Marketing, Media, Pop-Culture 2020: The Year in Loaded Questions (Part 1)

🎄It's a super-sized game of Loaded Questions as the Ricks celebrate the season that tried to make lemonade out of one lemon of a year.

IN THIS EPISODE:

🎅🏼A holiday end-of-season for the Ricks (at :55-seconds)

👽The time Rick M. introduced Rick W. in Klingon (at 1-min, :49-sec)

🍔When a certain QSR brand's campaign for freshness is solid mold (at 2:48)

🧟‍♂️The Ricks do science near you, and the results are scary (at 4:30)

😲Could this unfortunately-timed ad campaign benefited from a temporary rebrand? (at 6:12)

🤖Arnie's "Terminator" takes on an unexpected new role–and casting trivia from the OG (at 7:02)

💇‍♂️Rick W. wins a Golden Flowbee during lockdown—and finds himself in esteemed company (at 7:52)

🤘🏻From "Sex Education" to "Finger-Licking Vegan Nuggets" to fMRI and beyond (at 9:48)

📺"The Mandalorian" tries on some 501s (at 11:30)

🏈 Oh for the love of Quibi (at 13:32)

🤣 Some memorable moments from Season 3 of Rick and Rick Rule the World (at 15:14)

Approx. 19-min, 45-sec.

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🚙 Electric Cars—Not So Neutral After All?

It's time for a quick round of Rick and Rick Loaded Questions. This time out: The dirt on electric cars. Kissing in COVID-era movie productions. The best holiday movie of all time. And consumer views on social media as a holiday-season marketing channel.

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IN THIS EPISODE

⚡️Jolt to the System: Comparing the carbon footprint of electric vs. gas cars

💋Zoom Romance: Actors' relationship with COVID-era kissing? It's com(plexi)

🍿Debates over the best holiday movie of all time die hard

🎅🏼Holiday advertising in social media: A mismatch under the mistletoe?

Approximately 5-minutes, 15-seconds.

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🏁 The 'Fast & Furious' Franchise is Racing Toward ... Outer Space?

The Fast & Furious franchise aims for a surprising new moonshot. Burger King and Ronald McDonald turn heads when they kiss off distancing protocols. And why you may soon be able to play your go-to Xbox games anywhere, anytime, on whatever device you have in hand. It's all this and more in our latest podcast. From Sept. 15.

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IN THIS EPISODE:

🗽Rick M is in a New York state of mind, but Rick W's just happy to get outside again (at :59-seconds)

👩🏼‍🚀"F9," the latest installment of the "Fast & Furious" movie franchise, is racing toward … outer space? (at 2:15)

🕹Xbox goes virtual so you can play on any device—including your iPhone? (at 3:46)

🤡Burger King has the hots for a certain ginger beef patty & he's not clowning around (at 6:43)

🔥This Year's Burning Man Festival lights up social VR, Second Life-style (at 8:32)

🎃Will Halloween sales scare the hell out of candy brands? (at 10:30)

👻RIP, CBS All Access—we hardly knew you…but for Paramount, it's a Plus (at 11:30)

🤳🏽The original video sharing site takes on TikTok with YouTube Shorts (at 12:22)

Approximately 13-minutes, 43-seconds. For US audiences.
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🏁 The 'Fast & Furious' Franchise is Racing Toward ... Outer Space?

The Fast & Furious franchise aims for a surprising new moonshot. Burger King and Ronald McDonald turn heads when they kiss off distancing protocols. And why you may soon be able to play your go-to Xbox games anywhere, anytime, on whatever device you have in hand. It's all this and more in our latest podcast. From Sept. 15.

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IN THIS EPISODE:

🗽Rick M is in a New York state of mind, but Rick W's just happy to get outside again (at :59-seconds)

👩🏼‍🚀"F9," the latest installment of the "Fast & Furious" movie franchise, is racing toward … outer space? (at 2:15)

🕹Xbox goes virtual so you can play on any device—including your iPhone? (at 3:46)

🤡Burger King has the hots for a certain ginger beef patty & he's not clowning around (at 6:43)

🔥This Year's Burning Man Festival lights up social VR, Second Life-style (at 8:32)

🎃Will Halloween sales scare the hell out of candy brands? (at 10:30)

👻RIP, CBS All Access—we hardly knew you…but for Paramount, it's a Plus (at 11:30)

🤳🏽The original video sharing site takes on TikTok with YouTube Shorts (at 12:22)

Approximately 13-minutes, 43-seconds. For US audiences.
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🤓VR Takes You to 'Lovecraft Country,' 'The Batman' Trailer's Uncanny Similarity to 'Se7en' & More

In this episode: "The Matrix 4" and its transgender allegory is on its way—without Agent Smith or Morpheus. HBO's experiential promotion for "Lovecraft Country." Is "The Batman" a trailer thief? Netflix has a 'Three Body Problem.' Plus Loaded Questions and a whole lot more. From September 13.

IN THIS EPISODE:

🛹 Rick W. gets his new Tony Hawk game, complete with limited edition skateboard (at 1 min, 6 sec)

✈️ Rick M. wasn't the guy flying a jetpack past commercial airliners on approach to LAX … at least not this time (at 2:46)

3️⃣ Netflix's "Three Body Problem" may be a good one to have (at 3:26)

🕵️‍♂️ "The Matrix 4" is on its way–without Agent Smith or Morpheus (at 4:52)

💥 "The Animatrix," revisited–why it was better than Matrix 2 and 3 (at 6:46)

👩🏻‍🦰 Did you know "The Matrix" series is an allegory about transgenderism? Neither did we (at 7:34)

🦇=❼? "Holy Double Vision, Batman!" If the trailer to "The Batman" looks familiar to you, this may be why (at 10:43)

👓 HBO takes its experiential marketing prowess to virtual reality to promote "Lovecraft Country" (at 12:04)

🐷 Did Elon Musk's Neuralink presser pull a Cybertruck? (at 14:47)

🤕 Just how much damage has the pandemic done to media spend in 2020? (at 15:42)

🍿 It's official: Summer 2020's box office champion is … (at 16:26)

Approximately 18-minutes, 15-seconds. For US audiences.

