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This Is Our Design #38- “The Number of the Beast is 666…” with Cooper S. Beckett

Welcome back to This Is Our Design. All good things come in small packages. All great podcasts come a couple days late. We're not really sure if either of these things is true, but we know this: You don't owe us your listenership... you owe us AWE (we're actually not very sure about this, either; we just like to believe it). This week, co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick are joined by author Cooper S. Beckett of Eat The Rudecast as the crew breaks down yet another strong central sequence in addition to talking about folk tales and much more. This, of course, all leads into "Kate's Classical Corner" and "The Devil in the Details," which are always ready to shock and disturb you with how thorough they are.

By |August 27th, 2015|This Is Our Design|0 Comments

The Televerse #208- Make-You-Watch-athon 4: The Venture Bros., Steven Universe

It’s the end of an era here at The Televerse. On the occasion of our fourth anniversary, and in the podcast’s final installment at Sound On Sight, cohost Simon Howell bids adieu in an epically long episode. First we look at a full week in TV. After a little reality talk—specifically, Stephen Amell’s turn in the ring at SummerSlam—we dive in with the comedies, previewing The Carmichael Show and looking at the premieres and pilots for Survivor’s Remorse, Blunt Talk, and Documentary Now!. Next up are the genre and drama offerings, including the much-maligned pilot for Fear The Walking Dead and penultimate episodes of Hannibal, Mr. Robot, and Show Me a Hero. After that, our yearly Make-You-Watch-athon is back, this time featuring in-depth looks at The Venture Bros. and underrated Cartoon Network (crystal) gem Steven Universe. A heartfelt thank you to all of our listeners over the past four years and to Simon, for being a wonderful cohost and critic, and an even better friend.

By |August 25th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #207- The Wonder Years with Ricky D

The transition between early and late summer programming continues, giving us a few premieres and finales to discuss this week on the podcast. The Televerse is also in transition: After a special announcement from Simon, we look at an entertaining week in comedy, including particularly strong installments of Rick and Morty and Review, among others, and a full week in drama, including the premiere of David Simon’s Show Me a Hero and the finales of Humans and Rectify. Then, SOS’Editor-in-Chief Ricky D returns to the DVD Shelf to help us sing the praises of one of the all-time great coming-of-age dramedies, the woefully under-discussed The Wonder Years.

By |August 18th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments

This Is Our Design #37- “…And the Beast from the Sea” with Aaron Abrams

Welcome back to This Is Our Design. As the season (and possibly series) nears its end, we're pulling out all the stops. This week, co-hosts Kate Kulzick and Sean Colletti are joined by Aaron Abrams of Hannibal (and much more). While discussing "...And the Beast from the Sea," the group gets into ideas of change, duality (Mr. Abrams makes an astute observation about the multiple versions of Brian Zeller), heroism, and the viewers' complicated relationships with certain characters. Scott Thompson was also on the call, but since he had no lines in this episode, he chose not to respond to any of the questions, which is certainly his prerogative (Thompson was not actually on the call—sorry). Stick around for recurring segments, "Kate's Classical Corner" and "The Devil in the Details," as we pick apart as much as we can while we still have stuff to pick apart.

By |August 17th, 2015|This Is Our Design|0 Comments

The Televerse #206- The L Word with Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

It’s a summer finale palooza, prompting another lengthy edition of the podcast. First we look at our week in comedy, including the pilots of Significant Mother, Mr. Robinson, and Difficult People, as well as the premiere of Playing House and the finale of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Next up are the genre and drama offerings, including a belated look at the finale of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell as well as the finales of UnREAL and Deutschland 83 and another beautiful Rectify. Afterward, Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya from The A.V. Club joins us at the DVD Shelf to look at the surprisingly under-discussed and groundbreaking The L Word.

By |August 12th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments

This Is Our Design #36- “And the Woman Clothed in Sun” with Don Mancini

Welcome back to This Is Our Design. This week, co-hosts Kate Kulzick and Sean Colletti are joined by father of Chucky and the Child's Play series, Don Mancini. Finally, we get answers to the lack-of-subject idiosyncratic writing of Hannibal that we've been talking about for years. Now we know! But perhaps of more interest to listeners (perhaps), the crew talks about the beauty of the tiger scene and its implications for Francis Dolarhyde, parallels between the Will-Hannibal relationship and the Francis-Reba relationship, the wrapping up of Bedelia's backstory with Hannibal, and how Mr. Mancini found his way into the writing room for this season. Stick around for your favorite recurring segments, "The Devil in the Details" and "Kate's Classical Corner".

By |August 10th, 2015|This Is Our Design|0 Comments

This Is Our Design #35- “And the Woman Clothed with the Sun…” with Randy Dankievitch

Welcome back to This Is Our Design. After some technical difficulties, we have returned, just like Will has returned to Hannibal (although, we did it much sooner than three years; we can't bear to be away from you for very long). Co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick are joined this week by prolific critic Randy Dankievitch of TVOvermind and many other media outlets to help break down another dense episode. Topics include a closer look at Francis Dolarhyde, consideration of two-character dialog, and the use of flashbacks. Stick around for "Kate's Classical Corner" and "The Devil in the Details" for more goodies before you feast on more Hannibal this weekend.

By |August 6th, 2015|This Is Our Design|0 Comments

The Televerse #205- Karen Sisco with Deepayan Sengupta

The summer series are quickly coming to an end, making for an eventful week in TV and another longer podcast. First up, we look at the comedies including BoJack Horseman season two, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and the premiere of Review. Then we talk over the genre and drama offerings, including the finale to Halt and Catch Fire and pen- and anti-penultimate episodes of UnREAL, Deutschland 83, Humans, and Rectify. Afterward, SOS’s own Deepayan Sengupta joins us at the DVD Shelf to break down the overlooked one-season gem Karen Sisco.

By |August 5th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments
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