In this One Off, Dave and Steve delve into DC’s darkest detective, with Season 2, Episode 18 of Batman: The Animated Series. Come to hear them talk about the value of framed narratives and why Dave hates live action superheroes, stay for the fight they get into about toys. iTunes’ description for this episode is, “While hiding from the police, Batman’s deadliest enemies exchange stories about their mutual nemesis–Batman.”
- “Almost Got ‘Im” is available on iTunes
- While One Offs is bound to respect the grammar and punctuation choices of television shows, let the record state that the editor firmly believes this episode should be titled “Almost Got ‘Em”.
- Steve answers a question that Dave didn’t ask, proving that he wasn’t listening in the first place.
- Dave says something ridiculous and then makes fun of Steve for saying something ridiculous.
- Dave thinks Steve likes bad television.
- Dave is one-face ableist.
- Steve talks about effective units.
- Steve doesn’t mind if people call him simple.
- Just to be clear, Steve, your biggest conceptual problem with Batman is that the Batmobile is self-driving?
- Neither Dave nor Steve can remember the details of the 1966 Batman film. For shame, you two. For shame.
- Steve thinks Dave is being insulting to our vast contingent of Australian listeners, but it might be Steve who is the insulting one.
- Raise your hand if you come to One Offs for diuscussions of German expressionism in cinema.
- The moral of superhero cartoons is obviously “crime never pays — unless your crime is being a vigilante”.
- Dave’s pronunciation of Harley Quinn is absolutely absurd.
Episode 66, ‘He’s not a hero’, on Logan
Is The Style Guide back or did Dave and Steve just really want to talk about Logan? Probably the latter, given that One Offs has launched and they’re busy talking television (and you should all check that out). So appreciate them while they’re here folks. This week, the gang join almost everyone on the Internet to talk about Logan and how awesome a film it is.
- Intro Clip: Logan
- While normally The Style Guide isn’t in the habit of pointing its audience elsewhere before the podcast has even started, both Movies with Mikey and Nerdwriter offered great takes on Logan.
- Dave offers the smoothest topic segue ever.
- As you have all missed, Steve is quick to drop a terrible joke.
- Has Steve always pronounced “for” as “fur”? Really?
- Orr is on a last name basis with Xavier, whereas Dave respects the office enough to call him Professor X.
- Oh sure, guys, ignore the importance of the Blade series, just because you’re racist against daywalking vampires.
- Does Dave really really not care that Steve calls Tobey Maguire “Superman”?
- With thanks (apologies?) to Silverchair and Pearl Jam.
- As he co-hosts a podcast about a superhero movie based on a comic book character, Dave calls Steve a nerd.
- In some ways, Logan is a gritty reboot of Beavis and Butt-head Do America.
- Dave likes it when Hugh Jackman is desperate.
- Dave and Steve are clearly in love with the aesthetic of this movie. Get a room.
- Dave’s parenting ethos seems kinda harsh.
- Under what grounds does X-24 count as a robot, Steve? Didn’t you do a bunch of episodes on the topic?
- In a fight against the dark versions of themselves, Dave Prime and Steve Prime would probably lose.
- Case in point: Steve does a perfect imitation of a sad fawn.
- Dave can’t help but bring up Die Hard.
- Dave has decided to exclusively watch rom-coms from now on.
Hold onto your headphones everyone. Four months after teasing the series, we’re finally launching the podcast. In this week’s One Off, Dave and Steve return to the hottest show of the 90s (and early 00s) with Season 3, Episode 2 of Friends. Learn how they try to manipulate the people around them, sometimes into being better people and sometimes into not paying for coffee. Netflix’s description for this week’s episode is, “In a race against the clock, Ross tries to get the gang dressed and ready for a black-tie benefit at the museum.”
- “The One Where No One’s Ready” is available on Netflix or iTunes
- Steve does not ease into the episode at all. This causes Dave to laugh, not because he finds it funny but because he is uncomfortable.
- Dave tries to get Steve to drink his dude thing.
- Steve is concerned about the health of Ross and Rachel’s relationship.
- Steve admits that past-Steve was dumb.
