Nov 24, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #247 Nine Point Eight

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast condenses all our Star Wars chatter into a single episode this time around, breaking down the latest two episodes of "The Mandalorian" and how it ties in to previously established canon, then celebrating Life Day with a new animated holiday classic!

Length - 00:47:34

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:05:10 - STAR WARS

First, we connect the dots of Mandalorian history with episodes 3 & 4 of the second season, "The Heiress" and "The Siege," introducing "Clone Wars" veteran Bo-Katan and an Imperial base full of new mysteries.  Then, it's a new Life Day tradition with the "LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special" and a lawsuit against Disney by author Alan Dean Foster.

Nov 19, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #246 Adorable Genocide

"The Mandalorian" is back and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast can barely contain our excitement.  After we get all the Star Wars out of our system, it's time for more reviews and recommendations for comedies, dramas and documentaries from across the TV landscape.  Plus: Is "Star Trek: Discovery" the best Trek of all time?  And what, exactly, do each of us owe Corey Feldman?

Length - 01:16:20

Language - PG-13.  (Contains adult language.)

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0:03:40 - STAR WARS

Getting hyped for the "LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special" and digging into the sand worms and frog ladies featured in the first two episodes in the return of "The Mandalorian."

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0:31:12 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Disney+ astronaut drama "The Right Stuff," the "Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom" NatGeo series, "Superstore" captures the comedy of the Covid era, "This Is Us" still has surprises up its sleeves, Stephen King adaptation "Mr. Mercedes" comes to Peacock, trailers for reboots of "Saved by the Bell" and "Punky Brewster," "Star Trek: Discovery" emerges as the best version of the franchise, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg reunite for horror comedy "Truth Seekers," 5-part documentary about legendary venue "The Comedy Store" and an alternate take on the story of "The Vow" with "Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult" on Starz.

Nov 13, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #245 Bad Impressions

After a week of our entertainment being limited to counting delegates, studying maps of every county in Pennsylvania, scanning footage from Arizona for Sharpies and worrying about how sleep-deprived Steve Kornacki must be, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast emerges from election hibernation to talk about movies.

Length - 01:02:05

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:04:00 - ONE JOB

Toasting the on-screen legacy of Sir Sean Connery.

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0:35:25 - MOVIE NEWS

A remake of Hitchcock's "Rebecca" on Netflix, revisiting "Transylvania 6-5000" after our Jeff Goldblum discussion, "The Comey Rule" digs into recent political controversies, the documentary "Gamemaster" takes an inside look at the board game industry, horror remake "Fantasy Island" arrives on HBO, being totally up for watching serial killer comedy "Freaky" and learning the true story of the tragedy on the set of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" on the latest "Cursed Films."

Nov 10, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #244 Melon Heads

The small screen gets the spotlight in this latest episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.  After a fun discussion about characters who improved the shows they joined, we take a dive into what streaming service Apple TV+ has to offer and can't quite shake the Halloween spirit with a campfire story about an obscure Ohio legend.  Join us!

Length - 01:25:18

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:02:25 - YEAH YOU KNOW ME

Which TV character that arrived after the first season made their show infinitely better?

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0:31:54 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

A sampling of Apple TV+ offerings like "The Morning Show," "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet," Tom Hanks' war film "Greyhound," the political documentary "Boys State" and Ewan McGregor's motorcycle travelogue "Long Way Up," comedians try to relax in Netflix's "The Cabin with Bert Kreischer," "Hollywood" exposes ugly underbelly of old-timey era, "Son of a Hitman" podcast looks into the real story of Woody Harrelson's infamous father, an Ohio-based monster-hunting podcast "Cryptic," AMC's FearFest premiers second season of "Eli Roth's History of Horror," "Cursed Films" and new iteration of the "Creepshow" anthology, a glut of game shows reboot "Supermarket Sweep" and other classics, "Miracle Workers" returning for a third season set in the Old West, "The Good Lord Bird" stars Ethan Hawke as militant abolitionist John Brown and HBO stages a classic episode of "The West Wing."

Nov 5, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #243 Scooby-Doo Joker

We didn't think there was enough comic book news to fill an entire episode, but are happy to be proven wrong this week!  Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast will let you know what recent books to add to your pull list and reveal the behind the scenes business dealings affecting your friendly neighborhood comic shops, along with another classic time travel novel and a recap of our latest virtual trivia night with the Patrons.

Length - 01:06:44

Language - PG-13.  (Contains adult language.)

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0:11:35 - THE TIME WARP

The short and sweet anti-war classic "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut offers a different twist on time travel conventions.

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0:15:45 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Baltimore Comic Con goes virtual this year, Ike Perlmutter spends big bucks in the final days of the election, IDW underestimates demand for "TMNT: The Last Ronin," Marvel makes their comics available digitally within a shorter time frame, DC's two new distributors down to one after just six months and our thoughts and reviews on major recent titles like "Dark Nights Death Metal," "Rorschach," a colorized version of "The Walking Dead," "The Department of Truth," "Crossover," Marvel's "X of Swords" and "Batman: Three Jokers."

