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July 25, 2019
Recorded live at Con of Thrones 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee, Mal and Jason answer some “would you rather” questions from the audience.
June 8, 2019
Mal and Jason celebrate ‘Game of Thrones’ by giving out various awards for the series. Then, they are joined by special guest Toby Osmond, who played the Prince of Dorne, before the entire ‘Binge Mode’ crew shares their final thoughts on the story.
May 31, 2019
Mal and Jason answer questions submitted by you, the listeners, regarding the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ as well as the series at large.
May 23, 2019
Mal and Jason explore how duty shapes the series finale of ‘Game of Thrones,’ examine the clues for what lies west of Westeros, share seven of their favorite insights and observations from the episode, and award the Champion’s Purse to a surviving pack.
May 16, 2019
Mal and Jason explore how horror shapes the penultimate episode of ‘Game of Thrones,’ examine the history of King’s Landing, share seven of their favorite insights and observations from the episode, and award the Champion’s Purse to a master storyteller.
May 9, 2019
Mal and Jason explore how choice shapes ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4, “The Last of the Starks,” examine the ways to slay a dragon, share seven of their favorite insights and observations, and award the Champion’s Purse to a surging queen.
May 2, 2019
Mal and Jason discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 3, “The Long Night,” by exploring the last stand of humanity, examining the differences between the on-screen Night King and his book counterpart, sharing seven of their favorite insights and observations, and awarding the Champion’s Purse to a heroic assassin.
April 25, 2019
Mal and Jason discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” by exploring the embrace of life in the face of death, examining the history of Winterfell, sharing seven of their favorite insights and observations, and awarding the Champion’s Purse to the truest knight of them all.
April 18, 2019
Mal and Jason discuss the final season premiere of ‘Game of Thrones’ by exploring the various family ties within the episode, explaining the criteria to ride a dragon, sharing seven of their favorite insights and observations from the episode, and awarding the Champion’s Purse to a confident leader.
April 13, 2019
From Jon's parentage reveal to the Prince Who Was Promised to whether Bran is the Night King, Mal and Jason explore the seven most pressing questions for the final season of ‘Game of Thrones.’
April 6, 2019
Mal and Jason answer questions submitted by you, the listeners! Topics include: the most ideal small council, most coveted set props, the fate of Jaime Lannister, and much more.
March 29, 2019
Mal and Jason are joined by actor and comedian Jason Mantzoukas to discuss a plethora of pop culture properties such as 'John Wick' (7:07), 'The Good Place' (15:33), and 'Harry Potter' (20:02), before looking ahead to the final season of 'Game of Thrones' (34:12).
March 23, 2019
Mal and Jason answer questions submitted by you, the listeners! Topics include: our most anticipated reunions, how ‘Thrones’ characters would sort into Hogwarts houses, the best place to live in Westeros, and much more.
March 15, 2019
Live from South by Southwest, Mal and Jason are joined by Chris Ryan to discuss the evolution of their ‘Game of Thrones’ fandom, what they expect to see in Season 8, and much more. Hosts: Mallory Rubin, Jason Concepcion
January 30, 2019
On the final episode of 'Binge Mode: Harry Potter,' The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion share their seven favorite things about 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' after seeing it live, answer your Owl Post in the last all-HP edition of 'Ask the Underscore,' chat about Harry's lasting magic with ESPN's Zach Lowe, and share their final thoughts on what makes this story so magical.
January 25, 2019
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the second film in the adaptation of ‘Deathly Hallows’ through seven different awards.
January 23, 2019
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how the theme of love shapes Chapter 36 and the epilogue of 'Deathly Hallows,' dive into the history of the Elder Wand, share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters, and award the House Cup to The Boy Who Lived.
January 12, 2019
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how the theme of sacrifice shapes chapters 34-35 of 'Deathly Hallows,' dive into J.K Rowling's history with King's Cross station, share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters, and award the House Cup to a selfless hero.
January 3, 2019
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how understanding develops in chapters 32-33 of ‘Deathly Hallows,’ share seven of their insights and observations, and award the House Cup to a courageous man.
December 27, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss answering the call in chapters 29-31 of ‘Deathly Hallows,’ examine the Hogwarts founders, share seven of their favorite insights and observations, and award the House Cup to Hogwarts' defenders.
December 14, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how commitment shapes chapters 26-28 of ‘Deathly Hallows,’ examine goblins in the wizarding world, share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters, and award the House Cup to the fearless leader of the Gringotts heist.