- This episode gives the audience some insight into how Dave and Steve think about the world: like weirdos.
- Steve sexually identifies with this scene from Community.
- Steve shares one of his more banal life goals.
- Dave worries about being a vampire.
- If you invite Dave out for coffee, beware his power moves.
- Steve and Dave really know how to bring an episode home for their audience: five minutes of philosophy, baby.
This week’s pilot for One Offs takes Dave and Steve into familiar territory with Season 4, Episode 10 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Listen as they boldly go where millions of people have gone before through a discussion of holodecks, Christmas episodes, and Bond girls. According to Netflix, in this week’s episode “Bashir is enjoying a holosuit program that casts him as a super suave, 1960s Earth secret agent when Garak intrudes on his fantasy.”
- “Our Man Bashir” is available on Netflix or iTunes.
- Netflix suggests that ‘Our Man Bashir’ is the ninth episode of the season, because it is a liar.
- Dave worries about his fantasies becoming reality.
- Steve and Dave give a shoutout to the unsung hero of the Trek-verse: Reginald Barclay.
- Steve and Dave forget what century it is.
- This episode says a lot more about Dave and Steve than it does about Star Trek.
- Is Netflix ruining Christmas episodes?
- Mona Luvsit is the height of subtly in comparison to some of the actual Bond girl names. See: Molly Warmflesh or Holly Goodhead.
- It seems absolutely ridiculous to use the term “James Bond nerds”. Is nothing sacred anymore, Steve?
- Dave thinks television shows should be a little more conversation, a little less action please.
- Steve doesn’t seem to have the courage of his convictions.
- In case anyone had any doubts, Steve was a young nerd.
One-Offs is a new podcast by Dave Morris and Steven Ray Orr, the creative minds behind The Style Guide and Question Period. In this podcast they will discuss storytelling, ideas, and life through the lens of a single episode of a television show watched out of context.
They only have three rules: No Pilots – No Recaps – No Hate Watching.
Episode 65, ‘We know how television works’, on cliffhangers
This week, Dave and Steve return with an episode dedicated to cliffhangers throughout cinema, television, and literature. In doing so, they also take a bit of a journey through a wide range of past episodes of The Style Guide. Perhaps fittingly, because our intrepid hosts are going to go on a hiatus for a while and leave what happens next a cliffhanger of their own. Don’t worry, constant listeners. Dave and Steve will be back soon enough, bringing their usual charm and style to your eagerly awaiting ears — although maybe it won’t all be quite so stylish… Cue the suspenseful music.
- Intro Clip: Batman, Marsha, Queen of Diamonds 01×57.
- Dave’s eclectic music taste strikes again.
- Steve and Dave define cliffhangers without once referencing Thomas Hardy’s A Pair of Blue Eyes nor The Perils of Pauline. Amateurs.
- We get it. You guys love Back to the Future.
- This episode has more spoilers than your average outing from The Style Guide.
- For no particular reason, here’s a Buzzfeed article on why telenovelas are better than soap operas.
- Is the Harry Potter series so fundmental that you don’t even need to use the title when talking about them? Is saying “Book Four” without any context really sufficient for people to understand what you’re ranting about, Steve? People might have thought you were talking about The Silver Chair or Breaking Dawn.
- Yes, The Silver Chair is the fourth book in the Narnia series. We here at The Style Guide will not abide chronological-order-truthers.
- Steve misremembers Battlestar Galactica.
- In a shocking development, Steve admits to a lack of knowledge about something. Dave enlightens him.
- Steve has something in common with former Texas Governor Rick Perry.
- Dave and Steve conveniently forget about the existence of Angel season six.
- Darth Vader = Selma Bouvier.
- Because Steve’s so on fleek, he talks about Jay Leno.
- Theo is intensely disappointed in Steve.
- Maybe “The Best of Both Worlds” wasn’t Steve’s earliest cliffhanger memory because he was only three years old when it aired.
- Supermans? Supermen?
- Steve writes off the entire rom-com genre.
- Clearly Dave and Steve need to rewatch the original Star Wars trilogy. Episode 66, anyone?
