Hedrich Files

Analyzing our pop culture footprint one podcast at a time.

Rotten Banana Podcast: Finale pt 1

Logan is joined by the full tribunal of Ali and Maria to discuss the Challenge: War of the Worlds including Ali’s thoughts on Paulie’s exit, Logan goes on a rant about the Survivor finale (& how it relates to The Challenge), Wes admitting to past final failures (Rivals I), Theo dominating the first leg, combining extreme weather with the hardest final ever not being the best idea, we break down each competitors race so far, and have to criticize the producers for adding too many twists this season.

Cast without Banners: S8 E5 – The Bells

Logan and the Maester of Los Angeles, Jono, discuss season 8 episode 5 of Game of Thrones, The Bell, including Varys going out on his own terms like a badass, how Weiss and Benioff are trying too hard to subvert expectations and have fumbled the ending, the season 8 Tyrion Lannister character assassination, Miguel Sopachnik’s BRILLIANT directing accompanied by subpar writing, celebrities cameos in Game of Thrones history, the uselessness of the Golden Company, how Dany’s rapid Mad Queen descent has betrayed everything her character stood for, if CleganeBowl lived up to the hype, and our big problem with the prophecies throughout the show.

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Rotten Banana Podcast: A Humbling Purge

Logan and Maria reminisce about two years of podcasting about the Challenge together before jumping into recapping episode 14 of War of the Worlds, covering how much of an upset it was for Da’Vonne to beat Dee and we discuss how great of a season Day had, the Judgement Day purge challenge and how Paulie showed huge heart despite his unlikely demise, Logan compares Ninja to Jordan, Wes playing smarter not harder, and Logan goes on a rant about the lame nature of purges, especially this late in the game. We also tease the final and speculate about how the rest of the show will play out!

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Rotten Banana Podcast: Complainer

The full tribunal is back to discuss the latest episode of The Challenge: War of the Worlds including the Challenge Instagram doing amazing giveaways lately (& killing it on social media in general), we break down the history of the Hall Brawl elimination, why Jordan will forever have bigger balls than Paulie, this class of challengers playing with honor vs. wanting worse players in the final, where Cara Maria ranks amongst the Challenge greats AKA LeBron vs Jordan, Logan goes on an epic anti-Big Dairy rant, Da’Vonne remaining unbothered by the politics and much more!

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Cast without Banners: S8 E3 – The Long Night

Logan is joined by the Maester Jono and Ser Dave of the Blackwater to discuss the most ambitious and over the top battle scene in cinema history, whether our expectations were subverted via how The Night King found his demise, the lack of Azor Ahai prophecy & overall lackluster foreshadowing, the World War Z element of the wights, Melisandre’s narrative coming to a close, we pour one out for a few of our favorites that didn’t make it out alive, and break down Weiss & Benioff’s post show comments.

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Rotten Banana Podcast: Worst. Elimination. Ever.

Logan and Ali are back to discuss our Avengers: Endgame plans before jumping into recapping episode 12 of War of the Worlds, including what we thought about the worst elimination in Challenge history, how Nany got screwed by Wes and the producers, Georgia and Da’Vonne refusing to trust Wes and it paying off, the mini final showing everyone’s mettle & endurance, playing smarter not harder with the efficiency in the challenge, Logan’s 2 major problems with the War of the Worlds format, Hunter continuing to never learn from mistakes, and then we deep dive into the incident between Ninja+Dee+Turbo. (Hint: don’t come for Turbo!)

Rotten Banana Podcast: Theo Campbell Interview

UK’s favorite son, Theo Campbell, joined Logan on the podcast to discuss how he landed on War of the Worlds, his extensive athletic career, how he gets himself in trouble with the ladies, some of his initial thoughts on the vets, the latest update on his relationship with Kam, that time he partied with Usain Bolt, which War of the Worlds rookies he knew before the show, how famous Stephen Bear really is in the UK, how quickly he caught on to Wes’ scheming, and more!

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Cast without Banners: S8 E1 – Winterfell

Logan, Jono, and Dave are back discussing HBO’s Game of Thrones covering the season 8 premier, Winterfell. Topics covered include the new opening animation, where HBO was spending the CGI budget, the symmetry and rhyming of the pilot with the season 8 premier, where the hell Ghost went, Brans newfound subtlety, Young Lord Umber being the first devastating death of the season, the excessive amount of happy reunions, what Aragorn’s thoughts on taxation are, Jono’s new theory on not creating theories anymore, who tf Harry Strickland is, Ed Sheeran’s beloved return to Westeros and so much more!

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Rotten Banana Podcast: Son of the B*tch

The full tribunal of Logan, Maria, and Ali are back to recap and discuss the latest rumors from the MTV Challenge world including our thoughts on if Bear was worth what MTV paid for his services, who will be hosting the reunion, the notion of earning vs deserving of getting to a final, why this was THE definitive Turbo episode, how the new tribunal will play out, Bear’s epic fail at the challenge that landed him in elimination, Hunters continuing to make mistakes, and the 2 previous challenges/eliminations this episode was paying homage to.

Rotten Banana Podcast: Sociopath

The full tribunal of Ali, Maria and Logan are back to discuss episode 9 of MTV’s The Challenge: War of the Worlds including the Bear-Wes rivalry, our theories on what a tie in voting means, Wes’ latest twitter drama with Da’Vonne, Hunter failing to learn from past mistakes, Cara’s continued cringiness,  Paulie and Ninja’s superior communication, and how the game will change with TJ’s latest twist making it an individual game.

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