Scope Special Edition: The Nerdification of Al (Star Wars: Episode IV)

Here’s the deal: Scope music correspondent Al is in his 30s. He’s totally tapped into modern pop culture. And he looks like a character from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. But the cold, hard truth is this: he’s never, ever seen a Star Wars movie.

So, in a moment that’s years in the making, Jared and Shane finally get Al to sit down, crack open a brew, and watch the first adventure of Luke, Han, and a couple of possibly-gay droids. Will this movie mean anything to a grown man that couldn’t tell the difference between a jawa and a Greedo? Spend a few minutes listening to a Very Special Scope Podcast and find out.

The Scope Special Edition: The Nerdification of Al wasn’t really on a diplomatic mission.

Al’s Review
Film
2 Stars – Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

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Scope Special Edition: Scoper Bowl V

For some reason,The Minnesota football Vikings and The Washington football/racist Redskins seem to play a lot of games against each other, even though they aren’t in the same division. It’s some sort of weird karmic thing that also happens to be aligned with the creation of a little podcast called The Scope.

So, for the first time ever, Adam, Jared, and Shane got together and watched 2012 contest between these two NFL teams. And, because they love you, the entire event was recorded for every Scope super-fan to enjoy. We’re talking quarter by quarter analysis of THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE YEAR. Or something like that.

Trust us, even if you don’t like organized sports, this Scope show has a little something for everyone. And Adam showed up, so that’s pretty rare in itself, right?

The Scope Special Edition: Scoper Bowl V isn’t quite sure what to make of the sweat panels found on the newly-designed NFL jerseys. Disgusting, right?

Scoper Bowl V (2012)—MIN: 26 @ WAS: 38

Past Results
Scoper Bowl I (2006)—MIN: 19 @ WAS: 16
Scoper Bowl II (2007)—WAS: 32 @ MIN: 21
Scoper Bowl III (2010)—MIN: 17 @ WAS: 13
Scoper Bowl IV (2011)—MIN: 33 @ WAS: 26

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Episode 131: The Meaty Yet Always Lyrical Edition

Well, it’s been more than a few weeks since the Scope dudes gathered for a proper Scooe. But Jared, Adam, and Shane return in fine form…and an incredibly long show. But, oh, what a show it is. They guys cover a massive amount of material for #131. Like what, you ask?

How about Scoperbowl talk, a recap of the first ever perfect Scope Score, the Autumn Tune Blast, WoW letdown, a gorilla high-fiving a shark, a little dab of banjo, and Adam solves the health care crisis in four easy steps. And that’s only in the first two hours of the show.

So, yeah, it’s epic. Download this bad-boy and find out for yourself.

The Scope episode 131 is so into folkstep.

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Music

2 ¾ Stars – Sound of the Life of the MindBen Folds Five
1 ¾ Stars – UnoGreen Day
1 ¾ Stars – Push and ShoveNo Doubt
2 ½ Stars – BabelMumford & Sons
2 ¾ Stars – LightningMatt & Kim

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Scope Special Edition: The Perks of Being a Wallflower Review

What’s more fun than a summer movie preview? How about a fall movie preview? It’s a little something we’re dubbing “The Scope Autumn Film Blast.”

Yes indeed, Jared and Shane find their way into a theater (seasons be damned) to check out a screening of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. For those of you who don’t know, Chobs (as we like to call him) wrote the Wallflower book in 1999 and now he’s back, like a Terminator, as both screenwriter and director of the adaptation.

Boy oh boy, did he nail it. No sarcasm, cynicism, or pseudo-hipster angst here. (Thank god Adam didn’t see this film.) This might be one of the best teen-coming-of-age films since a little-known underground filmmaker named John Hughes was making movies about Saturday morning detention sessions.

Take a listen to the review, bask in the first ever perfect Scope Score, and then see this movie. Seriously. See. This. Movie.

The Scope The Perks of Being a Wallflower review feels only two or three less than infinite.

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Film
4 Stars – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Episode 130: The 2012 Fall TV Preview – Homelind Edition

Autumn is right around the corner…and that means your Scope hosts are going to be super busy trying to watch all the new TV programming headed their way. But, before that happens, Jared, Adam, Shane, and our favorite female guest, Molly, will give every Scope listener a fall television preview like none ever produced! This means as much CBS procedural talk as you can handle. Because, really, who doesn’t want to cool down with The Mentalist?

