Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Bonus: Urban Legend commentary


As a special bonus episode to celebrate the spooky season, Jimmy and Jen recorded a full length audio commentary to the 1998 teen slasher movie, Urban Legend. We discuss many things as the movie goes on, including how pretty the cast are, the score, how urban legends translate across the pond and much more. We pause the movie after the Phoenix Pictures logo and countdown to when we play the movie. Do the same and it'll be like we are watching the movie with you! While being really annoying while constantly talking over it. Enjoy!

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Fringe Division- The Same Old Story


Extremely fast births, rapidly aging babies, eyes standing up on their stalks, Peter singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Walter sleeping in a closet, it's all happening in episode 2 of Fringe. Contains strong language. 

Premonition of Tomorrow by Keys of Moon |
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Monday, 12 October 2020

Drop the Pilot- The Return of the World's Greatest Detective (1976)


Tysto and Jimmy discuss the pilot with the longest name ever. It would have been called Alias Sherlock Holmes if it went to series, a fact the two idiots forgot to mention. They also discuss other mystery shows (Tysto is a fan of the genre) as well as other Larry Hagman projects. Jimmy has an issue with the way a character is written (shocker) and there is brief strong language. Drop the Pilot will be back in November. 

Listen to "Drop The Pilot Podcast" on Spreaker.

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Fringe Division- Pilot


Jimmy and Martin join forces to co-host a brand new bi-monthly podcast, all about the TV show Fringe. It's a spoiler free podcast, so you can watch with us even for the first time. We give a plot synopsis even if you aren't watching along. We also talk about the cast and our memories of watching it for the first time. Fringe is available on StarzPlay in the UK and IMBD TV in the US. We are watching on DVD (Martin) and Blu-ray (not Martin). Next episode- 19th October. 

Premonition of Tomorrow by Keys of Moon

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020

So, What's the Problem? St. Elmo's Fire (1985)


It's Jen's turn and she picked one of the most angsty, pretentious movies of the 1980s with one of the worst cast of characters ever. Prepare yourself, folks, because there will be ranting. Contains strong language and talk of stalking and attempted rape in the context of this stupid movie. 

This movie predicted 2020-

Monday, 21 September 2020

So, What's the Problem? Drop Dead Fred (1991)


It's Jimmy's pick this time round and he chose a favourite from his youth. Did Jimmy's childhood love for Rik Mayall blind him to how bad this movie actually is or is the movie actually good? Does it use mental illness for cheap laugh or is it actually a smart assessment on the subject? Also... is Fred real? They answer all those questions with strong language and talk of childhood trauma, abandonment and mental health issues. 

Ummm... isn't this a kid's film? (They answer that question too)

Sunday, 13 September 2020

So, What's the Problem? The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)


It's another one of Jen's favourites and one Jimmy hadn't seen until a few days before recording. Does he like it? Does Jen still? Actually, we all know the answer to that second one. Contains some strong language, but not a lot and we tell you what the next movie is that we're covering. Clue... we're still going to be in the 90s. But it's Jimmy's pick, so expect something weird or lesser known. 

Janeane Garofalo hates this line-

Sunday, 6 September 2020

Drop the Pilot: Lost in Space (1973)

Jimmy is in his element as he and Tysto talk about Hanna Barbera's 1973 pilot for a Lost in Space animated series. They talk about the one returning cast member, the animation and ramble on about Hanna-Barbera cartoons for a bit. Contains strong language. Youtube link is below as usual. 

Sunday, 30 August 2020

So, What's the Problem? Reality Bites (1994)


It's Jen's pick this week and she chose a favourite of hers that spoke to a generation of Americans. Jimmy, however is Scottish and just wonders what all the fuss is about. They both agree on one thing, however... one of the characters is the absolute worst. This leads to a discussion about our memories from watching movies as a kid and how, as we get older, our tastes change as do our perceptions of certain people or circumstances. Oh and we both love the cracking soundtrack. The audio on this one isn't great but because of this, there should be no ads during the episode. Just couldn't do that to you guys/gals. Contains strong language. 

