October 11, 2011

TV-to-Movie Adaptations: The Demented Podcast

Last week, I made a guest appearance on The Demented Podcast, an excellent show that you should be listening to regularly. The hosts are Nick Jobe of Random Ramblings of a Demented Doorknob and Steve Honeywell of 1001 Plus. The podcast was originally a solo venture for Nick, but he joined forces with Steve a few episodes ago. They cover two movies each week based on a certain theme and then put the guests through The Tower, a ridiculously hard game that tests movie knowledge. The result is an enjoyable mix of smart and low-brow topics that varies dramatically based on the movies. I was nervous about conquering The Tower, but I made a few lucky guesses and did surprisingly well.

Our topic for Episode 24 was TV-to-Movie adaptations, which are tricky and rarely equal the original show's creative success. The exception is Joss Whedon's Serenity, a continuation of the short-lived series Firefly. It was cancelled halfway into its first season, but fans discovered it on DVD, and the rest is history. I'm a huge fan of both the TV show and the movie, so it was fun to get the chance to discuss this movie. On the other hand, the second choice is The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan's disastrous 2010 adaptation of the excellent Avatar: The Last Airbender Nickelodeon series. Even when you consider the fact that he's shifting from animation to live action, it's still an awful movie. Check out this episode and let me know what you think!


  1. I think it's my favorite episode so far--not in any way a slam on our previous guests--but because the topic was so much fun. It was really fun to talk about such a great film, and it was really cathartic to bash such a bad one.

  2. You are doing a few of these podcasts hey?

    Maybe I should have a go, although I really do not think I know enough to sound good.


  3. Scott, I think it just depends on the topic. In this case, I knew a lot about Firefly and Serenity, so that made it easier.

    Steve, it was definitely a great topic, which made the discussion a lot of fun. Thanks again for having me on the show!