Oct 29, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #242 Lisa Loeb (I Missed You)

Happy Halloween!  In this episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, we learn which movie scientists have proven to be the scariest of all time instead of curing covid, catch up with our favorite Kazakhstani journalist, realize we don't know much about Ethan Hawke, relive history with both a popular manga title and a Best Picture contender and much more.

Length - 01:21:16

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:12:06 - THE TIME WARP

Sampling the source material adapted into Tom Cruise's "Edge of Tomorrow" with the manga "All You Need Is Kill."

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0:15:01 - ONE JOB

Trying to figure out whether anyone involved has a strong opinion about Ethan Hawke one way or the other.

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0:37:10 - MOVIE NEWS

"The Science of Scare" tries to mathematically prove the most frightening horror film of all time, Carla Gugino's narration entices us to watch "The Haunting of Bly Manor," Sacha Baron Cohen returns after 14 years for "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm," disturbing true crime tale "American Murder: The Family Next Door," timely Aaron Sorkin period piece "The Trial of the Chicago 7," Netflix's "The Babysitter: Killer Queen" is a fun schlocky sequel, "Terminator: Dark Fate" arrives on Prime and the 2020 documentary "Feels Good Man" traces the evolution of an infamous meme from indie cartoon to hate symbol.

Oct 22, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #241 Finger Scars

Our running time goes a little long this week, but there is SO MUCH great content out right now that we need every spare second to tell you about it.  Whether it's on network TV, cable or a streaming service, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast chronicles the most recent shows that are making us laugh, making us cringe, disturbing us, uplifting us, educating us, disappointing us or entertaining us.  (And that's just the "Happy Days" section!)

Length - 01:51:23

Language - PG-13.  (Contains adult language.)

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0:02:12 - YEAH YOU KNOW ME

How would you prove that a time traveler claiming to be you from the future was telling the truth?

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0:15:18 - THE TIME WARP

Graphic novel "I Killed Adolf Hitler" by European cartoonist Jason.

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0:19:05 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Happy Days" continues to entertain long after its shark got jumped, dark drama "Utopia" disturbs us with a plot about a pandemic, mature superhero show "The Boys" concludes its daring second season, a trailer for the animated adaptation of Robert Kirkman's "Invincible," new episodes of awkward teen comedy "PEN15" arrive on Hulu, more converts to the cult of "Workin' Moms," the entire run of "Schitt's Creek" now available on Netflix, "The Haunting of Bly Manor" not getting the same buzz this time around, "South Park: The Pandemic Special" nabs the show's best ratings in years, NBC's "Connecting..." tries to milk comedy from social distancing, timely sitcom "Woke" about an imaginative cartoonist, chapter four of "Fargo" telling an unconventional 1950s crime story, CBS All Access documentary "Console Wars" chronicles the Nintendo / Sega rivalry and feel-good sports story "Ted Lasso" is the comedy we need right now.

Oct 16, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #240 Free Roaming Ducks

It's a movie-centric new installment of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast this week, as we cover more recent bad news for the theater business, review a handful of recent releases and celebrate the career of the beloved and the beguiling Mr. Jeff Goldblum.  And we manage to do it all in one take, as usual!

Length - 01:09:20

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:05:02 - THE TIME WARP

Taking a look at the acclaimed 1970 sci-fi novel "Time and Again" by Jack Finney.

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0:08:48 - MOVIE NEWS

Regal Cinemas theater chain shut down for foreseeable future, "Jasper Mall" documents the modern decline of shopping mall culture, "All In: The Fight for Democracy" traces history of voter suppression in America, "American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules" reboots the franchise from a female point of view, dark kidnapping drama "The Chain" being adapted by Edgar Wright and Millie Bobby Brown stars as "Enola Holmes" in a family-friendly adventure from Netflix.

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0:43:16 - ONE JOB

Debating a single standout performance from the career of the always effervescent Jeff Goldblum.

Oct 13, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #239 The Devil Went Down to Milwaukee

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast returns with an episode full of time travel, award shows, 70s sitcoms, football, TV trailers and more fun-ass documentaries than should be allowed by law.  So hop aboard our train of thought and hang on for the ride!

Length - 01:20:32

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:07:30 - THE TIME WARP

A time travel mystery with an Agatha Christie feel in "The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle" by Stuart Turton.

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0:12:18 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

The winners of this year's socially distant Emmy Awards, "Happy Days" just gets weirder and weirder in its later years, docuseries "The Vow" examines modern day Hollywood cult, "I Want My MTV" episode of A&E's Biography chronicles early days of groundbreaking channel, a minority perspective of the genre in "Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror," Ridley Scott's "Raised by Wolves" debuts, a season unlike any other documented by "Hard Knocks," Hulu's "Helstrom" set in a supernatural corner of the Marvel Universe, more footage of "WandaVision" from Disney+, "Father of the Bride Part 3(ish)" reunites the family for charity during quarantine, excitement builds for season two of "The Mandalorian," and a podcast recommendation about a struggling actor in "Dead Eyes."

Oct 8, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #238 “Dune” Trailer Reaction

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast takes another brief diversion from our regular sort of episode in order to watch the "Dune" trailer from director Denis Villeneuve.  We run down the star-studded cast, share our memories of the cult-classic 80s iteration, review the original Frank Herbert novel and react to our first taste of the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster!

