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On Slate's Spoiler Specials, Slate critics, such as Dana Stevens and Willa Paskin, discuss new movies and TV shows in spoiler-filled detail. We dissect twist endings, plot holes, and other secrets you won't read in reviews. WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers (duh).

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On Slate's Spoiler Specials, Slate critics, such as Dana Stevens and Willa Paskin, discuss new movies and TV shows in spoiler-filled detail. We dissect twist endings, plot holes, and other secrets you won't read in reviews. WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers (duh).

    Star Trek: Picard

    Star Trek: Picard

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate staffers Marissa Martinelli, Daniel Schroeder, and Megan Kallstrom spoil Star Trek: Picard, which picks up years after Admiral Jean-Luc Picard has separated from Starfleet over ideological differences. The Star Trek legend has retreated into retirement on Earth when the daughter of an old friend—the android Data—shows up, leading Picard to amass a new crew to track down her sister before sinister forces beat him to it.

    You can read Marissa Martinelli’s review here.

    You can read Megan Kallstrom’s piece here. 

    Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.

    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Flashback: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

    Flashback: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

    Flashback is usually available only to Slate Plus members. Sign up now to listen to the archive and future episodes.
    In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the psychological drama What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), directed by Robert Aldrich.

    Other titles mentioned in the episode:
    Sunset Boulevard (1950), directed by Billy Wilder
    Limelight (1952), directed by Charlie Chaplin
    All About Eve (1950), directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
    Singing in the Rain (1952), directed by Gene Kelly
    Gypsy (1962), directed by Mervin LeRoy
    Mommie Dearest (1981), directed by Frank Perry
    Feud (2017), created by Ryan Murphy
    Parachute Jumper (1933), directed by Alfred E. Green
    Sadie McKee (1934), directed by Clarence Brown
    Psycho (1960), directed by Alfred Hitchcock
    Witness for the Prosecution (1957), directed by Billy Wilder
    The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), directed by Orson Welles
    Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), directed by Robert Aldrich
    What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969), directed by Lee H. Katzin and Bernard Girard
    Kiss Me Deadly (1955), directed by Robert Aldrich
    Three Days of the Condor (1975), directed by Sydney Pollack

    Comments or suggestions? Email us at flashback@slate.com

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Contagion

    Contagion

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate Senior Editor Sam Adams is joined by Slate Staff Writer Rebecca Onion to spoil Contagion, Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 pandemic movie. Not dissimilar to the coronavirus, the fictional virus, MEV-1, started off transferring from infected animals to humans. MEV-1 infected Gwyneth Paltrow’s character on a work trip. Then she traveled back to the Midwest, spreading the virus. Can the institutions in charge find a vaccine before the virus decimates society? 

    You can read Rebecca Onion’s piece about the lessons to take from Contagion here.

    You can read Sam Adams’ interview with the screenwriter here. 

    Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.

    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.

    Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.

    Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. 
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    • 50 min
    Onward

    Onward

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Forrest Wickman is joined by Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli to discuss Onward. Ian and Barley Lightfoot are elf brothers in a modernized magical realm. On Ian’s birthday he receives a gift that will allow him and his older brother to bring back their father for a day. But the spell goes wrong and they are left with half a dad. Can Ian and Barley work together to find the Phoenix Gem and make their father whole before the day is over?

    You can read Sam Adams’ article about the movie’s “exclusively gay moment” here.

    Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore.

    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.

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    • 45 min
    Emma.

    Emma.

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Marissa Martinelli and Heather Schwedel discuss Emma. Though certainly not the first adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, director Autumn de Wilde’s film humanizes the familiar characters and departs at times from the source material to bring a certain freshness to this comedy. Will Emma’s meddling still result in matchmaking errors? How far does she have to go to right her wrongs? And what’s with the inopportune nosebleed?

    You can read Marissa Martinelli’s review here.

    Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore.

    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.
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    • 57 min
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens is joined by June Thomas and Dan Kois to discuss Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Marianne is hired to paint Héloïse’s wedding portrait. But Héloïse can’t know she’s being painted. As the two grow closer, will Marianne come clean? Will their feelings affect the painting that’s supposed to be sent to Héloïse’s potential husband? What happens when the job is finished?

    You can read Dana Stevens’ review here.
    You can read Matthew Dessem’s piece about the film’s music here.

    Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore.

    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.
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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

Chilebean.123. ,

Good but...

Why does Rebecca sound so out of breath during this episode?

Quebber ,

Vocal Fry Fest

One host will describe a scene in more time than the scene takes. Partly because she decorates every phrase with “like”. Another needs to find some synonyms for “extremely” since he uses the word extremely often in extremely repetitive ways.

How the primary host can stand the gravel in their throats is a mystery I would like spoiled so I don’t need to wait for the end of this annoying podcast. And the worst part is their insipid summaries.

Kristen Mary Fitzpatrick ,

Spoiling too much!

Stop spoiling movies/books not in the title of the episode! You spoiled Sharp Objects in the Little Woman episode!! You could have edited that out.

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