Substandard Show Notes–Episode 1.24

Endnotes and digressions from the latest show:

* Before we get started on this week’s main event, two quick notes about Monday’s micro-episode on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (Which you can listen to here.) First, if you want to see how derivative this teaser trailer is, go have a look at the side-by-side between it and The Force Awakens. Ugh.

Also, you know how Luke ends the trailer by saying, “The Jedi must end”? You know who has two thumbs and was all over this years ago? This guy.

* So, on to The Fasterer and the Moar Furiousererer.

If you want to get the maximum amount of enjoyment out of this episode you should start by listening to the Federalist Radio Hour show where our buddies Mary Katherine Ham and Kristen Soltis-Anderson talk about the Fast/Furious series. It’s really great.

And you should definitely read Sonny’s troll-job ranking of the films in the franchise. Also, you should read his review of The Fate of the Furious, which is one of my favorite reviews of his, ever. (Which is saying something.)

* If you’re into box office-ology, there’s all sorts of interesting data about the FF franchise here.

* One of the things we didn’t get a chance to talk about was the semi-public feud between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson.

I’ve got to say that this reeks of kayfabe.

Vin Diesel has long had a rep—maybe unfairly—as being difficult to work with. (John Frankenheimer absolutely trashed him publicly after firing him from the cast of Reindeer Games.) But he’s deadly serious about his career and promoting his projects. And this franchise has been his calling card, his baby. No matter what else he does, The Fast and the Furious will always be his calling card. I doubt he would do anything to mess it up.

As for The Rock, his reputation in the business has always been that of a guy who’s a consummate professional. He gets along with everyone, respects the entire film crew all the way down the line. Maybe this is genuine, maybe it’s because professionalism is an excellent lubricant for a career. Whatever the case, there’s probably a reason that nobody ever has a bad word to say about the guy.

And when you get to the seventh and eighth installments in a franchise, the producers have to work hard to manufacture publicity. What are you going to say about the movies that you haven’t said already in order to get people to pay attention? A “fight” between the stars is a pretty good news hook.

* Finally, the best thing written about the Fast/Furious franchise—maybe ever—is this Bloomberg datagasm where the staff compares the movies by the numbers: total street-racing time by movie; NOS use by movie; gear shifts by movie; number of explosions and so much more. They even compare the number of minutes in which male biceps are featured plotted against female butt shots across the series. This thing is amazing. Go treat yourself.

* As always, you can download the episode here and subscribe to the Substandard on iTunes or on Google Play.

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