- “Superbad for vampires” seems like the saddest possible conclusion to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s careers where they try desperately to relive the glory days by putting a supernatural twist on their old films.
- Suprebad, on the other hand, as a retelling of Superbad but with white supremacists seems like an awesome idea.
- It sounds like Dave and Steve have an important lesson to learn for the future of The Style Guide from the last fifteen minutes of this episode…
Episode 64, ‘Furious Kane’, on Citizen Kane vs. Furious 7
This week, Dave and Steve invite special guest Dominik Buconjic to join them for a discussion about the alpha and the omega of cinema, Citizen Kane and Furious 7. You would think that these two films cannot be compared. You might be right, but your hosts do their darnedest to make it work. Do they succeed? You be the judge.
- Intro Clip: Furious 7.
- There can never be enough apologies for the intro to this episode.
- Special guest Dom (as opposed to Vin Diesel Dom) has to put up with a lot of nonsense from Dave and Steve this week.
- Dave and Steve are proud of doing the minimum level of homework required for episode — unlike some other weeks.
- Steve knows the tagline for The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift which, disappointingly, isn’t said by a single character.
- Dave is a god damn liar.
- Is The Style Guide an escape from politics for you? “Too bad”, says Dave.
- Dom doesn’t like Dom, but does Dom like Dom?
- Dom and Steve revel in their rightness and Dave’s wrongness.
- Dave asks Steve to read his mind. In response, Steve reads from paper.
- Dave makes a profound point about Furious 7 and also sings about butts.
- With apologies to Tracy Chapman, Christopher Lee, and The Smashing Pumpkins…
- Steve is a little bit mean to himself. Dave suggests he wasn’t mean enough.
- Dave thinks Daniel Day Lewis was fantastic when he played Brad Pitt playing Jesse James in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
- Dave has trouble being quiet while the adults are talking.
- Dave and Dom thinks “rosebud” is less Fight Club or The Sixth Sense and more Titanic.
- It was a sled, Steve, not a sleigh.
- Dave and Steve disagree about the whole point of rosebud.
- It is very strange to have a thoughtful debate about the meaning of Citizen Kane side by side with a conversation about butts and explosions.
- Dungeons & Dragons & Drivetrains.
- Dom and Dave have a discussion about the intricate subtleties of Vin Diesel’s line delivery.
- Dom drops some spoilers for F8 of the Furious,
- Eventually your hosts devolve into bros.
- Dom describes his time on The Style Guide as “surprisingly not a waste of time”. Thanks Dom!
Episode 63, ‘Wesley Snipes is no Al Pacino’, on Wesley Snipes
You’re telling me that this week Dave and Steve did an actor profile on Wesley Snipes? Like, the dude from the Blade movies, Demolition Man, and a bunch of direct-to-DVD flops who has recently spent three years in prison for income tax fraud? Is there any rhyme or reason to who The Style Guide will profile or have you just thrown every actor’s name into a random number generator? I don’t even know who you guys are anymore.
- Intro Clip: Demolition Man.
- The lie that emerged at the end of episode 61 continues.
- Okay, so I can believe Blade is a Marvel superhero, but how did he get his motorcycle here?
- “Super eclectic”? Looks like someone’s been hitting the thesaurus pretty hard.
- Now that Dave and Steve mention it, the sheer number of vampires in the Blade universe does seem improbably high. Thanks a lot for ruining those films for the audience, guys. Now nobody will be able to take them seriously anymore.
- The tone of this episode consistently lapses into that of two outcasts sitting on the edge of the playground talking about how cool the cool kids are.
- As usual, Steve comes across as Steve Buscemi’s character from 30 Rock.
- The definition for biannually isn’t very helpful…
- Is White Men Can’t Jump a modern day Vaudeville show that is grounded by a common theme of toxic masculinity rather than the plot of a more traditional 90s-era basketball film? The answer might surprise you. (No, no it is not.)
- Dave talks about his manly urges.
- Does Steve make a very (very) subtle dig at the inadequacy of Snapple as a thirst quenching beverage?
- Dave is terrified by nudity whereas Steve just blocks it out.
- Steve worries that Dave is going to make fun of him.
