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Sunday, August 29, 2021

[Percolation Nation] August, 2021

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Welcome to our 21st Percolation Nation! This blog highlights our supporters' generous contributions for the month of August, 2021! ICYMI, we detail the benefits of supporting us on Ko-fi in our first-ever Percolation Nation.
If you like what we're doing, want to contribute your insights in the realtime chat during our recording sessions, and/or (at least) want to pick up Early Access to our Unedited Episode/Interview Recordings, head over to our Ko-fi page and just follow us (by creating a Ko-fi.com account). Watch our intro video, view our funding goal (currently: self-sufficiency), and scroll through the feed to see who's backed us. Ultimately, you are going to want to check out the posts section to view all the supporter-backed content you're entitled to when you join the nation! When you see something you want access to, buy us a ☕coffee or consider joining one of our membership tiers!

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  • We're doing our best. One thing to understand about us is that we all maintain day-jobs while attempting to build this podcast into something terrific for you to enjoy. Try as we might, we're going to fall short for a whole host of reasons, be it moving into a new place, pulling late night shifts every day for the past week, technical difficulties (we've had many, as of late), familial obligations, etc. Case in point, our episode covering The Walking Dead's Season 11 Season Premiere, Acheron: Part I is still not out.
    While that does tremendously bite us in the rear-end, there are two saving graces:
    • The Unedited Episode Recording has been available for almost a week, now, for you to download and enjoy, wherever you are. Not only that, it's been made available for free, whether you've chosen to support us or not (more on that later). Download it, now, here: https://ko-fi.com/post/DOWNLOAD-NOW-RAW-Episode-144-TWD-11x01-Achero-U7U55X7DB
    • We've also made available both the edited and the unedited versions of our Reaction Video of TWD's Season 11 Season Premiere:
      • The Unedited version was released prior to free week (which I'll talk about in the next bullet point), but even had it dropped during free week, it would still only be available to members strictly because it contains the episode in question (and to make that publicly available would be a huge no-no). The best part about getting the Unedited version of the Dave Reacts video is to see the others react to Dave (which you don't normally get to see). Grab it, here: https://ko-fi.com/post/DOWNLOAD-NOW-DAVE-REACTS-TWD-11x01-Acheron-Pa-Z8Z85WIBY
      • And, of course, the finished product:

  • FREE WEEK. On Monday, we took a pretty bold step (in prep towards even bigger changes) by making the content we would normally lock for supporters-only available to all who follow us on Ko-fi. Did we post these updates (links to the free Unedited Episode recordings or the behind the scenes phots) on Social Media? No. Have we consistently advised others to merely create a Ko-fi account to follow us, so that you don't miss out on moments like these? Yes. And there's a good reason why: we want you to want to follow our journey. We're not going to bribe you with giveaways or artificially sweeten the pot in order to entice you. Think about it: what would be the point? We make our perks pretty clear and they are fairly grounded within the realm of what we do as a podcast (Early Access to Unedited Episode Recordings, Lending your insights while we record, the ability to join us on stream during our Jackbox Games sessions, and so much more). We're also not going to lie and say, "It's not about the money," because of course it is, but it's also about maintaining a sense of belonging to a project you actually love. Bribing someone into something like that is fairly unsustainable!
    If you'd like to read the original announcement, head here: https://ko-fi.com/post/BIG-UPDATE-2020-08-23--EVERYTHING-THIS-WEEK-IS-W7W25WWUK
  • #TWDFamily Branches: We took the opportunity to start a brand new segment on our podcast called #TWDFamily Branches. While it is an incredibly opportunity to be able to interview our immediate family in our #TWDFamily tree (the cast and crew), for longest time we've wanted actually shift the spotlight over to our cousins: the extraordinary fans. We very recently debuted our interview with Linda Peck Athens (AKA Fan Art Lindy), an artist and our friend from Oregon, and we couldn't have been more satisfied with it. The response, thus far, has been pretty stellar: the general impression is that this is something you never knew you wanted and want more of. I suppose, with the flagship show ending, this segment couldn't have come soon enough!
    The blog for this episode isn't up yet, but you can grab the following, directly:
    • The Unedited Interview: Yes, there is an unedited version of this recording! Watch us stumble through this inaugural interview, feet first, editing out tons of content along the way. Of course, you don't want to miss the beginning where Rachael nearly tears her hair out (well, if she had any) with all the false starts! You can grab that here: https://ko-fi.com/post/DOWNLOAD-NOW-NEW-SEGMENT-TWDFamily-Branches-Q5Q25HD16
    • Podcast Audiohttps://link.chtbl.com/jNnUE3pm
    • And, of course (because what better way to view some of her art), the Streaming Video:

