SDP Podcast: Episodes 42, 44, 45, 46 and 47!!!

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After what seems like an eternity for us, we can finally share with you all the latest episodes of the SDP podcast! Technical gremlins have prevented us from editing the episodes but it’s all sorted now so we’re back to our regular schedule. Below you’ll find links to our Podbean site where you can download each episode and view a description of the topics we talk about. You may notice that episode 43 (which was our grand E3 and Game of Thrones finale episode) is missing and I regret to inform you that the aforementioned technical gremlins did a lot of damage to it. We’re still hopeful of recovering the file in the future but for now we’re going to have to leave it.

Anyway, you’ve got five crazy new episodes of SDP to listen to right now so get cracking! (Disclaimer: We highly recommend that you leave at least 30 minutes between each episode, as listening to so much nonsense in a row may melt your ears).

Episode 42: One Last Alley Oop

Episode 44: Man of Steel

Episode 45: This is the End

Episode 46: The Song Remains the Same

Episode 47: It’s a Long Road

Suits “The Arrangement” Season Premiere Review

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As the season 3 premiere of Suits kicks off, two days have passed since the Jessica/Darby vs Harvey smackdown from last seasons finale, and after a brief “too good to be true” dream sequence for Mike, we quickly catch up with all the main players. Harvey is still closing deals while sparring passive-aggressively with Jessica and not talking to Mike at all. Mike and Rachel are still at odds after he came clean about his big secret and their subsequent moment of passion. And Louis and Donna? Well they’re still delightful to watch.

It’s pretty obvious that we’re going to have a couple of different storyline’s running throughout the year, chief among them Harvey’s case involving the wealthy oil entrepreneur Ava Hessington ( played by Lady Stark herself, Michelle Fairley). Hessington appears like she’ll be a good foil for Harvey this season. She’s cold, calculating and cuts straight to the point, and we quickly find out she’s guilty of the bribery she has been accused of. The close personal connection Darby has to the case adds another layer of drama to proceedings as we learn he may have had a rather intimate relationship with Hessington’s father. At first I was a little worried to see Harvey make another deal/wager with Darby in this episode, as Darby agreed to let Harvey leave the firm if he wins the case, but it all got flipped around by the end of the episode which I’ll talk about a little later.

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Another story sure to take up a lot of screen time this year is Mikes quest to repair his friendship with Harvey. After his forced betrayal last year, Harvey wants nothing to do with him and we see in this episode that Mike isn’t going to give up that easy. After some sage advice from Louis (seriously), Mike endeavours  to get involved in the Hessington case and provide Harvey with any information he can. He does this with the help of Benjamin, the computer genius Mike bested in an earlier episode during his attempt to get Rachel’s job back. While their first encounter in this episode featured a lot of bickering and some blackmail from Mike, by the end of the episode they appeared on friendlier terms, and Mike might just have a new ally at Pearson Darby. One person who definitely will be by his side this season is Rachel. After a few moments early in the episode where I was worried another obstacle would be thrown in their way to extend the “drama”, they end up officially becoming a couple after Mike tells her everything. I’m sure there will be a few bumps ahead for them, but I’m glad we can properly move passed the “will they, won’t they” phase.

Donna and Louis often provide some of the more light-hearted moments on Suits, and they certainly delivered here. Our first scene of the season involving the pair was chock full of uniball pens, Hitler moustache’s and Nazi salutes, classic Louis Litt. While most of Donna’s other scenes intersected with Harvey’s story, including a great dressing down of Mike, Louis has his own little storyline brewing which has the potential to be incredibly entertaining. After discovering that the new quartermaster was in fact Nigel Nesbitt (Adam Godley), the man that Louis had screwed over at the end of last season, the two instantly resume their delightful bickering. While I thought this was going to be a story mainly played for laughs, things took a turn when Nigel managed to trick Louis into giving up his job as head of the associates. The following moments where Nigel revealed just how hurt he had been by Louis’ betrayal last season were actually rather touching, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this story will unfold.

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The two most interesting parts of the episode came in the form of a couple of twists towards the end of the episode. The one with the most potential for high drama involved Harvey changing the titular arrangement he made with Darby earlier in the episode. Now instead of walking away from the firm if he wins, he now wants Darby to back him in a battle with Jessica for the role of Managing Partner. After being slightly let down by the promised war of last season, it seems like we might get another swing at it. The other twist will surely prove to be an entertaining addition to the Hessington case as after Harvey gets the original prosecutor to step down from the case, he learns that he will now be coming up against his former mentor, Cameron Dennis (played by the always great Gary Cole). We met Cameron back in season 1 and I felt there was still a lot of legs in that story, so I’m looking forward to watching Harvey face off against him throughout the rest of the season.

