So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 – Auditions: Los Angeles Podcast


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Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction
1:05 – Contemporary girls: Alexa Anderson, Eliana Girard and Sam Lenarz
7:26 – Jazz girls: Megan Branch, Jasmine Mason
11:18 – Choreography round guys: Jontel “Johnny Waacks” Gibson, Caley Carr, David Matz and Jonathan Anzalone
16:21 – Vegas-bound guys: Cole Horibe, Stephen Jacobsen and Marshea Kidd
22:30 – James & Nick Aragon, the “Ninja Twins”
24:34 – Wrap-up: Variety in the Top 20

Episode Length: 27:34

We’re still working to get caught up with our podcasts so that we’re releasing our thoughts close to the airing of the most recent episode. We apologize for the delay and we hope that after this one we’ll start releasing our podcasts on a more reasonable schedule.

If there’s one thing we love about this show, it’s that the audition episodes consistently bring out new and exciting dancers for us to enjoy. The Los Angeles auditions proved to be quite fruitful, with the contemporary girls Alexa Anderson and Eliana Girard impressing us with their skill sets and the character of their dances. We’ve been saying it for a while now, but we love it when contemporary dancers add some aggression into their style. There was also the sheer beauty of David Matz’s metal ring performance, which embodies everything we love about the quality of this show’s audition episodes. Cole Horibe’s audition was a welcome surprise, displaying a mix of martial arts ferocity with fluid, elegant movement that left us excited and wanting more. We also had the feel-good story of Marshea Kidd surviving a terrible car accident which nearly ended his life. That he could walk after what happened, let alone dance in the way he showed us, was a small miracle.

There was more to the episode of course, including the ridiculous first routine by Stephen Jacobsen that led many to speculate that the producers staged this for “controversy.” And who can forget the hilarious variety show that was the “Ninja Twins”! You can hear our thoughts about these and more in this week’s episode of our podcast!

Let us know what you think after listening to the podcast! We’ve partnered with Pure So You Think You Can Dance to deliver this series of podcasts, so check them out and interact with fellow SYTYCD fans! You can leave us a comment on Pure SYTYCD, on this blog, or tweet us. You can also visit our Facebook page and leave a comment there! We love feedback and will respond either with a comment or in our next published show.

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Game of Thrones – Season 2: Episodes 8 and 9 Podcast


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Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction
0:51 – Resolving the Ep. 7 cliffhanger, and which characters understand leverage?
4:41 – Arya, the clever Stark
6:31 – The Blackwater battle
13:02 – Cersei, power, and Sansa
17:30 – Odds & Ends
19:51 – Wrap-up

Episode Length: 20:50

Disclaimer: Neither of us have read beyond the first novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series, and therefore our discussion of the events and predictions for future episodes are exclusively based on the events depicted in the HBO series.

After nearly two full seasons, Game of Thrones finally delivered the epic battle that fans have been craving. And “Blackwater” did not disappoint! In this week’s podcast, we discuss a few interesting developments from episode 8 such as the resolution of the Bran/Rickon cliffhanger, how well the young men of Westeros understand leverage and how Arya used her final name for Jaqen H’ghar. Most importantly, we also give our thoughts on episode 9, “Blackwater,” focusing not just on the epicness of the battle scenes (and oh yes, they were pretty epic!), but also examining the complicated journey Cersei’s character seems to be on, including her “relationship” with Sansa.

Let us know what you think after listening to the podcast! Leave us a comment here or tweet us. You can also visit our newly launched Facebook page and leave a comment there! We love feedback and will respond either with a comment or in our next published show.

Also, to read our thoughts about the events of season 1, follow the link here.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 – Auditions: Brooklyn + Dallas Podcast


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Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction: Welcome new listeners and upcoming schedule
3:50 – Ballet auditions: Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Daniel Baker
7:16 – Male contemporary auditions: Leo Reyes and Jarell Rochelle
10:15 – Female contemporary auditions: Amelia Lowe and Bree Hafen
13:51 – B-boy/Street auditions: Toshihiko Nakazawa, Shafeek Westbrook and Stepheon Stewart
18:15 – “Other” auditions: Austin “Mr. Wiggles” Freeman, Sam Sheffler, Von Kipper
22:00 – The “Exorcist style” of Hampton Williams
25:16 – Wrap-up

Episode Length: 27:54

It’s the summer and you know what that means, it’s time for another amazing season of So You Think You Can Dance! We’re very excited to podcast along to the new season (long-time listeners will recall we podcasted from Vegas week onward during season 8) and watch the new crop of dancers featured for us to enjoy. If you’re a new listener, welcome! As an introduction to us and what we’re doing, feel free to check out this short post that we wrote up last year shortly after we began podcasting.

This initial podcast is a week late due to our schedules preventing us from being able to record until now. Since the second audition episode has already aired, we’re planning to record and post our thoughts on that very soon, hopefully no later than the end of the upcoming weekend. After that we’ll be all caught up and will be able to release podcasts within a day or so of the Wednesday airing.

If the first audition episode is anything to go on, this season is already shaping up to be an excellent one! In the span of just two hours there were several standout dancers featured on the program, including the new wave of male ballet dancers Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Daniel Baker, the emotionally mature solo from Bree Hafen (not to mention her kids are adorable!), the sophisticated and musical b-boying of Shafeek Westbrook, and the show-stopping beauty that was the “Exorcist style” of Hampton Williams. Those are the dancers that intrigued us in this episode and we definitely think they will be the ones to watch during Vegas week. Of course, there were a small collection of poor auditions as well, for it wouldn’t be a reality show competition without them. But, unlike American Idol, we appreciate the positive attitude the SYTYCD judges generally take towards these individuals (for example, see the upbeat feedback they gave to Sam Sheffler).