  • Don't call it a callback: Starting with the good news, first: because of FREE WEEK, we had a tremendous amount of people who took advantage of joining the realtime chat while we interviewed none other than Mo Collins! The best moment was her taking a second, at one point, to scour the chat for comments. It was truly gratifying to see the reciprocal love between her, the crowd, and even her husband, Alex Skuby, at one point! But, as we mentioned, briefly, in the first bullet point, we've been semi-plagued by technical difficulties. We've been unable, thus far, to make the unedited interview available because of a technical glitch. There's also been absolutely no time to fabricate a sort of pseudo-unedited recording, meantime. I'm working with Riverside.fm on trying to deliver the composed recordings, but we've not gotten anywhere, just yet. Worst case scenario, we may end up having to deliver the unedited version of this recording just before the premiere of our interview.
    In the meantime, enjoy this graphic we made that will link you to the original call to join us for the recording session!

Periodic Percolators

๐ŸŽ–SURVIVOR TIER MEMBERS:
๐ŸคซWHISPERER TIER MEMBERS:
๐ŸงŸ‍♂️WALKER TIER MEMBERS:

Random Roasters

TOTAL = 40 Coffees☕!

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

[Episode 142] Comparing TWD Episodes 6x03 & 6x16 + TWD Origins /w Ben from Just Keep Walking Podcast

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Little did we know it, going into this, how much relevance this discussion would have when it finally came to the upcoming season of TWD (Season 11), especially in relation to the tension/conflict between Negan & Maggie. Having the former's brutality seared (again) into our subconscious (while acknowledging our acceptance of him, be it begrudging or open) and also revisiting the latter's relevance in prep of her actual return, this discussion semi-neatly dovetailed into the Origins recaps of our four main characters: Daryl Dixon, Maggie, Negan, and Carol Peletier. Although it's mostly cons, when it comes to Origins, much like Negan, himself, there are some redeeming moments that make it a worthwhile watch, especially as a refresher after a 10 season run (with some gaps for breaks in Season 10).
This was a HEAVILY edited episode with a nice amount of behind the scenes divulging prior to starting the actual episode. If you'd like to download a copy of the unedited episode recording, as well as be involved in future recordings, all while supporting the podcast, click here:

Benjamin Scotford:
(Just Keep Walking/Turn Sounds)
David Cameo:
Rachael Burt:
Sherrandy Swift:
AKA @BlazyGardener

  • Why compare The Walking Dead episodes 6x03 & 6x16? How long have we been doing this?
  • The big moments made you forget about some other significant moments/themes.
  • Leaving people behind.
  • Spotting Greg Nicotero as a walker in front of Glenn Rhee & Nicholas' dumpster was too funny.

  • Glenn's death fake-out was a bellwether moment representing the eventual decline in TWD's popularity
  • Evan Schrodek is main editor for 6x03, Thank You, and cites this episode as his favorite to edit

  • Dan Liu did the editing for 6x16 (he eventually moves onto Directing episodes of TWD, but also Shadow and Bone)
  • The way the show kept teasing the possible loss of Rick Grimes' hand (even screwing with Carl Grimes, too).
  • Ben cites 6x16 episodes as being the scariest in the franchise. Sherrandy spots some great shots.

  • Dave describes how Tales of The Walking Dead should do their What If episodes (Virginia & Negan)
  • Ben describes two separate, but very similar score tracks from both episodes 6x03 & 6x16 that tie the underlying moments together.
  • Listen to Just Keep Walking's Inside the Music of The Walking Dead as well as their interview with Sam Ewing

  • Missed opportunities with the opening sequence music, as well as with releasing more score/soundtrack volumes (check out B. Claimed's YouTube Channel to get your fix, until then).

  • Now that we're talking about music, want a copy of our SQUAWKING DEAD Ringtone?
  • There TWD goes, getting our hopes up with emotionally uplifting music (like FearTWD Seasons 4 & 5 before getting Season 6)...

  • OG Fear vs Nouveau Fear waging All Out War.
  • Another thing to appreciate in our rewatch: Alexandria Safe-Zone's Scott (played by Kenric Green). Watching Heath (AKA the audience) come to the realization that you can't save everyone.
  • If 6x03 was the bellwether moment, signaling the beginning of the end of TWD's popularity, 6x16/7x01 was the mass exodus. 8x08/8x09 (Carl's death) was the finishing move.
  •  Why you're (not really) a monster for not feeling as sad about Carl's death (at the time).
  • Tyrese and Carl's death episodes are major outliers/tributes.
  • TWD turns loss into a plot mechanic (they don't easily forget who we've lost).