December 11, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the film adaptation of ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ through seven different awards.
December 8, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss choice in chapters 23-25 of ‘Deathly Hallows,’ examine the wand-making process, share seven of their favorite insights and observations, and award the House Cup to a free elf.
December 4, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how symbols shape chapters 20-22 of ‘Deathly Hallows’, examine technology in the wizarding world, share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters, and award the House Cup to one who greets death as a friend.
November 28, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how doubt permeates chapters 18-19 of ‘Deathly Hallows,’ examine the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy, share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters, and award the House Cup to a worthy Gryffindor.
November 22, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore chapters 15-17 of ‘Deathly Hallows’ through the lens of testing faith, examine the Potter family history, share seven of their favorite insights and observations, and award the House Cup to loving parents.
November 20, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the latest wizarding world prequel film, ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,’ through seven different awards.
November 16, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the first spinoff prequel film ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ through seven different awards.
November 9, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how characters enter the belly of the beast in chapters 12-14 of ‘Deathly Hallows’, examine illnesses in the Wizarding World, share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters, and award the House Cup to indispensable teammates.
November 6, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how trust shapes chapters 9-11 of ‘Deathly Hallows’ (4:42), examine House Elves (1:28:40), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:33:02), and award the House Cup to a new ally (1:36:53).
November 4, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how puzzles shape chapters 7-8 of ‘Deathly Hallows’ (6:15), examine the sword of Godric Gryffindor (1:23:52), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:29:40), and award the House Cup to a brilliant witch (1:34:06).
November 1, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the cost of war in chapters 4-6 of ‘Deathly Hallows’ (6:24), examine owls in the wizarding world (1:34:16), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:40:50), and award the House Cup to a fierce protector (1:45:01).
October 29, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss fallout in the first three chapters of ‘Deathly Hallows’ (7:39), examine the history of the Malfoy family (1:19:43), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:27:15), and award the House Cup to an ascending Dark Lord (1:35:13).
October 24, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the film adaptation of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ through seven different awards.
October 22, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how characters assume the mantle in chapters 29-30 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (6:11), examine werewolves (1:26:33), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:32:24), and award the House Cup to a true lover (1:36:29).
October 15, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how burdens shape chapters 27-28 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (6:16); examine the killing curse, Avada Kedavra (1:13:01); share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:16:57); and award the House Cup to the titular prince (1:21:43).
October 11, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the theme of facing the darkness in chapters 24-26 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (7:29), examine the inferi (1:54:06), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:59:17), and award the House Cup to a professor and his pupil (2:03:50).
October 2, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss clarity in chapters 20-23 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (4:33), examine the history of Horcruxes (1:40:11), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:44:54), and award the House Cup to a wise headmaster (1:49:38).
October 1, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss moves and countermoves in chapters 16-19 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (4:53), examine love potions (1:35:50), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:40:16), and award the House Cup to a life-saving friend (1:44:56).
September 29, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore warning signs in chapters 12-15 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (6:03), examine Felix Felicis (1:43:37), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:48:29), and award the House Cup to a prolific scorer (1:52:37).
September 26, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss tutelage in chapters 8-11 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (5:25), examine the history of the Gaunt family (1:22:38), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:28:16), and award the House Cup to an ostensible potions prodigy (1:33:41).
September 25, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore allegiances in chapters 3-7 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (6:10), examine the Hogwarts Express (1:30:50), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:36:54), and award the House Cup to a fledgling Death Eater (1:41:48).
September 24, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the first two chapters of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ through the lens of perspective (6:50), examine the office of minister of magic (1:29:40), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:35:45), and award the House Cup to a double agent (1:41:22).
September 18, 2018
In the second all–'Harry Potter' edition of ‘Ask the Underscore,’ The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion answer questions submitted by you, the listeners! Topics include the rescue-mission dream team, the best Hogwarts class to teach, useful muggle inventions for wizards, and favorite memories to produce a full patronus.
September 10, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the film adaptation of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ through seven different awards.
September 8, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore remorse in the final two chapters of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (5:59), examine the portraits at Hogwarts (1:12:41), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:17:29), and award the House Cup to a comforting friend (1:22:12).
September 6, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how recklessness impacts chapters 34-36 of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (6:06), examine the history of duels in the wizarding world (1:12:43), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:18:02), and award the House Cup to the only wizard Voldemort ever feared (1:25:27).
