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The Overrated Podcast
76 minutes | Jan 19, 2023
NBA Midseason check-in (Ep. 129)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani & Uday Mehta return for their first episode of 2023 right as the NBA season hits its midpoint. They talk through the league on a team-by-team basis and discuss the betting favorites for the major end-of-year awards.
65 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
Midterm roundup, plus how to fix Twitter (Ep. 128)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani and Uday Mehta discuss the 2022 midterm elections, spotlighting governor's races and the California ballot (1:00), then briefly un-retire Elon Musk to talk about actual solutions for Twitter (41:00)
77 minutes | Nov 4, 2022
A Criticism of Modern Criticism (Ep. 127)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani and Uday Mehta break down the state of modern entertainment criticism in light of content from major franchises such as Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Marvel.
69 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
Draymond's new media and the state of sports punditry, plus Ms. Marvel (Ep. 126)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani and Uday Mehta discuss the state of sports punditry in light of Draymond Green's claim to 'New Media' (3:30) and debate the merits of Ms. Marvel before checking in with Phase 4 (43:30).
73 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
An Overrated State of the Union (Ep. 125)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani and Uday Mehta take a look at the state of the union for Independence Day, including the latest goings-on at the Supreme Court, the Democrats of it all, and where the party goes from here.
71 minutes | Mar 28, 2022
Daylight Saving Time, Nostalgia vs. Recency Bias, & Bill Maher's Worst Takes (Ep. 124)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani & Uday Mehta mull over possible solutions to the Daylight Saving Time clock-shift, think about how to interact in fandoms full of unconscious bias, and retire further discussion of Bill Maher after listing his ten worst takes.
54 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
Overexposed stories ft. Rogan, Awkwafina's blaccent, artist NFTs, and Kanye vs Pete (Ep. 123)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani & Uday Mehta return for their fifth season of the podcast. This week, they discuss the most overexposed stories from the first few weeks of 2022, including Spotify choosing Joe Rogan over several creators upset about his anti-vax and racial rhetoric, the controversy surrounding Awkwafina's use of AAVE/"blaccent", artists selling NFTs to grift their fans, and the latest chapter of the Kanye saga. They also discuss the comedy special 'Bring Back Apu' by Aakash Singh, including his odd branding choices.
59 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Taylor Swift's 'Red' re-release, and Marvel's 'Hawkeye' mid-season check-in (Ep. 122)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani & Uday Mehta deliver a brand new Overrated Podcast (Taylor's Version), discussing how Swift's album re-recording effort is going, the authenticity of releasing previously written material, whether 'Reputation' is salvageable in a re-release, and the 10-minute cut of 'All Too Well' (1:30). Then, they check-in with Marvel's 'Hawkeye' (Disney+) at its midseason point, debating the merits of street-level vs. multiverse, assessing the strengths of a contained story, and gauging why this series is a good vehicle for Jeremy Renner's particular type of charisma (47:00).
67 minutes | Nov 13, 2021
Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune' & Marvel's 'Eternals' (Ep. 121)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani & Uday Mehta break down the two biggest films of the Fall. In Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Frank Herbert's 'Dune', they discuss how stakes are sacrificed for worldbuilding, the main book-to-film changes, Chalamet's believability as a sci-fi lead, and whether adapting faithfully benefits the practical limitations of a movie (2:00). Then, they dive deep into Marvel's 'Eternals', focusing on Kumail Nanjiani's Kingo character and South Asian representation, the film's ambitious scale, the conflict of director Chloe Zhao's influence with the superhero template, and whether it deserves to be the lowest critically-rated Marvel movie (36:00)
63 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
Robert Sarver's Phoenix Suns workplace, plus tragedy at Travis Scott's Astroworld (Ep. 120)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani & Uday Mehta break down Baxter Holmes' ESPN story about Robert Sarver's racism and misogyny within the Phoenix Suns workplace, including what fans, players, and the league commissioner can do about it, as well as whether Sarver is in danger of losing his team (2:00). Then, they discuss the developing story at Travis Scott's Astroworld festival, who is culpable for the deaths, and the general safety of moshpits and large crowds (40:30).
54 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
The 'No Time To Die' James Bond extravaganza (Ep. 119)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani & Uday Mehta dive extra deep into the 25th film in the James Bond franchise 'No Time To Die'. They disagree on whether the movie was good, discuss how Craig's bond run stacks up against its action franchise peers, revisit their picks for who should take up the mantle going forward and debate their preferred take on the character, and give their Craig-era movie rankings.
69 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Dave Chappelle's 'The Closer', and Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Sagar 'J' Kamnani & Uday Mehta discuss Dave Chappelle's final Netflix stand-up special 'The Closer' including the validity of his argument against cancel culture, the evolution of his beef with the Trans community, and how a back-and-forth with the audience influences his comedy(1:30). Then, they break down the new movie 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' [SPOILERS], the wasted potential of a psychological thriller, content fatigue, and more (33:00).
