iTunes PODCAST – New Girl (Seasons 4-5, MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in June 2016, our small but robust panel of True Americans – including moderator Kylie, Kristen, and Kelsey – is Around the Water Cooler and discussing Seasons 4-5 of quirky sitcom New Girl. If you have not watched any of New Girl, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think in the comments below and check out the blog and YouTube for other TV related discussions, in both podcast and blog format. Also, if there are other shows you’re interested in the blog covering, sound off below! Tell us what you like or don’t like. Keep the discussion going!

PODCAST! – Around the Water Cooler: “New Girl,” The Season Four and Five Rundown/Recap (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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Moderated by Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “New Girl” airs on network TV, specifically on Fox, (typically) fall to spring Tuesdays at 8:30 PM.

What: “New Girl,” a situation comedy about goofy but lovable teacher (some have described her as ‘adorkable’) Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel), who, after finding out that her boyfriend cheated on her, answers a Craig’s List ad and ends up living in a loft with three others guys, including metrosexual, yuppie womanizer Schmidt (Max Greenfield); grumpy but down-to-earth bartender Nick (Jake Johnson); and eccentric but loyal radio producer Winston (Lamorne Morris).  Also interwoven into this mix is Jess’ childhood friend CeCe (Hannah Simone), a deadpan model who has more street smarts than Jess but tends to make poorer choices, such as becoming involved with Schmidt (for a more detailed Synopsis, read here: http://www.aceshowbiz.com/tv/new_girl/summary.html).

When: Season Four aired from September 16, 2014, to May 5, 2015.  Season Five aired from January 5, 2016, to May 10, 2016; the fifth season finale aired on May 10, 2016, at 9:00 PM.

Where: The show is set in Los Angeles, California, primarily in the loft itself.

Why: Chief CP Kylie found this show on Netflix, having had some interest in it when it was first advertised because I love Zooey Deschanel, but for some reason, I wasn’t able to catch it when it was on, and I didn’t place priority on it because it seemed like an updated rehashing of Friends for a new generation.  Yet, so many people, both trusted friends and critics alike, said it was funny; therefore, once it became available on Netflix, I binge watched the first two seasons before watching it in real – or almost real – time. For this latest CPU! podcast episode, fellow New Girl fans and fan girls of Deschanel joined me around the water cooler to catch CPU! and its followers up on New Girl seasons four and five and to (wo)man the water cooler discussion of future seasons of the show as they air for CPU!

How – as in How’s It Going? (THOUGHTS…at present)

It’s been a while since CPU! covered New Girl, one of the Chief Couch Potato’s favorite sitcoms (in fact, it’s one of only three I currently watch).  As I’ve said before, blame it on starting this whole podcast business.  Better yet – rather than assign blame, let’s just agree to play a rousing game of True American and talk all loft shenanigans for said podcast, especially since your main moderator is always playing catch-up, okay?!

Thus, we present to you this new CPU! podcast episode, in which this viewer invited a small but robust panel of familiar voices, namely Kristen and Kelsey, True Americans and Zooey fans in their own right, to play catch up with Jess, Nick, Schmidt, Winston, CeCe, and, to a lesser extent, Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr.).  We cover notable situations from season four until present, from the era immediately following Nick and Jess’ awkward breakup to the impending nuptials of Schmidt and CeCe.  While our panel’s particular level of devotion to this quirky sitcom is, on average, relatively high, there is some waning interest, which we discuss at length in the embedded episode below.  Give us a listen, and see if you agree or disagree with our thoughts.

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Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly! Our next podcast episode will revisit Once Upon a Time and the second half of its fifth season involving all things Underworld – along with two new panelists!  Stay tuned!

Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations

Old Questions from Prior Season Three Coverage

1) How will the loft survive in the post Nick/Jess coupling era?

ANSWER: Surprisingly well.  Nick and Jess had to work through some issues and some tricky post-breakup dynamics, but these two were friends first and managed to clumsily but successfully move past the breakup for the sake of their loft-mates. Listen to the podcast for our discussion of some season four situations.

