Category Archives: TV

WotW: It’s Complicated

They weren’t lying about that double elimination, but before we get that, we get the normal Challenge and see a rivalry come to a head. Sorta. Kinda. Before security breaks it up, I mean. Cara is betrayed by someone she was close to, a Challenge legend gets called out by a newbie, and more in this action-packed episode of The Challenge. Support the show on Patreon, ya know, if you feel like it.

WotW: Casualties of War

The much hyped episode has dropped! We see old rivalries die and new potential ones form. We’re still adjusting to actually seeing the standard Challenge format of challenge, nominations, elimination with a little drama thrown in. Wes shows himself to be a master of Challenge politics with his new alliances and the benefits they give him. And as we all know, a Challenge legend is sent home!

WotW: Hellraiser

We recap our visit to Challenge Mania and went over our stories of meeting Challenge “celebrities”, but more importantly meeting other Challenge fans and listeners of Challenged. We rehash this episode including goodies like what a jerk Zach is, an old rivalry that comes to a head, and night full of drama. We’re all excited to finally get back to the standard format of challenge, drama, nominations and eliminations.

WotW: Apocalypse Now

We’re so excited to be back and we’re ready for Season 33! We have our first challenge of the season, a purge, and the standard craziness that comes with the Challengers arriving at their new house. We don’t learn much about the format of this season yet, but at least we get the pairings and some potential hookups.

Look for us in Chicago this weekend for ChallengeMania! Say hello… OR ELSE.

War of the Worlds: Preshow

Hey, we’re back for more! Did you miss us? We’re back from our hiatus and ready to talk about Season 33, War of the World, the cast, and predictions on format, speculating who wins and what potential alliances will form between the vets and the newbies. We’re glad to be back and ready to talk Challenge with everyone again.

Couch Pilots S16 Ep09: Time Out for Ginger

Have you missed Challenged yet? We’re still on hiatus until Challenge returns, but until then you can listen to Tim’s guest spot on Couch Pilots reviewing a failed pilot called Time Out for Ginger. Thanks to the Couch Pilot guys for inviting the Challenged Crew along on their flights and get everyone a dose of The Challenge during the hiatus.

Couch Pilots S16 Ep08: Zero Effect

Have you missed us on Challenged yet?  Well Bryan and Amanda got a chance to sit in on an episodes of Couch Pilots and if you are a fan of Amanda’s laugh you’ll get plenty of it this episode.

S16 EP08 “ZERO EFFECT”

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** LINK TO ZERO EFFECT **

In this episode we are joined by @challengedGN co-hosts Bryan and Amanda and discuss the 2002 pilot “ZERO EFFECT” starring @Alancumming. This episode has tons of laughs and we dive into this failed pilot. Amanda giggles at diarrhea and Bryan hits his marks on Blake’s jokes. Come fly with us and enjoy the show.

** LINK TO TIME OUT FOR GINGER **


Legends of Tomorrow gets snubbed on crossover invite, Doesn’t need it.

I don’t know how many of you are watching even watching the CW Arrowverse anymore. I want to say I don’t blame you, then make a snide remark about Guggenheim’s continued decimation of a once proud group of shows, but I can’t. I myself have only been keeping up with Legends this season. The plan is to eventually catch up with Arrow just to see if maybe it’s getting better, knowing in my heart that it probably isn’t.

But it’s crossover season, so I tuned in this week. While I haven’t kept up with the individual shows, the first thing the crossover taught me was that I don’t want, or need to catch up with Flash, and probably the same for Supergirl.  

This isn’t to say that the crossover was not any good. It had a lot of great moments, but that’s for another piece. This is about the Legends’ place, or lack thereof, in this year’s crossover. 

Legends is, for lack of a better word, insane. Each week seems to be a bigger dare as to what they can get away with, and I’m absolutely loving it. So when a magical item shows up in the crossover, and the gang start relying on the tech nerds to crack it, I was more than a little bothered by it. You’ve got Constantine RIGHT THERE on the Waverider!

But then the midseason finale for Legends came on, and instantly all was forgiven. It quickly became apparent that not only did Legends not NEED to participate this year, but doing so would have only slowed them down. 

For those not following, Legends has a get out of responsibility free card. They have a time machine, and are on the search for magical creatures this season. When you have those cards to play, you can do damn near anything you want. 

Without revealing too much, Constantine has managed to completely screw up the whole of reality, and now must set things straight with the help of a shapeshifter and a cat. Believe me, it’s weirder than it sounds.

They try over and over to set the timeline back to order, and along the way , this happens:

This happens to be one of my two favorite timelines that are made and unmade over the course of the episode. There are more on YouTube for you to discover on your own…oh, fine, one more won’t hurt. 

Did I mention how ridiculous this show is? Maybe you’re a fan of the darker, grittier DC, and I am too, but come on. Singing puppets. How can you not love it? I know I keep saying it, but right now, Legends is the best of the Arrowverse. Full stop.  After this episode, I agree with the decision to leave Legends out of the crossover, but for a different reason. The showrunners had their actors’ already grueling schedule in mind. I’m glad they didn’t do it because it would have ruined the Legends midseason finale. 

Final Reckoning: The Finale Part 2

It’s finally the final episode of the finale! We go over the reunion, take your phone calls, and talk about offense language. We also go on a self-congratulatory segment about our 100th episode that happened several weeks ago. Thanks everyone for your support for our show, we definitely appreciate it. We’re going on hiatus but we’ll see you for Season 33!

