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Mediasplode #3 – HBO MAX, ‘High Fidelity’, ‘Star Trek: Picard’, ’23 Hours to Kill’, and Quarantine Streaming

Show Notes

Thanks to our awesome Patrons, we’re proud to present another episode of Mediasplode!

Running Time: 00:58:37

This month, Josh Flanagan and Conor Kilpatrick are joined by their original co-host Ron Richards to discuss…

Quarantine Streaming:
00:01:44 – Ron watched Mrs. America and Devs.
00:05:39 – Conor watched Parks and Recreation.
00:09:42 – Josh watched What We Do in the Shadows, and The Last Dance.

00:17:20 – Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours To Kill
00:22:18 – High Fidelity
00:29:52 – Star Trek: Picard

Streaming Services:
00:35:36 – CBS All-Access is awesome.
00:38:50 – HBO MAX arrives!


What’s a Mediasplode? It’s a monthly special edition show in which we talk about what we are enjoying in media outside of the realm of comic books. It’s like our All Media Year End Round-Up but in a shorter, monthly format.

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  1. I’m glad that Conor and Ron like Picard, but I found it to be incredibly poorly written. Ron brought up Devs which also starred Alison Pill where that show is much better written. Then obviously The Expanse which is a very good show and based off of a great series. Michael Chabon has written great books, but was not suited for Picard since writing TV is not the same thing at all. It didn’t help that it was said to not be like Discovery as a “deep character study” while being more episodic which turned out to not be the case where Discovery also isn’t well written. Then blatantly ripping off Mass Effect was pretty embarrassing in Picard. The writers could have tried harder when it came to the show, but causing Walter Mosley to quit while working on Discovery which was unacceptable with his treatment.

    Patrick Stewart as a creative part of the show frankly made it worse. He said he wanted it to reference modern day politics and be subtle when it comes to Trump and Brexit. It certainly wasn’t subtle where that doesn’t matter if it’s executed well, but i would say the execution is certainly lacking. Red Letter Media has done a great job reviewing Picard where it just isn’t smart sci-fi especially when characters contradict themselves. The constant murder, excessive violence, and swearing didn’t make it feel like Star Trek either. I still am dumb founded that the writers chose the racist stereotype route by making Raffi the one with substance abuse issues. Picard didn’t care that much about Data either from TNG and that idea only works if you watched the movies. Having the actors play those characters again just simply isn’t good enough as far as I’m concerned. I would like to see a great story that feels like Star Trek instead of dystopian fan fiction. It can be done well like with DS9, but I didn’t see it in Picard and not Discovery either.

  2. I think the “salad”, in Josh’s “too many snacks analogy“, would actually be something like PBS Frontline episodes.

    “Sopranos” would be some high end snack (one I’m not hip enough in the moment to name. so won’t even try) amazingly tasty, made from quality ingredients, but still chock full of fat and salt…pink Himalayan salt albeit.

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