September 4, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss subterfuge in chapters 29-33 of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (5:40), examine the Forbidden Forest (1:25:38), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:30:03), and award the House Cup to the head of Gryffindor House (1:33:51).
September 3, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore chapters 24-28 of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ through the lens of the battle within (5:10), examine publications in the wizarding world (1:34:20), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:39:03), and award the House Cup to the brightest witch of her age (1:44:46).
August 31, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how loss of control shapes ch. 20-23 of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (4:39), examine St. Mungo’s Hospital (1:08:27), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:11:37), and award the House Cup to Gryffindor’s newest seeker (1:15:58).
August 30, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss resistance in chapters 15-19 of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (5:25), explore Dolores Umbridge’s career (1:09:56), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:15:26), and award the House Cup to the architect of Dumbledore's Army (1:21:05).
August 29, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore harbingers in chapters 10-14 of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (4:40), examine thestrals (1:15:49), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:20:10), and award the House Cup to a thinking cap (1:26:43).
August 28, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how battle lines shape chapters 6-9 in ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (6:08), examine the Wizengamot (1:11:58), share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:15:32), and award the House Cup to the legendary Hogwarts headmaster (1:21:48).
August 27, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore disillusionment in chapters 1-5 of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ (4:59), examine dementors (1:14:03), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:19:40), and award the House Cup to Harry’s fierce godfather (1:27:36).
August 23, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion are joined by Chris Rankin of the ‘Harry Potter’ films to discuss his favorite memories from filming ‘Potter,’ advice for young actors, starting a blog, and more. Visit Chris’s website at https://www.chrisrankin.co.uk/ to read the blog posts that are discussed.
August 20, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion are joined by Melissa Anelli, author and CEO of Mischief Management, to chronicle the evolution and impact of Harry Potter fandom.
August 9, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the film adaptation of ‘Goblet of Fire’ through seven different awards.
August 8, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss truth in chapters 35-37 of ‘Goblet of Fire’ (06:30), examine the Animagus (1:08:17), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:14:57), and award the House Cup to the mightiest wizard of them all (1:21:35).
August 7, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss the loss of innocence in chapters 31-34 of ‘Goblet of Fire’ (05:57), examine Death Eaters (1:09:56), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:15:55), and award the House Cup to the Dark Lord (1:21:43).
August 6, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss secrets from the past in chapters 27-30 of ‘Goblet of Fire’ (4:00), examine the Pensieve (1:02:00), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:07:40), and award the House Cup to a cave-dwelling dog (1:14:30).
August 3, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss maturation in chapters 21-26 of ‘Goblet of Fire’ (5:10), examine the Great Lake of Hogwarts (1:18:36), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:22:05), and award the House Cup to our heroine (1:28:02).
August 2, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss chapters 16-20 of ‘Goblet of Fire’ through the lens of isolation (5:38), examine wizarding schools outside of Hogwarts (1:12:40), share seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:20:46), and award the House Cup to the youngest Triwizard champion (1:26:47).
August 1, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore expanding horizons in chapters 11-15 of ‘Goblet of Fire’ (6:04), examine aurors (1:02:34), share their seven favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:07:32), and award the House Cup to the new professor for Defense Against the Dark Arts (1:16:32).
July 31, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how light and dark interact throughout chapters 6-10 of ‘Goblet of Fire’ (3:58), examine Portkeys (59:19), share their seven favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:06:46), and award the House Cup to a prodigious young Quidditch star (1:19:03).
July 30, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the clash of worlds in the first five chapters of ‘Goblet of Fire’ (10:24), examine the Floo Network (57:15), share their seven favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:03:00), and award the House Cup to an infamous sorcerer (1:09:31).
July 23, 2018
In this all-'Harry Potter' edition of ‘Ask The Underscore,’ The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion answer questions submitted by you, the listeners! Topics include: ranking the Harry Potter books, spin-off story ideas, favorite minor characters, pre-plumbing practices for wizards, and more.
July 13, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the film adaptation of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ through seven different awards.
July 12, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss communication and reconciliation in the climactic final chapters of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ (4:16), explore Time-Turners (1:12:19), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:17:23), and award the House Cup to a precocious witch (1:21:17).
July 11, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss how force of will drives chapters 11-15 of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ (10:56), explore the Patronus Charm (46:15), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (52:27), and award the House Cup to our protagonist (1:00:55).