Infamous, wholesome fun scene where they dance to a song about an adult who prefers teenage girls:

Sunday, 23 August 2020

So, What's the Problem?: The Good Son (1993)


Jimmy and Jen delve into the sheer nothingness of the movie MacCauley Culkin made for Fox right after Home Alone 2 because he was still bankable. This was the last movie kid Culkin made for Fox. They talk about the casting, the cinematography and how the overall tone just does not fit. Jen wages war against the movie's choice of font and Jimmy gets annoyed at the dialogue. Contains strong language and adult themes in a movie primarily about kids. 

Ooooh, edgy!

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Coming Soon... A Brand New Podcast


So... Martin and Jimmy are doing a Fringe re-watch podcast. We are still sorting things out but when we do, we'll let you know. Fringe is a sci-fi TV show created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. It ran for 100 episodes over 5 seasons on Fox in the US and Sky One in the UK from 2008-2013. It's currently streaming on StarzPlay on Amazon in the UK and IMDB TV in the US, if you want to re-watch with us or watch for the first time. It's a good show or so we remember. Back soon with more info and a start date. 

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Drop the Pilot: 17th Precinct (2011)


Martin (and Drop the Pilot) returns to talk about a Battlestar reunion of sorts. Same creator and stars but this is about a world where science doesn't exist, so cops have to solve crimes using magic. Yup. This was Martin's pick and has he finally go what he wanted, that diamond in the rough???? Contains strong language and the pilot is below. 

Sunday, 9 August 2020

"So, What's the Problem?" Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

I can hear you all now, "no, not my beloved Mrs Doubtfire?!?" Afraid so, but that's the point of this podcast, we can still enjoy problematic things, remember? The thing is, though, this particular movie has one MAJOR problem that Jimmy rants about. Strap in, folks, although, it may not be what you think...  Contains strong language. I have included a link to the "Mrs Doubtfire as a horror movie" trailer below. 

The stuff of actual nightmares-

Mrs Doubtfire Horror Trailer

Sunday, 2 August 2020

So, What's the Problem? Pretty Woman (1990)

Hey, we're tackling another well made movie, what's going on? This is an unusual episode because we can't really find problems with the movie so we discuss other people's problems with it. Audio is not 100% perfect but it doesn't take away from the episode. Contains strong language and adult themes. 

One of the most wonderfully natural moments in film-

Monday, 20 July 2020

So, What's the Problem? The Goonies (1985)

Jimmy and Jen talk about one of Jimmy's favourite childhood films... Oh dear. Does he still like it? Did Jen ever like it? Which character is the absolute worst? Listen to find out. Please. 

Best movie mom, ever?

Monday, 13 July 2020

So, What's the Problem? Splash (1984)

Jen and Jimmy watch a Disney movie. From the 1980s, uh-oh. Jimmy watched the Disney+ version with the edits so we talk about that, the cast, the use of captions to tell us the era and our dislike for a particular character. Contains strong language. 

I mean... look at this!

Monday, 6 July 2020

So, What's the Problem?-Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

Jen and Jimmy talk about one of the former's favourites, a teen movie that the latter has maybe seen twice, thrice, tops. They talk about the stacked cast, cultural appropriation and the movie's satirical use of it and just what does Jimmy have against lead character Preston, who Jen defends? Yeah, if you want to hear two grown ass adults disagree over a '90s teen comedy, this is the episode for you, gentle listener. Jimmy's sound isn't the best but it should be fixed for next time, sorry. Contains the swears. 

Random Gif of Jason Segel eating a watermelon-

Monday, 29 June 2020

Drop the Pilot- Ice (2001)

Martin and Jimmy talk about Ice about a bunch of misfits stuck together in an Antarctic research centre. Like the characters,  Jimmy and Martin just want to be elsewhere because this one is so dull. So, expect tangents and strong language but they do go over the plot as usual.  See the pilot on Youtube, link is below. 

Monday, 22 June 2020

"So, What's the Problem?" Police Academy (1984)

Jen wonders just what she agreed to as she joins Jimmy to talk about a childhood favourite of his. Yes, he watched this as a child. This is the first time Jen has seen this and therefore has no emotional attachment but Jimmy loved the series growing up and even bought the comic book. Yes, there was a comic book. Based on the animated series. Yes, there was an animated series. There was a live action one too. Is it racist, sexist and homophobic or is it a bit progressive for an early 80s comedy? This episode was recorded in May, before the death of George Floyd and the madness that happened after. 

