Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 131: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' 'Longmire,' 'Mad Men' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 131: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' 'Longmire,' 'Mad Men' & more

Dan and Alan also look back at the 'Awake' series finale and answer your mail


We found a line of string long enough to connect my tin can in New Jersey with Dan's tin can in London, which means we were able to record a trans-Atlantic edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, which starts with a review of A&E's "Longmire," ends with the beginning of our summer-long "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" rewatch, and in between deals with the end of "Awake" and a "Mad Men" with much to discuss. (Dan hasn't been able to see "Game of Thrones" yet, or else we might've tried some "Blackwater" chat.) 

The line-up: 

"Longmire" (00:01:45 - 00:11:00)
"Awake" finale (00:11:00 - 00:26:15)
Listener Mail (00:26:15 - 00:36:15)
"Mad Men" (00:37:35 - 01:01:20)
"Buffy" Rewatch Part I (01:01:30 - 01:25:10)
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<p>&quot;Louie,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;The Newsroom&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Bunheads&quot;&nbsp;are three of the summer shows I'm looking forward to most.</p>

"Louie," "The Newsroom" and "Bunheads" are three of the summer shows I'm looking forward to most.

10 summer TV shows I'm looking forward to most

Aaron Sorkin, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Louis CK highlight an interesting lineup

The summer TV season technically began last Thursday, with the premieres of "So You Think You Can Dance" on FOX, "Duets" and "Rookie Blue" on ABC and "Men at Work" on TBS, among other things. There are going to be dozens and dozens of shows premiering on broadcast and cable between now and Labor Day, but the quantity won't always be matched by quality. I'm not running to set my DVR to record FOX's dating show/"Voice" rip-off "The Choice," nor the new season of "Franklin & Bash," nor a lot of other new and returning summer offerings.

But this summer will also bring with it the return of two of the very best shows on all of television, new series from two of my favorite TV writers of the last decade, and a revival of one of the biggest hits of my childhood, among other things.

I'll be watching far more than these 10 shows, but these are the ones whose premieres I'm most looking forward to seeing, for one reason or another.

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<p>Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in "Game of Thrones."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'Blackwater'

The show finally gives us an epic battle, and an intimate hour

A review of Sunday night's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I'm entirely sure you're entirely sure what I'm suggesting...

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<p>Elisabeth Moss in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Elisabeth Moss in "Mad Men."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Other Woman'

Don pitches Jaguar, and Peggy and Joan both receive offers that may be too hard to refuse

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I need a chocolate shake...

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<p>Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Adam (Adam Driver)&nbsp;go for a ride on &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Adam (Adam Driver) go for a ride on "Girls."

Credit: HBO

Revew: 'Girls' - 'Welcome to Bushwick, A.K.A. The Crackcident'

Violence, drugs and rock 'n roll all figure into a memorable warehouse party

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I reduce you to a subculture and then fail to accurately name the subculture...

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<p>Don't forget to watch both halves of the &quot;Buffy the Vampire Slayer&quot;&nbsp;pilot before our next podcast.</p>

Don't forget to watch both halves of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" pilot before our next podcast.

A 'Buffy'/'Deadwood' rewind clarification

Note that both the podcast and blog rewinds will begin with two episodes at once

So on Tuesday, Fienberg and I announced that this summer's podcast rewind would be season 1 of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and on Thursday, I added that the blog rewind would be season 2 of "Deadwood." 

What we failed to do a good job of in either instance was to clarify exactly how much you all should be watching before the first discussion begins.

With "Buffy," it's the two-hour series premiere as it aired on the WB 15 years ago, but which has been separated into two episodes for syndication, on DVD and now on Netflix and Amazon streaming. So watch both "Welcome to the Hellmouth" and "The Harvest" before the next podcast, which may be this coming week or may be the following, given Dan's travels.

With "Deadwood," I decided after watching the first two episodes — "A Lie Agreed Upon, Part I" and "A Lie Agreed Upon, Part II" — that even though they didn't air on the same night the way the "Buffy" premiere did, the titles and the structure suggests that David Milch wanted them to be viewed as one big premiere story, so that's what we're going to do. I'll be discussing both at once with the review going up on Friday morning, and the plan is to do one episode per week after that, give or take my own summer travels.

Sorry for the added wrinkle, but I wanted to make sure everyone knew what the homework assignment was before the next class.

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<p>Jason Isaacs in &quot;Awake.&quot;</p>

Jason Isaacs in "Awake."

