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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Episode 60: The Fugitive (1993) - Much Better Decisions!

In a tradition going back to Episode 4 of this podcast, friend of the show Alanna Kelly has demanded a follow-up to our last episode. So after our review of the 2020 Quibi series The Fugitive, Glenn, Scott, and Alanna gather to review the 1993 Harrison Ford movie The Fugitive. They cover the film’s plot structure, the mystery at the heart of the film, its four major action sequences, and Glenn & Scott spend perhaps too much time disparaging the series some more. Scott compliments how awful the final fight in the film is, Glenn shares a charming story from his innocent youth, and Alanna celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. Finally, in a very special episode of Glenn and Scott Read Wikipedia, Scott tells Glenn & Alanna about the real-life murder case that every producer of every iteration of The Fugitive has denied taking inspiration from, and how it relates to the wrestler Mick Foley.

You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys.

Every Monday night at 8pm Eastern time, Glenn & Scott stream video games live on twitch.tv/nontoxicfanboys. Come hang out with us in the chat, or catch the archive later on our Youtube channel if you just want to watch us play games badly.

The theme music used in this podcast is Discovery by Alexander Nakarada
Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5756-discovery
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Musical selections composed by James Newton Howard:

  • "I Need You" from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • "The Courthouse/Stairway Chase" from The Fugitive
  • "It's Over/End Credits" from The Fugitive
  • "Memorial Hospital" from The Fugitive
  • "Air Raid Drill" from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Buy the music cited in this episode:


Sunday, July 11, 2021

'I Need You' archive

In honor of its return in our latest episode, we've made an archive of our longest-running in-joke, our constant re-editing of the "I need you" scene from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. What started as a one-off in our Star Trek: The Motion Picture review has now appeared 16 times over more than five years of the podcast. Now you can experience it all at nontoxicfanboys.com/p/i-need-you-archive.html without the bother of listening to entire episodes of us talking! Although to be honest we'd really like if you'd listen to the entire episodes of us talking. But whatever. You do you.

nontoxicfanboys.com/p/i-need-you-archive.html

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Episode 59: Extremely Poor Decisions - A Review of The Fugitive (2020) and of Quibi (Sort Of)

The 2020 streaming series The Fugitive, and the Quibi streaming service it was produced for, are both stories of people making the worst possible decisions at every turn. Series protagonist Not Richard Kimble tries to prove his innocence by going on a violent crime spree, while Quibi founders Jeffery Katzenberg and Meg Whitman launched a streaming television service that people couldn't watch on their televisions.

Now that Quibi content is resurfacing on Roku, Glenn & Scott follow up on their previous discussion of the 2020 The Fugitive series in Episode 55 of the podcast by actually watching the show. They seek to answer all the important questions about the series, such as: How does a serialized action thriller work when each episode is eight minutes long? WTF is Keifer Sutherland doing with his voice? Is the show actually any good apart from the weirdness of its creation? And seriously, a streaming television service you can’t watch on televisions?!

The show opens with a recap of Quibi and a non-spoiler review of The Fugitive series; spoilers abound after 13:50.

You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys. On last month's Patron-exclusive podcast, Scott compared editing the show to a very particular kind of torture. Come join us at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys to hear it!

Every Monday night at 8pm Eastern time, Glenn & Scott stream video games live on twitch.tv/nontoxicfanboys. Come hang out with us in the chat, or catch the archive later on our Youtube channel if you just want to watch us play games badly.

The theme music used in this podcast is Discovery by Alexander Nakarada
Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5756-discovery
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Buy the score album from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by James Newton Howard: https://amzn.to/3sLKFWf.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

NTFB Brand Expansion Update: Discord Edition

As an essential part of our ongoing quest to master all forms of social media, The Non-Toxic Fanboys now have a Discord server! We intend to use it not just to announce new podcasts, Twitch streams, and whatever else we do, but also to have discussions with listeners & viewers about (almost) anything and (just about) everything, within our non-toxic remit of course. There are channels for general chat, for discussion of Non-Toxic Fanboys content, a section set up to accommodate Glenn's ever-more-extensive Pokemon journey, as well as an exclusive patron-only channel for everyone generous enough to support us in that way.

You can join the Discord at https://discord.gg/S37sPsdpyP if you'd like to be part of it, which is our dearest hope.