July 10, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss how humiliation affects chapters 6-10 of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ (14:35), explore the Marauder’s Map (1:07:34), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:14:04), and award the House Cup to the professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts (1:22:17).
July 9, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss the first five chapters of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ through the lens of fear (11:39), explore the Knight Bus (57:59), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:02:12), and award the House Cup to a most-wanted wizard (1:07:38).
July 2, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion share their seven favorite things from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (5:30). Then, they speak to Universal’s Eric Hunt about producing attractions based on J.K. Rowling’s creations (25:37) and Universal’s Michael Aiello about crafting live performances within the park (43:17).
June 29, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ghosts of the past in the film adaptation of ‘Chamber of Secrets’ (6:23), examine the screen version of Gilderoy Lockhart (1:08:58), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from the movie (1:14:01), and award the House Cup to the titular hero (1:18:41).
June 28, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss chapters 15 to 18 of ‘Chamber of Secrets’ through the lens of revelations (12:48), examine phoenixes (56:32), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:02:20), and award the House Cup to a faithful pet (1:08:18).
June 27, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss how identity shapes chapters 11-14 of ‘Chamber of Secrets’ (12:10), explore Polyjuice Potion (56:04), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:04:10), and award the House Cup to a memory (1:09:59).
June 26, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss how pride and prejudice manifest in chapters 6-10 of ‘Chamber of Secrets’ (12:30), examine the ghosts of Hogwarts (50:52), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (59:23), and award the House Cup to our precocious heroine (1:05:19).
June 25, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss the first five chapters of 'Chamber of Secrets' and the theme of obstacles (13:34), explain the Whomping Willow (52:21), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (58:50), and award the House Cup to the Weasley family (1:07:50).
June 18, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion answer listener-submitted questions about everyone's favorite magical sport in a special Quidditch-themed edition of Ask The Underscore (4:06). Then, they are joined by U.S. Quidditch co-founder Alicia Radford to discuss the real-life rendition of the sport (35:57).
June 15, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss how expectations shape the film adaptation of ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’ (5:30), explain how the actors were discovered (1:03:44), highlight seven insights and observations from the film (1:08:21), and award the House Cup to the studio that brought Harry to the big screen (1:12:59). You can purchase ‘Binge Mode: Harry Potter’ T-shirts at theringer.com/shop.
June 14, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss courage in the last three chapters of 'Sorcerer's Stone' (11:20), explore the mythical item at the center of this novel (1:02:13), highlight seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:07:28), and award the House Cup to a bold member of Gryffindor (1:11:59). You can purchase ‘Binge Mode: Harry Potter’ T-shirts at theringer.com/shop.
June 13, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss how longing shapes chapters 11-14 of 'Sorcerer's Stone' (13:27), explore dragons in the wizarding world (53:07), list seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:01:01), and award the House Cup to the titular character (1:09:53). You can purchase ‘Binge Mode: Harry Potter’ T-shirts at theringer.com/shop.
June 12, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss chapters 6-10 of 'Sorcerer's Stone' through the lens of friends and foes (13:01), examine the Sorting Hat's function in the magical world (56:15), list seven of their favorite insights and observations from these chapters (1:03:45), and award the House Cup to a red-headed pal (1:10:48). You can purchase ‘Binge Mode: Harry Potter’ T-shirts at theringer.com/shop.
June 11, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss the first five chapters of 'Sorcerer's Stone' and the theme of discovery (11:31), delve into the Gringotts Wizarding bank (1:03:01), list seven of their favorite insights and observations from the chapters (1:10:33), and award the House Cup to the friendly half-giant, Rubeus Hagrid (1:14:40). You can purchase ‘Binge Mode: Harry Potter’ T-shirts at theringer.com/shop.
June 8, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion return to take their signature deep dives into 'Harry Potter,' covering all the books and movies as well as the extended 'Potter' universe.
June 7, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss seven things they reassessed while binge-watching all 67 episodes of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones.’
May 31, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the theme of beginnings in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ (11:33), explain how the Han Solo character originally came about (41:02), rank seven questions they want to see answered in a potential sequel (43:57), and award the champion’s purse to a fierce droid (52:55).
May 24, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss the use of satire in ‘Deadpool 2’ (14:42), explain the origins of the titular character (42:22), list seven notable celebrity cameos in the film (49:02), and award the champion’s purse to Domino (52:39).
