Podflix & Chill
Podflix & Chill

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Podflix & Chill Returns!

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

After two and a half months, Podflix & Chill is back in your podcast feeds! In today's episode, we break down:

  • Amazon's $8.5b purchase of MGM Studios
  • The Top 10 Streaming Original TV Shows (according to Rotten Tomatoes)
  • Cobra Kai's Season 4 tease
  • Why the show went away for so long

This episode also takes a look at the Disney+ original series, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, as well as one of Andrew's favorite hidden gems on Hulu.

Be sure to check out our blog to see what Andrew's been streaming while he's been away!

Now what's going on? Guys, welcome back to another episode of Pod flicks and chill. As always, I am your host, Andrew, and if you are new to the show, make sure you follow us on social media at Pod flicks, the letter n and chill, and make sure you hit that subscribe button wherever you listen to podcast so you stay notified for future episodes. If you're a friend of the show, welcome back. It has been way too long. It's been about two months since I published the last episode, and I have a perfectly good explanation for that, which I will get into at the end of today's show. But we are going to kick things off right now with the new show format that I put together in the last episode, starting with the news segment, where I break down some of the top streaming news stories that have come out in the last week or two. And it wouldn't be a new segment if I didn't mention the biggest merger of recent history, and that is Amazon buying MGM Studios for eight and a half billion dollars. Now, this is significant for a number of reasons. One, it is Amazon's second largest purchase of a company, behind whole foods and to MGM Studios has over four thousand movie titles and over seventeen thousand TV show titles in its intellectual property catalog. That includes franchise names like rocky and creed, Pink Panther, James Bond, legally blond, the Thomas Crown of fair handmaid's tale and so, so many more. So you can guarantee that Amazon is going to be pumping out spinoffs and reboots and that a lot of these already existing titles are going to start making their way onto prime video. In fact, the senior vice president of Prime Video, Mike Hopkins, recently said in an interview that they plan to dive into this catalog and start to reimagine some properties. So I'm really hoping for a double low series where they take...

...a look at some of the other double agents in Mi six instead of just James Bond. I think that would be a really neat idea for a limited series or a miniseries or, you know, heck, even just a six season series where each season focuses on a different double agent leading up to double o seven, who's featured in the film's last Wednesday screen rant published an article about the top ten streaming original television shows, according to rotten tomatoes and I have a number of issues with this list that I'm going to dive into, but first I want to read you the list, starting at number ten and working our way down to number one, and we're going to kick that list off with the Amazon prime original Bosh, followed by the Netflix original, unbelievable. Then we go back over to Amazon Prime U for catastrophe, back over to Netflix for American vandal. Netflix is big mouth comes in at number six and Netflix is crazy head at number five. We stay on Netflix for the blood of Zeus at number four, and then we finally get a Disney plus original for the number three spot, the imagineering story, which is a Docu series about the imagineers of Disney world and Disneyland. I've not seen it, but I've heard good things. We go back to Netflix for the top two spots, with dash and lily coming in at number two and the reboot of the Babysitters Club at number one. Now, right off the bat I have to say the babysitters club really but that's not my only concern looking at this list. The top five titles all are ranked at a one hundred percent tomato meter score. Now, if you're unfamiliar with Rotten Tomatoes One, what rock are you living under? and to they basically collect an aggregate of critic reviews and score movies and TV shows based on these reviews. They also have an...

