Episode 249: WrestleMania is Being Undertaken

The Overthinkers tackle the meaning of Game of Thrones Season 3, WrestleMania, and Rudyard Kipling.

Peter Fenzel and Matthew Wrather team up for a wide-ranging two-hander and overthink 3D Conversions, Rudyard Kipling, WrestleMania (with a special on-the-scene call in from live WrestleMania correspondent Matthew Belinkie), Game of Thrones Season 3, and the recent inflection point in television.


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20 Comments on “Episode 249: WrestleMania is Being Undertaken”

  1. Emil #

    So I finally went and subscribed to your YT channel. Man, it’s so awkward for me to watch you talk. For years I had my own “image” of OTI staff derived from their podcast presence. Now I can see how you look and talk; it’s all very bizarre. Plus, my theory of you being generated by a super-computer as a synthesized voices is done & buried.


    • Matthew Wrather OTI Staff #

      I’m almost afraid to ask what you thought we looked like.


      • Rambler #

        It’s pretty obvious what you guys look like:

        Sheeley and Belinki are XKCD stick figures.

        Perich is a 3rd-person omniscient narrator, and therefore has no physical presence.

        Mark is Glenn from The Walking Dead

        I’d like to say Wrather looks like John Milton with a hair cut, khaki’s and loafers. But I actually see him more as a cross between Stephen Daedalus and the kid from Chrono Trigger.

        Fenzel exists inside a theoretical box with Schrödinger’s cat sitting on his lap. We can’t look inside the box for fear it might collapse the wave into a particle.


    • Brodie #

      Agreed, my mental imagery was way off after 4 years of listening.


    • Timothy J Swann #

      A recent commenter on my podcast reckoned I looked like James McAvoy, or at least someone as dashing and handsome. I think the voices of podcasters often confer an attractiveness bias. In the case of OTI, of course, it stands up. Right? RIGHT?


      • Brodie #

        Yes Yes, you’re all very pretty.


  2. Tulse #

    A Game of Thrones video recap from OTI would rock. Count me in!


  3. Ian Malcolm #

    You commented regarding the fractal iterations of Jurrassic Park, this points to the essence of my theory… “Dinosaurs will find a way!”
    If there’s anything that the history of entertainment has taught us is that dinosaurs will not be contained.

    100 years ago in Doyle’s ‘The Lost World’ dinosaurs were on islands eating people and they’re not going to stop. They’re not some species that got killed off by over population… like Condors… or Pirates… if the Pirates of the Carribean breaks down the pirates don’t eat the tourists.
    And they’re not like aliens… alien technology is weak to our MacBooks.
    Dinosaurs break free and expand into third dimensions; painfully, maybe even dangerously. I mean I’ll go see it; I’d be a fool to miss it, but, uh… well, there it is.


  4. Chris Morgan #

    I don’t partake in Game of Thrones or Mad Men, as I did not like either show enough to continue watching it, but when Breaking Bad rolls around if you guys take on the task of reviewing that I’d enthusiastically approve.

    If I were to re-release a film in three dimensions, it would be Albert Brooks’ Real Life.


  5. Derdrom #

    “I want a movie that uses the 3D medium to communicate the size and presence of John Candy, which is something that has not yet been captured on film, to my experience.” Too bad there isn’t a feature-length version of “Dr. Tongue’s 3D House of Pancakes” for you IMAX enjoyment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLVZAoQB2fI


    • fenzel OTI Staff #

      This is awesome. Where is it from?


      • Derdrom #

        SCTV (Second City Television) / Canada


  6. Gab #

    Given what you’ve already posted, I’m guessing you’ll stick with Madman and Game of Thrones, but in case you want to start a show from the beginning to do video recaps, I know a lot of my friends (and I) want to watch Defiance. I guess the problem with something like that is you never know if you’re going to actually like it or not…


  7. BastionofLight #

    My picks for 3D conversion are:

    Twelve Angry Men. I would want the movie to truly convey the feeling of being in the jury room.

    Memento, with the 3D done to not reflect verisimilitude. The depth of object should not correspond to their physical location, so as to further reflect Leonard’s alienation from narrative experience. I imagine the depth at which objects are presented could change depending on their relation to Leonard’s understanding rather than their physical location. For example, in the scene where he believes that he is chasing a man, the man could be set artificially far into the background to reflect the distance of pursuit, then, when Leonard realizes the man is chasing him, the man could be placed artificially close to the viewer, to reflect the recognition of a threat.
    I think there is a lot of artistic space in 3D to be opened up by surreal positioning, and I would like to see that explored, particularly if I am going to be charged a premium on movie tickets to experience the phenomenon of depth, which brains are pretty good at figuring out on their own.


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