RN S05E05 - Shades Of Gray

Shades Of Gray

Shades Of Gray

What do you do when you realise that it's 2230 on the night before the big project is due?

Why, you look back through the work you've already published and copy/paste it all together and keep your fingers crossed  that no one notices!

Unfortunately, the bits of this episode that were used to glue the recycled parts together were pretty awful, but what can you do when you've blown all the budget on the rest of the season?

This episode is pretty much universally regarded as the worst episode of the entire show.

This week we watched Shades Of Gray to see if we felt the same way!

RN S05E04 - The Measure Of A Man

The Measure Of A Man

The Measure Of A Man

Lt Cdr Data: Man or Toaster?

It's a deep, philosophical question at the heart of this weeks episode now that we've jumped ahead to the middle of season 2!

According to Wikipedia this is considered to be the first of the great episodes from the show, which is good timing after the last couple we've watched!

The uniforms might not be right yet, and the Doctor is still Lady Bones, but everyone else seems to have slotted nicely into their familiar roles. Including Cdr Riker's beard!

RN S05E03 - The Naked Now

The Naked Now

The Naked Now

Why you would choose to re-hash the plot of an old episode for the second outing of your new crew is beyond us, but thats what they did.

Also why you would make the crew act so out of character before they've had time to establish what they actually are is also beyond us.

This is one hell of a goof fest of an episode, but it does have some of the most memorable one liners of the entire series.

"Humans have pores. I have pores... If you prick me, do I not... leak?"

This week we watched The Naked Time.

No, wait: This week we watched The Naked Now!

RN S05E02 - Encounter At Farpoint

Encounter At Farpoint

Encounter At Farpoint

A sensible choice of where to start with TNG is right at the beginning. Which is exactly what we've chosen to do!

As with all the rest of the two-part episodes we're watching this season we're watching both of them back to back as one feature length episode.

In an episode of may firsts (encounter with Q, separation of the saucer section, assembly of the crew to name but a few) it does raise one important question: How the hell did this get a second episode, let alone another 176, four feature films and two spin off series?

(Spoiler alert: it got a lot better!)

Come join us as we set sail aboard the Enterprise-D with #notmycrew!

 

RN S05E01 - Season 5 Preview

Season 5 Preview

Season 5 Preview

It's been a while, but the boys are back and it's time for a new Generation!

This is a slight break with the original premise of Remedial Nerding, but taking The Empire Strikes Back as our precedent, we've decided to do a season on Star Trek The Next Generation. We've not found a list of episodes this time (well, we did, but it had 40 of them) and rather than spend the next few years doing nothing else we've picked our own 15 from all seven seasons.

This week we'll be chatting about which ones we've picked and see who can remember what from episode names alone.

Make it so!

RN S04E16 - The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

I know we've all seen this one before so it therefore doesn't really fulfil our criteria for inclusion, well, I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further.

I wouldn't be able to look myself in the mirror and call myself a nerd if I just went on to iTunes and downloaded the Special Edition version, so we decided to watch the Despecialized Edition instead. We talk about it in the show a bit, but if you're interested in it of course theres a Wikipedia page about it!

Another thing that gets mentioned is Machete order for viewing the entire saga. We touch on it in the episode, but you're better off going to the source for a detailed discussion on it. Would you like to know more?

This is the last outing in this season of Remedial Nerding, but don't worry: we'll be back in 2018 when we've finished the transition from a galaxy far, far away to the final frontier.

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RN S04E15 - Shutter Island

Shutter Island

Shutter Island

It's been a while since we've had a film that divides the opinions of the Nerds, so it's a good job that this week's film has!

What if Remedial Nerding is all just an elaborate role play? One of the Nerds is actually criminally insane, one is actually his doctor and the other is just a freeloader along for the ride and some free coffee.

Or maybe we're all just catastrophically tired and ended up watching a 1950's style Noir psychological thriller at a vulnerable moment...

Either way, I know I want to go on holiday to... Shutter Island!

RN S04E14 - Lucky Number Slevin

Lucky Number Slevin

Lucky Number Slevin

Mr. Goodkat: The reason I'm in town, in case you're wondering, is because of a Kansas City Shuffle. 

Nick: What's a Kansas City Shuffle? 

Mr. Goodkat: A Kansas City Shuffle is when everybody looks right, you go left. 

We didn't go left or right, but instead went and watched the film over a week before we managed to record the show.  I wonder if you can tell that from listening to it?

There's only one way to find out: listen to us discuss Lucky Number Slevin!

RN S04E13 - Oblivion

Oblivion

Oblivion

Are we an effective team? Please say we are, otherwise I'm worried that Siri might transform our phones into rampaging drones and wipe us all out before we can get to the end of Season 4!

With a fantastic art style, a sound track that'll make your hairs stand on end and some truly special visual effects this film is certainly a memorable watch. Yes, there are a few holes in the plot, but they don't detract from the experience.

This week we watched: Oblivion.

RN S04E12 - Memento

Memento

Memento

This week we watched Memento; you should too so you can find out if you can keep up with what the hell is going on!

It's been a couple of weeks since we last graced your eardrums, but we've been hard at work trying to decide of this week's film is more or less Nolan than The Prestige was.

We seem to have reached peak this with this one too, as there seems to be a new one every other scene (which, if you've done your home work, should make sense!)