Monday, June 14, 2021

NTFB Supplemental: Alanna Kelly on recent MCU series

We were recently joined by friend of the show Alanna Kelly to record an upcoming episode, and after that recording was done she shared some of her thoughts on the recent MCU shows we reviewed in our last two episodes. It turned into a really interesting discussion, and we wanted to share it with you, so we've posted it as a public post on our Patreon site as the first ever Non-Toxic Fanboys: Supplemental. Alanna talks about the WandaVision finale, Isaiah Bradley, the rules of magic, and why her friendship with Glenn almost ended. We hope you enjoy this alternate perspective on our recent topics, and be sure you don’t miss our upcoming episode Alanna joins us to review her favorite movie!

https://www.patreon.com/posts/52474926

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Episode 58: The Confused Messaging of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Is Karli Morgenthau a young idealist forced into a desperate situation by the heartless decisions of detached multinational elites? Or is she the chief architect of an escalating campaign of terror who disturbs even her staunchest allies with her thirst for mass murder? Is John Walker an unhinged menace with an inferiority complex the size of Steve Rogers's pecs, whose violent outbursts lead to the escape of his enemy, the death of his best friend, and literal blood on his hands? Or is he an exemplary soldier who only wants to do the right thing and one little mistake really shouldn't be held against him? Has Isaiah Bradley been so badly mistreated and abused by his country that there's no longer any hope of meaningful restitution? Or will a museum exhibit make things better?

The Disney Marvel MCU miniseries The Falcon and the Winter Soldier seems to answer all of these questions with an inconclusive whynotboth.gif, leaving Glenn & Scott a bit confused as they try to figure out exactly what the show is trying to say and what its characters actually believe. Along the way they also discuss the various Captains America, the role of Lemar Hoskins, Bucky’s online dating profile, the use of villainy in depicting villains, and how all of this is really Iron Man’s fault. Scott passionately defends the virtue of knowing things, while Glenn is horrified at potential injustices that may or may not be happening under the incredibly ill-defined and inconsistent government and legal systems. Also, follow along at home by counting how many things get stuck in Glenn’s craw! (Where exactly is one’s craw? Is getting things stuck there NSFW?)

You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys. In our latest Patron-exclusive podcast, Glenn shares a very personal story about his own experience with grief and how it shaped his view of Wanda in her series. Come join us at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys to hear it!

Every Monday night at 8pm Eastern time, Glenn & Scott stream video games live on twitch.tv/nontoxicfanboys. Come hang out with us in the chat, or catch the archive later on Youtube if you just want to watch us play games badly.

The theme music used in this podcast is Discovery by Alexander Nakarada
Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5756-discovery
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Buy the score to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier by Henry Jackman reviewed in this episode:


Saturday, May 15, 2021

Episode 57: The Horrors of WandaVision

Now that they’re not on a podcast feed full of people with actual knowledge of comic books, Glenn & Scott branch out to examine the Disney Marvel MCU miniseries WandaVison. They examine issues like grief and selfishness, when metatext becomes too textual, and the pressure exerted by audience expectations and the ways creators respond to it. They do their best to determine who exactly the villain of this show is (is anybody on this show NOT the villain?), plus they review the show's score, because there haven’t been enough score reviews on this podcast lately.

You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys. On this month's Patron-exclusive podcast, Glenn shares a very personal story about his own experience with grief and how it shaped his view of Wanda in this series. Come join us at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys to hear it!

Every Monday night at 8pm Eastern time, Glenn & Scott stream video games live on twitch.tv/nontoxicfanboys. Come hang out with us in the chat, or catch the archive later if you just want to watch us play games badly.

The theme music used in this podcast is Discovery by Alexander Nakarada
Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5756-discovery
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Musical selections from the WandaVision score by Christophe Beck:

  • "Wanda's Theme (End Credits from 'WandaVision')"
  • "Rings"
  • "Wanda and Vision (Love Theme from 'WandaVision')"
  • "Uncharted Waters"
  • "Genesis"

Buy the WandaVision soundtracks reviewed in this episode:

Monday, April 19, 2021

Non-Toxic Fanboys on Twitch?

We've mentioned before how our spree of claiming the name "nontoxicfanboys" on every site we could think of led to us deciding to actually use the sites we now have accounts on. And so now we present to you: twitch.tv/nontoxicfanboys.

Glenn & Scott will be doing their first stream tonight, April 19, at 8pm US Eastern time. Watch us play Doom II, and probably screw up a bunch because it's our first stream. Come ask us about today's episode or about past episode topics or about anything at all, really. We're kind of streaming into the void here.

Our plan is to stream every Monday night at 8:00 for around 3-4 hours. Our initial list of games to play are all games we already know we enjoy and can play in 2-player co-op mode, games we can have fun with on a stream without having to focus on being super competitive. If you have any games you would like to see us try out, let us know and we'll check it out!