...audience score, but people really concern themselves with the tomato meter rating. So this article is all about the tomato meter rating. So when you have the first five spots listed at one hundred percent on your tomato meter, how are you determining what order they go in on that list? Are you determining it by a second very score of the audience score or some other mysterious method, or is it just kind of like we're going to pop these in wherever we want to, like? Could it have actually been blood of Zeus at the number one spot? So it's a very flawed system and I want to know what you guys think about these particular rankings, because another thing that I'm surprised by is that there's no marvel or star wars on this list. I know that they're two of the most divisive fan bases in the world and I don't think that's hyperbole to say that. I think that both of those fan bases are very charged in terms of how passionate they feel about these different properties. But we have great shows in the Mandalorian we had a fantastic run of Falcon in the winter soldier. I think it was one of the best TV shows I've seen in the past year, and we have one division which was equally good, although the first few episodes were a bit of a slow burn. But to not even have one of those shows crack the top ten spots is a little alarming. But let me know what you guys think of this list. Do you agree or not? Hit me up on social at pot flakes and chill. Next in the news for all you Karate Kids Fans, Cobra Kai released the logo for the upcoming season four, which is expected to drop later this year, and it's the name of the show with a Roman numeral for it's very classy and it's set against a black backdrop, which I think really highlights the ominous tone of the upcoming season. If you followed season three, were left in a very precarious situation. The stakes have been the highest that they've been in the show. We have Daniel and Johnny finally teaming up.

After thirty plus years, they're finally teaming up to try to stop John Crease, who has called on the help of his old war buddy and former karate kid three villain, Terry Silver. Yes, that is right, the show runners have officially confirmed the return of Terry Silver in season four of Cobra Hi, and the way they did it was genius. They started putting out this marketing campaign all over social media asking if people had any spare hair ties, which obviously you know. Terry silver wears his hair in a ponytail and that's to keep his hair out of his eyes for when he kicks your ass. So they did that as a neat little gimmick and then they finally confirmed that yes, Terry silver is going to be coming back. So I'm really interested to see where season four takes off. If you haven't caught up on the rest of Kobo Kai or any of Cobra Kai, I encourage you to do so. Netflix acquired the show from Youtube and they've just been doing a fantastic job with it. I'm really excited to see how far they can take it before it loses the essence of the original film trilogy, which I now want to go back and watch specifically karate kid three, because I don't remember it that much, but I remember what a Jerk Terry silver was. Last but not least, we are going to dive into some of the trailers that drop this past week for streaming originals, and we're going to kick things off with the guy that everybody loves to hate, and that is Chris Pratt and his movie the tomorrow war, coming to prime video on July second. This is a film about soldiers being plucked from the past to fight a war against aliens in the future that are going to wipe humanity off the face of the earth and they need to recruit soldiers and take out these aliens. The action in this film looks very similar to Michael Bay's action in the Transformers Films, Aka a lot of shit blowing up, but it seems sort of almost like...

...a reverse terminator kind of vibe and it's I don't know. I don't know how I'm going to feel about it, if I even care enough to watch it. The trailer was interesting but again it was one of those where I'm not quite sure if I'm going to sit down and watch it. But what I am very curious in watching is the next film that we're going to talk about and that is infinite on paramount plus. That drops June ten and it stars Marky, Mark Wahlberg. It was originally supposed to star Chris Evans, but he had to back out due to some scheduling conflicts with the Apple TV plus series defending Jacob, which he stars in. But this film is based on a two thousand and nine and novel called the reimaginist papers, and it's about a guy who's having hallucinations and he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, but it turns out that he is actually an infinite, which means he lives forever. He's lived and died thousands of times. But it looks very action packed. I some of the car chase sequences seemed very fast and furious, so we can probably expect some some of the similar tone from that film. But, as I said, that comes to paramount plus on June ten. The final film we're going to talk about is a Hulu original film called false positive. It is a baby making horror movie starring Alan of Glazer, Justin thorow and Pierce brosn in. It centers on a couple who are struggling to get pregnant and then they eventually get some success from their doctor, Pierce Brosnan, who you know is a little little creepy. You know, everything starts to be going well, it looks like everything's going to be fine and Dandy. There's some upbeat music playing in the trailer and then the the woman Lucy, starts to see something weird on her sonogram and it starts getting spooky. It looked very similar. It reminded me totally of the film the strangers starting Julianne Moore.

