Decoding TV

Decoding TV

By Decoding TV

David Chen and Patrick Klepek discuss everything going on in the world of TV, with recaps and reviews of the most interesting shows on the air.

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Episodes

Ep. 19 - 'X-Men '97' Is The Best Thing Marvel Has Made Since 'Avengers: Endgame'

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Patrick Klepek run down what’s going on in the world of TV and discuss the sixth episode of The Sympathizer (Max) and the first season of X-Men ‘97 (Disney+).Why should you definitely watch Scavengers Reign when it hits Netflix in late May? Like really? (Seriously). What do we make of Netflix’s weird announcement for more episodes of 3-Body Problem? And what is it that X-Men ‘97 gets so right about the Marvel universe and about the X-Men themselves? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Homework for next week:The Sympathizer Ep 7 (Max)Shownotes:00:01:30 - Comcast’s Streamsaver bundle is $15/month00:06:50 - Scavengers Reign is cancelled at Max but not on Netflix00:18:24 - Shogun seasons 2 and 3 are in development00:26:30 - More episodes of 3-Body Problem are happening under mysterious circumstances00:38:30 - The SympathizerEpisode 6 - The Oriental Mode of Destruction01:04:15 - X-Men ‘97 Season 1Links:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/05/241h 39m

Ep. 18 - Begun, The Streaming Bundle Wars Have

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Patrick Klepek run down what’s going on in the world of TV and discuss the fifth episode of The Sympathizer (Max) and the final three episodes of Baby Reindeer (Netflix).How do we feel about Netflix’s latest efforts to get into live programming? Which streaming bundle are we looking forward to the most? Why can’t Paramount+ get any love? Is there still life left in The Office as a franchise? Are we excited about another season of Mr. and Mrs. Smith? And what about season 2 of Shogun for that matter? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Homework for next week:The Sympathizer Ep 6 (Max)X-Men ‘97 Season 1 (Disney+)Shownotes:00:01:30 - Netflix’s big moves into live TVNFL gets Christmas day football00:17:00 - Begun, the streaming bundle wars haveMax bundling with Disney+/HuluPeacock bundling with Netflix/Apple TV+00:26:00 - The Office Reboot00:33:30 - Mr and Mrs Smith Season 2 and The Boys season 500:36:15 - Shogun Season 2 is in development00:43:00 - The SympathizerEpisode 5 - All For One01:00:00 - Baby ReindeerEpisode 5Episode 6Episode 7Links:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/05/241h 29m

Ep. 17 - Getting 'Baby Reindeer' Fever

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Patrick Klepek run down what’s going on in the world of TV and discuss the fourth episode of The Sympathizer (Max) and the first four episodes of Baby Reindeer (Netflix).How are studios navigating tricky situations when beloved cast members pass on? Does Cobra Kai really need to be split into three separate parts? What’s the best way to advertise to kids these days anyways? Is there such thing as an anti-war film in the world of The Sympathizer? And why is Baby Reindeer so damn good at unraveling its story? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Homework for next week:Baby Reindeer Eps 5-7 (Netflix)The Sympathizer Ep 5 (Max)X-Men '97 Season 1 (Disney+)Bonus Ep: Sugar Season 1 (Apple TV+)Shownotes:00:06:00 - Gen V will not recast Chance Perdomo00:13:00 - Cobra Kai’s release schedule00:28:30 - The SympathizerEpisode 4 - Give Us Some Good Lines00:56:00 - Baby ReindeerEpisode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Links:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/05/241h 26m

Ep. 16 - Reacting to the Fallout of 'Fallout' Season 1

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Patrick Klepek run down what’s going on in the world of TV and discuss the third episode of The Sympathizer (Max) and the rest of season 1 of Fallout (Prime Video).Is 65 million viewers actually a lot when it comes to a streaming service? How embarrassed does the OG Emily Stone feel about taking Emma Stone’s SAG name? What other famous people just aren’t being clear about their real names and pronunciations? What do we think The Sympathizer is trying to say about being an American? And what did we think of the rest of season 1 of Fallout on Prime Video? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Homework for next week:Baby Reindeer Eps 1-4 (Netflix)The Sympathizer Ep 4 (Max)Bonus Ep: Invincible Season 2 Part 2 (Prime Video)Shownotes:00:01:30 - Fallout gets 65 million viewers00:08:33 - THR’s cover story about The Curse00:26:45 - The SympathizerEpisode 3 - Love It Or Leave It51:15 - Fallout Season 1Episode 4 - The GhoulsEpisode 5 - The PastEpisode 6 - The TrapEpisode 7 - The RadioEpisode 8 - The BeginningLinks:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/05/241h 32m

Ep. 15 - 'The Jinx: Season 2' Is About How Awesome 'The Jinx: Season 1' Was

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Patrick Klepek run down what’s going on in the world of TV and discuss the season 2 premiere of ‘The Jinx,’ the first two episodes of The Sympathizer (Max) and the season 1 finale of Shogun (Hulu/FX).How big of a deal is Fallout these days? Why do people keep trying to remake Oldboy? Is it worth watching The Jinx: Season 2 even if you haven’t seen The Jinx: Season 1? What did we make of the mishmash of tones in The Sympathizer? And does Shogun season 1 stick the landing in its finale? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Homework for next week:Fallout Season 1 (Prime Video)The Sympathizer Ep 3 (Max)Shownotes:00:01:30 - Fallout renewed for season 200:07:33 - Oldboy TV series00:12:50 - There was more Bluey after all00:18:00 - The Jinx: Season 2Episode 2 - Why Are You Still Here?00:41:30 - The SympathizerEpisode 1 - Death WishEpisode 2 - Good Little Asian1:03:30 - ShogunEpisode 10 - A Dream of a DreamA list of callbacksShogun vs. Real LifeLinks:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/04/241h 56m

Ep. 14 - Not Just Surviving, But Thriving Amidst the 'Fallout'

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Patrick Klepek run down what’s going on in the world of TV and discuss the first three episodes of Fallout (Prime Video) and the ninth episode of Shogun (Hulu/FX).Are we excited about more Monarch: Legacy of Monsters? Will we ever see a Heroes reboot that people care about? What did we make of Bluey’s season finale, “The Sign”? Is Fallout the greatest videogame adaptation ever made? And what did we think of Mariko’s fateful decisions on this week’s episode of Shogun? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Homework for next week:Shogun Ep 10 (Hulu/FX)The Sympathizer Eps 1-2 (Max)The Jinx Season 2 premiere (Max)Shownotes:00:01:30 -More seasons/spin-offs for Monarch00:06:33 - Tim Kring wants to reboot Heroes00:13:33 - Bluey’s season 3 finale, The SignBBC: Producer confirms series return00:33:00 - FalloutEpisode 1 - The EndEpisode 2 - The TargetEpisode 3 - The Head1:14:00 - ShogunEpisode 9 - Crimson SkyLinks:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/04/241h 45m

Bonus Ep Preview: 3 Body Problem Season 1

In this bonus episode preview, David and Patrick discuss the final episodes of season 1 of 3 Body Problem on Netflix.To hear the rest of the episode, become a paid subscriber at decodingtv.com. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/04/2445m 22s

Ep. 13 - Curb Your Enthusiasm's Finale Was a Middle Finger to America

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Patrick Klepek run down what’s going on in the world of TV and discuss the eighth episode of Shogun (Hulu/FX).Why was Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm a middle finger to TV watchers? Is it possible we will actually get more Westworld in the future? Why is it such a difficult time to be a TV writer right now? And why can’t people finish Ripley, anyway? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Homework for next week:Shogun Ep 9 (Hulu/FX)Fallout Eps 1-3 (Prime Video)Bonus Ep: 3 Body Problem Season 1 (Netflix)Shownotes:00:07:40 - Fallout NewsFallout Season 2 seems likelyWestworld is still alive?00:22:45 - Why it’s a brutal time to be a TV writer00:33:46 - Why people can’t finish Ripley00:43:15 - The Curb Your Enthusiasm Series Finale00:56:15 - ShogunEpisode 8 - Abyss of LifeLinks:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/04/241h 38m

Bonus Ep: Is Netflix's 'Scoop' Interesting for People Who Don't Care About The Royals?

In this bonus episode, David and @joyonapping continue their conversation about the royal family by discussing Netflix’s new film, Scoop, which chronicles the events surrounding Prince Andrew’s disastrous 2019 Newsnight interview.Is this film interesting to people who don’t care about the royal family? What did we think about who the film chose as its main characters? Does Rufus Sewell make for a convincing Prince Andrew? And what did we make of the film’s depiction of the interview itself? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Also: Should we cover A Very Royal Scandal, an upcoming 3-part Prime Video series that covers these same events? Let us know at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comLinks:Follow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/04/2451m 8s

Bonus Ep Preview: Constellation Season 1

In this bonus episode preview, David and Patrick discuss the final episodes of season 1 of Constellation on Apple TV+.To hear the rest of the episode, become a paid subscriber at decodingtv.com. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/04/2418m 25s

Decoding TV Ep. 12 - Does The World Need An(other) X-Files Reboot?

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Patrick Klepek run down what’s going on in the world of TV and discuss the seventh episode of Shogun (Hulu/FX).Is the true story behind Netflix’s 3 Body Problem more intricate than the show itself? What are the chances that 3 Body Problem will get a second season? Are we looking forward to Ryan Coogler’s take on The X-Files (if it even happens)? And what did we think of this week’s relatively quiet episode of Shogun? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Homework for next week:Shogun Ep 8 (Hulu/FX)Bonus Ep: Constellation Season 1 (Apple TV+)Bonus Ep: 3 Body Problem Season 1 (Netflix)Shownotes:00:01:30 - Chance Perdomo Dead at 2700:03:30 - 3 Body Problem Murder ScandalLatest on 3 Body Problem Ratings00:28:25 - Chris Carter on the legacy of the X-Files00:48:00 - ShogunEpisode 7 - A Stick of TimeLinks:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/04/241h 25m

Decoding TV Ep. 11 - Getting to the Root of the 3 Body Problem

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Patrick Klepek run down what’s going on in the world of TV, then discuss the first three episodes of 3 Body Problem (Netflix) and the sixth episode of Shogun (Hulu/FX).What do we think of a new John Wells/Noah Wyle hospital-themed team-up? Was it cool for Pete Davidson to leave Bupkis like that? Will we ever see another season of Euphoria? And is 3 Body Problem a worthy TV follow-up from the creators of Game of Thrones? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Homework for next week:Shogun Ep 7 (Hulu/FX)Bonus Ep: Constellation Season 1 (Apple TV+)Shownotes:00:03:00 - Noah Wyle and John Wells reteam for The Pitt00:12:15 - Euphoria Season 3 delayed indefinitely00:20:25 - Pete Davidson abruptly leaves Bupkis00:29:15 - 3 Body ProblemEpisode 1 - CountdownEpisode 2 - Red CoastEpisode 3 - Destroyer of Worlds01:10:00 - ShogunEpisode 6 - Ladies of the Willow WorldLinks:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/03/241h 39m

Bonus Ep: The Crown Season 6 (Plus: What's Going on With The Royals?)

As with all things in life: Better late than never! In this bonus episode, @joyonapping (AKA Joy) returns to the podcast to finish our conversation about the Netflix original series The Crown. You can listen to the first part of this conversation right here.What did we think of how the final six episodes of season 6 wrapped up the story for these characters? What did we make of the specific end point the show chose? Did the show do a good job of finishing the Diana storyline? And what about its depiction of Will and Kate’s courtship? Did the ending of this show predict the events that we’re currently experiencing? And finally: What do we make of all the news that’s happening about the Royals right now? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Also: We’re sorry this episode is late but sometimes life (and medical things) get in the way! We’ll hopefully be back in a few weeks to discuss Scoop on Netflix, the upcoming film about Prince Andrew’s Newsnight interview that’s releasing on April 5.Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/03/241h 30m

Decoding TV Ep. 10 - Will Mr. Beast Make TV More Like Mr. Beast?

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Jessie Earl run down what’s going on in the world of TV, then discuss the season premiere of Manhunt (Apple TV+) and continue their weekly discussion of Shogun (Hulu/FX).What do we think of Mr. Beast’s new game show? Is TV going to become more like YouTube or is YouTube going to become more like TV? Are we excited for the new Star Wars series The Acolyte? Why do people like waiting for movies to stream instead of seeing them in theaters these days? Listen to hear us discuss all these topics and more!Homework for next week:3 Body Problem (Netflix)Shogun episode 6 (Hulu/FX)Shownotes:00:01:45 - Two thirds of adults would rather wait to watch movies on streaming00:12:00 - Mr. Beast’s deal with Prime Video00:25:30 - The Acolyte trailer00:38:00 - ManhuntEpisode 1 - PilotEpisode 2 - Post-mortem01:03:00 - ShogunEpisode 5 - Broken to the FistLinks:Subscribe to Jessie Gender on YouTubeLearn more about Jessie’s short film, IdentiteazeFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/03/241h 38m

Decoding TV Ep. 9 - They Just Went to the Sexytime Pool

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Patrick Klepek run down what’s going on in the world of TV, then discuss the first two episodes of of The Gentlemen (Netflix) and the fourth episode of Shogun (Apple TV+).What do we think of the Oscars this year? Why would they show us the stars of upcoming films without telling us what the films are, exactly? Does The Gentleman on Netflix capture the magic of Guy Ritchie’s early British gangster pics? And what did we think of that scene in this week’s Shogun? Listen to hear us discuss all these topics and more!Homework for next week:Shogun Ep 5 (Hulu/FX)Manhunt Eps 1-2 (Apple TV+)Shownotes:00:01:45 - The 2024 Oscars00:22:30 - Marvel fires Beau DeMayo00:39:30 - The GentlemenEpisode 1 - Refined AggressionEpisode 2 - Tackle Tommy Woo Woo01:01:00 - ShogunEpisode 4 - The Eightfold FenceLinks:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/03/241h 29m

Decoding TV Ep. 8 - Stealing Paperclips from CTU

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Patrick Klepek run down what’s going on in the world of TV, then discuss the season premiere of The Regime (Max) and the next episode of Shogun (Apple TV+).What do we think of the prospect of more Rings of Power from the same showrunners? Would we buy a Sopranos ice cream booth for $82K? Is Kate Winslet enough to maintain our interest in The Regime? Listen to hear us discuss all these topics and more!Homework for next week:Shogun Ep 4 (Hulu/FX)The Gentlemen (Netlfix)Shownotes:00:08:45 - Shogun is a hit00:12:40 - Brother Sun Canceled, Neuromancer Adaptation at Apple00:18:00 - Rings of Power Showrunners Sign New Deal with Amazon00:24:30 - The Sopranos Finale Booth Sells for $82K00:44:30 - ShogunEpisode 3 - Tomorrow Is Tomorrow01:13:00 - The RegimeEpisode 1 - Victory DayLinks:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/03/241h 29m

Decoding TV Ep. 7 - How Many Pimples Do I Have To Watch Pop?

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen, Jessie Earl, and Patrick Klepek discuss what’s going on in the world of TV, then discuss the season premieres of Shogun (Hulu/FX) and Constellation (Apple TV+).Are we excited about the new Game of Thrones spinoff? Is it really a good idea to try to bring Harry Potter back in TV form? Does Constellation have more to offer beyond a mystery box? Is Shogun really as good as everybody says it is? Listen to hear us discuss all these topics and more!Homework for next week:Shogun Ep 3 (Hulu/FX)The Regime Ep 1 (Max)Shownotes:00:02:11 - True Detective will return!00:12:40 - A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight to launch in late 202500:18:00 - New Harry Potter series to debut in 2026WSJ: Uncancelling JK RowlingJessie Earl: JK Rowling's Anti-Transgender Stance And Hogwarts Legacy00:29:30 - ConstellationEpisode 1 - The Wounded AngelEpisode 2 - Live and Let DieEpisode 3 - Somewhere In Space Hangs My Heart00:52:30 - ShogunEpisode 1 - AnjinEpisode 2 - Servants of Two MastersLinks:Subscribe to Jessie Gender on YouTubeLearn more about Jessie’s short film, IdentiteazeListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/02/241h 32m

Bonus Ep. - Expats Season Finale

In this Decoding TV bonus episode, Patrick Klepek and David Chen discuss the first season of Lulu Wang’s Expats on Prime Video, including:Episode 1 - The PeakEpisode 2 - MongkokEpisode 3 - Mid-LevelsEpisode 4 - MainlandEpisode 5 - CentralEpisode 6 - HomeThis show has some gorgeous cinematography and great acting, but left both of us feeling a bit cold. What was it about the show that made it inaccessible? Why was episode 5 such an amazing tour-de-force by comparison? How did we feel about the way the show wrapped up all the plots? And do we believe that Nicole Kidman would ever wear a JanSport backpack? Listen to hear us discuss all these topics and more!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/02/241h 2m

Decoding TV Ep. 6 - Zero Subtlety Whatsoever

NOTE: We’re planning to do a mailbag bonus episode soon! Let us know your questions and TV recommendations by emailing us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)com.In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Patrick Klepek discuss Jon Stewart's return to The Daily Show and the season finale of True Detective: Night Country. Is Jon Stewart still the voice we need right now? Did True Detective: Night Country stick the landing? Are people out of control for going after Alan Sepinwall for liking it? Is Nic Pizzolatto acting like a cringe-y asshole online (again)? Listen to hear us discuss all these topics and more!Shownotes:00:03:11 - Jon Stewart’s return to The Daily Show00:26:56 - The discourse around True Detective: Night Country00:42:30 - True Detective: Night Country Part 6 (season finale)Homework for next week:Constellation Eps 1-3 (Apple TV+)Shogun Eps 1-2 (Hulu/FX)Links:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/02/241h 34m

Decoding TV Ep. 5 - An Acceptable Amount of Gouging

In this episode of Decoding TV, David and Patrick discuss the why/how the ads of the Super Bowl kinda stink these days, Warner/Fox/Disney’s new streaming venture, whether or not Mr. and Mrs. Smith on Prime Video is about anything (and whether or not it needs to be), and how we anticipate True Detective: Night Country wrapping up.Let us know what you think of all of the above by emailing us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)com!Shownotes:00:03:15 - Warner, Fox and Disney Launch Joint Sports Streaming Venture00:17:30 - The Ads of Super Bowl LVIII00:37:45 - Mr and Mrs. SmithEpisode 5 - Do You Want KidsEpisode 6 - Couples TherapyEpisode 7 - InfidelityEpisode 8 - A Breakup01:02:04 - True Detective: Night Country Part 5Homework for next week:True Detective: Night Country Part 6 (Max)The Daily Show (Comedy Central)Links:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/02/241h 28m