2) Will CeCe and Schmidt reconnect?

ANSWER: Not only did they reconnect, they got engaged and then married!  How will they fare?  What will a married CeCe and Schmidt look like?

3) Will Coach find a lady friend?

ANSWER: And how!  By the end of season four, Coach met May, who turned out to be the love of his life.  In fact, Coach was willing to make a huge leap for her, of a type that he could never make for other women, and follow her to New York City, just in time for his portraying actor, Damon Wayans Jr., to leave New Girl a second time.  Isn’t it romantic?

4) SOMEONE HELP WINSTON.

ANSWER: Over the course of seasons four and five, Winston has fostered feelings for his new police partner, Aly.  By the end of season five, their endearingly complimentary relationship blossomed into an actual romantic coupling.  The question is: will it last?  But, hey, THE MAN FINALLY HAS A NORMAL GIRLFRIEND.  Relatively speaking.

New Questions

1) What will CeCe and Schmidt’s marriage look like?

2) Will Winston and Aly’s romance last?  Can they have a spin-off?  They’re too cute.

3) Is Megan Fox coming back for season six to play Reagan?  (Can she not?) Are we really about to watch a love triangle between Jess, Nick, and Reagan?

4) If Jess and Nick get back together, can it be new and fresh?  The panel says: “will they or won’t they, and just move on!”

5) Will CeCe and Schmidt get pregnant?

6) Will Nick and Jess hook up and get pregnant?  Or experience a pregnancy scare?

7) What happened to the apartment down the hall?  Does Schmidt own it?  Are CeCe and Schmidt going to move into it?

8) What is Schmidt’s first name already?!

PARTING SHOTS

For this panel of New Girl fans, the “adorkable” Jess and her lofty pals still bring the laughs but not as freshly or as often as they did when this sitcom premiered.  Even though this show started as a refreshingly contemporary and relevant situation comedy that mixes a few atypical character archetypes into a wildly flavorful (and crunchy) salad of laughs, the lettuce has been wilting since Nick and Jess’ pairing in season three, as the story toyed with coupling Jess and Nick for such an ultimately short-lived and unsatisfying period. The marriage of CeCe and Schmidt may bring an interesting new dynamic to the group as long as they continue to be present in the loft, but the writers and executive producers still have the uphill task of keeping the show feel new and interesting.  In fact, some subtle signs of staleness and boredom from repetitive and routine storytelling are already creeping in; the mission of these writers is to give this talented cast of performers and the characters they portray something more intelligent to do in the coming season(s), or New Girl will be guilty of, more or less, airing the same episode every week, mired in its own admittedly quirky formula, unable to attain the energy it sustained in the beginning seasons, which propelled it to be the successful sitcom that it is.  Also, Megan Fox as a stunt cast should stay just that: a (limited time only) stunt cast.

LOOKING AHEAD

New Girl was renewed for season 6 and is set to premiere on Fox on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.  CPU! will henceforth revisit New Girl in podcast format once per season after each season airs (there isn’t as much to digest in a sitcom, after all). Thus, if you enjoyed this conversation, a similar one will occur again but likely not until next year.  Stay tuned to CPU! for future New Girl coverage and announcements as they become available.

iTunes PODCAST – Marvel’s Defenders Series, Episode Three, Marvel’s Daredevil (Season Two, MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in June 2016, our enthusiastic panel of comic book and superhero enthusiasts – including moderator Kylie, Kristen, Nick, Hilary, Kyle, and Spencer – is Around the Water Cooler, now as the Marvel’s Defenders Series panel, and is discussing Season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil. If you have not watched any of Daredevil (or its companion series, Jessica Jones), be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think in the comments below and check out the blog and YouTube for other TV related discussions, in both podcast and blog format. Also, if there are other shows you’re interested in the blog covering, sound off below! Tell us what you like or don’t like. Keep the discussion going!

PODCAST! – Streaming Originals & Around the Water Cooler: Marvel’s Defenders Series, Episode 3, “Marvel’s Daredevil” – The Season Two Recap (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “Marvel’s Daredevil” is a superhero/action/crime drama based upon the Marvel Comics character Daredevil and is a Netflix original series, always available on Netflix.

