A Lifetime of Happiness

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March 17, 2021 Steve Bennet-Martin, Stephen Martin-Bennet Season 1 Episode 59
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A Lifetime of Happiness
March Minisode
Mar 17, 2021 Season 1 Episode 59
Steve Bennet-Martin, Stephen Martin-Bennet

As the Steves get ready to head out of town for their 5 year wedding anniversary, they take a moment to give their final thoughts on some recent games and shows mentioned in the Binge and Purge section.

Topics Discussed:
Persona 5 Royal
WandaVision
The BioShock Trilogy
911 and 911 Lone Star
Station 19 and Grey's Anatomy
Owning a Jeep
Getting Promotions

Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/happylifepod)

Show Notes Transcript

As the Steves get ready to head out of town for their 5 year wedding anniversary, they take a moment to give their final thoughts on some recent games and shows mentioned in the Binge and Purge section.

Topics Discussed:
Persona 5 Royal
WandaVision
The BioShock Trilogy
911 and 911 Lone Star
Station 19 and Grey's Anatomy
Owning a Jeep
Getting Promotions

Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/happylifepod)

Steve:

Hello returning happies and new listeners. This is Steve Bennet-Martin, and this

Stephen:

is Stephen Martin -Bennet. And welcome to a lifetime of happiness. The

Steve:

podcast where we take you on our journey through some of the movies, television shows, and other bits of pop culture that are helping to keep us happy. Well, hopefully helping to bring a smile to your face along the

Stephen:

way. And today we're going to be looking back at some of the different shows and games that we've discussed mid binge and giving you some more final thoughts on it or continued thoughts.

Steve:

Yes. And the reason for the special mini said brings us to happy news, which is

Stephen:

we're going to new Orleans this week. And we're going to be celebrating our five-year wedding

Steve:

anniversary. Yes. And so for that one, we are spending our time preparing for the trip as well as also preparing a very special anniversary episode, which will be coming out next Wednesday, which is our anniversary. Funny

Stephen:

how that just happened to work out for us.

Steve:

It was meant for us and for y'all. So stay tuned for the greatest show. Yes. In the meantime, my love what's been making you happy. Well,

Stephen:

So I traded in my convertible. I'd had that Volkswagen convertible for 10 years

Steve:

now. Wow. You've had it longer than you've had me.

Stephen:

It's been a long time. And I just decided it's finally time to get something else. And I decided I'd been sitting very, very low to the ground for a very long time. And now I have a

Steve:

Jeep. Yes. And especially after you've had family like Barry, who's had so many accidents where the Jeep saved his life. Absolutely. I feel better knowing you're driving a Jeep now because I don't want you to die.

Stephen:

Thank you very much. Yes. Barry has had two different. Could have been fatal accidents where the construction of a Jeep product has saved his life both times. Yes. Well, that's pretty amazing.

Steve:

Yes. And I hear, I hear you already joined the Instagrams and the Facebook clubs and the pages for all the Jeeps. I did not do any of that. You're not, but Jeep is a lifestyle, babe. It's like soft life, but cheap life.

Stephen:

I'm not getting salt like that either. Now I will wave at people cause there's a whole Jeep wave that you do between other Wrangler drivers. But as of right now, I'm good with me and my little dog.

Steve:

Okay. Sounds good. And did you want to share the best part about its color, which is the name Oh,

Stephen:

nasbary, which is this color that's somewhere in between a purple and a red and it's so shiny. And it makes me think of the line from Willy Wonka where the leg and the snowballs berries taste like smalls. Very. So now I'm like, and the snaps berries taste like snails

Steve:

berries. Yeah. That's where my mind goes to as well. So it's perfect.

Stephen:

Well, and it also, like it's obviously raspberry and it's snazzy and for some reason that makes me think of like Fossi, jazz, hands

Steve:

chassis. It's

Stephen:

like, Raspberry with jazz hands. That's how I described the color. Wow. Oh Darlene. What is making you happy right

Steve:

now? Wow. I have received a promotion of

Stephen:

sorts at work. Congratulations. It is very much deserved.

Steve:

Thank you. Yes. I have gone from me in the sales counselor at work to the sales director, which basically means I have more responsibilities. So it's been fun. Getting more responsibilities because I am ready to step up to them. And so yay me. For the promotion. Yes. Congratulations darling. With heart in the same job, basically performing the same function. So this doesn't affect anyone else I'm working for them. And the fact that I get the fancy director title. Woo. Hoo, indeed.

Stephen:

So now let's get over to some final thoughts on things that we've been doing recently. You have been doing a whole bunch of persona.

