This week’s episode features Drew and Badway stating their case as to why Amazon’s new Jean-Claude Van Damme action/comedy pilot Jean-Claude Van Johnson should be picked up for a full season. The guys give their top five reasons why the show works, do a bit of a deep dive into JCVD’s twilight years (as well as the latter stages of his peers), discuss the state of both streaming and network television. Additionally, Drew and Badway spend the episode’s final minutes (38:55) doing a rapid reaction to the newly released Fifty Shades Darker trailer, complete with “sex ghosts” and butt-whippers!
Just in time for the Stanley Cup Finals, The Last Row Podcast honors the underappreciated Jean-Claude Van Damme classic, Sudden Death. Drew and Badway have an extensive discussion about the iconic Jean-Claude goalie scene, while pondering his Canadian semi-pro career, his effectiveness (and perhaps overqualification) as a firefighter, and put Darren McCord’s skills up against another fictional hockey legend, Gordon Bombay. The guys also choose the possible fits for other actors in similar logic-defying championship sports roles, recast Sudden Death for the reboot that will never happen, and break down the four different levels of sports mascots and rank them based on fighting prowess.
The Last Row Podcast delves deep into the underground fight scene to bring you the lowdown on the 1988 Jean-Claude Van Damme classic, Bloodsport. When they aren’t butchering the character names of the film, Drew and Badway discuss the art of the montage, dramatic pauses, splits, and the questionable logic of gambling a woman’s safety on a magic trick. Other questions that are addressed: How does one enter the Kumite? Is Chong Li really a bad guy? Is the real life Frank Dux full of crap? The guys wrap up the episode by playing a game of “Fantasy Kumite,” plugging in their favorite classic characters into the tournament.