Length - 00:17:26

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Sep 29, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #237 Big Brother Briefing

We step away from our regular broadcast for the Poobah to fill us all in on the recent developments surrounding his favorite reality show with this mini-episode all about "Big Brother."  Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has the scoop on the Season 22 All Stars and all the wall-yellers and fake-criers in the house through Friday, September 25th 2020.

Length - 00:16:45

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Sep 25, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #236 Check it for Teeth

Rising up the ranks to become the #3 TV review podcast in Cambodia hasn't gone to our heads and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is working as hard as ever to bring you the kind of insightfully off-kilter discussions that got us to this peak.  So prepare for even more "Happy Days," shoehorning "Riverdale" into completely unrelated topics and a documentary about a theme park where you take your life in your hands.

Length - 01:12:30

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:04:08 - THE TIME WARP

Discovering a gem of historic literary fiction with Octavia E. Butler's "Kindred."

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0:10:05 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Our debate over the accuracy of the phrase "jump the shark" continues to rage with further dissection of "Happy Days," the third season of "Yellowstone" shares startling similarities with "Riverdale," a shortened second slate of "Doom Patrol" episodes, Disney+ tests a group watch feature, a "Doogie Howser, M.D." reboot in the works, new season of Amazon's "The Boys" off to a strong start, "Hard Knocks" following two California teams for 2020, wading deeper into "Lovecraft Country" and the too-crazy-to-believe tale of a death-defying theme park in "Class Action Park."

Sep 18, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #235 Farm to Table

Movies are starting to return to the big screen, so Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is giving the industry a closer look, including early box office results, shuffled release dates and brand new controversies.  Plus, we take a moment to reflect on the 15th Anniversary of Jordan's comic shop, revisit a literary classic and recommend even more fun-ass documentaries!

Length - 01:08:43

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:11:33 - THE TIME WARP

Rereading Seth's very first time travel book with Mark Twain's 1889 novel "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court."

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0:16:55 - MOVIE NEWS

"Wonder Woman 1984" delayed until Christmas day, Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" the canary in the coal mine for the U.S. box office, "Bill & Ted Face the Music" a video on demand success, X-Men spinoff "The New Mutants" arrives after years of delay, "Mulan" opens in China amidst new controversy, non-fiction book "The Last Duel" being adapted, fun family film "The One and Only Ivan" on Disney+, partisan political documentaries "Fahrenheit 11/9" and "The Brainwashing of My Dad," examining the "healthy" fast food trend with "Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!" and Jon Stewart's election-year comedy "Irresistible."

Sep 15, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #234 Big Brother Briefing

Allow the Poobah to fill you in on all the recent developments and controversies surrounding his favorite reality show with this mini-episode all about "Big Brother."  Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has the scoop on the Season 22 All Stars and all the machinations going on within the house up through Friday, September 11th 2020.

Length - 00:23:07

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Sep 14, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #233 Everything’s Coming Up Dog Man

While this episode is primarily about the comic book industry, we also sneak in some toy talk, listener feedback, restart old arguments about "Karate Kid" and learn of Chadwick Boseman's passing mid-recording.  But if you stick with us through all of that, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast gets to toast a friend's movie deal, dissect the recent "bloodbath" at DC editorial and slice a few surprising slivers out of a book sales pie chart!

Length - 01:13:42

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:13:36 - THE TIME WARP

Getting to relive days from the past in "Do You Realize?" by first-time author Kevin A. Kuhn.

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0:22:34 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Friend of the podcast James Patrick's upcoming "The Kaiju Score" gets a movie deal, the "bloodbath" at Warner Brothers affects DC with mass layoffs, bookstore sales of graphic novels a world of difference from comic shops and reviews of recent releases "Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go," "Legion of Super-Heroes" by Brian Michael Bendis, the origin of the Hulk villain "Maestro" and "Batman: Three Jokers."

Sep 9, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #232 Rat CatcHer

With an entire show full of DC Comics properties to discuss, we shined the Illustrious signal into the sky and he appeared!  Original Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast co-host Michael K. Easton returns to fill us in on his new job, wax nostalgic about Transformers and drop some of that patented DC knowledge as we break down all the trailers, teases and tidbits from the recent Warner Brothers FanDome event!

Length - 01:16:50

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:02:44 - DC FANDOME

A better look at the villains in the final trailer for "Wonder Woman 1984," a full cast and character reveal for "The Suicide Squad 2," a grim and gritty teaser starring Robert Pattinson as "The Batman," more footage revealed for "Justice League: The Snyder Cut," an official title for "Shazam 2" and an early peek at "Black Adam," along with footage from upcoming video games "Gotham Knights" and "Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League."

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0:34:22 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

The cartoon prequel trilogy "Transformers: War for Cybertron," video game documentary "High Score," "Project Power," a Netflix original superhero story, the bleak and surprising "Justice League Dark: Apokolips War," the retro animated films "Batman and Harley Quinn" and "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders" and sampling DC Universe's "Harley Quinn" show now that it's on HBO Max.

Sep 2, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #231 We Still Got It

Journey through time with your friends at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, as we discuss television from the 70s, a comic book from the 80s and one of today's most hot-button topics, along with a new sci-fi series on HBO with something to say and an expert primer on the latest All-Star season of "Big Brother."

