Aug 11th, 2017
Hosts Mat Bradley-Tschirgi and William Thrasher talk about the first four episodes of the BBC series The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy from 1981. After debuting as a successful radio play on BBC Four, Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was adapted as a novel to be followed by this BBC miniseries. These first four episodes cover the first book in the six-book trilogy (!!!). Several, but not all, of the actors from the radio series reprised their role for this show. After waking up to a bulldozer advancing upon his home, Arthur Dent (Simon Jones) tries to stop it. Before the day is over, he's found it his best friend Ford Prefect (David Dixon) is really an alien, been thrown out of an air-lock into space, and discovered the true origins of Earth. The typically low BBC budget doesn't help things, although the hand-drawn animated sequences of the guide are quite a treat as is the witty, droll dialogue.
Mat finds the pilot of the new BBC series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency to be too violent for its own good. On the other hand, he feels the new Netfilx series Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later is far superior to Wet Hot American Summer: First Day at Camp. Thrasher felt Get Out lived up to the hype and insists you watch it at once. He also caught enough of Ascent to Hell to realize it's dreadful.
Listen to this episode while ramming a fish in your eye for maximum enjoyment.