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Dude Watches – The Leftovers – S03E06

by Cord Culver on May 24, 2017

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Welcome back, folks! This week we recap and review The Leftovers episode 6, “Certified.” Laurie gets into a fist fight with Nora, ends up drugging everyone and then goes scuba diving. And I promise, in context, it all makes sense.

Cord: Well, clearly I didn’t have the same viewing experience as Caleb and Will because as much as I enjoyed this Laurie-centric episode, it didn’t hit me as hard as it did for Caleb. Amy Brenneman is pitch perfect in this send-off episode as is Carrie Coon and the rest of the Leftovers cast. I can’t say a negative thing about this episode, or the way they handled Laurie’s decisions. All I can say is this episode did not resonate with me in such a way that the episode stands out amongst the many excellent episodes that The Leftovers has given us over the past three seasons. As always, this show is better than anything else on television… this one just didn’t hit home for me. 8/10

Will:

This is my favorite episode of the season because it was consistently outstanding in each scene. Amy Brenneman stole every scene she was in. She played the heartbroken woman at her wit’s end like a pro. She had great scenes with Nora, Kevin, John, and Tommy and Jill on the phone. We were introduced to a new mystery (where are the children’s shoes!?). We saw a physical confrontation between Laurie and an equally broken, almost kid-like Nora. Kevin Sr. knocked a cop out with a shovel and face-planted in his soup. Laurie committed suicide–or at least it was heavily implied. You can’t describe this show, or this episode even, in 200 words. You have to watch it, really–the entire show. Catch up and get back to us. It’s outstanding! 9.75/10

Caleb:

 

Review us on iTunes. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, here. Finally, hit us up if you have a television series or a movie (or maybe a genre of something) that we should check out. Or give us something to talk about. Give us a question. Send us an email. Hell, I might even give you Cord’s phone number!

Caleb (@OriginalCaleb) (rafehatescaleb.com)

Cord (@TooFewWhales)

Will (@Ramtrap)

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Dude Watches – The Leftovers – S03E05

by Cord Culver on May 17, 2017

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It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt World! Indeed it is.

Welcome back to this week’s episode of Dude Watches where we discuss and review HBO’s The Leftovers. This being the final season we’re paying strict attention to each and every detail to figure out just what the hell is going on. Unfortunately, Caleb is not with us this week, so you’re left with just Cord and Will who do FAR LESS research than Caleb does. Basically, we’re winging it. This week’s episode focuses on Matt as he comes face to face with God, or David Burton, and learns how to navigate the sexual politics of a lion-worshipping orgy at sea, whilst investigating a murder. Off the coast of Australia.

Yeah– That’s pretty accurate. No clue what is happening in this show.

Cord: Each week I have to remind myself that I am committed to the ride– this was especially. I have no freakin clue what the hell the lion has to do with a nuclear sub exploding has to do with Kevin in Australia has to do with the departure. Honestly… if you can make it make sense for me, that’d be appreciated. I love this show and I love that it challenges the viewers from week to week, and I love that so much of the mystery is shrouded in Lindelof’s off-beat humor, but I’ll be damned if I can make heads or tails of this one. It was a fun episode and watching Matt have his Lt. Dan moment against David Burton/God… only to see God get eaten by a lion… was full of great acting and delivery, but in the end, I’m just not sure what one thing has to do with the other in the overall story arch. Caleb, tell me what I need to know. 8.25/10

Will:

What happened in this episode? Well, a French dude went butt-ass to blow up a nuke. Lion-people jerked each other off in front of Matt (or maybe behind him?). God threw a guy off a ferry. Matt’s dying. Lori’s keeping stuff from John. And a Lion named Frasier ate God. Not a lot of story movement in this one. The main plot elements are this: Matt, Lori, John, and Michael (is that his name?) get to Tasmania because they can’t fly into Australia on account of a nuclear explosion in the middle of the South Pacific. Matt’s cancer is back. John took the fact that Lori withheld information re: Kevin ‘seeing’ Evie in Australia pretty well. David Burton is a semi-famous celebrity who often transits between Australia and Tasmania. Matt has had all his faith in God since being cured as a child only to be told, by God (?), that he wasn’t even paying attention. It was all for naught. Matt has an awakening and then a lion kills God, aka David Burton. At least next week, the main players will all be back on the same continent, together. Now, I’m left to wonder what next week’s episode 6 title, “Certified,” is supposed to mean… 8.25/10

Caleb:

 

Review us on iTunes. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, here. Finally, hit us up if you have a television series or a movie (or maybe a genre of something) that we should check out. Or give us something to talk about. Give us a question. Send us an email. Hell, I might even give you Cord’s phone number!

