In this One Off, Dave and Steve delve into DC’s darkest detective, with Season 2, Episode 18 of Batman: The Animated Series. Come to hear them talk about the value of framed narratives and why Dave hates live action superheroes, stay for the fight they get into about toys. iTunes’ description for this episode is, “While hiding from the police, Batman’s deadliest enemies exchange stories about their mutual nemesis–Batman.”
Is The Style Guide back or did Dave and Steve just really want to talk about Logan? Probably the latter, given that One Offs has launched and they’re busy talking television (and you should all check that out). So appreciate them while they’re here folks. This week, the gang join almost everyone on the Internet to talk about Logan and how awesome a film it is.
Hold onto your headphones everyone. Four months after teasing the series, we’re finally launching the podcast. In this week’s One Off, Dave and Steve return to the hottest show of the 90s (and early 00s) with Season 3, Episode 2 of Friends. Learn how they try to manipulate the people around them, sometimes into being better people and sometimes into not paying for coffee. Netflix’s description for this week’s episode is, “In a race against the clock, Ross tries to get the gang dressed and ready for a black-tie benefit at the museum.”
This week’s pilot for One Offs takes Dave and Steve into familiar territory with Season 4, Episode 10 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Listen as they boldly go where millions of people have gone before through a discussion of holodecks, Christmas episodes, and Bond girls. According to Netflix, in this week’s episode “Bashir is enjoying a holosuit program that casts him as a super suave, 1960s Earth secret agent when Garak intrudes on his fantasy.”
One-Offs is a new podcast by Dave Morris and Steven Ray Orr, the creative minds behind The Style Guide and Question Period. In this podcast they will discuss storytelling, ideas, and life through the lens of a single episode of a television show watched out of context.
They only have three rules: No Pilots – No Recaps – No Hate Watching.
Episode 65, ‘We know how television works’, on cliffhangers
This week, Dave and Steve return with an episode dedicated to cliffhangers throughout cinema, television, and literature. In doing so, they also take a bit of a journey through a wide range of past episodes of The Style Guide. Perhaps fittingly, because our intrepid hosts are going to go on a hiatus for a while and leave what happens next a cliffhanger of their own. Don’t worry, constant listeners. Dave and Steve will be back soon enough, bringing their usual charm and style to your eagerly awaiting ears — although maybe it won’t all be quite so stylish… Cue the suspenseful music.
Intro Clip: Batman, Marsha, Queen of Diamonds 01×57.
This episode has more spoilers than your average outing from The Style Guide.
For no particular reason, here’s a Buzzfeed article on why telenovelas are better than soap operas.
Is the Harry Potter series so fundmental that you don’t even need to use the title when talking about them? Is saying “Book Four” without any context really sufficient for people to understand what you’re ranting about, Steve? People might have thought you were talking about The Silver Chair or Breaking Dawn.
Yes, The Silver Chair is the fourth book in the Narnia series. We here at The Style Guide will not abide chronological-order-truthers.
Steve misremembers Battlestar Galactica.
In a shocking development, Steve admits to a lack of knowledge about something. Dave enlightens him.
Because Steve’s so on fleek, he talks about Jay Leno.
Theo is intensely disappointed in Steve.
Maybe “The Best of Both Worlds” wasn’t Steve’s earliest cliffhanger memory because he was only three years old when it aired.
Steve writes off the entire rom-com genre.
Clearly Dave and Steve need to rewatch the original Star Wars trilogy. Episode 66, anyone?
“Superbad for vampires” seems like the saddest possible conclusion to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s careers where they try desperately to relive the glory days by putting a supernatural twist on their old films.
Suprebad, on the other hand, as a retelling of Superbad but with white supremacists seems like an awesome idea.
It sounds like Dave and Steve have an important lesson to learn for the future of The Style Guide from the last fifteen minutes of this episode…
Episode 64, ‘Furious Kane’, on Citizen Kane vs. Furious 7
This week, Dave and Steve invite special guest Dominik Buconjic to join them for a discussion about the alpha and the omega of cinema, Citizen Kane and Furious 7. You would think that these two films cannot be compared. You might be right, but your hosts do their darnedest to make it work. Do they succeed? You be the judge.
Episode 63, ‘Wesley Snipes is no Al Pacino’, on Wesley Snipes
You’re telling me that this week Dave and Steve did an actor profile on Wesley Snipes? Like, the dude from the Blade movies, Demolition Man, and a bunch of direct-to-DVD flops who has recently spent three years in prison for income tax fraud? Is there any rhyme or reason to who The Style Guide will profile or have you just thrown every actor’s name into a random number generator? I don’t even know who you guys are anymore.
The lie that emerged at the end of episode 61 continues.
Okay, so I can believe Blade is a Marvel superhero, but how did he get his motorcycle here?
“Super eclectic”? Looks like someone’s been hitting the thesaurus pretty hard.
Now that Dave and Steve mention it, the sheer number of vampires in the Blade universe does seem improbably high. Thanks a lot for ruining those films for the audience, guys. Now nobody will be able to take them seriously anymore.
The tone of this episode consistently lapses into that of two outcasts sitting on the edge of the playground talking about how cool the cool kids are.
Is White Men Can’t Jump a modern day Vaudeville show that is grounded by a common theme of toxic masculinity rather than the plot of a more traditional 90s-era basketball film? The answer might surprise you. (No, no it is not.)
Dave talks about his manly urges.
Does Steve make a very (very) subtle dig at the inadequacy of Snapple as a thirst quenching beverage?
Dave is terrified by nudity whereas Steve just blocks it out.
Steve worries that Dave is going to make fun of him.
Episode 62, ‘They’re not acting, they’re talking’, on Aaron Sorkin
This week, Dave and Steve depart from what has become their standard fare of making people angry by having opinionsbeing wrong about Disney, and delve into a topic that is never even remotely contentious: politics. That’s right, Aaron Sorkin is getting The Style Guide treatment. It’s kind of like that time he gave Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs the Sorkin treatment, but with 80% less Michael Fassbender. You can’t tell because it’s just audio, but Dave and Steve are walking and talking in the hallways of the West Wing for the entirety of this episode.
Wikipedia disagrees with Dave (but only until he reads the shownotes and edits it).
Maybe Steve just has no idea how to pronounce anyone’s names.
Yes, Dave. The West Wing became a much more “grammatic” show.
Josh doesn’t quit, you guys. He’s on a leave of absence from his White House duties, similar to the leave Annabeth Schott goes on in Season 6. And Sam doesn’t go to Mandyville, because he shows up at the end of Season 7 and the show firmly establishes that he went back to practicing law. Amateurs.
You, constant listeners, will never have to hear Steve’s ill-advised tangent about the dangers of cocaine, because the Editor has saved you from it. You’re welcome.
Steve shows that he clearly isn’t a real Firefly fan.
“Just” an assistant, Dave?
The baby has a name, you two. He’s more than just his age.
A cricket bat isn’t a theme, Steve.
Someone mentions Aristotle in this episode and we are all shocked to discover that it isn’t Steve.
To end the episode, Dave and Steve wander into dangerous territory.
Episode 61, ‘Treat you like Pixar’, Part III on Walt Disney Animation Studios
This week, Dave and Steve finish cataloguing their thoughts on Walt Disney Animation Studios, chatting about the rest of the films from The Little Mermaid to Moana. For some, this is a somber episode as The Style Guide moves on from a long list of well loved and important films from childhood. For others, we received your hatemail, and we read you loud and clear: no more saying anything bad about your childhood. We get it, Nicole, but you didn’t have to send us death threats. Geeze. They’re only films.