Kid Jimmy used to think this was so fucking funny-

The trailer gives pretty much everything away, obviously- See it here

Monday, 15 June 2020

Drop the Pilot- Twin Detectives (1976)

Aaaaaaaaaand, we're back. Tysto and Jimmy chat about the really rather dull Twin Detectives which tells the story of, obviously, twins who are detectives. Or rather, detective, singular, as they pretend to be one person to solve crimes and to generally wind people up. We discuss the cast and, as it's the 70s, I enjoy the theme, which I play at the end of the show. Contains no strong language, shockingly. 

Listen to "Drop The Pilot Podcast" on Spreaker.

Monday, 8 June 2020

So, What's the Problem?-The Net (1995)

This episode, Jen and Jimmy tackle the Sandra Bullock movie, The Net. Is it an ahead of its time thriller or just a dull piece of crap? Eh, kind of a bit of both? In one of our opinions, anyway, the other one liked it... Contains strong language.  

 Yeaaaaaah, nope, not in 1995 ya don't-

Monday, 1 June 2020

So, What's the Problem?-Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

In the first official episode, Jen and Jimmy talk about Sleepless in Seattle and go through just what is wrong with it through a modern eye. Don't worry, folks, neither of us hate the movie, it just has... issues... but we want to prove we can cover good movies and not just stuff like The Crush. Although, Jimmy does wage war against an item of clothing... If you have any suggestions for films to cover, email us at

Jessica's the best-

Friday, 22 May 2020

Welcome to Shifty Bench's site!

Hello, dear readers/listeners, Jimmy here to welcome you to the same site I've had for a while but now with added personalized domain name. Just who is Shifty Bench, I hear you ask? Then I wonder just how it is that I can actually hear you... anyway, Shifty Bench be me. It's a name I have had online for about twenty years, when I frequented the BBC's Buffy messageboards. I took the name from a line episode 2 of season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in which Buffy, annoyed, destroys a bench with a kick and Oz retorts with this-

Needless to say, the name is the greatest single achievement in my life, I never aimed high. So, for a while, I was known as Shifty Bench on other sites and I really liked it until a few years ago when I decided to go back to the name my parents (but mostly my dad, mum thought I looked like a Robert) gave me. When I wanted to do more with this site and add more podcasts, rather than just Drop the Pilot, I thought I would use my former Buffy related moniker. Mostly because, any domain name related to my actual name was already used. For the time being, starting in June, "So, What's the Problem" will be released one Monday and "Drop the Pilot" will be out the Monday after, rinse and repeat.

I am so proud of what I have done so far with Drop the Pilot with the help of my wonderful co-hosts but really want to expand the site and do more podcasts. There are only so many pilots out there to cover. I have more podcasts planned, which may or may not come to fruition but I will also use this site to post blog entries of stuff I like to talk about. I hope you enjoy what we have coming up for you and if you have any ideas for stuff to cover or just general feedback, I also have a new address, so, feel free to drop us a line as the kids say... in the 1960s. I imagine, I wasn't born yet. Anyhoo, thanks for reading, if indeed you got this far and I'll speak to you next time. 

Monday, 11 May 2020

So, What's the Problem?-The Crush (1993)

In the first episode of a new podcast, Jimmy and Jen discuss The Crush from 1993 and see just how problematic it is by today's standards. Both of them have a list of three problems (they can be major or extremely innocuous) and just have a fun chat. They also have to come up with one positive of the movie too. The trailer for the movie, a thriller about a teenage girl who crushes hard on her new neighbour with dangerous consequences, is available below. The podcast talks briefly about abuse and rape (in the context of the film) but we try to keep it as light as possible.

Trailer on Youtube

Best ending ever-

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Drop the Pilot- The Danger Team (1991)

Hey, everyone, Owen is back! He's here to chat about the rather odd pilot, The Danger Team which incorporates claymation figures into the real world. Alien clay crashlands on Earth and is molded into small characters who help a bookkeeper solve crimes. The 80s! Wait, this was made in the 90s??? This is the last episode for a short while as we take a break. Be back soon, in the meantime, join the revolution- #DangerHo. The pilot is on Youtube (with adverts) and linked below.