Length - 01:11:36

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:01:55 - THE TIME WARP

Super short sci-fi stories found in "The Complete Alan Moore Future Shocks."

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0:07:57 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Continuing our research into the "jumped the shark" vs. "burned down Arnold's" debate with a thorough "Happy Days" rewatch, "Yellowstone" ends season three with a bang, the premier of new HBO prestige drama "Lovecraft Country," a baseball broadcaster's blunder leads to mixed thoughts about "cancel culture" and the entirety of the hilarious "Brockmire" now streaming on Hulu.

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0:45:12 - BIG BROTHER

Resident super-fan, the Poobah, lays out all the players and early drama in the house as season 22 of "Big Brother" kicks off.

Aug 26, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #230 Protect the Chenbot

Welcome back for another all-new episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!  This time around, we have anecdotes about introducing our kids to a comedy classic, getting to share our knowledge with new faces at the comic shop, hearing the siren song of our favorite vintage toys and all the other ways we're trying our best to make lemonade out of 2020's pile of lemons.

Length - 01:07:47

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:01:40 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Hard-boiled "Perry Mason" reboot debuts on HBO, the true-crime documentary "I'll Be Gone in the Dark," a version of "Big Brother All-Stars" for the COVID-19 era, "Stargirl" nears the climax of its exciting first season, a playful Twitter feud between "Doom Patrol" and "The Umbrella Academy," seeing "Ghostbusters" on the big screen and specials about comic book icons Todd McFarlane and Alex Ross.

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0:28:24 - ANIMATION NEWS

Kevin Smith's "Masters of the Universe: Revelation" completes recording sessions, the "He-Man and the Masters of the Multiverse" comic book mini-series and retro vibes from a new toy line.

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0:44:50 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

A lack of news and excitement with no San Diego Comic Con, Free Comic Book Summer adds variety to local shops, a "Rorschach" mini-series to expand the "Watchmen" universe, "The Joker War" shakes up the Batman titles, adventures with DC's new distributors and two customer interactions worth remembering.

Aug 14, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #229 Here Come the Snubs

Find out why "The Mandalorian" is not special and our pick to win Outstanding Lead Levy as Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast breaks down this year's Emmy nominees!  Get an in-depth primer on all the major award categories before the big event, plus a TV-adjacent edition of Yeah You Know Me and a brand new segment about time travel stories.

Length - 00:59:13

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:01:31 - BACK IN TIME

Our new segment reviewing fiction about time travel debuts with Alex Robinson's graphic novel about extreme measures to stop smoking, "Too Cool to Be Forgotten."

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0:06:45 - YEAH YOU KNOW ME

Trying to decide which television family most reminds us of our own.

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0:16:20 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Going over the list of this year's Emmy nominations and pondering which shows are most worthy of a statue and who got snubbed cough-cough-Rhea Seehorn-cough.

Aug 10, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #228 Third Quarter Earnings Report

In this loose and loony episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, we take tangents about yard signs, baseball blackouts and bug hunting before ever getting to the discussion about all the latest streaming content and another recently departed actor.  Feel free to recommend it to your friends before you even listen, or at least honk and yell when you drive past our houses.

Length - 01:08:32

Language - R.  (Contains adult language.)

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0:14:40 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

The delightful dating show "Love on the Spectrum," competitive Rubik's Cube documentary "The Speed Cubers," superhero strangeness in the second season of "The Umbrella Academy," the Disney+ documentary "Howard" about the beloved songwriter, "Mulan" to stream at home at a premium price, "Muppets Now" doesn't live up to expectations and behind the scenes of "The Mandalorian" in a cool new episode of "Disney Gallery."

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0:51:56 - ONE JOB

Investigating the career of the eternally-elderly actor Wilford Brimley.

Jul 31, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #227 Sparkling Content

Welcome back to another remotely-recorded Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.  This time out, we have a glowing review for the biggest video game launch of the year, several excellent new films streaming on the small screen, a never-before-attempted double One Job and so much more.  The audio may be dubious, but the content is always sparkling!

Length - 01:22:46

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:03:52 - GAMING

Going back in time with the Funko "Back to the Future" board game and "The Last of Us Part II" feels like a leap forward in video game sophistication.

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0:23:12 - MOVIE NEWS

On the hunt for novels about time travel, sasquatch survival story "Devolution" by Max Brooks, Andy Samberg's romantic "Palm Springs," a sampling of recent movies on Amazon Prime, military drama "Da 5 Bloods" from Spike Lee, a new appreciation for John Carpenter's "The Thing," a TMNT cast reunion on Youtube and behind-the-scenes stories on "Reunited Apart."

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0:54:01 - ONE JOB

Reviewing the careers of both Kelly Preston and Joel Schumacher after their recent deaths.

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1:14:25 - SPOILERS

More discussion about specific plot points from "The Last of Us" franchise.

Jul 24, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #226 Hamilkids

It may feel like Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has been a little lack-a-daisy with our episode schedules and content lately.  And that's absolutely true.  (We are totally phoning it in.  Over Zoom.)  But that doesn't mean it's not entertaining, as you can see for yourself in this brand new episode all about decades old reruns, blockbuster Broadway shows and probably some other stuff if we remember to get to it.  Enjoy!

