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Game of Thrones Season 7

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Hey guys, Frank here. So Dan entrusted me with sacred task of posting this week’s episode. As you well know, we now post on the 15th and the 30th. And just like our favorite HBO fantasy series, I shit the bed. Because it’s 12:20am on the 31st. Anyway, this is Game of Thrones Season 7 folks. Drink it up.

This season was 4 episodes of awesomeness followed by 3 episodes of awfulness. Dan & Frank discuss where the show let them down as well as a very brief callback to the lasagna bit from our Detroit episode. Oh, also, someone stole Dan’s lunch. Our lives are interesting.
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Westworld

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Yo! We back. We boyz. This episode finds illustrious hosts Frank and Dan chatting about manic depression, snow, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, two years of Ya Shoulda Seen this By Now, bad Anthony Hopkins impersonations, Hideo Kojima, and HBO’s Westworld. At the end of the show Dan has a psychotic break. I like pre-workout supplement shakes.

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The Night Of

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Episode 101 and still going strong! Frank makes a douchbag-move and reflects on Dan’s romantic & educational past. They also chat HBO’s The Night Of and Frank’s inability to note the cat metaphor. All in all, Dan proves himself the smarter and more insightful commentator; but I guess that’s how it usually goes. Frank will go cry now.

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Episode 32: Game of Thrones Seasons 1-4

“I love Peter Dinklage. I bet you that guy was so bummed out about being a dwarf his whole life and now is just sitting on bags of money.” Dan

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SUMMARY: Frank and Dan talk Game of Thrones. Dan does an alright Jon Snow impression. The word “plotting” is used too much. I like squirrels.

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Episode 28: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

“Frank texted me that he was going to watch the ‘Kobain doc'” —Dan 

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SUMMARY: Hello, and welcome to another episode of Ya Shoulda Seen This by Now! This episode is about the new Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck. Frank and Dan discuss Cobain’s legacy, the modern renaissance of the documentary, and boners. It’s riveting stuff. I like trains.

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Episode 24: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

“Let’s save Tom Cruise from his life of beautiful women that the Church of Scientology sends to fuck him.” — Dan

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Frank and Dan discuss HBO’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, based on the book by Lawrence Wright. Both Dan & Frank enjoyed the doc but Dan thought it could have been a little bit more involving. Frank thinks he’s been too spoiled by The Jinx & Serial to feel satisfied by a 2-hour documentary. He wants more! More docs about Scientology! Let’s save Tom Cruise!

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Why The Jinx is Everything Serial Should Have Been

On February 9th, 2015, CBS News reported that NPR’s podcast Serial had been downloaded more than 68 million times. Since concluding its run on December 18th, 2014, Serial has occupied the #1 slot of the iTunes top podcasts list for four months. It took that spot even before it debuted. It broke records as the fastest podcast to reach 5 million downloads, and was lauded in the New York Times as “Podcasting’s first break out hit.” Serial was huge. You couldn’t miss it. I couldn’t either.

“One story, told week by week” was how Ira Glass explained Serial when it first aired on This American Life. It was all there in the title: Serial. As in serialized drama. In 2014, as consumers, we were living in a golden age of revitalized serialized drama, but this was a new slant on the staling formula – it was journalistic, even investigative.

Documentaries originated as an industrial medium for journalists to explain their findings. Now, they serve as creative powerhouses of opinion and entertainment. At first, a modern documentary could reach millions of people. Now, it can reach millions of people and their wallets. Still, despite the myriad of biased, entertainment focused documentaries that the last ten years of yielded–think Jesus Camp, Food Inc, and Supersize Me–I have never encountered something as morally bankrupt as Serial.The first red flag was how hard the team at This American Life worked to sell the premise of Serial. It was a serialized drama, to be dispersed one tantalizing bit at a time. It would feature cliffhangers. It would have villains. We would discover the truth along with our investigators. All of these things feel great to me with fictional drama. The problem with Serial was that it was real. This dramatic show, this tantalizing labyrinth of villains and cliffhangers was the real experiences of people that had been hurt and victimized in so many ways. To do it again in order to tell a riveting story seemed so unaware of it’s own irony that it felt like borderline parody.

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Episode 20: The Jinx

“[Robert Durst] has the eyes of a dead cod.”-Dan

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Frank and Dan talk about The Jinx. Then Dan reveals that he hates the podcast Serial and finds it to be extremely problematic. The two don’t see eye to eye. Speaking of eyes, Robert Durst has the dead eyes of a cod. Anyway, nothing is resolved in this episode and we all die alone.

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