๐Ÿฟ Gen Wow Review: 'Star Wars Ep IV: The Rise of Skywalker'

We need to talk about that final battle with Palpatine, his regenerative powers, his ever-changing strategy, that whole Force Dyad deal between Rey and Kylo Ren, what Finn wanted to tell Rey, where the Babu Frik is the Baby Yoda merch, and a whole lot more. It's our super-sized, spoilerrific review of the final chapter of "The Skywalker Saga." 

IN THIS EPISODE:

โš”๏ธ Gen X-wing fighters: A nostalgic, 42-year history of The Force (at 1 min., 38 sec.)

๐Ÿš€ From dystopia to the Death Star and heroic derring-do (at 4:02)

๐Ÿ‘ฝ Episode IV: An unsure thingโ€”and an unmade, low-budget sequel (at 5:09)

๐Ÿ‘พ Where's the Baby Yoda and Babu Frik merch? (at 7:04)

๐Ÿ’ต Box Office Bonanza? Or total bummer? (at 7:21)

๐ŸŽฅ The Fandom Menace: Was making "Skywalker" a mission impossible? (at 8:16)

๐Ÿ’ฅ The plot quickensโ€”is it the ultimate Chiasmus gift? (at 10:17)

๐ŸŽฌ Bond, Psychic Bond (at 13:39)

โœŒ๐Ÿป Rey of lightโ€”how she beat Palpatine (at 14:32)

โ™›  Master chess? Or random changes? (at 17:22)

๐Ÿ”Œ What's with all these new Force powers? (at 19:36)

๐ŸŽ  The ultimate Chiasmus gifts (at 21:30)

๐Ÿน  Sexuality and "Force sensitivity"  (at 22:50)

๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป  Piece de resistance: Keeping the faith  (at 25:31)

๐Ÿ’ฃ  The empire's single point of failure (at 26:50)

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป Final grades (27:50)

๐ŸŽ„ Party of 5? Or 4? (at 31:00)

๐Ÿ“บ  "Skywalker's" stars, as seen on TV (at 31:42)

๐Ÿค–  How well do you know your droids? (at 32:30)

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Approx. 33 minutes, 40 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.

 

 


๐ŸŽ„ 'The Free Guy,' Coke Zero Lightsabers, 'Crisis on Infinite Earths,' 2019's Fastest-Growing Brands

๐ŸŽ„ "The Free Guy." Coke Zero bottles wage an OLED-based lightsaber battle. Netflix makes it safe for other nice brands to make the naughty list on Twitter. ''The Crisis on Infinite Earths" has begun. The Peloton Wife gets a new beginningโ€”thanks to Aviation Gin. The 5 fastest-growing brands of 2019, and more. From December 8. 

IN THIS EPISODE:

๐ŸŽ One Rick is ready for Christmasโ€”the other, not so much (at :40 sec)
 
Taskin logoWelcoming our new sponsor, Taskinโ€”the first name in stylish, premium-quality travel gearโ€”taskinsf.com (at 1 minute 32 sec)
 
๐Ÿ’Š Blue Pill, Red Pill: DC or Marvel? McDonald's or Taco Bell? Rick W. has a surprising answer (at 2:55)
 
๐ŸŽฌ Ryan Reynold's "The Free Guy" trailer drops, and the Ricks are here for it (at 3:56)
 
๐Ÿ’ฅ "The Crisis on Infinite Earths"โ€”the mother of all TV crossovers has officially begun (at 5:57)
 
๐Ÿ“ฃ Netflix tweets, "What's something you can say during sex, but also when you manage a brand Twitter account"โ€”you won't believe how other brands respond (at 8:43)
 
๐Ÿธ The Peloton Wife gets a new beginningโ€”courtesy of Aviation Gin (at 10:25)
 
โš”๏ธ Coke Zero bottles use OLED diodes to wage a lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren (at 12:18)
 
๐Ÿ“ˆ Door Dash, Impossible Foods, White Claw, Postmates and ?โ€”the 5 fastest growing brands of 2019 (at 13:37)
 
๐Ÿง’๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿผ Which brands win most with Millennials and Boomers? (at 14:24)
 
๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ Which CPG brand helped create Santa as we know him today? (at 15:19)
 
Approx. 17 minutes, 32 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.