Length - 01:08:58

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language)

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0:09:50 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Giving Showtime's "Shameless" a go, season three of "Yellowstone" ups the estrogen, keeping cool with a daily dose of "Happy Days" and celebrating Carl Reiner with classic episodes of "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

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0:22:53 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Retro documentaries showcase vintage Disney park attractions, traveling the globe shirtless in "Down to Earth with Zac Efron," "Hamilton" drops on Disney+, the launch of NBC's streaming service Peacock and family game show fun on Netflix's "Floor is Lava."

Jul 21, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #225 Every Day is Amazon Day

If you need something to help fill the time while sitting around waiting for all your misplaced packages to arrive, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is here for you.  We have loads of television to talk about, both new and old, network and streaming, so point your rabbit ears thisaway and give our new episode a listen!

 

Length - 00:48:06

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language)

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0:07:26 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Finally checking out Emmy darling "Fleabag," Anna Kendrick's HBOMax rom-com "Love Life" and a re-watch of the classic drama "Lost."

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0:15:20 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

A time-traveling final season of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," reinventing "Match Game" with Alec Baldwin, shedding fewer tears over the latest episodes of "Queer Eye," dramatizing a recent game show scandal on AMC's "Quiz," "Stargirl" continues to feature fun teen superheroics, the season finale of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" and the premier of TNT's action-filled sci-fi series "Snowpiercer."

Jul 9, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #224 The Kree / Skrull Thing

The entire comic book industry has been on quite a roller coaster ride all year, but DC just spun us all through the biggest loop-de-loop yet with their sudden departure from Diamond Comic Distributors.  Hear how this seismic shakeup has affected things in the short term, our worries about what the long term results might be, and how it's all much-too reminiscent of a bleak moment in recent publishing history.  Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has this and plenty of other comic shop gossip in this brand new episode!

Length - 00:48:43

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:01:33 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

DC ends a 25-year monopoly by leaving Diamond Comic Distributors, finding parallels from Marvel's 1990's bankruptcy in Dan Raviv's "Comic Wars," the legendary writer Denny O'Neil passes away, missing this year's Heroes Con, Warren Ellis embroiled in controversy, the launch of Free Comic Book Summer, a surprise epilogue issue of "The Walking Dead" and the start of summer events "Empyre" from Marvel and DC's "Dark Nights: Death Metal."

Jun 24, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #223 Three Little Fonzies

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back once again!  This time out, we turn to the timely matter of the Black Lives Matter protests currently happening throughout our country, and how the long battle for civil rights can be viewed through the lens of popular culture.  Then, we challenge ourselves to decide the One Job of the highest grossing actor in the history of Hollywood.

Length - 00:46:43

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:21:36 - ONE JOB

Don't let the snazzy new theme song fool you, the job remains the same: deciding the single role that best defines the career of Samuel L. Jackson!

Jun 19, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #222 Cam E. O

Welcome back to the latest installment of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.  We spend most of this episode wading through the streams, adding movies to our HBO Max queues, seeking out the poor-liest produced documentaries on Prime, checking back in on some series we were initially lukewarm on and learning historical figures' middle names.  Then we wrap things up by playing a guessing game where we try to gauge the monetary value of a celebrity's time.  It's everything Ulysses H. Grant fought to make possible!

Length - 01:20:19

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:03:14 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Sampling our first tastes of HBO Max, exploring the depths of Amazon Prime, revealing historical facts from the docuseries "Grant," the varied career of Renaissance man Thomas F. Wilson, a meta conclusion to "Dispatches From Elsewhere," British comedy "Breeders" improves by getting darker, HBO's alt-history drama "The Plot Against America" and the Elton John biopic "Rocketman."

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0:55:33 - GAMING

Guessing the fees celebrities charge for a personalized message on Cameo.

 

Jun 11, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #221 The Crossroads - Turtles Forever

The next entry in "The Crossroads," where we explore interesting and unexpected crossovers in comic books, television and movies is the dimension-bending Turtles Forever, where the 2003 animated versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet their 1987 counterparts.  Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast quickly realize we aren't really experts in any era of the Heroes in a Half Shell, but are game to learn all we can and enjoy the nostalgic look back to where their legend began.  Cowabunga!

Length - 01:01:21

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Jun 6, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #220 Back to Workin’

With our quarantines slowly beginning to lift and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast starting to get back to workin', we wrap up our discussions on several series that have been occupying our recent downtime.  So listen in as we say farewell to John Krasinski's cheery web shorts, welcome a new generation of heroes in "Stargirl," scratch our heads over the reality of #TheSnyderCut and remember decade's worth of hilarious work from the irreplaceable Fred Willard.

Length - 01:27:10

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:07:30 - ONE JOB

Celebrating the improvisational genius of the late comedian Fred Willard.

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0:24:35 - MOVIE NEWS

Official word on the long-rumored "Snyder Cut" of "Justice League" heading to HBO Max.

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0:30:24 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Riverdale" showrunner confirms next season's plans, Ruby Rose leaving her starring role on "Batwoman," time shenanigans on "Star Wars: Rebels," the premier of the CW's latest superhero "Stargirl," a satisfying conclusion for "Survivor: Winners at War" and the highly-rated Michael Jordan documentary "The Last Dance."