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Dude Watches – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

by Cord Culver on May 16, 2017

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You guys are in for a real treat! We stuffed our guts with Mexican food and took in a Saturday matinee of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2. So strap in and listen as we recap and review GotGv2.

Cord: I managed to stay away from spoilers and reviews as long as I possibly could and couldn’t be more thankful that I did. I walked into GotGv2 as spoiler free as possible. Everything from the story, to the effects, to the acting and humor and emotions was a joy to take in. Everything about the characters has evolved and polished, the action is bigger and better, the heart of the team is front and center… there isn’t a thing to complain about. James Gunn et al have done a fantastic job bringing these characters to life and giving the Avengers franchise a run for its money. Easily one of the most enjoyable movie going experiences I’ve had in a while. Go see it– no question. 9.5/10.

Will:

What’s not to love with this movie? Chris Pratt is ripped, Groot is adorable, and Rocket gets emotional. In fact, all the heroes get emotional in this movie. We open the movie some time in the future from where Guardians Vol. 1 left off and they’re fighting a giant slug-octopus thing. The intro credits were pretty kick-ass. Makes me wonder how much money is spent on that kinda stuff. Star Lord’s father, Ego (played by Kurt Russell), finds our titular hero and his crew, invites him to his planet (or rather, himself), and attempts to use him as a battery. This movie has a lot of great one-liners (“I’m gonna build some weird shit!”) and pumps plenty of emotion into the movie (everyone has a cry/tear scene!). This is really an excellent movie, and if not for a few jokes that I think fell flat involving Nebula, I might have given it a 10. But you can’t keep jokes the audience can see from a mile away! That doesn’t take away from this being a top 3 Marvel movie, in my opinion. Go see it! 9.5/10

Caleb: I’m surprised I remembered my write-up and Billy forgot. He must have been so overwhelmed with emotion following the viewing of GotG2. Never in my life did I think female leads colored green, gold, and purple would be such a turn-on. Boy, what a time to be alive. The characters developed in GotG1 further grow and the new characters we meet – Mantis and Ego are equally as developed. We also get to see more dimensions to our secondary characters of Yondu and Kraglin(sp?). Such a fun adventure. If you loved the first movie, check this one out. You probably should have already seen it. This may be one of my favorite Marvel movies. 9.5/10

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Dude Watches – The Leftovers – S03E04

by Cord Culver on May 10, 2017

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G’day listeners! We’re back with Episode 4 of the final season of The Leftovers, “G’day, Melbourne.” This week’s episode shows Kevin on the verge of insanity, the complete dissolution of Kevin and Nora’s relationship, and Nora’s drive to go to the other side. We also get glimpses of John and Lori, and next week’s preview shows us it’s all about Matt.

Cord:

I said in the beginning of this episode and I’ll state it here too: this show perplexes me. I am committed to following this show wherever it’s going to take me, but these last two episodes have left me wanting something more and I can’t quite figure out what it is. I felt like the fight between Kevin and Nora was harsh, and I didn’t realize there was so much animosity between them– to the point that I felt like Kevin’s jabs were too harsh, but then again, Nora went to be nuked and didn’t give a damn about Kevin’s feelings. In any event, I will continue to follow where this show goes, but considering we only have 4 episodes left, I really hope the show knows where it’s going and it takes us to a place that is satisfying… and leaves us wondering. 7.75/10

Will:

I enjoyed the episode well enough. It made me seriously think about Kevin’s mental state, Nora’s obsession with being the center of attention, and whether or not Kevin and Nora are really good for each other–they’re not. The trip to Australia was a quick jaunt from a more-country-than-I’d-expect airport from Texas(?). Even from the check-in procedures, Nora was trying to get away from Kevin, only foreshadowing what she was going to do when she got to Australia, and re-affirming what she’d been doing all along. They’re just not good for one another. So damaged. Anyway. So Kevin thinks he sees Evie. Long story short, he may be going psycho and Lori’s not doing anything to ease him into his diagnosis. Nora can’t appease the people that supposedly can re-introduce her family to her, so she chases after them, to no avail. Kevin Garvey Sr. shows up at the end of the episode informing a pissed-off-done-with-Nora Kevin that there was an explosion, all flights are grounded, and oh, it’s also so nice to see you! We find out there’s only 4 more episodes which is a bummer. This is a top 5 series of mine, of all time, and it’s coming to a close. #Sad. 8.625/10

Caleb:

This week, we catch back up with Kevin Jr. and Nora as they travel to Australia. We dive deeper in Kevin’s psyche and realize that he’s not the most reliable of narrators as he hunts down “Evie” on the streets of Melbourne. We also receive confirmation about the baby-killing question from last week. Old burning man of Melbourne was trying to radiate himself through to the other side. All in all, this week felt like more pieces were being moved along the board toward the finale – whatever that may be. There was some heart-string pulling as Kevin and Nora broke up. That closing scene of “Take On Me” set to Nora’s tears was just brutal. Watching the once and now former power couple of Jarden collapse and fight was terrible. But yet – it felt incredibly necessary for both characters to progress. Oh and Kevin shoving the knife of doubt into Laurie’s relationship with John? Perfect. Fuck Laurie – even though she was right. At the end of the day our Kevins are reunited and Kevin Christ only knows what’s in store for us. 8.75/10

Review us on iTunes. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, here. Finally, hit us up if you have a television series or a movie (or maybe a genre of something) that we should check out. Or give us something to talk about. Give us a question. Send us an email. Hell, I might even give you Cord’s phone number!

