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The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the theme of sacrifice in Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (14:52), theorize on how the heroes could make a comeback against Thanos (53:02), list seven of their favorite moments from the blockbuster (1:02:11), and award the champion’s purse to the villain of the movie (1:07:33).Purchase new 'Binge Mode: Harry Potter' merch at bit.ly/ringershop.
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion answer questions submitted by you, the listeners! Topics include: 'Ready Player One,' March Madness, MLB Opening Day, a hypothetical 'Game of Thrones'–'Billions' crossover, and, of course, 'Harry Potter.'For context on Jason’s “lifelong Yankees fandom,” please check out ‘The NBA Fan’s Guide to the World Series’ on Channel 33 from last October (1:02:01—1:07:05) on Apple Podcasts, ART19, or wherever you get your podcasts.Also, you can preorder new Ringer merchandise at http://bit.ly/ringershop.
Mal and Jason explore ‘Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace’ by discussing origins, explaining midi-chlorians, sharing eight of their favorite insights and observations, and awarding the medal of bravery to a precocious force-user.Hosts: Mallory Rubin, Jason Concepcion
Mal and Jason dive deep into the 2016 anthology film ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ by exploring how the audacity of hope shapes the central characters, examining kyber crystals, sharing eight of their favorite insights and observations from the film, and awarding the medal of bravery to a brave martyr.Hosts: Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion
Mal and Jason dive deep into the conclusion of the original trilogy, ‘Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi’ by exploring how redemption defines the story, examining the Ewoks of Endor, sharing eight of their favorite insights and observations from the film, and awarding the Medal of Bravery to the savior of the galaxy.Hosts: Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion dissect their three favorite episodes from Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’ thus far in anticipation for Season 4 (4:00), analyze the future of technology as it relates to the show (50:25), herald the winners of virtual eternity (53:25), and run through the seven things they are most excited for this week (55:14).
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion answer questions submitted by you, the listeners! Topics include: 'Game of Thrones's' future, Hogwarts' houses, the Knicks and O's, and their friendship.
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion examine Pixar’s latest masterpiece, ‘Coco’ (4:58); highlight shared themes between ‘Coco’ and previous Pixar films (8:42); discuss representation in the Pixar universe (50:21); crown the winner of ‘Coco’ (56:44); and share the seven topics they are excited for this week (59:29).
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss the relationship between power and responsibility in ‘Black Panther’ (10:40), explore the advanced technologies of Wakanda (45:33), list seven of their favorite details from the film (53:36), and champion the women of Wakanda (61:20).Link - The Ringer's story stream on 'Black Panther'
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the theme of self-destruction in the enigmatic sci-fi film ‘Annihilation’ (13:18), discuss the notable differences between the film adaptation and the original novella (31:46), analyze the film’s recurring musical motif (52:49), list seven stories similar to the movie (1:00:32), and crown an increasingly popular genre (01:10:18).For more ‘Annihilation’ coverage, check out: The Ringer staff’s exit survey on the film Writer-director Alex Garland on ‘The Big Picture’ Novelist Jeff VanderMeer on ‘The Watch’ Rob Harvilla’s Jeff VanderMeer profile Tessa Thompson on ‘Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air’ ‘The Watch’ discussion on the film
Mal and Jason explore the iconic character of Han Solo by discussing his history and legacy, examining Harrison Ford’s career leading up to playing the character, listing eight of the top Han Solo moments across the films, and awarding the Medal of Bravery to the embodiment of the rogue archetype.Hosts: Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion
Mal and Jason dive deep into the iconic ‘Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back’ by exploring the revelations that define the story, examining the off-screen events between ‘A New Hope’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ sharing eight of their favorite insights and observations from the film, and awarding the Medal of Bravery to a ruthless villain.Hosts: Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion
Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 7, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” by exploring the episode's central theme, unions (9:00), before breaking down the rules of succession in Westeros and Jon’s claim to the Iron Throne (77:00). Finally, they crown their champions (94:00).
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss the bond that the protagonists of ‘The Good Place’ build throughout the show’s sophomore season (6:47), explore other integrations of sports references in TV history (51:09), list their favorite iterations of Janet (56:07), and crown a worthy demon (64:09).
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how Marvel films have maintained their success (8:11), review the comic books that inspired the films (55:58), list seven of their favorite post-credit scenes (59:04), and crown the mastermind behind the franchise (64:32).Link: The Ringer's Superhero Draft
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss Season 1 of ‘The Good Place’ through the lens of growth and enlightenment (4:59), explore other depictions of philosophy in popular culture (43:07), identify seven clues that hinted at the season's big plot twist (48:28), and name their season champion (55:36).
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion review Episode VIII of ‘Star Wars’ (3:18), explore the concept of moving on from the past for the characters and the film at large (8:25), discuss the reorganization of ‘Star Wars’ canon (55:00), list some notable nuggets from the film (59:55), and crown a worthy droid (65:27).
On this episode, Mal and Jason dive into the final four episodes of the animated TV series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" by exploring how forging your own path shapes the Disney+ conclusion, examining the significance of the series' closing scene, sharing eight of their favorite insights and observations from these episodes, and awarding the Medal of Bravery to an indelible protagonist.
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss how the Hero’s Journey informed the ‘Star Wars’ films (2:55), trace the narratives of the universe’s notable heroes and villains (6:06), explore the symbolism of the series (47:49), champion notable droids (49:52), and perform line readings from the prequels (52:54).
Mal and Jason explore the long history of ‘Star Wars’ video games by sharing their own experiences playing them, examining the rise and fall of LucasArts, ranking the eight most essential characters from various games with The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh, and awarding the Medal of Bravery to a widely celebrated game.Hosts: Mallory Rubin and Jason ConcepcionGuest: Ben Lindbergh
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion review the premises for Season 4 of ‘Black Mirror’ (3:28), discuss the theme of choice and consequence in their three favorite episodes (5:36), provide the history of early online dating (46:23), highlight their favorite cross-season Easter eggs (51:34), and crown the successor to 'San Junipero' (61:20).
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion answer questions submitted by you, the listeners! Topics include: Super Bowl memories, ‘Star Wars’ spin-offs, ‘Altered Carbon,’ new ‘Solo’ and ‘Westworld’ trailers, ‘Game of Thrones’ hypotheticals, and more.
Mal and Jason discuss the conclusion of the sequel trilogy, ‘Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker,’ by exploring how the film invokes resurrection, examining the Unknown Regions, sharing eight of their favorite insights and observations from the movie, and awarding the Medal of Bravery to the central bond at the heart of the trilogy.Hosts: Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore the theme of beginnings in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ (11:33), explain how the Han Solo character originally came about (41:02), rank seven questions they want to see answered in a potential sequel (43:57), and award the champion’s purse to a fierce droid (52:55).
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion explore how burdens shape chapters 27-28 of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ (6:16); examine the killing curse, Avada Kedavra (1:13:01); share seven of their favorite insights and observations (1:16:57); and award the House Cup to the titular prince (1:21:43).
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Podcast Details

Started
Jun 1st, 2017
Latest Episode
Feb 4th, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
214
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
Yes

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