The Toy Department – Episode 94

In Episode 94, the distinctly non-toy department intrudes yet again, as Derek Madde and Matt Kolsky discuss:

  • The confirmation of Louis CK’s sexual assault (0:55) and whether we can or should separate art from the creator…
  • The new 30 for 30 documentary Nature Boy (32:05) about all-time professional wrestling great Ric Flair…
  • The Showtime show Shameless (43:20) which was tough for a newcomer to get into…
  • Showtime’s new comedy/drama SMILF (48:00) and whether it is standard Showtime fare or something more interesting and impressive…
  • The series finale of HBO’s Vice Principals (52:45) and how the end of the season improved upon its shaky start…
  • Homework for next week (56:45) including: The Toy Department goes to the movies!! (specifically to see the films Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Kolsky is gonna start watching Justified, finally…

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The Toy Department – Episode 92

In Episode 92, Matt Kolsky and Derek Madden waste no time with pleasantries as they jump directly into:

  • A heated debate over the second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things (0:45) and whether it is in fact any good at all…
  • The new Noah Baumbach film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (27:15) and whether it qualifies as bad-time entertainment or somehow rises above that distinction…
  • Madden’s experience at the Arcade Fire concert (38:40) and how all things must end…
  • The 2017 World Series (48:10), the compelling storylines and the future of baseball…
  • The series finale of HBO’s The Deuce (58:55), Kolsky’s confusion over the length of the season and the storytelling style of David Simon and company…
  • The first two episodes of season eight of The Walking Dead (1:06:30) and how the show seems to have lost its direction and momentum…
  • Homework for next week (1:13:30) including: the new (apparent) network sensation The Good Doctor, the also-about-an-autistic-character Atypical, and finishing Netflix’s Mindhunter before an interview with Stacey Roca, the actress who plays Nancy Tench…

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The Toy Department – Episode 90

In Episode 90, Matt Kolsky and Derek Madden bravely fight through a Skype failure at Madden’s Minneapolis studios to break down:

  • Kolsky’s disappointment with the critically-acclaimed Blade Runner 2049 (2:00) and the state of film criticism…
  • Madden’s experience at the Imagine Dragons show (11:40) and the merits — or lack thereof — of backloading your concert set list…
  • The season premiere of Mr. Robot (17:10) and the split feelings of the hosts…
  • HBO’s The Deuce (22:40) and why you should stick with it, even if the lack of major plot developments have you concerned…
  • Showtime’s new comedy White Famous (31:20) and where its first two episodes fail and succeed…
  • The new St. Vincent album MASSEDUCTION (40:35) and all the things that make Annie Clark a star…
  • The start of the NBA season (45:25) and how it’s going to be a great one despite the championship being somewhat of a foregone conclusion…
  • Homework for next week (1:14:10) including: Beck’s new album Colors, the new Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs film Battle of the Sexes, and new Netflix series Mindhunters and American Vandal…

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The Toy Department – Episode 87

In Episode 87, Matt Kolsky and Derek Madden fight through a recording snafu to get to a variety of topics, including:

  • The unstoppable interaction between sports and politics (1:30) and where Donald Trump’s behavior has gotten us with the NFL…
  • The Netflix movie The Fundamentals of Caring (11:10) and the idea of the Netflix indie…
  • Rapper Leikeli47’s new album Wash & Set (16:30) and Madden’s seeming disinterest in female rap artists…
  • FX’s Better Things (25:15) and how the guys are feeling about it early in Season 2…
  • HBO’s Vice Principals (35:15) and whether the show will hold up through a second season… or that would have been the discussion but THE RECORDING CUT OUT!!
  • Several hours later, Kolsky and Madden reconvene (36:35) and begin with a brief discussion of Derek’s other podcast and their interview with Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield…
  • They revisit some of the topics from the lost recording (41:00) including: the Killers’ new album, lady rappers and NBC’s The Good Place…
  • Homework for next week (46:45) including: TV shows The Mick, Law & Order: True Crime and Ghosted, and a plan to pick favorite all-time Law & Order teams for next week… Plus checking back in with HBO’s The Deuce…

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The Toy Department – Episode 86

In Episode 86, Matt Kolsky scolds Derek Madden for his persistent failure to complete homework assignments before they discuss what he DID manage to get to, including:

  • The Emmy Awards (5:55) and the state of television in general…
  • The beginning of the new season of Netflix’s Bojack Horseman (22:00) and whether it was enough to convince Kolsky to watch more…
  • The seas0n premiere of Comedy Central’s Broad City (28:20) and whether the Sliding Doors-esque design got the job done…
  • Top of the Lake: China Girl (32:00) and how it marks a significant change in tone from the first season of that show…
  • The National’s new album Sleep Well Beast (44:00) and the fundamental differences between Madden and Kolsky’s respective musical tastes…
  • Homework for next week (1:06:30) including: Madden’s make-up work (Better Things on FX and Netflix original film The Fundamentals of Caring), the new seasons of HBO’s Vice Principals and NBC’s The Good Place, the movie Patti Cake$ (if available) and the new album Wash & Set by rapper Leikeli47

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The Toy Department – Episode 85