Decoding TV Ep. 4 - #JusticeForEvan

In this episode of Decoding TV, David and Patrick discuss Evan Rachel Wood’s comments about the end (or lack thereof) of Westworld, Netflix and Apple TV+’s upcoming show slate, and why Nic Pizzolatto should probably stay off Instagram for a few more weeks.Let us know what you think of all of the above by emailing us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)com!Shownotes:3:48 - Evan Rachel Wood on Westworld’s Ending17:00 - Apple TV+’s upcoming slate and Netflix’s upcoming slate45:00 - Nic Pizzolatto and Issa Lopez’s comments on Night Country53:00 - Mr and Mrs. SmithEpisode 1 - First DateEpisode 2 - Second DateEpisode 3 - First VacationEpisode 4 - Double Date1:19:30 - True Detective: Night Country Part 4Homework for next week:True Detective: Night Country Part 5 (Max)Mr. and Mrs. Smith Eps 5-8 (Prime Video)Links:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/02/241h 37m

Decoding TV Ep. 3 - See Your Life Fracturing Into a Million Pieces

In this episode of Decoding TV, David and Patrick discuss the upcoming season of Squid Game and the return of Jon Stewart to The Daily Show. Then it’s time to dive into Masters of the Air, Expats, and True Detective: Night Country.Is Jon Stewart’s return a good thing, or the sign of a network running on fumes? Can Squid Game seize the popular imagination again? Does Masters of the Air capture the same magic as Band of Brothers? Does Expats show Nicole Kidman and Lulu Wang at the top of their game? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Let us know what you think of all of the above by emailing us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)com!Shownotes:4:00 - Squid Game 2 will premiere in 202423:00 - Jon Stewart is returning to The Daily Show31:30 - Masters of the Air Eps Part 1 and Part 252:00 - Expats episodes 1 and 2 (“The Peak” and “Mongkok”)1:22:00 - True Detective: Night Country Part 3Homework for next week:True Detective: Night Country Part 4 (Max)Mr. and Mrs. Smith Eps 1-4 (Prime Video)Links:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/01/241h 40m

Decoding TV Ep. 2 - A Strictly Dehydrating Regimen

In this episode of Decoding TV, David and Patrick discuss David’s recent trip to Sundance, react to news of the Emmy’s record low ratings, ponder the potential of a She-Hulk season 2, reflect on what happens when creators get too close to the material they put out, and continue their coverage of Echo and True Detective.Let us know what you think of all of the above by emailing us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)com!Shownotes (Times may be off by 1-2 mins due to dynamically inserted ads. When in doubt, listen for the trailer/clip of the show).4:00 - David’s trip to Sundance23:00 - Emmy ratings hit a new low33:09 - She-Hulk season 2 is not looking good42:10 - Issa Lopez asks for help with Rottentomatoes scores56:15 - Echo Episodes 3-5 (“Tuklo” “Toloa” and “Maya”)1:18:00 - True Detective: Night Country Part 2Homework for next week:True Detective: Night Country Part 3 (Max)Masters of the Air episodes 1-2 (Apple TV+)Expats episodes 1-2 (Prime Video)Links:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/01/241h 31m

This Week In Streaming: Fargo Season 5 Eps 6-10

This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. On this episode, David Chen is joined by writer, filmmaker, and YouTuber Jessie Earl to discuss the final five episodes of Fargo season 5, which are streaming right now on Hulu/FX:Episode 6 - The Tender TrapEpisode 7 - LindaEpisode 8 - BlanketEpisode 9 - The Useless HandEpisode 10 - BisquikThe last half of the season brought us to a massive standoff, before a time jump takes us to an epilogue. How did we feel about how things resolved? Were we a fan of how each character’s plot was resolved? And what did we make of the final scene of the show (series?)? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Stay tuned for our new weekly podcast, as we continue to cover shows such as True Detective: Night Country and Echo. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Thanks for being a paid subscriber!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comSubscribe to Jessie Gender on YouTubeLearn more about Jessie’s short film, IdentiteazeFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/01/241h

Decoding TV Ep. 1 - What's the Point of an Awards Show?

Welcome to Decoding TV’s new weekly format!For years, Decoding TV has decoded weekly TV shows like Westworld, The Last of Us, Succession, and The Curse. We’ve loved diving in depth into these shows, analyzing them, and sharing our theories. But doing the show the way we did had a fatal flaw: People mostly didn’t listen to the podcast if they weren’t watching the show! Also: there are some shows we want to talk about that might not be dense enough to support a weekly recap podcast. So we’re launching this new weekly format, and hopefully you feel comfortable tuning in even if you’re not watching any specific show. Each week we’ll open by talking about 1-2 general topics about the world of television and entertainment. Then we’re going to dive into specific TV show episodes we’ve watched. We’ll put trailers when we bring up a new TV show, and also note the timestamp in the shownotes so you can fast forward if you don’t want to hear about a specific show.On occasion, we will continue to cover shows in our previous format (e.g. House of the Dragon) or via This Week In Streaming, but it’s our hope that this weekly format will be the main engine of the podcast moving forward.We hope you enjoy the new show and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)com!Shownotes:3:47 - The 75th Annual Emmy Awards32:46 - The Mandalorian and Grogu Movie54:30 - Echo Episodes 1 and 2 (“Chafa” and “Lowak”)1:18:00 - True Detective: Night Country Episode 1 (Part 1)1:34:30 - Monarch: Legacy of Monsters Episode 10 (“Beyond Logic”)1:51:35 - The Curse finale feedbackLinks:Subscribe to Myles’ newsletter, Episodic MediumListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/01/242h 2m

The Curse Ep. 10 - Green Queen

Stay tuned to the podcast next week as we re-launch in a new weekly format!In this episode of Decoding TV, Patrick Klepek and David Chen are joined by Jessie Earl to discuss the tenth episode of The Curse on Paramount+/Showtime, “Young Hearts.”Well folks. What to say about this one? The first 20 minutes of this episode is standard Curse fare, with a healthy dose of awkwardness and obliviousness. But then the show takes a hard pivot and really swings for the fences with its final hour. Is it successful? Is it thrilling? Is it amazing technically? And what does it all mean in the end? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comSubscribe to Jessie Gender on YouTubeSubscribe to Jessie’s second YouTube channelLearn more about Jessie’s short film, IdentiteazeListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/01/241h 23m

The Curse Ep. 9 - Young Hearts

In this episode of Decoding TV, Patrick Klepek and David Chen discuss the ninth episode of The Curse on Paramount+/Showtime, “Young Hearts.”In this episode, Whitney has an awkward encounter with Cara at a spa, but what does it say about her character? Fliplanthropy tries to make the pivot to a show where Whitney and Asher love each other more, but will it work? What exactly was Asher doing in the bathroom anyway? And how did Whitney react to Asher’s final plea at the end? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/01/2457m 19s

This Week In Streaming: A Murder At The End of the World Season Finale - Retreat

This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. On this episode, David Chen is joined by writer, filmmaker, and YouTuber Jessie Earl to discuss the season finale of A Murder at the End of the World, “Retreat.”As with most mysteries, this one came down to a visit to the accusing parlor will the detective slowly solved the crime. What did we think of how the big mystery finally resolved? What exactly was this show trying to say about the nature of AI and technology? How well did it use its memorable characters? What did we make of all the flashbacks with Darby and Bill? And Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Stay tuned for our continuing coverage of The Curse, plus details about a new weekly Decoding TV show that will launch in the coming weeks. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Thanks for being a paid subscriber!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comSubscribe to Jessie Gender on YouTubeSubscribe to Jessie’s second YouTube channelLearn more about Jessie’s short film, IdentiteazeFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/01/2438m 52s

The Curse Ep. 8 - Down and Dirty

In this episode of Decoding TV, Patrick Klepek and David Chen discuss the eighth episode of The Curse on Paramount+/Showtime, “Down and Dirty.”In this episode, Asher and Whitney’s marriage strains to the breaking point and Whitney’s manipulation begin to spiral out even further. Who do we think actually tried to bait Asher with the chicken? What did Whitney do in the bathroom/elevator with that strange man? WTF is Dougie trying to accomplish with Nala, exactly? And what did we think of the pilot episode of Fliplanthropy on YouTube? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/12/2358m 46s

The Curse Ep. 7 - Self-Exclusion

In this episode of Decoding TV, Patrick Klepek and David Chen discuss the seventh episode of The Curse on Paramount+/Showtime, “Self-Exclusion.”In this episode, the cracks begin to show in Whitney and Asher’s marriage. But to what extent are the cracks real vs. Whitney putting on a show? How much does it cost to buy a racist mini-golf statue these days? Is it worth having a lock on your freezer if you have roommates? And what do we think is really going on with the shooting style of The Curse? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more.Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/12/2358m 34s

This Week In Streaming: Fargo Season 5 Eps 1-5

This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. On this episode, David Chen is joined by writer, filmmaker, and YouTuber Jessie Earl to discuss the first four episodes of Fargo season 5, which are streaming right now on Hulu/FX:Episode 1 - The Tragedy of the CommonsEpisode 2 - Trials and TribulationsEpisode 3 - The Paradox of Intermediate TransactionsEpisode 4 - InsolubiliaEpisode 5 - The TigerFargo has always been a show that’s heavily inspired by the work of the Coen Brothers. How did we feel about what this season did with the source material? Is Juno Temple able to hold the show together as the protagonist this season? What does this show have in common with The Fall of the House of Usher? And what do we think will be the fate of Roy and his son Gator, not to mention Munch and Dot? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Stay tuned for our continuing coverage of The Curse as well as other shows like The Crown and A Murder at the End of the World. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Thanks for being a paid subscriber!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comSubscribe to Jessie Gender on YouTubeLearn more about Jessie’s short film, IdentiteazeFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/12/2354m 32s

The Curse Ep. 6 - The Fire Burns On

In this episode of Decoding TV, Patrick Klepek and David Chen discuss the sixth episode of The Curse on Paramount+/Showtime, “The Fire Burns On.”In this short episode, Whitney and Dougie hatch a plan to betray Asher. Is this the beginning of the end for our favorite reality couple? Is there any hope for “Fliplanthropy”? Who would leave chicken in a fire station bathroom? Is “Green Queen” actually a good name? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more.Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/12/2349m 12s

The Curse Ep. 5 - It's a Good Day

In this episode of Decoding TV, Patrick Klepek and David Chen discuss the fifth episode of The Curse on Paramount+/Showtime, “It’s a Good Day.”In this episode, Whitney continues charging headfirst into her misguided plans to help the community. But how do we think it’s all going to go wrong this time around? Is 80 degrees really too hot for the inside of a house? Is Asher just a powder keg waiting to go off at any moment? And why would being on camera motivate anyone to burst into song? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more.Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/12/2351m 20s

The Curse Ep 4 - Under The Big Tree

In this episode of Decoding TV, Patrick Klepek and David Chen discuss the fourth episode of The Curse on Paramount+/Showtime, “Under the Big Tree.”This episode is a clear middle chapter, developing some characters and letting a few plotlines simmer before presumably bigger events explode sometime in the future. How well is the Dougie storyline working for us and where do we think it’s heading?Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/12/2357m 31s

This Week In Streaming: Invincible Season 2 Eps 1-4

This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. On this episode, David Chen is joined by writer, filmmaker, and YouTuber Jessie Earl to discuss the first four episodes of Invincible season 2, which are streaming right now on Amazon Prime Video:Episode 1 - A Lesson For Your Next LifeEpisode 2 - In About Six Hours I Lose My Virginity to a FishEpisode 3 - This Missive, This Machination!Episode 4 - It’s Been A WhileThis season of Invincible comes with a rather odd release schedule, as the final episodes of the season won’t air until 2024. How did we feel about the pacing of this season? How do plotlines in the show feel compared to their execution in the comics? What were the main storylines that stuck with us this season? And what do we make of how, well, cruel the show can be? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Stay tuned for our continuing coverage of The Curse as well as other shows like The Crown and A Murder at the End of the World. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Thanks for being a paid subscriber!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comSubscribe to Jessie Gender on YouTubeLearn more about Jessie’s short film, IdentiteazeFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/11/231h 2m

The Curse Ep 3 - Questa Lane

In this episode of Decoding TV, Patrick Klepek and David Chen discuss the third episode of The Curse on Paramount+/Showtime.This episode ventures out of the land of cringe and into the scary land of sadcringe, requiring several multi-layered performances. How well did we think our main actors pulled off these moments? What do we think this show is trying to say about the impact of well-meaning, ill-thought-out progressive machinations? And should you ever run after girls while waving a $100 bill? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/11/2354m 3s

This Week In Streaming: The Crown Season 6 Eps 1-4

This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. On this episode, David Chen is joined by his wife (AKA @joyonapping) to discuss the first four episodes of The Crown season 6:Episode 1 - Persona Non GrataEpisode 2 - Two PhotographsEpisode 3 - Dis-Moi OuiEpisode 4 - The AftermathThis season follows a rather disappointing season in which Charles seemed to be the hero while the Queen and Princess Diana were sidelined. Does season 6 create a compelling story out of one of most important plotlines in The Crown’s history? What do we think of how real-life events compare with the show’s depiction of them? And has the show finally figured out what to do with the Queen? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Stay tuned for our continuing coverage of The Curse as well as a This Week In Streaming episode about Invincible Season 2. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Thanks for being a paid subscriber!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/11/231h

The Curse Ep 2 - Pressure's Looking Good So Far

In this episode of Decoding TV, Patrick Klepek and David Chen discuss the second episode of The Curse on Paramount+/Showtime.This episode maintains the agonizing cringe and awkwardness of the first episode as Asher and Whitney get involved with a local art show. But in what ways is Whitney blundering through this situation that make it so painful? What do we make of Dougie’s backstory and where the show is going with it? And what exactly is going on at the end of the episode? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/11/2358m 45s

This Week In Streaming: A Murder at the End of the World Eps 1-2

This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. On this episode, David Chen is joined by writer, filmmaker, and YouTuber Jessie Earl to discuss the first two episodes of A Murder at the End of the World, streaming on Hulu:Episode 1 - Homme FataleEpisode 2 - The Silver DoeBrit Marling and Zal Batmanglij are back again with another sci-fi show, only this one has a murder mystery at the center of it. What did we think of this diverse ensemble cast? What were our thoughts on the sci-fi elements in the show and how resonant they are with current events? And why do we think this show was mysteriously delayed from summer to fall of 2023? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Stay tuned for our continuing coverage of The Curse as well as Invincible Season 2. We’ll also make an episode about Murder at the End of the World when the finale airs. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Thanks for being a paid subscriber!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comSubscribe to Jessie Gender on YouTubeLearn more about Jessie’s short film, IdentiteazeFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/11/2344m 6s

The Curse Ep 1 - Land of Enchantment

In this episode of Decoding TV, Patrick Klepek and David Chen discuss the first episode of The Curse on Paramount+/Showtime. We’ll be covering this show weekly through January 2024 and we hope you’ll have a chance to join us for it!This show features a core trio of incredible talent (Benny Safdie, Nathan Fielder, and Emma Stone). How did we feel their skills were applied in this episode? Where is the show most insightful and where is it taking cheap shots? How painful of an experience did we find watching this episode to be? Why should you not play audio of this show near where your kids are hanging out? And do we have any idea of where this show is going? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Stay tuned for more announcements of what we’ll be covering right here on Decoding TV. Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/11/231h 2m

Loki S2E06 - Glorious Purpose

In this episode of Decoding TV, Patrick Klepek and David Chen dive into Loki season 2 episode 6, “Glorious Purpose.”Loki’s finale is not only one of the best episodes of the season but possibly one of the best episodes of the show altogether. How did we feel about the way the show used its time travel mechanics? Where does this season leave all of our beloved characters? What did we think of the ultimate resolution of Loki’s character? And what do we make of the future of Kang and Loki in the MCU? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Thanks for joining us for our coverage of Loki! NEXT WEEK: We’ll begin covering The Curse on Showtime/Paramount+. Stay tuned for more announcements of what we’ll be covering right here on Decoding TV. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/11/231h 22m

This Week In Streaming: Gen V Season 1

This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. On this episode, David Chen is joined by writer, filmmaker, and YouTuber Jessie Earl to discuss the first season of Gen V, streaming on Prime Video.This was a really strong season of television! But how seamless (or not) were the tie-ins to The Boys? Was Marie Moreau a compelling protagonist? What did we think of the show’s ultraviolence and general grossness? Where does the ending leave us for the next seasons of both The Boys and Gen V? And what did we make of that big cameo at the end of the finale? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Later this week as we wrap up our coverage of Loki season 2. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Thanks for being a paid subscriber!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comSubscribe to Jessie Gender on YouTubeLearn more about Jessie’s short film, IdentiteazeFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/11/231h 16m

Loki S2E05 - Science/Fiction

In this episode of Decoding TV, Dan Gvozden from the Amazing Spider-Talk podcast and David Chen dive into Loki season 2 episode 5, “Science/Fiction.”This episode finds Loki dealing with the fallout from the events of last episode and maybe also learning some valuable lessons too. What did we think about how this episode paid off long running threads? What is this show trying to say about the art of storytelling, if anything? What are we expecting for the end of this season? And was the real TVA the friends we made along the way? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!We’ll be covering Loki weekly right here on Decoding TV, so stay tuned to hear our reaction to each episode this season!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comCheck out Dan’s podcast the Amazing Spider-Talk podcastFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/11/231h

Bonus Ep. - Five Nights At Freddy's

In this bonus episode, Patrick Klepek and David Chen discuss the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie currently streaming on Peacock.What is the appeal of this videogame property? Is it possible to take any of these characters seriously? How did the videogame’s lore interact with the story they were trying to tell? And why is this movie so good for society even if we ultimately don’t like it very much? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/10/2354m 56s

Loki S2E04 - Heart of the TVA

In this episode, Patrick Klepek and David Chen dive into Loki season 2 episode 4, “Heart of the TVA.”This episode delivers on the best of what this show has to offer. But is that enough? What are the moments that shocked Patrick and David? How close did that scene come to being rated R? Do we think that the backstories of Renslayer, General Dox, and Victor Timely got quite enough time in the oven? What could possibly happen after that ending? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!We’ll be covering Loki weekly right here on Decoding TV, so stay tuned to hear our reaction to each episode this season!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/10/231h 15m

Loki S2E03 - 1893

In this episode, Patrick Klepek and David Chen dive into Loki season 2 episode 3, “1893.”This episode sees the return of Ravonna Renslayer and Miss Minutes. But, like, what is Miss Minutes’ deal exactly? Does she have physical properties? Do we care about her quest for a human body? What did we think of Jonathan Major’s performance as Victor Timely? How delightful is it to see Mobius and Loki in 19th century Chicago? And can this show stick to one plotline for longer than a single episode? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!We’ll be covering Loki weekly right here on Decoding TV, so stay tuned to hear our reaction to each episode this season!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/10/2353m 44s