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1:05:45 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Binging through season four of "Workin' Moms," the David Spade relationship comedy "The Wrong Missy," the conclusion of "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power," the Disney+ animated short "Out," "What We Do In the Shadows" ratings boom after the move to Hulu and ViacomCBS buys out John Krasinski's web series "Some Good News."

Jun 1, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #219 Innovention

The longer we spend cooped up in our houses, it seems, the stronger our urge to talk about Star Wars gets.  So that's what Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast does in this all-Star Wars episode!  Dave Filoni drops some science on the new technology building the future of special effects in "Disney Gallery," frustrations with the sequel trilogy are revealed by a "Rise of Skywalker" making-of documentary, "The Clone Wars" stokes our appreciation for the prequel era, the ragtag crew of "Rebels" fills in lots of Mandalorian lore, Marvel relaunches their line of comic books with a connected post-"Empire" continuity and Disney's new Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Products' title may be a mouthful, but he is out there lookin' like a snack.

Length - 01:07:54

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

May 28, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #218 Riverdale S4 Ep18-19 The Tickle Suite

We bid adieu to the 'Dale for this abbreviated fourth season, ending the gang's senior year like so many others from the class of 2020, without proms and graduations.  But who needs a yearbook when you have Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast keeping record of Riverdale Chapter 75 "Lynchian" and Chapter 76 "Killing Mr. Honey?"  Can Jinx Malloy's maple moonshine put Veronica and Cheryl out of business?  Will Jughead finish his literary masterpiece?  Can Betty and Archie resist the temptation of the bunker?  And is Reggie cut out for endurance tickling (or community college)?  These answers and more await!

 

Length - 01:04:56

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

May 20, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #217 Work Your Magic, Dave

We approach the end of our quarantine by welcoming a new Patron, mourning canceled summer travel plans, admiring some original art and pondering what the next year's worth of pop culture could conceivably look like, then push our bandwidths to the limit by streaming as many movies, shows and documentaries as our screens will hold.  If you are as stir crazy as us, let Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast help pass the time!

Length - 01:22:43

Language - PG-13.  (Contains some adult language.)

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0:14:15 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Overdosing on Star Wars Day content thanks to Disney+, Temuera Morrison coming to "The Mandalorian," touching look at major movie artifacts in "Prop Culture," NatGeo's "Secrets of the Zoo," more thoughts about Pixar's "Onward," a new life for "Community" on Netflix, revisiting Pawnee with the "Parks and Recreation" reunion, mourning a "Doctor Who" cast member with "Farewell, Sarah Jane," new episodes of "Harley Quinn" arrive, catching up on the single season of "Swamp Thing," Jerry Seinfeld's comedy special "23 Hours to Kill," sci-fi laughs from Amazon Prime's "Upload," the beauty queen comedy "Dumplin'," catching the feels with Ricky Gervais and "After Life," getting deeper into "Mrs. America" and HBO serves up the excellent original film "Bad Education."

May 15, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #216 Still Room Enough for Pettiness

We're talking comic books this time around.  After catching up on our quarantine reading and congratulating our pal James Patrick on his upcoming book "The Kaiju Score," Jordan takes the time to outline the unprecedented events of the past few months that have shaken up the comic industry, the dysfunctional ways everyone has scrambled to hold it together and the spark of optimism for some changes that could improve things in the aftermath.  We've got the Dungeon Master's Guide.  We've got a 12-sided die.  We've got Kitty Pryde and Nightcrawler too, waiting here for you, in Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast's garage!

Length - 01:03:58

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

May 13, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #215 Fun-Ass Documentaries

It appears to be the waning days of our current "stay at home" order, but before we get back to the daily grind, there is still plenty of worthwhile content to explore.  First, play along and pick your preferred KPP "quarantine house," then listen along as Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast scrapes up a modicum of Hollywood news, professes our love for what might be the best sitcom of the season and indulges in documentaries that hit in wildly different places on the emotional spectrum.

Length - 00:57:54

Language - PG-13.  (Contains some adult language.)

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0:07:25 - MOVIE NEWS

"Mission: Impossible" 7 & 8 get new release dates, "Venom 2" given a perfect title, Sam Raimi finally confirms he's directing "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness," Twitter addresses "Back to the Future" plot holes, Netflix nostalgia for "The Mask of Zorro," "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" on Hulu, new HBO releases "It Chapter 2" and "Good Boys," and two contrasting documentaries with Disneynature's “Elephant” and the environmental horrors of "Planet of the Humans."

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0:22:20 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Hilarious improv from "Middleditch & Schwartz," more delicious history from "The Food That Built America," the fifth season of "Better Call Saul" leaves us hanging, "Westworld" gets renewed as the current episodes flounder, unanimous love for hip-hop comedy "Dave," "Run" premiers on HBO, the feminist docudrama "Mrs. America," catching up on Jim Carrey's "Kidding," surprised by a brand new "Parks and Recreation," Lin Manuel Miranda makes up a tune for "Conan," an all-time performance on "Survivor" and getting sucked into Michael Jordan's life story with "The Last Dance."