In Episode 85, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky literally hows-the-weather each other before addressing more pressing concerns, including:

  • An on-air programming meeting (2:40) wherein Kolsky suggests a new segment for the future of the pod…
  • The new Steven Soderbergh film Logan Lucky (6:20) which was a bit of a disappointment to both guys…
  • Week 1 of the NFL (21:35) wherein a Colin Kaepernick discussion was redacted for the second consecutive week but Kap’s situation was still briefly discussed, along with some of the many QB issues across the league and the general lack of a standout team…
  • The season premiere of FX’s You’re the Worst (42:20) and what it says about where this season will go…
  • HBO’s new Sunday heavy hitter, The Deuce (48:50) and how it’s already springing to the top of best current shows…
  • Madden’s experience at the U2 concert last week (57:55) and how they have honed a big stadium show to perfection…
  • Homework for next week (1:02:15): including the season premiere of Better Things on FX, the new National album, the new season of Bojack Horseman, the Netflix original film The Fundamentals of Caring and the season premiere of Broad City…

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The Toy Department – Episode 84

In Episode 84, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky debrief on the latter’s recent travel before dispensing with:

  • A brief preview of the excitement of the coming week (3:15), including the NFL and HBO’s new show The Deuce, from producer David Simon (of The Wire fame)…
  • A more extended NFL preview (8:45), including discussion of the impending Roger Goodell extension, a debate about the third-best QB in the league and a breakdown of the wide range of potential contenders…
  • The disappointing new Netflix series Disjointed (38:15)…
  • Recent developments on HBO’s Insecure (50:05)…
  • An interesting storyline on HBO’s Ballers (55:15) and how it mirrors some of our feelings about the real-world NFL…
  • The new LCD Soundsystem album American Dream (1:00:30) and Kolsky’s curious reaction to the band in general…
  • Homework for next week (1:11:10): including the opening week of the NFL, the premiere episode of The Deuce, the new Steven Soderbergh film Logan Lucky and the season premiere of the FXX comedy and pod favorite You’re the Worst…

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The Toy Department – Episode 83

In Episode 83, Derek Madden finds Matt Kolsky on the island of Mabul, off the coast of Malaysian Borneo, where despite massive internet connectivity issues they manage to record a pod discussing:

  • The Kolsky family vacation to Borneo (0:40)…
  • The finale of Season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones – where are we at, where do we go from here and are we sufficiently satisfied (10:30)…
  • Louis CK’s self-produced web series Horace and Pete (26:35)…
  • The series finale of Orphan Black (41:55) and whether the show managed to navigate some plot confusion and land on its feet in the end…
  • Two new albums: The War On Drugs’ A Deeper Understanding (51:15) and Queens of the Stone Age’s Villains (57:00)…
  • Madden’s experience at the Kendrick Lamar show (1:01:45)…
  • Homework for next week (1:07:50):including catching up on HBO’s Insecure, the start of the NFL season and the new Netflix weed show Disjointed…

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The Toy Department – Episode 82

In Episode 82, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky revisit Madden’s diet before chopping it up about:

  • Madden’s trip to San Francisco for the Outside Lands festival (5:50), some highlights and whether the lineup was worth seeing overall…
  • Season 7, Episode 5 of Game of Thrones (17:15), rejecting the binary distinction of “action episode = good, exposition episode = meh…” and the joy of the week-to-week pop culture discussion around the show…
  • HBO’s Insecure (29:20), what a joy it has been throughout Season 2 so far and how it sets itself apart from lighter Sunday night fare like Ballers…
  • Netflix’s Ozark (36:20) and how a show that was initially panned by critics has developed a massive following…
  • Homework for next week (43:10): Kolsky is heading to Borneo (google it) so next pod is two weeks away, and the guys will be taking in a ton of media, including the last two episodes of Game of Thrones, the podcast Road Trippin’ with Richard Jefferson, the end of the clone-crazy series Orphan Black and Louis CK’s Horace & Pete…
  • A quick discussion on HBO’s Hard Knocks (50:40) which both Madden and Kolsky heartily recommend and will revisit on the next pod…

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The Toy Department – Episode 80

In Episode 80, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky take a minute to discuss the weather before diving into:

  • Madden’s experience at a Guns N’ Roses concert (1:50)…
  • Season 7, Episode 3 of Game of Thrones (11:05) and whether it is lagging a bit or if expectations might simply be too high…
  • Toy Department Goes To The Movies Part 1 — discussing the film Atomic Blonde (19:20) and whether it lives up to its billing and its own ambitions…
  • Toy Department Goes To The Movies Part 2 — discussing the film Girls Trip (29:05) and the burgeoning stardom of Tiffany Haddish…
  • Some new hip hop: Tyler, the Creator’s new album (41:45) and the young female rapper cupcakKe (47:25) and her potential as an artist…
  • Some new rock music: the disappointing new Arcade Fire album (49:05) and the exciting new Nine Inch Nails EP (56:40)…
  • Homework for next week (1:02:20): the movie The Dark Tower, based on Stephen King’s books and starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey… the new Duplass Brothers-produced HBO show Room 104… and the new Vic Mensa album The Autobiography…

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