Steve:

Yes. Persona five Royal is out on the PS4 currently. Currently that's the only system on it. If you're not familiar with their persona series, they typically do a deluxe version and that is this that's. Royal aspect of the persona five. And it was my second time playing through persona this time with the extras. And if you were absolutely in love with the first one, like I was the second one, is that all over again with more quality of life improvements and extra content here in there, I would say that if you enjoyed it, but you weren't in love. I don't know whether it's worth a full play through all over again. If you played the first one, but especially if you've never played persona and you own a PlayStation. You should be playing it because it's snazzy, artistic. The story's great. The music is fantastic. Fantastic. The characters are great. If, if you played the original and the new character, Kasumi, I'm on the fence of, I liked her better before the, the third semester where you learned her story. I wasn't a fan of the story because

Stephen:

she's a pedophile cannibal. Yes,

Steve:

because she is a pedophile cannibal, and that can be a bad thing. No spoiler alert for those playing the game. But after spending the entire time being Kasumi it ends up that no, Kasumi is her little sister who died in a car wreck and it's actually like, her name is, Sumir instead. And it was, it was to me all a long,

Stephen:

well, speaking of that, Let's talk about WAM

Steve:

division, because the last time we talked about Wanda vision, it wasn't even Agatha all along. And that took over the entire internet

Stephen:

because that song is fantastic.

Steve:

Yes, it is. Hi, hi camp, which is what we love.

Stephen:

Yeah. Like, and of course, because I put his name and everything I've been singing. It was rim me all along.

Steve:

Yes. Remy has been blamed for many things all along since we can learn the Agatha was a protector or an antagonist all along in one division.

Stephen:

So let's talk about Wanda vision, some overarching things with it. Now it is. All hinged on Elizabeth Olsen's performance. And

Steve:

she was amazing. Yes. For those of you who don't know about Wanda or vision, those are two Marvel characters that were in relationship. They were in the Avengers movies. A couple people saw the adventures. I hear that it kind of became more like. While superheroes have always been kind of niche. They've gotten more niche recently, less accessible to everyone out there. And so you might not have heard about that because,

Stephen:

I'm pretty sure that until this past weekend Avengers end game was the number one movie in history. Yes. Do you know what happened this weekend? On a side note? So Disney, what had happened was Disney rereleased avatar in China. Where it earned enough by like 17 million to re overtake. And now is the number one movie in history again, which

Steve:

honestly, because them just being petty and wanting to win it back. Well,

Stephen:

Disney owns both. Oh. So Disney, Marvel, it's all the same thing. What I think it is is that avatar two is going to be coming out in 2022. And now they're going to be able to say the sequel to the number one movie of all time. And then before Avengers, five comes out they'll rerelease end game or something and theaters again, and then there'll be able to say Yeah. And they'll be able to keep doing that back and forth.

Steve:

But I see what you did there, Disney. Yeah. But it is me. When you do things, you typically do them very thought out, because this is a, what at first for one division seemed kind of like a left, like a head out of left park. Like where did that come from with the whole MCU? And, yeah, it was just you know, the first episode was basically just, she was a fifties housewife, Allah. Like I love

Stephen:

Lucy and, and all of that in like episode two was kind of be witched and but. Elizabeth Olsen coming from the Olsen family with the Olsen twins. She's a fantastic actress with a lot of range, because to go from where she did playing a caricature of a 50 and sixties TV show housewife all the way up through a modern and then still doing her Wanda character. Whenever it all comes out like the rain, she showed him this. And in the end, the real villain of all of this was grief and loss. And I thought that that was a fantastic way for Marvel to really dig in to this character who had her world torn apart because of end game and actually show emotional and mental consequences. To the superhero life.

Steve:

She never see that. And that is always something where even with Buffy or any sort of superhero show with all the fucked up shit that they go through on a weekly basis. And then it's just more fucked up stuff the next week. Yeah. You know, the fact that these people aren't just crippling, drooling, you know, therapy, you know, right. Sock puppets at this point, because of everything that they've been through is just unrealistic. And so, I mean, yeah, the whole theme of the song. Series was grief grief. And to the point where they got that, the line of like, what is grief, but love persevering. And that is just all over everywhere will

Stephen:

be. And I mean, well, I think that that is going to be like all over soccer, moms, fridges, the same way live, laugh. Love is. Yeah. Somebody else that was a very big standout is Kathryn Hahn, who most people know as bad moms. She's a very talented, comedic actress, but again, the range she showed in this series, because she was a chilling villain.

Steve:

And when she does have that flat

Stephen:

yeah. When it flips and then it goes into the hole, it was Agatha all along. And you see her in the next two episodes, especially when she's. Pushing Lambda through re-exploring all the horrible things that happened to her and going over her grief like Bravo, Kathryn Hahn. I hope you get nominated for some awards for this because it was impressive.

