Rank #1: Avengers: Infinity War Review | The State of the Marvel Universe
In this podcast, Josh and Jim deliver a full spoiler breakdown of the film's twists and turns, the brutal ending, all things Thanos, and forecasting what's to come in 2019's Avengers sequel. They give ample warning before the spoilers begin, by first diving into their own personal history with the Marvel Cinematic Universe — an entertainment endeavor that was birthed into existence the same year Josh and Jim first met.
Following their discussion of INFINITY WAR, Josh and Jim spend time focusing on some of the other films and TV shows they haven't had a chance to catch up on since their most recent podcast series together, in which they covered THE DEFENDERS on Netflix. Starting around the 1:18:00 mark, Josh and Jim dive into BLACK PANTHER, THOR RAGNAROK, THE PUNISHER, JESSICA JONES, RUNAWAYS, LEGION and THE GIFTED.
Want to hear more from Josh and Jim? Let them know on Twitter: @roundhoward and @TheJimGibbons respectively. You can also send us feedback at postshowrecaps.com/feedback.
Rank #2: Game of Thrones Re-Watch | Season 6, Ep #3: Oathbreaker
Rank #3: Game of Thrones | Season 8, Ep #1: Winterfell
Rank #4: Stranger Things | Season 3 Feedback + Survivor: Hawkins
At first, it's all feedback, all the time. Then, at roughly 1:20:00, the podcast becomes something very different: SURVIVOR HAWKINS, a three hour Survivor simulation that somehow does not feature a single Gary Hawkins reference. Follow along with the simulation at PostShowRecaps.com/SurvivorHawkins or watch on YouTube at https://youtu.be/ldvt7SUvKuA.
Josh and Mike will return with more Stranger Things "adjacent" shows soon, followed by the launch of a brand new podcast later in August. Make sure you subscribe; you don't want to be "lost" when their next series starts. (Get it? C'moooon, you get it.)
Full Stranger Things coverage:
• 6/27 - Preview Show
• 7/4 - Episode 1 Recap
• 7/5 - Episode 2 Recap
• 7/8 - Episode 3 Recap
• 7/10 - Episode 4 Recap
• 7/12 - Episode 5 Recap
• 7/15 - Episode 6 Recap
• 7/17 - Episode 7 Recap
• 7/19 - Episode 8 Recap
• 7/24 - Feedback Show + Survivor: Hawkins
• 7/31 - David Harbour in Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein
Rank #5: The Walking Dead Season 9, Ep #3 Recap | Warning Signs
Rank #6: LOST: Down the Hatch | Series Premiere, "Pilot: Part 1 + 2"
The LOST: Down the Hatch rewatch begins right here, right now, as Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Mike Bloom (@AMikeBloomType) head back to the island and all the way back to the two-part series premiere, "Pilot: Part 1 + Part 2."
In a sprawling conversation that spans over three hours, Josh and Mike dig into every nook and cranny (okay, not every nook and cranny) of "Pilot," with topics including the ways in which the opening minutes mirror the series finale, some tin-foil hat attempts to explain the monster's motivations, the iconic ending and the "where are we" of it all, and so much more.
A refresher on the plot of "Pilot" ...
LOST opens on an eye — because of course it opens on an eye. Spinal surgeon Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) wakes up in a bamboo forest, and soon finds himself helping others who have survived the sudden plane crash of Oceanic 815. Jack meets Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly), an unassuming survivor who is secretly a fugitive from the law, and the two of them join washed-up rocker Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan) on a mission to find the cockpit deep in the jungle. There, they encounter a vicious monster who kills the pilot and thoroughly horrifies our heroes.
The second half of the episode centers on Kate and Charlie joining fellow survivors Sawyer (Josh Holloway), Sayid (Naveen Andrews), Boone (Ian Somerhalder) and Shannon (Maggie Grace) on another trek through the island, hoping to reach high enough ground to send out a distress signal. Instead, they discover a distressing signal: a radio broadcast from a woman who has been trapped on the island for more than 16 years. "Guys, where are we" indeed. Oh, and there's a polar bear — because of course there's a polar bear.
"Pilot" was directed by J.J. Abrams, story by Jeffrey Lieber, Abrams and Damon Lindelof, with teleplay by Abrams and Lindelof. It aired on two separate...
Rank #7: Game of Thrones Season 8, Ep #6, Series Finale Recap | The Iron Thone
Rank #8: Westworld | Season 2 Episode 4 Recap: "The Riddle of the Sphinx"
Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) recaps the latest episode of Westworld, "Riddle of the Sphinx," and his recap comes with an asterisk.
You know what they say: if you aim to cheat the devil, you owe him an offering — and in the case of the latest Welcome to Westworld podcast, the offering is co-host Jo Garfein (@jopinionated), who sadly could not appear this week due to being sick. Get well soon, Jo, and we'll see you at Shogun World!
While our regular co-host is on the mend, Josh is joined this week by Emily Fox (@emelette), and how appropriate! In "Riddle of the Sphinx," it's revealed that Emily, the Man in Black's daughter, is the same guest who escaped from The Raj in episode three. The Man in Black and Emily have reunited, just as Josh's very bad Ed Harris impression and Emily have joined forces on the podcast.
In their conversation about "Riddle of the Sphinx," Josh and Emily weigh in on what some fans have described as the best episode of Westworld yet, the various sequences involving Peter Mullan as James Delos, the possibilities and implications of the human-host hybrid experiments, the Man in Black's apparent redemption arc, the return of Elsie Stubbs (!!), the secrets of Ghost Nation, and much more.
Let us know what you think of this week's podcast in the comments below and send us your questions through our feedback form. Josh and Jo will be back next week to discuss episode five of season two, "Akane No Mai," where all things Shogun World shall be revealed.
Rank #9: The Walking Dead Season 9, Ep #2 Recap | The Bridge
Rank #10: Game of Thrones Re-Watch | Season 5, Ep #9: The Dance of Dragons
Rank #11: Better Call Saul | Season 4, Episode 10, Finale Recap
Rank #12: Game of Thrones Season 8, Ep #5 Recap | The Bells
Rank #13: Game of Thrones Re-Watch | Season 5 Finale: Mother's Mercy
Rank #14: What Happens Next? Rob & Akiva on the Podcasting Comeback Trail
Rank #15: Succession | Season 2, Episode 4 Recap: "Safe Room"
Important note: the "Safe Room" podcast is hitting your feeds earlier than expected, thanks to HBO releasing the episode two days in advance of its normal Sunday night time slot, due to the Labor Day holiday weekend. If you were not yet aware of the episode's early release, now you are! It's streaming on HBO Go and on demand, and you should absolutely watch it before Josh and Emily spoil the episode.
In "Safe Room," Waystar Royco goes on lockdown during a potential active shooter situation. In the process, many truths are revealed: Logan (Brian Cox) and Kendall (Jeremy Strong) attempt to woo PMG CEO Rhea Jarrell (Holly Hunter) in their continued quest to buy the blue-blooded media empire, while Shiv (Sarah Snook) watches from the sidelines, feeling like a kid stuck in the corner with a coloring book. Her husband Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) suffers through some feelings of inadequacy of his own, as Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) announces his desires to move onto bigger and better things — and he's not afraid to use his leverage to get there. Plus, Roman (Rory Culkin) becomes Ron Rockstone and makes a new friend, all while Connor (Alan Ruck) delivers the blandest eulogy of all time.
There is no feedback in this week's podcast, due to the unique timing, but there will be a special feedback episode coming next to your Succession podcast feeds. Make sure to send all of your questions and comments to @PostShowRecaps on Twitter, or by using
Rank #16: Sharp Objects | Episode 4 Recap: "Ripe"
Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Emily Fox (@emelette) return to Wind Gap (by way of Maine) to discuss the fourth episode of HBO's "Sharp Objects." This week, Josh and Emily discuss the not-quite-a-date between Camille (Amy Adams) and Detective Chris Messina (Chris Messina), the developments in the case of who killed Natalie Keene and Ann Nash, and much more.
Rank #17: Marvel | Spider-Man: No More and More
Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Kevin Mahadeo (@KevMahadeo) are back together again to weigh in on the past few weeks of news from Marvel Studios and beyond — specifically, the big news surrounding your friendly neighborhood webhead.
For the first portion of the podcast, Josh and Kevin dive "into the Spider-divorce," as Kevin coins it. Disney and Sony's agreement to fold Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe has sadly run aground, with Tom Holland's Spidey no longer set to web-sling alongside the likes of Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel and the other heroes set to debut in the wake of Avengers: Endgame. Holland is contracted to continue on in the role, but only for Sony. Josh and Kevin weigh in with their takes about the news, how it will likely impact the MCU moving forward (if it will impact it at all), and more.
Following their discussion of "the Spideyvorce," Josh and Kevin survey some of the news items coming out of the D23 Expo, including Game of Thrones star Kit Harington going from his days as Jon Snow to a new sword-swinging hero: Dane Whitman, the Black Knight of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, set to debut in Marvel's The Eternals. At least, that's the official story — for his part, Kevin doesn't quite buy the official line, even if Josh isn't fully here for the conspiracy theory.
Kit conspiracies aside, three new Marvel Cinematic Universe projects are fully locked, loaded and on their way: Disney+ TV series adaptations of Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Moon Knight. Josh and Kevin break down these characters and what their arrivals may mean for the MCU moving forward, and Kevin offers a She-Hulk casting proposition so good that it absolutely has to happen please and thank you. Whoever winds up in these shows, the first glimpse at the Star Wars series The Mandalorian gives a great indication of what these Disney+ shows will look like — namely, very professional and very awesome.
Hear all of that, plus some quick takes on DC Comics properties as well as Amazon's The Boys, in this month's comic book catch-up with Josh and Kevin. Send feedback for what else you hope to hear from them, and if you're a Kevin fan, make sure to support his comic book work by backing the Kickstarter for Life Finds a Way.