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🍿Marvel's 'New Mutants' Hits Theaters (Really), the Trailer for 'The Batman,' and Batfleck Returns

🎥 In Part One of our latest episode, Marvel's "New Mutants" finally hit the big screen–at a bad moment. And the Ricks review the teaser trailer for Matt Reeve's "The Batman" - with a twist from 'The Breakfast Club.' From Aug 30.

IN THIS EPISODE

🔮 Was Nostradamas 8 years off? (at :57 seconds)

🌍 The Ricks thank their listeners (at 2:03)

🎬 Marvel's "New Mutants" hits movie theaters … in the middle of a pandemic (at 3:28)

🦇 The Ricks discuss the teaser trailer for Matt Reeve's "The Batman" (at 7:13)

🍳 Robert Pattinson's Bruce Wayne could be a twin to this Breakfast Club character (at 8:04)

💥 Batfleck Returns: Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton to Play Batman–together (at 9:49)

Approximately 10-minutes, 52-seconds. For US audiences.

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😎Oculus Leaks, Coca-Cola Goes Zero Touch, Batman Goes 'Black Mirror,' Mac & Cheese Goes Breakfast

Our Roundup on all those rumors about Oculus Quest 2. Coca-Cola's Freestyle Fountains gets a mobile, zero-touch makeover. Batman goes all "Black Mirror" on us in his first interactive animated movie. Plus "Loaded Questions" and a whole lot more. From August 14. 

IN THIS EPISODE

👍🏻The latest on Rick W's phantom finger tips (at 1:00)

🥽Oculus 2 Leaks: The rumors sound (virtually) amazing (at 1:50)

🦸🏻‍♂️Robin Dies at Dawn? New interactive Batman movie lets you decide (at 4:00)

🥤Rick M's favorite Coke Zero fix is going "zero touch" via mobile web app (at 6:14)

🍺A mustard-flavored beer you can guzzle … with relish (at 9:24)

🇺🇸Does Non-Essential Worker Barbie have a future in politics? (at 11:00)

🍲Kraft Mac & Cheese: Now part of a balanced breakfast? (at 12:23)

Approx. 13-min, 54-sec. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


🎬 10 Box Office Bombs Now Considered Cult Classics

🎬"Starship Troopers." "Tron." "The Children of Men." "The Iron Giant." In this Rick & Quick episode, the Ricks debate Collider's list of 10 box office bombs that are now considered cult classics.

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IN THIS EPISODE:

🐜"Starship Troopers:" B movie, A for attitude (at :39-seconds)

🕹"Tron" revolutionizes CGI, one frame at a time (at 1-min, 19-sec)

👶🏽"Children of Men:" Birth of a classic (at 2:53)

👾"The Thing"—John Carpenter's monstrous masterpiece (at 3:34)

🤖"The Iron Giant" is iconic, "Event Horizon" not so much (at 4:29)

🤠"The Quick and the Dead"—Raimi redefines yet another genre (at 5:08)

Approx. 6-min, 45-sec. For US audiences.

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👁👄👁 How 'It Is What It Is' Took Silicon Valley by Storm, Dos Equis' Social Distancing Cooler

Dos Equis toasts its new six-foot-long social distancing cooler. The secrets of latent semantic indexing. The secret "Princess Pride" remake. And WTAF is "It Is What It Is"? The Ricks have answers—plus some Loaded Questions of their own. From July 5.

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IN THIS EPISODE

🇺🇸Fourth of July memories (at 1-min, 4-sec)

👸🏽Something to Quibi about: Celebrities stage their own "Prince Bride" fan film (at 2:32)

📱MIT Tech Review: What grown-ups don't get about teens, tech, and social media (at 4:19)

📺Mental Floss unearths cringeworthy commercials from the '80s and '90s (at 6:45)

😎Dos Equis has a new seis-foot ice cooler for a summer of social distancing (at 9:30)

🤖'b' role: The new sci-fi thriller starting an actual AI robot in the leading role (at 11:09)

🗂What you need to know about Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) (at 12:36)

👁👄👁"It Is What It Is" wasn't what you thought it was (at 14:00)

Approximately 16-minutes, 13-seconds. For US audiences.
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🥽 How COVID-19 Will Shape the Future of Virtual Reality

"The Mandalorian" tries on some 501's. The Justice League stars in a gory new R-rated animated movie. ADWEEK asks: What brands would you want to shelter with most? Starbucks switches up its strategy for the time of COVID-19, and more. From June 26. 

IN THIS EPISODE

🚀 Disney+ hit "The Mandalorian" tries on some of their favorite 501's (at 1-min, 34-sec)

💥 The SuperFriends it ain't: The gory new, R-rated "Justice League" animated movie is pure <BLEEP> (at 3:38)

🕹 Virtually House Bound: The impact of COVID-19 on the future of virtual reality (at 5:07)

🏘 ADWEEK wants to know: With what "house" of brands would you want to shack up with most? (at 9:39)

🖖🏽 Turns out James T. Kirk may be into little green men, too (at 12:53)

🧗🏻‍North Face joins brands boycotting Facebook–will more join the party? (at 14:09)

☕️ Starbucks' plans for a post-"third place" world (at 14:45)

Approximately 17-minutes, 3-seconds. For US audiences.

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