Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labrynth” > Episode 3 Part 1

Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labrynth” > Episode 3 Part 1
Season 1

00:00 / 42:49

We relentlessly dive into this macabre and surreal film by Spanish director, Guillermo del Toro. Where are you going? Wait, we’re still funny!

Are you ready for ol’ turkey hands? Well, we won’t get there quite yet, but we wanted to give you something to listen to if you still perform the ancient art of Black Friday shopping.

Join us as we discuss our nerd ignorance in foreign cinema, rant about Ophelia’s need for a responsibilibuddy, gush on Doug Jones as the Fawn, and lead into Part 2, where creepy Herculean feats of courage will guide us into encounters with del Toro’s fantastic beasts of a different anthology.

Ready for the scary stuff? We’ll be back on 11/20/18 with Part 2!

Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” > Episode 2 Part 3

Batman Returns Part 3

Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” > Episode 2 Part 3
Season 1

00:00 / 36:43

We conclude our review of Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns”, including (mostly) everything from the lighting of Gotham’s Christmas tree to the final march of the Penguin.

Cat got your tongue-in-cheek humor? We’ll keep milking our Batman puns right to the very end. We’ll even throw in a horrible Christopher Walken impression and a Rocket Man parody, just to keep it lively.

Want more shock value in the future? Part 1 of Episode 3 releases in just one week, 11/20! Yes, we’re going weekly all the way through the holidays, come snow or creepy circus.

From those of us at Shocked & Applaud, thank you for patroning the peculiar!

Episode 2 Part 3 Releases Tomorrow!


Part 3 of our review of Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” releases tomorrow, 11/13!

If you haven’t already, make sure you’re caught up on parts 1 and 2, available through

We’ve already received great feedback and can’t wait to add your tips to future recordings. Also, we’ll be moving to a weekly format starting November 20th, just in time for you to dredge the beginning of Thanksgiving weekend.

Mmmmm … dark meat … Batman’s favorite part of the turkey.


Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” > Episode 2 Part 2

Batman Returns Part 2

Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” > Episode 2 Part 2
Season 1

00:00 / 32:32

In episode two part two, we get cat scratch fever for our review of the second act of Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns”.

Snoot biting mayoral candidates? We nose them. Salvation by kitty litter? We has it. Keaton brooding over News coverage? It wouldn’t be Batman without bad bro brooding!

Come along with us from the introduction of the Penguin to the public, to the Gotham Christmas tree lighting, by means of a falling Ice Queen’s cold, dead body. Super sick!

Want more? Wheh, wheh, wheh! Sorry, bad penguin impressions … We’ll be back November 13 with part 3!

It’s Editing Day! Yay!

Part 2 Production and Engagement


Thanks for helping to get the Bat Signal on last week while waiting for Part 2 of our review of Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns”!

Jonathan will be throwing himself into the editing pit this afternoon (OK, we pushed him), to produce Part 2, in preparation for this Tuesday’s release.

We are in full-on squee mode, and can’t wait for you to hear our dive into the Penguin’s journey of self discovery, the coupling of two costumed night creatures, and more than a few rants about the patriarchy.

Just listening and haven’t subscribed?  Go to on your mobile device to pull it up in your preferred Podcasting app!  Then click that subscribe button, because we’ll have Part 3 out before you realize it’s been another two weeks.

Thanks for being awesome,

The Shocked & Applaud Team


Blessed to be a Mess

Episode Three Session 2

You might think we have some fancy sound booth, but this nerd den in Naomi’s home in Tacoma is just about all we need to record, before Jonathan makes those dank cuts.

These photos are from Episode 3, which still had plenty of laughter in what is definitely our darkest movie review yet.

Want to know more about how we produce? We’ll have additional content about our wily methods, available on! And if you haven’t marked your calendars: we’re only one week away from Part 2 of Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns”.

Episode Three Session
Episode Three Session


Becoming An Active Patron of The Peculiar

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Hey, Applauders!

Yes, that’s you, if you’ve even listened through one part of an episode! Go you! Your time is priceless to us.

But, did you know there’s an official way to support us as a Patreon Patron, for as little as $1 a month? It’s true! For the price of a song, you can be the reason our peculiar podcast remains ad-free.

Growth is a science! The Podcast market is flooded, and we’ve decided to take higher ground by not relying on third-party marketing to reach you. That means we rely directly on our listeners to reach new subscribers, so fly, fly our little bumble bees! Pollinate all the things!

As a Patreon Clapper, you’ll get updates on where your dollar goes, just like this post right here, which we generally would save until we provided you with a bonus-filled login at

Want to get even more officially licensed as an audience member? Become an Applauder at the $5/month level to receive links to bonus content and uncut (still edited, sorry Jonathan) episodes!

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As of October 22, here’s our listener stats for our episodes:


listener updates
Listener updates October 22, 2018

Getting to Know our Applauders

Updated 10:00 AM Pacific, October 20, 2018

We’re closing in on a $15 24-hour ad, which was a “first one is free” promo from Facebook. Trying to get our gambler/marketer addiction going? Nice try, Mark!

You can see in our screenshot that we had a little less than %1 engagement. That’s actually not too shabby for a brand with 0% public recognition. More importantly, we’re seeing real listeners come through iTunes.

We also discovered our three largest demographics, with men displaying roughly 2x more interest. What’s up with that, girl?

Lastly, we limited ourselves to a WA state audience for better context — our Web server is in OR, so visitors would get a better experience than downloading from say, the east coast.

These types of details and updates will be available to Patreon members soon!

Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” > Episode 2 Part 1

Batman Returns Part One

Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” > Episode 2 Part 1
Season 1

00:00 / 41:32

In Episode 2 Part 1, we take a deep dive into the darkness with our film review of Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns”.

In almost a self-sacrificing length of time, we’ll batarang you through every emo-glittered tapestry, up to Selena’s Bad Fur Day.  Trust us, she doesn’t handle it well.

Want more?  Purrrfect.  We’ll be back October 30th with Part 2!