Welcome to the Jejune Institute, a purveyor of divine nonchalance as well as many other oddities and the mortal enemy of the Elsewhere Society. Will you, like countless others (including Kalvin and Nick), fall down the rabbit hole of this Alternate Reality Game that popped up from elsewhere in San Francisco in 2008 and disappeared in 2011 after inducting 10,000 people? Is it a cult, or something more. We dive into the Institute, a 2013 documentary based on the 2008 Alternate Reality Game and the inspiration for AMC’s Dispatches from Elsewhere, and what made it so enthralling that people became “indoctrinated” and some even forgot where the game ends and reality begins. The evil Octavio Coleman, Esq. and the exuberant Commander 14 will guide the search for Eva, a mysterious missing girl, as we decode The Dispatches from Elsewhere.
Who doesn’t love vampires, lycans, stinky sewn together dudes, invisible creeps, and more causing mayhem? No, Kalvin and Nick aren’t here to talk any old stable of monsters, but the Classics! We wind our way through the long history that comprises the Classic Monster scene, from the monster of Frankenstein to the Creature of the Black Lagoon and what makes them so endearing. With dozens of iterations, which ones are the best or most lethal? How did they come to be? And most importantly, how do you stop them? We dive into these subjects and more; while also establishing the thread that connects them all and the primal motivation that drives them forward.
Dragon Ball Z is a phenomenon that has permeated the far corners of the Pop Culture realm, and Kalvin and Nick are here to talk all about it! Starting with the history of DBZ (the short version, we promise) and who created it before diving into a graded Q&A to see just how far DBZ has infiltrated the lexicon of an admirer of Pop Culture (who has never consumed it). Developed by Nick, the superfan, answered by Kalvin, the Pop Culture fan and DBZ novice: saiyans, transformations, tails, weird head thingies, the afterlife, and more highlight this episode! Find out how Kalvin does before we find out if he will give the famed franchise a shot.
KIYAHHHHHHH! It’s Morphin Time! Backflip your way to wherever you indulge in podcasts and press play on this week’s mega, super, ultra 3-part episode all about the Power Rangers! Kalvin and Nick go real deep in this multi-part episode touching on all things under the Power Ranger umbrella. One of the few American shows to successfully adapt a Japanese predecessor, Power Rangers was everywhere in the early to late 90’s and still holds a prominent spot in pop culture today, as well as in most people’s hearts. In part 1, we discuss the shows’ creation and the first 6 series (Mighty Morphin through In Space), including rangers, zords, villains, and more! In part 2, we discuss the rest of the series (Lost Galaxy through Beast Morphers) in depth. And in part 3, we discuss our favorite things from the Power Rangers universe and the three theatrically released movies. Ay, yi, yi, T.V., movies, action figures, and more dominate the discussion as we delve into the Morphin Grid.
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Oh YEAH, Oh YEAH, Oh YEAH!!! Join Erich and Kalvin this week as we head out to Hollywood to discuss the career of one of the most polarizing movie stars of the last two decades, Vincent Chase. We go through the timeline of Vince’s career and compare the movies he made to movies in the real and discuss how the choices he made for movies effected not only his career but also his friends.
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Are you ready for some football?!?!?!?!?! Good, because Kalvin and Nick surely are! Due to the circumstances surrounding the state of sports, we as fans have been sorely lacking in the entertainment department. With the NFL draft fast approaching, we figured why not do a draft of our own! We closely follow the NFL draft order for 2020 and pick the best fit for each team, but there is a catch! Fictional football players fill our rosters, whether from movies or TV, we wade through the sea of wannabe stars to pick the right ones. Position, skills, fit, and team culture all play a part.
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In a series full of mysterious situations, places, and people, one place, in particular, is often glossed over, but absolutely deserves a deep dive: The Crypts of Winterfell from A Song of Ice and Fire. Return to Westeros with Kalvin and Nick, to the far north where the Starks keep watch over the icy kingdom, an ancient clan full of magic and mystery. Where they bury their dead might not seem too important, but looks can be deceiving! Considered ancient in an ancient world, we dive into who built the crypts, why they’re important, some of the major events that occurred in the novels and TV show, and what mysteries they still have hiding in their cold, dark depths.
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Conspiracy theories have become a deep-seeded facet of not just American culture, but of cultures all over the world. This leads to some outrageous theories coming to light from the furthest corners of the human zeitgeist, and this week Kalvin and Nick are discussing some of the most ridiculous ones we could find! Is the government turning the frickin’ frogs gay? Are two famous 90s-00s heartthrobs actually the same person? We don’t know, but we fall deep into the rabbit hole as we aim to find answers!
Alex Jones – Gay Water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ePLkAm8i2s
Saved By The Bell: https://bit.ly/39TuuwY
SBTB Theme Song (but backwards): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWs5vWks3h0
Jimi Hendrix Death: https://bit.ly/2Fyi3Zh
Spy Dolphins: https://bit.ly/2Nbi2yD
Sharks Satire: https://bit.ly/2R5d7QW