This Week in Streaming: The Fall of the House of Usher

This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. On this episode, David Chen and Sarah Marrs discuss all eight episodes of Mike Flanagan’s The Fall of the House of Usher:Episode 1 - A Midnight DrearyEpisode 2 - The Masque of the Red DeathEpisode 3 - Murder in the Rue MorgueEpisode 4 - The Black CatEpisode 5 - The Tell-Tale HeartEpisode 6 - GoldbugEpisode 7 - The Pit and the PendulumEpisode 8 - The RavenWe begin by discussing our overall thoughts on the show. Then, starting at ~29:00, we discuss and spoil every single episode.How did Poe’s work fare in the transition to the small screen? And how well did we think the actors did in bringing these characters to life? Is this show supposed to be as campy as it feels sometimes? What were our favorite kills? And does this show add up to anything by the end? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Thanks for being a paid subscriber!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead more of Sarah’s work at Lainey GossipFollow Sarah on TwitterFollow David Chen on ThreadsSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/10/231h 38m

Loki S2E02 - Breaking Brad

In this episode, Patrick Klepek and David Chen dive into Loki season 2 episode 2, “Breaking Brad.” But first: a conversation about how Marvel has been handling TV, and how that might change moving forward.This episode sees Loki finally reuniting with Sylvie after some adventures apart. But why does it feel like this show is actually two separate shows fighting against each other? What was it like to see Loki use some more of that old trickster magic again? And does this show actually need superhero action scenes to be exciting? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!We’ll be covering Loki weekly right here on Decoding TV, so stay tuned to hear our reaction to each episode this season!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/10/231h

This Week In Streaming: The Continental: From The World of John Wick Season 1

This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. On this episode, David Chen and Patrick Klepek discuss the entire first season of The Continental: From The World of John Wick, including:Episode 2 - Loyalty to the MasterEpisode 3 - Theatre of PainAs predicted, the season (series?) finale had action scene after action scene. But were any of them any good? What were our favorite and least favorite moments? Did this show bring enough to the (high) table to warrant revisiting the world of John Wick? Do we think it’s worth revisiting this world in a second season? And we ask again: Was it really worth casting Mel Gibson in this show? Listen to us discuss all this and more!Next week, we’ll be continuing our coverage of Loki. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Thanks for being a paid subscriber!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/10/2358m 7s

Loki S2E01 - Ouroboros

In this episode, Patrick Klepek and David Chen dive into Loki’s season 2 premiere, “Ouroboros” We start by talking about our thoughts about what Loki season 1 did well and where we felt it could’ve improved. Then, it’s time for a full-blown review and recap of the first episode of season 2.We’ve missed the world of the Time Variance Authority! Is there any MCU show that has ever looked better than Loki? How painful does Loki’s time-slipping look, exactly? How do we feel about the Jonathan Majors of it all? How perfect is Ke Huy Quan for this show? And what are our hopes and expectations for this season of television? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!We’ll be covering Loki weekly right here on Decoding TV, so stay tuned to hear our reaction to each episode this season!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/10/2359m 28s

Ahsoka Eps 7-8 Minisode - Dreams and Madness and The Lion, The Witch, and the Warlord

Patrick and David are experimenting with shorter episodes for shows that we still want to check in with but aren’t doing full blown recaps for. In this podcast episode, David and Patrick discuss the final two episodes of Ahsoka:Episode 7 - Dreams and MadnessEpisode 8 - The Lion, The Witch, and the WarlordWell, that finale certainly subverted our expectations…but not in a good way necessarily? Was it really the best move to make [REDACTED] the big final confrontation? Has this show done a good job of setting up future seasons/films featuring these characters? Should this show have been titled Ahsoka in the first place? Is anyone really happy to reunite with Ezra Bridger? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/10/231h

This Week In Streaming: Gen V Eps 1-3 (with Jessie Earl)

This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. On this episode, David Chen is joined by writer, filmmaker, and YouTuber Jessie Earl to discuss the first three episodes of Gen V, a new spin-off series set in the universe of The Boys:Episode 1 - God U.Episode 2 - First DayEpisode 3 - #ThinkBrinkGen V is very close in tone to The Boys. But is it too close? How invested are we in these brand new characters? What do we think about the ways this show intersects with the The Boys? How does the show handle politics and other social issues? And can the show’s central mystery propel us all the way to the end of the season effectively? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Next week, we’ll be concluding our coverage of Ahsoka and The Continental and kicking off our conversation about Loki: Season 2. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Thanks for being a paid subscriber!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comSubscribe to Jessie Gender on YouTubeLearn more about Jessie’s short film, IdentiteazeFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/09/231h 18m

This Week In Streaming: The Continental Ep 1 - Brothers In Arms

This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. On this episode, David Chen and Patrick Klepek discuss the first episode of The Continental: From The World of John Wick, “Brothers In Arms.”How well did this show use the universe of the John Wick movies? Was it a good decision to center the entire show around [REDACTED]? Was it really worth it to cast Mel Gibson in this show? (Spoiler: No). What is the point of the KD/Mayhew storyline? Most importantly: Does the action in this show deliver? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Next week, we’ll be covering Gen V. We’ll also be continuing our coverage of The Continental and Ahsoka in the weeks to come. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Thanks for being a paid subscriber!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/09/2349m 49s

Ahsoka Eps 5-6 Minisode - Shadow Warrior and Far, Far Away

Enjoying the podcast? Please consider supporting us by becoming a paid member at Decodingtv.com.Patrick and David are experimenting with shorter episodes for shows that we still want to check in with but aren’t doing full blown recaps for. In this podcast episode, David and Patrick discuss the latest two episodes of Ahsoka:Episode 5 - Shadow WarriorEpisode 6 - Far, Far AwayOur protagonists have arrived at their destination! But is the payoff worth it? What did we think of the re-introduction of [REDACTED]? Is Peridea really all that desolate? What did we make of Hayden Christensen’s return as Darth Vader? And why/how is Ray Stevenson’s character the most interesting thing about this show? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/09/2341m 20s

This Week In Streaming: One Piece Eps 1-3

Support this podcast by becoming a paid member at DecodingTV.com.This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. On this episode, David Chen and Patrick Klepek discuss the first three episodes of One Piece streaming right now on Netflix:Episode 1 - Romance DawnEpisode 2 - The Man in the Straw HatEpisode 3 - Tell No TalesHow well did One Piece build its fantastical world? Is it doing enough to satisfy existing fans while drawing in folks not familiar with its source material? Does the main character of Luffy work for us? What filmmaking choices make One Piece feel different than a normal TV show? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Next week, Patrick and David will discuss The Continental on Peacock. We’ll also be continuing our coverage of Ahsoka. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Thanks for being a paid subscriber!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/09/231h 17m

Bonus Ep: The Problem with RottenTomatoes

Here at Decoding TV, we’re planning to do a series of bonus episodes where Patrick Klepek and David Chen discuss a topic that’s in the news or just something that’s caught our attention recently. The first few of these will be free but eventually they will be exclusive to paid Decoding TV subscribers. (Check out our first episode about MovieTok and film criticism.)Today we discuss this Vulture piece detailing some of the issues that RottenTomatoes faces. What does it say about our society that a single numerical value holds so much importance? How do the lessons of Rottentomatoes apply to the videogame world? And what is a consumer to do given the fact that RottenTomatoes scores may be unreliable? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Whenever possible we broadcast our episodes live on YouTube. You can watch the episode here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/09/2342m 55s

Ahsoka Eps 3-4 Minisode - Time to Fly and Fallen Jedi

If you enjoy this podcast, please consider becoming a paid member at decodingtv.com.We’re trying something new this week! Patrick and David are experimenting with a shorter episode format for a show that we still want to check in with but maybe don’t want to do full blown recaps for. In this podcast episode, David and Patrick discuss the latest two episodes of Ahsoka:Episode 3 - Time To FlyEpisode 4 - Fallen JediAre we still enjoying the show? How well does it handle its “Star Wars moments” vs. everything else? Is the dialogue still glacially paced? What do we think about the character of Ahsoka as opposed to Sabine? And how satisfying is the sound that’s made when the spherical map is placed in someone’s gloved hand? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/09/2332m 1s

This Week In Streaming: How To with John Wilson Season 3

This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. This week, David Chen and Patrick Klepek discuss the docuseries How To with John Wilson, which is streaming right now on Max.In each episode of How To, documentarian John Wilson ostensibly sets out to answer a basic question: how to find a public restroom, how to clean your ears, how to watch the game, etc. But in reality, the show is an intimate portrait of life's beautiful mundanity, with Wilson taking the episode's original premise and frequently pivoting in new, unexpected, and always interesting directions.What did we think of the show’s third and final season? What did we feel about the various ways in which John Wilson played around with his formula? What were some of the most memorable moments from this season and beyond? And what do we think this show is ultimately trying to say? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Next week, Patrick and David will discuss the first few episodes of One Piece streaming right now on Netflix. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/09/2356m 42s

Justified: City Primeval Post-Mortem

In this Decoding TV bonus episode about Justified: City Primeval, Sarah Marrs and David Chen discuss all the things we didn’t get to in our season final recap. This includes topics such as:Did the finale drop the ball this season?Listener reactions to the season as a wholeWas it really a big mistake to bring back [REDACTED]?The biggest differences between the book and the showWhat happened during the time jump in the finale?And much more!Thanks for a great season of TV recapping. Decoding TV will be back in the near future to cover How To with John Wilson, The Continental, and much much more, so be sure to keep subscribed to get all our latest episodes.Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead more of Sarah’s work at Lainey GossipFollow Sarah on TwitterFollow David Chen on ThreadsSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/09/2349m 10s

This Week In Streaming: Telemarketers

Support this podcast by becoming a paid member at DecodingTV.com.This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. This week, David Chen and Patrick Klepek discuss the three-part HBO docuseries Telemarketers, which is streaming right now on Max.Telemarketers is about two former telemarketers who witness the corruption and exploitation of one telemarketing firm in particular, Civic Development Group (CDG), and make it their life’s mission to try and take the company—and the industry—down. Its sprawling narrative eventually becomes about the making of the documentary itself. Its appeal is largely driven by the two personalities at its center. But did this format work for us? What does Telemarketers have to say about the telemarketing industry and about our society’s ability to change it? And how does it fit in with the current documentary environment overall? Listen to us discuss all this and more!Next week, Patrick and David will discuss How To With John Wilson Season 3. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Thanks for being a paid subscriber!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/09/231h 5m

Justified: City Primeval Ep 8 - The Question

In this edition of Decoding TV, David Chen and Sarah Marrs discuss the eighth and final episode of Justified: City Primeval, “The Question.”In the season (series?) finale, characters make baffling decisions left and right. What happened to the deadly Albanians? How did we feel about the ultimate fate of Clement Mansell? Did Raylan’s arc prove to be a worthwhile one? And what did we make of the shocking cameo at the end of the episode? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Thanks to Sarah Marrs for joining us for this season of coverage! We’ll be doing one additional bonus episode to discuss City Primeval so send us your questions/thoughts/responses at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)com. Thanks for listening!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead more of Sarah’s work at Lainey GossipFollow Sarah on TwitterFollow David Chen on ThreadsSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/08/231h 13m

This Week in Streaming: Ahsoka Eps 1-2

If you enjoy this podcast, consider supporting us by becoming a paid subscriber at DecodingTV.comThis Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. This week, David Chen and Patrick Klepek discuss the first two episodes of Ahsoka on Disney+:Episode 1 - Master and ApprenticeEpisode 2 - Toil and TroubleWe begin by discussing our relationship to Star Wars at this point, plus our overall thoughts on Ahsoka. Then we dive into full spoilers starting at around 25:50 into the podcast. How did the show manage the task of catching people up with the history of the animated shows while also welcoming in new viewers? Does Ahsoka do a good job of capturing the “feeling” of Star Wars? Shouldn’t catching a light saber through the torso be enough to kill someone? And is it just David, or does everyone in this show talk extremely slowly? Listen to us discuss all this and more!Next week, Patrick and David will discuss Telemarketers, the docuseries streaming on Max. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/08/231h 19m

Justified: City Primeval Ep 7 - The Smoking Gun

If you enjoy this podcast, please consider becoming a paid subscriber at DecodingTV.com. Thanks!In this edition of Decoding TV, David Chen and Sarah Marrs discuss the seventh episode of Justified: City Primeval, “The Smoking Gun”In the penultimate episode of the season, plotlines start colliding left and right and a major character is revealed to have ulterior motives. How did we feel about that reveal? Will we ever see Willa again? Taking into account the original Justified, what is the grand arc of Raylan Givens character? What are our predictions for how this season will wrap up? And why are sex scenes important for storytelling? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead more of Sarah’s work at Lainey GossipFollow Sarah on TwitterFollow David Chen on ThreadsSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/08/231h 12m

Bonus Ep. - MovieTok and the Future of Criticism (feat. Myles McNutt)

Today we're launching a new series of bonus episodes where Patrick Klepek and I talk about a topic that’s in the news or something that’s caught our attention recently. Assuming folks enjoy these (if you do, let us know via email at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)com!), we’ll keep doing them. The first few of these will be free but eventually they will be exclusive to paid Decoding TV subscribers. Please consider becoming a paid subscriber to get the best Decoding TV experience.Today we welcome Myles McNutt from the Episodic Medium Substack who joins me and Patrick Klepek to discuss this article in The New York Times about MovieTok (and David Chen’s Tiktok response). What are the differences between traditional critics and MovieTok content creators? How have these differences informed each of our career paths? And what did The New York Times get right and wrong about how it framed this issue? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comSubscribe to Myles McNutt’s newsletter, Episodic MediumListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/08/2344m 47s

This Week In Streaming: Twisted Metal Season 1

Thanks to our paid subscribers at DecodingTV.com for making this podcast possible.This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week.This week, David Chen and Patrick Klepek discuss the final five episodes of Twisted Metal, now streaming on Peacock.Episode 6 - DRVTHRUEpisode 7 - NUTH0UZEpisode 8 - EV3L1NEpisode 9 - R04DK11Episode 10 - SHNGRLAWe begin by discussing our overall thoughts, then dive into full spoilers starting at around 16:07 into the podcast. What did we make of how this show handled lore (and what lore did we miss in our last recap episodes)? Did we really need backstories for Officer Stone, Quiet, and Sweet Tooth? What exactly was Raven trying to accomplish in the final episode of the show? Did this season end where it should’ve began? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Next week, Patrick and David will discuss the first two episodes of Ahsoka, the new Star Wars series on Disney+. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Thanks for being a paid subscriber!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/08/2359m 6s

Justified: City Primeval Ep 6 - Adios

If you enjoy this podcast, please consider becoming a paid subscriber at DecodingTV.com. Thanks!In this edition of Decoding TV, David Chen and Sarah Marrs discuss the sixth episode of Justified: City Primeval, “Adios.”This episode brings one major character’s arc to a startling conclusion. How did we feel about how that character’s storyline resolved? Is there really a mole tipping off Clement Mansell? Is Willa really gone from this show until the final episode? Does Clement do a good cover of “Seven Nation Army” or is it only okay? And how much better would society be if all mediocre dudes got a chance to go into the arts? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead more of Sarah’s work at Lainey GossipFollow Sarah on TwitterFollow David Chen on ThreadsSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeEmail us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/08/2353m 58s

This Week In Streaming: Twisted Metal Eps 1-5

This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that covers the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. This week, David Chen and Patrick Klepek discuss the first five episodes of Twisted Metal, which is streaming right now on Peacock:Episode 1 - WLUDRVEpisode 2 - 3RNCRCSEpisode 3 - NTHLAW1Episode 4 - WHZDAREEpisode 5 - CRZSRDSWe begin by discussing our overall thoughts, then dive into full spoilers starting at around 22:00 into the podcast. What makes Anthony Mackie so compelling in this show? Does Will Arnett doing a good job of voicing a killer clown (whose body is played by Samoa Joe)? Why did they make Quiet someone who’s not, well, quiet? And why can’t videogames about tournaments spawn TV/movies that are about tournaments? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Next week, Patrick and David will discuss the rest of the season of Twisted Metal. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Thanks for being a paid subscriber!Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/08/231h 5m

Justified: City Primeval Ep 5 - You Good?