Your Scope hosts will also tackle the latest musical release from indie supergroup, Divine Fits, aka Spoof Parade. It’s pretty much a guarantee the divergence opinions on this album will cause the Scope score to fall somewhere…wait for it…in the middle. But the fun is in the journey, not the destination, right?

So stick with this one, folks. It’s a longy but a goody. And it’s got a GIRL! A girl, we tells ya!

The Scope episode 130 is double bitching it all the way to the bitch bank, bitches.

First Cancelled Fall TV Show (by number of episodes)
Jared – Last Resort
Adam – The Neighbors
Shane – Guys With Kids
Molly – Guys With Kids

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Music

2 ½ Stars – A Thing Called Divine FitsDivine Fits

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Episode 129: How We Spent Our Summer Vacation (The Lamb Fries Edition)

Summer is almost over and you know what that means: two of the three Scope hosts return from fun in the sun to do the whole podcasting thing. (The other host thinks summer vacation should last into November and during assorted scheduled recordings throughout the year.)

At any rate, Jared and Shane have a lot to share…and it’s mostly about oddly popular state fairs and high school reunions that makes one feel old. So, basically, it’s a lot of catching up and a lot of cutting open veins. Hours and hours of it. At least we learn about what happens when people get tired of being bitten by angry cobras. (Hint: the human bites back.)

So fire up your podcast-receiving mechanism and get some Scope action, late summer style. It’s good to be back, right?

The Scope episode 129 knows Tony Soprano wouldn’t approve of 78% of the conversation this episode.

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Episode 128: 2012 North Shore Spectacular – Ambush Trivia Edition

The Scope ain’t done with summer yet! Shane heads back to the shores of Lake Superior on his annual family vacation and he’s bringing a new twist to the fan-favorite family trivia segment.

This year, Shane (aka The Captain) teams up with music correspondent Al (aka The Maestro) and intern Teresa to put cousin Natalie through an intense week of pop culture and Scope-related trivia. The twist: Natalie has no idea when or where the game will strike. She’s constantly on edge…how will that impact her play? Load up this instant-classic episode of The Scope and find out!

The Scope episode 128 should be respected for its below-average New Zealand accent. Effort counts for something, right?

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Scope Special Edition: The Dark Knight Rises Review

Another blockbuster, another instant summer movie review from Jared and Shane. This time around, it’s the third (and final?) Batman film from superstar moviemaker, Chris Nolan. Yeah, we’re talking about Nort Nort’s favorite, The Dark Knight Rises. In this installment, Batman gives up fighting bad guys and just talks to a therapist for three hours. By the end, he’s crying like a baby and hugging everyone. Talk about a huge twist!

Will Jared and Shane love this movie as much as The Avengers? What about The Dark Knight? Well, you’ll just have to download this, listen to it, and find out. So what are you waiting for, exactly?

The Scope The Dark Knight Rises review is thinking about the people of Aurora, Colorado.

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2 ¾ Stars – The Dark Knight Rises

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Episode 127: 2012 CONvergence Spectacular

Sonic Screwdrivers. Inebriated twenty-somethings all cosplaying it up in anime outfits. Anything steampunk. What do these have in common?  These are all things found at the latest edition of Minnesota’s best Sci-Fi (and more!) convention, CONvergence.

Jared, Shane, and intrepid on-the-spot reporter Gary teamed up to bring The Scope faithful all the deets on this enormous event. Yeah, there were broken promises (where did those follow-up interviews and instant game shows go, exactly?) but there were more than enough awesome moments to totally make up for it.

So put on your Catwoman ears, throw your Lasso of Truth, and fire up the latest from your friends at The Scope. It’s CONeriffic!

The Scope episode 127 is still on the hunt for the “sitsquatch.” He won’t evade us forever.

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Scope Special Edition: The Amazing Spider-Man Review

This 4th of July, The Scope has decided to give something back to all faithful listeners…something better than grilled wieners, room temperature potato salad, and cancelled fireworks (due to global warming and rampant brushfires.) Jared and Shane were kind enough to check out the fourth first Spider-Man movie.

This time around, there’s no Tobey, Kirsten, or James. But you do get a kid with super-cool hair, Emma in sweet Gwen Stacy boots, and yet another origin tale. (Did you know Peter became Spidey from a spider bite?!? Yes, it’s true!)

So take a few minutes, stop celebrating the good old U.S. of A, and check out another Scope summer movie review.

The Scope The Amazing Spider-Man review wishes President Bartlet would be our awesome uncle.

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Film
2 Stars – The Amazing Spider-Man

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