Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 226

Dan and Alan also review WGN's 'Salem' and the 'Mad Men' premiere

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With Dan out of town this week, you get only a single, audio-only installment of Firewall & Iceberg, as we review FX's "Fargo," the new season of "Orphan Black" and WGN's "Salem," talk a bit about the Colbert/Letterman shuffle, and then go spoiler-heavy on the "Mad Men" premiere and the "Game of Thrones" wedding episode. 

The rundown: 

"Fargo" (00:01:00 - 00:16:45)
"Orphan Black" (00:16:45 - 00:26:30)
"Salem" (00:26:30 - 00:35:45)
Listener Mail: Colbert and Comedy Central (00:36:10 - 00:43:25)
"Mad Men" (00:43:40 - 01:11:00)
"Game of Thrones" (00:1:11:00 - 01:31:45)
 
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<p>Martin Freeman is the hapless salesman at the center of FX&#39;s &quot;Fargo&quot; limited series.</p>

Martin Freeman is the hapless salesman at the center of FX's "Fargo" limited series.

Credit: FX

Review: FX's 'Fargo' reinvents the Coen brothers movie

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Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Allison Tolman star in a new story in the same universe

"I don't watch movies," declares Lorne Malvo, the slippery, malevolent figure at the center of FX's new "Fargo" series. (The first of 10 episodes debuts tonight at 10; I've seen the first four.) The line rings true to what we have learned about Malvo, a professional hitman and amateur troublemaker who takes pleasure in encouraging people's worst impulses to see what will happen. But it also functions as a sly acknowledgment of the large shadow "Fargo" the movie casts over "Fargo" the TV show.

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<p>Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) enjoys his wedding reception on &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) enjoys his wedding reception on "Game of Thrones."

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'Game of Thrones' director Alex Graves on filming Joffrey's wedding

What was it like directing the long, sprawling, eventful sequence?

Alex Graves is one of television's best directors, having jumped from "The West Wing" to be a sought-after director of pilots like "Fringe" and "Terra Nova." Last year, he joined the "Game of Thrones" directing rotation and made an immediate impression with his debut episodes, "And Now His Watch Is Ended" (which concludes with Daenerys leading a slave uprising in Astapor) and "Kissed by Fire" (which features Jaime's intimate confession to Brienne in the bathhouse).

He returned to the series with last night's "The Lion and the Rose" (I reviewed it here), which features perhaps the longest single scene in the show's history as well as one of its most pivotal story points. Spoilers for that, and then a long discussion with Graves about what went into directing both this episode and "Game of Thrones" in general, coming up just as soon as we give all the leftover food to the dogs...

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

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in "Mad Men."

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Season premiere review: 'Mad Men' - 'Time Zones'

Big changes hit both coasts as Don, Peggy and company begin their final season

"Mad Men" is back for the start of its seventh season — which is or isn't the final season depending on whether you value contractual language (which says it is) over scheduling (which will give us seven episodes this spring and seven more next year) — and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I'm seated next to a man in a hairpiece eating a banana...

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<p>On &quot;Game of Thrones,&quot; Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery (Natalie Dormer) prepare to be wed.</p>

On "Game of Thrones," Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery (Natalie Dormer) prepare to be wed.

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'The Lion and the Rose'

Joffrey and Margaery's wedding forces the show to stay in one place much longer than usual

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I taste some grilled seagull...

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<p>Hugh Dancy as Will Graham on &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Hugh Dancy as Will Graham on "Hannibal."

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Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Yakimono'

Dr. Lecter's latest plan unfurls, and it's a doozy

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as my dog likes applesauce...

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot; Jeff (Joel McHale) tries to calm Dean Pelton (Jim Rash).</p>

On "Community," Jeff (Joel McHale) tries to calm Dean Pelton (Jim Rash).

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Review: 'Community' - 'Basic Story'

Has the Save Greendale Committee done its job a little too well?

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as you come to me for atheistic rants and photos of my meals...

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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot; Eagleton Ron (Sam Elliott) gives Ron (Nick Offerman) and Ben (Adam Scott) a lift.</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," Eagleton Ron (Sam Elliott) gives Ron (Nick Offerman) and Ben (Adam Scott) a lift.

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Flu Season 2'

Leslie feels unwell, Ben meets Eagleton Ron and Craig would like to recommend your wine

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as my dog's Jewish...

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<p>Stephen Colbert will leave &quot;The Colbert Report&quot; sometime next year to succeed David Letterman as &quot;Late Show&quot; host.</p>

Stephen Colbert will leave "The Colbert Report" sometime next year to succeed David Letterman as "Late Show" host.

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Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman as 'Late Show' host

Comedy Central star moves up to the network big leagues, but should he stay with 'The Colbert Report'?

Prepare to say goodbye to "Stephen Colbert" and hello to Stephen Colbert, America, now that CBS has wasted no time whatsoever in naming "The Colbert Report" star as David Letterman's successor to host "The Late Show."

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<p>Annet Mahendru as Nina in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Annet Mahendru as Nina in "The Americans."

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Arpanet'

Nina tries to beat the polygraph, while Philip tries to hack the early internet

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I have a friend in Japan named Hirohito...

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