Baconsale: Hickory-Smoked Pop Culture
Episode 273: Mythical Creature Combat

Episode 273: Mythical Creature Combat

September 28, 2020
Cryptids are animals whose existence has not yet been proven. And it’s time for Baconsale to put some of these mythical creatures into hypothetical fights where only one of them will be left standing. Our friend Nicole, a cryptid enthusiast, is here to teach us about the folklore behind each contender and help decide who would win in such epic matchups as Bigfoot vs. The Flatwoods Monster, the Loch Ness Monster vs. the Bear Lake Monster, the Jersey Devil vs. the Dover Demon and, of course, Manananggal vs. Gef the Talking Mongoose.
Press play to hear some horrible pronunciations during our most random tournament yet!
And download your own Cryptid Bracket at Baconsale.com!
Episode 272: The Soundtracks of Our Lives

Episode 272: The Soundtracks of Our Lives

September 21, 2020
If you were able to pick a soundtrack to represent various times in your life, which songs would you pick? That’s the question we’re answering on this episode of Baconsale. Kent, Joel, Zack, and Jacob are all going to select music for things like their high school experience, their dating lives, their earliest childhood memories, and even their farewell songs. Jacob makes some odd choices, Joel was a little girl crazy, Kent sews his own pants, and even though Zack is the youngest, he tends to pick the oldest tunes.
Press play to play the mamba with Marconi!
BaconBit: Jacob Have We Loved

BaconBit: Jacob Have We Loved

September 18, 2020
Jacob has taken a break from his busy schedule and his chalupas to join us in the Baconcave with the ultimate Jacob Twist: he’s stepping down as a regular host of Baconsale. This news is a little sad, yes, but it’s also kind of expected, right? It’s not all melancholy and infinite sadness, though. Jacob is going to give his skewed version of the history of Baconsale, Joel and Kent are going to give some of their favorite Jacob moments, and there’s an official passing of the torch ceremony from Jacob to Zack, where they almost burn down the place.
It’s not goodbye, he’ll still return occasionally, but press play to hear it all straight from Jacob’s mouth.
Episode 271: 10 Essential Films with Mats

Episode 271: 10 Essential Films with Mats

September 14, 2020
The last time Mats was here, he had us watch a bunch of TV shows he enjoyed. Now it’s time for Baconsale to turn the tables on him. Kent and Joel have selected ten films for Mats to watch. These are not all best picture winners, these aren’t the highest-grossing films of all time, they may not even be our personal favorites, but we have chosen them because of their initial impact and the long-lasting influence they’ve had on pop culture. They are, in chronological order: The Wizard of Oz (1939), Psycho (1960), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Jaws (1975), Rocky (1976), Star Wars (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Ghostbusters (1984), Jurassic Park (1993), and The Matrix (1999).
Mats had only seen one of these movies beforehand and all of them were released before he was born, so press play to hear his fresh takes, unique insights, and his occasionally incorrect opinions (according to us).
BaconBit: Mulan (2020) Review

BaconBit: Mulan (2020) Review

September 11, 2020
Let’s get down to business to discuss Mulan. Disney had made another live-action remake of a 90s animated classic and decided to make this one a little more realistic. Or did they? Kent and Joel have watched the movie and are ready to share their opinions. We keep things spoiler-free for the first part of this BaconBit, but after that we’ll let you know what they kept, what they cut out, and if this version of the story works. We’ll also tell you whether or not it’s worth paying the extra $30 to watch this early on Disney Plus.
Be a man (or a woman) and press play to listen to this BaconBit!
Episode 270: Everybody Loves Chris

Episode 270: Everybody Loves Chris

September 7, 2020
It's not who you are underneath, it's what you do that defines you. And Christopher Nolan has done some very good films. Therefore, it’s finally time for Kent to go full fanboy as we discuss his favorite director’s movies and rank them from eleven to one. Are you watching closely? Because along the way, we point out any and all Michael Caine appearances with poorly done impersonations, Zack expresses some serious “McConaughate,” and Joel continuously reminds you that Nolan has directed Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar, Dunkirk, and Tenet.
Why so serious? Stop waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away, and press play to enter the fifth dimension of Baconsale.
BaconBit: Bill & Ted Face the Music and Tenet Reviews

BaconBit: Bill & Ted Face the Music and Tenet Reviews

September 4, 2020
Whoa! Did Baconsale just combine two trippy time travel movies into one BaconBit? Yes way, dude! First, we’re going to review the third installment in the Bill & Ted universe, Bill & Ted Face the Music, a reboot long awaited by some. But will it be a most excellent return, or will it be totally bogus? We will also be discussing Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Tenet, a movie that will test the limits of your brain your of limits the test will that movie.
Join us for a journey through time and space by pressing play! And don’t worry, we won’t give any spoilers during the first part of this BaconBit.
Episode 269: The Podlywed Game

Episode 269: The Podlywed Game

August 31, 2020
Kent and Joel have been acquaintances for a long time (8 years & one-and-a-half months, to be precise), but how well do they really know each other? Well, their podcasting relationship is going to be put to the test during The Podlywed Game! Woo-boo! Zack has created a series of questions with help from you, the listener, that are designed to cause lots of warm fuzzies and plenty of cold pricklies between the co-hosts of Baconsale. You’re going to learn more than you wanted to know about their personal lives, including driving records, eating habits, and kissing histories. Plus, since the winner of this self-indulgent episode gets to feed their family, the stakes (steaks?) have never been higher.
Press play to start counting the number of bruises on Kent’s and Joel’s egos!
Episode 268: The Best Tunes of Television - Part 2

Episode 268: The Best Tunes of Television - Part 2

August 24, 2020
Believe it or not, we’re talking on air about the theme songs you hear on the TV! We had so much fun discussing the greatest music on television last time, that we’ve decided to do it again, and, much to Kent’s dismay, we can’t use any songs that any of us used on the last show. On this episode of Baconsale, we’re picking answers for such categories as Best Theme of The Past Decade, Doesn’t Fit the Show, Gets You Pumped Up, and Most Annoying. There are some strangely dark turns along the way (poor Barney), and Zack gets a few votes of no confidence, but there must be some magic clue inside these gentle walls, ‘cause all we see is a tower of dreams, and real love burstin' out of every seam!
Put down that tossed salad and those scrambled eggs and press play!
Episode 267: The Test of Time—Our Childhood Edition

Episode 267: The Test of Time—Our Childhood Edition

August 17, 2020
Kids watch the darndest things, and the hosts of Baconsale were once children with questionable tastes in movies. Therefore, on this episode, Kent, Joel, and Zack are all bringing a lesser-known childhood favorite to the table for the others to critique. We even got Jacob to submit a film for this discussion. Our choices are kind of strange—in fact, you may not have heard of some of these direct-to-video picks—but we’ll see if they still hold up decades after they were released.
Press play to hear which features were filmed for your family!

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