So far so good with the auditions. Keep checking back over the next couple of days for another podcast which will cover the second audition episode.

Let us know what you think after listening to the podcast! We’ve partnered with Pure So You Think You Can Dance to deliver this series of podcasts, so check them out and interact with fellow SYTYCD fans! You can leave us a comment on Pure SYTYCD, on this blog, or tweet us. You can also visit our Facebook page and leave a comment there! We love feedback and will respond either with a comment or in our next published show.

Game of Thrones – Season 2: Episode 7 Podcast


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Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction
0:20 – Cersei reflects on the pitfalls of incest
3:59 – Jamie Lannister discusses the “honor” of Ned Stark
6:40 – Jon Snow and Ygritte, monarchy vs democracy
11:55 – Qarth: Or, will Daenerys compromise?
15:07 – Did Theon really do that?
18:45 – Wrap-up

Episode Length: 20:01

Disclaimer: Neither of us have read beyond the first novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series, and therefore our discussion of the events and predictions for future episodes are exclusively based on the events depicted in the HBO series.

Game of Thrones is clearly moving forward, but to what conclusion we have given up on guessing. In this podcast we focus exclusively on the 7th episode, “A Man Without Honor” and discuss the awakening that Cersei’s character appears to have regarding the repercussions on her (and Jamie’s) actions, the shocking cliffhanger involving Theon and two charred bodies and just what the *bleep* is going on in Qarth. We also explore the differences between the seeming democracy described by the Wildlings north of the Wall and the unstable monarchy ruling Westeros and touch briefly on just how “honorable” the late Ned Stark truly appears in retrospect.

Let us know what you think after listening to the podcast! Leave us a comment here or tweet us. You can also visit our newly launched Facebook page and leave a comment there! We love feedback and will respond either with a comment or in our next published show.

Also, to read our thoughts about the events of season 1, follow the link here.

Game of Thrones – Season 2: Episodes 5 and 6 Podcast


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Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction
0:54 – The happenings in Qarth
6:21 – The deaths of Renly and Ser Rodrick
10:32 – Arya and her three death wishes
12:14 – Chaos in King’s Landing
17:27 – Wrap-up

Episode Length: 20:43

Disclaimer: Neither of us have read beyond the first novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series, and therefore our discussion of the events and predictions for future episodes are exclusively based on the events depicted in the HBO series.

We’ve passed the midseason point of season 2 and we won’t pretend that we have any idea where the show is going! In this podcast we discuss the shocking death that begins episode 5 (seriously?!?!), catch-up with Daenerys and ponder the practicality of her plan to “reclaim” the Iron Throne, and examine how the slow disappearance of Joffrey’s illusion of power is beginning to impact the entire course of King’s Landing. We also share our thoughts on Arya’s predicament and just how terrible Theon Greyjoy is becoming.

Let us know what you think after listening to the podcast! Leave us a comment here or tweet us. You can also visit our newly launched Facebook page and leave a comment there! We love feedback and will respond either with a comment or in our next published show.

Also, to read our thoughts about the events of season 1, follow the link here.

Game of Thrones – Season 2: Episodes 3 and 4 Podcast


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Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction
1:55 – Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch
5:39 – Renly and Margaery
8:26 – Tyrion as Hand of the King
11:21 – Joffrey (is sadistic)
14:34 – Arya
18:15 – Melisandre and the Shadow-Demon-Baby Thing
20:46 – Wrap-up

Disclaimer: Neither of us have read beyond the first novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series, and therefore our discussion of the events and predictions for future episodes are exclusively based on the events depicted in the HBO series.

As the third and fourth episodes of Game of Thrones prove, season 2 shows no signs of slowing down, ending on a crazy cliffhanger involving a very unusual birth and moving Joffrey’s character even further into the realm of complete sadism! In this podcast we discuss both of these developments as well as the role of the Starks as leaders, why Tyrion is a much better hand than Ned Stark, what’s been going on with Arya and where we hope to see her character wind up and Meghan offers her thoughts on the introduction (finally!) of Margaery Tyrell, played by Natalie Dormer.

Let us know what you think after listening to the podcast! Leave us a comment here or tweet us. You can also visit our newly launched Facebook page and leave a comment there! We love feedback and will respond either with a comment or in our next published show.

Also, to read our thoughts about the events of season 1, follow the link here.

Game of Thrones – Season 2: Episodes 1 and 2 Podcast


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Episode 39 direct download

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Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction
1:08 – What’s going on beyond The Wall
5:06 – The war(s) in Westeros
16:11 – Across the Sea
18:56 – Wrap-up

Disclaimer: Neither of us have read beyond the first novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series, and therefore our discussion of the events and predictions for future episodes are exclusively based on the events depicted in the HBO series.

Game of Thrones wasted no time in the first two episodes of the its second season and has already presented viewers with a plethora of new characters and new drama. In this podcast we discuss a few of these new characters and offer our thoughts on where our established characters are headed as Westeros plunges ever deeper into all-out war. Some topics of note include the isolated storylines of Jon Snow and Daenerys and how they will undoubtedly impact the Seven Kingdoms, the ever expanding list of “kings” in Westeros, the changing power structure of King’s Landing and which three characters we agree aren’t in danger of dying anytime soon.

Let us know what you think after listening to the podcast! Leave us a comment here or tweet us. You can also visit our newly launched Facebook page and leave a comment there! We love feedback and will respond either with a comment or in our next published show.

Also, to read our thoughts about the events of season 1, follow the link here.