Looking Back at Reign (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 July 2019, our regal panel of CPU! historical(ish) drama enthusiasts – moderator Kylie, Kristen, and new panelists Gina and Stephanie – gathered together Around the Water Cooler to Look Back at the erstwhile CW drama series depicting the life and times of Mary, Queen of Scots: Reign.  If you have not watched any of Reign, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS.  Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite). Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Executive Producer/Chief Couch Potato: Kylie C. Piette
Associate Producers: Krista Pennington and Selene Rezmer

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

Theme Song:
Written by: Sarah Milbratz
Singers: Sarah Milbratz, Amy McDaniel, Kelsey Sprague
Keyboard: Kelsey Sprague
Bass: Ian McDonough
Guitar: Christian Somerville
Engineer/Production: Kyle Aspinall/Christian Somerville

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PODCAST! – Looking Back at “Reign” (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who:  “Reign” aired on network TV, specifically on the CW, for four seasons from 2013 to 2017.

What: “Reign,” a historical fiction/fantasy series depicting the rise to power of, and the political machinations surrounding, Mary, Queen of Scots, who is portrayed by Adelaide Kane.

When: The series aired on the CW from 2013 to 2017 for four seasons. Seasons 1 and 2 were comprised of 22 episodes; Season 3 consisted of 18 episodes; and Season 4 totaled 16 episodes.

SYNOPSIS

The highly fictionalized Reign follows the early exploits of Mary, Queen of Scots (Kane), from the period in which she served as Queen Consort of France through her reclamation of the throne in Scotland and her eventual imprisonment and execution at the order of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England (Rachel Skarsten). The series opens in 1557, with Mary living in a convent in France; she is quickly returned to the castle to await her marriage to Prince Francis (Toby Regbo), to whom she has been engaged since they were six. Mary must contend with changing politics and power plays as well as her burgeoning feelings for Francis and the romantic attentions of Francis’s bastard half-brother, Sebastian or “Bash” (Torrance Coombs). Francis’s mother, Catherine de’ Medici (Megan Follows), secretly tries to prevent the marriage following Nostradamus’ confidential prediction that the marriage will lead to Francis’ death. The series also follows the affairs of Mary’s Scottish handmaidens – Kenna (Caitlin Stasey), Aylee (Jenessa Grant), Lola (Anna Popplewell), and Greer (Celina Sinden) – who are searching for husbands of their own at French Court.

Where: The show is primarily set in France, to where Mary is whisked in anticipation of her arranged marriage with Prince, later to be King, Francis; the show later divides time between Mary in Scotland, Catherine in France, and Elizabeth in England.

Why:  Listen to the podcast episode (embedded link below) for the panelists’ individual stories on how they found Reign.

For your main moderator and Chief CP, I reviewed the pilot when it aired, in the early days of this website (read that review here). Simply put, Reign struck me as the PG-13 version of The Tudors, like The Vampire Diaries is kind of the PG-13 version of True Blood.  I watched The Tudors and tend to enjoy historical fiction generally, particularly related to royalty from yore and yesteryear and the lands across the pond. This historical fiction is largely set in France to start, though, curiously, no one has a French accent.

How – as in How Was It? (THOUGHTS)

Years ago now, Reign came to the Chief CP’s attention during one of my annual teaser/trailer reviews for upcoming shows. As above, I was drawn to the historical fiction aspects of the piece and even felt compelled to write a review about the pilot during the early days when our podcast under the “Couch Potatoes Unite!” banner was exclusively a blog, and given the fact that Reign takes quite a few liberal artistic liberties with the underlying history informing its story arcs.  I kept current on it for a season or two but then let it drift to the bottom of the long list of necessary TV entertainment to consume as our podcast started, especially since no one else I knew seemed to be interested in the show (or had even heard of it).  After some years, however, some friends, old and new, mentioned the show randomly as one of their recently and highly enjoyed TV viewing adventures while talking about when and what might be discussed in the future on the podcast, and I was again reminded of Reign and its role in the early days of Couch Potatoes Unite! Thus, we embarked upon convening a panel, which today features our most frequent voice and two brand new voices, all of whom have since watched the show and were thrilled to discover that others did too – apparently, those of us who have watched Reign are more common than we think but largely uncommon, as statistics and appreciation for CW-produced historical fiction go. Such is the way of TV fandom sometimes, I guess.