Credit: NBC

'Awake' series finale interview with creator Kyle Killen

What would he have done differently? And what did the finale mean?
I had planned on writing a review of the series finale of "Awake." Then I watched the series finale of "Awake," which was fascinating at times, puzzling at others, and moving at still others. I felt like this was a situation where the best approach was to simply talk to the show's creator, Kyle Killen, about everything that happened, what it meant, and where the show might have gone if the ratings had been good enough to merit a second season. All of that coming up just as soon as I get my high heels fixed…
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<p>We'll be traveling back to &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;season 2 this summer.</p>

We'll be traveling back to "Deadwood" season 2 this summer.

Credit: HBO

Are you ready for the summer? (2012 edition)

Our summer rewind will take us into season 2 of 'Deadwood'

As I mentioned in yesterday's review of "Men at Work," the broadcast network TV season officially ended last night at 11 p.m. Though there are still a handful of spring shows with episodes yet to air (for my interests, primarily the Sunday shows on AMC and HBO), we're mostly moving into a whole new wave of programming, with the return of old favorites ("Breaking Bad" on July 15), the debut of intriguing newcomers (Sorkin's "The Newsroom" on June 24), and also lots of shows I'm less inclined to cover weekly (a lot of the USA and TNT stuff).

As always in summer, we'll figure it out as we go beyond the obvious weekly candidates. And, as I've been doing in the summer going back to the old blog, we're going to revisit a classic show on DVD. (In addition to the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season 1 rewatch Dan and I will be doing for the podcast.) This year's choice seemed obvious: following up last summer's "Deadwood" season 1 reviews with a look back at season 2 of the David Milch Western.

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<p>Michael Cassidy, Danny Masterson and James Lesure in &quot;Men at Work.&quot;</p>

Michael Cassidy, Danny Masterson and James Lesure in "Men at Work."

Credit: TBS

Review: Bros will be bros in TBS' forgettable 'Men at Work'

Danny Masterson and friends don't do much of interest in Breckin Meyer-created sitcom

The 2011-12 network TV season officially ends tonight at 11, right after the closing credits for "Revenge" and "Law & Order: SVU" have rolled. So for the next few months, the television business goes all "Freaky Friday," as the broadcast networks trot out their secondary programming — reality shows, imports and other low-cost series — while cable breaks out some of its biggest guns.

Tomorrow, for instance, brings the return of "So You Think You Can Dance" to FOX, and the debut of yet another singing competition show, "Duets," on ABC, as well as the third season premiere of ABC's cheap Canadian import cop show "Rookie Blue." Meanwhile, the next couple of months will see the return of HBO's "True Blood" (June 10), USA's "Burn Notice" (June 14), AMC's "Breaking Bad" (July 15) and the final season of TNT's "The Closer" (July 9), along with a whole batch of new shows like TNT's "Dallas" sequel (June 13), Aaron Sorkin's new HBO drama "The Newsroom" (June 24) and Charlie Sheen's sitcom comeback with FX's "Anger Management" (June 28).

That's a lot for any TV junkie to keep track of, even in the "slow" summer months. Unfortunately, the off-season gets off to a forgettable start with its first new cable offering: the TBS sitcom "Men at Work," which debuts tomorrow night at 10.

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<p>Henry Ian Cusick in one of my favorite &quot;Lost&quot;&nbsp;scenes ever.</p>

Henry Ian Cusick in one of my favorite "Lost" scenes ever.

Credit: ABC

We have to go back! Great 'Lost' scenes, 2 years later

Celebrate the finale's anniversary with Jack, Sawyer, Hurley and friends

The "Lost" finale aired two years ago tonight. Having already reviewed the finale the night it aired, a month later, and then on the one-year anniversary, I don't have a lot to add on the subject. My opinion remains largely the same — as I said in that anniversary column, some distance from the finale, and seeing what the network TV world was like without "Lost," has made me even more inclined to forgive the show its weaknesses and focus on its strengths — and the sense I get is that everyone else is equally entrenched, whether they liked the finale or found it an insult and a betrayal of the six years they spent watching the show.

So rather than analyze some more, I thought I'd do something simpler, and hopefully more fun, and pick out a collection of some of my favorite scenes from six seasons of "Lost" for you to enjoy if you're feeling similarly nostalgic today. These aren't all of the best scenes ever, or any kind of representative sample; it's just a handful of moments that instantly came to mind when I was recalling how much fun I had watching the adventures of Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Locke, Hurley and friends over the years. I'm sure you all have your favorites, and if you want to discuss them (or link to them) in the comments, by all means, go for it.

Clips coming up just as soon as I threaten to beat you with my Jesus stick...

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