Taking It Down Podcast – Episode 28 – The End of Normal People and The Last Dance

It’s another Tuesday and another episode of Taking It Down! This week, Donovan Reinwald joins the two usual losers for the first half of the show where they talk about general pop culture musings (1:16) before they discuss the new HBO series I Know This Much Is True (7:20), which is based on the novel by Wally Lamb, and they close out their love affair with the Hulu show Normal People (12:54). Beware: bad Irish accents abound!

In the second half, Adam and Blaine discuss what the HBO show Run as done of late (41:52) and the new Hulu show The Great (45:16). Then it’s a sad goodbye to The Last Dance, which helped fill a sports void (47:30).

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Host: Blaine Duncan

Cohost: Adam Morrow

Guest: Donovan Reinwald

2 comments on “Taking It Down Podcast – Episode 28 – The End of Normal People and The Last Dance

  1. 87 Jetta

    Would be a terrible idea to pursue a second season of Normal People. Would be doomed to fail. Most film adaptations of books are best one-and-done. “Forced” sequels are unnecessary and only lead to disappointment. Imagine something like “Robert Duvall in TKAM 2: Boo’s Revenge.”

    Would love to hear why Sally Rooney chose the title. Are Cullen and Marianne really “normal people”?(or what defines a “normal” person?).

    Was also quite surprised at the restraint Cullen showed when he had the perfect opportunity to beat Jamie’s ass. And Alan’s, for that matter. As a viewer, admittedly I wanted him to knock out both of them, but Cullen consistently took the high road.

    Y’all discussed Marianne’s remarkable run of godawful boyfriends, and man, all three were bad. Gareth was probably the least offensive. Definitely full of shit, but aside from being a loudmouth he didn’t do anything too horrible. Elitist twit Jamie was very easy to despise, for obvious reasons. There was something chilling about Lukas, though. He seemed like a potential sociopath.

    Enjoyed the series and appreciate the recommendation. Is not something I would have normally gravitated to otherwise.

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    • It’s rare, but some shows are able to pull off a second season when it isn’t warranted. I’m always in the camp of “don’t do it!” Good TKAM joke, by the way.

      As for the title, it’s something we were going to get into but had to cut for time. I do think that it’s a lot to do with the idea that the way they’re acting is normal; people fuck up. Maybe not in these obvious ways, but maybe so.

      I’m glad that we were able to make a recommendation for you and that you could follow us along! We had fun watching the show. Well, we had “fun.” I suppose we did have fun discussing it.

      Oh, and as for Marianne’s boyfriends? Lukas doesn’t quite come off as scary in the book if I remember it correctly.


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