Our one-time Reign panel, then, gathered Around the Water Cooler to Look Back at a show for which our panelists express the kind of passion that only the guiltiest of pleasures can inspire as well as the inevitable regret resulting from the series’ seemingly too-soon end orchestrated by the network, despite the valiant fan lobby for a fourth and final, if choppily paced and overly rushed, season.  Whatever else might be said, this series also clearly made an impression on our panelists, which they royally dissect in the episode linked below.

This podcast episode was recorded in July 2019, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as we cover major plot points in Reign. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpupodcast), Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite), Pinterest (@cpupodcast), or email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com – or subscribe to this blog, the YouTube channel, our iTunes channel, our Stitcher Radio channel , and/or find us on Google Play 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!  Next Wednesday, our DCTU Series panel triumphantly returns to the Water Cooler for its annual summer/fall marathon of episodes reviewing the four (current) entries comprising the CW’s Arrowverse. To kick it all off, the spicy DCTU crew parses through the now penultimate Season, the seventh, of TV universe progenitor Arrow. Stay tuned!

RECOMMENDATION

Our Reign panel, by and large, recommends the show, particularly to fans of very “loosely-based-on,” historical-type fiction; to fans of teen dramas and of soap opera soused romances; and to pure guilty pleasures.  The panel generally praises the performances of the ensemble cast as well as the overall visual pastiche of this series about Mary, Queen of Scots, even if historical accuracy was clearly not the writers’ and producers’ primary focus.  Yet, the panelists also note that pacing grows steadily more choppy in the second half of the series, in Seasons 3 and 4 and especially following the death (SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER) of King Francis, Dauphin of France, with an improbably cobbled together mess of an ending montage in the series finale that left all of our panelists somewhat dissatisfied, if not highly unsettled. Some, not all, panelists further see this program as easily reviewed and watched again, despite some of the overly fantastic mystical elements populating the story as well as questionable character choices not likely made by real-life counterparts, where applicable, since many of the characters themselves were invented for this tale. Ultimately, all panelists felt that Reign would have benefited from the production of one additional season in order to further explore Mary’s fall from grace in Scotland, her subsequent real-life marriage to Lord Bothwell, and her eventual years in exile, imposed by her cousin Elizabeth I. Plus, the panelists note how little set-up was offered for the final moments of the series, which might refreshingly if unfairly ascribe faith in the average Reign viewer to know a little more history than the show’s writers and producers were willing to offer of their own accord. In any event, the show’s aesthetic imbues it with a potentially timeless charm, at least insofar as it is already a period tale and as long as indie music from the mid-2010s never goes out of fashion, even if the extravagant but slightly over-the-top costumes might. In any event, the ladies in waiting of the Reign panel still find much to laud about this television homage to the Queen of Scots and believe many who choose to give it a chance would be bewitched by its many charms as well.

THE FUTURE OF THE SHOW

Ended!  Reign ended in 2017 after four seasons, all of which are available to stream at Netflix, as the streaming giant currently retains the contract for CW shows.  As above, the panelists eagerly recommend this series to an audience open to this type of guilty pleasure meets fanciful historical depiction.  It’s a quick watch, gentle listener, and does bring the story to a close, even if that close does not necessarily instill satisfaction. Plus, with the unending and wide cultural interest in the Tudors and in the Stuarts, as these dynasties have repeatedly become the subject for many an entertainment vehicle, Reign assuredly and regally holds its place among them, especially in light of its sympathetic view toward the heroine and toward the other women in the series who would also bear the burden of those heavy crowns.

THE THEME SONG!