- Boyz N the Hood and New Jack City: sibling projects or kissing cousins?
- Steve sure sounds like he’s overcompensating for something with how much he loves Blade and Blade.
- Blade receives a 6/10 for profanity use according to the IMDb parental guide. Six out of ten. Six. Out. Of. Ten.
- Dave hates the future.
- Summer Glau > Wesley Snipes > Scarlett Johansson > Matt Damon.
Episode 62, ‘They’re not acting, they’re talking’, on Aaron Sorkin
This week, Dave and Steve depart from what has become their standard fare of making people angry by
having opinions being wrong about Disney, and delve into a topic that is never even remotely contentious: politics. That’s right, Aaron Sorkin is getting The Style Guide treatment. It’s kind of like that time he gave Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs the Sorkin treatment, but with 80% less Michael Fassbender. You can’t tell because it’s just audio, but Dave and Steve are walking and talking in the hallways of the West Wing for the entirety of this episode.
- Intro Clip: A Few Good Men.
- Dave and Steve ended last week on a lie that is only now being realized as such. The Editor feels just as betrayed as you all do.
- Steve is super enthusiastic to start the episode off and it is okay to admit that it makes you rather uncomfortable.
- Dave assumes that the audience remains excited for The Style Guide, even after he and Steve trampled all over people’s childhoods with the series on Disney.
- This episode brought to you in part by the Aaron Sorkin – Masterclass… and viewers like you.
- Wikipedia disagrees with Dave (but only until he reads the shownotes and edits it).
- Maybe Steve just has no idea how to pronounce anyone’s names.
- Yes, Dave. The West Wing became a much more “grammatic” show.
- Josh doesn’t quit, you guys. He’s on a leave of absence from his White House duties, similar to the leave Annabeth Schott goes on in Season 6. And Sam doesn’t go to Mandyville, because he shows up at the end of Season 7 and the show firmly establishes that he went back to practicing law. Amateurs.
- You, constant listeners, will never have to hear Steve’s ill-advised tangent about the dangers of cocaine, because the Editor has saved you from it. You’re welcome.
- Steve shows that he clearly isn’t a real Firefly fan.
- “Just” an assistant, Dave?
- The baby has a name, you two. He’s more than just his age.
- A cricket bat isn’t a theme, Steve.
- Someone mentions Aristotle in this episode and we are all shocked to discover that it isn’t Steve.
- To end the episode, Dave and Steve wander into dangerous territory.
- Heh. “Sexytimes”.
Episode 61, ‘Treat you like Pixar’, Part III on Walt Disney Animation Studios
This week, Dave and Steve finish cataloguing their thoughts on Walt Disney Animation Studios, chatting about the rest of the films from The Little Mermaid to Moana. For some, this is a somber episode as The Style Guide moves on from a long list of well loved and important films from childhood. For others, we received your hatemail, and we read you loud and clear: no more saying anything bad about your childhood. We get it, Nicole, but you didn’t have to send us death threats. Geeze. They’re only films.
- Intro Clip: Zooptopia.
- Dave changes the intro and we are all worse for it. Steve acts like nothing has happened.
- Steve makes it clear that he is incapable of experiencing joy.
- It becomes evident that Steve has not seen Moana yet.
- LeFou, Dave. His name is LeFou.
- How white is Steve? This white.
- Dave should make explosion noises more often.
- Dave and Steve treat us all to one of the dumbest conversations one could possibly have about The Little Mermaid.
- Sounds like Steve needs to Journey to a New World (but not a whole new world)
- Steve has no idea how cars work, despite knowing how Cars works.
- Dave can’t tell the difference between a Disney film and a Pixar film, but that’s his fault, not theirs.
- Hi Steve’s mom.
- Steve’s deadpan sense of humour earns him no friends.
- Steve mistakes Donny Osmond for a celebrity.
- Wes, we’re waiting on you…
- Dave talks, at length, about the supple, sensual feeling of VHS cases.
- Dave slanders Mulan‘s good name.
- Steve’s love of Hannah Montana causes him to say some weird things.
- Steve flaunts Dave’s child privilege.
- Steve references a completely fictional ukulele album.