A podcast discussing one season television shows; currently discussing FREAKS AND GEEKS (1999).
9x1 - Trans Lives Matter (Eat 💩, Joanne), or: Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials (2023), 1 of 3
Well, dear listeners, the day has arrived. Emily and Andrew enjoy talking about the subject episode again. It's only been 65 million years. And enjoy they do, because the first DOCTOR WHO special (small spoiler, no doctor who? joke yet) is a complete delight. It's a new forward facing era for the Doctor, done right (so far).
Current outlook for escaping Jantique after the specials conclude? Promising.
8x12 - His Name is John Jones (He's Barely on Google), or: Going to Extremes (1992), 12 of 17
During this week's episode, Andrew makes a comment about how the only good performance in the episode is the poor guy whose job it is to try to tell the terrible white medical students not to be racist, especially not when they're on a Caribbean island where everyone is Black. Since "Going to Extremes" doesn't have a complete IMDb listing, the actor's name was unknown to our unprepared hosts as they recorded the episode. Andrew and Emily have a bunch to say this episode, it's delightful. At least when they're talking about not watching "Going to Extremes" for a while.
However, in preparing the show art, Andrew discovered the IMDb situation is even worse than... well, let's be honest, "Going to Extremes" isn't something anyone else remembers. Except the actor playing the farmer is John Jones. There's no John Jones on IMDb who matches him, no pictures on Google. Except a single image for a YouTube video. John Jones sings WHERE DO THE CHILDREN PLAY.
John Jones of "Going to Extremes" may not be John Jones the reggae singer of the 1970s, who doesn't have a Wikipedia, doesn't have any mentions besides some reggae forums and YouTube comments. He's got a Greatest Hits. The cover image is a woman in a bikini. Barely in a bikini. It's on Apple Music and it seems worth a listen. Even if you don't do reggae.
"Going to Extremes" has been about the active supplanting of Black people's stories for these tedious, shallow, insipid, feckless white people. But it gave this guy a spot on primetime (albeit ABC) and there was something to this casting. Presumably. It'd be on par for "Extremes" to unknowingly cast a Jamaican music star.
Or there's just some other guy named John Jones.
Either way. They both ought to be findable online. "Extremes" John Jones is either an actor, who's good and his filmography ought to exist, or he's a 1970s reggae star, who hasn't been forgotten by fans, but has been missed by the Internet. Not good. Do better, Internet.
Also, yes, John Marshall Jones was on "Joe's Life." No, we cannot escape it. We never realized watching one season wonders and blunders would open the Pandora's Box of lousy ABC coincidences.
8x11 - Heal the ... (Ma'am, Who's the 6:30 F*ck), or: Going to Extremes (1992), 11 of 17
After a week of bliss away from Jantique, Emily and Andrew return for a perfect storm of GOING TO EXTREMES' worst instincts. Charlie (and friends) don't like being told not to be racist monsters, Alex has mommy domme issues with his sex prof, and Roy D gets jealous of other people not having to be Roy D. Join us?
In the world of Onesies, a pause comes to light,
Emily sends word, a break in their flight.
Schedules entwined, not syncing just right,
One host watched the show, the other missed the sight.
And there's Emily, post-booster, in a quiet repose,
Recovering gently, as the downtime she chose.
Yet, fear not for the gap, it's brief, they propose,
For next week they return, as their commitment shows.
They'll dive into "Going to Extremes," episode eleven,
Back in Television Land, their discussion heaven.
8x10 - For Our Sins (A Dream Sequence), or: Going to Extremes (1992), 10 of 17
Emily and Andrew find themselves torn between an actual effective--albeit ripped straight from NORTHERN EXPOSURE--plotline with guest star Jon Seneca and the latest "Cheryl's Black and she says it's okay for Charlie to be afraid of Black people" plotline. Listen as the hosts remain in bargaining limbo, hoping against hope something bad won't happen, but it's EXTREMES so of course it will.
8x9 - A Geographical Oddity (Wrong Pleasure), or: Going to Extremes (1992), 9 of 17
Emily and Andrew officially pass the halfway point through GOING TO EXTREMES. Will they rename the pod to "WE HATE THIS SHOW" in honor of EXTREMES? Probably not. Tune in and listen as they discuss the show's tropes: learning from your racism halfway through the episode instead of the end, why they've got the white lady intent on making the Black lady hate the other Black people, and bad music.