It just had a very weird, off putting vibe. I'm not one for those like horror thriller style movies like that, like the suspense, like jump scare film, but I don't know, we're going to see what people think about it. It's set to release on Hulu on June. It's twenty five, so lots of things upcoming. Let me know in the comments on social in my DM's whatever, some of the things that you're looking forward to from your favorite streaming platform. Whack? Why? What? What? What? What? And that brings us to the main topic of today's show, and that is the mighty ducks game. Changers on Disney plus. Now, I had first mentioned this show as part of the episode that I did for Disney pluss investor panel when they announced everything coming to the platform this year and beyond, and I've mentioned it a couple other times in some blog posts and guest spots of things that I'm really looking forward to from Disney plus as it was getting closer and closer to release. So it released, I believe, on March Twenty Six. It was a Friday. It just wrapped up it's ten episode season and I was pleasantly surprised by the entire show. Obviously it's about a group of kids dealing with where they belong in school and society, you know, when coaches tell them that maybe they should just quit hockey and give up hockey. And I like that aspect because I think it holds true to the original story in the original concept of the first mighty ducks film. Here we had a group of kids who just like getting together playing hockey, but they were kind of these like rejects and the the kids that nobody wanted to coach, nobody wanted to really give them the time of day. And...

...then we had Gordon Bombay, who didn't want to coach them either, but wound up turning them into the mighty ducks. And now in this series it's set in present day and we have the mighty ducks, who are a dynasty in the peewee hockey world. They have a ten year winning streak for State Champs. They're looking to get their eleventh year in a row wind streak and the story really focuses around Evan Morrow, who gets cut from the team, and his mom, Alex, played by Lauren Graham, Aka Laura Lie Gilmore, and you know she's not having it. You know, you have these groups of twelve year old kids who are getting pushed by physical trainers and coaches and personal trainers and they got a they got nutritionists and sports psychologists and all these different people, and you know they have these twelve year olds looking at college applications already and she just thinks that hockey should be fun. So the coach, when he's cutting Evan, tells him they hey, if you're not going to at hockey at this point, then you know, just don't bother. And that sort of becomes a running gag and that winds up at becoming the name of this reject to team that don't bothers. So Evan his mom are out to recruit all of the other rejects and at first it doesn't go so well until they finally start to get a team behind them, and it's really a lesson of them sort of accepting their weirdness and the mom sort of struggling with you know, wanting the kids to have fun but learning that they need to be independent and learning that winning is okay and wanting to win is okay. And of course we get Gordon Bombay back in the action, back on the rink, and what I loved about his character and the way they introduced him in this series was that he did sort of start out as this...

...grouchy, grumpy guy who hated hockey, and it was very similar to the way we first are introduced to him in the original mighty ducks film, all the way back in one thousand nine hundred and ninety two. And what I like about it as well is we start to learn a little bit more about what happened to Gordon between now and then, right because we know that throughout the course of the film's he left to go play minorly hockey. He got injured and then we learned that he wound up going to coach at the collegiate level and we find out that he did something that he wasn't supposed to do and he wound up getting banned from coaching for life. So now he runs an ice rink in Minneapolis that Alex finds and she begins to coach her son's hockey team. That don't bothers out of the rink, and it's is really pushing pulled dynamic with, you know, Gordon trying to push her away and push the kids away and push how much he doesn't like hockey onto them, and then he slowly starts to get pulled back in a little bit, begrudgingly at first, and then totally and completely willingly, and I really liked it. It was a great homage to the original film series. It's definitely a cheesy kid show, but it's a cheesy kid show in the way that most Disney properties are cheesy kids shows, especially with this because it's a reboot. A lot of the kids that grew up with this film are either my age or older and they're starting to have kids of their own and they're those kids are starting to get interested in sports, and I think this is a perfect blend. This is really what Disney does a great job with and what the writers of the show specifically did a great job with, and it was writing a show that was for kids, but it's also for their parents, because...

