It’s been way too many months since our last chat about Supernatural but we are finally back to talk about Season 9! Angels have fallen. Hell is in disarray. And there’s a whole bunch of other stuff that pissed us off, so let’s dive in and discuss it all in this latest episode of Catching Up!
00:00 – Introduction & Season Recap 03:15 – Favorite Episodes of the Season 26:16 – Honorable Mentions 31:40 – Best Use of Music Licensing 34:34 – Favorite Quotes from the Season 38:10 – Acting Shout Outs 39:05 – Overall Thoughts on the Season 55:00 – Final Thoughts and Ratings
It has been a couple of months since our last chat about Supernatural but we are back at it now to talk about Season 8! Lots happened this season. Some of it was really fun and some of it didn’t really make sense but all of it gets discussed in this latest episode of Catching Up!
00:00 – Introduction 01:40 – Favorite Episodes of the Season 28:35 – Honorable Mentions 34:05 – Best Use of Music Licensing 37:45 – Favorite Quotes from the Season 44:40 – Acting Shout Outs 48:10 – Overall Thoughts on the Season 55:50 – Final Thoughts and Ratings
We are back with another episode of Catching Up! We watched Supernatural Season 7 in November 2021, recorded our show in January 2022, and now in February 2022 are finally getting around to posting it! Listen below to find out how we really felt about Castiel’s turn as God, and the new big bads of the season, those pesky Leviathan.
00:00 – Introduction 03:18 – Favorite Episodes of the Season 19:50 – Honorable Mentions 22:50 – Best Use of Music Licensing 27:19 – Favorite Quotes from the Season 33:00 – Overall Thoughts on the Season, Acting Shout Outs 42:30 – Final Thoughts and Ratings
00:00 – Introduction 03:00 – Favorite Episodes of the Season 30:25 – Honorable Mentions 39:30 – Best Use of Music Licensing 46:35 – Favorite Quotes from the Season 48:30 – General Thoughts on the Season 57:00 – Final Thoughts and Ratings
We’ve been Catching Up on past seasons of Supernatural. Discussions of Season One, Season Two, and Season Three are already up. Today we’re talking about Season Four and the approaching Apocalypse.
00:00 – Introduction
01:20 – Favorite Episodes of the Season
22:20 – Best Use of Music Licensing
26:40 – It’s the Apocalypse! Let’s Discuss!
36:00 – Season Observations and Favorite Quotes
44:06 – Baby at LA ComicCon
48:29 – Final Thoughts and Ratings
We’ve been Catching Up on past seasons of Supernatural over the last few months. Discussions of Season One and Season Two are already up, and today we’re talking about Season Three.
00:00 – Introduction & Spoiler Warning
01:25 – Top Five Episodes of the Season
27:15 – Best Use of Music Licensing
31:35 – Creepiest Episode/Moment of the Season
39:25 – Discussion on the Shorter Season
52:20 – Final Thoughts and Ratings
My dad and I have started a new podcast to catch up on all the television we have missed out on the years. Our first episode on Supernatural Season One is already up. Today we’re discussing the second season of the CW show.
00:00 – Introduction & Spoiler Warning
01:36 – Top Five Episodes of the Season
30:45 – Scariest Episode/Moment of the Season
35:34 – Best Use of Music Licensing
38:23 – Favorite Monster of the Week
42:24 – Favorite New Character
48:07 – Final Thoughts and ratings
Now that the second season of Mindhunter is finally out, I thought it appropriate to finally get my review of the first season up. Slight spoilers for season one ahead.
Mindhunter follows the development of the FBI’s theories and practices around identifying criminal psychology and profiling. In the first season agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench team up with psychologist Wendy Carr to study imprisoned serial killers and apply the knowledge they gain to ongoing and future cases.
It has taken me a long time to digest my thoughts and feelings on this show. I honestly can’t remember when I started watching it (I want to say March? Maybe February?), or when I actually finished the first season. What I did know immediately was that I really liked the show. I’m a David Fincher fan and there is so much of his style in the first season. As an executive producer, and director of several episodes (including the pilot and the finale), it makes sense that his artistry would be a big influence.
I think his touch is most noticeable in the way tension is built throughout the series. There is a deliberately slow pace to the episodes, and scenes are often drawn out uncomfortably long. Sometimes this was a little heavy handed, and took away from its intended effect by drawing attention to how long it was taking to setup a particular story element. Most of the time though it had just the right impact, making a character or scene feel creepier just by letting things sit in the moment.
Of course, it helps when a director has a great cast to work with, and everyone on the first season of Mindhunter is outstanding. I have been a fan of Holt McCallany ever since his CSI: Miami days, which I watched religiously for a time. He has always been a strong supporting presence and it was great to see him get a chance to shine in a larger role. He is the perfect no nonsense, straight man to Jonathan Groff’s eagerly enthusiastic Agent Ford.
Groff, of course, is a standout for his portrayal of the younger agent. He is perfectly disaffected by the things they are hearing and learning in the interviews, and it isn’t until the end of the season, as he starts to have a panic attack at the realization that he has more in common with these killers than his coworkers, that he starts to worry about this emotional disengagement.
Now forgive me but it took me incredibly too long to figure out that Anna Torv was not Cate Blanchett. Torv looks very much like the other actress and they both are incredibly talented so you can see why the confusion would occur. Torv as Wendy Carr is the clinical cog in this serial killer study machine. She, as an FBI outsider brings the scholarly aspect to the study. She may be just as emotionally removed from things as Agent Ford but that is because she comes from a scientific background. She also doesn’t interact with the interview subjects so I’m interested to see if that changes in season two, and if so how her attitude adjusts as a result.
A show about serial killers obviously needs some of them around, and the casting directors did an amazing job filling these roles. The most memorable of them being Cameron Britton as Ed Kemper (the co-ed killer). His Emmy nomination was well deserved. He is creepy the entire time.
As for the structure of the show, it is essentially a procedural format. The agents go to a town, give their lecture, and help the locals investigate a crime while interviewing the closest serial killer. The monotony is broken up by personal dramas and the effort to get funding and support for the project at the FBI.
Mindhunter season one is a moody investigation of criminal behavior, how it was viewed four decades ago, and the actors involved in shifting that viewpoint towards what we know today. The world was changing in the late 1970s and suddenly there were new trends appearing in crime and people didn’t know how to react. The show does a great job of immersing its viewers in the world of 1977 and reveals what a scary place and time it was to be. Great performances, excellent writing, and near perfect direction give the episodes an ominous feeling throughout, building tension all season until the audience feels like they too are having a panic attack alongside Agent Ford at the end.