If you enjoy this podcast, please consider becoming a paid supporter at Decodingtv.com. Thanks!In this edition of Decoding TV, David Chen and Sarah Marrs discuss the fifth episode of Justified: City Primeval, “You Good?”This episode puts the focus on Carolyn, played by Aunjanue Ellis. How well did this show build up the backstory of Carolyn? What do we make of her decisionmaking this episode? Are Clement Mansell’s machinations getting more or less compelling over time? And are we ever going to see the character of Willa return in a significant way? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead more of Sarah’s work at Lainey GossipFollow Sarah on TwitterFollow David Chen on ThreadsSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeEmail us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/08/231h 2m

Justified: City Primeval Ep 4 - Kokomo

If you enjoy the podcast, please consider becoming a paid subscriber at Decodingtv.com. Thanks!In this edition of Decoding TV, David Chen and Sarah Marrs discuss the fourth episode of Justified: City Primeval, “Kokomo.”This episode raises the stakes as multiple blood feuds set us up for the end game of this season. What do we think is going on between Raylan and Carolyn? Is Sandy going to make it through this thing mentally intact? Is Clement Mansell smart or just wily? Will things end well for anyone whatsoever? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead more of Sarah’s work at Lainey GossipFollow Sarah on TwitterFollow David Chen on ThreadsSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeEmail us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/08/2347m 26s

This Week In Streaming: Full Circle

This podcast exists because of the paid subscribers at Decodingtv.com. Consider becoming a paid subscriber and support the show!Programming note: Our Justified recap will be a day or two late this week due to scheduling issues. Sorry about that! This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that will cover the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. This week, David Chen and Patrick Klepek discuss Steven Soderbergh’s six-episode miniseries Full Circle, which is streaming right now on Max.We begin by discussing our overall thoughts on Full Circle, then dive into full spoilers starting at around 11:30 into the podcast. What did we make of the show’s sprawling, labyrinthine plot? Which storylines resonated with us the most? What were the stand-out performances from this show? Not many people seem to be talking about Full Circle; should they be? And what did we make of the show’s decision to be filmed almost entirely using a wide-angle lens? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Next week, Patrick and David will discuss Twisted Metal on Peacock. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Thanks for being a paid subscriber! Links:Email us and let us know what you think at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead Roxana’s article about the ending of Full CircleListen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/08/231h 10m

Secret Invasion Eps 5-6 - Harvest and Home

In this episode of Decoding TV, Patrick Klepek and David Chen discuss the final two episodes of Secret Invasion:Episode 5 - HarvestEpisode 6 - HomeIs the Secret Invasion finale really the worth the title of worst-reviewed MCU work of all time? Was this show worth spending $200MM on? What ideas and themes linger afterwards? Do some of these plot points actively ruin other parts of the MCU (spoilers: yes)? What parts of this do we expect to still be relevant for The Marvels, which is coming out in November 2023? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Decoding TV will be covering Steven Soderbergh’s Full Circle next. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube, so be sure to follow us there. Links:Does Secret Invasion invoke anti-semitic tropes?Listen to Patrick’s podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s SubstackSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeEmail us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/07/231h 27m

Justified: City Primeval Ep 3 - Backstabber

In this edition of Decoding TV, David Chen and Sarah Marrs discuss the third episode of Justified: City Primeval, “Backstabber.”How is this show handling Willa’s arc? Will she actually be able to stay away from all the action in Detroit? What’s this show’s take on law enforcement and justice going to be? Is Norbert one of the worst cops ever? Is the Albanian going to survive this week’s events? Will Raylan Givens make beef stew out of some guy’s insides before the season is over?Also: Sarah Marrs makes a bunch of predictions for how the season will end. Will she be right on every single count? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Read more of Sarah’s work at Lainey GossipFollow Sarah on TwitterFollow David Chen on ThreadsSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeEmail us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/07/2349m 26s

Justified: City Primeval Eps 1-2 - City Primeval and The Oklahoma Wildman

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Sarah Marrs discuss the first two episodes of Justified: City Primeval:Episode 1 - City PrimevalEpisode 2 - The Oklahoma WildmanRaylan Givens returns, but this story finds him as a fish out of water in Detroit. How have the years changed Givens and what is Timothy Olyphant bringing that’s new to the role? How dangerous is this season’s big bad? Does Vivian Olyphant acquit herself well as Raylan Givens’ daughter? And what about all the other characters we meet? How does the show handle the issue of police brutality? And where do we think this season is heading? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Read more of Sarah’s work at Lainey GossipFollow Sarah on TwitterFollow David Chen on ThreadsSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeEmail us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/07/231h 7m

Justified: City Primeval Preview (with Sarah Marrs)

Hey Decoding TV,David Chen here. Justified is a show that’s dear to my heart, so when I heard that they were going to be rebooting it for the streaming era, I was…apprehensive? Justified was one of the few shows that was not only enjoyable throughout its entire run, but also stuck the landing after six seasons. With the first two episodes of Justified: City Primeval hitting Hulu and FX this week, will the reboot bring the show into the modern era, or just become proof that with some great shows, you should leave well enough alone? I’m not sure, but we’re going to find out together!Joining me for weekly recaps and reviews of Justified: City Primeval is Sarah Marrs. Sarah is the deputy editor of Lainey Gossip and her work has appeared at Decider and Pajiba. But she’s also one of the biggest Justified fans I’m aware of, having watched the entire run of the show many times. I’m so thrilled she’ll be joining us to share her love and expertise of Justified!In this preview episode, we discuss what we love about the original Justified, recap the biggest story beats of the show that might be relevant for newcomers, share how we feel about the reboot, and speculate on what we might see on Justified: City Primeval. Justified: City Primeval will premiere tomorrow (July 18th) with its first two episodes, then air weekly. You should expect a weekly recap within 1-2 days of when each episode airs.Your paid contributions at DecodingTV.com help me to fund this podcast and keep it going. Thanks for your support!Links:Read more of Sarah’s work at Lainey GossipFollow Sarah on TwitterFollow David Chen on ThreadsSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeEmail us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/07/2332m 23s

Secret Invasion Eps 3-4 - Betrayed and Beloved

In this episode of Decoding TV, Patrick Klepek and David Chen join discuss the middle two episodes of Secret Invasion:Episode 3 - BetrayedEpisode 4 - BelovedHow do we think the Secret Invasion is going so far? What interesting plot threads does the show tantalizingly dangle that we wish it would delve more into? How many terrorist plot does Gravik have exactly? And does he really have to kill someone at the end of every episode? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Decoding TV will be releasing a new recap for every two episodes of this six-episode season. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube on Thursday mornings. You can watch this episode on YouTube here. Links:Does Secret Invasion invoke anti-semitic tropes?Listen to Patrick’s podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s SubstackSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeEmail us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/07/231h 24m

Bonus Ep. - Reacting to the 2023 Emmy Nominations

The 2023 Emmy nominees were announced this morning and David Chen and Myles McNutt from Episodic Medium have some thoughts! In this bonus podcast episode, we discuss:Which nominees were we thrilled by?Which nominees were snubbed?Should we even use the word “snub” to describe what’s going on here?Why recent rule changes haven’t been effective in expanding the number of shows nominatedShocking developments in this year’s nominee listWill this year’s nominations be a turning point for the awards?Listen to hear us discuss all this and more! You can also watch our conversation on our YouTube channel (Subscribe to make sure you don't miss future broadcaasts!)You can view a complete list of nominees here.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/07/2354m 28s

This Week In Streaming: Silo Season 1

This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that will cover the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. This week, David Chen and @joyonapping discuss the season one finale of Silo and reflect on the season as a whole.How well did Silo unravel its mysteries? Did it live up to the potential of its great sci-fi premise? How did we feel about the character of Juliette Nichols? And how did some of the biggest plot beats of the season compare with what was in Hugh Howey’s book, Wool? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more.Links:Follow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/07/2353m 52s

Secret Invasion Episodes 1-2 - Resurrection and Promises

In this episode of Decoding TV, Patrick Klepek, Dan Gvozden, and David Chen join up to discuss the first two episodes of Secret Invasion:Episode 1 - ResurrectionEpisode 2 - PromisesHow does the Secret Invasion comics run compare to the show? How does this show deal with the aftermath of Captain Marvel? How does it handle the return of Maria Hill? How do we feel about Nick Fury as an older hero? Will the show actually take an interesting political perspective when it comes to refugees? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and many more!Decoding TV will be releasing a new recap for every two episodes of this six-episode season. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube on Thursday mornings. We hope you’ll join us for the journey!Links:Listen to Dan’s podcast, The Amazing Spider-Talk Listen to Patrick’s podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s SubstackSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeEmail us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/06/231h 20m

This Week In Streaming: The Bear Season 2

This Week In Streaming is a show on the Decoding TV podcast feed that will cover the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. This week, David Chen and Dan Gvozden discuss season 2 of The Bear.We struggled with how to cover this one given its binge release schedule. While we were originally hoping to release a recap of the first few episodes this past weekend, it soon became clear that it would make more sense to just discuss the season as a whole.That’s why we’ve decided to deliver a super-sized 1hr43mins long episode diving into this season’s intricacies! We start with general, non-spoilery thoughts on the season. Then starting at around ~12:00, we deliver a full recap and dive into some of our favorite episodes and most memorable moments. We wrap up by discussing some of the issues we feel this season had. We hope you enjoy the conversation!We’re going to try broadcasting This Week In Streaming live as often as possible, so please do follow us on YouTube and on Twitch and you’ll get notifications whenever we go live.Links:Subscribe to Dan Gvozden’s podcast The Amazing Spider TalkFollow Dan on TwitterFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on Instagram Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/06/231h 44m

Black Mirror Season 6 Eps 4-5 - Mazey Day and Demon 79

In this Decoding TV episode, David Chen and Roxana review, recap, and discuss the final two episodes of Black Mirror this season:Episode 4 - Mazey DayEpisode 5 - Demon 79This season of Black Mirror had more horror than sci-fi episodes. What did we think of this tonal shift? Are we looking forward to more Black Mirror in the future? Do these last two episodes have anything to teach us about the nature of technology? Or the world we live in? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be covering Secret Invasion, The Bear, and Silo, so stay tuned to the podcast for more TV reviewing goodness.We try to broadcast our conversations live when we can, so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch us when we go live.Links:Subscribe to this podcast on YouTubeEmail us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead Roxana’s work on VultureFollow Roxana on TwitterFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/06/231h 3m

Secret Invasion Preview (feat. Patrick Klepek)

Marvel Studios is back with a new TV show and I’m excited to announce that Patrick Klepek will be here to help us cover it! In this preview episode, Patrick and David discuss what we know about the Skrulls from previous MCU films and TV shows, what the state of MCU TV is in general, and what our hopes are for Secret Invasion.Secret Invasion premieres June 21 and we’ll be releasing a new recap for every two episodes of this six-episode season. When possible, we will broadcast the episode live on YouTube on Thursday mornings. We hope you’ll join us for the journey!Links:Listen to Patrick’s podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s SubstackSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeEmail us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/06/2334m 59s

Black Mirror Season 6 Ep 3 - Beyond The Sea

In this Decoding TV episode, David Chen and Roxana review, recap, and discuss season 6 episode 3, “Beyond the Sea.”This is probably Black Mirror’s most ambitious episode of the season. But how well did the episode explain its sci-fi premise? How well do its high-profile stars like Aaron Paul, Josh Hartnett, and Kate Mara acquit themselves in these roles? And what did we make of this episode’s ending? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Over the course of the next week, we’ll release one final episode covering episodes 4-5 (“Mazey Day” and “Demon 79”).We try to broadcast our conversations live when we can, so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch us when we go live.Links:Subscribe to this podcast on YouTubeEmail us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead Roxana’s work on VultureFollow Roxana on TwitterFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/06/2342m 25s

Black Mirror Season 6 Eps 1-2 - Joan Is Awful and Loch Henry

Black Mirror is back! And we are so pleased to have Roxana Hadadi back on Decoding TV to help us cover it.In this podcast episode, David Chen and Roxana review, recap, and discuss the first two episodes of season six of Charlie Brooker’s dystopian anthology series, now streaming on Netflix:Episode 1 - Joan Is AwfulEpisode 2 - Loch HenryBlack Mirror is always a bit of a mixed bag so what did we make of these first two entries? Did we like how the series handled its more sci-fi elements? Do each of these stories pay off in a satisfying fashion? And ? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Over the next week or two, we will release two additional podcast episodes covering Black Mirror: One for episode 3 (“Beyond the Sea”) and one for episodes 4-5 (“Mazey Day” and “Demon 79.”)We try to broadcast our conversations live when we can, so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch us when we go live. You can watch our chat about these episodes here.Links:Subscribe to this podcast on YouTubeEmail us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead Roxana’s work on VultureFollow Roxana on TwitterFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/06/2357m 36s

Succession Season 4 Post-Mortem

Thanks for a great season of TV recapping! We’ll be back in the near future to cover Black Mirror, The Bear, and Silo, so be sure to keep subscribed to Decoding TV to get all our latest episodes.In this Decoding TV bonus episode about Succession, Kim Renfro and David Chen discuss everything that’s come up about the show since its series finale aired. This includes topics such as:Why did Shiv Roy make that big decision?What was up with that Kendall/Roman hug?What was really the nature of Connor’s relationship with Logan?Succession’s ratings and legacyAnd much more!Links:Mark Mylod’s interview with VarietyMark Mylod’s interview with VultureAlan Sepinwall’s write-up at his SubstackEmail us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to David’s newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/06/231h 14m

This Week In Streaming: Barry Season 4

This episode of Decoding TV is brought to you by the McDonald's app. This Week In Streaming is a new podcast on the Decoding TV podcast feed that will cover the most interesting shows available on streaming each week.This week, David Chen and Patrick Klepek discuss the series finale of Barry. Was this show openly antagonistic to its fans this season? What did we think about the massive time jumps this season? Does each character get the fate that they deserve? Is The Mask Collector a good title for a movie? And what do we make of those very last shots? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!We’re going to try broadcasting This Week In Streaming live as often as possible, so please do follow us on YouTube and on Twitch and you’ll get notifications whenever we go live. You can watch our conversation about Barry right here.Links:Follow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/05/231h 19m

Succession S4E10 - With Open Eyes

This episode of Decoding TV is brought to you by the McDonald's app. THANK YOU for joining us at Decoding TV this season! It’s been a pleasure to watch this season of Succession with you. Stay tuned next week for our coverage of Barry and we’ll be back the following week with a Succession season 1 post-mortem.In this special live episode of Decoding TV, David Chen, Kim Renfro, and David Cho recap and review the series finale of Succession, “With Open Eyes.”Did Succession ultimately stick the landing? What did we think of the fate of each of these characters? Should [REDACTED] have gone over that railing at the end? Should Peter Munion have been able to get funding for his depressing nursing home project? Should Shiv have voted the way that she did? And what’s up with Roman hanging out at that bar? Listen to us discuss all this and more!Also: we’re putting highlights/excerpts of our podcast episodes up on our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch us over there! You can watch this conversation below.Links:Follow Kim on InstagramFollow David Cho on TwitterFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/05/231h 50m

This Week In Streaming: Silo Eps 1-5

This week's episode is brought to you by the McDonald's app. This Week In Streaming is a new podcast on the Decoding TV podcast feed that will cover the most interesting shows available on streaming each week. This week, David Chen and @joyonapping cover the first 5 episodes of Silo on Apple TV+. This includes:Ep 1 - Freedom DayEp 2 - Holston’s PickEp 3 - MachinesEp 4 - TruthEp 5 - The Janitor’s BoyWhat do we think of the world-building of this ambitious new series? Which performances from the cast really stand out? Why are the vibes of the Silo so intoxicating? Which mysteries do we think are most interesting? And is it really wasteful to throw away apples at a funeral? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more.We’re going to try broadcasting This Week In Streaming live as often as possible, so please do follow us on YouTube and on Twitch and you’ll get notifications whenever we go live. You can watch our conversation about Silo here.Links:Follow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/05/231h 6m

Succession S4E09 - Church and State

This episode is brought to you by the McDonald's app.In this episode of Decoding TV, Kim Renfro and David Chen recap and review the ninth episode of Succession season 4, “Church and State.”A gathering brings the siblings together to share their thoughts on Logan. How do they each handle the occasion? How will the show handle its election plotline? What plotlines are surprisingly paid off in this episode? And what are we hoping for and looking for in the series finale next week? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Also: we’re putting highlights/excerpts of our podcast episodes up on our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch us over there! Our current plan is to broadcast live next week after the finale.Links:Follow Kim on InstagramFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/05/231h 17m

This Week In Streaming: Mrs. Davis Season 1

This episode is brought to you by the McDonald's app. This Week In Streaming is a new podcast on the Decoding TV podcast feed that will cover the most interesting shows available on streaming each week.This week, Dan Gvozden and David Chen cover the final 4 episodes of Mrs. Davis on Peacock, the latest series from Tara Hernandez and Damon Lindelof. How well did the finale tie up all the ideas? Was Simone and Wiley’s arc a satisfying one? How did the world-building work for us? And is Mrs. Davis some much-needed anti-AI-hype in a world that’s full of hype right now? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Next week we’ll be discussing the first few weeks of Silo on Apple TV+. Will This Week In Streaming cover more after that? That’s up to you. Please let us know what you think of the podcast! Decodingtv@gmail.com.We’re going to try broadcasting This Week In Streaming live as often as possible, so please do follow us on YouTube and on Twitch and you’ll get notifications whenever we go live.Links:Follow Dan Gvozden on TwitterListen to Dan’s podcastFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/05/2352m 46s

Succession S4E08 - America Decides

This episode is brought to you by the McDonald's app. In this episode of Decoding TV, Kim Renfro and David Chen recap and review the eighth episode of Succession season 4, “America Decides.”It’s Election Night and ATN is ready! Or is it? Can Shiv keep her alliance with Matsson alive? And is there any hope for Shiv and Tom at this point? Will Kendall step up to the plate and do the right thing? Is Roman finally coming into his own as the One True Logan Successor? Listen to us discuss all these questions and more!Also: we’re putting highlights/excerpts of our podcast episodes up on our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch us over there!Links:Follow Kim on InstagramFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/05/231h 12m

This Week In Streaming: Dead Ringers Season 1

This week's podcast is brought to you by the McDonald's app.This Week In Streaming is a new podcast on the Decoding TV podcast feed that will cover the most interesting shows available on streaming each week.This week, Siddhant Adlakha and David Chen finish their conversation about Dead Ringers. How well did this show tie together all its disparate themes? What did we think of Rachel Weisz’s performance as the Mantle twins? Does the show have anything interesting to say about the hospital industrial complex or the nature of toxic codependent relationships? And how does it compare with David Cronenberg’s 1988 classic film, which serves as the source material for the show?Next week we’ll be wrapping up our conversation about Mrs. Davis’ first season. Will This Week In Streaming cover more after that? That’s up to you. Please let us know what you think of the podcast and what you think we should discuss next at Decodingtv@gmail.com.We’re going to try broadcasting This Week In Streaming live as often as possible, so please do follow us on YouTube and on Twitch and you’ll get notifications whenever we go live. You can watch our conversation about Dead Ringers right here.Links:Follow Siddhant Adlakha on TwitterFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/05/2354m 56s

Succession S4E07 - Tailgate Party

This episode of Decoding TV is brought to you by the McDonald's app. In this episode of Decoding TV, Kim Renfro and David Chen recap and review the seventh episode of Succession season 4, “Tailgate Party.”A party with important dignitaries pits Shiv against her brothers once more. Can the Roys escape their endless cycle of conflict? Is there any redemption to be found for any of these characters in the final episodes of Succession? What will become of Shiv’s relationship with Tom? And most importantly: Who is going to President in the Succession-verse? Listen to us discuss all these questions and more!Also: we’re putting highlights/excerpts of our podcast episodes up on our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch us over there!Links:Follow Kim on InstagramFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/05/231h 13m

This Week In Streaming: Mrs. Davis Eps 1-4

This week's episode is brought to you by the McDonald's app. This Week In Streaming is a new podcast on the Decoding TV podcast feed that will cover the most interesting shows available on streaming each week.This week, Siddhant Adlakha and David Chen cover the first 4 episodes of Mrs. Davis on Peacock, a new series from Tara Hernandez and Damon Lindelof. What…is this show? How well does it tackle its ostensible themes of religion and determinism? In which ways is Betty Gilpin spectacular as Simone/Lizzy? And is this something we’d recommend you watch all the way to the end? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Next week we’ll be wrapping up our conversation about Dead Ringers’ first season and comparing it to the David Cronenberg film. Will This Week In Streaming cover more after that? That’s up to you. Please let us know what you think of the podcast! Decodingtv@gmail.com.We’re going to try broadcasting This Week In Streaming live as often as possible, so please do follow us on YouTube and on Twitch and you’ll get notifications whenever we go live. You can watch our conversation about Mrs. Davis here.Links:Follow Siddhant Adlakha on TwitterFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/05/2349m 12s

Succession S4E06 - Living+

This episode is brought to you by the McDonald's app.In this episode of Decoding TV, Kim Renfro and David Chen recap and review the sixth episode of Succession season 4, “Living+.”The Roy gang is on the verge of announcing a new product to the world. But will it be their savior or their downfall? Can they fend off Matsson’s opinions in time to make an impact in their stock price? How well does this episode depict the intensity of putting together a speech like this? What are the real-life events and analogues that may have informed this episode? And what’s going on between Tom and Shiv exactly? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Also: we’re putting highlights/excerpts of our podcast episodes up on our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch us over there!Links:Follow Kim on InstagramFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/05/231h 1m

