Needs Some Introduction - House of the Dragon/The Patient

Needs Some Introduction - House of the Dragon/The Patient

Deep dives into your favorite shows Currently Watching: House of the Dragon - HBO The Patient - Hulu Better Call Saul - AMC Black Bird - AppleTV+ Mailto:needssomeintroduction@gmail.com I recommend music, movies and TV to my friends and we discuss them. We do deep dives on whatever we are watching as well as music we are discovering (or re-discovering). We delve into musicians such as... Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, The Beastie Boys, the history of punk and dance music and so much more. We appreciate any fandom, so let us know what topic you may want to learn more about.

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September 29, 2022 72 min

After getting my hopes up, last week, The Patient is back in a rut. I still have no idea what I am supposed to be paying attention to, at this point. 

Then two very long conversations about the merits and limitations of Ryan Murphy's Jeffrey Dahmer docudrama on Netflix. It may have its heart in the right place but can't help but be exploitative. 

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Wait a second? Did we miss a season of TV? This is another excellently crafted episode of TV but I think they dropped a couple of the scripts somewhere. Arguably, the most interesting events may have been left off screen. Let's hope all this time-hopping is worth it.

Then I recommend Three Thousand Years of Longing and Celia recommends Modern Love (Amazon Prime).

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A much better episode of The Patient, this week. I have some hope that the show has some surprises to come. 

Plus, Sona and I discuss the vacating of Adnan Syed's conviction.  (24:00)

Finally, we discuss Do Revenge, a fun (but slight) teen revenge comedy on Netflix. (41:00)

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Another solid episode. We don't get a red wedding... but it doesn't go great.

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Sona and I have seen a slightly better episode of The Patient, this week. But it may be too little too late for Sona.

Then Celia and I break down the very entertaining new horror film, Barbarian.

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The show tops itself again with an episode about the power of sex; as a tool, as a commodity and as a weapon. 

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Sona and I discuss the third episode of The Patient on Hulu. We still cannot get our bearings on this show and we are not enjoying it, so far. The short run time which seemed like a positive, at first, seems to be a limitations, now, with these episodes unable to achieve any momentum before they are over. 

On a more positive note we discuss Thoroughbreds which has returned to HBO Max. This first film by writer/director features two...

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Best episode yet. 

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September 2, 2022 30 min

Sona and I recap the rocky start to the new Hulu thriller, The Patient.

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Another strong episode (in my opinion). The show is finding its footing. Celia has a little less patience for it. I do agree that there is a few too many council meetings.

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If you just want to hear the Bodies Bodies Bodies review, jump to 23:00

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We make it to the end of the season. I find this season less entertaining, overall, than the first. They needed to tighten up the mystery. Plus, where are the laughs? Everyone feels a little tired.

Then I recommend Bodies Bodies Bodies the new A24 mystery, horror, comedy.

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We are happy to report that so far, the House of the Dragon gives us all the fan service we would hope for and some meaty new characters. Hopefully, the quality stays high.

Plus, I finally get all my ideas of how easily the final season of Game of Thrones could have been fixed.

For the rare few that are trying to avoid Game of Thrones spoilers, here are the timestamps for the spoiler-free segment of the podcast episode:

20:00 - 42:...

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First, Nick and I discuss the finale of Better Call Saul. I still have conflicted feelings and I can articulate them a bit after  few days of reflection. Then we add another song to our musical daisy chain before reviewing the first episode of She Hulk and previewing the massive slate of upcoming MCU content that has recently been announced (and we bash Star Wars again - not my doing, this time).

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It comes down to this. Peter Gould writes and directs the series finale. We get a fitting end to Saul/Jimmy's saga.

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Black Bird delivers a solid season but with perhaps the weakest episode. It's still worth a watch. Then we add another link to our musical daisy chain before giving a brief positive review of Prey on Hulu and wrap up with a longer discussion of Bo Burnham's Inside project which includes a new set of outtakes which constitute almost an entire new special. 

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Vince Gilligan gets to write and direct one last episode. It's a good one although more in line with this shows normal low-key rhythms rather than the spectacle of Breaking Bad.

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Another excellent episode of the show as we approach the end. After a subdued episode, last week, that seemed to offer Saul a graceful bow out of his trickster background, it seems that he may now be on a bender that seems destined for tragedy.

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Timestamps:

The Gray Man (12:00)

Nope (28:00)

Black Bird (38:00)

First, I have to announce the the imminent return of Bluey for a third season (a big event at my house). Then I discuss the Russo Brothers $200 million production, The Gray Man from Netflix with Celia. We also get into some more Nope spoilers. 

Lastly, I break down the latest episode of Black Bird on AppleTV+. Next week Celia and I will be back to discuss the fina...

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Gene Takovik episodes are not as exciting as Saul Goodman episodes (or Jimmy McGill episodes, for that matter) but maybe that is the point. 

Plus, many digressions on the value (or lack thereof) of the delicious smelling Cinnabon. 

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A brief spoiler free Nope review followed by a full critique of the disastrous first season of The Old Man. Then we discuss the far more successful AppleTV+ series, Black Bird which hits its stride this week with a particularly strong episode. 

Then, I have a spoiler filled analysis if Peele's film and it many themes (maybe too many??).

Timestamps:

Nope (spoilers? NOPE!) - 5:00

The Old Man - 19:00

Black Bird - 44:00

Nope (s...

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