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Ep 77: Star Wars - What’s the point of prequels?

Ep 77: Star Wars - What’s the point of prequels?

June 14, 2018

Having seen Solo: A Star Wars Story recently, we asked ourselves the big question, has there ever been a good prequel?

Join us as we take a screenwriters eye to the problem with prequels and even find a newfound respect for A Phantom Menace. From Better Call Saul to Prometheus and from Monsters University to Hannibal, we uncover what works, what doesn't and whether ticking boxes is ever what fans actually want?

We also discuss the cancellation of two of our favourite Netflix shows, Love and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and we join the Atlanta party a few years late as it finally comes to the BBC in the UK.

Join us for some Jar Jar Binks loving and tell us what your favourite prequel is?

Keep it Cricket,

JoJ xx

Ep 76: State of the Sitcom - The Serious Side of Sitcoms, with Inside Pop Podcast

Ep 76: State of the Sitcom - The Serious Side of Sitcoms, with Inside Pop Podcast

June 6, 2018

State of the Sitcom continues...

What happens when the laughs stop? This week the miniseries looks at tears of sadness rather than laughter as we reach episode five.

We're joined by @Amita Patel and @Sean David Johnson, the incredibly insightful and enigmatic hosts of Inside Pop Podcast to discuss what happens when sitcoms try to tackle the big issues.

Diving deep into some well known moments when things got way too real in our favourite sitcoms, we share the tears, the education and the power behind Diff'rent Strokes' The Bicycle Man, Fresh Prince of Bel Air's Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse, Ellen's The Puppy Episode, How I Met Your Mother's Last Words, and many more. We discuss whether the medium is successful at dealing with serious topics, how modern sitcoms tackle the issues differently to the classics and whether Keeping Up Appearances 'made' it in America!

State of the Sitcom will return later in the summer with more special guests and a whole new host of your favourite TV funnies to dissect, your normal JoJCast schedule will resume from next week, with a slight twist ;)

Happy Sitcom-ing,

JoJ x