This Week In Streaming: Dead Ringers Eps 1-2

This Week In Streaming is a new podcast on the Decoding TV podcast feed that will cover the most interesting shows available on streaming each week.This week, Siddhant Adlakha and David Chen cover the first two episodes of Dead Ringers on Prime Video, a new series inspired by David Cronenberg’s 1988 classic. How well does Rachel Weisz handle playing a dual role as twins? What do we make of the fluctuating tone of these first two episodes? What’s going on with the group therapy buttons at the end of each episode? Has Succession really ruined us on Rich People Drama? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Next week we’ll be covering Mrs. Davis and in the weeks to come, we will be wrapping up our conversation about Dead Ringers’ first season and comparing it to the David Cronenberg film. Will This Week In Streaming cover more after that? That’s up to you. Please let us know what you think of the podcast! Decodingtv@gmail.com.We’re going to try broadcasting This Week In Streaming live as often as possible, so please do follow us on YouTube and on Twitch and you’ll get notifications whenever we go live. You can watch our conversation about Dead Ringers episodes 1-2 here.Links:Follow Siddhant Adlakha on TwitterFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/04/2346m 16s

Succession S4E05 - Kill List

In this episode of Decoding TV, Kim Renfro and David Chen recap and review the fifth episode of Succession season 4, “Kill List.”The gang heads off to Europe for a game of “musical electric chairs.” But what exactly is Lukas Matsson’s game? Have Kendall and Roman learned anything about CEO’ing in the past few years? What’s the deal between Shiv and Matsson? And Shiv and Tom, for that matter? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Also: we’re putting highlights/excerpts of our podcast episodes up on our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch us over there!Links:Gabriel Sherman’s Vanity Fair profileFollow Kim on Instagram Follow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/04/231h 1m

This Week In Streaming: Barry S4E01 and E02 - yikes and bestest place on earth

This Week In Streaming is a new podcast on the Decoding TV podcast feed that will cover the most interesting shows available on streaming each week.On this episode, Siddhant and David discuss the first two episodes of Barry Season 4. What do we think of the tone changes in this show? Is it fair to compare its style to Terrence Malick? Where do we think this season is going? Can we ever, really, truly escape who we are? Listen to us discuss all this and much more!Next week we will be discussing Dead Ringers. Will This Week In Streaming cover more after that? That’s up to you. Please let us know what you think of the podcast! Decodingtv@gmail.com.We’re going to try broadcasting This Week In Streaming live as often as possible, so please do follow us on YouTube and on Twitch and you’ll get notifications whenever we go live. Links:Follow Siddhant Adlakha on TwitterSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/04/2349m 3s

Succession S404 - Honeymoon States

In this episode of Decoding TV, Kim Renfro and David Chen recap and review the fourth episode of Succession season 4, “Honeymoon States.”This week’s episode is a big emotional comedown from last week, as each character processes the big news. Marcia returns, but is her presence welcome? Will any of the underlings like Karl or Frank finally get the chance to shine? What’s the difference between an underline and a cross-out? Do the Roy kids have any chance of staying united? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Links:Follow Kim on TwitterFind Kim’s work at InsiderFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/04/231h 19m

This Week In Streaming: Beef Season 1

This Week In Streaming is a new podcast on the Decoding TV podcast feed that will cover the most interesting shows available on streaming each week.On this episode, Siddhant and David wrap up their discussion of Beef Season 1. Do we think that Amy and Danny deserved their ultimate fates? What is this show trying to say about modern life? What are our thoughts on the show’s very final shot? What did we think of the hard swerve in episode 9? We discuss all these questions and much more!Next week we’ll be covering Barry and in the weeks to come, we will be discussing Dead Ringers. Will This Week In Streaming cover more after that? That’s up to you. Please let us know what you think of the podcast! Decodingtv@gmail.com.We’re going to try broadcasting This Week In Streaming live as often as possible, so please do follow us on YouTube and on Twitch and you’ll get notifications whenever we go live. You can watch our conversation about Beef: Season 1 here.Links:Follow Siddhant Adlakha on TwitterSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/04/2355m 41s

Succession S4E03 - Connor's Wedding

In this episode of Decoding TV, Kim Renfro and David Chen recap and review the third episode of Succession season 4, “Connor’s Wedding.”A major development happens this episode that reconfigures the endgame for this show. How do each of the main characters handle it? What did we think of the unique filmmaking style of this episode? How did we react to the episode in real time? What do we think the rest of this season will even be about? And is this episode one of the greatest TV episodes of all time? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Also: We didn’t get screeners for this episode in advance so we broadcast our chat live on YouTube! Be sure to subscribe to the Decoding TV YouTube channel to get notified when we go live in the future.Links:Vulture’s interview with Brian CoxFollow Kim on TwitterFind Kim’s work at InsiderFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/04/231h 37m

This Week In Streaming: Beef Eps 1-2

Hey Decoding TV folks! David Chen here with an exciting announcement.For the past year, Decoding TV has been doing weekly deep dives into different TV shows and streaming shows with some of the best writers and commentators on the internet. But while the weekly recap model works really well for a bunch of shows like The Last of Us, Westworld, and Succession, it takes a lot of time and commitment to cover a show that way and if we confined ourselves only to this model, there would just be a bunch of shows that Decoding TV wouldn’t cover.  That’s why I’m so pleased to announce a new show, which I’m calling This Week In Streaming, which will cover the latest and greatest in what’s available on streaming platforms. The idea is that every week, in addition to any weekly recaps going on at Decoding TV, we will cover one of the most interesting, thought-provoking, and/or critically acclaimed shows on TV. We won’t recap every single episode of these TV shows. Instead:We will make a podcast discussing the first episode or two of the TV showLater, we will record another podcast discussing the last episode of the TV show and reflect on the season as a wholeOver the course of the next few weeks, we will cover Beef on Netflix, Barry on HBO, Dead Ringers on Amazon Prime. As just mentioned, we’ll cover the first eps of these shows (with no spoilers for the rest of the show), and then have a season-ending discussion in a separate episode. This Week In Streaming will appear on the Decoding TV podcast feed so if you’re listening to us on a podcast app, you don’t need to do anything else to get future episodes.I am enormously grateful to Siddhant Adlakha for joining me for this initial batch of episodes to kick this off. Siddhant will be joining me to cover Beef, Barry, and Dead Ringers. Siddhant will always be part of the Decoding TV family but as time goes on, we may rotate different and exciting voices in and out of the co-host chair.Will This Week In Streaming cover more shows after this? That’s up to you. Please let us know what you think! Decodingtv@gmail.com.One last thing: We’re going to try broadcasting This Week In Streaming live as often as possible. So please do follow us on YouTube and on Twitch and you’ll get notifications whenever we go live. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/04/2359m 43s

Succession S4E02 - Rehearsal

Support this podcast by becoming a paid member at decodingtv.com!In this episode of Decoding TV, Kim Renfro and David Chen recap and review the second episode of Succession season 4, “Rehearsal.”A business deal threatens another Roy family event. Will the Roy children be able to overcome their differences in time for the board meeting? What exactly is Logan try to build at the new ATN? Will Mattson get cold feet for the Gojo deal? Will Connor ever experience the fullness of emotion that human life has to offer? Will Kerry ever get to anchor her own show? Listen to us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Follow Kim on TwitterFind Kim’s work at InsiderFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/04/231h 15m

Decoding Decoding TV - Rich People Have Feelings Too

This bonus episode is free but you can get all our bonus episodes by becoming a paid subscriber at DecodingTV.com!We’re trying something new with Decoding TV this season. In the past when we’ve done bonus episodes, they’ve typically analyzed the pre-existing materials for a TV show (e.g. House of the Dragon, The Last of Us). Since Succession is original IP, it demands a different approach.As such, I’ve invited David Cho to join me to do a few bonus episodes throughout the season. David Cho is a media veteran and has previously been the publisher of sites such as Grantland, FiveThirtyEight, and The Awl. His expertise is highly valued by media companies, celebrities, and global brands, and I’m pleased he’s sharing it with us here.[David and I also co-hosts an ongoing podcast on my personal Patreon page, Dave on Dave, in which he critiques and provides feedback on my online work.]In this bonus episode, we spoil and discuss Succession S4E01 - The Munsters, including how realistic the dealmaking was this episode, why it is that the Roys don’t really wear coats, and how rich people have feelings too.Links:Follow David Cho on TwitterFollow David Cho on Instagram Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/03/2342m 0s

Succession S4E01 - The Munsters

This episode of Decoding TV is brought to you by Nissan - EVs that electrify.Succession has returned and the Roys are back to the old backstabbing, treacherous ways! In this episode of Decoding TV, Kim Renfro and David Chen recap and review the first episode of season 4, “The Munsters.”How much has the status quo changed since the last episode? Do we think The Hundred would actually be a successful media venture? Is “The Disgusting Brothers” a good nickname for Greg and Tom? Is Logan Roy’s conversation with Colin one of the saddest scenes that’s ever happened in the history of this show? We discuss this and so much more!Paid subscribers: You can get your premium feed in your podcast app by going to decodingtv.com/listen. Thanks for being a supporter!Links:Follow Kim on TwitterFind Kim’s work at InsiderFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/03/231h 15m

Succession Season 3 Look-Back and Season 4 Preview

This episode is brought to you by Nissan - EVs that electrify. Succession is back this Sunday for a fourth and final season! I’m so pleased to be able to bring you weekly coverage of the show featuring my A Cast of Kings co-host Kim Renfro.In this special season 4 preview episode, we discuss:Why is it we love Succession so much?Where we left off with each of the Roy characters at the end of season 3Jesse Armstrong’s comments on why he wanted to end the showWhere we think season 4 will wrap upWhere we want to see each of the Roys end upThe biggest jettisoned plotlines from earlier on in the showAnd much more!I’m grateful to Kim for being willing to join me as Succession comes to a thrilling close, and grateful all Decoding TV paid members for making this podcast possible. I hope you can join us!Links:The New Yorker: Jesse Armstrong explains why the show is endingFollow Kim on TwitterFind Kim’s work at InsiderFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/03/231h 2m

The Last of Us Season 1 Post-Mortem

This episode is brought to you by Nissan - EVs that electrify. Thanks for a great season of TV recapping! We’ll be recapping Succession next so stay tuned for more episodes of the podcast.In this Decoding TV bonus episode about The Last Of Us, David and Christian discuss topics such as:Listener/viewer reactions to the seasonThe realism of the season finaleThe philosophical questions in the discourseWhat we think season 2 of the show might look like (spoilers are clearly marked)And much more!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to Christian Spicer’s newsletter, Let’s Chat GamesCheck out Christian Spicer’s videogame podcast, DLCSubscribe to David’s newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/03/231h 2m

The Last of Us S1E09 - Look for the Light

This episode is brought to you by Nissan - EVs that electrify. Thank you for listening this season! We’ve loved making this podcast for you. We’ll be doing one additional bonus episode next week responding to feedback and other thoughts on season 1 so please stay tuned. In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Christian Spicer discuss season 1 episode 9 of The Last Of Us, “Look for the Light.”Joel and Ellie wrap up their journey for the season. But how well does this ending work? Do we think Kiss Kiss Bang Bang could’ve prevented the tragedy that takes place in this episode? And at the end of the day, what do we think this show is trying to say about love and grief? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to Christian Spicer’s newsletter, Let’s Chat GamesCheck out Christian Spicer’s videogame podcast, DLCSubscribe to David’s newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/03/231h 14m

The Last of Us S1E08 - When We Are In Need

This episode is brought to you by Nissan - EVs that electrify. In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Christian Spicer discuss season 1 episode 8 of The Last Of Us, “When We Are In Need.”A new character illustrates a different element of the post-apocalypse. But how believable is the character of David? What do we make of Joel’s turn this episode? And how amazing is Bella Ramsay in this episode? (Spoiler: Extremely!). We discuss all this and more on this week’s episode.Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to Christian Spicer’s newsletter, Let’s Chat GamesCheck out Christian Spicer’s videogame podcast, DLCSubscribe to David’s newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/03/231h 17m

The Last of Us S1E07 - Left Behind

This episode is brought to you by Nissan - EVs that electrify. In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Christian Spicer discuss season 1 episode 7 of The Last Of Us, “Left Behind.”A detour takes us away from the main timeline of the series. How well does it work in at this point in the story? How does it compare to the game? What does it teach us about Ellie’s life and her relationship to others? And what is this show trying to say about FEDRA anyways? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more.Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to Christian Spicer’s newsletter, Let’s Chat GamesCheck out Christian Spicer’s videogame podcast, DLC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/02/231h 7m

The Last of Us S1E06 - Kin

Thanks to our sponsors for this episode:Nissan - EVs that electrifyThe McDonald's app - Download the McDonald's app todayIn this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Christian Spicer discuss season 1 episode 6 of The Last Of Us, “Kin.”Joel and Ellie reunite with someone familiar in unexpected circumstances. What is the source of friction between the characters? How will Joel deal with the possibility of getting out of his commitment to Tess? And is Joel going to make it out of this situation alive? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to Christian Spicer’s newsletter, Let’s Chat GamesCheck out Christian Spicer’s videogame podcast, DLCSubscribe to David’s newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/02/231h 13m

The Last of Us S1E05 - Endure and Survive

Thanks to our sponsors for this episode:Nissan - EVs that electrifyThe McDonald's app - Download the McDonald's app todayIn this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Christian Spicer discuss season 1 episode 5 of HBO’s The Last Of Us, ‘Endure and Survive’This episode finishes off a two-episode arc as we continue to follow the stories of Kathleen, Henry, and Sam. How good was Henry’s escape plan, exactly? Is Kathleen a compelling character? What does this episode’s script do well (and not)? And what does this show have in common with World War Z? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to Christian Spicer’s newsletter, Let’s Chat GamesCheck out Christian Spicer’s videogame podcast, DLCSubscribe to David’s newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/02/231h 13m

The Last of Us S1E04 - Please Hold To My Hand

Thanks to our sponsors for this episode:Nissan - EVs that electrifyThe McDonald's app - Download the McDonald's app todayIn this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Christian Spicer discuss season 1 episode 4 of HBO’s The Last Of Us, ‘Please Hold To My Hand.’This episode captures the bombed out countryside of the U.S. as Joel and Ellie continue their journey. How well does the episode bring this post-apocalyptic country to life? How effectively does it capture the set pieces from the game? Where is Joel and Ellie’s relationship at this point? And what’s up with these new characters that are introduced? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to Christian Spicer’s newsletter, Let’s Chat GamesCheck out Christian Spicer’s videogame podcast, DLCSubscribe to David’s newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/02/231h 12m

The Last of Us S1E03 - Long Long Time

This episode of Decoding TV is brought to you by our sponsors:Nissan - EVs, that electrifyThe McDonald's app. There's always a reason to order in the app.In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Christian Spicer discuss season 1 episode 3 of HBO’s The Last Of Us. Every single episode of this show has been better than the last. Has the show finally peaked? We don’t know but either way, this was a tremendous episode of television.How effectively did the show depict the relationship between Bill and Frank? Is this show’s vision of the American government a realistic one? And what was up with that weird scene between Ellie and that dude in the basement? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to Christian Spicer’s newsletter, Let’s Chat GamesCheck out Christian Spicer’s videogame podcast, DLCSubscribe to David’s newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/01/231h 17m

The Last Of Us S1E02 - Infected

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Christian Spicer discuss season 1 episode 2 of HBO’s The Last Of Us.What do Christian and David thinks of these flashback cold opens (a TV show invention)? How does Tess and Joel’s relationship reveal itself through the course of the episode? What do we learn about this specific post-apocalyptic universe this time around? And how about that ending? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to Christian Spicer’s newsletter, Let’s Chat GamesCheck out Christian Spicer’s videogame podcast, DLCSubscribe to David’s newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/01/231h 2m

Bonus Ep. - Outbreak Day, Joel and Tess's Relationship, The Neighbors, Marlene and Ellie

To get more bonus episodes like this one, consider becoming a paid member at DecodingTV.com!In this Decoding TV bonus episode about The Last Of Us, David and Christian discuss many of the changes between the videogame and the TV series, including:The framing of Outbreak DayThe relationship between Joel and TessWhat’s going on with Joel and Sarah’s neighborsMarlene and Ellie’s relationshipAnd much more!NOTE: We’ve tried really hard to keep this as non-spoilery as possible but show-watchers-only should be warned that you may consider some of this material to be spoilers.Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to Christian Spicer’s newsletter, Let’s Chat GamesCheck out Christian Spicer’s videogame podcast, DLC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/01/2324m 1s

The Last Of Us S1E01 - When You're Lost In The Darkness

This episode is brought to you by Nissan. Nissan - EVs that electrify.In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Christian Spicer discuss the series premiere of HBO’s The Last Of Us. Join us each week for episode recaps and bonus episodes discussing the show!How successfully does this beloved story make the jump to TV? How well does the casting work? Does this show have anything new to add to our cluttered post-apocalyptic TV landscape? Listen to hear our thoughts on these questions, and much more!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeSubscribe to Christian Spicer’s newsletter, Let’s Chat GamesCheck out Christian Spicer’s videogame podcast, DLCSubscribe to David’s newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/01/231h 20m

Bonus Ep. - The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (with Ashley Esqueda and Siddhant Adlakha)

Happy holidays, all! In this Decoding TV bonus episode, David Chen is joined by Ashley Esqueda and Siddhant Adlakha to discuss The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. What is it like to see Marvel superheroes participating in everyday Earth rituals? Does the special rely too much on your real-life knowledge of [REDACTED]? And how important is it to watch this Special before the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie? Listen to hear our thoughts!Links:Learn more about Ashley’s workFollow Ashley on TwitterLearn more about Siddhant workFollow Siddhant on TwitterFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow David Chen on Instagram Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/12/2235m 2s

1899 Season 1 Review

This episode of Decoding TV is brought to you by Nissan. Nissan - EVs that electrify. In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen, Joy, and Kim Renfro discuss the hit Netflix series 1899 (from the creators of Dark). What did we think of the production design of this unique TV show? How did the characters evolve and change? Where do they end up? And most importantly: WTF is going on with the ending of this show?This podcast episode begins with overall thoughts before heading into full spoilers.Links:Read Kim’s article about the ending of 1899Follow this podcast on YouTubeFollow this podcast on Tiktok  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/12/221h 29m

Five Questions We Have About HBO's 'The Last of Us' (with Christian Spicer)

