The Lowdown BlogCast – Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

The Lowdown podcast returns with a very special episode. Rather than the usual fun and randominity that you’ve come to expect from us, we’ve a special two-and-a-half hour review of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. We cover everything from the performances to the plot to the dialogue to fan theories about Episodes VIII and IX.

This is a very spoiler-filled review. Spoilers start at about 7:45 of the podcast so this is your warning. If you’re trying to avoid The Force Awakens spoilers, don’t listen until you’ve watched the movie.

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The Lowdown BlogCast: December 24, 2013

It’s only been 18 months since the last episode of the podcast but the boys are back for the annual Lowdown Podcast Christmas Special.

On tonight’s return episode, the boys talk about embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford and the crack video scandal. They move on to entertainment in which they break down the best and worst new shows of the current TV season. For the first time in a Christmas special, the boys talk about their favourite Christmas movies and debate which Christmas movies are so bad that they’re actually good. And the show wraps up with a discussion of the upcoming NHL Stadium Series and some recent NHL suspensions.

It may have been almost 18 months since the last Lowdown podcast but the boys are back in vintage form with a two-hour cast for you.

A quick note before you listen: Due to a software glitch, the guys are out of sync. Therefore, rather than one of them talking and the other answer, it’s recorded as the two often talking over each other. We apologize for the issue but it’s either live with it or scrap the whole thing and forego the podcast.

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Lowdown BlogCast: June 26, 2012

After some six months off, The Lowdown podcast is back with another episode. Today’s episode of the show came on the heals of some big news which Steve and Jackie dissected. The show starts with a discussion and rant about Mass Effect 3 and the Extended Cut ending which was announced the day before taping and released earlier today. That transitions to a discussion of the lack of originality in the movie industry with an increase in the number of reboots and video game movies. Courting controversy, Steve discusses Jerry Sandusky and Chris Brown in the same breath and explains why arguing who is worse is missing the point. Discussion then turns to the NHL draft, the upcoming free agent non-frenzy and superstars on the trading block. The show ends with the boys talking about Fox’s MasterChef and where it’s gone wrong this season.

In total, this return of the podcast chimes in at almost two hours long.

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Lowdown BlogCast: December 23, 2011

It’s time once again for the annual Lowdown Christmas Special. Like last year’s Christmas episode, this year once again brings us a look at the weirdest and wackiest of Christmas music. There are a lot of bands and singers that you’ve heard of that have made bad Christmas music and we have found some pretty embarrassing entries into their musical repertoires. As an added bonus, the boys give you their annual Christmas gift buying guide including what to buy for celebrities as well as the usual ridiculous Lowdown banter that we’re known for.

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Lowdown BlogCast: September 28, 2011

With the 2011-12 NHL season set to kick-off in a week’s time, we’re back with out annual Lowdown NHL season preview podcast. In this edition of the show, the boys start by picking the top fantasy hockey players for the upcoming seasons, some sleepers for the later rounds and where to draft injured players like Crosby and Kesler who will get you a point per game but might miss a significant portion of the season. The talk then turns to the alleged link between fighting and player deaths and discussion as to whether the connection is there or this is the media trying to make money without substantial evidence. Entertainment is up next as Jackie previews the new fall TV season while getting sidetracked constantly by Steve. When Steve takes over entertainment, he leads the discussion about nude celebrity self-portraits that mysteriously “leak” to the internet. After that, we’re back to hockey as the boys pick their division and conference champions and predict the individual award winners. They also talk in-depth about the playoff chances of the Flyers and Maple Leafs. At the end of the show, things go off-track again as Steve and Jackie talk about who would win in a war between zombies and vampires.

In total it’s a whopping 162 minutes of Lowdown action for you to digest. That’s nearly two-and-three-quarters hours of the classic Lowdown fun and frivolity in one podcast.

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Lowdown BlogCast: August 9, 2011

To show that we don’t always take months between podcasts, here’s another episode of The Lowdown BlogCast. This edition starts on a serious note as Steve and Jackie talk about the colossal failure that is the solution to the US Debt Crisis. They then debut the new Lowdown Pub Quiz in which Steve and Jackie compete in a battle of inferior intellect. (Well, at least in Steve’s case.) Hockey talk starts up with a quick analysis of the Winnipeg Jets’ new logos. The boys look at Philadelphia’s “Dry Island” policy that allegedly led to Mike Richards and Jeff Carter getting traded and what say should have in their players’ personal lives. Entertainment features Lights as Jackie’s single of the week and a throwback to the guys’ childhoods in It Came From YouTube. Lights also leads the boys to look at the schedule for UWO’s 2011 O-Week and how it’s changed since their O-Week in 2005. They talk about film nudity after news came out that Olivia Wilde’s nudity in The Change Up was CGI’d in. Entertainment wraps up with a discussion of the upcoming Battleship movie and director Peter Berg’s credits. The show wraps up with the return of the Car Wall as the boys break down another website’s list of eight cars guaranteed to pick up women and determine that it’s catastrophically wrong. In total, we have over two hours of great Lowdown action.

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Lowdown BlogCast: July 19, 2011

After almost seven months off the air, Steve and Jackie are back for Season 4 of The Lowdown BlogCast. The show is off to a typically random start with talk about Google Plus, web browsers and Urban Dictionary definitions (among other things). Things settle down after only 20 minutes into a discussion of the NHL’s free agent frenzy and the big trades that were made in the run up to and after July 1st. The guys talk about the outlook for Philadelphia and Toronto heading into the 2011-12 season. They also examine the effect the ever-increasing salary floor has on contracts with mid-level players. They also talk about the return of the Winnipeg Jets and all the potential marketing missteps that TNSE can make. The talk then shifts to entertainment with reviews of Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Super Eight. The boys also talk about the epic series that was Friday Night Lights. TV talk also covers The Killing, Twin Peaks, Firefly and Castle. The show wraps with a discussion of the eventual failure of Two and a Half Men.

In all, our fourth season premiere is a shade over two hours of the classic Lowdown fun and insanity that you’ve come to expect from us.

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