Technical Difficulties

Due to circumstances beyond our control — and the dubious competence of the telecom-company-which-shall-hereby-go-unnamed — the PopD Bunker is currently disconnected from the internet. That means that this weeks’ show on Life is running late, and there will be no live chat on Sunday to accompany In Plain Sight.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience, and we’re doing all we can to fix it. Expect Life in the next day or two, In Plain Sight early next week, and for things to be back on track in time for the fantastic Leverage.

Ep. 54: Burn Notice

In the first of PopD’s “Writing Communities” series, we look at action-adventure on the sun-bleached streets of Miami. Were we burned by Burn Notice?

[Listen now] | [Go to iTunes]

Story Analysis & Ratings:

Lucy says: 4 Pops ~ Lucy’s comments are coming soon.
Lucy’s rating breakdown: Protagonist: 4, Main Cast: 4, Supporting Cast: 5

Alastair says: 4 Pops ~ A solid premise and good execution is enlivened by a great cast of characters. The occasional false note isn’t enough to detract from a strong protagonist and a great supporting cast. Good, if not great.
Alastair’s rating breakdown: Protagonist: 4, Main Cast: 4, Supporting Cast: 4

Poll: Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

Read the chat transcript here!


Story: A spy recently disavowed by the US Government uses his Special Ops training to help others in trouble. Creator: Matt Nix

Older And Wiser

Hi everyone, this is Alastair. Sorry about The Italian Job.

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of Popcorn Dialogues — or at least, it’s one year since the first movie podcast, which was actually the second episode, but who’s counting? — and to celebrate, I put together a bonus episode looking back at the series of romantic comedies which started this whole thing. Remember how much Jenny and Lucy loved Roxanne? Remember how much they hated Barefoot In The Park? Remember the very first appearance of, “Lord, it wasn’t good”? Make yourself comfortable, pour something refreshing, and come relive the magic.

Listen here, or get it at iTunes.

And don’t forget to join us tomorrow for Ocean’s Eleven — 1.30 Eastern for the chat, 2.00 for the movie!

TV Beginnings

We have one more movie left in our Heists and Capers season, and then we’re moving on to a series of TV shows to look at how they build communities of characters, and how they’re developed over time. We’ll watch two episodes of each show back-to-back; to make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of links to where the episodes can be watched online. Of course, you can also join in if you own the DVDs.

Burn Notice
A spy recently disavowed by the US Government uses his Special Ops training to help others in trouble.
S01E01 “Pilot”: Amazon ($1.99) | iTunes ($1.99)
S01E10 “False Flag” : Amazon ($1.99) | iTunes ($1.99)

A former police officer returns to the force after having been wrongly imprisoned for years.
S01E01 “Merit Badge”: Amazon ($1.99) | iTunes ($2.99)
S01E08 “Farthingale”: Amazon ($1.99) | iTunes ($2.99)

In Plain Sight
Mary Shannon is a U.S. Marshal in the witness protection program who spends her time relocating federal witnesses.
S01E01 “Pilot”: Amazon ($1.99) | Netflix (Free*) | iTunes ($2.99)
S01E04 “Trojan Horst”: Amazon ($1.99) | Netflix (Free) | iTunes ($2.99)

A crew of high-tech crooks attempt to steal from wealthy criminals and corrupt businessmen.
S01E01 “The Nigerian Job”: Amazon ($1.99) | iTunes ($2.99)
S01E11 “The Juror #6 Job”: Amazon ($1.99) | iTunes ($2.99)

White Collar
A white collar criminal agrees to help the FBI catch other white collar criminals using his expertise as an art and securities thief, counterfeiter and racketeer.
S01E01 “Pilot”: Amazon ($1.99) | iTunes (Free)
S01E05 “The Portrait”: Amazon ($1.99) | iTunes ($2.99)

*The first three seasons of In Plain Sight are available to Netflix subscribers via their Watch Instantly service.