In our double-sized fiftieth Fun Size episode, in the middle of a global pandemic and nationwide uprisings against systemic and racist police violence, we sit down with Sam Mulvey of KTQA radio in Tacoma, to….talk about something something…
Did we mention that Zack Snyder broke the third seal by announcing the release his own — inevitably underwhelming — cut of a superhero movie you don’t remember? What are the limits of escapism in a real world on fire? Is it even possible to watch a cop show with ungritted teeth anymore? We try to keep it together, and dig through the wreckage for some kind of meaning.
PLUS: a major announcement about the show at the end of the episode!
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Wow, great show – although I completely forgot what you guys were talking about in the first 20 or so minutes… 😛
On the now quite topical matter of ‘hero cop’ TV shows or movies, I’m generally in agreement with you; I’m also finding it difficult to watch a lot of media that I normally enjoyed, or could at least sit through. The only cop-related show I’ve watched since the beginning of the most recent events in the US is Brooklyn 99. I suspect that maybe I could also handle Columbo, but that’s about it. Generally, though, I don’t think I’d mind a bit if the entire genre just became a thing of the past.
Also, I have to say that I second Sam’s suggestion about Air Crash Investigation (which is what it’s called here in Croatia). My partner watches it quite regularly, and it is the only one of those procedural reality shows that I can not only tolerate, but often find engrossing.
Otherwise, I found out I have several things in common with Casey: we both went to small rural high schools in Oregon, and we’ve both done that thought experiment about what it would be like to go back in time and spend a sit in on a day, or just a class, in high school with our adult brain and sensibilities. I have to say that looking back on those years, it seemed that there were some kids who were already in that frame of mind, i.e., more emotional mature than the rest of us and observing everything around them in wry amusement. There were at least two people in my high school who seemed to fit that description, and yes, they were generally well-liked, if not popular, by pretty much everybody in school, but students and teachers.
And yes, Sam is right about Mike making everything fascinating in the telling and being a black hole for discussion – that’s why this is one of the best podcasts around.
Thanks for the kind words.
I definitely agree with you on Columbo. He doesn’t carry a gun or beat people up. The people he investigates are all wealthy white people who think they’re better than he is.
While it’ll probably be a while before I pop even a Columbo a DVD into the player, he’s exactly what I wish the cops actually were.
On Columbo, yep, that’s pretty much why I’ve always liked that show way more than any other cop show.
(And geez, I really need to learn how to pause and re-read my comments, rather than just furiously typing them out in one breath and hitting ‘post’…)