๐ŸŽ Cybertruck Blows Up The Internet, The Lightsaber That ... Meows? And More

๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ Tesla's Cybertruck takes the Internets by storm, and not all goes well. The holiday yule log gets spit-roastedโ€”ASMR style. Our Top 3 Tech Toys Gone Wrong. The 'Christmas Pizza' that's covered in turkey and gravyโ€”and served in a singing box, plus a whole lot more. 

๐Ÿš€ Rise of Skywalker: How will this chiasmus conclude the chiasmi? (at :42 seconds)
 
๐Ÿ“บ What the hell is The Mandalorian? And why isn't that Boba Fett and Yoda? (at 2:28)
 
๐Ÿ“ Tesla Cybertruck: Big splash, or botched launch? (at 3:45)
 
๐Ÿ”ซ Our Top 3 Tech Toys for Holiday 2019โ€”including a Lightsaber that โ€ฆ meows? (at 6:30)
 
๐Ÿ’ฃ Our Top 3 Tech Toys Gone Wrongโ€”including one inspired by Tesla (at 8:30)
 
๐Ÿ• The Christmas Pizza comes lathered with turkey, gravy, and a psychotic theme song (9:54)
 
๐Ÿฅฉ The Beef Drool Log comes with ASMR-like sound effects and โ€ฆ an AI-based personal assistant?  (at 11:15)
 
๐ŸŽ„ Cardi B or Anna Kendrick? Will the holiday TV spot imposter please stand up? (at 12:25)
 
๐Ÿ› From Santa's WTF workshop: animal dissection kits, fluffy pets with removable fur and other gifts for children (at 13:18)
 
โ˜ƒ๏ธ Some holiday chestnuts about goosing the kids, making memories and more (at 14:00)
 
๐Ÿฅ The Ricks reveal the title of their future Claymation holiday television special (at 14:58)
 
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๐Ÿฆƒ A Pringles Thanksgiving, Singles Day Stats, Twinkies Cereal, Why VR Stinks & More

Singles Day scores $1 billion in its first :60-seconds. "Arson Frog" and "Okay Boomer" have meme warfare raging among generations. Plus: Twinkies cereal ignites a social media storm, what fMRI tells us about holiday shopping behaviors, why the future of VR may stink, Loaded Questions, and more.  

IN THIS EPISODE

๐Ÿ“บ 'Prime' Evil: 'Man in the High Castle' Season 4 (at 1 minute, 43 sec)

๐Ÿคฏ Meme Warfare: 'Arson Frog' Catches Fire as 'Okay Boomer' Explodes (at 3:26)

๐Ÿ’ฉ Smell-o-Vision: Why the Future of VR Might Stink (at 5:50)

๐Ÿ’ฐ $1 Billion Sold in :60-Seconds: Our Singles Day Scorecard (at 7:16)

๐Ÿคข  Turducken Pringles: Any way you stack 'em, someone's sure to cry fowl (at 8:53)

๐Ÿฅฃ Twinkies for Breakfast: Social Media Cause Cรฉlรจbreโ€”or Cereal Offender?  (at 10:08)

๐Ÿ‘บ Why Deep Fakes Mean Real Trouble for Business in 2020 (at 11:44)

๐Ÿ› Google Data: Top 3 Best (and Worst) Holiday Purchase Influencers (at 13:06)

๐Ÿง  What fMRI Brain Scans Tell Us About True Shopping Influencers (at 13:50)

๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ Six Fewer Days for St. Nick: Online Retail's Race Against the 2019 Calendar (at 14:58)

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Approx. 16 min, 5 sec. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


๐Ÿฟ Gen Wow Review: 'Terminator Dark Fate'

It's our spoilerific review of Terminator: Dark Fate (trailer below)โ€”complete with Sarah Conner, the Rev-9, and a Terminator T-800 named Carl. Plus Loaded Questions: The Terminator Edition. Warning: SPOILERS, SPOILERS, and more SPOILERS.