Support this podcast by becoming a paid member of DecodingTV.com.For Decoding TV’s coverage of The Last of Us, I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a co-host who’s a veritable Last of Us expert. Christian Spicer co-hosts the DLC videogame podcast and is the host of The Official Last of Us podcast(!). In this introductory podcast episode, we discuss five burning questions we have about the upcoming series.The Last of Us series will debut on HBO on January 15th. You can expect the our next podcast episode to be a recap that covers the season premiere. I hope you’ll consider joining us for the journey.Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comListen to Christian Spicer’s work on The Official Last of Us PodcastListen to DLC, Christian Spicer’s videogame podcastSubscribe Christian Spicer’s newsletterFollow this podcast on TwitterFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTube Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/12/2239m 58s

The White Lotus S2E07 - Arrivederci

This episode is brought to you by Nissan. Nissan - EVs that electrify!In this episode of Decoding TV, Roxana Hadadi and David Chen discuss the shocking season 2 finale of The White Lotus. We finally learn who the dead bodies are in the season premiere but is the result narratively satisfying? Did Harper and Ethans’ relationship play out in a believable way? Should Meghann Fahy win an Emmy for her work this season? (spoiler: yes) Did the Di Grasso family learn anything from this whole misadventure? Did Valentina’s storyline end up resonating? Listen to us discuss all this and more! Roxana and I will be back with one additional bonus episode for paid DecodingTV.com members sometime in the next week or so.Decoding TV will be covering The Last Of Us, premiering on HBO on January 15th! Be sure to stay subscribed to get all our episodes, with a special announcement sometime in the next week. Thanks to everyone who has listened this season, thanks to Decoding TV paid members for making this podcast possible, and a big thanks to Roxana Hadadi for joining us on this journey!Links:Read Roxana’s piece about the finaleEmail us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead Roxana’s work on VultureFollow Roxana on TwitterFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow David Chen on Instagram Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/12/221h 38m

The White Lotus Season 2 Finale - Initial Reactions

Hey folks,David Chen here. Roxana Hadadi and I had originally planned to record our White Lotus season 2 finale recap this evening but due to scheduling issues, we’re going to be delivering that full episode tomorrow instead.In the meantime, here are our quick reactions to the finale, which we just finished watching this evening. Stay tuned tomorrow for the full episode!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead Roxana’s work on VultureFollow Roxana on TwitterFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow David Chen on Instagram Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/12/2216m 30s

The White Lotus S2E06 - Abductions

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Roxana Hadadi recap and discuss season 2 episode 6 of The White Lotus, “Abductions.”Tanya discovers multiple shocking secrets about Quentin, but what exactly is his endgame? Portia realizes the disadvantages of seeing a guy like Jack, but can she extricate herself before she gets in too deep? Ethan starts wondering where exactly he and Harper stand with each other, but can their relationship be saved? We discuss all this and more in the podcast! Plus: we make predictions for the finale episode! Send in yours to decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)com!Decoding TV paid members: You can add the private private Decoding TV feed to your preferred app/device by going to decodingtv.com/listen.Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead Roxana’s work on VultureFollow Roxana on TwitterFollow this podcast on TwitterFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow David Chen on Instagram Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/12/221h 16m

The Crown S5E07 thru S5E10 - No Woman’s Land, Gunpowder, Couple 31, Decommissioned

This episode is sponsored by Nissan. Nissan - EVs that electrify.Programming note: Thanks for joining us for our coverage of The Crown this season! If the new Harry and Meghan Netflix documentary is worth discussing, we’ll be covering it here on Decoding TV in the weeks to come.David Chen and @joyonapping are covering The Crown season 5 in three installments:Episodes 1-3Episodes 4-6Episodes 7-10 (this episode)Today, we discuss The Crown Season 5 episodes 7-10, “No Woman’s Land,” “Gunpowder,” “Couple 31,” and “Decommissioned.”How did The Crown handle the saga of the Martin Bashir interview? Why is the show seemingly intent on rehabilitating the image of Charles and Camilla? Did we really have to end season five by exploring the plotline of the Royal Yacht again? What is the effect of juxtaposing normal everyday divorces with the cataclysmic one depicted in the show? We discuss all this and more!Links:Follow @joyonapping on TwitterSubscribe to David Chen’s new newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow Decoding TVOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn TiktokOn Instagram Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/12/221h 34m

Andor Season 1 Post-Mortem

This episode is brought to you by Nissan. Nissan - EVs that electrify.In this Decoding TV bonus episode, David and Patrick discuss all the stuff they wish they’d mentioned on the Andor season 1 finale wrap-up, including:What are the details we know about season 2 at this point? How did the Decoding TV indirectly end up annoying Tony Gilroy? Is Luthen actually a Jedi? What is the significance of the funeral procession song that plays in episode 12? Why aren’t there more aliens in the show? What are the advantages of having a big hood, Luthen-style? Listen to hear us discuss these questions and much more!Did you enjoy Decoding TV this season? Consider supporting the podcast at decodingtv.com.NOTE: This episode contains details that could conceivably be considered MILD SPOILERS for season 2, so tread carefully if you’re trying to avoid. See y’all in 2024!Links:Patrick’s Keero fancamLA Times interview with Tony GilroyRoxana Hadadi’s interview with Tony GilroyFollow Decoding TVOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn TiktokFollow Patrick H. WillemsOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn PatreonFollow David ChenOn TwitterOn InstagramOn Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/12/221h 10m

The White Lotus S2E05 - That's Amore

This episode of Decoding TV is brought to you by McDonald's, proudly serving communities since 1965. McDonald’s. I’m lovin’ it.In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Roxana Hadadi recap and discuss season 2 episode 5 of The White Lotus, “That’s Amore.”In this episode, Quentin further ingratiates himself with Tanya. But what’s his real endgame? Cam, Daphne, Ethan, and Harper keep trying to make this vacation work, come hell or high water. Things with Albie and Portia come to a predictable conclusion(?), plus Bert and Dom finally attempt to hash out some of their longstanding differences. We discuss all this and more in this week’s episode!Decoding TV paid members: You can add the private private Decoding TV feed to your preferred app/device by going to decodingtv.com/listen.Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead Roxana’s work on VultureFollow Roxana on TwitterFollow this podcast on TwitterFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow David Chen on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/11/221h 7m

The Crown S5E04 thru S5E06 - Annus Horribilis, The Way Ahead, Ipatiev House

This episode of Decoding TV is brought to you by McDonald's, proudly serving communities since 1965. McDonald’s. I’m lovin’ it.David Chen and @joyonapping are covering The Crown season 5 in three installments:Episodes 1-3Episodes 4-6 (this episode)Episodes 7-10Today, we discuss The Crown Season 5 episodes 4-6, “Annus Horribilis,” “The Way Ahead,” and “Ipatiev House.” How does show manage the evolution of Elizabeth/Phillip’s marriage? How well does it tie in historical events with what’s happening during the show? Why is there a startling lack of Diana and Charles this season? And why on earth is this show doing Charles image rehab after the events of season 4? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!DecodingTV.com subscribers: To add the premium feed of Decoding TV to your podcast app, go to DecodingTV.com/listen and follow the instructions.Links:Follow @joyonapping on TwitterSubscribe to David Chen’s new newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/11/221h 31m

Andor S1E12 - Rix Road

This episode of Decoding TV is brought to you by McDonald's, proudly serving communities since 1965. McDonald’s. I’m lovin’ it.In this Decoding TV episode, Patrick Willems and David Chen discuss the season 1 finale of Andor, “Rix Road.” Thanks to all DecodingTV.com members for making this season of the podcast possible!Note that Patrick and David plan to do one more bonus episode, so be sure to email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)com with your questions, comments, theories, and so on. We’ll discuss them in the next week or two.The season finale brings all the plotlines together on Ferrix. Do Luthen and Cassian patch things up? Are Vel and Cinta happy to see each other? What is the fate of Bix? Is Maarva actually dead or was she planning something huge all along? And for the love of god, where do we leave #keero at the end of this episode? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!You can always email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)com.Links:Follow Decoding TVOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn TiktokFollow Patrick H. WillemsOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn PatreonFollow David ChenOn TwitterOn InstagramOn Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/11/221h 23m

Welcome to Chippendale's Season Premiere Review (Eps 1-2)

This episode of Decoding TV is brought to you by McDonald's, proudly serving communities since 1965. McDonald’s. I’m lovin’ it.In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Siddhant Adlakha discuss Welcome to Chippendales, a new Hulu original series starring Kumail Nanjiani about the creation of the Chippendales male revue show.Programming note: In this podcast episode we will cover (and spoil) the first two episodes of Welcome to Chippendales, “An Elegant, Exclusive Atmosphere,” and “Four Geniuses”. We will record one other podcast episode later to discuss the finale and entire season.How well does Welcome to Chippendales get the persona of Somen "Steve" Banerjee, the man responsible for creating Chippendales? Does the show make good use of Murray Bartlett and Dan Stevens? And does it capture what it’s like to be an Indian immigrant in America during this time period? We discuss all this and more!Links:Follow Siddhant on TwitterRead Siddhant’s work on IGNFollow David on InstagramFollow David on TiktokFollow Decoding TVOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/11/221h 7m

The White Lotus S2E4 - In The Sandbox

In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Roxana Hadadi recap and discuss season 2 episode 4 of The White Lotus, “In The Sandbox.”Harper quietly begins to reckon with some of the shocking events of last episode, while Cam, Daphne, and Ethan are none the wiser. Albie and Portia continue to have massive issues trying to make this vacation fling work. Valentina is straight up just bad at her job at this point. And Tanya makes a new connection that may lead her down an interesting path. We discuss all this and more in this week’s episode!Decoding TV paid members: You can add the private private Decoding TV feed to your preferred app/device by going to decodingtv.com/listen.Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead Roxana’s work on VultureFollow Roxana on TwitterFollow this podcast on TwitterFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow David Chen on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/11/221h 3m

The Crown S5E01 thru S5E03 - Queen Victoria Syndrome, The System, Mou Mou

This episode of the podcast is brought to you by McDonald's, proudly serving communities since 1965. McDonald's. I'm lovin' it. After a long wait, all episodes of The Crown Season 5 are finally here! David Chen and @joyonapping are planning to cover The Crown in three installments:Episodes 1-3 (this episode)Episodes 4-6Episodes 7-10This is our first time covering a binge-release show on Netflix so if you have any thoughts on this approach, feel free to email us at decodingtv@gmail.com. It won’t change our plans for this season but could for future seasons.Today, we discuss The Crown Season 5 episodes 1-3, “Queen Victoria Syndrome,” “The System,” and “Mou Mou.” How does this season continue the Diana/Charles storyline? How does the new cast work for us so far? Did the writing of Andrew Morton’s book really go down like it does in the show? How exciting is carriage racing as a sport? Are the metaphors more clunky this season or is it just our imagination? All this and more on this week’s episode of Decoding TV!DecodingTV.com subscribers: To add the premium feed of Decoding TV to your podcast app, go to DecodingTV.com/listen and follow the instructions.Links:Follow @joyonapping on TwitterSubscribe to David Chen’s new newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/11/221h 3m

Andor S1E11 - Daughter of Ferrix

This episode of Decoding TV is brought to you by McDonald's, proudly serving communities since 1965. McDonald’s. I’m lovin’ it.In this Decoding TV episode, Patrick Willems and David Chen dive into season 1 episode 11 of Andor, “Daughter of Ferrix,” now streaming on Disney+.The penultimate episode of the first season puts in place many pieces for what promises to be an explosive finale. But it also raises a lot of questions like: Is Luthen secretly a Jedi? How different are Mon Mothma’s views on marriage from her daughter’s? Where will next episode leave #Keero? How will Andor and Melshi reunite? Also, David and Patrick discuss what they would like done with their remains. All this and more on this episode of Decoding TV!You can always email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)com.Links:Follow Decoding TVOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn TiktokFollow Patrick H. WillemsOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn PatreonFollow David ChenOn TwitterOn InstagramOn Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/11/221h 33m

The White Lotus S2E03 - Bull Elephants

This episode of Decoding TV is brought to you by McDonald's, proudly serving communities since 1965. McDonald’s. I’m lovin’ it.In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Roxana Hadadi recap and discuss season 2 episode 3 of The White Lotus, “Bull Elephants.”A series of surprising decisions reveal cracks beneath many of our core relationships. What is the nature of Cam and Daphne’s relationship? What does Ethan think of everything that’s going on? Is Albie actually a good guy or not? And why does he have to go after The Godfather anyways? Listen to hear us debate and discuss.Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead Roxana’s work on VultureFollow Roxana on TwitterFollow this podcast on TwitterFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow David Chen on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/11/221h 7m

Andor S1E10 - One Way Out

This episode of Decoding TV is brought to you by McDonald's, proudly serving communities since 1965. McDonald’s. I’m lovin’ it.It’s the first live recording of Decoding TV! David Chen and Patrick Willems are at the Hawai’i International Film Festival to share their expertise with students, but they couldn’t turn down the opportunity to record an Andor recap in person. In this Decoding TV episode, they dive into season 1 episode 10 of Andor, “One Way Out,” now streaming on Disney+.This episode puts the fate of ISB Senior Officer Lonni Jung front-and-center. How will Lonni fare in Luthen’s world? What is the show trying to say about revolutions and the people behind them? What is the ultimate fate of Kino Loy? Do Andor and Melshi end up surviving this week’s events? (Probably). Also: Where’s the #Karntent this week? All this and more on this episode of Decoding TV!You can always email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)com.Links:Watch Patrick's #Keero fancam videoFollow Decoding TV:On YouTubeOn TwitterOn TiktokFollow Patrick H. WillemsOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn PatreonFollow David ChenOn TwitterOn InstagramOn Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/11/221h 8m

The White Lotus S2E02 - Italian Dream

This episode of Decoding TV is brought to you by McDonald's, proudly serving communities since 1965. McDonald’s. I’m lovin’ it.In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Roxana Hadadi recap and discuss season 2 episode 2 of The White Lotus, “Italian Dream.”This episode continues to set up the dynamics between these characters, with some tantalizing clues as to what lies ahead. How are Harper and Ethan really doing? Is Cam’s anger really under control? Will Dominic ever overcome his demons? Listen to hear us discuss and speculate!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead Roxana’s work on VultureFollow Roxana on TwitterFollow this podcast on TwitterFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow David Chen on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/11/221h 12m

The Crown: Season 4 Lookback and Season 5 Preview

Decoding TV is kicking off our coverage of The Crown today! In this episode, David Chen and his wife @joyonapping offer their overall thoughts on the show, why it continues to be compelling after all these years, and what the next seasons might have in store.Programming Note: While Decoding TV will cover Season 5 of The Crown, we’re still working out the details of our coverage. At the very least, we can promise there will be one more Decoding TV podcast episode discussing season 5 but we may or may not have weekly coverage given that the show will be released binge-style on Netflix beginning November 9th. Stay tuned to Decoding TV for more details.The Crown is returning to Netflix on November 9th for its fifth and penultimate season. Its last season drew attention for its depiction of Princess Diana and her marriage to Charles - an event that even many millennials such as myself remember in their lifetimes. Season five promises to begin following that story to its horrifying conclusion (the show currently plans to end with season six).The production of The Crown is estimated to cost over $100 million per season, making it one of the most expensive TV shows ever made. It’s also one of the most critically acclaimed: The Crown has been nominated for hundreds of awards since its premiere in 2017, including Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmys and Best Television Drama at the Golden Globes. In 2021, it won all seven drama categories at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, becoming the first show to ever do so. Listen to this episode to hear David and Joy discuss where we left off with every plotline from season four and what topics we think season five will probably tackle.Links:Follow @joyonapping on TwitterSubscribe to David Chen’s new newsletter, Decoding Everything Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/11/221h 13m

Emergency Podcast: Westworld Has Been Cancelled

Welp, it’s official: Westworld has been cancelled. Once one of HBO’s biggest tentpole shows, Westworld has seen its popularity and viewership erode over time.In this bonus episode, David Chen and Siddhant Adlakha discuss their feelings about this news and the legacy that Westworld leaves behind.Links:HBO Cancels WestworldWhy HBO Cancelled WestworldEveryone from Westworld is getting paid anywayFollow Siddhant on TwitterRead Siddhant’s work on IGNFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/11/2222m 0s

Andor S1E09 - Nobody's Listening!

This episode of Decoding TV is brought to you by McDonald's, proudly serving communities since 1965. McDonald’s. I’m lovin’ it.David Chen and Patrick Willems dive into season 1 episode 9 of Andor, “Nobody’s Listening!,” now streaming on Disney+.How does a show like Andor tackle depictions of torture? How well does the show deal with Kino Loy’s personal journey? Is Mon Mothma ever going to get on board with this whole Rebellion thing? Also: The Keero ship finally gets its day. All this and more on this episode of ~Decoding TV!You can always email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)com.Links:Follow Decoding TV:On YouTubeOn TwitterOn TiktokFollow Patrick H. WillemsOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn PatreonFollow David ChenOn TwitterOn InstagramOn Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/11/221h 17m

The White Lotus S2E01 - Ciao

This episode of Decoding TV is brought to you by McDonald's, proudly serving communities since 1965. McDonald’s. I’m lovin’ it.A new season begins at The White Lotus in Sicily! And here on Decoding TV, David Chen and Roxana Hadadi try to figure out where exactly this show might be headed.In the season 2 premiere, “Ciao,” we meet, Harper (Aubrey Plaza) and Ethan (Will Sharpe), along with Daphne (Meghann Fahy) and Cameron (Theo James) who are away on a vacation together. Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge) and her assistant Portia (Haley Lu Richardson) try to navigate a fraught situation with Greg (Jon Gries). Dominic (Michael Imperioli), his father Bert (F. Murray Abraham), and his son Albie (Adam DiMarco) try their best to get along. And hotel manager Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore) tries to keep locals Mia (Beatrice Grannò) and Lucia (Simona Tabasco) at bay. Listen to hear our thoughts on the episode!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead Roxana’s work on VultureFollow Roxana on TwitterFollow this podcast on TwitterFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow David Chen on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/10/221h 7m

Andor S1E08 - Narkina 5

Support this podcast by becoming a paid member at DecodingTv.comDavid Chen and Patrick Willems dive into season 1 episode 8 of Andor, “Narkina 5,” now streaming on Disney+.Unexpected developments put Andor in an untenable situation. Will Cassian get back to Maarva while he still can? Will Meero figure out who Axis truly is? Can Bix survive the most recent incursion? Also: we get a weekly #Karntent check in. All this and more on this week’s episode of Decoding TV covering Andor!You can always email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)com.Links:Follow Decoding TV:On YouTubeOn TwitterOn TiktokFollow Patrick H. WillemsOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn PatreonFollow David ChenOn TwitterOn InstagramOn Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/10/221h 34m

The White Lotus - Season 1 Lookback and Season 2 Preview (with Roxana Hadadi)

The second season of The White Lotus will debut on October 30 on HBO and run for 7 episodes, and I’m thrilled to share that Decoding TV will be recapping and reviewing each episode. Furthermore, I’m excited to announce that my co-host will be Roxana Hadadi, a TV critic at Vulture.com and one of my favorite writers on the internet today. In this episode of Decoding TV, we discuss season 1 of The White Lotus, with a particular focus on its finale. Where did we leave off with each of these characters? What was this show trying to say about wealth and privilege, and how effectively did it say it? And what about that whole murder mystery plot? Listen to hear our thoughts on all of the above!Links:Email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comRead Roxana’s review of The White Lotus Season 1Read Roxana’s work on VultureFollow this podcast on TwitterFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow Roxana on TwitterFollow David Chen on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/10/2257m 5s

Andor S1E07 - Announcement

David Chen and Patrick Willems dive into season 1 episode 7 of Andor, “Announcement,” now streaming on Disney+.This week is a transitional episode as all of our characters react to the major developments from last week. Where do we see Andor’s arc going in this show? How will Karn, Cinta, and Vel play into it? What does the Imperial Security Bureau have to do with Google Messaging apps? And most importantly: What should we call the Karn/Meero ship? Keero? Marn? Listen to hear our theories and wild speculations!You can always email us at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)com.Links:Follow Decoding TV:On YouTubeOn TwitterOn TiktokFollow Patrick H. WillemsOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn PatreonFollow David ChenOn TwitterOn InstagramOn Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/10/221h 16m

The Rings of Power S1E08 - Alloyed

David Chen and Don Marshall discuss the eighth episode of the first season of Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: ‘Alloyed.’In the season 1 finale, several major twists are revealed with one major headfake thrown in for good measure. But how well did the show earn them? Where do things stand at the end of season 1 for our major characters? What plot threads are we looking forward to for season 2? For answers and speculations that address these questions (and many more), listen to the episode!Also: starting at 1:38:00, we dive into full book spoilers for a bit! Enjoy.Links:Subscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow this podcast on TiktokFollow this podcast on TwitterFollow Don Marshall:On TiktokOn TwitchOn InstagramOn PatreonFollow David Chen:On TwitterOn TiktokOn Instagram Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/10/222h 6m

She-Hulk S1E09 - Whose Show Is This?

