BFG Podcast #096: ‘The Mandalorian Season 3’, ‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods,’ and ‘Top Chef World All-Stars’

Our critics break down the culture

In this week’s excellent show, Neal Pollack welcomes Scott Gold to explain what’s going on in The Mandalorian to him. Apparently Din Djarin has to bathe in the living waters and is the Moses of the Black Sword and has a Naboo Spaceship number one or some such thing. Regardless, Neal goes into the segment getting ready to make fun of the show and by the end Scott has convinced him again that Star Wars is cool. How much longer can this go on?

Next, we travel to Shanghai, China, by way of Samuel Porteous, who was not exactly a fan of Shazam! Fury of the Gods. It seems that Neal liked the new Shazam! more than Sam did, or at least it appreciates it was light in comparison with the turgid mess that was Black Adam. Sam wonders how many CGI companies DC employed to make this new film possible. It was too many, or not enough, and Fury of the Gods appears to be headed for the remainder bin.

A much more reliable sequel is Top Chef, now in its 20th season. The Bravo gold-star cooking competition brings in the best of the best from around the globe to showcase the cuisine of London, which is more than mushy peas. Our food and gaming expert Daniel Cohen stops by to lay the odds but he and Neal instead go off on an extended rant about the Guy Fieri Food Network cooking competition show Tournament of Champions, which is a lot easier to make fun of than Top Chef, which just continues to shake off scandals and live at the top of the cooking-show pyramid.

Enjoy our program! It is clearly a winner.

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