Final Reckoning: The Finale Part 1

We thought this would be the last episode of Challenged this year, but (in TJ voice) we LIED. I guess we’ll be back next week. This time around we discuss the finale, Tim’s random run-in with a Challenge legend in an airport, and Hillary sits in briefly so chug that drink! We’ll be back next week to cover the 2 part reunion, and talk about our 100th episode and probably take more live calls.

Final Reckoning: The Walking Dead

We’re winding down to the finale with the final 5 teams. We get a shocking last challenge with trivia and everything. That’s trivia twice in a season! The final elimination of the season is curdled milk and cookies. We finally see the final 4 on their way to the finale. Next week is our last episode of the season, don’t miss it!

Final Reckoning: Always Sunny in South Africa

We’re getting near the end of this season, but we’re still bringing people back from Redemption for their last, final, no-nonsense chance at ONE MILLION DOLLARS! After 2 eliminations to see who comes back from Redemption, some teams are sent home and others move on to roll boulders up a hill in an “elimination challenge”. We still haven’t quite worked out why or how that’s different than a purge but we make our best guess. Another team is sent home. We go over some iTunes reviews and voicemails, too.

Final Reckoning: Scandal

Lots of switching between the Main House and Redemption House this week, and even with a Purge challenge and elimination we don’t see anyone go home. An elimination gets all the players frustrated, a nomination is hard to predict with the power vote and numbers that are close and could go either way. With just 2 episodes until the final, we hope to see them pick up the pace soon. Let’s send some people home and get to the final!

Final Reckoning: The Leftovers

Our longest show in Challenged history! Big drama this episode with Bananas pushing things a little too far and Devin paying the consequences. Flat pasta leads to a confrontation you wouldn’t believe. It’s TJ’s favorite challenge… TRIVIA! And we spend far too long going over voicemails from all sorts of celebrity fans of Challenged.

CW’s Arrowverse Brings Back The Original Flash

In the upcoming annual crossover on CW for the Arrowverse we’re getting introduced to BatWoman.  We’ve also learned in this year’s crossover (titled Elseworlds) that Barry and Oliver will be trading identities as Flash and Green Arrow.  Seems like fun.  But for me an exciting piece of news broke when Arrow’s Stephen Amell posted pics from the set with John Wesley Shipp in his original 90’s Flash costume.

Shipp has appeared already on Flash as Jay Garrick the first Flash but now it looks like they are trying to tie the 90’s Flash series into continuity as another Earth by bringing back Shipp’s original Flash.  We’ve already seen ties by having Mark Hamill reprise his version of The Trickster that he also played on the 90s series.  Does this make you more excited for the crossover this year?  It does me!

Final Reckoning: Wheel Of Fortune

We get two elimination competitions in this episode!  But one of them is for the Redemption House and we learn that the Redemption House is still a thing!  Lots of past relationship drama and name calling but we do get to see some people punch some walls so that’s okay.

Final Reckoning: Lavender is the New Black

It was supposed to be a quick episode, but it didn’t work out that way I guess. Alliances are picking sides as the teams dwindle in size. Cara and Marie have to fight their way out of a time deficit in the challenge, then fight for their place in the various alliances. We keep forgetting about the late comers Cory and Devin. Where are we placing our bets for the ultimate final winner of this show? With only a few weeks to go and a Redemption House still to settle, there may be too many question marks for us to figure this out.

First Look At Freddy In Goldbergs

We’re getting our first look at Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger in the upcoming Halloween episode of the popular sit-com The Goldbergs.

It has been just over 15 years since we saw Englund wear the glove in any official capacity on screen. Englund had said 2003’s Freddy Vs. Jason would be his last dance with the role he made legend, it now looks like we have one more chance to meet the man of our dreams.

The Halloween episode of The Goldbergs is set to air October 24th. 1….2…. Freddy’s Coming For You……

Final Reckoning: The People vs. Johnny Bananas

In a house divided, which alliances will survive? Zach and Amanda especially are torn between different alliances and it really makes their game pretty difficult. Another team is being pulled in two directions to sway the game. We get mercenaries, broken noses, and a game-changing tie breaker. Lots of game drama and very little relationship drama. The podcast is torn on if that makes this episode better or worse. We also review some voicemails left to us from the cast.

CW Announces This Year’s Arrowverse Crossover

One of the highlights of the Arrowverse on CW is the annual crossover.  Ever since Flash started they have made sure to do a crossover with Arrow.  When Supergirl finally made her way from CBS to CW (where the show should have been since the beginning) it made it easier to have her be part of the crossover as well even with it taking place on a different version of Earth.  This year while they are trimming down the crossover by leaving out The Legends Of Tomorrow and Black Lightening (which also takes place on it’s own separate Earth) they are using it to introduce some new characters and bring back a big guest star.

Elseworlds!  Comic fans know that label applies to stories told in sort of a What If style in the Multiverse of DC.  How this is going to apply to the story is yet to be seen.  What we do know according to The Wrap is that it will be setting up the foundation for and introducing Batwoman, played by Ruby Rose, who will be getting her own show.

Along with that we will see the return of Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman and he’ll be bringing along everyone’s favorite reporter Lois Lane played by Elizabeth Tulloch of Grimm fame.

Some interesting casting comes as LaMonica Garrett has been cast as Mar Novu, The Monitor.  We all know The Monitor plays a big part in Crisis On Infinite Earths.  I’m curious if this is setting up a story for next season that will finally see all the various Earths collapsed into one reality.  It should be interesting.