 

IN THIS EPISODE:

๐Ÿค– The latest Terminator: Dead on arrival? Or underrated awesomeness? (at 1 min, 15-seconds)

๐ŸŽฌ The plot quickens: Sixth in the series? Or third? (at 3:12)

โœ Erasure: The John Conner Controversy (at 5:04)

๐Ÿ˜Ž I'll be (call)back (at 5:54)

โ‰๏ธ No, seriously: How did Sarah know to save Dani and Grace on the bridge? (6:35)

๐Ÿ’‰ Sarah and her sodium something-something (at 8:17)

๐Ÿ˜ญ Carl's conscientiousness and bad SFX (at 9:34)

โœˆ๏ธ The mystery military man and his EMPs (at 10:34)

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ The politics of Dani (at 11:28)

๐Ÿ“– Let's get Biblical: Rev(elations) 9 and beyond (at 11:50)

๐Ÿค™๐Ÿผ Call me maybe: 1-888-WTF (at 12:49)

โœ… Final grades (13:29)

๐Ÿ‘ฝ James Cameron plays musical chairs (at 14:56)

๐Ÿฅค "Too nice": You won't believe who almost got Arnold's role (at 16:06)

๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป "Shock to the System": You won't believe who almost played the T-1000 (at 16:38)

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Approx. 17 min, 47 sec. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, and all other streaming services.


๐ŸŽƒ World's Scariest Haunted House, Marvel Christmas Sweaters, Kellogg's IPA & More

A haunted house that's so scary, it requires a 40-page waiver. Why lab-grown brain matter may be sentient. Kellogg's follows the Ricks lead on cereal-infused IPAs. Marvel's latest ugly Christmas sweaters, and a whole lot more.

IN THIS EPISODE:

๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿš’ Burn Notice: Dry, windy conditions have California in the hot seat (at :52 seconds)

๐Ÿ’€Hell House: A haunted mansion that's so scary, nobody has made it throughโ€”despite a $20K reward (at 1:41)

๐Ÿง  Is lab-grown brain matter sentient? Science says it's a nightmare possibility (at 4:07)

๐Ÿฅช Love at first bite? Lays' new Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup potato chips (at 6:02)

๐Ÿบ Did the Ricks inspire Kellogg's new Corn Flakes IPA? We'd drink to that (at 6:47)

๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ Ho-Ho-Hostess: Chocolate Mint Twinkies take the holidays by storm (at 8:55)

๐Ÿ˜‹ Rick W. may need a few minutes alone with his It's-It (at 9:51)

๐Ÿ—ฟChocolate-covered Oreos for the ages (at 12:08)

๐Ÿ‘ป Sheet Hits the Fans: Marvel's new trio of ugly Christmas sweaters (at 13:00)

๐Ÿง›๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ Halloween Sales: Flying broomsticks, or down for the count? (at 14:12)

๐Ÿคข Beware the Booger, Man: This year's best tasting Halloween candy (at 15:55)

๐Ÿง™๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Bloody AOL: This year's most popular Halloween costumes (at 16:50)

Or Listen Here ๐ŸŽƒSeason 3 Premiere World's Scariest Haunted House Marvel's Horrific New Christmas Sweaters Kellogg's Corn Flakes IPA & More

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๐ŸŽง ASMR Affirmations for Creative Directors, AI Leadership Slogans, Whopper Overload and More

It's an epic round of Loaded Questions as the Ricks recall some of their favorite moments from Season 2 of Rick and Rick Rule the World.