So all in all “The Arrangement” was a solid episode of Suits which sets this third season up quite well. The potential power struggle between Harvey and Jessica alone could fill a season but when you throw in the Hessington case, Mike trying to regain Harvey’s trust and Louis vs Nigel, I think it’s safe to say we’re in for a very interesting, and dramatic season indeed.

Rating out of 10:

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Posted by Michael H. Spring

SDP Podcast Episode 41: I’m Gonna Git You Sucka!

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to episode 41 of the Stop, Drop and Play podcast! Due to time constraints it’s a shorter episode than usual from the three lads, so no hour and a half of madness for you this week! Game of Thrones wasn’t on this past weekend so the lads settle down to chat about the movie “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” for the Stop, Drop and Watch segment, along with talking about their dream cast for The Expendables 3. There’s also plenty of random nonsense thrown in for good measure.

*NOTE: It’s been brought to my attention that some people who listen to the podcast by clicking the link provided have had some difficulties. I have no idea what’s causing this but two solutions seems to be listening to the episode by visiting the actual podcast page (CLICK HEREand playing it there, or by listening to it on iTunes. Sorry for any inconvenience caused*

If you’re a newcomer to the show, you can find the complete archive of episodes by clicking right here: Stop, Drop and Play Podcast. To listen to the show you have multiple options. you can click on the gigantic link below to simply play the episode, or you can right click the same link and select “save link as” to download the episode.

Episode 41: I’m Gonna Got You Sucka!

You can also find us on ITunes by clicking this second gigantic link!

SDP Podcast on ITunes!

The running time of the episode clocks in at around 42 minutes or so  (with explicit language used throughout) and hopefully you enjoy every minute of it. If you want to get in contact with us or have your question answered on the show, send an email tostopdropandplay@gmail.com, or hit us up on Facebook or TwitterWe look forward to hearing from you!

SDP Podcast Episode 40: Droppin Debits

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to episode 40 of the Stop, Drop and Play podcast! After a couple of uneven weeks, all three of your hosts are back and there’s plenty on the agenda this week.

On this weeks episode:

  • General discussion about what we’ve got up to over the last week and a whole load of talk about the Xbox One reveal!
  • (43:20) Topic of the Week! This weeks segment is entirely focused on Star Trek: Into Darkness and what we thought of the latest in the popular space adventure. There’s a whole load of spoilers in this segment so if you haven’t seen the film yet I advise that you skip this part entirely!
  • (1:03:35) Our weekly Game of Thrones segment with discussion about the latest episode “Second Sons”
  • (1:18:45) Question Time, our weekly listener question segment with questions from the awesome people in the MyIGN community!

*NOTE: It’s been brought to my attention that some people who listen to the podcast by clicking the link provided have had some difficulties. I have no idea what’s causing this but two solutions seems to be listening to the episode by visiting the actual podcast page (CLICK HEREand playing it there, or by listening to it on iTunes. Sorry for any inconvenience caused*

If you’re a newcomer to the show, you can find the complete archive of episodes by clicking right here: Stop, Drop and Play Podcast. To listen to the show you have multiple options. you can click on the gigantic link below to simply play the episode, or you can right click the same link and select “save link as” to download the episode.

Episode 40: Droppin Debits

You can also find us on ITunes by clicking this second gigantic link!

SDP Podcast on ITunes!

The running time of the episode clocks in at around 80 minutes or so  (with explicit language used throughout) and hopefully you enjoy every minute of it. If you want to get in contact with us or have your question answered on the show, send an email tostopdropandplay@gmail.com, or hit us up on Facebook or TwitterWe look forward to hearing from you!

SDP Podcast Episode 39: Where Did You Come From?

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After no episode last week and an incredibly busy week for the lads, Michael, Bren and Damo are back for a late and shorter than usual episode with plenty of random discussion and of course some Game of Thrones talk!

*NOTE: It’s been brought to my attention that some people who listen to the podcast by clicking the link provided have had some difficulties. I have no idea what’s causing this but two solutions seems to be listening to the episode by visiting the actual podcast page (CLICK HERE) and playing it there, or by listening to it on iTunes. Sorry for any inconvenience caused*

 If you’re a newcomer to the show, you can find the complete archive of episodes by clicking right here: Stop, Drop and Play Podcast. To listen to the show you have multiple options. you can click on the gigantic link below to simply play the episode, or you can right click the same link and select “save link as” to download the episode.

Episode 39: Where Did You Come From?

You can also find us on ITunes by clicking this second gigantic link!

SDP Podcast on ITunes!

The running time of the episode clocks in at around 47 minutes or so  (with explicit language used throughout) and hopefully you enjoy every minute of it. If you want to get in contact with us or have your question answered on the show, send an email tostopdropandplay@gmail.com, or hit us up on Facebook orTwitterWe look forward to hearing from you!

