaving some comments.
It’s Simon’s last week on the podcast, for the immediate future, and TV did not disappoint this week, giving us plenty of fantastic comedy and drama to discuss in this extra-long episode. First we take a look at the comedies, including the Community finale, the Adventure Time premiere, the Archer Vice finale, and excellent episodes of Inside Amy Schumer and Veep. Then we talk genre, including this week’s controversial installment of Game of Thrones and the long-awaited return of Orphan Black, and we round up our week in TV with the dramas: the pilot of Fargo, the finale of Parenthood, and more great episodes of The Americans, The Good Wife, and Mad Men. Afterward, Steve Prokopy from AICN returns for the fourth installment of Steve Prokopy’s Horror Picks, this time taking a look at Lars von Trier’s Danish horror miniseries Riget (The Kingdom) and Riget II (The Kingdom II).
Co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick return to talk some "Su-zakana" with Libby Hill of the Los Angeles Times. For anyone who was worried about the return of the thousand airplanes that fly over Sean's house, rest easy. For the rest of you (we'll call you the sane ones), tune in to hear the gang talk about some legitimate gender-based character issues that Hannibal may or may not being having. Also up for discussion: when TV becomes too heavy-handed, ambiguity surrounding Jack Crawford, who the heck is Margot, and where are we at with the Hannibal-Will relationship? But don't worry. That's not all. Call within the next twenty minutes and receive a free segment of "Kate's Classical Corner," with one amazing insight from Sean this time around (really amazing; we're not kidding). And if you pay with traveler's checks and/or two-dollar bills, you'll also get to experience another round of "The Devil in the Details." Have a listen and feel free to join the discussion by leaving some comments.
The dramas came to play this week, giving us lots to discuss on the podcast. First we look at the comedies, including the finale of Rick and Morty, then we talk some reality and genre, including another wedding-tastic episode of Game of Thrones, and we round things out with the dramas, including the finale of Justified and the premiere of Mad Men. Afterward, Editor in Chief of SOS Ricky D joins us once again at the DVD Shelf to discuss the groundbreaking British sitcom Queer as Folk.
Some of you might be wondering why there's a new episode of This Is Our Design considering nothing happened in the most recent episode of Hannibal. Really, it was just an episode featuring 42 minutes of a black screen. Weird. Oh, well. Co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick still manage to analyze the darkness with the help of their fabulous guest, Zack Handlen of The A.V. Club. One of the three is an expert in music, one is an expert in pronouncing the names of actors and actresses, and one clearly knows everything about the Japanese language. We'll let you figure out which is which. This week, topics include concepts of love in Hannibal, how to get the best use of a stationary character, and some more discussion of why Dr. Chilton is a strong candidate for this season's MVP. Also returning, of course, are "Kate's Classical Corner" and "The Devil in the Details." Have a listen and feel free to join the discussion by leaving some comments.
Television was a bit more manageable this week, giving us a little breathing room on the podcast. First we talk comedy, including the premieres of Inside Amy Schumer, Silicon Valley, and Veep, then we catch up with some genre, including the Game of Thrones premiere, and we round out our week in TV with the dramas, including a preview of FX’s new Fargo miniseries and a lengthier chat about The Americans. Then we head over to the DVD Shelf with Noel Kirkpatrick of TV.com and dive into our fourth anime series thus far, the beloved teen action-adventure comedy FLCL.
For those of you who have been eagerly awaiting an amazingly in-depth discussion of the most recent episode of Hannibal, we're sorry to say that all we have for you is this new podcast. This Is Our Design isn't amazingly in-depth. Oh, no. The truth is that doesn't quite do it justice. This podcast is life-changingly enlightening (and also presumes to create new English vocabulary; that's just how we roll). Co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick will help guide you through "Futamono," relying mostly on the help of Dennis Perkins from The A.V. Club. Topics this week include issues of believability, ideas of impermanence, contributions from some of the supporting characters in this series, and Hannibal and Alana sitting in a Tree... Man. This episode also features what might be the most in-depth "Kate's Classical Corner" to date, and Kate doesn't even get started on the classical pieces featured. Brace yourselves for some Knowledge Bombs. "The Devil in the Details" also points out some interesting elements of the viewing experience and how creator Bryan Fuller is going deep into the Japanese theme this season. Have a listen and feel free to join the discussion by leaving some comments.
With comedy finales galore and plenty of semi-cathartic drama, it was a full week in TV, giving us a lot to dive into on the podcast. First we take a look at the comedies, including the pilot of Friends with Better Lives, then we break down the comedy finales, including Chozen, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Broad City, and HIMYM, and then we dig in with the hour-longs, from The Amazing Race: All-Stars to Hannibal to a tearful The Good Wife. Afterward, Scott Meslow, Entertainment Editor of The Week.com, returns to the DVD Shelf to help us take a look at the amazing, classic, and utterly unique The Twilight Zone.