Mr. Robot – 308 – eps3.7_dont-delte-me.ko

USA Network’s Mr. Robot offers us a quieter, more introspective, but no less fascinating episode this week.  A possible turning point for the series and our protagonist, as told through a meditation on suicide and death as seen through the lens of deletion.  And if the material didn’t grab you, my god, the visuals.  Sam goes all out and widens the scope to “Cinema” both literally and stylistically offering us one lush and well crafted scene after another.  Just two more episodes to come, what can Esmail and company do to keep raising the narrative and artistic stakes?  See you next week to find out!

Fargo – 308 – Who Rules the Land of Denial?

FX’s Fargo threw audiences a supernatural, out of nowhere curve ball this week in “Who Rules the Land of Denial” and A.Ron…. loved it? The man who hates a fishnado, the man who revolts at the first sign of UFO, is all down for purgatory overseen by a Wandering Jew? Okay, then. We discuss Jewish mysticism, Gloria Burgle’s arc, who is tormenting Emmitt, and how Varga’s move against Sy could be a fatal mistake.

Better Cast Saul – 308 – Slip

Jim and A.Ron discuss the latest episode of AMC’s Better Call Saul, “Slip”. We note, rather ominously, the next episode title is “Fall”. Gulp. We discuss better strategies for pill swapping, the probably bowel patterns of an elderly man who’s diet consists entirely of Mexican food and espresso, and give a full-throated cheer for Kim serving some cold justice to one Howard Hamlin.

Following The Leftovers – 308 – The Book of Nora

Jim, A.Ron, and hundreds of listeners grapple with their feelings about the series finale of HBO’s The Leftovers, “The Book of Nora”. Was it good just because it was a work of art that was brilliantly written, expertly acted and shot, and in it’s rigid adherence to ambiguity the most Leftovers Leftovers of all? Was it bad because it answered nothing, or everything, or betrayed characters we cared about or gave short shrift to, or invalidated what we felt about past episodes? The answer, more than usual, rests with the viewer, and everybody’s got thoughts. We try to capture as many as we can. But we also promise to return next week for more! One final podcast before we say goodbye to The Leftovers, forever. If that’s not worth of a Max Richter soundtrack, what the hell is?

Orange is the New Cast – 308 – “Fear and Other Smells”

A.Ron is once again joined by Kelly from Up Yours, Downstairs! fame as we discuss the latest episode of Orange is the New Black, number 308, “Fear and Other Smells”. We discuss prison paranoia, our thoughts on the Ruby Rose phenomenon, Suzanne’s erotic space opera and it’s insight into the tension between creators and fans of the creator’s works, and much more!