May 4, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #214 Top 10 Toy Lines of All Time

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast used this recent lull in new content to dig through our childhood closets and pull out our Top 10 Toy Lines of All Time!  Joined by returning guest Russ Casseday, we each throw out nominations until arriving at a group consensus of what constitutes the best of the best, considering everything from playability, longevity, ingenuity, cultural impact and plain old fun.  So take a nostalgic trip back with us to the toy store aisles, Christmas catalogs and messy bedroom floors that helped make growing up such a magical time!

Length - 01:56:30

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

Apr 28, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #213 Riverdale S4 Ep17 Soundproof Garage Band

Love them or hate them (or like us, a bit of both), it's time for the annual Riverdale musical episode.  This time out, the gang tackles the too-provocative-for-Principal-Honey tunes of Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Chapter 74 "Wicked Little Town," and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is here to try and make some sort of sense of it all.

Length - 00:49:07

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

Apr 28, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #212 The Crossroads - Six Million Dollar Man & Bionic Woman

Welcome to the first installment of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast's new segment "The Crossroads," where we spotlight our favorite crossovers in the history of comic books, television and movies.  We begin with 1970s icons "The Six Million Dollar Man" and its spinoff, "The Bionic Woman."  The fun includes FIVE classic episodes featuring the series' most memorable villain, Bigfoot and before we're through, a possible bombshell plagiarism conspiracy theory involving... "Star Wars?!"

Length - 01:53:26

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Apr 15, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #211 On Fire and Sticky

Coming at you from a safe distance via Zoom once again, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast returns to talk over all the television and movies that have occupied our time during the recent weeks of isolation.  We say goodbye to two beloved comedies, check out some promising new streaming series, dip our toes into the third season of "Westworld," recap recent episodes of "The Walking Dead," give a spoiler-free review of the latest Pixar film "Onward" and much more!

Length - 01:14:34

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

 

Apr 7, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #210 Garbage Cans of Meat

Like the rest of the world, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is practicing social distancing and working from home.  Since Seth still has a job, Jordan and Cliff decided to take Zoom for a test-drive and catch up with our old friend, the Illustrious One, Michael K. Easton, in a casual conversation about the latest output from So Pro Comics, how the world of pop culture has changed so very quickly and what it might look like going forward, and, of course, "Tiger King."

Length - 01:20:10

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

Apr 1, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #209 Riverdale S4 Ep15-16 We Have the Conch!

Saying goodbye to Stonewall Prep, Riverdale reveals answers to some of its season-long secrets with Chapter 72 "To Die For" and Chapter 73 "The Locked Room."  Everybody's in on it, and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast does our best to sort through the tie pins and bloody rocks to keep track of the many muddled mysteries, even if our yarn-wall makes less and less sense the more threads we decide to pull.

Length - 01:13:42

Language - PG-13. (Contains strong adult language.)

Mar 27, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #208 See You at the Crossroads

Your friends at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast have gathered together with nothing but a box of ping pong balls and a dream.  The dream is to devise an entirely new segment where we cover our favorite crossovers!  Wherever two or more characters from different properties meet, be they comic book stories, TV episodes or movie franchises, we plan to pick the best and boldest of the bunch to relive and enjoy, so listen in as we go over some of the options and pick our first subject.

Length - 00:20:30

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Mar 18, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #207 Hunkered in the Bunker

If you are self-quarantining like us, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has a whole list of recent new television shows we checked out to let you know what's worth your time.  But first, we have anecdotes about an unexpected fender bender, a trip to this year's Classic Plastics Toy Expo and the one Yeah You Know Me question you thought we'd never answer!

Length - 01:11:42

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:15:10 - YEAH YOU KNOW ME

A listener suggestion has us...  (is this right?)...  picking our favorite Patron!?

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0:22:58 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

A rapid-fire look at recent premiers like the animated "Duncanville," Awkwafina's "Nora From Queens," the British comedy "Breeders" starring Martin Freeman, Victorian police farce "Year of the Rabbit," the magic-tinged drama "Dispatches From Elsewhere," the reality competition "Lego Masters," seeking mysteries with "Rob Riggle: Global Investigator," saying goodbye to "Modern Family," revisiting the classic HBO series "Six Feet Under," Amazon's historical thriller "Hunters," a timey-wimey twist on "This is Us" and catching up on season 5 of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow."

Mar 11, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #206 Riverdale S4 Ep12-14 Hope You Like Madonna References

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has never had to Justify My Love of Riverdale, so we won't bother to Take A Bow for presenting another set of deep-dive reviews featuring Chapter 69, "Men of Honor," Chapter 70, "The Ides of March" and Chapter 71, "How To Get Away With Murder."  So if you Cherish all the Hanky Panky on this wonderful show, thank your Lucky Star you have a True Blue podcast like us to help you Express Yourself!

Length - 01:20:48

Language - PG-13. (Contains strong adult language.)

Mar 6, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #205 Shows Before Hoes

There is currently more worthwhile television airing than any human being could possibly keep up with.  Luckily, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is THREE human beings, so after a fun thought experiment about the perfect sitcom in which to live, we chow down on all the relationship dramas, zombie dramas, crime dramas, historical documentaries, historical comedies, contemporary comedies, musical comedies and sci-fi westerns today's TV networks can serve us up and we manage to do it without choking on any vintage action figures.