In general appreciation of the original theme song, “Scotland” by the Lumineers, here is the link to the full ditty:

Looking Back at “Star Trek: The Original Series,” Season 2: The Star Trek 50+ Series, Episode 2 (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 resident CPU! Trekkers – including moderator Chief Couch Potato Kylie, Nick, Sarah, Kyle, and Michael – reconvened Around the Water Cooler to Look Back at the second season of The Original Series of Star Trek.  This is the second part of a multi-part CPU! podcast series – the biggest multi-part series we have ever undertaken – in which we venture into space, the final frontier, by covering each season of each series of the entire Star Trek franchise (the movies too)! This second “Star Trek 50+ Series” episode was recorded in July 2019, and, as always, if you haven’t seen any of Star Trek, TOS or otherwise – if that is even possible – be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite). Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Executive Producer/Chief Couch Potato: Kylie C. Piette
Associate Producers: Krista Pennington and Selene Rezmer

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

Theme Song:
Written by: Sarah Milbratz
Singers: Sarah Milbratz, Amy McDaniel, Kelsey Sprague
Keyboard: Kelsey Sprague
Bass: Ian McDonough
Guitar: Christian Somerville
Engineer/Production: Kyle Aspinall/Christian Somerville

PODCAST! – Best Of! & Cult TV! & Looking Back at “Star Trek: The Original Series,” Season 2: The Star Trek 50+ Series, Episode 2 (MAJOR SPOILERS) + Best Written TV (#33)

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “Star Trek,” an American science fiction series created by Gene Roddenberry, which aired on NBC from 1966 to 1969 for three seasons until it was canceled.

What: “Star Trek” follows the adventures of the star ship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) and its crew. The show later acquired the retronym of Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) to distinguish this first series within the media franchise that it began.

SYNOPSIS

Star Trek is set in the Milky Way galaxy, roughly during the 2260s. The ship and crew are led by Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), First Officer and Science Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and Chief Medical Officer Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley).

When: The show aired on NBC from 1966-1969; Season 2 aired from September 15, 1967, to March 29, 1968.

Where: The show is set in “space the final frontier,” in what is allegedly the 2260s, though it should be noted that calculating star dates as quoted during “Captain’s Logs” on the show is an exercise that does not seem to be based upon rhyme or reason nor does it seem to correspond to our present-day time measurement system. Then again, there is probably an explanation in some fan encyclopedia somewhere. We’re not going to worry about that right now, though, gentle listener.

Why: Listen to the first episode in this podcast series (below) for the panelists’ individual stories on how they found Star Trek – any Star Trek. They are all personal, familial even, and brimming with fantastic Trekker enthusiasm.

How – as in How Much Do We Love this Show?!

In 2017, Couch Potatoes Unite! appeared live at Grand Rapids Comic-Con in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where we engaged in one of our spicy “Vs!” debates, specifically the debate entitled “Star Trek v. Star Wars: Battle of the Stars!” During that special, our second most involved panelist, the infamous Nick, gave an impassioned speech in favor of the Star Trek universe, of which he is undeniably a huge fan. In light of Nick’s passion, then, and of his subsequent repetitive bouts of subtle encouragement dedicated to starting this series, we here at CPU! triumphantly continue our biggest – no, really, this will be our biggest – Retrospective Looking Back series of podcast episodes to date.  In fact, we covered Season 1 earlier this month. Listen here:

The Original Series: Season 1

Our panel of CPU! super-regulars and resident Trekkers – specifically Nick, Sarah, Kyle, and Michael – continue our likely “five year mission” to boldly go where (probably) no one has gone before with this second episode of our “Star Trek 50+ Series.” In this feature, we are taking a critical Look Back at a franchise that, perhaps somewhat unexpectedly, perseveres, despite occasional periods of dormant but simmering popularity and attempts to regroup in an effort to generate new entries in its over five-decade saga. In each episode of this multi-part series, our panel will Look Back at each season of each series of the Star Trek franchise and will consider how this universe has not only withstood the test of time, while simultaneously becoming timeless, but also continues to rank among the panelists’ personal favorites, not only as a series of television programs but as a favored fandom among many, while remaining one of the most nationally and internationally acclaimed series of television shows of all time.

In this second episode of CPU!’s “Star Trek 50+” series, our panel discusses the second season of The Original Series (TOS). We discuss our favorite and least favorite episodes in this season as well as our general impressions of the success of not only the second season of this program but the long-term success of the series as a whole.

