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Episode 028 - “Shape Up or Ship Out’”
Episode Length: 2:18:42
In our twenty-eighth episode, we send our condolences to the family of Lon Simmons and finally talk about the exit of Zayn Malik from One Direction. Kelly is sad to congratulate Robert Pattinson on his engagement, but moves on to Fandom News quickly. We talk about Nina Dobrev’s exit from The Vampire Diaries at the end of this season and talk about the latest episode of The Flash. We share our obsessions with Black Sails and Younger before moving into our main discussion about shipping. We talk about our first experiences with shipping and then can’t seem to control ourselves while talking about all our favorite ships. We delve into some of the most popular ships in certain fandoms and then talk about our newest ships and, of course, ships that need to sink already. We talk about some of the ups and downs of shipping and the phenomenon of slash before getting to those in the shipping world who support (or don’t support) shipping; those who do are also our Episode MVPs! In lieu of Ship Moments, we share our Ultimate Ship Moments of All Time. Christina announces out first ever Shipping racket for the month of April and we encourage you all to vote for your favorites! Kelly announces a short hiatus on recording for personal reasons and promises that we will be back with new episodes in mid-May. We remind you all of the various outlets on which you can follow us, like us, email us, and read all the latest news. Please be sure to participate in the Shipping Bracket and we’ll be back before you know it!
This week’s featured music:
"Fix You" by Coldplay
"See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa (featuring Charlie Puth)
Let’s go back to: Iron Man (2008). It was the film that looked like it would never get made. It went through numerous scripts, directors, and actors (including Nicholas Cage and Tom Cruise). The film rights were bought by Universal Studios in 1990, were sold to 20th Century Fox in 1996, were later sold to New Line Cinema in 1999, and wound up back home at Marvel in 2005. It was announced as the first film from Marvel Studios. Little did they know the affect it would have on the pop culture landscape.
Directing duties were entrusted to Jon Favreau, who planned to cast a newcomer in the role of Tony Stark. He instead ending up selecting Brat Packer Robert Downey Jr., who's tremendous acting ability and very public and conflicted past provided the dimension he wanted in the character. Gwenyth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Terence Howard as Rhodey, Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stone, and Paul Bettany as JARVIS rounded out the cast. The minor role of Phil Coulson by Clark Gregg would end up having a far greater impact that anyone suspected. And a brief surprise post-credits scene featuring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury told the audience this would be more than just another superhero movie. The Marvel Cinematic Universe currently stands at 10 films (with 11 more scheduled between now and 2020), two television series (with five more coming to Netflix), and five short films. Without this film being the success it was and capturing the international audience's imagination that it did, we would not have the Marvel Cinematic Universe at all.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: I'm sure by now you all know what a big Marvel fan I am. The world premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron is this coming Monday. And this Sunday Robert Downey Jr. will be receiving the MTV Generation Award. 2008 was a turning point for the critically acclaimed actor, who finally appeared in the blockbuster films that had been missing from his resume. He has gone through immense highs and lows both professionally and personally. But he has proven to be an inspiration in the way he has turned his life around to become the successful and caring man he is. And let's be honest here. He IS Tony Stark.
Where can you find it now?: Amazon, Comcast On Demand, DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes...basically anywhere you would purchase a movie. But not streaming on Netflix.
Two words: ship bracket. Coming to a podcast near you.
Do you want your favorite ship in the bracket? Let us know here or in the comments on this post.
And just for fun, here's the piano version of the song:
The Song: "Into Your Arms" by The Maine
(Sorry that I keep doing the same band over and over again, guys!)
Where you heard it first: I first heard this song back in 2008 when The Maine released their very first studio album Can't Stop, Won't Stop. I'm not sure what the pull of this song is for me, but to this day, it is one of my favorite songs ever.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: Although they said they were going to retire the song from being played live a few years ago, John O'Callaghan of The Maine played an acoustic version of this song on Saturday night when I saw the band at The House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Every time they play it live, this song literally brings tears to my eyes. That's how much I love it.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: I can't say enough good things about this song. I think I even told Christina that I want to walk down the aisle to a piano version of this whenever I get married! Although the song itself is actually quite sad, there's something about the lyrics and the music that just pull you in. It is songs like these that make me love music.
For your viewing pleasure, here's the official music video for the song.
-- Kelly Lee
There’s so much fake news this week that we don’t really know what’s real and what’s not. Hope you didn’t get too confused this April Fool’s Day!
Let’s go back to: Friends -- (How have I not done this yet?)
Friends was a classic sitcom that ran on NBC from 1994 - 2004. It told the story of six 20-somethings learning about life in the bustling city of New York. Everyone knows that iconic theme song, the orange couch at Central Perk, and of course, we ask sometimes, "How you doin'?" In an effort to make the episodes more relatable, the writers named each episode starting with "The One With..." so that when viewers recounted the episode later, they could say, "Remember the one with the handcuffs?" And it worked. For 10 seasons, we tuned in every week to catch up with our favorite friends: Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler, and Joey and the sitcom made the actors who played those characters superstars. Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc went from unknowns to household names almost overnight. Over the course of the show, we saw just about every combination of coupling possible (except for Monica and Ross who were siblings) and in the end, fans were delighted when Monica married Chandler and Phoebe married Mike (guest star Paul Rudd). The show was a revolving door for celebrity guest stars like Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Susan Sarandon, Hank Azaria, Rebecca Romijn, and Bruce Willis, just to name a few.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: I started watching Friends in its fourth season and immediately fell in love with it. I don't know what it is about the show exactly, but I consider it one of my favorite shows of all time. Friends defined a generation. Everyone could see a little bit of themselves in the characters which made them all the more endearing. They sometimes hated their jobs, they had failed and successful relationships, they had problems with their parents, but they always came back to that core group of six. Since the show ended, there have been many times that writers have tried to recreate the magic of Friends, but nothing can ever really replace it.
Where can you find it now? Starting on New Year's Day 2015, the entire series of Friends is streaming on Netflix for a whole new generation to fall in love and it also plays in syndication on TBS and Nick at Nite. So go watch it!!
-- Kelly Lee