In this episode of Decoding TV, Dan Gvozden from The Amazing Spider-Talk joins David and Siddhant Adlakha to dive into the season 1 finale of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law.The finale upends where we think this show is going, while providing some amusing meta-commentary about how Marvel shows are put together in general. But taken as a whole, does this season all add up to anything meaningful? Listen to hear our thoughts!Links:Subscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow Dan Gvozden on TwitterListen to Dan Gvozden’s podcast “The Amazing Spider-Talk”Follow David on TwitterFollow Siddhant on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/10/2259m 16s

Andor S1E06 - The Eye

David Chen and Patrick Willems dive into season 1 episode 6 of Andor, “The Eye,” now streaming on Disney+.The heist is afoot and it is spectacular! Andor and crew invade the garrison at Aldhani. But who will live? Who will die? And will anything be done to subvert our expectations for what heists can be? Listen to hear our theories and wild speculations!Links:Follow Decoding TV:On YouTubeOn TwitterOn TiktokFollow Patrick H. WillemsOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn PatreonFollow David ChenOn TwitterOn InstagramOn Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/10/221h 15m

Bonus Ep. - Werewolf By Night

It’s a Decoding TV Halloween bonus episode! Ashley Esqueda joins David Chen to discuss Michael Giacchino’s Werewolf by Night, now streaming on Disney Plus. In the movie, Gael Garcia Bernal plays Jack, a man who attends a gathering of monster hunters in pursuit of a powerful artifact called the Bloodstone, only to find that the night has surprises for them all.In what ways does Werewolf by Night connect to the MCU? How does Giacchino fare as a first-time feature director? Do we want to see more of these “Marvel Special Presentations” in the future? Listen and find out!Links:Slashfilm: An Ode to Marvel’s Man-ThingSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow this podcast on TiktokFollow Decoding TV on TwitterFollow Ashley Esqueda on TwitterFollow David Chen on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/2253m 31s

The Rings of Power S1E07 - The Eye

Support this podcast by becoming a paid member at DecodingTV.comDavid Chen and Don Marshall discuss the seventh episode of Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: ‘The Eye.’Who survived the events of last episode? Are we eventually going to learn who The Stranger is? Also, did Galadriel just have a husband this whole time?? For answers and speculations that address these questions (and many more), listen to the episode!Links:Subscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow this podcast on TiktokFollow this podcast on TwitterFollow Don Marshall:On TiktokOn TwitchOn InstagramOn PatreonFollow David Chen:On TwitterOn TiktokOn Instagram Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/10/221h 17m

She-Hulk S1E08 - Ribbit and Rip It

In this episode of Decoding TV, Dan Gvozden from The Amazing Spider-Talk subs in for David Chen and joins Siddhant Adlakha in diving into Charles Soule and Javier Pullido’s run of She-Hulk - one of the inspirations behind She-Hulk: Attorney At Law and a glimpse into where the show could head in a future season.Then, starting at 18:30, the two discuss the eighth episode of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, “Ribbit and Rip It.” Jen trades blows and kisses with Matt Murdoch, aka Daredevil, grounds Leap Frog, and sees her world come crashing down around her at the hands of the Hulk King.Next week: David Chen returns for the finale and a discussion of the season as a whole.Links:Subscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow Dan Gvozden on TwitterListen to Dan Gvozden’s podcast “The Amazing Spider-Talk”Follow David on TwitterFollow Siddhant on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/10/221h 1m

Andor S1E05 - The Axe Forgets

David Chen and Patrick Willems dive into season 1 episode 5 of Andor, “The Axe Forgets,” now streaming on Disney+.Another heist setup episode lets us get to know the characters from Vel’s crew and understand their motivations. But who will survive next episode? What will (inevitably) go wrong? Will we ever see a Mon Mothma dinner party? And how is Karn going to fit into any of this? Listen to hear our theories and wild speculations!Links:Watch/subscribe to the YouTube version of this podcastFollow Patrick H. WillemsOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn PatreonFollow David ChenOn TwitterOn InstagramOn Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/10/221h 14m

The Rings of Power S1E06 - Udun

Support this podcast by becoming a paid member at DecodingTV.com!David Chen and Don Marshall discuss the sixth episode of Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: ‘Udun.’ A visually spectacular and intense episode that begins tying up many of the plotlines introduced earlier this season.Is this The Rings of Power’s first “hard R” episode? What are the homages to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings? Who lives and who dies at the end of this thing? For answers and speculations that address these questions (and many more), listen to the episode!Links:Subscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow this podcast on TiktokFollow this podcast on TwitterFollow Don Marshall:On TiktokOn TwitchOn InstagramOn PatreonFollow David Chen:On TwitterOn TiktokOn Instagram Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/10/221h 4m

She-Hulk S1E07 - The Retreat

In this episode of Decoding TV, Dan Gvozden from The Amazing Spider-Talk subs in for David Chen and joins Siddhant Adlakha in diving into Dan Slott’s run of She-Hulk - arguably the biggest inspiration for She-Hulk: Attorney At Law.Then, starting at around 23:14, the two discuss the seventh episode of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, “The Retreat.” Jen visits Emil Blonsky’s retreat, but how effectively does it help her find herself?Next week: Our opening topic will be Charles Soule and Javier Puilido’s run of She-Hulk.Links:Subscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow Dan Gvozden on TwitterListen to Dan Gvozden’s podcast “The Amazing Spider-Talk”Follow David on TwitterFollow Siddhant on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/10/221h

Andor S1E04 - Aldhani

Support this podcast by becoming a member of DecodingTv.com!David Chen and Patrick Willems dive into season 1 episode 4 of Andor, “Aldhani,” now streaming on Disney+.When does Andor take place in the Star Wars timeline? Is Cassian the Waingro of Vel’s crew? What is the ultimate fate of Blevins? And how do you pronounce Coruscant anyway? Listen to find out!Links:Learn more about the Star Wars timelineWatch/subscribe to the YouTube version of this podcastFollow Patrick H. WillemsOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn PatreonFollow David ChenOn TwitterOn InstagramOn Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/09/221h 7m

The Rings of Power S1E05 - Partings

David Chen and Don Marshall discuss the fifth episode of Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: ‘Partings.’ This episode, Galadriel needs to convince Númenor to sail into battle…again?Why does Gil-galad kinda look down on Elrond? And what is the nature of Elrond’s oath to Durin? Who is The Stranger? When exactly is all the Southlands stuff taking place? For answers and speculations that address these questions (and many more), listen to the episode!Links:For quality written recaps and reviews about The Rings of Power and many other shows, check out the Episodic Medium newsletter.Learn about how the Hobbits wore Don’s merch Subscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow this podcast on TiktokFollow this podcast on TwitterFollow Don Marshall:On TiktokOn TwitchOn InstagramOn PatreonFollow David Chen:On TwitterOn TiktokOn Instagram Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/09/221h 8m

She-Hulk S1E06 - Just Jen

In this episode of Decoding TV, David and Siddhant start by discussing Netflix’s Daredevil. Why does that show seem to still capture the popular imagination when it comes to Marvel properties? What did it do that no other MCU show has been able to? And where is Matt Murdock now?Then, starting at around 31:52, the two dive into sixth episode of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, “Just Jen.” An inconveniently-timed, self-contained wedding episode!Next week: Our opening topic will be Dan Slott’s first 6 issues of Single Green Female, featuring Dan Gvozden.Links:Amazon link for Dan Slott’s Single Green FemaleSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow David on TwitterFollow Siddhant on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/09/221h

Andor S1E01 thru S1E03 - Kassa, That Would Be Me, Reckoning

Support this show and get ad-free/bonus episodes by becoming a paid member at DecodingTV.com!David Chen and Patrick Willems dive into the first three episodes of Andor, now streaming on Disney+.How and why does Andor feel different than any other Star Wars show out there? How will the rest of the show be structured? What arc for Cassian Andor is the show sketching out? Is Syril Karn an irredeemable villain or a sympathetic middle manager? Listen to find out!Links:For quality written content about Andor and many other shows, check out the Episodic Medium newsletter.Watch/subscribe to the YouTube version of this podcastTony Gilroy’s NYTimes interviewRolling Stone article about AndorFollow Patrick H. WillemsOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn PatreonFollow David ChenOn TwitterOn InstagramOn Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/09/221h 39m

Revisiting 'Rogue One' and kicking off our 'Andor' coverage (with Patrick H. Willems)

Support this podcast by becoming a paid member at DecodingTV.com!We are thrilled to welcome Patrick H. Willems to the Decoding TV podcast! Willems is a filmmaker, cultural commentator, and one of my favorite video essayists on the internet. I’ve enjoyed conversing with Patrick for years on YouTube and on podcasts but I’m so thrilled to be able to cover a TV show with him on Decoding TV.In this inaugural episode kicking off our Andor coverage, we discuss the troubled history of Rogue One, where the movie shows clear signs of behind-the-scenes turmoil, and what we still really like about the movie. Andor premieres Wednesday, September 21. Our plan is for our Andor coverage to release by Thursday nights. As always, paid members will get episodes earlier and get any bonus episodes we record during the show’s run. Thanks so much for your support!Links:Watch/subscribe to the YouTube version of this podcastTony Gilroy’s interview with Brian KoppelmanFollow Patrick H. WillemsOn YouTubeOn TwitterOn PatreonFollow David ChenOn TwitterOn InstagramOn Tiktok Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/09/221h 30m

The Rings of Power S1E04 - The Great Wave

Support this podcast by becoming a paid member of DecodingTV.com!David Chen and Don Marshall discuss the fourth episode of Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: ‘The Great Wave.’ This episode, Galadriel tries to convince the city of Númenor to join in her fight. But will they be fighting for the right purpose?Adar reveals himself, but what are his broader goals? What is calling out for Isildur? When exactly is all the Southlands stuff taking place? For answers and speculations that address these questions (and many more), listen to the episode!Links:For quality written recaps and reviews about The Rings of Power and many other shows, check out the Episodic Medium newsletter.Read about the making of the Rings of Power title sequenceSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow this podcast on TiktokFollow this podcast on TwitterFollow Don Marshall:On TiktokOn InstagramOn PatreonFollow David Chen:On TwitterOn TiktokOn Instagram Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/09/221h 13m

She-Hulk S1E05 - Mean, Green, and Straight Poured Into These Jeans

Support this podcast by becoming a member of DecodingTV.com!In this episode of Decoding TV, David and Siddhant start by some of the D23 news that was announced last week, including the return of a Hulk-related character that none of us saw coming.Then, starting at 18:00, the two dive into third episode of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, “Mean, Green, and Straight Poured Into These Jeans.” While this was a fun episode, it sure seems like something has gone awry with the timeline and pacing of this show!Next week: Our opening topic will be the Netflix version of Daredevil (played by Charlie Cox) and what the legacy of the character is as we head into the sixth episode of She-Hulk.Links:Read Matt Singer’s article about She-Hulk and the real worldSubscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow David on TwitterFollow Siddhant on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/09/2248m 6s

Bonus Ep. - When the Hobbits Wear Your Merch

Support this podcast and get ad-free episodes and bonus episode by becoming a paid member of DecodingTV.com.Last week, a number of high-profile actors who’ve previously appeared in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring trilogy made social posts while wearing T-shirts from Don Marshall’s online merch store. The shirts displayed the words “You Are All Welcome Here” in Elvish (translation by @WizardWayKris).In this bonus episode, I asked Don what it was like to experience this entire series of events. Read Don’s recap of the events here.After you’re done listening, consider following these wonderful online creators:@OnlyAnnaMaria@AnexWilson@KnewBettaDoBetta@BlackPNWLady@FreddiesRoommate@EbonyWarriorStudiosFollow Don Marshall:On TiktokOn TwitchOn InstagramOn PatreonFollow David:Subscribe to a Cast of KingsSubscribe to The FilmcastOn TwitterOn Instagram Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/09/2233m 55s

The Rings of Power S1E03 - Adar

Support this podcast by becoming a member of DecodingTV.com!David Chen and Don Marshall discuss the third episode of Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: ‘Adar.’ This episode, we travel to the land of Númenor and events are set in motion that will likely inform the rest of the season and beyond.Who is this Adar the orcs keep talking about? Who might Halbrand be, really? What’s up with all the slow-motion horse riding? For answers and speculations that address these questions (and many more), listen to the episode!Links:Subscribe to this show on YouTubeFollow this show on TiktokFollow this show on TwitterFollow Don Marshall:On TiktokOn InstagramOn PatreonFollow David Chen:On TwitterOn TiktokOn Instagram Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/09/221h 5m

She-Hulk S1E04 - Is This Not Real Magic?

Support this podcast by becoming a member of DecodingTV.com!In this episode of Decoding TV, David and Siddhant start by discussing Ang Lee’s 2003 film Hulk. People don’t really talk about this film that much anymore, and it was widely regarded as a disappointment at the time of its release, but does it deserve its reputation?Then, starting at 33:35, the two dive into third episode of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, “Is This Not Real Magic?” which gives us what we all want: more Wong.Links:Subscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow David on TwitterFollow Siddhant on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/09/221h 2m

The Rings of Power S1E01 and E02 - A Shadow of the Past and Adrift

David Chen and Don Marshall discuss the first two episodes of Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: ‘Shadow of the Past’ and ‘Adrift.’Who exactly is Morgoth? Is Valinor basically like Elf Heaven? What’s the difference between a Harfoot and a Hobbit? What was the glowing blue stuff in that case that the dwarves open? Who is the Stranger? For answers and speculations about these questions (and much more), listen to the episode!Links:Watch our Rings of Power preview episodeSubscribe to this show on YouTubeFollow this show on TiktokFollow this show on TwitterFollow David Chen:On TwitterOn TiktokOn InstagramFollow Don Marshall:On TiktokOn InstagramOn Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/09/221h 47m

She-Hulk: Attorney At Law S1E03 - The People vs. Emil Blonsky

Support this podcast by becoming a member of DecodingTV.com!In this episode of Decoding TV, David and Siddhant start by discussing The Sensational She-Hulk by John Byrne Vol. 1. What makes She-Hulk stand out as a character from the rest of The Avengers?Then, starting at 23:00, the two dive into third episode of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, “The People vs. Emil Blonsky,” which reveals just how much Blonsky has changed since the events of The Incredible Hulk.Next week: Our main topic will be Ang Lee’s 2003 film Hulk. See you then!Links:Subscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow David on TwitterFollow Siddhant on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/09/2251m 28s

How to get ready for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (and introducing Don Marshall!)