RNS04E11 - The Wicker Man (1973)

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NOT THE BEES! NOT THE BEES! It's ok, there's no bees in this episode, but there are some weird sexy snails...

On a scale 1 to bat shit insane this is super weird! Lets just say that the Nerds weren't impressed with this as a film, but at least they're speaking from a position of understanding now.

If you haven't guessed, we watched the original 1973 version of The Wicker Man this week. Or last week. Or maybe the week before...

Oh yeah, we forgot to say that we've decided that every week is too much work and every three weeks is too long to keep track of what's occurring, so we're going to split the difference and go for fortnightly episodes!

RN S04E10 - The Village

The Village

The Village

Don't worry everyone, we've not gotten lost in the woods! Remedial Nerding is back after an (unscheduled) break in proceedings.

This week sees our last outing (for this season at least) into the weird world of M. Night Sahamalamalamalan. Thats how it's spelt, right?

This is very much a film of three parts;, the first one being a really effective psychological thriller/horror, the second being some sort of Pride and Prejudice love triangle caper and the third part is... neither of those things.

This week it's time to watch The Village.

RN S04E09 - Fight Club

Fight Club

Fight Club

Having used the Rule 1, Rule 2 trope several times (including in this episode) we won't subject you to it again here!

Although this is one we've all seen before (some more recently than others, as there was only a 2/3 success rate in homework completion this week) it does provide some new insight into the film, watching it with a critical eye, rather than a half drunk one 15 years ago.

It's a film full of unlikeable characters doing questionable things that comes together to make a film that is both intriguing and compelling.

This week we're discussing Fight Club.

Wait, I didn't realise that Jared Leto is in this!

RN S04E08 - Soylent Green

Soylent Green

Soylent Green

This weeks episode is brought to you by: Soylent Yellow, and Soylent Red.

Another oldie but a goodie sees us watching Charlton Heston turn his acting up to 11 (again) and engage in some Kirk-Fu as he investigates a murder, whilst also accidentally uncovering a massive conspiracy!

Due to its enormous popularity, Soylent Green is in short supply, so remember - Tuesday is Soylent Green day.

RN S04E07 - The Prestige

The Prestige

The Prestige

Welcome to Batman and Wolverine's magic show, where all your hopes and dreams will be destroyed!

With more twists than a mountain pass and more jumping through time than a Time Lord with the shakes this week we're off to the 19th century for some intrigue, science and good old fashioned rivalry.

As well as Batman and Wolverine we've also got: Alfred, Jareth the Goblin King, Black Widow and Gollum with a human face to entertain us!

Fortunately for us, agreeing on how good a film is doesn't mean we don't have anything to talk about. This week we watched, and really enjoyed, The Prestige!

RN S04E06 - KOTOR

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STATEMENT: A video game might be slightly outside our original remit, but given the number of times this one has already come up in conversation while we've been making the podcast it was only a matter of time really.

CLARIFICATION: I know we've all already played this too, but it's got such a monumental twist and is such a good tie in to and existing IP that we just couldn't pass it by.

EXPLANATION: This week we're discussing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the 2003 RPG by Bioware. You can pick it up on steam/iOS if you haven't had the pleasure before. It's got an awesome cost:entertainment ratio!

VEILED THREAT: Come and listen organic meatbags!

RN S04E05 - The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

Ok, the more observant of you may have noticed last week that we said that this was coming and realised that it wasn't supposed to be. Well, we (I) messed the order up, but rather than render the end of the last episode redundant we've decided to own it! It also means that Dan has got another week to escape the apartment on Taris... (you'll find out about that next week!)

This turns out to be a masterclass in storytelling, which is probably why it won an Oscar for Best Screenplay, that doesn't suffer as a film for knowing the twist ahead of time.

Just who the hell is Kaiser Soze, and how the hell do you pronounce his name anyway?

Do what we did, and watch: The Usual Suspects

RN S04E04 - The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense

With one of the most memorable lines in 20th century cinema it's time for 2/3 of the Nerds to catch up on the first of our M. Night Shyamalan films in this season: The Sixth Sense.

Even for the Nerd who had already seen it there's something new this time around. Forewarned is forearmed, and once you know to look out for the colour red you'll spot it everywhere!

"I see dead people!"

RN S04E03 - Planet Of The Apes

Planet Of The Apes

Planet Of The Apes

This week we watched a Sci-Fi classic, which touches on the dangers of smoking on the flight deck of your space ship, attending the same overacting classes as William Shatner and letting the world get taken over by damn, dirty apes!

It's also possible that the relativity effect used as a plot device in the film has bled into the real world and altered the passage of time for one of the nerds, but it's also possible that Dan just hasn't had enough sleep this week.

RN S04E02 - Blade Runner (The Final Cut)

Blade Runner (The Final Cut)

Blade Runner (The Final Cut)

There's quite a difference of opinion about this one, ranging from "7/10 but I wouldn't watch again inside of a decade" to "This is my new joint favourite film, how have I never seen this before?".

Some of this may be down to one of the nerds not managing to catch the right version (thanks to the fellow Nerds on wikipedia for filling in the gaps!), but mostly it's just down to not all of us being alike.

Besides, the world would be a dull place if every nerd agreed about everything!