So come join us at twitch.tv/nontoxicfanboys tonight at 8:00! Fun is sure to be had.

Episode 56: Sixth Annual Oscar Preview: Best Original Score 2020

It's that time of year again, and Glenn & Scott are here to review the five Oscar-nominated scores: Da 5 Bloods by Terence Blanchard, Mank by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Minari by Emile Mosseri, News of the World by James Newton Howard, and Soul by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste. Listen as Scott decides which of these scores counts as music, marvel as Glenn tries to define jazz, be amazed when Scott actually has positive things to say about Oscar nominees! Plus, find out who they pick to win the award: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, or Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross?

You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys.

The theme music used in this podcast is Discovery by Alexander Nakarada
Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5756-discovery
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Musical excerpts:

  • "Finding the Gold" from Da 5 Bloods by Terence Blanchard
  • "Otis and Tien Have Dinner" from Da 5 Bloods by Terence Blanchard
  • "There is No Time for Stories" from News of the World by James Newton Howard
  • "Arriving at Red River" from News of the World by James Newton Howard
  • "Dime Mountain" from News of the World by James Newton Howard
  • "Birdslingers" from Minari by Emile Mosseri
  • "All This Time (Happily Ever After)" from Mank by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • "Welcome to Victorville" from Mank by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • "Born to Play" from Soul by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste
  • "The Great Beyond" from Soul by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste

Buy the music reviewed in this episode:

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Non-Toxic Fanboys Patreon

TLDR: As officially announced on today's show, The Non-Toxic Fanboys is now on Patreon. In exchange for your generous support we offer early access to new episodes, varying levels of influence on the topics of future episodes, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes podcast. All the details can be found at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys. There are already two episodes of our behind-the-scenes podcast up there, there's a poll running on what we should cover in our next episode after the Oscar Preview, and patrons could have listened to today's episode a week ago. If any of that interests you, then check out patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys and see what's available.

ETA: The details of our reward tiers have changed since this post originally went live. Please don't make any financial decisions based on out-of-date information; check our Patreon page for the current reward descriptions.

We originally registered on Patreon as part of Scott's cyber-squatting spree to claim the name nontoxicfanboys on every site we could. But at some point we decided, there's no reason to not open it up to potential patrons. We put some careful thought into what "perks" we could offer; we didn't want to promise anything that we might not be able to deliver. The episode polls seemed like an obvious option; the worst that might happen is if the end of the poll leaves us too little time to cover the topic that wins and we have to put it off until the next episode. Early access also felt obvious; it's very rarely that one of our episodes is time-sensitive, so posting stuff a week early for patrons is simple to arrange. And topic requests are almost a perk for us, letting us know exactly what people are interested in hearing from us about.

The place where we really had to stop and consider was the idea of exclusive content. We're really not popular enough that we could ask for money and not offer something, but what exactly was a bit of a stumbling block. There are a lot of podcasts that essentially double themselves, doing two episodes at a time and making one of them exclusive to the Patreon. We didn't want to do anything like that. We never want to be in a place where we're saying things like "Here's our review of Star Trek: Picard, and if you want to hear what we thought of Lower Decks then you have to pay us!" In our conception Patreon is about rewarding people who choose to support us, not about putting a paywall between us and our listeners. Less like an HBO subscription, more like a PBS pledge drive. Plus it'd be essentially double the work every month, and we already don't have a great track record of consistent releases. :)

Eventually, Scott got the idea of behind-the-scenes content from seeing the Patreon offerings of several Youtube channels he was watching. They often offer BTS stuff like studio tours, interviews with folks not usually on camera, teases of stuff they're working on or stories about ideas that didn't work out, etc. We obviously don't have a studio, and the "crew" is just the two of us, but that other stuff all seemed like stuff we could do. So that's why we offer a behind-the-scenes podcast: It involves no extra prep work so there's no reason why we wouldn't be able to get it out every month, and it keeps all of our regular episodes free for all listeners. In our first Patreon show we discuss our listening strategy for 2020 scores, talk about one score that got cut because it turned out to not be from 2020, and Glenn comes up with a name for the Patreon show, live on the Patreon show. You can't get more behind-the-scenes than that!

(We don't mean to speak badly of anyone who does do extra episodes exclusively on Patreon, BTW. Everyone has their own strategies and their own lines in the sand. This one just felt right to us.)

So that's the story of how two guys who barely broke double-digit listens with their last episode wound up with a Patreon. Again, that's patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys if you're interested in contributing. Thank you for your consideration.