The stakes are high in this episode as Jeff and Dan once again butt heads about who’s the protagonist. But the real action comes in the middle of Act II when one of our beloved hosts turns out to be completely wrong—about everything. Jeff gushes about Joshua Malina and The West Wing Weekly, and Dan whips out his own Gene Hackman impression. With heated conflict, themed libations, upgraded sound effects, and an entirely new segment, Episode 4 is not to be missed!
Join Dan and Jeff as they tackle Margaret Atwood’s time-bending, highly relevant dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale. There’s so little overlap in their analyses, it’s hard to believe they read the same book.
Celebrate the Holidays with Jeff and Dan as they break down the greatest Christmas movie ever made: Die Hard. Jeff mostly yells and drops names from his 90s acting career while Dan crushes “Approach to the Inmost Cave” and raises the bar on episode-themed libations.
Sinatra as McClane?! Mind = blown. As we mentioned, the screenplay for Die Hard was based on the 1979 Roderick Thorp novel Nothing Lasts Forever.What we didn’t mention is that Nothing Lasts Forever is the sequel to Thorp’s 1966 novel, The Detective, which was made into a film of the same name in 1968. Frank Sinatra played the protagonist, Joe Leland, who was renamed John McClane for Die Hard. So, basically, Sinatra was the original McClane. But, he did it hiiiss waaaayyy.
How did McClane know it was Hans? Dan found this article, published after we recorded the episode, in which screenwriter Steven E. deSouza explains the plot hole.
Corrections & Retractions
Jeff frequently shanked Mr. Takagi’s name during this episode, mispronouncing it as “Ta-GA-ki.” He blames Dan and begs your forgiveness.
“Hammer Down” is not a thing. Jeff meant “Simmer Down,” and was trying to allude to this SNL sketch.
Both hosts (mostly Jeff) constantly mispronounce Al Powell’s first name, calling him “Owl” Powell. If you think you can do better, record yourself saying “Al Powell” ten times fast and post a link in the comments. We’ll name you in a future episode.
Jeff’s “Out manned, out numbered, out planned” comment references this song from Hamilton.
Coming Next: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
There’s disagreement from page one as Dan & Jeff discuss the classic film The Shawshank Redemption (based on the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption) through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces.