Episode 95: Nerds For ELM

Welcome to the middle of the week!

In minute 95, Grandpa Joe continues to rail against all that he thinks is unfair, but Wonka won’t budge. Joe plots his revenge, but Charlie is having none of it, because Charlie is actually a good and decent human being. He provides a light in the darkness that is the world. David thinks that Grandpa Joe is projecting his own feelings about himself onto Wonka. We talk about revenge, and varying ways to think of revenge. We talk about Charlie’s good deed, and the Shakespearean quote that it inspires Willy Wonka to paraphrase. David even gets a little personal talking about his faith.

Also, please tweet at Dairy Queen’s official account, and tell them how much you want a Nerds Blizzard!

Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you back here on Friday!

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Episode 91: Giving the Undertaker a Run For His Money

It’s another Monday, and another week of Everlasting Minute!

In minute 91, Dodo Denney is doing yeoman’s work with facial expressions and physical acting. She really knocks it out of the park for the less than 30 seconds she’s in. She is, of course, distressed at the thought of her son being put into a taffy pulling machine…which seems like a nice way of saying “The Rack”. We also get the final Oompa Loompa song, which is also the most dramatic and menacing. We decide that Grandpa Joe is the Honey Badger of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Also, Jason points out that this movie quotes two songs that would be released over 20 years later. We also discuss another Shakesperean quote.

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Episode 88: Everything Always Comes Back to Nickelback

It’s a brand new week! Thanks for starting it with us!

In minute 88, Mike Teevee is interrupting Willy Wonka, and explains television poorly. Wonka explains how he created Wonkavision…poorly. Also, we realize how much of this scene is lost in translation with today’s television technology. Jason explains his version of 4K to David. We briefly discuss video formats, and why formats end up being adopted. Jason makes a Star Trek reference that completely goes over David’s head. Wonka gives us another literary quote, and we talk Lewis Carroll’s gifts to the literary canon.

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Episode 85: It’s Pretty, It’s So Pretty

Happy Labor Day (to our US listeners)!

In minute 85, the Oompa Loompas finish their song, and we move on to a new room. Wonka has a treat for us, because, apparently, he’s going into…motorsports? That’s weird. Anyway, we learn a few things right away about the Wonkamobile, specifically what it’s powered by. Jason and David spend some time talking about the different sodas that are used to power the Wonkamobile, specifically which ones don’t appear to be real, which ones appear to be generic names, and which ones are specific brands. We also talk about the habits of rabbits, as well as John Keats’ poem, Endymion. There are also numerous digressions in this episode.

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Episode 76: Everlasting Minute After Dark (Parental Discretion is Advised)

It’s going to be a good Monday.

In minute 76, things get a little…adult. We continue with the lickable wallpaper, and Wonka is not pleased with Veruca when she questions him about Snozzberries. He then leads them into a room with a lot of bubbles, and Grandpa and Charlie make a very bad choice. We discuss the nature of the Snozzberry, and how the word took on a new meaning in the late 70s, thanks to Mr. Roald Dahl. We also talk about artificially flavored banana candies, a couple more literary references, and what would happen if you took candy to Dairy Queen.

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Episode 69: Obligatory Joke

I hope you’re having a nice Friday.

In minute 69, we’re still in the inventing room. We see lots of little glimpses of things that Willy Wonka is working on. Mr. Salt spends time sucking up to Wonka, and does so very well. By the end of the minute, we’re well on our way to seeing the famed candy that this show is named after. David gives us the lowdown on gelignite, which Wonka says is the secret behind the exploding candy, and questions using this material in candy. Also, we discuss the appropriateness of the Ogden Nash poem “Reflections on Ice Breaking” in a children’s film.

Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday!

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