What: “Marvel’s Daredevil,” developed by Drew Goddard, is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise, and is the first in a series of shows that will lead up to a Defenders crossover miniseries. Lawyer-by-day Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) uses his heightened senses, a side effect of being blinded by a radioactive substance as a young boy, to fight crime at night on the streets of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood as Daredevil.

SYNOPSIS

Charlie Cox stars as Matt Murdock / Daredevil, a blind lawyer-by-day who fights crime at night.  His associates include Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), a plucky whistle-blower with a heart of gold; Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Matt’s law partner and best friend; and Claire (Rosario Dawson), a nurse who discovers Daredevil bloodied and battered and repeatedly helps him heal after his nighttime vigilante activities.  Jon Bernthal plays season two’s primary “villain,” Frank Castle, also known as the Punisher.  In addition, Matt’s ex-girlfriend Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung) appears again in Matt’s life during the second season to upset the delicate balance he is trying desperately to maintain between his day-to-day persona and his nighttime pursuits as Daredevil.

When: The second season of the series was released in its entirety to the Netflix streaming library on March 18, 2016.

Where: The action is set primarily in the New York City, New York, neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, as depicted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below – though I will say that all of the panelists are fans of the Netflix original library and/or superhero/comic book based shows in their own right and have found themselves eagerly anticipating new entries in Netflix’s “Defenders” releases, so discussing Daredevil was a no-brainer.  As a result, they’re committed to a CPU! series about same!

How – as in How Was It? – THOUGHTS

CPU! recapped Daredevil Season One earlier this year, in a discussion that now represents Episode 1 of our Marvel’s Defenders podcast series.  If you would like to reflect and refresh on Season One, check out the link below:

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CPU! is chock full of panelists with a proclivity for comic book and superhero TV shows and films, including your Chief Couch Potato and Main Moderator.  One of our frequent panelists, Nick, suggested that the Netflix originals Daredevil and Jessica Jones be candidates for new podcast panels, and several other regular panelists wholeheartedly agreed.  Thus, we revisit the first in Netflix’s series of Marvel-centered shows leading up to a special “Defenders” miniseries, which will feature heroes like Daredevil and Jessica Jones joining together to form a special force of the ilk of the Avengers or of the Justice League in the DC Universe.

This third episode of our new Marvel’s Defenders Series – featuring frequent panelists Nick, Kristen, Hilary, Kyle, and Spencer – focuses exclusively upon Season Two of Daredevil.  Remember how I promised that we would be covering this season shortly? Very shortly?  The wait was pretty short, right?!

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Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly! Our next podcast episode will introduce a new panel covering quirky Fox sitcom New Girl.  Stay tuned!

Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations

1) Will the Hand v. Chaste/Black Sky story line be more flushed out in season three?

2) Will Elektra be resurrected by the Hand with their apparent mystic mastery over life and death?

3) Will Karen ever be plagued by or deal with aftermath stemming from the fact that she shot James Westley in season one?

4) Does Punisher know “Red’s” true identity, as several panelists suspect?

5) Given Jeri Hogarth’s (Carrie-Anne Moss) crossover into this series from Jessica Jones to hire Foggy for her firm, will Elden Henson appear in the next season of Jessica Jones?

6) Will Daredevil be forced to protect Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) from the wrath of Punisher after Kingpin and Punisher’s interactions in prison?

7) Will Bullseye appear next season because Matt picked a fight with Kingpin in prison, and Bullseye is Kingpin’s most loyal henchman (in the comic books)?

8) Will the Owl, Leland Owsley’s son, appear in season three?

