Ep 6: Field of Dreams

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Step into the dugout with Dan & Jeff as they take on the 1989 classic Field of Dreams. In this ep, the boys take another swing at their ongoing disagreement about what exactly the Ordeal is.



Show Notes & Links

Wait, who is Gaby Hoffman again? She’s the actress who won the 1990 Young Artist award for her portrayal of Karin Kinsella in Field of Dreams.


Corrections & Retractions

Jeff meant “Atonement with the Father Ale,” not “Apotheosis with the Father Ale.” But we left it in because it’s funny, in a story-nerd kind of way.


Coming Next: The Rock

Ep 5: Ready Player One

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Level up with Dan and Jeff as they tackle Ernest Cline’s blockbuster debut Ready Player One. This episode is rife with conflict as the boys joust over the ever-troublesome second act.
Show Notes & Links
Ready Player One Playlist (Spotify)






Field of Dreams Poster

Ep 4: The American President

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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!



Show Notes & Links

Brew Free! or Die IPA by 21st Amendment Brewery

Brew Free or Die!

The West Wing Weekly (Jeff’s Favorite Podcast)

Joshua Malina’s IMdB Page


Corrections & Retractions:
  • Jeff meant to say “la petite mort,” not “le petit mort.” He apologizes for his rusty French.


Coming Next: Ready Player One, written by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


Ep 3: The Handmaid’s Tale

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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.




Show Notes & Links

Habit Cabernet Franc



Corrections & Retractions:
  • Yes, Jeff is aware that he did a Yoda impression when Dan mentioned Obi-Wan. It’s only because Gene Hackman played Yoda, and we all know how much Jeff loves Gene Hackman.
  • What else did we screw up? Let us know in the comments, but be sure to blame Dan.


Coming Next: The American President, written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Rob Reiner

The American President

Ep 2: Die Hard

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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.


Show Notes & Links
  • Yippee-Ki-Yay Whisky from High West Distillery
  •  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.
  • FOX DVD!!!!!!

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.

Owl Powell

  • Jeff’s “Out manned, out numbered, out planned” comment references this song from Hamilton.



Coming Next: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

Ep 1: The Shawshank Redemption

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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.


Show Notes & Links

Redemption Rye

Dan's Bullet Whiskey Glass
Dan’s Bullet Whiskey Glass
Corrections & Retractions:
  • Did we get anything wrong? Let us know in the comments.


Ep 0: Call To Adventure

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In this inaugural episode, hosts Jeff Garvin and Dan Zarzana introduce the concept of The Hero’s Journey using examples from Star Wars and Harry Potter.


Show Notes & Links

San Fernando Brewing Company  (Imperial Death Star Stout!)

Solid Walls Just Pretending by 7k

Star Wars Throne Room Scene Without Music


Corrections & Retractions:
  • Jeff spoke about Joseph Campbell in the present tense–but, in fact, he is no longer with us. He passed away on October 30, 1987, 30 years before this podcast was released. We miss him deeply.
  • Okay, technically Harry doesn’t actually cast priori incantatem–it’s just a magical side effect created by the collision of his spell with Voldem… You-Know-Who’s.
  • Yes, Jeff totally intended to say “out of the belly’s whale.” It’s a thing.