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Dude Watches – The Leftovers – S03E03

by Cord Culver on May 3, 2017

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You better watch out– it’s the return of Cord’s Scott Glenn boner with a whole hour of “Crazy Whitefella Thinking” on this week’s episode of HBO’s Leftovers. This week we get indigenous dancing, Eddie Rabbit, poisonous snakes, a bug, a boat, and Kevin Jr., the news anchor. We also get The Book of Kevin (part deux, but not that Kevin, the other Kevin) and a little bit of Christopher Sunday and why he hates ladders. All of this, and more so listen in as we recap and review episode 3 of the final season of the Leftovers.

 

Cord:

I’m still not sure how I feel about this episode. I equally enjoyed this show as much as I feel let down by this episode. Let me explain. Kevin Sr. is easily one of, if not, my favorite character is this series. Scott Glenn plays his insanity with a level of sincerity that makes me believe that he is not actually insane, and really, the series has shown us that he’s about as close to being on the pulse of everything as Kevin Jr. So the story about stopping the flood by following the song line and needing one last song from one last man and being lead there by the recorded voice of an eight-year-old Kevin Jr. sincerely tugged at my heart strings. Something about the journey and even the logic spoke to me because in this universe crap like this makes sense. However, and I say this having actually enjoyed the dark humor, when Kevin Sr. falls off the roof and kills Christopher Sunday, effectively ending the song line, I felt disappointment. I really wanted to see that all the way through. And when he treks across the outback only to be saved by the woman, and to hear her explain why she was looking for Kevin, I felt disappointment again. So much of this show has deep rooted logic that makes some emotional sense to me, but this woman buying in to the Book of Kevin and Kevin Sr. seemingly alluding that he may be the right Kevin, well, it just doesn’t sit right with me. I’m sure more of this will make sense in the coming weeks, but this episode left me wanting more of something that may not be coming back.

But, it’s still the Leftovers, and this shit rocks– 8/10.

Will:

What’s not to like in this show? Even when it’s an episode with non-regular characters, it’s great! Kevin Garvey Sr. takes the reigns in this show as it focuses on where he’s been since he’d left Mapleton. He is on a quest in the Outback to, quite frankly, stop the end of the world from happening. He foresees (is told?) that a great flood is coming. He wants to speak God’s tongue and believes that the ‘story’ is about him. The ‘story’ he’s referencing is Kevin Garvey Jr’s story, which Matt is writing (aka, The Book of Kevin). Anyway, Kevin Garvey Sr. goes on a walkabout (for all intents and purposes) looking for a man named Christopher Sunday. This is the man that allegedly has the final song Kevin needs to memorize and sing in order to stop the flood from happening. There’s some excellent directing and playing with time in this episode. When you get to the final scene, prepare to have your heart ripped out when Grace recounts the events of the departure for her, personally, October 15th, nearly 7 years ago. Heartbreaking stuff! Caleb told us some spoilers he’d read in the Reddit playgrounds which is super interesting. This is the best show on television right now. If you’re not watching it, you’re missing out! 9.5/10

Caleb:

Well, fuck. I knew the show would eventually live up to the high expectations I had set for it. All it took was an old man wandering the Australian outback fighting local law enforcement, “stealing” cultural songs and traditions, fighting snakes, witnessing self-immolation, possibly traveling to the other side, and cussing out a reverend over the phone. All in all, I loved this episode. Best one for me this season, maybe in the top 5 of the show so far. With no series regulars but Kevin Sr. and Matt (albeit just two phone calls) this show did it. Also, who were those people building the ark? Were they Grace’s dead kids? Grace told Kevin she was out there all alone. Could explain how they knew Chris Sunday was dead too. Also, turning a church into an ark? Pretty symbolic. Which this episode is full of symbolism – down to Kevin’s fallen angel pose at the base of the cross. Is Kevin a Satan metaphor? Could be. Scott Glenn and Lindsay Duncan fucking crushed it. EMMYS FOR EVERYONE! 9.5/10

Review us on iTunes. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, here. Finally, hit us up if you have a television series or a movie (or maybe a genre of something) that we should check out. Or give us something to talk about. Give us a question. Send us an email. Hell, I might even give you Cord’s phone number!