PARTING SHOTS

All of the panelists declare Daredevil Season 2 a hit – even panelist Kristen has been converted to the Daredevil fandom, though begrudgingly (she still likes Jessica Jones better). All of the panelists effusively gushed about Bernthal’s performance as Punisher and can’t wait to see what Netflix does with his newly announced solo series; also, we would like to suggest that Cox be given a cameo as Daredevil in the Punisher series because we all agreed that the scenes between them were some of the best of the season.  The panel was more mixed about Yung’s portrayal of Elektra, though super-fan panelist Kyle pointed out that the comic book version of the character is a “train wreck” and generally annoying. Further, some of us were confused by the Hand v. Chaste/Black Sky part of the narrative, but Kyle predicts that this story-line will become a primary thread for the third season.  In any event, all of the panelists are excited by the possibility of a prospective third season and can’t wait to find out when one might be released and what it might involve.

LOOKING AHEAD

While no official announcement has been made, TV pundits believe that renewal for a possible season three of Daredevil is likely, though it has not been officially renewed by Netflix.  The speculation is that Netflix is concentrating on working toward the actual Defenders miniseries, which will feature the Daredevil character, and the necessary solo series leading up to it rather than the sequel seasons for any of the solo series that have already been released. Rest assured that as soon as season three is announced and/or has aired, CPU! will plan to reconvene our Marvel’s Defenders podcast panel, ready and willing to dissect any additional seasons of this superb action drama.  CPU! will also, as always, keep you posted on future developments.

iTunes PODCAST – Marvel’s Defenders Series, Episode Two, Jessica Jones (Season One, MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in May 2016, our enthusiastic panel of comic book and superhero enthusiasts – including moderator Kylie, Kristen, Nick, Hilary, Kyle, and Spencer – is Around the Water Cooler, now as the Marvel’s Defenders Series panel, and is discussing Season 1 of Marvel’s Jessica Jones. If you have not watched Jessica Jones, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think in the comments below and check out the blog and YouTube for other TV related discussions, in both podcast and blog format. Also, if there are other shows you’re interested in the blog covering, sound off below! Tell us what you like or don’t like. Keep the discussion going!

PODCAST! – Streaming Originals & Pilots, Premieres, and First Looks: Marvel’s Defenders Series, Episode 2, “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” – The Season One Recap (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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Moderated by: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” is a superhero/action/psychological thriller drama based upon the Marvel Comics character Jessica Jones and is a Netflix original series, always available on Netflix.

What: “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” created by Melissa Rosenberg, is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise, and is the second in a series of shows that will lead up to a Defenders crossover miniseries. Krysten Ritter stars as Jessica Jones, a former superhero who opens her own detective agency after an end to her superhero career.

When: The first season of the series was released in its entirety to the Netflix streaming library on November 20, 2015.

Where: The action is set primarily in the New York City, New York, neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, as depicted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below – though I will say that all of the panelists are fans of the Netflix original library and/or superhero/comic book based shows in their own right and have found themselves eagerly anticipating new entries in Netflix’s “Defenders” series of releases.  As a result, they’re committed to a CPU! series about same!

How – as in How Was It?

The pilot/premiere rating scale:

***** – I HAVE TO WATCH EVERYTHING. HOLY SMOKES!

**** – Well, it certainly seems intriguing. I’m going to keep watching, but I see possible pitfalls in the premise.

*** – I will give it six episodes and see what happens. There are things I like, and things I don’t. We’ll see which “things” are allowed to flourish.

** – I will give it three episodes. Chances are, I’m mainly bored, but there is some intrigue or fascination that could hold it together. No matter how unlikely.

* – Pass on this one, guys. It’s a snoozer/not funny/not interesting/not my cup of tea… there are too many options to waste time on this one.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones = 4.6, by average of the podcast panel.