May 3, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the theme of sacrifice in Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (14:52), theorize on how the heroes could make a comeback against Thanos (53:02), list seven of their favorite moments from the blockbuster (1:02:11), and award the champion’s purse to the villain of the movie (1:07:33). Purchase new 'Binge Mode: Harry Potter' merch at bit.ly/ringershop.
April 19, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the theme of free will in the latter half of ‘Westworld’ Season 1 (22:33), explain the title of the penultimate episode (56:57), celebrate the leader of the hosts’ rebellion (1:02:18), and list seven of the things they're most looking forward to in Season 2 (1:04:08).
April 13, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion examine how Season 1 of ‘Westworld’ explores the concept of consciousness (16:49), explain the theory of bicameralism (51:56), list seven of their favorite hints the showrunners included for audience speculation (55:19), and crown the cocreator of the fictional world (65:30).
April 5, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion debate the pros and cons of virtual reality in ‘Ready Player One’ (9:00), draw parallels to real-life video games (50:35), list seven of their favorite pop culture references in the movie (55:45), and highlight the nostalgia weaved through the story (61:15). For more on ‘Ready Player One,’ check out The Ringer’s coverage here. And pre-order new Ringer merch at http://bit.ly/ringershop
March 29, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion answer questions submitted by you, the listeners! Topics include: 'Ready Player One,' March Madness, MLB Opening Day, a hypothetical 'Game of Thrones'–'Billions' crossover, and, of course, 'Harry Potter.' For context on Jason’s “lifelong Yankees fandom,” please check out ‘The NBA Fan’s Guide to the World Series’ on Channel 33 from last October (1:02:01—1:07:05) on Apple Podcasts, ART19, or wherever you get your podcasts. Also, you can preorder new Ringer merchandise at http://bit.ly/ringershop.
March 24, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how hubris drives the main characters’ actions in Season 2 of the Showtime original series ‘Billions’ (17:50), explain the history behind an iconic New York City restaurant (1:09:57), list seven notable film references in the sophomore season (1:12:55), and crown Axe Cap's star prodigy (1:17:41).
March 22, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how power dynamics define the central characters in Season 1 of the Showtime original series ‘Billions’ (13:22), discuss Bobby Axelrod’s real-life counterpart (1:06:52), rank seven of their favorite lines from Mike “Wags” Wagner (1:10:02), and celebrate the woman caught between the two central adversaries (1:15:33). For the full backstory on Bobby Axelrod’s inspiration, Steve Cohen, read Katie Baker’s piece on The Ringer.
March 15, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how the past haunts characters in the sophomore season of ‘Jessica Jones’ (16:08), discuss a fictional New York City prison in the Marvel Universe (50:52), highlight seven of the strangest Trish Walker moments from the season (56:17), and award the champion’s purse to the women who created the show (1:05:06).
March 8, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the theme of control in Season 1 of ‘Jessica Jones’ (11:42), discuss the history of the hero and her creator (1:00:23), list seven of their favorite Marvel Easter eggs from the 13 episodes (1:06:14), and crown the titular hero (1:12:17).
March 2, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the theme of self-destruction in the enigmatic sci-fi film ‘Annihilation’ (13:18), discuss the notable differences between the film adaptation and the original novella (31:46), analyze the film’s recurring musical motif (52:49), list seven stories similar to the movie (1:00:32), and crown an increasingly popular genre (01:10:18). For more ‘Annihilation’ coverage, check out:The Ringer staff’s exit survey on the filmWriter-director Alex Garland on ‘The Big Picture’Novelist Jeff VanderMeer on ‘The Watch’Rob Harvilla’s Jeff VanderMeer profileTessa Thompson on ‘Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air’‘The Watch’ discussion on the film
February 22, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss the relationship between power and responsibility in ‘Black Panther’ (10:40), explore the advanced technologies of Wakanda (45:33), list seven of their favorite details from the film (53:36), and champion the women of Wakanda (61:20). Link - The Ringer's story stream on 'Black Panther'
February 15, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how Marvel films have maintained their success (8:11), review the comic books that inspired the films (55:58), list seven of their favorite post-credit scenes (59:04), and crown the mastermind behind the franchise (64:32). Link: The Ringer's Superhero Draft
February 8, 2018
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion answer questions submitted by you, the listeners! Topics include: Super Bowl memories, ‘Star Wars’ spin-offs, ‘Altered Carbon,’ new ‘Solo’ and ‘Westworld’ trailers, ‘Game of Thrones’ hypotheticals, and more.
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