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Dude Watches – The Leftovers – S03E02

by Cord Culver on April 26, 2017

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Don’t be ridiculous! This show is ridiculously awesome! This week, the gang watches and reviews HBO’s The Leftovers S03E02, “Don’t Be Ridiculous.” With an entire hour focused on Nora, who is clearly sloooowly fading into insanity, getting tattoos, meeting perfect strangers, stalking babies and bouncing on a trampoline, this episode is not to be missed.

Cord:

I am so along for the ride that this show could throw pretty much anything at me and I’d be okay with it. Heaven is actually a hotel in Australia where I can sing karaoke and be an international assassin? Yep, makes sense to me. Mark Linn-Baker says these scientists will zap you to the “other side” so you can see those that departed and then break your heart with his reason for caring? Yep, I’m good with that. A dick of a police chief is named Kevin gets drowned by a horse gang of women (possibly in the future) and it’s because they know who he is? Makes sense to me. Or how about this one– Nora gets a Wu-Tang tattoo to cover up the names of her children in what might be the saddest scene of the entire episode, followed by two grown women jumping on a trampoline to a Wu-Tang song? Fuck you, this show is amazing. They killed a kangaroo, taught me how to get away with smoking in a hotel room, brought back one of my favorite show tunes from the 90’s, AND showed Kevin getting caught trying to not-die. This show is brilliant. 9/10

Will:

This show is excellent. I think what this episode showed was important and necessary for Nora’s character. She’s going through a transformation, still, nearly 7 years since the departure of her children. She’s looking for ways to cope with the loss of not only her children, but now, Lily. She’s broken and is desperately trying to fix herself.  She figures a tattoo of her children’s names would be a good way to honor them, but then gets in her head about how people who don’t know her story may react to the tattoo. She gets it covered with the Wu-Tang symbol, naturally. Then she thinks about having to explain all that to Kevin so she breaks her arm. SHE BREAKS HER ARM TO GET A CAST TO HIDE HER PAIN! It’s unreal! Things happen through the show that bring her down even more–Christine, Tommy…–so she’s out. She can’t bury her kids and husband and trampoline her pain away. She needs something else. She needs Australia.

We talk about some theories Caleb’s read on Reddit and one that Cord kind of brought to the table, which is super interesting in it’s twistiness. Check out the episode and leave us a comment–what’d you think? Me? 8/10

Caleb:

This week, we were treated to another Nora-centric episode. We get some quick and easy answers to what happened to her arm and what happened to Lily. But we also get some plot points from season 1 again – instead of Dean we get Christine (for all of 3 minutes). I could recap what happened scene by scene but that would be a waste of time. The episode was strong but still left me wanting. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the intro with the Perfect Strangers theme. I was laughing throughout the credits (something which has never happened to me … like ever). Mark Linn-Baker’s cameo was pitch perfect. The Book of Kevin also made it to Australia already? That final scene was bizarre. Oh and was last week’s future Nora really not that far future Nora but maybe radiation Nora? So many questions. But at least there was Wu-Tang Band this week. Also, something I never expected on this show. 8/10 

Review us on iTunes. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, here. Finally, hit us up if you have a television series or a movie (or maybe a genre of something) that we should check out. Or give us something to talk about. Give us a question. Send us an email. Hell, I might even give you Cord’s phone number!

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Dude Watches – The Leftovers – S3E01

April 19, 2017
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHere it is, folks– FINALLY– the final season of HBO’s The Leftovers. We are beyond excited to talk about S3E01: The Book of Kevin. Tune in as we recap and review this week’s episode, and as always, SPOILERS AHEAD. Cord: Boy, oh, boy, I […]

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Dude Watches – Iron Fist – S1E10, S1E11, S1E12 & S1E13

April 12, 2017
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHere it is, folks: the final episodes of Dude Watches: Iron Fist. No need to bury the lead here– we pretty much hated it. In fact, we hated it so much we preferred to talk about a 90 second Thor: Ragnarok trailer MORE than […]

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Dude Watches – Iron Fist – S1E07, S1E08, & S1E09

April 5, 2017
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWelcome back, folks, to the weekly Kung-fu gripe session that is Dude Watches: Iron Fist. This week we review and recap episodes 7,8 & 9. Coleen and Danny get naked Mischief’s of Mayhem-style, the Iron Fist is not just a fighter, but a lover […]

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Dude Watches – Iron Fist – S1E04, S1E05, & S1E06

March 29, 2017
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHere it is boys and girls, round two of Iron Fist. This time we settle in for episodes 4, 5, and 6 which shows us a little more exposition on characters. Danny Rand is playing I-wish-you’d-be-my-dad with Harold. Joy is hot and cold then […]

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