Dave Probert and Ian Wilson watch short-lived TV shows to see if they were cut off in their prime or put out of their misery.
Episode 19.04 - Automan
Ian and Dave wade through two more episodes of Automan. In "Flashes and Ashes," Walter tries to prove an old friend wasn't corrupt and finds himself pitched against a suave Internal Affairs officer looking to become the next District Attorney. In "The Biggest Game in Town," LA comes under attack from a group of hackers. Walter and Automan must stop their acts of sabotage and track them down. They also discuss the possibility of Automan taking place in the same fictional universe as Robocop, more throwaway lines that open up all sorts of philosophical questions about the nature of Automan's sentience, and are taken aback by a police captain's use of a very British mild obscenity.
Episode 19.03 - Automan
Dave and Ian are back with another two episodes of Automan. In "Ship in the Night," Walter and Automan travel to a Caribbean island to investigate the disappearances of several wealthy businessmen. In "Unreasonable Facsimile," Automan accidentally assimilates a soap opera and wants to fall in love. When he meets a woman connected with Walter's latest case, he thinks he has found love, but this brings up many philosophical questions about Automan's level of sentience. Are his emotions real or the result of an algorithm? If he is truly capable of feelings and autonomous thought, does that make him a lifeform and if that is the case does that mean that Walter is exploiting him for personal gain? Don't expect any of these questions to be answered though, as the story is more focused on making a profit for sub-standard helicopter parts. Dave tries out a new dramatic sound effect and institutes "briefcase full of money watch," while Ian shares the timespan during which he watched Eastenders and shares his hatred of one of the main characters.
Episode 19.02 - Automan
After surviving the extended pilot, Ian and Dave start their viewing of Automan as an episodic series. In "Staying Alive While Running a High Flashdance Fever," the police are trying to locate a kidnapped informant who is trying to implicate a well-respected judge in a corruption scandal. Also, Automan dances a bit. In "The Great Pretender," after a delivery of paper for printing money is hijacked, Walter and Automan seek to flush out the prime suspect behind it by aggressively targeting his other rackets. Finding themselves at the center of a mob power struggle, have Walter and "Mr. Otto" bitten off more than they can chew? They also discuss the show messing with its own ground rules, is Walter actually a jerk, and what exactly is Roxy's job in the police department?
Episode 19.01 - Automan
After an unexpected break that was Dave's fault, Dave and Ian are back with their firs show of 2020: Automan from 1983. They are joined by Dan Toland to talk about the pilot episode, where nerdy police computer expert Walter Nebicher creates a sentient hologram called Automan in order to fight crime. Walter and Automan are soon put to the test when Walter's colleague, Lt. Jack Curtis, goes missing while investigating the disappearance of several scientists. The trail will lead them to Switzerland, where Patrick Macnee is up to no good. On the way they discuss how much Switzerland looks in no way like California, debate how many people Automan kills along the way, and ponder on whether it is possible to waste the talent of Doug McClure.
Episode 18.03 - Crazyhead
Ian and Dave see out 2019 with the last two episodes of Crazyhead. In "Downward Facing Dog," Raquel goes on a date with Harry while Amy tries to warn her about the vision of Harry attacking her. It soon becomes clear that Harry is not telling the whole truth. In "Beaver with a Chainsaw," it is Halloween night and all of Callum's plans are coming to fruition. The gates of Hell are about to be thrown wide open, and the only people standing in his way are Amy and Jake. They also discuss the series as a whole, what they would have liked from a second season, and name their series MVPs. Then they welcome Statistician Ian to let them know how they are going to be kicking off 2020!
Episode 18.02 - Crazyhead
Dave and Ian return for another two episodes of Crazyhead. In "Shave the Cat," Suzanne has returned from the dead and isn't the woman she used to be. Raquel, Amy, and Jake take her somewhere remote in search of a cure cure, and Raquel makes a new friend while searching for a phone signal. In "Penguin or Cow," Amy and Raquel confront Mercy while trying to find the kidnapped Suzanne. She is being held captive by Callum who intends to use her to take Amy out of the picture once and for all. They also discuss the correct posture to adopt if you ever see Ian in a pet shop, and discover that their previous edition has caught the attention of one of the cast's mothers.
watching, so you don’t have to
Dave and Ian (or should that be Ian and Dave?) watch, describe and critique different cults tv shows that maybe should have gone on a bit longer, or perhaps should not have been made at all. They are a great couple of hosts, and which ever show they cover, they make the whole thing a pleasure to listen to.
They're back !
They're back - and its about time . ... err , no its not .... its about things . Shortlived things . And its good . Its VERY good . Very good , shortlived things . And stuff .