I’m pleased to announce that Don Marshall will be joining me as my new co-host on the Decoding TV podcast to recap The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power! Don regularly shares his knowledge of Middle Earth with his 580K+ Tiktok followers and I’m so thrilled that he’ll be providing his expertise with us for this momentous show.In this episode, Don and I discuss how he came to love Lord of the Rings, why the show is a big deal for Amazon (and why it will probably be a big deal for pop culture), and what you as a viewer can do to get ready for the show. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power debuts this Thursday on Prime Video, with subsequent episodes being released on Fridays.Our Rings of Power recaps will be released on the Decoding TV feed on Saturdays. Decoding TV will continue to cover She-Hulk: Attorney At Law (and hopefully other shows in the future!). As usual, becoming a paid member of DecodingTV.com means you get access to ad-free episodes and bonus episodes of the podcast.Links:Subscribe to the FREE version of the Decoding TV podcastSubscribe to this show on YouTubeFollow this show on TiktokFollow Don Marshall:On TiktokOn InstagramOn Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/08/2222m 13s

She-Hulk: Attorney At Law S1E02 - Superhuman Law

In this episode of Decoding TV, David and Siddhant kick things off by reviewing the 2008 sci-fi action film The Incredible Hulk, directed by Louis Leterrier. The Incredible Hulk was one of the first Marvel films of modern times, but it remains largely forgotten. Is it, in fact, an underrated gem? Listen to find out!Then, starting at 42:15, the two dive into second episode of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, “Superhuman Law,” which establishes the stakes for the rest of the series and also happens to feature a prominent character from The Incredible Hulk.Next week: Our main topic will be Sensational She-Hulk by John Byrne Vol. 1! Buy it on Amazon here.inks:Subscribe to this podcast on YouTubeFollow David on TwitterFollow Siddhant on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/08/221h 12m

She-Hulk: Attorney At Law S1E01 - A Normal Amount of Rage

Support this podcast at DecodingTV.com!Welcome to a new era of Decoding TV! We appreciate that you’re still here and giving us a try as we cover a new show: She-Hulk: Attorney At Law on Disney+.Our goal will be to have at least one topic at the top of each episode that might be interesting even to those of you who aren’t watching She-Hulk along with us. In this episode, David and Siddhant discuss the history of MCU TV shows: How have they been, quality-wise, and what is their function in the MCUniverse?Then, starting at 26:00, the two dive into the season premiere of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law.Links:Subscribe to this podcast on YouTubeOscar Isaac’s Cheetoh chopsticksFollow David on TwitterFollow Siddhant on Twitter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/08/221h 12m

Bonus Ep. - Better Call Saul Series Finale Post-Mortem - "Saul Gone"

In this bonus episode, David and his wife (@joyonapping on Twitter) discuss the series finale of Better Call Saul, "Saul Gone."Support this podcast at http://www.decodingtv.com! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/08/221h 19m

Decoding Westworld S4E8 - Que Será, Será

David and Siddhant discuss season 4 episode 8 of Westworld, "Que Será, Será" Decoding Westworld is becoming Decoding TV! It'll be on the same podcast feed, so no need to re-subscribe.Support this podcast at DecodingTV.com and get bonus episodes, ad-free episodes for Decoding TV and A Cast of Kings. We'll be back next week with a recap of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law!Shownotes:Follow Decoding TV on TwitterFollow Decoding TV on YouTubeRead Siddhant's interview with Jeffrey WrightFollow Siddhant on TwitterFollow David on TwitterSubscribe to David's other podcasts: Culturally Relevant and The Filmcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/08/2259m 42s

Decoding Westworld S4E7 - Metanoia

A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT THIS WEEK: Decoding Westworld will soon become Decoding TV! Decoding TV will stay on this same podcast feed so no need to re-subscribe, but our name will change soon, as will what we're covering.Also: In this episode of Decoding Westworld, David Chen and Siddhant Adlakha recap season 4 episode 7 of Westworld, "Metanoia."You can always email this podcast at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail(DOT)comSupport this podcast via David Chen's Patreon pageShownotes:Follow Decoding TV on TwitterFollow Decoding TV on YouTubeRead Siddhant's review of I Love My DadWatch David's breakdown of the Warner Bros Discovery situationFollow Siddhant on TwitterFollow David on TwitterSubscribe to David's other podcasts: Culturally Relevant and The Filmcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/08/221h 9m

Decoding Westworld S4E6 - Fidelity

In this episode of Decoding Westworld, David Chen and Siddhant Adlakha recap season 4 episode 6 of Westworld, "Fidelity."You can always email this podcast at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail(DOT)comSupport this podcast via David Chen's Patreon pageShownotes:Read Siddhant's review of Shin UltramanSubscribe to A Cast of KingsFollow Siddhant on TwitterFollow David on TwitterSubscribe to David's other podcasts: Culturally Relevant and The Filmcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/08/2252m 26s

Decoding Westworld S4E5 - Zhuangzi

In this episode of Decoding Westworld, David Chen and Siddhant Adlakha recap season 4 episode 5 of Westworld, "Zhuangzi." You can always email this podcast at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail(DOT)comSupport this podcast via David Chen's Patreon pageShownotes:Read Siddhant's review of NopeSubscribe to A Cast of KingsFollow Siddhant on TwitterFollow David on TwitterSubscribe to David's other podcasts: Culturally Relevant and The Filmcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/07/2249m 12s

Decoding Westworld S4E4 - Generation Loss

In this episode of Decoding Westworld, David Chen and Siddhant Adlakha recap season 4 episode 4 of Westworld, "Generation Loss." You can always email this podcast at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail(DOT)comSupport this podcast via David Chen's Patreon pageShownotes:Read Siddhant's review of The Gray ManSubscribe to A Cast of KingsFollow Siddhant on TwitterFollow David on TwitterSubscribe to David's other podcasts: Culturally Relevant and The Filmcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/07/2254m 29s

Decoding Westworld S4E3 - Années Folles

In this episode of Decoding Westworld, David Chen and Siddhant Adlakha recap season 4 episode 3 of Westworld, "Années Folles." You can always email this podcast at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail(DOT)comSupport this podcast via David Chen's Patreon pageShownotes:Thor's Journey to the Big ScreenSubscribe to the Culturally Relevant podcastFollow Siddhant on TwitterFollow David on TwitterSubscribe to David's other podcasts: Culturally Relevant and The Filmcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/07/2249m 7s

Decoding Westworld S4E2 - Well Enough Alone

In this episode of Decoding Westworld, David Chen and Siddhant Adlakha recap season 4 episode 2 of Westworld, "Well Enough Alone."You can always email this podcast at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail(DOT)comSupport this podcast via David Chen's Patreon pageShownotes:Read Siddhant's profile of Zee5Subscribe to the Culturally Relevant podcastFollow Siddhant on TwitterFollow David on TwitterSubscribe to David's other podcasts: Culturally Relevant and The Filmcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/07/2257m 49s

Decoding Westworld Bonus - The Greatness of Ariana DeBose, New York as a Character, Favorite NPCs

In this bonus episode, David and Siddhant reflect on the greatness of Ariana DeBose, talk about New York's depiction in Westworld, and run down their favorite NPCs. Get more of these bonus episodes at http://patreon.com/davechenYou can always email this podcast at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail(DOT)comSupport this podcast via David Chen's Patreon pageLinks:Follow Siddhant on TwitterFollow David on TwitterSubscribe to David's other podcasts: Culturally Relevant and The Filmcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/07/2223m 8s

Decoding Westworld S4E1 - The Auguries

Westworld is back! In this episode of Decoding Westworld, David Chen and Siddhant Adlakha recap season 4 episode 1 of Westworld, "The Auguries." You can always email this podcast at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail(DOT)comSupport this podcast via David Chen's Patreon pageShownotes:Read Siddhant's review of West Side StoryListen to David's interview with  Elizabeth WilliamsonFollow Siddhant on TwitterFollow David on TwitterSubscribe to David's other podcasts: Culturally Relevant and The Filmcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/06/2252m 18s

Decoding Westworld Season 3 Lookback and Season 4 Preview

David welcomes writer and critic Siddhant Adlakha to the podcast! The two reflect on the highs and lows of the series, what they thought of season 3, and speculate on what season 4 might look like.You can always email this podcast at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail(DOT)comSupport this podcast via David Chen's Patreon pageShownotes:Check out Siddhant's recaps of Ms. Marvel over at VultureFollow Siddhant on TwitterFollow David on TwitterSubscribe to David's other podcasts: Culturally Relevant and The Filmcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/06/2252m 44s

What's Happening with Decoding Westworld

David and Joanna discuss the future of the Decoding Westworld podcast. This season, you can find Joanna discussing Westworld over on The Ringer's Prestige TV podcast feed.Links:Follow Joanna on TwitterFollow David on TwitterCheck out The Ringer's Prestige TV podcast feed Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/06/227m 15s

Decoding Westworld S3E8 - Crisis Theory

Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the season three finale, "Crisis Theory."Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld this season! You can keep in touch by listening/subscribing/following our other work below. Shownotes:Subscribe to our new podcast, Truth vs. Hollywood!Follow Joanna on TwitterFollow David on TwitterSubscribe to Joanna's other podcasts: Still Watching, Little Gold Men, and The StormSubscribe to David's other podcasts: Culturally Relevant and The SlashfilmcastSubscribe to David's newsletter How to dress for the surveillance age Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/05/202h 8m

Decoding Westworld S3E7 - Passed Pawn

Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the season three, episode seven, "Passed Pawn."Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!Shownotes:Westworld Renewed for Season 4 in THRHow Bong Joon-ho Recycles Movie Moments in InsiderKim Renfro's Westworld timelineThe problem with YouTube algorithmsWatch Season 1-2 recap videos: Screencrush, Cinematica, Screen Junkies Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/04/201h 38m

Decoding Westworld S3E6 - Decoherence

 Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the season three, episode six, "Decoherence."Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!Shownotes:Kim Renfro's Westworld timelineThe problem with YouTube algorithmsWatch Season 1-2 recap videos: Screencrush, Cinematica, Screen JunkiesJoanna’s guess is "Hanaryo" Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/04/201h 27m

Decoding Westworld S3E5 - Genre

Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the season three, episode five, "Genre."Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!Shownotes:Kim Renfro's Westworld timelineThe problem with YouTube algorithmsWatch Season 1-2 recap videos: Screencrush, Cinematica, Screen Junkies Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/04/201h 29m

Decoding Westworld S3E4 - The Mother of Exiles

Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the season three, episode four, "The Mother of Exiles."Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!Shownotes:Kim Renfro's Westworld timelineThe problem with YouTube algorithmsWatch Season 1-2 recap videos: Screencrush, Cinematica, Screen Junkies Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/04/201h 28m

Decoding Westworld S3E03 - The Absence of Field

Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss season three, episode three, "The Absence of Field."Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!Shownotes:Kim Renfro's Westworld timelineThe problem with YouTube algorithmsWatch Season 1-2 recap videos: Screencrush, Cinematica, Screen Junkies Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/03/201h 20m

Decoding Westworld S3E02 - The Winter Line

Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss season three, episode two, "The Winter Line."Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!Shownotes:Kim Renfro's Westworld timelineThe problem with YouTube algorithmsWatch Season 1-2 recap videos: Screencrush, Cinematica, Screen Junkies Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/03/201h 18m

Decoding Westworld S3E01 - Parce Domine

Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the season three premiere, "Parce Domine."Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!Shownotes:Kim Renfro's Westworld timelineThe problem with YouTube algorithmsWatch Season 1-2 recap videos: Screencrush, Cinematica, Screen Junkies Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/03/201h 31m

Decoding Westworld Season 3 Preview

David and Joanna discuss the season 3 trailers for Westworld and speculate on where this show is going after all the events of season 2.Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld! Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!Shownotes:Support the Kickstarter for this podcast!Watch the teaser for season 3Watch the comic-con trailer for season 3Watch the official final trailer for season 3 Check out Kim Renfro's breakdown of the season 3 trailerThis podcast is powered by Simplecast. Check out simplecast.com if you're thinking of launching your own podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/02/2046m 41s

Decoding Westworld: Season 2 Post-Mortem (GUEST: Will Wallace)

Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David are joined by Kickstarter backer (and writer) Will Wallace to reflect on season 2 of the show. Follow Will on Twitter. Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld! Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/07/181h 7m

Decoding Westworld S2E10 - The Passenger

Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the season finale of the second season, "The Passenger."  Be sure to check out Joanna's recap of this episode and Chris Evangelista's recap of the episode. Also, see the Washington Post article that features us! Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks! This episode is sponsored by Marine Layer. For 15 percent off your first order, visit marinelayer.com and enter "decoding" at check-out. This episode is also sponsored by Mink Eyes and Tenebrae by Max McBride. Find these books at your local bookstore and Amazon and at www.max2themax.com. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/06/182h 7m

Decoding Westworld S2E09 - Vanishing Point

Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the ninth episode of the second season, "Vanishing Point." Be sure to check out Joanna's recap of this episode: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/06/westworld-is-william-a-host-is-emily-dead-is-teddy-dead-vanishing-point-katja-herbers Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/06/181h 25m

Decoding Westworld S2E08 - Kiksuya

Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the eighth episode of the second season, "Kiksuya." Be sure to check out Joanna's recap of this episode: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/06/westworld-kiksuya-what-is-the-door-ending-explained-maeve-akechetah-zahn-mclarnon Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/06/181h 18m

Decoding Westworld S2E07 - Les Écorchés

Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the seventh episode of the second season, "Les Écorchés." Be sure to check out Joanna's recap of this episode: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/06/westworld-season-2-episode-7-les-escorches-callbacks-references Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/06/181h 26m

Decoding Westworld S2E06 - Phase Space

Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the sixth episode of the second season, "Phase Space." Thanks to Unspooled for sponsoring this episode! Check out the Unspooled podcast here: https://www.earwolf.com/show/unspooled/ Be sure to check out Joanna's recap of this episode: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/05/westworld-season-2-episode-6-phase-space-anthony-hopkins Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/05/181h 31m

Decoding Westworld S2E05 - Akane No Mai

Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the fifth episode of the second season, "Akane No Mai." Be sure to check out Joanna's recap of this episode: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/05/westworld-season-2-episode-5-akane-no-mai-hiroyuki-sanada-gay-love-story-hector Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/05/181h 10m

Decoding Westworld S2E04 - The Riddle of the Sphinx

Joanna and David discuss the fourth episode of the second season of Westworld, "The Riddle of the Sphinx." Be sure to check out Joanna's recap of the podcast: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/05/westworld-who-did-bernard-print-red-ball-season-2-episode-4-riddle-of-the-sphinx Check out Joanna's interview with Lisa Joy: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/05/westworld-season-2-episode-4-recap-lisa-joy-interview-stalker-lost-ex-machina-references You can always email us at decodingwestworld@gmail.com. Find more episodes at decodingwestworld.com. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/05/181h 43m

Decoding Westworld S2E03 - Virtù e Fortuna

In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the third episode of the second season, "Virtù e Fortuna." Be sure to check out Joanna Robinson's recap of this episode: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/05/westworld-season-2-episode-3-who-is-grace-virtu-e-fortuna-recap Find Mink Eyes and Tenebrae by Max McBride at your local bookstore and Amazon and at www.max2themax.com. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/05/181h 24m

Decoding Westworld S2E02 - Reunion

In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the second episode of the second season, "Reunion." Be sure to check out Joanna Robinson's recap of this episode: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/04/westworld-season-2-episode-2-recap-reunion-timeline Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/05/181h 17m

Decoding Westworld S2E01 - Journey Into Night

In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the Season 2 premiere, "Journey Into Night." Be sure to check out Joanna Robinson's recap of this episode: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/04/westworld-season-2-episode-1-journey-into-night-recap Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/04/181h 32m

Westworld Season 2 Preview (GUEST: Paul Scheer from How Did This Get Made)

David and Joanna are back for another season of Decoding Westworld! In this episode, they are joined by special guest Paul Scheer to recap their thoughts on season 1, talk about Paul's panel with the showrunners and stars of Westworld, and speculate about season 2. SUPPORT this season of the show by going to http://www.podcastkickstarter.com Be sure to check out Paul's other show, How Did This Get Made, at http://www.earwolf.com/show/how-did-this-get-made/ Find more episodes of this show at http://www.decodingwestworld.com Email us at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail(DOT)com Editing assistance for this episode was provided by Brian Davids from the Film Schlubs podcast (http://filmschlubspodcast.com/) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/04/1855m 39s

Decoding Westworld S1E10 - The Bicameral Mind

Joanna and David recap the 10th episode of the 1st season of Westworld, "The Bicameral Mind." We have a new podcast! Check out at http://genpopshow.com, and support it at http://patreon.com/genpopshow Check out Joanna's recap of the episode here: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/12/westworld-finale-recap-the-bicameral-mind-is-ford-dead-elsie-stubbs-abernathy-logan Check out Jacob Hall's review of the episode here: http://www.slashfilm.com/westworld-season-finale-spoiler-review/ Check out James Poniewozik's article about Westworld here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/arts/television/westworld-a-show-thats-amazing-but-not-necessarily-good.html?_r=1 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/12/162h 6m

Decoding Westworld S1E09 - The Well-Tempered Clavier

Joanna and David recap the 9th episode of the 1st season of Westworld, "The Well-Tempered Clavier." Learn more about why William is a terrible person: https://www.reddit.com/r/westworld/comments/5fd5ei/william_is_a_massive_piece_of_shit/?st=IW2MWNWW&sh=036cbf63 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/11/161h 29m

Decoding Westworld S1E08 - Trace Decay (GUEST: Writer Charles Yu)

Joanna and David recap the eighth episode of the first season of Westworld, "Trace Decay." Also: episode co-writer Charles Yu joins us to discuss his thoughts on AI, breaking the story for this episode, and the state of Westworld fandom on the internet. Be sure to check out Joanna Robinson's recap of the episode. http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/11/westworld-season-1-episode-8-trace-decay-who-is-wyatt Also check out Jacob Hall's recap at slashfilm.com. http://www.slashfilm.com/westworld-episode-8-spoiler-review/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/11/161h 32m

Decoding Westworld S1E07 - Trompe L'oeil

Joanna and David recap the seventh episode of the first season of Westworld, "Trompe L'oeil." Read Joanna's recap of the episode here: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/11/westworld-recap-bernard-robot-kills-theresa-episode-7-tromp-loeil Read the recap from Slashfilm.com here: http://www.slashfilm.com/westworld-episode-7-spoiler-review/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/11/161h 13m

Decoding Westworld S1E06 - The Adversary

Joanna and David recap the sixth episode of the first season of Westworld, "The Adversary." Check out David's video essay about the multiple time period theory: https://youtu.be/JPkkltGOdlU Read Joanna's breakdown of the biggest mysteries behind Westworld: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/11/westworld-theories-multiple-timelines-who-is-the-man-in-black-who-is-arnold-who-is-wyatt See Joanna's recap of this week's episode: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/11/westworld-recap-season-1-episode-6-the-adversary-who-is-arnold-what-is-the-maze Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/11/161h 22m

Decoding Westworld S1E05 - Contrapasso

David and Joanna recap the fifth episode of the first season of Westworld, "Contrapasso." Read Joanna's new theory about the two timelines here: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/10/westworld-season-1-episode-5-recap-contrapasso-timeline-theory-lawrence-bernard-is-arnold-clone-robot Check out Matt Singer's recap of the episode here: http://screencrush.com/westworld-s1e5-recap-contrapasso/ Check out Alan Sepinwall's thoughts on the dangers of twist-based storytelling: http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/review-how-westworld-may-be-acting-too-clever-for-its-own-good Read Wesley Morris's take on "The Last Taboo" http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/10/30/magazine/black-male-sexuality-last-taboo.html?_r=0 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/10/161h 16m

Bonus Ep. - Vincenzo Natali, Director of "Dissonance Theory"

David Chen chats with Vincenzo Natali, director of the "Dissonance Theory" episode of Westworld. Follow Vincenzo on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vincenzo_natali Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/10/1645m 11s

Decoding Westworld S1E04 - Dissonance Theory

Joanna and David recap the fourthy episode of Westworld's first season, "Dissonance Theory." Read up on the Man in Black's approach to gaming here: http://www.vulture.com/2016/10/westworld-man-in-black-is-a-classic-bad-gamer.html?utm_content=bufferd24b9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/10/161h 17m

Decoding Westworld S1E03 - The Stray

Joanna and David recap the third episode of Westworld's first season, "The Stray." Read Joanna's recap of this episode here: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/10/westworld-season-1-episode-3-recap-the-stray-bernard-android Go here to see 5 theories about Arnold: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/westworld-5-theories-arnold-938757 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/10/161h 1m

Decoding Westworld S1E02 - Chestnut

In this episode, David and Joanna review the second episode of the first season, "Chestnut." Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/1659m 31s

Decoding Westworld S1E01 - The Original

Joanna and David discuss the first episode of HBO's WESTWORLD, "The Original." Find more episodes at decodingwestworld.com and email us at decodingwestworld@gmail.com. Thanks to www.wikirascals.com for helping us with our podcast album art. Read more Westworld theories here: http://www.slashfilm.com/westworld-theories/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/10/1644m 1s
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