A Fan’s Guide to “Picking Favorites”: Episode 6, “Halloween 80’s Action Tradition”

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By Shannon Fox, @shannonfox

 

Welcome, welcome, WELCOME back to your weekly recap of the “Picking Favorites” podcast!  This is where you’ll find all of the topics and choices of each episode, as well as my nonsensical commentary and even some personal pictures from our hosts! It’s a win-win, really.

You can find this week’s episode on iTunes and Soundcloud.

This Week’s Special Guest:

Nathan Fillion! (Find him on Twitter at @NathanFillion)

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… you know Nathan Fillion.  I don’t really have to do an introduction, do I? Like, he’s NATHAN EFFING FILLION.  He’s Captain Malcolm Reynolds, he’s Captain Hammer, he’s every-so-often the host of panels at Nerd HQ, he’s even a scary priest dude named Caleb who gouges out people’s eyeballs, but right now he’s the title character on “Castle” which you can watch on ABC on Monday nights  or find right here.  There’s no eyeball-gouging going on there.  YET.

He also sometimes appears on “The Thrilling Adventure Hour”, both a staged production and podcast in the style of an old-time radio show and starring lots of ridiculously talented  and hilarious people.  You can find more information here and download their podcast here.  Your faithful recapper herself has been lucky enough to see one of their performances in New York, and I can’t recommend it enough.  Check it out!

We have no time to waste with this episode, since our boys are busy little bees, so let’s get straight to the good stuff.

Favorite Halloween Costume

I love Halloween.  How can you not? There’s no pressure, no stress, only the promise of far-too-much candy and a day full of dress-up and “make pretend”.  It’s the least “adult-y” of all the holidays, and I am definitely in the business of avoiding adulthood at all costs.  Thankfully, our hosts seem to feel the same, if their choices are any indication.  A big thanks to Razzle and Dave for sending some actual photographic proof of their costumes!  Er, I think you’ll understand why neither Tyler’s actual costume nor a photographic explanation was included.

Nathan.  No wait, Zac.  No- Nathan:

(This is part of an interview from “Conan”, when Nathan explained his costume and showed a short clip of him wearing it.)

Razzle:

Edward Scissorhands/ Steve Martin

RAZZLEHALLOWEENCOSTUME

 

Tyler:

“Jerkules”

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Kentucky/Dave:

Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards), “ER”

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Zac:

Staples “That Was Easy” Button

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Extra Mentions:

Jerry Seinfeld on Halloween

Favorite 80’s Action Movie

IN A WORLD WITH BIG SWEATY MEN AND LOTS OF EXPLOSIONS… there lived 80’s action flicks.  This was clearly the era of Schwarzenegger, Stallone,  and Van Damme, not to mention buddy cops (one of which was ALWAYS the “unpredictable loose cannon”) and training montages.  Ridiculous yet entertaining (like most of the 80’s, let’s be honest), the guys love ’em all.

Razzle:

Die Hard

Kentucky/Dave:

Big Trouble in Little China

Tyler:

Bloodsport

Zac:

Tango & Cash

Nathan:

Highlander

 

Extra Mentions:

Gymkata

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins

The Last Dragon

Favorite Holiday/Christmas Tradition

This topic was suggested by Melissa Houdart (@melhoudart)!  Thanks, Melissa!  The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, folks.  While you’re frantically trying to find the perfect gift for everyone in your life and fighting the holiday crowds in your pursuit, let’s try to remember the happier side of the holidays.  These are the things to look forward to while you’re waiting in your umpteenth check-out line with sugar-crazed kids swing clothes hangers into your legs.  Happy holidays, everyone!

Zac:

Caroling

Tyler:

Playing “Baseball Stars” on NES and Drinking

 

Razzle:

Kielbasakielbasa

Nathan:

A tropical vacation for the holidays

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Kentucky/Dave:

Putting the star on the top of the Christmas tree

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Random Notes from Shannon’s Brain

  • Full disclosure: I was so doped up on cold medicine and cough syrup this week that my thoughts rarely strayed from “wheeeeee!” or just vacantly staring at the wall, but I tried my best here, kids.
  • Quote of the Week: “What are you getting too close to with Dickarus?” OH, NATHAN, YOU RUGGEDLY HANDSOME RAPSCALLION.
  • At the beginning of the podcast, Nathan mentions a movie that Tyler did with Alan Tudyk- that movie is Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil, and I highly suggest you check it out (it’s currently on Netflix, at least here in the US)!  It was the beginning of my decision to refer to Tyler as the “Canadian puppy”, and if you watch the movie, you’ll see why.
  • The winner of this week’s “Hey, You’re Awesome” Award: Tyler.  That costume.  It takes quite a man to show up for a Halloween party dressed like… that.  I’m slow-clapping for you, sir.
  • The bromance between Nathan and Zac is just adorable.  JUST ADORABLE.  See that picture I put up of Nathan up at the top? That’s how I feel about it.
  • I CANNOT TELL YOU.  HOW DIFFICULT IT IS.  TO FIND A PICTURE OF KIELBASA.  THAT IS NOT AWFUL, KIND OF GROSS, SUGGESTIVE, OR JUST PLAIN WRONG.  Please Google it right now and witness my dilemma.

That’s it for this week’s recap!  Remember to subscribe to and rate the podcast on iTunes, and send YOUR favorites to @thenerdmachine on Twitter with the hashtag “#PickingFavorites”.  You can also find our hosts all over social media:

Dave: Twitter

Razzle: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Zac: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Tyler: Twitter, Facebook

Thanks for reading! See you next week!


    7 Comments

  1. DKDDecember 10th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I googled “Kielbasa”. Got pictures instantly. Is something wrong with your browser?

  2. skorpeoDecember 10th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Thank you for mentioning Nathan’s comment about “Dickarus”!! No one seemed to even notice he said, and I was laughing hysterically!

    That, and asking Kentucky why everyone in his house has guns at Christmas. Bwahahaha!

  3. ShannonDecember 10th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    DKD- The issue with the kielbasa pictures was that MOST of them were gross/suggestive/yeah, really gross. Sausage is not a pretty food. : P

  4. JayneDecember 10th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Another great episode & another great write-up!! THANKS!

  5. DKDDecember 10th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Shannon–
    You are clearly not Polish. 🙂

  6. BonnieDecember 10th, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Awesome podcast today! Love taking time to listen and laugh in the middle of the week. On some weeks (like this one), your podcast is a wonderful break from the hustle, bustle, and stress. Thank you all for sharing your thoughts with us each week.

    Suggestion for another holiday topic… What is the favorite holiday gift you received or gave to someone?

    Look forward to this every week. Keep it coming guys.

  7. AlexDecember 12th, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I have to agree with Die Hard being the best 80s movie 😀

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