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)

Listen via the player above, or:

Download The Ricks Review 'Star Wars Episode IV-The Rise of Skywalker

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)
 
Approx. 15 min, 40 sec. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.

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)

Listen via streaming, or click here

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)

Or Listen Here: ๐ŸฟThe Ricks Review 'Terminator Dark Fate'

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


๐ŸŽง Silent Coca-Cola Print Ads You Can Hear, AI-Generated Leadership Slogans & More

The Loaded Questions keep flying as we recall some of our favorite memories from Season 2 of Rick and Rick Rule the World.

IN THIS EPISODE

๐ŸŽง Silent Coca-Cola print ads you'll swear you can hear (at 9 sec)

๐Ÿง  The technical name for the psychological effect Coke uses in those ads - it's SCIENCE (at 1 min, 09 sec)

๐Ÿ”ฅ โ€ฆ Revisiting the knee-slapping family fun of "Brightburn" (at 2:09)

๐Ÿฐ The Top 3 "Game of Thrones" character names parents are giving their newborns (at 3:17)

๐Ÿšฝ What Rick M. really wanted the GoT characters to do with the Iron Throne โ€ฆ (at: 4:02)

๐ŸŒŽ How the Ricks are going wide (at 4:47)

๐Ÿคช Which was more fun for the Ricks - Season 1 or Season 2? (at 5:54)

โ˜•๏ธ How ingesting too much of a good thing can go bad fast (unless it's Ricks Pez candies, of course) (at 6:28)

๐Ÿ•ด AI-created leadership slogans gone bad (at 8:01)

๐Ÿ›‹ IKEA's plans to turn your living room into the set of your favorite TV show (at 932)

๐Ÿ‰ The Ricks nail their rendition of "Never Ending Story," the sex lives of Muppets, pre-Internet gaming, still obsessing about Shamrock Shakes, the trouble with time capsules and more (at 10:33)

Listen through the embedded player, on iTunes, or by downloading here.

Approximately 14 min, 45 sec. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify, and all other streaming services.

 
 

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)

Or Listen on iTunes or Download Here

Approx 19 min.

For US audiences only. See cookie and privacy policies for SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify, and all other applicable sites, apps, and streaming services.


๐Ÿ˜Ž Why Podcasts are the New Website, DIY Deepfakes, and More

DIY audio deepfakes. Tinder's new choose-your-own-adventure streaming series. The new app that tells you if the people texting you are being flirtatious, or if you're strictly friendzone. Plus more. 

IN THIS EPISODE: 

๐Ÿ’ฅ JJ Abrams enters the Spider-verse, with a little help from his son (at 48 seconds)

๐Ÿ˜ Flirt-worthy, or strictly friendzone? A new app scans your text conversations to find out (at 2 min, 52 sec)

๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ A new app allows you to create audio deepfakes of yourselfโ€”so what could go wrong? (at 4:51)

โ˜•๏ธ Is it Pumpkin Spiceโ€”or poison? And did a 23-year-old woman just find out the hard way? (at 5:58)

๐Ÿ’ Swipe left or right? Tinder's new choose-your-own-adventure-style streaming series (at 8:02)

๐Ÿฅค Shake a Coke and a Smile: New Coke cans trigger cool new augmented reality experiences (at 9:18)

๐ŸŽง Thanks to Google algorithm updates, podcasts are the new webpage (at 13:03)

๐Ÿ“ฐ What those Google algorithm changes mean to news aggregators may be bad news

๐Ÿ›’ Which generation has the most ethical shoppers? Spoiler alert: It's not the Boomers

๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ It's still summer, so of course these two brands are already running Christmas ads

Or Listen on iTunes

Approx 17 min, 34 sec.

For US audiences only. See cookie and privacy policies for SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify, and all other applicable sites, apps, and streaming services.


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)

Or Listen Here ๐Ÿƒ

Approx. 17 minutes

For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for SoundCloud, iTunes, and all other streaming services.


#EscapeTheClown: BK is Using AR to Troll Mickey D's And We Are There for 'It'

 

Just when you think Burger King can't top the crowning glory of last year's Whopper Detour campaign promoting its mobile app, it pulls off a battle royal from within its chief rival's own stores. 

Last year, BK won countless awards for geo-targeting offers for a 1-cent Whopper to customers who come within 800 feet of a McDonald's (see the success story below). But BK Germany may have upped the anteโ€”again. 

In a cross promotion celebrating the release of "It Chapter Two," Burger King is using advertising on Facebook and Twitter to invite consumers to download its mobile app and scan a review of "It" within a movie magazine McDonald's distributes in-store.

According to The Drum, when consumers download the app, they're able to play an augmented reality-enabled mobile game that displays a "flee and run" route to the nearest BK. If they make it there within a certain amount of time, they're able to buy a Whopper for just one cent. 

It's just the latest in the kind of inventive campaigns that helped BK clean up at this year's Cannes Lions Advertising Festivalโ€”and at the cash register. And in truth, BK's unorthodox philosophy about marketing has been on display as far back as its work with CPB Group.

With this brilliantly devious cross-promotion, the QSR might just win "Creative Brand of the Year" for a second year in a row.