March 23rd, 2017 · 151 minutes
This week kicks off with John talking about the new Zelda game alongside thoughts on what it takes to keep a franchise great.
In follow-up, John addresses online angst and agita about the recent discussion of Arrival.
Next up, Merlin gets his time in the barrel as John disabuses him of his self-styled situation as "the dumb one." Merlin tries gamely to change the subject to how status works in improv, but finds his knife further sharpened in the bargain.
Your hosts reluctantly accept that their college friends may no longer be 19.
At 1:17:17, we turn to the Spoiler Slot, featuring that long-teased discussion of the whackadoo Netflix series, The OA (as well as passing references to Sound of My Voice).
Then (then!), at 2:11:15, we have an unprecedented second Spoiler Slot for follow-up forensic analysis of Arrival.
(Episode recorded Tuesday, March 14, 2017)
This episode of Reconcilable Differences is sponsored by:
Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her 20s with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.
The OA received generally favorable critical reception, although reviews ranged from highly positive to highly negative, with several reviewers drawing both favorable and unfavorable comparisons with Stranger Things, another science fiction series that debuted on Netflix earlier in the year.
This article contains spoilers through all eight episodes of The OA.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read until you’ve watched all eight episodes of “The OA,” which debuted today on Netflix.
Television loves a mystery box lately — puzzle series like “Westworld” and “Mr. Robot ” — and with the sudden announcement of “The OA” just days before its premiere on Friday, Netflix dropped one on our doorstep, rang the doorbell and ran.
When we talk about status “transactions”, we are essentially talking about social dominance and submission. The terms “status hierarchy” and “submission hierarchy” could be used interchangeably. This idea presupposes a couple of assumptions based in evolution science, for example:
One of the most iconoclastic, pioneering and influential comedians in Britain, Stewart Lee has forged his post-punk ideals into a thrillingly funny live act, with the very form at his fingertips. We explore the deliberately uncomfortable tension between the man and the stage persona