Plus, Star Trek represents another entry in our “Best Of!” series. To wit, herein be the list of Star Trek’s (TOS) Best Of!:

  • #12 on TV Guide’s list of 60 Best Series of All Time
  • #43 on Empire‘s “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time” in 2008 and #30 in 2016
  • #35 on The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Hollywood’s 100 Favorite TV Shows”
  • Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-Time
  • #18 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

In addition, Star Trek is one of the most celebrated cult TV shows and TV fandoms, as the show ranks at #1 on TV Guide’s Top Cult TV list in 2004 and 2007.  Plus, Star Trek ranked #33 onThe Writer’s Guild of America’s Best Written TV list in 2013, as it is also considered one of the best written (scripted) television series of all time.

This particular CPU! episode was recorded in July 2019, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points and episodic stories of the second season of Star Trek (The Original Series)! Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpupodcast), Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite), Pinterest (@cpupodcast), or email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com – or subscribe to this blog, the YouTube channel, our iTunes channel, our Stitcher Radio channel , and/or find us on Google Play 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! Next Wednesday, the newly full American Horror Story panel returns to the Water Cooler to parse through Season 8 and its “Murder House” meets “Coven” Apocalypse. Stay tuned!

RECOMMENDATION

Star Trek (The Original Series) – if you somehow haven’t already watched it – is recommended to anyone who hasn’t somehow seen any portion of it in the over 50 years since it first premiered; who isn’t offended by yesterday’s context of sensibilities in today’s more “woke” world; and who enjoys well-written science fiction stories because Star Trek is pioneering in so many ways, not the least of which includes quality stories underlying each of the show’s imaginative episodes. TOS was clearly ahead of its time, even as it was hampered by societal resistances of the day, and influenced so many other science fiction and fantasy genre shows to follow, not to mention its own spin-offs and sequels. To wit, Star Trek remains a timeless, magical fusion of ensemble cast chemistry, particularly involving the three leads (Shatner, Nimoy, and Kelley), and out-of-the-box creativity advanced during a tumultuous cultural time period that is hard not to love, whatever flaws and dated special effects it might have. Indeed, Star Trek has a bit of everything, and, if you love the genre and/or if you love trying something new, and if you have somehow missed this series (please explain how this might be possible?), you should make time for Star Trek. The panelists only caution that The Original Series is, truly, a product of its time, situated as it was deeply within and sometimes at the mercy of the heart and height of the civil rights and women’s movements. In addition, TV in the 1960s was generally a different animal, with more melodrama, slower pacing, and less “B” or side stories to engage interest and/or short attention spans, as well as some famously primitive special and visual effects. Entering into your continuing mission with this information and an open mind will guarantee a journey unlike any other, where you have never gone before, and where you’ll always want to revisit, aboard the Enterprise NCC-1701 or otherwise.

All three seasons of TOS are currently available to stream on Netflix, Prime, and Hulu, and maybe some other services of which we are not aware. In the meantime, the CPU! Star Trek 50+ Series panel will return in the fall with Episode 3 of this series, in which we talk Season 3 of TOS. Until then!

Looking Back at “Star Trek: The Original Series,” Season 1: The Star Trek 50+ Series, Episode 1 (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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 resident CPU! Trekkers – including moderator Chief Couch Potato Kylie, Nick, Sarah, Kyle, and Michael – gathered together Around the Water Cooler to Look Back at the first season of The Original Series of Star Trek.  This is the first part of a multi-part CPU! podcast series – the biggest multi-part series we have ever undertaken – in which we venture into space, the final frontier, by covering each season of each series of the entire Star Trek franchise (the movies too)! This first “Star Trek 50+ Series” episode was recorded in June 2019, and, as always, if you haven’t seen any of Star Trek, TOS or otherwise – if that is even possible – be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite). Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Executive Producer/Chief Couch Potato: Kylie C. Piette
Associate Producers: Krista Pennington and Selene Rezmer

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

Theme Song:
Written by: Sarah Milbratz
Singers: Sarah Milbratz, Amy McDaniel, Kelsey Sprague
Keyboard: Kelsey Sprague
Bass: Ian McDonough
Guitar: Christian Somerville
Engineer/Production: Kyle Aspinall/Christian Somerville

PODCAST! – Best Of! & Cult TV! & Looking Back at “Star Trek: The Original Series,” Season 1: The Star Trek 50+ Series, Episode 1 (MAJOR SPOILERS) + Best Written TV (#33)

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “Star Trek,” an American science fiction series created by Gene Roddenberry, which aired on NBC from 1966 to 1969 for three seasons until it was canceled.

