Taking It Down 88: Ted Lasso, Pen15, and What We Do In The Shadows

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We at Taking It Down won’t let Covid talk (1:15) or football gab (2:01) stop us from opining on a movie we’ve never seen, Shang-Chi: The Legend of the Ten Rings (9:28). From there, we talk about The Discourse surrounding Ted Lasso (13:04). After that, we examine the one episode of Pen15 which featured the girls in animation (25:01) and worked well. There are bits about Mr. Corman from Apple TV+ (31:49) before some dissection of this week’s high drama episode of The Challenge (33:29). The final bit is to determine just how funny What We Do In The Shadows is, now in its third season on FXX and Hulu (44:02).

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2 comments on “Taking It Down 88: Ted Lasso, Pen15, and What We Do In The Shadows

  1. Great edition, as always, guys.

    I am really interested to see how Ted Lasso addresses the situation with Nate. One thing I keep reading online is that viewers have completely turned on Nate and now view him as some sort of villain. Clearly, these people have never experienced bullying and/or self-esteem issues like this character. By no means am I excusing his behavior in this latest episode – he’s acting like a complete asshole. But I get it. This guy’s newfound confidence has put him in a place he has never been before, yet he remains extremely vulnerable and fragile emotionally. This is why he takes such offense to the one mean tweet. The scars from the bullying of the past have not yet begun to heal, and his reponse now is pure anger. And it’s turning him into a bully himself, as he unfairly takes out his rage on well-intentioned new kit man Will. If I had to bet, I’d say that one of the writers went through a similar situation in life. Fascinated to see how this plays out over the rest of the season.

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    • Yeah, you’re right. I think that’s exactly what’s up with Nate. I do think it’s jarring to a degree as his being picked on in the first season was played for laughs and now it’s turned serious.

      Thanks for listening!


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