Steve:

Yes, it certainly was. And spoiler alert for the ending, but even though Quicksilver world not be sticking around this wreck con I did love that that was the best on casting that I've ever seen ever.

Stephen:

And. Tiana Paris who plays Monica Rambo was also another standout with this. Yeah.

Steve:

I'm ready for her to be in captain Marvel too, or wherever she ends up, because I want more of her because she got these awesome powers and they don't even go in. Yeah. And

Stephen:

so I definitely think it's going to head there

Steve:

and there wasn't the post credit scene if you missed it because it's a Marvel thing. So you should know better if you did. Yeah. And

Stephen:

so that is definitely leading into captain Marvel too, with because she was getting a call.

Steve:

To go out to space from the screen or was

Stephen:

it the crawl? Well, she's actually supposed to head up there to meet Sam Jackson. Oh, okay. Yeah. Director fury was the one summoning her two other great standouts from this who I would love to see have their own action comedy series would be Randall park who plays FBI agent Jimmy. Woo. And Kat Dennings who plays? Darcy Lewis, the scientist

Steve:

who everyone knows from

Stephen:

two broke girls, two broke girls and the first two first third movies, what I would really love to see is them working for sword. Yeah. And going up and have that be like

Steve:

a new sealed, but having that be more comedy and

Stephen:

like just out there and really go for it. And I think that could be. Fantastic. If you didn't watch wan division ups, we just spoiled the Hersh.

Steve:

I said spoiler first, but that still doesn't mean you shouldn't go back and watch it because it's just a beautifully told story from start to finish. If you haven't watched them before in the Marvel movies, they have a great two little part. Catch-up under a Marvel legends.

Stephen:

Yeah. Yeah. On Disney plus, like, and they'll guide you through it all. It it's very well done. Very, very well done. And Bravo to Disney and Marvel. I can't wait to see where it goes

Steve:

next. Yes. And S something that isn't going anywhere. Anytime soon, next you finish your Bioshock trilogy and they have not made a fourth announcement yet. They

Stephen:

have made a fourth announcement. Oh yeah. I think it was just announced in December, so it's going to be several years.

Steve:

Gotcha. Well, tell us about your final thoughts on the whole trilogy. Cause he reported back like one at a time, right? So

Stephen:

finishing it all. What I can say is wow, what a great trilogy. Unfortunately the third is the weakest of the trilogy. I feel Where the first to take place in rapture. And I was kind of getting tired of being in the underworld city of rapture. I wanted to experience something new. You go into the floating city in the sky, in the third one, but the story was weaker and it honestly felt like you were walking down, narrow corridors, getting exposition thrown at you the entire time. Till you were put into a here's a battle area and you were fighting pretty much the same people again and again and again. And like, I know you have to beat the enemies and things. This almost felt like a graphic novel that you had to take more part in. So it felt. Like I can see where it's going, but so in the first two games you had plasmids, which were like your mutant powers and they definitely played a big part in the game, in battling and in puzzle solving and things. Yeah. Especially the

Steve:

electricity and the fire and the ice, and they will

Stephen:

solve puzzles and it was important. You could get through the third game, other than one section where you have to use your electricity to power up the batteries. You wouldn't need to use your powers at all through the third game, except for that one section. So that was slightly disappointing to make it such a big deal

Steve:

and, and more powers please, or like, and uses

Stephen:

you says like make them useful, like The first one had the best story. Yes. I love the story. The best story. The second one had the best player experience because they took the things that needed improving from the first game. And made the quality of life improvements for the second game. Plus, I

Steve:

got to call you big daddy. Yes. And normally it's the other way around,

Stephen:

so second one is best player experience. First one is most beautiful scenery and best story. Third one. I'm glad that I played. And if

Steve:

I think of the ending with the twist, that it was connected to the first one. Cause that's what, when the, when it came out, the internet was like all in love with it, but I don't know how that aged compared to some other things, because it didn't in hindsight. I don't think it aged as well.

Stephen:

It didn't aid because it was so tangentially connected. It was like teeny tiny. And if you actually look now for some, Oh big, when the announcement came out Twitter started talking about it and they were ripping Bioshock, infinite. A new one on Twitter. And I was like, Oh, okay. I thought it was just me that playing them all in a row. I saw that. And there's some people that will defend Bioshock infinite, and they played it with the giant breaks in between the three games.

