Ep. 139 Doctor Sleep, “Prefatory Matters”



In this episode of Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came, we explore Doctor Sleep, “Prefatory Matters.”

  • Introduction (00:13)
  • Publication History (01:26)
  • Connections and continuations from The Shining (04:25)
  • Overcoming trauma (09:39)
  • Dark Tower Thinnies (16:44)
  • Yuck-King it Up (17:38)
  • Thank you, Patrons! (19:32)
  • Fun Stuff (20:18)
  • Other Worlds than These (23:05)
  • Outro (25:52)

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Other Worlds Than These topics:

  • Night Sky, Amazon Prime, starring Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons. Show is about Franklin and Irene York, a couple who years ago discovered a mysterious chamber buried in their backyard. 
  • Penguin Classics Marvel Collection series: Captain America; Black Panther; Amazing Spider-Man. 

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Next Episode: Doctor Sleep, Part 1 “Abra.”


Ep. 138 – “The Shining” (1980) Movie



In this episode of Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came, we explore the 1980 adaptation The Shining.

  • Introduction (00:13)
  • Recap (00:50)
  • Adaptation (02:09)
  • Mirrors (12:53)
  • Crazy theories (19:19) ←!!
  • Dark Tower Thinnies (28:26)
  • Yuck-King it Up (29:26)
  • Thank you, Patrons! (31:24)
  • Fun Stuff (32:04)
  • Critical reception and box office success (36:29)
  • Other Worlds than These (42:58)
  • Outro (45:39)

Danny Torrance with the Apollo 11 sweater in The Shining.Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, Danny Lloyd, Joe Turkel, Tony Burton

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Critical reception links:

  • Roger Ebert: 4 out of 4 stars with a unique look at whether any character is a reliable witness.
  • Pauline Kael: “Each shot seems rigorously calculated, meticulous, and he keeps the scenes going for so long that any suspense dissipates…the actors appear to be merely Kubrick’s tools, and you get the feeling that they have been denied any free will.”

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Next Episode: Doctor Sleep, Prefatory Matters.


Ep. 137 The Shining, Part 5, “Matters of Life and Death”



In this episode of Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came, we explore The Shining, Part 5, Matters of Life and Death.

  • Introduction (00:00)
  • Surprisingly happy ending (01:23)
  • Why Jack? (12:00)
  • Death makes life worth living (19:29)
  • Dark Tower Thinnies (25:03)
  • Yuck-King It Up (28:08)
  • Fun Stuff (30:32)
  • Final thoughts (38:46)
  • Other Worlds Than These (45:23)
    • Sean: Better Call Saul
    • Jay: Strange New Worlds
  • Outro (47:56)

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Next Episode: The Shining (1980), directed by Stanley Kubrick.


Ep. 136 The Shining, Part 4, “Snowbound”



In this episode of Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came, we explore The Shining, Part Four: Snowbound.

  • Introduction (00:13)
  • Sins of the father (01:52)
  • Jack’s gaslighting (12:37)
  • Shit just got real (16:50)
  • Dark Tower Thinnies (21:36)
  • Yuck-King It Up (23:38)
  • Thank you, Patrons! (27:10)
  • Fun Stuff (27:54)
  • Other Worlds Than These (34:53)
    • Jay: “The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell
    • Sean: Saga, the comic by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • Outro (37:04)

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Next Episode: The Shining, Part 5: Matters of Life and Death.


Bonus Episode 34 – “L.T.’s Theory of Pets” (Patreon Clip)



A new bonus episode of Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came is live for all of our Patrons. What follows is a short excerpt of our discussion of the short story “L.T.’s Theory of Pets” found in Everything’s Eventual.

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Bonus Episode 33 – “1408” (Patreon Clip)



A new bonus episode of Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came is live for all of our Patrons. What follows is a short excerpt of our discussion of the short story “1408” found in Everything’s Eventual.

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Ep. 135 The Shining, Part 3, Chapters 19-25



In this episode of Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came, we explore The Shining, chapters Part 3, Chapters 19-25.

  • Introduction (00:00)
  • Descriptive chapter names (02:12)
  • Jack’s self-sabotage (04:35)
  • Danny is a lot like his father (16:33)
  • Amping up the gothic (22:13)
  • Dark Tower Thinnies (24:49)
  • Yuck-King It Up (26:01)
  • Fun Stuff (28:53)
  • Other Worlds Than These (39:14)
  • Jay: Julia (HBO Max)
  • Sean: Severance (Apple TV)
  • Outro (41:57)

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Next Episode: The Shining, Part 4, “Snowbound.”


Ep. 134 The Shining, Part 3, Chapters 14-18



In this episode of Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came, we explore The Shining, Part 3, Chapters 14-18.

  • Introduction (00:00)
  • Great writing, not so good exposition (1:30)
  • Is Jack a madman? (12:05)
  • Dark Tower Thinnies (23:52)
  • Yuck-King It Up (27:41)
  • Fun Stuff (30:06)
  • Other Worlds Than These (36:05)
  • Outro (40:54)

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Next Episode: The Shining, Part 3, Chapters 19-25.


Ep. 133 The Shining, Part 2, “Closing Day”



In this episode of Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came, we explore The Shining, Part 2, “Closing Day.”

  • Introduction (00:13)
  • The Shining (01:34)
  • The players (06:14)
  • Gothic table setting (14:10)
  • Dark Tower Thinnies (20:01)
  • Yuck-King It Up (21:05)
  • Fun Stuff (22:53)
  • Other Worlds Than These (30:37)
  • Outro (33:40)

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Next Episode: The Shining, Part 3 “The Wasp’s Nest,” chapters 14-18.


Ep. 132 The Shining, Part 1, “Prefatory Matters”



In this episode of Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came, we explore The Shining, Part 1, “Prefatory Matters.”

  • Introduction (00:00)
  • Book Introduction (1:38)
  • Our coverage (7:09)
  • Prefatory Matters (9:55)
  • Autobiographical? (21:22)
  • Influences (29:00)
  • Dark Tower Thinnies (30:26)
  • Yuck-King It Up (33:58)
  • Fun Stuff (35:53)
  • Other Worlds Than These (43:13)
    • Sean: Winning Time on HBOMax
    • Jay: Landscapers on HBOMax
  • Outro (48:36)

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Next Episode: The Shining, Part 2, “Closing Day.”