...it had some really nice moments and Nice callbacks to the original trilogy. For instance, the hockey rink that the ducks play out of is the Hendrix hockey arena, and Hendricks, as we know, was the sponsor of the junior good will games in d to the mighty ducks. Now, speaking of dto mighty ducks, I also think that the season finale here that just aired on Friday had a lot of similarities to the dto mighty ducks. Moment. We see a showdown between the ducks and the don't bothers, very similar to TMOSA and team Iceland, and we even get a box of old jerseys coming out as a surprise at the end of the episode. But I don't want to spoil to too much for you, and I think one of the episodes that really brings back the old ducks and the new ducks and everything in between and really centers on that nostalgia piece of the show was episode six, where they had a number of the original cast members come back and make cameo appearances. So we had Fulton read show up and destroy coach Bombay's window, just like you did in their first meeting. We saw less Abermin again, we saw Connie Moreau and Gie Germaine, who are now married. We saw Adam cake eater banks and Woo Woo Woo Kenny, who come in at you now. Of course he was in dtwo mighty ducks as well. He wasn't an original duck, but it was great to see everybody come back for that sort of reunion episode. Code now, one of the notable cast members who was missing was Joshua Jackson and in a recent interview with entertainment weekly, one of the executive producers of the show did say that it was hard to manage the logistics of bringing everybody up to Vancouver to film. They did originally intent for Charlie Conway to be a part of the episode, but because they were filming during the pandemic, it was difficult to sort of schedule them to come out there for two weeks and quarantine and then be on set for two weeks and film so they it sounds like they are going to try to tie in more cast...

...members appearing in the second season of the show, which there will definitely be. The end of the first season indicates like one hundred percent a season two and I think the executive producers are looking forward to that because there's a lot of other storylines that they want to sort of explore, for example the off screen relationship that may or may not have happened with Charlie Conway's mom and Gordon Bombay. In between the events of the first mighty ducks film and this series, we also start to see a somewhat blooming romance between Alex Evans Mom and Gordon, which I really hope they don't explore. I think it would kind of muddy the waters of the show a little bit. I just want to, you know, enjoy my ducks universe the way it is, but I would like to see some more cameos from other former cast members. You know, we got Charlie Conaway, we got the other half of the bash brothers, Dan Portman. He's missing. What happened is Julie, the CAT, Daphne? You know, I want to know. I know they were they would they would have liked to have keenan thompson come back, but he is busy with SNL and now he's got his own show as well on NBC. So there's a lot of things that are still up in the air about cast members coming back, but there's definitely going to be a season two and lots more opportunity to explore those different story lines. And another sort of Little Easter egg that I've picked up on, which I may be stretching here, but we have the ducks head coach. Coach Tea, is played by Dylan playfair and he comes from a hockey family. His Dad was a former NHL head coach. Both of his brother brothers play professional hockey to some extent and even Dylan himself has starred in a movie all about Gordy how and he plays a hockey player on the Hulu original series letter Kenny. Now we're going to be talking a little bit about letter Kenny right now because in that show Dylan playfair...

...plays a hockey players, I said, named Riley, who's very dumb, lovable but dumb, and his coach of the letter Kenny, Irish, is always going around kick and trash cants, calling them pheasants saying stuff is effing embarrassing every time they lose and it just it cracks me up every time because the guys just, you know, ridiculous. And after the first faceoff of the ducks and the don't bothers, the ducks lose and the don't bothers mind up winning and as soon as they get off the ice, Dylan playfairs coach tea gathers the ducks around and he's like all right, pheasants, listen up. That was embarrassing and it was just very similar to the way his coach would handle team meetings in letterkenny and I can't help but think that's a nice little Easter egg that was put in there specifically for letterkenny fans. But again, I could be stretching. I don't know if hockey players are commonly referred to as pheasants. I don't know if that's a common insult from coaches to players. It could be, I don't know, but it was. It was a pretty fun line that had me laughing out loud. So this show has been a lot of fun. As I said, I was pleasantly surprised when I first started watching it. I thought it was going to be a cheesy kid show. I thought they were going to kind of ruin the mighty ducks for me, but it's actually just sort of helped to build that world and it's really trying to embrace the essence of the original film trilogy and Keep It the same, with a lot of callbacks, a lot of nostalgia for the older fans, but a lot of, you know, cheesy and modern and goofy jokes that kids today would appreciate and I really like that. We're starting to see classic Gordon Bombay come back and I'm excited for season two. Like I said, I want to see more cameos from older cast members, I want to see more inside jokes, I want to see more nostalgia and I want to see more fun hockey. It's just a good time. It's...