SYNOPSIS

Following a tragic end to her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones (Ritter) tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.  She is soon impeded by a powerful figure from her past and the man who caused the tragedy that brought her to this point.  Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, Wil Traval, Erin Moriarty, Eka Darville, Carrie-Anne Moss, and David Tennant also star in season one. The series was released to critical acclaim, with critics noting Ritter’s and Tennant’s performances as well as the series’ noir tone, approach to sexuality, and coverage of darker topics such as rape, assault, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How – as in How Was It? – THOUGHTS

CPU! is chock full of panelists with a proclivity for comic book and superhero TV shows and films, including your Chief Couch Potato and Main Moderator.  One of our frequent panelists, Nick, suggested that the Netflix originals Daredevil and Jessica Jones be candidates for new podcast panels, and several other regular panelists wholeheartedly agreed.  Therefore, it was only right that the next “Streaming Original” we tackled, having already covered Daredevil, would be Jessica Jones, the second in Netflix’s series of Marvel-centered shows leading up to a special “Defenders” miniseries, which will feature heroes like Daredevil and Jessica Jones joining together to form a special force of the ilk of the Avengers or of the Justice League in the DC Universe.

Thus, we bring you our first ever Jessica Jones podcast – and the second episode of our new Marvel’s Defenders Series – featuring frequent panelists Nick, Kristen, Hilary, Kyle, and Spencer.  Happily, this episode features far less technical difficulties than our Daredevil entry and far more continuous enthusiasm for this series – and for, particularly, David Tennant.  David Tennant.  David Tennant.  We’re fans here.

Also note: there are some Daredevil Season 2 spoilers – and CPU! will be covering that season shortly.  Very shortly.

As always, follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpupodcast), or email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com – or subscribe to this blog, the YouTube channel, our iTunes channel, and/or our Stitcher Radio channel to keep track of brand new episodes. In the meantime, let us know what you think! Comment or review us in any of the above forums – we’d love your feedback!

Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly! Our next podcast episode will bring back our Marvel’s Defenders panel to discuss, as previously foretold, Daredevil Season 2.  I told you it would be shortly! Stay tuned!

Questions, Impressions, and Considerations Going Forward

1) Will Daredevil appear on Jessica Jones?  We would like him to do so, please, and apart from the Defenders miniseries because these two characters exist in the same universe and in the same city (and same borough of the city!).

2) David Tennant was announced to be returning for Season 2, even though Jessica snapped Kilgrave’s neck in the season one finale.  How will he return?

3) Will Trish (Rachael Taylor) evolve into the Marvel hero Hellcat in season two, as several panelists estimated she might at some point?

4) Will there be a new villain?  Who will it be? Will Kingpin/Wilson Fisk appear in Jessica Jones?

RECOMMENDATION

Jessica Jones is recommended to fans of comic books, particularly from the Marvel universe; fans of David Tennant; fans of Daredevil on Netflix; and fans of psychological thrillers, as the panel agreed that the neo-noir tone, coupled with Tennant’s mind-blowing and disturbing performance as mind-pushing villain Kilgrave, elevated this story into some potentially horror genre tension and edginess.  The panel generally and universally agrees that Jessica Jones is well-directed, written, and performed, with particular love for Ritter and Tennant, and will delight most superhero/comic book fans as well as those who enjoy a good drama and/or a good thriller.  Super-fan Kyle, who is the most familiar with this universe, thinks the Jessica Jones character, who originally hails from the “Daredevil” comics, may very well be treated better in her television adaptation than by the comic writers who continue to tell her story.

THE FUTURE OF THE SHOW

Jessica Jones was renewed for a second season, though an official premiere/release date has not yet been announced.  CPU! will be following Jessica Jones throughout its series run, as part of CPU!’s Marvel’s Defenders Series, so we will definitely return to podcast about season two some time after it is released.  Until then!

iTunes PODCAST – – – – – The X-Files (Season Ten; MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, our panel of experts–including moderator Kylie, Sarah, Nick, Hilary, and Kyle–gathered Around the Water Cooler to talk Season Ten, better known as the Revival Six Miniseries, of The X-Files. This is the fifth episode of a five-part CPU! podcast series, the first four parts of which were published in December 2015, examining one of our favorite television programs, revival miniseries included. If you have not watched any of the X-Files (and I mean, any of it!), be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS. Tell us what you think in the comments below, and check out the blog and YouTube for other TV related discussions, in both podcast and blog format. Also, if there are other shows you’re interested in the blog covering, sound off below! Tell us what you like or don’t like. Keep the discussion going!