72 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
'Donda' & 'Certified Lover Boy', plus 'Shang-Chi' and South Asians in pop culture (Ep. 117)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani & Uday Mehta give their thoughts on the two biggest projects in hip-hop, Kanye West's 'Donda' and Drake's 'Certified Lover Boy', whether the albums are cohesive at their length, the value of having multiple edits of a track, whether material should be play-tested with the public, and if Kanye can still be a good rapper or Drake can have good production (1:30). Then, they give a quick review on Marvel's 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings', leading into a larger discussion of prominent South Asians in media and why that community hasn't yet gotten a similar moment of representation.
70 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
'The Green Knight', The Washington Post vs. Indian Food, & Gavin Newsom's recall election (Ep. 116)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani & Uday Mehta debate the merits of David Lowery's new film 'The Green Knight', including ambiguity in art, what elements a story should require, whether music and film have the same structural needs, the divergence from the source material, and the interpretation of the movie's ending (2:00). Then, they discuss food critic Gene Weingarten's article in The Washington Post titled "You can't make me eat these foods", his distaste for Indian cuisine, and his fundamental misunderstanding of spices (39:00). Finally, they give some background on the California gubernatorial recall election, the consequences if Gavin Newsom is indeed recalled, and go through how to fill out your ballot step-by-step (55:00).
73 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Afghanistan & Biden, Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns, and new Pokemon footage (Ep. 115)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani & Uday Mehta break down the evolving situation in Afghanistan with the Taliban's takeover of Kabul, including how to apportion blame pie among the presidents that have overseen the war, the demoralization of the Afghan army, Ashraf Ghani's sudden departure, President Joe Biden's response and refusal to admit mistakes, whether to second-guess those with the best knowledge of the situation, and the political implications moving forward (2:00). Then, they discuss the first four episodes of the final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, how the show has adapted in light of anti-police sentiments, whether they had a moral obligation to discuss topical issues, and whether the message feels forced enough to affect the product (34:30). Finally, they look over the latest footage from 'Pokemon Presents', including new gameplay video from Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, as well as the promising Legends Arceus (52:00).
60 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Malice at the Palace, Marvel's 'What-If', and James Gunn's 'The Suicide Squad' (Ep. 114)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani & Uday Mehta break down the latest in entertainment, starting with the first episode of 'Untold' (Netflix) that features the 2004 Pacers-Pistons "Malice at the Palace" brawl, including Ron Artest and mental health in the NBA, as well as the basketball impact and Reggie Miller's career ending (3:00). Next, they check in with Marvel's 'What-If' show (DIsney+) after one episode, whether changing Captain America to Captain Carter was a meaningful enough change, and if the future stories show promise (21:00). Finally, they review James Gunn's 'The Suicide Squad' (HBO Max), the uneven handling of its characters, the missed opportunity to provide sound political commentary, and whether there are fixes for James Gunn's directorial monotony (33:00).
81 minutes | Jul 31, 2021
Westbrook is a Laker, Scarlett vs. Disney, Simone Biles' withdrawal, & 'Never Have I Ever' (Ep. 113)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani & Uday Mehta break down the Russell Westbrook trade and whether it is worth the risk (4:00), how Scarlett Johansson's legal battle with Disney could shape the landscape of streaming profitability (18:45), the reactions on both sides to Simone Biles' withdrawal from the Olympics due to mental health (34:18), and end with a deep dive on Mindy Kaling's second season of 'Never Have I Ever' (48:30).
75 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Giannis the champion, Space Jam's new legacy, and Kanye doesn't drop Donda (Ep. 112)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani & Uday Mehta take a look at the landscape of the NBA following the Bucks' Finals win, including the legacies of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Chris Paul, the relevance of 'asterisk' seasons, the big Kevin Durant what-if moment, and the frontrunning nature of sports punditry (2:00). Then, they give their thoughts on the new Space Jam: A New Legacy, debating to what standard the movie should be held, whether the father-son message was effective, LeBron's ability as a Hollywood leading man, and the inevitable comparisons to the original movie (34:30). Finally, they wonder whether Kanye West's Donda will ever be released, if this cycle of broken promises is what we should expect from Kanye from now on, the unfinished nature of the album from what was played, and whether Kanye still cares about music (57:00).
62 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Black Widow, the Loki finale, Poirier vs. McGregor III, and Fleets vs. Shorts (Ep. 111)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani & Uday Mehta deliver an action-packed episode, discussing the recent UFC main event between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor (2:30), the end of Twitter's 'Fleets' feature and the beginning of YouTube's #shorts (17:30), Marvel's return to cinema with 'Black Widow (36:30), and the Season 1 finale of 'Loki' (50:00).
64 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Loki midseason check-in, plus James Gunn and the new Suicide Squad(Ep. 110)
Sagar 'J' Kamnani & Uday Mehta break down the new 'The Suicide Squad' trailer, how James Gunn can influence the tone of the movie, and whether the new DC continuity is a good strategy (1:30). Then, they check in with 'Loki' on Disney+ having reached the halfway point, whether to be optimistic about the risks Marvel has taken, and how Owen Wilson and Sophia di Martino's characters add to the richness of the show (38:00)
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