Tell us how you got into The Thrilling Adventure Hour! How did you hear about it, and what made you decide to listen? What were your first impressions of the show and when did it really stick for you? Did you listen straight through the first time, or did you pick a particular segment and finish it before going back and listening to more? Any final thoughts on your first impressions of the show?
I first heard about TAH last November, I believe, when maratini reblogged this post all about why I should listen to it. I read through the post, and then again later, and thought, ‘Wow, why am I not already listening to this? This sounds like my jam.’ I spend a lot of time in my car commuting so I thought it’d be perfect to fill that time. I went into the rss feed and manually picked out maybe the first twenty episodes and put them on my phone. I was ready!
I didn’t like the first episode of Sparks Nevada AT ALL. I could barely understand this weird guy with a gravely voice, and why was he deadpanning everything, he was ruining all the jokes, it just wasn’t funny. I was baffled. I enjoyed Beyond Belief, I really enjoyed Jefferson Reid, and I thought Black Lagoon was interesting. But Sparks Nevada? Ugh. The dumbest.
While I was driving to school and listening to The Agony of the Feet (so dumb), my radiator cracked in half and my car overheated and I broke down on the off-ramp as I was getting off the highway. I guess I took that as a sign that I should stop listening. So I did.
Fast-forward two+ months to late January of this year! I had to go to Hyannis for a thing. It’s a two-hour drive. I listened to music on my phone on the way down. On the way back, I ran out of music I wanted to listen to and I thought, hey, I still have all this TAH on my phone, why not give it another try. I must have skipped a few - I was probably focusing on Sparks Nevada and Beyond Belief - but I remember getting to Blast From the Past and actually tearing up a little over that dang bucket’a bolts and having this slow realization of, ‘Wait… I really, really like this.’
Then I spent the next, oh, three or four straight days listening to all of Sparks Nevada. I got it now. I got the humor. I got the deadpan. (The audio quality gradually increased and I could finally understand Marc Evan Jackson). I was hooked. I accidentally spoiled myself for some things (Red Alert) by checking out the wiki too enthusiastically, but not for everything (Into Darkness, oh my god). (And I knew about Jib Janeen in advance but nothing could have prepared me for him.)
After I was done with Sparks Nevada I went back and listened to everything else at a more sedate pace. And I loved it all (particularly Tick-Tock and Laserbeam) but nothing grabbed me quite like Sparks Nevada.
I’m in the middle of re-listening to all of TAH in advance of the NY live show and I came to episode #94: Behind the scenes at TAH. Does anybody know (or would you like to speculate) what word they bleeped out at 27:32 for fear of spoilers? Surely they’ve past the point in the series that it would’ve spoiled. Any guesses? I realize this is such a tiny little insignificant thing but not knowing has been driving me up the wall.
I do love the Hal “WHA-OH” sound bite though. I’ve dubbed it the Lubleep.
I’m pretty sure Mark is referring to what happens at the end of episode #95, Red Alert.
Specifically… (Huge spoiler under the cut for Red Alert.)
They mention after the bleep that they haven’t recorded the episode he was spoiling yet. I was guessing that the behind the scenes ep was recorded sometime in October ‘12, since it starts out with info about the kickstarter, but it just occurred to me that it was recorded separately, so they weren’t necessarily done at the same time. So if the bts ep was before June ‘12… then yeah. If it was after… probably Into Darkness/Station Break/etc. WILL WE EVER KNOW FOR SURE no yeah it was probably Red Alert.
(eta: now I’m just listening to the episode through and Marc references “dramatic things you’re not going to mention”, and Red Alert is certainly dramatic.
Since tumblr seems so trigger-warning-happy, what do you suppose the chances are of getting people to tag for… mortality?
a few people have asked me to elaborate on my tweet about how “jessica raine as verity lambert” should be the doctor’s next companion…
OK… here’s my pitch… as a child growing up in canada, sydney newman spent a lot of time traveling through space and time in the company of a man he believed at the time was his grandfather.
upon his return — following the unexplained disappearance of his grandfather — newman’s parents quickly convinced him that his adventures were simply his dreamlike embellishment of a series of travels taken to historical landmarks…
newman was so taken by the man he believed was his grandfather that, upon becoming the head of drama for the BBC, he pitched a series based on his memories of childhood adventure. this pitch eventually became “doctor who”…
…and when a man showed up at the BBC… in a blue box, claiming to be newman’s grandfather but looking nothing like the doddering, white-haired man described by newman, no one believed him…
…no one, that is, other than a very talented young woman looking to break free from the patriarchal order around her and find new worlds of adventure…
It’s for a project. I want to see how many girls don’t do this.
Why should girls even shave their arm hair?
I’d understand the armpit cause sometimes it feels icky but the arm? like, what?
who the FUCK shaves their arm
I know exactly 0 people who shave their arms
I don’t because i have very fine and light hair, but i knew girls in high school that did because it was very visible and they felt self-conscious about it.
exactly that, it’s a thing i know of young girls doing who are still very embarrassed by puberty and existence in general. i don’t know of any adults who do it though.
YEAH YOU DO sort of, I do it rarely, like… once a year. I did it for my brother’s wedding. That sort of situation. I’ve got very Irish, very pale skin and I feel like my hair shows up way too dark against it. But usually I don’t bother shaving anything because I’m lazy so I guess it evens out.