What: “Star Trek” follows the adventures of the star ship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) and its crew. The show later acquired the retronym of Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) to distinguish this first series within the media franchise that it began.

SYNOPSIS

Star Trek is set in the Milky Way galaxy, roughly during the 2260s. The ship and crew are led by Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), First Officer and Science Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and Chief Medical Officer Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley).

When: The show aired on NBC from 1966-1969; Season 1 aired from September 8, 1966, to April 13, 1967.

Where: The show is set in “space the final frontier,” in what is allegedly the 2260s, though it should be noted that calculating star dates as quoted during “Captain’s Logs” on the show is an exercise that does not seem to be based upon rhyme or reason nor does it seem to correspond to our present-day time measurement system. Then again, there is probably an explanation in some fan encyclopedia somewhere. We’re not going to worry about that right now, though, gentle listener.

Why: Listen to the podcast for the panelists’ individual stories on how they found Star Trek – any Star Trek. They are all personal, familial even, and brimming with fantastic Trekker enthusiasm.

How – as in How Much Do We Love this Show?!

In 2017, Couch Potatoes Unite! appeared live at Grand Rapids Comic-Con in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where we engaged in one of our spicy “Vs!” debates, specifically the debate entitled “Star Trek v. Star Wars: Battle of the Stars!” During that special, our second most involved panelist, the infamous Nick, gave an impassioned speech in favor of the Star Trek universe, of which he is undeniably a huge fan. If you would like to hear that speech, or to enjoy the whole event (which was recorded as below), either click play or fast forward to the last fifteen minutes of the below video and watch the whole moving moment:

In light of Nick’s passion, then, and of his subsequent repetitive bouts of subtle encouragement dedicated to starting this series, we here at CPU! triumphantly launch our biggest – no, really, this will be our biggest – Retrospective Looking Back series of podcast episodes to date.  By popular request from our resident Trekkers, specifically our panel of CPU! super-regulars Nick, Sarah, Kyle, and Michael, who have, in turn, agreed to take on a likely “five year mission” to boldly go where (probably) no one has gone before, herein CPU! offers you the first episode of our “Star Trek 50+ Series.” In this feature, we will take a critical Look Back at a franchise that, perhaps somewhat unexpectedly, perseveres, despite occasional periods of dormant but simmering popularity and attempts to regroup in an effort to generate new entries in its over five-decade saga. In each episode of this multi-part series, our panel will Look Back at each season of each series of the Star Trek franchise and will consider how this universe has not only withstood the test of time, while simultaneously becoming timeless, but also continues to rank among the panelists’ personal favorites, not only as a series of television programs but as a favored fandom among many, while remaining one of the most nationally and internationally acclaimed series of television shows of all time.

In this first episode of CPU!’s “Star Trek 50+” series, our panel discusses the first season of The Original Series (TOS). We discuss our favorite and least favorite episodes in this season as well as our general impressions of the success of not only the first season of this program but the long-term success of the series as a whole.

Plus, Star Trek constitutes another entry in our “Best Of!” series. To wit, herein be the list of Star Trek’s (TOS) Best Of!:

  • #12 on TV Guide’s list of 60 Best Series of All Time
  • #43 on Empire‘s “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time” in 2008 and #30 in 2016
  • #35 on The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Hollywood’s 100 Favorite TV Shows”
  • Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-Time
  • #18 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

In addition, Star Trek is one of the most celebrated cult TV shows and TV fandoms, as the show ranks at #1 on TV Guide’s Top Cult TV list in 2004 and 2007.  Plus, Star Trek ranked #33 on The Writer’s Guild of America’s Best Written TV list in 2013, as it is also considered one of the best written (scripted) television series of all time.

