GBU Season 4, Episode 5: Spooktacular 2021 Pt. 1

This is easily the most in-studio drama we’ve had since The Return of Adam. If you have ever wondered why you’ve never heard a show where Brooke and Adam both co-host, let your questions begin to be answered in this spooky, strange episode.

I was as frustrated and bored at the start of this recording as I’ve ever been (something that comes out in the opening and tail end, which of course were two halves of the same conversation which were separated from one another in the edit). I was genuinely concerned about producing cringe bad radio content where we were unable or unwilling to talk about movies, and instead seemed (it felt to me) to sit around with our thumbs up our asses, taking the audience’s attention for granted while we achieved nothing insightful or important or worthy of a listener’s time.

And then Brooke came home and things got juicy.

I’ll leave it to you, dear listener, to pick up what you will about the situation by listening to the podcast. But this may clarify a thing or two about why you rarely hear Adam and Brooke in the same room together. Will that change in the future? I don’t know. But there’s certainly no more tap dancing around it it.

For as anxious as that made me—please see this graph…

Notice the sudden high.

…I must say I don’t hate the way this played out. Selfishly, I think it did make for an interesting thing to listen to, and it is perhaps ironic that in completely abandoning any pretense of a show with real structure we ended up at some of the most ‘candid’ material yet. But as you’ll hear me mention in the show, I also appreciate that it played out because much of my life has been filled with loved ones who cannot or will not get along with each other, and it’s always been a challenge. Maybe these two loved ones won’t find that they can get along. I don’t know. But they’re willing to put it all out there and approach the subject, and what’s more do it nakedly on-air for the whole audience to see. It means a lot to me that people would do that when the only thing at stake is the fact that I wish they’d get along.

As for the films we tried and failed to discuss, what is there to say? You already know The Silence of the Lambs is wonderful, and you probably think Dead Silence is bad. If you saw Blumhouse’s Treehouse, you know that’s an absolute dumpster fire. There’s nothing we have to share about movies in this episode that you couldn’t already have guessed.

But that isn’t what this episode is about. It’s authentic, good radio. And I think that’s a pleasant surprise.

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One thought on “GBU Season 4, Episode 5: Spooktacular 2021 Pt. 1

  1. I don’t think I’d ever before experienced someone displaying a false concern for artistic integrity and audience appreciation as an ego defense mechanism before we did this show.


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