Netflix has unveiled the first of four original series from the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Daredevil, starring the most Catholic of all blind superheroes. Executive producers Drew Goddard and Steven DeKnight bring Matt Murdock to the small screen, played by Boardwalk Empire‘s Charlie Cox. The result is, well, it’s surprisingly good, even by Marvel standards. Paul and AJ discuss the parallel structure that brings Wilson Fisk into sharp relief, the shocking deviation the show takes from the source material, the series’ beautifully brutal fight scenes, and where things are headed next. Plus, because they’re masochists, the boys also revisit the 2003 DD film starring Batman.
What does the future hold? Where does Don Draper see himself going? Where does Mad Men see itself going? These questions and more are speculated upon in this week’s Smoke Gets in Your Ears as AJ, Kenn, and Joe discuss “The Forecast.” Glen stops by the Francis manse, Mathis is in dire need of a bar of soap, Don oozes, and the gang analyzes the average viewer’s response to the season. One thing’s for certain: this was a much, much better episode than last week’s. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
It’s finally happened. Matthew Weiner & Co. have finally turned in an episode of Mad Men which AJ, Kenn, and Joe simply don’t like. Well, not simply; this show never does anything simply. There are good things in “New Business,” which is mostly about old business, including a parade of Don’s past lovers and the return of Megan. It’s the new business itself, Don’s dalliance with waitress Diana, which proves more of a problem. The gang discusses whether this is the show just spinning its wheels, trying something new, or building to something greater. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
Mad Men is back on the air for its final seven episodes! AJ, Kenn, and Joe are here to guide you into the homestretch, finding yet new facets of Don’s existential quandaries to plumb. On “Severance,” the season 7B/season 8 premiere, Don is visited by a familiar face, Peggy loves veal, and Ken is gonna kill Pete. The gang also discusses viewers’ (and our hosts’) expectations for this final run of episodes, and whether or not Don’s end will live up to them. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
Well, they’ve finally done it, those mad men: AJ, Kenn, and Joe are now all caught up with Mad Men. As they explore the season 7A finale, “Waterloo,” the gang discusses how much it feels like a series finale (except for a few major loose threads), the beautiful way Matthew Weiner & Co. say goodbye to a long-time character, and what that last scene means for the final seven episodes. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
This week on Smoke Gets in Your Ears, AJ, Kenn, and Joe do it their way while discussing the penultimate episode of Mad Men season 7A, “The Strategy.” As the gang at Sterling Cooper & Partners dances their way to the end of the ’60s, Don and Peggy finally have it out; Pete and Trudy’s relationship (or lack thereof) comes to a head; and Bob gets closer than ever to Joan. So many subplots have a button put on them that this may as well have been a season finale…but no, there’s still one more episode before Mad Men returns to the air. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
Now that they’re in the home stretch, with Mad Men season 7B premiering on April 5, AJ, Kenn, and Joe have moved to discussing just one episode per podcast. This week, that episode is “The Runaways,” in which everyone is trying (to various degrees of success) to run from authority. There’s Don trying to rout his partners, Betty attempting to assert independence from Henry, and…Ginsberg v. computer? This episode goes to some dark, strange places, and your hosts are on hand to make sense of it all. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!