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  • Ep. 14 - Not Just Surviving, But Thriving Amidst the 'Fallout'

    01:45:57
    In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Patrick Klepek run down what’s going on in the world of TV and discuss the first three episodes of Fallout (Prime Video) and the ninth episode of Shogun (Hulu/FX).Are we excited about more Monarch: Legacy of Monsters? Will we ever see a Heroes reboot that people care about? What did we make of Bluey’s season finale, “The Sign”? Is Fallout the greatest videogame adaptation ever made? And what did we think of Mariko’s fateful decisions on this week’s episode of Shogun? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Homework for next week:Shogun Ep 10 (Hulu/FX)The Sympathizer Eps 1-2 (Max)The Jinx Season 2 premiere (Max)Shownotes:00:01:30 -More seasons/spin-offs for Monarch00:06:33 - Tim Kring wants to reboot Heroes00:13:33 - Bluey’s season 3 finale, The SignBBC: Producer confirms series return00:33:00 - FalloutEpisode 1 - The EndEpisode 2 - The TargetEpisode 3 - The Head1:14:00 - ShogunEpisode 9 - Crimson SkyLinks:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok

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  • Bonus Ep Preview: 3 Body Problem Season 1

    45:22
    In this bonus episode preview, David and Patrick discuss the final episodes of season 1 of 3 Body Problem on Netflix.To hear the rest of the episode, become a paid subscriber at decodingtv.com.
  • Ep. 13 - Curb Your Enthusiasm's Finale Was a Middle Finger to America

    01:38:38
    In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Patrick Klepek run down what’s going on in the world of TV and discuss the eighth episode of Shogun (Hulu/FX).Why was Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm a middle finger to TV watchers? Is it possible we will actually get more Westworld in the future? Why is it such a difficult time to be a TV writer right now? And why can’t people finish Ripley, anyway? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Homework for next week:Shogun Ep 9 (Hulu/FX)Fallout Eps 1-3 (Prime Video)Bonus Ep: 3 Body Problem Season 1 (Netflix)Shownotes:00:07:40 - Fallout NewsFallout Season 2 seems likelyWestworld is still alive?00:22:45 - Why it’s a brutal time to be a TV writer00:33:46 - Why people can’t finish Ripley00:43:15 - The Curb Your Enthusiasm Series Finale00:56:15 - ShogunEpisode 8 - Abyss of LifeLinks:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok
  • Bonus Ep: Is Netflix's 'Scoop' Interesting for People Who Don't Care About The Royals?

    51:08
    In this bonus episode, David and @joyonapping continue their conversation about the royal family by discussing Netflix’s new film, Scoop, which chronicles the events surrounding Prince Andrew’s disastrous 2019 Newsnight interview.Is this film interesting to people who don’t care about the royal family? What did we think about who the film chose as its main characters? Does Rufus Sewell make for a convincing Prince Andrew? And what did we make of the film’s depiction of the interview itself? Listen to hear us discuss all this and more!Also: Should we cover A Very Royal Scandal, an upcoming 3-part Prime Video series that covers these same events? Let us know at decodingtv(AT)gmail(DOT)comLinks:Follow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok
  • Bonus Ep Preview: Constellation Season 1

    18:25
    In this bonus episode preview, David and Patrick discuss the final episodes of season 1 of Constellation on Apple TV+.To hear the rest of the episode, become a paid subscriber at decodingtv.com.
  • Decoding TV Ep. 12 - Does The World Need An(other) X-Files Reboot?

    01:25:47
    In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Patrick Klepek run down what’s going on in the world of TV and discuss the seventh episode of Shogun (Hulu/FX).Is the true story behind Netflix’s 3 Body Problem more intricate than the show itself? What are the chances that 3 Body Problem will get a second season? Are we looking forward to Ryan Coogler’s take on The X-Files (if it even happens)? And what did we think of this week’s relatively quiet episode of Shogun? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Homework for next week:Shogun Ep 8 (Hulu/FX)Bonus Ep: Constellation Season 1 (Apple TV+)Bonus Ep: 3 Body Problem Season 1 (Netflix)Shownotes:00:01:30 - Chance Perdomo Dead at 2700:03:30 - 3 Body Problem Murder ScandalLatest on 3 Body Problem Ratings00:28:25 - Chris Carter on the legacy of the X-Files00:48:00 - ShogunEpisode 7 - A Stick of TimeLinks:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok
  • Decoding TV Ep. 11 - Getting to the Root of the 3 Body Problem

    01:39:00
    In this episode of Decoding TV, David Chen and Patrick Klepek run down what’s going on in the world of TV, then discuss the first three episodes of 3 Body Problem (Netflix) and the sixth episode of Shogun (Hulu/FX).What do we think of a new John Wells/Noah Wyle hospital-themed team-up? Was it cool for Pete Davidson to leave Bupkis like that? Will we ever see another season of Euphoria? And is 3 Body Problem a worthy TV follow-up from the creators of Game of Thrones? Listen to hear us discuss all these questions and more!Homework for next week:Shogun Ep 7 (Hulu/FX)Bonus Ep: Constellation Season 1 (Apple TV+)Shownotes:00:03:00 - Noah Wyle and John Wells reteam for The Pitt00:12:15 - Euphoria Season 3 delayed indefinitely00:20:25 - Pete Davidson abruptly leaves Bupkis00:29:15 - 3 Body ProblemEpisode 1 - CountdownEpisode 2 - Red CoastEpisode 3 - Destroyer of Worlds01:10:00 - ShogunEpisode 6 - Ladies of the Willow WorldLinks:Listen to Patrick’s videogame podcast, Remap RadioSubscribe to Patrick’s newsletter, CrossplayFollow this podcast on InstagramFollow this podcast on TiktokSubscribe to David’s free newsletter, Decoding EverythingFollow David on InstagramFollow David on Tiktok