...a great show. You can check out all ten episodes of season one on Disney plus. It's now streaming, and let me know what you guys think. You follow me on social media and let me know if you like the mighty ducks, the game changers. That sound means it's time for the new hidden gems segment where I break down a hidden original streaming TV series or film that I think you guys might enjoy, and this week we are talking about shut I, a Hulu original series from two thousand and sixteen. It originally aired for twenty episodes and it stars Jeffrey Donovan of Burn Notice Fame. And here is the brief plot synopsis. Jeffrey Donovan Stars in this Hulu original drama as Charlie Haverford, a scam artist whose future is controlled by Fonso, a single father who runs a psychic empire belonging to the Marx family. HAVERFORD's wife, Linda, played by Katie Strickland, is tired of their mediocre life and yearns for change. When Charlie suffers a blow to the head at the hands of a client's angry boyfriend, he begins to see and feel very real and fundamental truths, a big change for a person who has been living a life built on fraud. Isabella Rossellini plays the role of Rita, the mark, is seductive and sadistic matriarch. Now, basically, he gets hit on the head and he starts having these visions and premonitions and he doesn't really know how to handle them and they all try to get out under the thumb of this Roma family that their own money to and I really thought the first season of the film was strong. Are I'm sorry. The first season of the series was very strong. Even the the first couple of episodes of season two, from what I recall, were pretty decently written. I enjoyed the show. It was engaging. It sort of had me on the edge of my seat...

...every time I was watching it, and then something sort of happened where it just fell off towards the end of season two and I don't know if they got canceled and they just, you know, weren't sure if they were getting renewed or they were getting poor reviews or poor ratings. I don't know, but something for me just didn't really connect in the back half of the season. It's got a seven point four rating on IMDB and the audience scoring rotten tomatoes is an eighty eight percent, but the tomato meter rating has it certified rotten at thirty seven percent. So it's not doing too hot on rotten tomatoes. But as we know from their top ten list, they don't know what they're doing over there. So I'd be very curious to hear if any of you guys have seen the show and what you think, make sure you hit me up on social and if you have a hidden gem that you think the listeners of pot flicts and chill would enjoy, you can head on over to pot flicts and Chilcom, click the voice message button in the bottom right hand corner of the screen and leave me a message and I'll play it back on the show and you can tell us all about your favorite hidden gem of streaming. Now, back at the beginning of this episode, I mentioned that I took about a two moonth hiatus from producing content, from being on social media, and I just sort of disappeared from all feeds and if you're an avid follower of the show, you may have noticed that, you may not have. If you're new to the show, you probably didn't notice it, and I felt that I needed to explain to you guys why I took that two months off and what's been happening in the meantime. So the big thing was my girlfriend of seven years and myself. We've got married back in April, on the seventeen, at our childhood church and we celebrated with our friends and our families at her grandparents farm in New Jersey. It was a beautiful day full of love and good times and good memories. And then after that we took a nice two week honeymoon vacation almost completely off the grid in Hawaii.

We spent half the trip on Maui and then the other half in a Wahoo and it was one of the best experiences of my life, not just because it was Hawaii, but because I was there with her. We were celebrating and we just had no stress. I didn't have to worry about posting to facebook or instagram. I didn't have to worry about interacting with anybody in the feeds. It was just a nice, blissful trip. We took a ton of pictures and videos and we're going to be putting up a vacation video on youtube at some point in the near future, so I'll be sure to link it on the show's feeds when we do that. But part of the other reason that I took some time off was because I really need to focus on family and reprioritize family. You know, back when the pandemic hit, Hannah and I lost income that was going to allow us to pay for the big elaborate wedding that we wanted to have. We were looking at this beautiful two hundred and seventy five Acre farm. We were going to invite close to three hundred people. It was going to be a really big party. And then covid and we lost some income and originally we decided to just push it back another year and not get married until two thousand and twenty two. But right after we made that decision with the venue, we had some family health scares and we had to have our own conversations. We re evaluated and realized that it would be much better to have a smaller wedding with everybody that we cared about and everybody that we loved being able to attend, rather than have this big elaborate party two years from now and, you know, not have everybody there. So this past fall we made the decision to change the data second time to this past spring. We had a lot of planning to do in a short period of time and afterwards were so glad that we made the change...

