In 1988, sci-fi author David Langford posited the idea of a ‘basilisk’ – an image that crashes the human brain by triggering impossible thoughts. The concept has since been developed further, sometimes including audio in addition to visuals (like in Snow Crash), but for the most part these basilisks are depicted as fractals or other computer-generated imagery. Rob & Jim come to you today with a terrible discovery: the Langford Basilisk is real, and it is Timefighters in the Land of Fantasy. Topics discussed as our synapses break down include bird underwear, surprise fursuits, and the secret altruism of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
NEXT TIME: There’s no escape from the ’70s! Save yourselves!
Having finally escaped the Earth, Rob & Jim are dismayed to discover that even space has been corrupted by capitalism! Forced to make ends meet, they begin new careers as Space Truckers, hauling cargo improbable distances for garbage pay. Topics discussed while waiting to be murdered by cyborgs include whether or not you could seal a hull breach with your ass, a particularly nasty math problem involving characters’ relative ages, and whether or not Stephen Dorff is even in this movie (on account of having completely forgotten about him).
After spending some time to brush up on etiquette and update their wardrobes, Rob & Jim are finally ready to make their debut into Society. First they dine, then they discuss proper filmic bookending techniques, when it’s appropriate to send a telegram as a punchline to a joke about sending a telegram, and the true origin of the name ‘Screaming Mad George.’ Also, a bunch of other stuff that we can’t make cutesy jokes about without spoiling the movie – if you haven’t seen Society, you should totally do that before listening.
In a last-ditch effort to save their species from destruction, Rob & Jim use their heretofore unmentioned and thoroughly inexplicable shapeshifting powers to disguise themselves for a meeting with The Applegates.
AND THEN THEY ALL FUCKED.
The end, no moral. Topics discussed at length include digs at forgotten late 90s comedians, a deep dive into the filmography of New World Pictures, and pretty much any other excuse to not talk about Dabney Coleman. Also: we immediately jinx ourselves and pull the worst possible thing! Dark times ahead, folks.
After ten thousand years, we’re free! Time to talk about Sinbad!
In this special episode, Rob & Jim conduct an experiment: if you originate from Universe A (BerenstAin), you’ll hear an hour-long exploration and discussion of the Mandela Effect, and how it relates to Sinbad’s possible appearance in Shazam. If you originate from Universe E (BerenstEin), you’ll hear an extended critique of “90s poverty,” a public service announcement about drunk pets, and a shocking discovery of the true identity of Ron Glass’s character. Plus: You’ll never work in this town again, Jeffrey Jones!
The holidays have come around once more, and how better to celebrate than by watching an obscure psychological horror movie about cannibalism? It’s 1989’s Parents, and the boys are more than happy to tuck right in. Topics sectioned out and lightly braised include the oppressive weirdness of 1950s America, Randy Quaid’s absurd sweatiness, and a deep analysis of Bridge strategy. Activity Corner: Guess which one of the hosts was drinking, and win a prize!