This hot mess is a lot of chaotic fun, just don’t expect anything to be Olympic-level quality. Vroom vroom!
Rules: Watch all the qualifiers. Once the final 12 are named, each contestant ranks them first to last. Upon show completion, each contestant gets 12 points for each player, minus the number of slots you were “off”; e.g., 12 points if you picked the winner as the winner, and 1 point if you picked the winner as the loser.
Dan picks: 1. Joao 2. Atsushi 3. Brittany 4. Alex 5. Corrina 6. Sara 7. Diego 8. Fielding 9. Faruk 10. Axel 11. Alexandre 12. Jordan
Mike picks: 1 Joao 2 Diego 3 Brittany 4 Atsushi 5 Faruk 6 Jordan 7 Sara 8 Axel 9 Fielding 10 Alex 11 Corinna 12 Alexandre
I have plenty of shade to throw at The Mandalorian. Specifically, at my old pal Jon Favreau for being such an obsessed douchebag carnivore. But you will not find, anywhere in present or past, anything, that has ever LOOKED so good! The background scenery has been optimized with an Unreal screen ring, and the foreground is inside the ring, lit to perfection. Nothing ever before has delivered such beautiful pixels … just … so satisfying to see…
The blackest of 80s comedy, drenched in every terrible glorious cultural reference from bad hair to bad movies to bad music, with a stock market theme full of back stabbers and pedal-to-the-medal ribald punchlines. Like a mashup of Billions, Arrested Development, Veep, Wolf of Wall Street and In Living Color. Silly crazy rude fun.
Dan and I have the Covid Blues so we are scraping for any reality races on which we can bet. Any show where each episode has a winner and a loser. Here’s our next train wreck! Call your bookie, slap down those bets!
New improved rules, now with more action!
Pick the player you think will win, pick the two players you think will be chosen to defend themselves, and pick the player you think will be actually eliminated.
For winners, start with 10 points. If your winner is eliminated, you lose a point, and you have to pick another. If your winner wins, you score a point, and they remain your pick.
For losers, start with 0 points. Score a point for each defender you got right. If your loser is eliminated, you score a point, and get to pick another.
Contest winner is the one with the most points after the final episode!
Also, we are playing with DAN’S BASTARDIZATION OF THE PICK RULES: you can change any pick you want in between episodes. WHAT? LAME, Mike does not approve… but he’s very accommodating, so here we go…
This is the best space opera since Star Wars: A New Hope. Yes I went there.
It doesn’t have the sheer thrills and explosive pioneering of George Lucas’ master story, but it is a more mature story that deeply and believably develops all the ensemble’s motives, interweaves them, and delivers an epic ride. The execution is brilliant, with powerful performances all around. Wow. I’ll be rewatching this one as much as LOTR, Blade Runner 2049 and the Star Trek reboots.
To get a better handle on the source of its brilliance, peruse the Wikipedia page of the screenplay author, Michael Chabon. So much to mine there.