The Ace Pod 1.2: Narcos In An Imaginary English County with Jane Coaston Comment Count

Seth February 5th, 2019 at 7:39 PM

Vox Media Senior Politics Reporter and Michigan Twitter legend Jane Coaston was in town to give a talk at U-M and dropped by Ace’s place to discuss whatever they wanted, so long as it was not politics, which was fine, because they didn’t want that whatsoever. The conversation turned mostly to things you can watch on Netflix or Hulu. Language warning, largely because Fyre Festival gets involved.

SEGMENT ONE: SPORTS AND SPITE. No politics! We’re both quite pleased about this. Chris Wormley was a much better bouncer than Morgan Trent theoretically would’ve been. Anyway, basketball: Tom Izzo should be able to convince his players to beat Indiana at home, but he can’t, and to us that makes up for the Iowa loss. Petty points should be factored into NET rating. A Darko/Barkley fight would be amazing. These things are related, trust me. Jane offends UMass listeners. Do we have UMass listeners? Anyway, we don’t fear the Northeast as a region. The amazing power of heat relativity and spring-ish rituals. The power of marriage to prevent one from bad decisions. This seems like enough of a… basketball… segment?

SEGMENT TWO: MIDSOMER MURDERS (17:50). We spend an entire segment discussing a British murder mystery because we can do that. It’s on Netflix! This is not an advertisement unless the BBC wants it to be. Anyway, British gun laws make for spectacularly creative deaths. These people are shockingly bad at dealing with the police considering the absurd local murder rate. Tom Barnaby was maybe not a great husband! Long segue about other British or Australian murder mystery shows and their obscene body counts, as well as the ease of getting away with murder if you were Jack the Ripper. Back to Midsomer Murders: everyone there is awful so many of the murders feel justified. Finally, Jane destroys the “real plot vs twitter bot” quiz.

SEGMENT THREE: GIVE US MORE FYREFEST (42:05). I cannot even begin to describe this segment. Spoiler alerts abound for the Hulu and Netflix Fyrefest documentaries, except something this beautiful cannot be spoiled.


  • Intro: Loyalty Freak Music - “Traveling In Your Mind”
  • “Midsomer Murders Theme”
  • Rage Against The Machine - “Killing In The Name”
  • Blink-182 - “All The Small Things"


I feel like Ja Rule didn’t consult with a lot of people on a lot of things.



February 5th, 2019 at 8:27 PM ^

The Jane & Ace Hour would be an excellent regular podcast. 2% dissapointed Jane didn't do her "JIM HEY JIM" persona the entire show. 


February 5th, 2019 at 9:20 PM ^

I'm really looking forward to this podcast. I'm a big Midsomer Murders fan, but don't know anyone else who watches. I'm up to the last episode of season 7, only 13 more seasons to go!


February 6th, 2019 at 9:32 AM ^

Apparently Unsalted, werted, Ace, Jane, and Ms. Kehnonymous are the only people who watch Midsomer murders?

Also, speaking as someone who has watched the Netflix Fyre documentary - if you perceive people being hush-hush about a certain aspect of it, it will be unmistakable what they're being hush-hush about, and I'll leave it at that.

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February 6th, 2019 at 12:48 PM ^

It's a masterpiece, can't believe it came out in 1992. Way ahead of its time and everybody still hasn't caught up. Lent it to my buddy in high school and never got it back. Didn't get my hands on another copy until my senior year at Michigan. That band had a big influence on me. Even had tickets to their tour with the Beastie Boys before it was canceled because Mike D fell off his bike and then RATM broke up.