The films of Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow.


Before Patty Jenkins and the blockbuster-budget Wonder Woman, there was Kathryn Bigelow.

Griffin and David are fascinated by the themes of Bigelow's films. But how did an artist and house-flipper journey through film school to eventually become the first woman to direct a $100 million dollar budget picture? Where does her later professional alliance and then marriage to James Cameron fit in with the social and psychological issues she examines in her movies? Which of her movies are secret masterpieces? After her blank check movie flopped at the box office, how did she recover to become the first woman to win a Best Director and Best Picture Academy Award, for The Hurt Locker? #TheTwoFriends investigate.

This miniseries welcomed the most guests of any Blank Check miniseries to date, with twelve featured in ten episodes.

This miniseries was also the first in Blank Check history to incorporate advertising into any episodes, beginning in the Blue Steel episode. Nearly every ad read takes the form of an improvised sketch of some kind, with characters and vocal impressions and bits aplenty.

In a Twitter poll to decide the name of the miniseries, "Pod-19: The Widowcaster" narrowly edged out "Zero Pod Casty".

This miniseries was preceded by The Pod Knight Castsย miniseries, on the films of Christopher Nolan. It was followed by theย Podship Castersย miniseries, on the films of Paul Verhoeven.


# Title Audio Guest(s) Blank Check? Length Date
127 The Loveless ๐Ÿ”Š No 1:21 9/17/2017
128 Near Dark ๐Ÿ”Š Mani Lazic No 1:48 9/24/2017
129 Blue Steel ๐Ÿ”Š Jordan Hoffman No 1:47 10/1/2017
130 Point Break ๐Ÿ”Š Lux Alptraum No 1:51 10/8/2017
131 Strange Days ๐Ÿ”Š Emily Yoshida YEP 2:09 10/15/2017
132 The Weight of Water ๐Ÿ”Š Karen Han
Emma Stefansky
No 1:53 10/22/2017
133 K-19: The Widowmaker ๐Ÿ”Š Richard Lawson No 1:50 10/29/2017
134 The Hurt Locker ๐Ÿ”Š Sonia Saraiya No 2:18 11/5/2017
135 Zero Dark Thirty ๐Ÿ”Š Demi Adejuyigbe Yes 2:06 11/12/2017
136 Detroit ๐Ÿ”Š Jonathan Braylock
Jerah Milligan
James III
Yes(?) 1:51 11/19/2017

Ranking Her Filmography

  • Griffin and David shared their rankings on the Avatarland/The Second Blank Check Mailbag episode, rather than the usual last episode of the miniseries.
  • The Blankies rankings were compiled from the Reddit voting thread found on the r/Blankies sub-reddit. Due to timing, the results did not factor in Griffin and David's rankings.
Rank Griffin David Blankies
1 Blue Steel Strange Days Strange Days
2 The Hurt Locker Point Break The Hurt Locker
3 Point Break The Hurt Locker Zero Dark Thirty
4 Zero Dark Thirty Blue Steel Point Break
5 Strange Days Zero Dark Thirty Near Dark
6 Near Dark Near Dark Blue Steel
7 The Loveless The Loveless The Loveless
8 Detroit Detroit Detroit
9 The Weight of Water K-19: The Widowmaker K-19: The Widowmaker
10 K-19: The Widowmaker The Weight of Water The Weight of Water
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