Steve:

I want to go back almost to play just the DLC part, where it was in rapture before the fall, because you know, in the first two games, you only play it. After the fall. So going back and playing the, I don't know what the full story was or how the experience was, but I know that like, that's something I would want to go back to the game for where I don't even play the main story. I just want to play the DLC, I think.

Stephen:

And everybody, if you haven't attended a switch and you have never played the Bioshock games or. You have, and you want to play them again, get the trilogy on the switch. It's a good price for it.

Steve:

I was gonna say, and they do regularly go on sale. So if it's not a rush attitude, your wishlist, because it's one of those games that if you, if it's not 30% off, now it will be over the next month. Almost. Definitely. Yep.

Stephen:

And. Modern TV is now back prime time TV is showing again for the most,

Steve:

most part. Yes. Our DVR was something that for awhile, we were, it was just empty. It was empty. I got to play so many PlayStation games up on the big TV, like a grownup,

Stephen:

because what we do is usually we're playing switch games and then we have the TV on. So we're multitasking. Yeah. And then there's times where you're doing a PS4 game. And on using the big screen and I treat it like a movie. Yes. Like

Steve:

Spiderman, Spiderman miles. Miralis which we're playing right now. Yeah. And so with this, though, if you watch it, any shows that are out right now, and you haven't been checking your DVR because they haven't been out for awhile 900 ones are still going strong and they're,

Stephen:

episode's really good right now, too. Like

Steve:

I, this, I fell back into it cause I was so over it for a little bit. I was like, Oh, great. More fire department shows because station 19 did lose me. At

Stephen:

station 19, but this season has been so much better.

Steve:

I'm we're, we're about to, at the end, after this go check out as it comes back. Cause the, the finale gave me such an anxiety attack. I'm homeless, nervous

Stephen:

to watch it. The nine 11 ones are back. Claire Reece is a brand new show that continued. So it is, we've mentioned before a continuation kind of, of silence of the lambs with no Hannibal, that her character. Exactly. And it is windy right now. It's really good. It

Steve:

is.

Stephen:

So, and another show that I want to talk about real flat is the Connors. Yes. So the Connors is what happens when

Steve:

racist people get called off for being horrible racist people.

Stephen:

Roseanne BARR has accountability come and get her. And so they killed her off on the show and they renamed it. The Connor's kind of like what happened. Back in the eighties, there was a show called Valerie with Valerie Harper, NBC, and she got into a fight. They killed her off and renamed the show, the Hogan family, and brought in her sister to be the new matriarch of the family. And so the ho the Conners now you've got Katie Seagal joining the cast as Dan's girlfriend. You've got all the kids there and honestly, It's better without Roseanne. Yes. It's

Steve:

certainly as I agree,

Stephen:

because she's not that great

Steve:

shameless is just a little, little twat bitch on there. I can't stand her. It's pretty awful. Like every time she shows up, I'm just like, Ugh, it's Debbie. The downer like pretty much. And I know she not Debbie, but she's just a nasty bitch who is unlikable.

Stephen:

She's not likable at all. They're addressing a lot of really interesting things. Besides income inequality and food scarcity, they also addressed trans rights issues recently and privacy

Steve:

and the Roseanne off cause the painkiller addictions, right?

Stephen:

The, I mean, opiate addictions and opioid addictions are so big. And the country, especially West Virginia, where I came from, it was a huge issue. So yes.

Steve:

If that was more of an issue than the hillbillies from wrong turn, correct. Okay. Yes. Just wanted to make sure. So yes, it sounds like when you say it deals with these heavy things that it does them, but they do it in a funny way. Yes. It's

Stephen:

still very, very funny. It's heartwarming. It's I think it's more of a dromedy, but it's really good. So if you were ever a fan of Roseanne. Back in the day, watch the Conners. Now it has all the parts that you actually liked. Yes.

Steve:

So, and the other things going on right now that you want to touch on before we head off on our five-year anniversary,

Stephen:

I can't wait to see what's going on with station 19 and graze. I will put this out there. Two Shonda Rhimes, you better not be killing off Meredith grey. Her children have already had a loss with their father. They don't need a loss with their mother as well. And you don't need the loss. I don't need to experience it either. We 2020 has already taken so much from us. Let 2021 be a healing year for us Shawnda.

Yeah.

Steve:

Yes. So PS, I love you. Thank you. All right. And everyone, thank you for listening. Stay tuned next week. For another episode, in the meantime, you can join our conversation by emailing [email protected]

Stephen:

You can get in touch with us on all the socials, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, all of those you will find as well at happy life pod. You can follow us on Apple pie casts.

Steve:

Yes. Or Spotify or Stitcher, wherever you consume your

Stephen:

podcasts. Yes. And you know what until next time darling, stay

Steve:

happy.