S08.E04: Antonyms Attract

Jan 16, 10:00 AM

It's not not opposite day.

Look, we were going to burn all record of this episode of this episode ever having existed, but then we decided to make like George Costanza and do the opposite. But instead of a job at the Yankees, we ended up with a very fun pop culture trivia challenge for Brennan, Chelsea, and Darren! We'll see how sharp their ears are with another round of Skip Intro'd TV themes, before really getting our antonym on with a quiz on pairs movies and TV show with opposite titles. We hope you hate it! (That means we hope you love it, cuz you know...opposite stuff.)


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🐩 For a kid’s book, Dogman has a shockingly Cronenberg-ian origin story.

🪶 Chelsea’s answer in the My Champion round was, of course, an oblique reference to poet Elizabeth Jenning’s poem A Game of Chess. Maybe the best female theological British poet of the 20th Century? Can you name another one?

🕵🏻‍♀️ That very catchy song from Veronica Mars is We Used to be Friends from the Dandy Warhols’ second album Welcome to the Monkey House (yes, the name is from the Vonnegut story).

🔫 The Tracer Bullet scorebreak: Bullet. Tracer Bullet. What people call me is something else again. I’m a private eye. It says so on the door. [8/10: Tracer Bullet is no Spaceman Spiff, but it’s high-quality content anyway.]

😼 Yes, there was an MC Skat Kat album. There’s a surprising amount of controversy around it, as well, centering on Romany Malco’s role in the production.

🦅 The movie Chelsea was thinking of was, deep breath, Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.

📹 The Joaquin Phoenix mockumentary I’m Still Here posits that he’s given up acting to become a rapper, thereby shedding light on the vagaries of celebrity culture. In theory.

🌅 After the Sunset is a mostly forgotten Pierce Brosnan heist movie.

🗣️ The koff koff scorebreak. Koff koff I’m sure that doesn’t forebode anything. [6/10: Getting meta, are we?]

🎸 Wayne’s World's Stairway to Heaven gag has led to tons of real world instances of guitar stores banning the song.

👻 A Ghost is Born got rave reviews from sites like Pitchfork, but baffled fans who thought Wilco always sounded like Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

🥣 The serial/cereal confusion was used to great effect in the Sandman, both in comics and on TV.

🐦 Darren is on Twitter.

🐦 Chelsea is on Twitter.