    (The moment Dave allowed himself to finally release his pent-up emotions towards Carl's demise)
  • The big comparison between Episode 3 & 16: Never really knowing whether to leave no man behind. The Super Troll Brothers (Robert Kirkman & Scott M. Gimple) are trying to get you to stop watching, but you just won't.
  • Going from "I stopped watching when Glenn died" to "I'll binge-watch the whole thing when it's over" (⚠WARNING: Please pace yourselves!)
  • Discussing the disappointing Drunk History-esque narration of The Walking Dead: Origins. But they're catching you up after 11 years.
  • Negan's Origin was not only entertaining, but articulated what the show has been trying to imply for years. Restoring our perspective on Carol.
  • They could've put more work into this project and recapped it more from the subject's perspective. We could've learned a little more than what we already know.
  • Maggie was super under-utilized, as a character (limited dialogue).
  • Our thoughts and plans as TWD's ending begins. How FearTWD is doing crazy things.

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Sunday, August 8, 2021

[Episode 139] Fear The Walking Dead's Season 6 Finale, "The Beginning"

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We wind back a couple of episode numbers to Episode 139 (Episodes 140 & 141 are dedicated to our interviews with Jenna Elfman & Bobbie Grace , respectively), where we finally recorded our thoughts on #FearTWD's Season 6 Finale. This is a particularly short episode, mostly due to the fact that this episode wrap things up pretty neatly in bow, but there were some thoughts we cleaned up and some ideas that we wanted to work through as a result of watching this several times before a month and a half and a couple times after.
The Unedited Episode Recording is available and contains a juicy pre-show, with some lovely #BehindTheScenes tidbits, as well as COUNTLESS cancelable utterances in-between! To grab this (and more) and support our #podcast, click here:

David Cameo:
Rachael Burt:
Sherrandy Swift:
AKA: @BlazyGardener

  • Better late than never (1½ months later)? …did you miss Dave reacting to FearTWD’s Season 6 Season Finale?
  • Favorite moments of the episode: Sherrandy = Sherry’s Righteous anger / Rachael = Rollie’s Righteous Pose / Dave = John Dorie Sr’s & June Dorie’s Forgiveness

  • It’s never too late: the moment when Sherrandy was the first to admit she felt bad for Dakota. The Dories forgiving her was their own means of salvation.
  • Remember when we were pretty impressed with Teddy Maddox? Uh, well…
  • Wondering about all the relevant bits that were undoubtedly left on the cutting room floor (and whether some of that was due to COVID-19 restrictions).
  • Something is always going to make Morgan Jones late, but at least he and Grace Mukherjee finally smooched before the bombs dropped.
  • How someone like Morgan can come to terms with dying together with Grace. Grace has to come to terms with living under fallout with Mini-MoMo.
  • Grace’s possible path to leadership? Alternatively, becoming a mother to all the lost children.
  • Brigitte Kali Canales’ amazing performance as Rachel in the opening scene. Silencing our own inner critics.
  • Discussing the cutaway cards as framing devices and why neither Dakota nor Sherry have nothing to be sorry about.
  • How is The Walking Dead Universe going to reconcile with nuclear fallout that occurred in the past?
  • Trying to reconcile Rollie’s & Riley’s motivations (and how Rachael thought Riley was going to be a good-guy).
  • Actually? The nuclear devastation is worse than it looked, but it could’ve been massively worse (for TWDU).
  • Yes, that was Isabelle in the helicopter (and she will be in Season 7). Sherrandy’s theory on her involvement.
  • Dave waxing on Victor Strand’s moment and his massive setup for Season 7. Rachael thinks he’s finally is the bad guy. Sherrandy thinks he’s doing the wrong thing for the right reasons. Dave thinks he’s a survivor that wants to be a good guy.
  • What made Victor continue down his devolution after Daniel Salazar spares him? Spoiler Alert: Jealousy.
  • The Alamo: Hey Strand, remember what happened (t)here. However you feel about Strand, would you want him on your team?
  • Rachael’s bone to pick: the magic of nuclear bombs.
  • Despite the critics, Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss are still here. Tyrion Lannister thinks you should watch HJM Edits recent music video titled "Sweater Weather" covering all seasons of Fear The Walking Dead, thus far:
  • Brigadoon and The etymology of "Briga"
  • Yes, Sarah Rabinowitz can do anything, despite the critics.
  • Alexa Nisenson’s favorite Charlie scene (was there supposed to be more)? And why did Riley go for the gun? (Here's the clip from our interview with Alexa discussing her favorite episode to film, for reference):
  • Despite the COVID, our characters still sucked face.

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