This particular CPU! episode was recorded in June 2019, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points and episodic stories of the first season of Star Trek (The Original Series)! Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpupodcast), Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite), Pinterest (@cpupodcast), or email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com – or subscribe to this blog, the YouTube channel, our iTunes channel, our Stitcher Radio channel , and/or find us on Google Play 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! Next Wednesday, a new panel appears at the CPU! Water Cooler, convening for the first time to welcome you to Westworld by enthusiastically discussing the heady HBO drama’s first, powerful season. Stay tuned!

RECOMMENDATION

Star Trek (The Original Series) – if you somehow haven’t already watched it – is recommended to anyone who hasn’t somehow seen any portion of it in the over 50 years since it first premiered; who isn’t offended by yesterday’s context of sensibilities in today’s more “woke” world; and who enjoys well-written science fiction stories because Star Trek is pioneering in so many ways, not the least of which includes quality stories underlying each of the show’s imaginative episodes.  As we discuss in this podcast episode, TOS was clearly ahead of its time, even as it was hampered by societal resistances of the day, and influenced so many other science fiction and fantasy genre shows to follow, not to mention its own spin-offs and sequels. To wit, Star Trek remains a timeless, magical fusion of ensemble cast chemistry, particularly involving the three leads (Shatner, Nimoy, and Kelley), and out-of-the-box creativity advanced during a tumultuous cultural time period that is hard not to love, whatever flaws and dated special effects it might have. Indeed, Star Trek has a bit of everything, and, if you love the genre and/or if you love trying something new, and if you have somehow missed this series (please explain how this might be possible?), you should make time for Star Trek. The panelists only caution that The Original Series is, truly, a product of its time, situated as it was deeply within and sometimes at the mercy of the heart and height of the civil rights and women’s movements. In addition, TV in the 1960s was generally a different animal, with more melodrama, slower pacing, and less “B” or side stories to engage interest and/or short attention spans, as well as some famously primitive special and visual effects. Entering into your continuing mission with this information and an open mind will guarantee a journey unlike any other, where you have never gone before, and where you’ll always want to revisit, aboard the Enterprise NCC-1701 or otherwise.

All three seasons of TOS are currently available to stream on Netflix, Prime, and Hulu, and maybe some other services of which we are not aware. In the meantime, the CPU! Star Trek 50+ Series panel will return later this month, schedule permitting, with Episode 2 of this series, in which we talk Season 2 of TOS. Until then!

RERUN! – Person of Interest, Looking Back (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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This week, our United State of Couch Potatoes engages in a celebration of independence! Because we have other TV to watch and a desperate need to rekindle our respective inner patriots, and because it’s too hard to edit over the eruption of home-use fireworks, we offer a rerun of this episode, originally published in 2017.  We do so because nothing says independence (or revolution) like exceptionally intelligent artificial intelligence, am I right? More to the point, in two weeks, we will be Around the Water Cooler launching our Westworld panel; the HBO high-concept drama shares a creator with this heady, high-concept CBS drama, which ended in 2016. In the meantime, next Wednesday, we will launch our gigantic Star Trek retrospective into space, the final frontier, as we Look Back at the first season of The Original Series with our brand spanking new Star Trek 50+ Series panel!  Stay tuned!

—Original Synopsis—

A new 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 April 2017, our relevant persons of interest – including Moderator Kylie, Spencer, and Selene – pine wistfully while praising effusively and Looking Back at the five intense seasons of Person of Interest, which aired from 2011 to 2016 on CBS. If you have not watched Person of Interest, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at: couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite). Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Executive Producer/Chief Couch Potato: Kylie C. Piette
Associate Producers: Krista Pennington and Selene Rezmer

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

Theme Song:
Written by: Sarah Milbratz
Singers: Sarah Milbratz, Amy McDaniel, Kelsey Rezmer
Keyboard: Kelsey Rezmer
Bass: Ian McDonough
Guitar: Christian Somerville
Engineer/Production: Kyle Aspinall/Christian Somerville