Length - 01:16:41

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:00:42 - YEAH YOU KNOW ME

Picking which classic sitcom world we would most like living in.

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0:09:28 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Recapping the recent drama on "This Is Us," the second half of season 10 starts up on "The Walking Dead," "Better Call Saul" maintains its mystique, a cast shakeup on "Superstore," the History Channel docuseries "Washington," the final stretch of "Schitt's Creek" episodes, the unique comedy of "Miracle Workers: Dark Ages," "The Outsider" slooowly nears its end, "Zoe's Extraordinary Playlist" finds its heart song and prepping for new episodes of "Westworld" with a reminder of where we left off.

Mar 3, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #204 OK Boomerang

The comic book world has had a few bombshell announcements over the last few weeks, so we dive in to discuss what it all means in both the short term and in the long view.  Then we recommend some recent new titles worth your time, explore the speculator side of the hobby and welcome our first Gold Level Patron in this sure-to-skyrocket-in-value edition of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 00:53:22

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:01:57 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Co-publisher Dan DiDio fired from DC Comics, what we know about the "Generations" and "5G" storylines, CEO Bob Iger steps down from Disney, "Locke & Key" crossover with "Sandman" announced, checking in on some recent new releases and speculator frenzy behind Joker's new sidekick, Punchline.

Feb 28, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #203 Riverdale S4 Ep10-11 Da Mentors

In this episode that was definitely not recorded weeks ago during a late night mad dash marathon session to catch up on Riverdale, we break down Chapter 67, "Varsity Blues" and Chapter 68, "Quiz Show."  So whether you tune into this show for the private school pep rally cocktail parties, the cutthroat high school trivia competitions or the competitive tickling, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast always has you covered!

Length - 00:57:02

Language - PG-13. (Contains strong adult language.)

Feb 25, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #202 Birds of Prey

Aloha!  Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back on the beat, bringing you recommendations and reviews from several exciting new releases.  We bookend the show with SPOILER-FREE discussions of the big screen "Birds of Prey" and the bingeable "Locke & Key," but there is plenty in between to enjoy as well, including Oscar surprises, a spinoff of The 'Dale, a McDonald's mystery and much more!

Length - 01:18:39

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:02:35 - MOVIE NEWS

Double-checking the results of this year's Oscars, a surprise trip to the theater for "Bad Boys for Life" and a review of the frenetically fun "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)."

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0:30:08 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

A revamped "Party of Five" on Freeform, the fashion-world "Riverdale" spinoff "Katy Keene," the finale of "The Good Place," the "Miracle Workers" ensemble returns for "Dark Ages," new episodes of Aidy Bryant's "Shrill," an unraveling mystery in "The Outsider," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" back to its old tricks, the mobsters and Monopoly true crime docuseries "McMillions," trying to decide if we like "Avenue 5" and "Survivor: Winners at War" debuts with a doozy.

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0:53:33 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

The adult animated "Harley Quinn" series on DC Universe, binge racing through a month of Jordan's Netflix and the magical comic book adaptation "Locke & Key."

Feb 21, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #201 Riverdale S4 Ep7-9 It Never Zigs

It's been a while since these fists delivered proper street justice.  It's also been a while since these episodes of Riverdale aired.  But Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is ready to kick off our next hundred shows reliving the preposterous proceedings of Chapter 64, "The Ice Storm," Chapter 65, "In Treatment" and Chapter 66, "Tangerine," including deep fried turkeys, cannibal meat pies, poisonous bug bombs, genetic testing, hypnotic suggestions and an abundance of wanging.

Length - 00:58:36

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

Feb 18, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #200 Anniversary Clip Show

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has arrived at another milestone with this, our two hundredth episode!  We enjoyed the "greatest hits" format of #100 so much, we decided to double down and do it again.  So take a trip down memory lane with us, as we relive our favorite moments, musical masterpieces, guest stars and ridiculous voices, while learning the origins of some of our longest-running bits and inside jokes.  Whether you've been a Jesse since day one or are just a curious newcomer, we can't thank you enough for listening and being down with KPP!

Length - 02:22:29

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

Feb 12, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #199 Riverdale S4 Ep4-6 Charles Chickens

After a longer-than-expected hiatus from The 'Dale, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast returns to start catching up on our favorite show.  Season four of Riverdale rolls on with Chapter 61, "Halloween," Chapter 62 "Witness for the Prosecution" and Chapter 63 "Hereditary," featuring Junior FBI agents, prep school bullies, hooded vigilantes, rum kingpins, possessed dolls, eye patches and Frosty Pajamas.

Length - 00:54:28

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

Feb 7, 2020

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #198 The 2019 Poobah Awards

All the glitz and glamour of Hollywood but with no vegetarian option, this is the 2019 Poobah Awards!  Seth, our resident cinephile, has spent his year watching over 75 films and there is nothing Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast loves more than putting things in order.  So before you tune in to the Oscars, listen to us rank EVERY movie we saw this year until arriving at the very best of the best.  It's an eclectic list, full of big-budget spectacles, oddball indies, informative documentaries, streaming gems and a worrying number of movies about birds.

Length - 01:36:35

Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)

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