Hey everyone and welcome to the blog portion of the Surplus Conjecture Podcast, where we independently talk about the things we like to talk about, and also without you having to listen to us drone on for an hour to get to the point.
Almost a bite sized, solo podcast, but in text instead of verbal.
So not really anything like a podcast, I guess. Whatever.
Either way, today, I’d like to talk about Bo Burnham. For reasons I won’t get into now, we haven’t been able to make a full podcast out of Bo, but I (Sol) have been wanting to talk about him, and one piece of performance art in particular. It’s the finale to the wonderful “what.” comedy special, which Bo has made available for free on YouTube, and Spotify. And for ‘paid’ on Netflix. I highly recommend watching the whole thing, but for now I just want to focus on the finale.
“I don’t care who these chumps are, ‘Extra Guessing’—this is MY podcast. I’ll destroy those a—Oh, we’re rolling?
Hello, listeners. Today I have grave news: the Web Headed Menace has been joined by a new threat to our great city—nay, to the ENTIRE WORLD WIDE WEB! GET IT? ‘WEB’?
But seriously folks, you know you can trust me, J. Jonah Jameson, to bring you the FACTS and TRUTH. But these two, Curtis and Sol of ‘Surplus Conjecture’—who even are they? Are we supposed to just ASSUME they don’t have links to THE USSR? Or the FLAT EARTH SOCIETY? WHO ARE THEY?
Well I’ll tell you who they are. Phonies. Fakes. Invading MY CYBERSPACE to try and tell you about Spider-Man. Have they ever had anything critical to say about him? OF COURSE NOT. Why? Because THEY ARE ON THE SAME SIDE! Spider-Man and the jackasses at ‘Surplus Conjecture’—they’re both trying to CAPITALIZE on the DAMAGE and CHAOS that WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE IN EVERY DAY. And for what?
They SAY it’s to tell you about Spider-Man on the Playstation 4, but I see through it. They couldn’t care less about YOUR enjoyment. They just want your clicks. Your views. Your subscription. Please. Pathetic.”
The most iconic duo in the ‘Marvel Superheroes Who Can Alter Their Size And Control Bugs’ category finally get a title to share, but more importantly, clash against the most iconic duo in the ‘Aspiring Podcasters Who Apparently Only Watch Marvel Movies’ category: Curtis and Sol! As they put the first film in a post-Infinity War MCU under the microscope (heh, see what I did there), the few and relatively small (heh) flaws are found to be miniscule (heh) compared to the overall fun, refreshing sequel in this series.
Eons ago, in the first moments of the universe, two friends decided to make a podcast. That podcast split into 6 episodes, each controlling one element of the pop culture universe; Spider-man, Arcade Fire, Thor, The Avengers, Star Wars, and the Disney Fox merge.
It was inevitable that someday, someone would wield the power of all six episodes, and slowly, methodically, almost two months after the release date of the film in question, wield the Infinity Podcast to gush over the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Avengers: Infinity War.
Curtis and Sol return with a thorough[ly uninformed] discussion about Disney’s upcoming buyout of 21st Century Fox. What does it mean for consumers? What does it mean for digital streaming? What does it mean for Star Wars? What does it mean for that oh-god-we’re-so-obsessed-we-can’t-ever-seem-to-stop-talking-about-it Marvel Cinematic Universe? Do they actually have answers to any of these questions? They don’t? Don’t they at least pretend to? How does one escape a rhetorical question style? Is it too jarring to just cut mid-sentence? Why choose this style of writing if there’s
The statistical likelihood is that other civilizations will arise. There will one day be lemon soaked paper napkins. Till then, there will be a short delay. Please, return to your seat.
Apparently it’s easier for us to find things to talk about that are Marvel Cinematic Universe related. Also Christmas/New Years/February. Point is, sorry about the long delay in content. We will be resuming regularly unscheduled podcast production shortly.
Letting the past die, Curtis and Sol finish their epic podcast saga, standing back to back to defend the film against the collective ire of the internet. Pointing out some of the things that The Last Jedi actually did well and dismantling some of the unfair claims of plot holes, our heroes share their final thoughts on the most controversial entry in the series to date, and speculate about the future of the franchise.
The DISNEY EMPIRE reigns supreme. Having dominated the peaceful independent film studios, Supreme Leader Iger now deploys the merciless talent scouts to seize financial control of the blockbuster movie properties.
Only Curtis and Sol’s band of PODCAST listeners stand against the rising complaining, fantheories, and nerdy-nitpicking from the internet, certain that Jedi Master Rian Johnson will return and restore a spark of creativity and risk-taking to the franchise.
But the risk has been executed, and the audience reaction has been mixed. As the Disney Empire speeds toward an infinite number of Star Wars movies, the brave Podcast hosts mount a desperate and critically fair review of the film’s shortcomings….
Curtis and Sol proudly present “Trailer Trash”—a new format on the Surplus Conjecture Podcast doing something no one on the internet has ever done before: dissecting a movie trailer! This episode, Curtis and Sol take an in-depth and overly presumptuous look at the mostly-spoiler-free trailer for Avengers Infinity War.
Content Warning: contains mild spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming, medium-to-hot spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok, and many awful puns.
Straight from the land of the ice and snow, Curtis and Sol confront the bearer of the hammer of the gods and whisper tales of Thor: Ragnarok. Driving the Podcast ship to new lands, they sing and cry over the unique comedic style, revel in the growth of the cosmic side of the universe, extol the virtues of the incredible supporting cast, and wax eloquent regarding what this latest and funniest MCU installment sets up for future films. Listen to their terrible attempts at New Zealand accents! Witness Sol struggle to properly pronounce “Taika Waititi”! Valhalla, they are coming!