...in that the day went off without any hitches. It was a fantastic day month. Really, part of the other thing that sort of made me re evaluate my my priorities was the meetings that we had with our priest prior to getting married. We got married Catholic and, for those of you who aren't familiar with the Catholic tradition, you have to sit down and have a series of meetings with the priest so that the priest can get to know the couple, so that the couple can learn more about how to grow in their faith and start their married life together. And I'm not here to really sell you on the idea of Catholicism or religion. I'm just providing a little backstory for for what I've been experiencing over the past couple of months, and it's been a lot of growth and one of those things that changed for me was that I've realized that I I tend to have a lot of material priorities. I prioritize having things over needing things. You know, I like to collect things. I've said for the longest time I take pride in owning all of the marvel movies, all of the Pixar movies, the xmen movies, the born movies, the Lord of the rings movies, the Harry Potter movies, everything. I mean, I even have every season of Smallville on DVD and when I started this podcast, all these new streaming services came out, they were shiny and I just whoo, I needed to have them all. I felt justified. I meant like yes, I can subscribe to all these maybe eventually write them off as a business expense. I could have a legitimate reason for subscribing to these streaming services every single month. And as we get closer and closer to the wedding, I was starting to realize that one I was still trying to juggle producing the podcast and doing wedding planning and working on another podcast, and it was intense. It was a lot on my plate. I felt stressed every single weekend, which you know, for me I'm working my full time job all week. I'd only had the weekends to plan with Hannah...

...and I was spending it doing podcast stuff and it was just getting very stressful and intimidating. So when I really looked at it, I found that, just like those Small Hill Dvd's that I love, Smallville was my favorite show back in the early S. I loved that show. But just like those DVDs, some of these streaming services that I subscribe to we're collecting quote unquote, dust on my shelf. So in a decision right before the wedding, I decided to cancel half of my streaming services. I got rid of HBO, Max disc, every plus, paramount plus and, even though I was in the middle of watching invincible, I got rid of prime video. I saved about a combined total of forty dollars a month. Not that I did it for the money, but I feel like a weight has been lifted off my chest, even after coming back from all of the family, you know, adventures and the honeymoon and the wedding, and now that I'm back into work, I just feel like a weight has been lifted because now I'm not worried about eight different streaming platforms. I'm worried about for and I can still put out a lot of content because there's still a lot of original titles on these streaming services, but now I can spend more time with my family, which has become a huge part of my life over the past couple of months. Now, when the boys comes back and when Jack Ryan comes back to Prime I'll definitely resubscribe to prime video. And if the Avatar studios content that I'm looking forward to is exclusive to paramount plus, then I'll definitely be re subscribing to that, but for now I'm going to prioritize family and Pod flicts and chill is going to prioritize Netflix, Hulu, Disney plus and Apple TV plus, which is still one of the most underrated streaming platforms in my incredibly humble opinion, and I'm still going to continue to deprioritize things in other areas...

...of my life. I'm going to try to reduce the amount of physical clutter that I have of and that is thanks in part to a Netflix film by the minimalists called less is more. It's now streaming on Netflix. If you guys are interested, but drop a comment. I'd love to hear from you guys. You know, do you think I've made a horrible mistake by canceling coup of these subscriptions? I don't think so, but if you think so, definitely let me know. You can also head on over to the website pod Flix and Chillcom for a full list of other streaming shows that I have been watching in the past, the whole months, in addition to the mighty Gus Game Changers. And make sure you think that subscribed by wherever you're listening or watch the show so you stay notified for future episodes. But until next time, I'm Andrew. This has been podflix and chill. It's good to be back. You've been listening to a podcast of the pod fix network. Discover more audible gym's like this at pod fix networkcom. Make sure to catch up to the minute network shenanigans by following at pod fix on twitter, official underscore pod fix on Instagram, at pod fix network on Facebook, and make sure to subscribe to pod fix presents, wherever you choose to find podcasts. The pod fix network artist owned and love.

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