TV Good Sleep Bad, episode 11: “Rick and Morty & The Outer Limits”

Mad science runs amok as a feckless suburbanite goes to extreme lengths to improve his golf score, and a cancer patient turns into a human jellyfish

It’s time for another episode of TV Good Sleep Bad, the cult-TV podcast that is not born into this world fumbling for meaning! It was created to serve a singular purpose which it will go to any lengths to fulfill!

(Well, not any lengths, not really. I don’t think we would have shot someone for the opportunity to watch Sapphire and Steel.)

In this episode, we discuss:

Rick and Morty 1.05, “Meeseeks and Destroy” (2014): Morty convinces Rick to let him lead their latest adventure, one that ultimately results in him being trapped in a restroom with a lecherous jellybean. Meanwhile, Rick gives the other Smiths a little something to get them off his back: magical creatures who exist only to help them improve their lives. But things take a dark turn when they can’t help Jerry take two strokes off his golf game.

The Outer Limits 1.15, “The New Breed” (1995): A terminal cancer patient injects himself with his future brother-in-law’s body-repairing nanites, but things go disastrously wrong. Starring Richard Thomas (The WaltonsItThe Americans) and Peter Outerbridge (ReGenesis).

Next month: Masters of Horror and The Prisoner.

TV Good Sleep Bad, episode 1: “Ultra Q & The Outer Limits”

Ultra Q 1.01, “Defeat Gomess!” (1966); The Outer Limits 2.01, “Soldier” (1964).

Scenes from "Defeat Gomess!" and "Soldier"

Elwood Jones (of From the Depths of DVD Hell and Mad, Bad, and Downright Strange) and I have a new podcast; it’s called TV Good Sleep Bad, and it’s all about us taking on Cult TV pretty much at random.

In the first episode, we discuss:

Ultra Q 1.01, “Defeat Gomess!” (1966): Two prehistoric monsters duke it out in the debut episode of this Japanese kaiju series.

The Outer Limits 2.01, “Soldier” (1964): A soldier from Earth’s far future finds himself inexplicably transported to mid-’60s America in this Harlan Ellison tale.

Next month: Dick Spanner P.I. and Mr. Show with Bob and David.