Listen to "Drop The Pilot Podcast" on Spreaker. Pilot on Youtube

Monday, 20 April 2020

Bonus: The Princess Bride Commentary

I join Tysto on his podcast to record a commentary for the wonderful 80s classic, The Princess Bride. We both love this film and it's one of Tysto's personal favourites, he says it's near perfect. It's hard to disagree, really, it's wonderful. The movie is out on Blu-ray, the Starz Play channel on Amazon Prime UK and is available to rent on various services in the US. Listen to "Drop The Pilot Podcast" on Spreaker.

Monday, 13 April 2020

Drop the Pilot- Steel Collar Man (1985)

Tysto joins me once again but this time to chat about the Dave Thomas written spoof, Steel Collar Man, starring Charles Rocket. It's basically an episode of "Jimmy explains what's going on to Tysto". Enjoy! The pilot is available on Youtube in three parts, links below.
Listen to "Drop The Pilot Podcast" on Spreaker.
Part one on Youtube
Part two on Youtube
Part three on Youtube

Monday, 6 April 2020

Drop the Pilot-Lookwell (1991)

JP makes a triumphant return to chat about Lookwell, a Conan O'Brien created pilot starring Adam West. We wonder if the once ahead of its time humour is now outdated and chat about the show's leading man. Enjoy! The show is on Youtube, link is below. Give it a watch, see what you think then let us know-

Listen to "Lookwell (1991)" on Spreaker.
Watch the pilot on Youtube

Monday, 30 March 2020

Drop the Pilot- Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again (1990)

Week five (can you believe it?) of Comic Book Month and Jen returns to talk about the first time they attempted a live action Archie TV show. 30 fecking years ago. We chat about the cast, the humour, some UK/US differences and how the pilot compares to the comics. Which Jen has read and I have not. Contains strong language. The pilot is on Youtube, link is below as per usual, my lovelies.

Listen to "Drop The Pilot Podcast" on Spreaker. Pilot on Youtube

Monday, 23 March 2020

Drop the Pilot- Solarman (1988)

Week four of Comic Book Month and Tysto is back to talk about the Marvel animated pilot, Solarman. We disagree on a couple of things but both agree that the pilot itself is pretty crap. You can watch it on Youtube, the link is below as always, you lovely people.

Listen to "Drop The Pilot Podcast" on Spreaker.
Pilot on Youtube

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Drop the Pilot-The Amazing Screw-On Head (2006)

Week three of Comic Book Month sees Martin return to chat about Mike Mignola's The Amazing Screw-On Head. Based on a one-shot comic from the world of Hellboy, the pilot features the voices of Paul Giamatti, David Hyde Pierce and Patton Oswalt. We may be witnessing history, folks, we may just possibly have found a pilot Martin actually likes... Features a guest appearance from one of our wives... Enjoy!
Listen to "Drop The Pilot Podcast" on Spreaker.
Pilot on Youtube

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Drop the Pilot- Wonder Woman (2011)

Jen joins me to talk about one of the most infamous failed pilots of recent times. We discuss David E Kelly, probably mis-pronounce Themyscira a whole bunch and  tangent as usual. This was recorded on International Women's Day. We're sorry. The pilot is on Dailymotion, link is below as per usual.
Listen to "Drop The Pilot Podcast" on Spreaker.
Pilot on Dailymotion

Monday, 2 March 2020

Drop the Pilot- Dr. Strange (1978)

It's Comic Book Month here at Drop the Pilot! For this opening episode, Tysto and I talk about the first attempt at making a Doctor Strange movie but without the letters o, c and t. It's a feature length pilot and boring as heck at times but it brings out Tysto's bloodlust and my incompetence as a speaker. The pilot is available on DVD and Dailymotion but I don't know for how long on the latter. Link below anyway. Enjoy!
Listen to "Drop The Pilot Podcast" on Spreaker.
Pilot on Dailymotion