The Great Gatsby Review

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Extravagant, loud and full of pizzaz. This movie has it all, and anyone who read the book in high school knows that so does Jay Gatsby. Adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless classic, The Great Gatsby is a love story wrapped in drunken parties and racist rich people. A great satire on the 1920s in the vein of Bret Easton Ellis, though with significantly less chainsaws.  Fitzgerald’s Gatsby is everything men of that time strived to be. Rich, charming, powerful and famous. A war hero and philanthropist, Gatsby almost seems to be almost too perfect.

Baz Luhrman takes his signature style of fast pased shots and a high use of close ups to convey drama. The first half of the film keeps you wrapped up in extravagant theatrics that could only be done by Gatsby. Unfortunately the pace tires out after the first half. It gets progressively slower until the end is nothing more then a dramatic slog through muddy tie ups.

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The music is oddly fitting though. A mixture of modern hip hop and old timey tunes really ads to the flair and pomp that is this film. What people don’t understand, including some that I saw it with, is that this isn’t really a period piece. Sure it has the setting of the 1920s but it’s not really about that. Though I do get a sort of sick giggle out of it knowing most of the rich people in this film may be in for a rude awakening come the 1930s…

People who have not read the books may not know that this story, extravagant as it is. Is a love story. All that he does, he does for the love of Daisy Buchanan whom he met before going off to single handedly win WWI.

But it doesn’t end there. It turns out that Gatsby isn’t all that he was cracked up to be. Hidden behind the shiny charade is a man from humble beginnings who happened to save the life of one rich guy. After going on a boat trip around the world and learning how to act rich, Gatsby joined the military to fight in the war. Right before he was to leave for war he met daisy at a party for officers. Now in that time officers were primarily rich so Daisy was lead to believe he had a lot of money, which he doesn’t

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In trying to win Daisy’s love, his elaborate plan backfires and in a fit of rage for being called a loser he scares Daisy away. Ultimately making the story wholey redundant. Personally, I’m not a fan of sad or retributal endings in films like this but this film made it work. The beginning really makes you think that he is going to succeed but you slowly see it breaking apart at the seams and all you want to do is reach into the screen and yell.

Which brings me to my next point, the acting in this film is phenomenal. Dicaprio plays the poor rich man perfectly and has all the granduer in one moment and in an instant he can break that facade. It’s truly remarkable. Tobey Maguire is really the main protagonist in the story. Same idea as the hero of Cyrodiil in Oblivion. It’s not really about him but we see and do everything from his perspective. Carey Mulligan plays the part of Daisy Mulligan really well. She does the easily overwhelmed, poor little rich girl part well. Joel Edgerton plays the high bred Tom Buchanan well as well and truly makes you both hate him and understand him all at once.

All in all, The Great Gatsby is a feast for the eyes and the ears and the beginning has a great pace, unfortunately its overly long and drawn out so what was aweome in the beginning, was just arduous in the end. The acting was awesome though, I can’t say that enough, but unfortunately, even that wasn’t enough to save it.

Rating out of 10:

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Posted by Chris Whan

SDP Podcast Episode 38: Face Down In The Muck

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Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the 38th episode of the Stop, Drop and Play podcast!

On this weeks episode:

  • General discussion about what we’ve got up to over the last week and a range of news topics including Call of Duty: Ghosts, Football Manager, Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Inbetweeners, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and more!
  • (20:20) Topic of the Week: this week we discuss some of our favourite boss fights from this generation. With the PS4 and next Xbox nearly upon us, we’ll be looking back over our favourite games, moments etc from this generation, so you can expect more segments about this in the coming months!
  • (38:00) Our weekly Game of Thrones segment with discussion about the latest episode “Kissed by Fire”
  • (58:15) Stop, Drop and Watch, our weekly segment where one of us picks a movie for us all to watch and discuss. This weeks movie is the cult classic comedy The Big Lebowski!
  • (1:08:10) Question Time, our weekly listener question segment with questions from the awesome people in the MyIGN community!

*NOTE: It’s been brought to my attention that some people who listen to the podcast by clicking the link provided have had some difficulties. I have no idea what’s causing this but two solutions seems to be listening to the episode by visiting the actual podcast page (CLICK HERE) and playing it there, or by listening to it on iTunes. Sorry for any inconvenience caused*

 If you’re a newcomer to the show, you can find the complete archive of episodes by clicking right here: Stop, Drop and Play Podcast. To listen to the show you have multiple options. you can click on the gigantic link below to simply play the episode, or you can right click the same link and select “save link as” to download the episode.

Episode 38: Face Down In The Muck

You can also find us on ITunes by clicking this second gigantic link!

SDP Podcast on ITunes!

The running time of the episode clocks in at around 80 minutes or so (with explicit language used throughout) and hopefully you enjoy every minute of it. If you want to get in contact with us or have your question answered on the show, send an email to stopdropandplay@gmail.com, or hit us up on Facebook or TwitterWe look forward to hearing from you!