IN THIS EPISODE

๐ŸŽง Top 5 ASMR Affirmations for Creative Directors (at 1 min 3 sec)

๐Ÿ€ Our Lucky Charms-inspired St. Paddy's Day IPA - the Breakfast of Leprechauns (at 4:01)

๐Ÿˆ For the first time ever, the Ricks pick the same #1 favorite Super Bowl spot โ€ฆ (at: 6:30)

๐Ÿ– โ€ฆ Not that we didn't have to revisit that whole Hyundai's 7 Levels of Hell controversy (at 7:55)

๐Ÿ”ค Rick M's prediction for Google parent company Alphabet gets an update (at 9:34)

๐Ÿฟ The Ricks fight over "Spider-Man Far from Home" (at 10:24)

โšก๏ธ Ricks don't let Ricks repeat Ricks without rubbing it in (at 12:00)

๐Ÿ” Rick and Rick experience Whopper Overload (at 13:52)

๐Ÿฅค Shamrock Shake memories, babies named after GoT characters and other moments from Season 2 (at 15:35)

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Approx 19 min.

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๐Ÿ— Popeye's Goes BYO Bun, KFC Readies Dating Simulator Game, and More

๐ŸŽฏ The Joker steals the show at the Venice Film Festival. KFC's new dating simulator game seems seriously creepy. The very different Coke Challenge could land you in jail. And is it time to say, "Oh, Thank Heaven for iPhone 11?" Plus a whole lot more.

In This Episode:

๐Ÿ– One Rick gets to enjoy "Rio" โ€ฆ (at :45 sec)

๐Ÿ’ฃ โ€ฆ While the other Rick gets a "View to a Kill" (at 1 min :30 sec)

๐Ÿค– Weekly poll: "Terminator: Dark Fate" vs. "Zombieland: Double Tap" (at 2:16)

๐Ÿƒ No fooling: "The Joker" takes Veniceโ€”is he gunning for an Oscar next? (at 3:45)

๐ŸŽ Eleven sent: The iPhone's goes bionic (at 5:30)

๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿป A very different kind of Coke Challenge is nothing to sneeze at (at 7:26)

๐Ÿ•น From the WTAF Dept: The new dating simulator game from KFC (8:48)

๐Ÿคก BK's new AR game helps you "Escape the Clown" (at 9:30)

๐Ÿบ Now you can own your Bud Light Victory Fridge (at 10:45)

๐Ÿ— Popeye's goes BYOB: Bring Your Own Bun (12:00)

๐Ÿ˜ถ Quick: Name the latest brand to 86 its logo (at 13:35)

๐ŸŽพ Mercedes serves up voice and AR tech to score big (at 14:58)

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Approx. 17 minutes

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๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ'You're It': Nike Starts a Game of Tag to Inspire Girls

 

We're digging a new campaign from Nike Europe that's designed to inspire young girls to get physically active.

The effort, from W&K Amsterdam, involves a virtual game of tag that can be played across TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat for the chance to earn rewards points. As Ad Age reports, there will also be a real-world game of tag in London's Lee Valley on Sept. 24. 

Nike has always been innovative in its marketing and advertising, and the brand long ago learned that it pays big to play games with your customers

The only weak spot we see in "You're It"? Nike's famous tagline. Oops. 

Learn more about Nike "You're It" here.

 

 


๐ŸŒฎ Inside the Taco Bell Hotel, Why You're a Cyber-stalker, Summer Movie Scorecard & More

What really went down at the Taco Bell Hotel. Our Summer '19 Box Office Scorecard. Why YouTube seems to think robots deserve animal rights. Spidey's future with the MCU, and more. From Sept 2.

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IN THIS EPISODE:

๐Ÿ•ท Did Spidey Really Get Spiked From the MCU? (at 2 min, :30 sec)

๐Ÿ‘€ Why We're All Cyber-stalkers Now (5:55)

๐Ÿค– Why YouTube Thinks Robots Deserve Animal Rights (7:28)

๐ŸŒฎ What Really Went Down at the Taco Bell Hotel (9:17)

๐ŸŒ Enter: The Holo-sphere (11:34)

๐ŸŽฌ The Battle to Rank Among the Top 10 Movies of 2019 (14:33)

โš”๏ธ What movie ranked dead last in the top 100 movies this summer? (15:30)

๐Ÿ… Which of these movies got the highest rating on Rotten Tomatoes this summer (16:03)

๐Ÿฆˆ Which summer 2019 movie tried to be this year's "Meg"? (16:48)

Approx. 18 min, 25 sec.

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