Episode 475: What If They Built a Dark Tower and Nobody Came?

On the Overthinking It Podcast, it’s Western week, as we tackle the disappointing adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, starring Idris Elba, and celebrate the release of West of Loathing from our friends at Asymmetric.

Peter Fenzel, Mark Lee, Richard Rosenbaum, and Matthew Wrather are joined by special guest Zack Johnson of Asymmetric, whose new game, West of Loathing, is a comic single-player RPG set in the Old West. Appropriately enough, the panel examines another travesty of the Old West, the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, which stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. The movie is not good, but the conversation is!

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Matthew Wrather started Overthinking It in 2008 with his smartest, funniest friends, and has hosted over 500 hours of podcasts on the site. An LA native, he is an actor and computer programmer, but has worked as a writer, tower bell-ringer, birthday party clown, poet, janitor, and call center manager. He also has a Twitter and a Tumblr.

2 Comments on “Episode 475: What If They Built a Dark Tower and Nobody Came?”

  1. clayschuldt #

    I was disappointed with this film for a number of reasons. The greatest disappointment was the human masks. They established earlier on that most of the bad guys are hideous monsters wearing human masks. We see a few of the human masks get tore, but never saw one come completely off with maybe a few strands of flesh hanging in place. The setup was all there, but nope. I never got to see the hideous beast underneath. I don’t know if this was to keep it rated PG-13 or keep it under budget. Either way it made me sad.

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  2. Joseph Well Actually #

    It’s telling that you guys struggle to define anything that actually goes on in this film. There’s a fundamental failing on the part of the storytellers to delineate who its characters are, what motivates them, and why their quests are important. “Doomed to be nonsense” is absolutely right.

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