A miniseries covering the films of Christopher Nolan.

Summary[edit | edit source]

On the Avatarland/The Second Blank Check Mailbag episode, Griffin and David describe this miniseries as arguably their best, most consistent, and most listened-to miniseries so far. They also remarked on the stressful conditions under which it was recorded.

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Christopher Nolan was an attractive potential subject for "Blank Check" because of the way he achieved status as a so-called blank check director, and especially what he did with his blank checks after he got there. Griffin and David even had a potential episode guest on the hook, a director (and Blankie!) who had a personal connection to Nolan and offered some great perspectives on the Insomnia episode.

But the main thing that convinced #TheTwoFriends to take the leap on Nolan was a pitch by Producer Ben. In particular it seems that the Inception episode offered the opportunity of an exceptionally bit-rich environment, which Ben took full advantage of in the studio and in post-production.

One of David's favorite films is Interstellar, so he was excited to get to that episode. At the time of its recording, Griffin was running on fumes due to his promotional schedule for The Tick and had about 60% of his voice left, but David more than made up for that with his own enthusiasm. In subsequent episodes David said that "you have no idea" how crazy this time was for Griffin and David and Ben, and that frankly it was a miracle that this miniseries was even listenable. And yet, not only is it good, but it also seems to have been the most listened-to miniseries of the show - at least through 2017.

It is not completely clear and was not explicitly announced at the time, but episodes in this miniseries do not have the "UCB Comedy" outro soundbite and may have been the first group of shows to be recorded after the show migrated from UCB to Audioboom.

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This miniseries was preceded by the Pod Me If You Cast miniseries on the DreamWorks era of Steven Spielberg. It was followed by the Pod-19: The Widowcaster miniseries on the films of Kathryn Bigelow.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

# Title Audio Guest(s) Blank Check? Length Date
114 Following ๐Ÿ”Š No 1:34 6/25/2017
115 Memento ๐Ÿ”Š Amy Nicholson No 1:52 7/2/2017
116 Insomnia ๐Ÿ”Š Alex Ross Perry No 1:56 7/9/2017
117 Batman Begins ๐Ÿ”Š No 1:59 7/16/2017
118 The Prestige ๐Ÿ”Š Alison Willmore Yes 1:55 7/23/2017
119 The Dark Knight ๐Ÿ”Š Yes 2:09 7/30/2017
120 Inception ๐Ÿ”Š Yes 2:01 8/6/2017
121 The Dark Knight Rises ๐Ÿ”Š No (?) 2:00 8/13/2017
123 Interstellar ๐Ÿ”Š Yes 2:18 8/27/2017
124 Dunkirk ๐Ÿ”Š Bilge Ebiri Yes 2:11 9/3/2017

Ranking Their Filmography[edit | edit source]

  • Griffin and David shared their rankings on the Reddit voting thread (see below) after forgetting to record it on the final miniseries episode.
  • The Blankies rankings were compiled from the Reddit voting thread found on the r/Blankies sub-reddit, where the results were also later posted.
Rank Griffin David Blankies
1 The Prestige Interstellar The Prestige
2 Memento The Prestige Memento
3 Insomnia Memento Dunkirk
4 Batman Begins Dunkirk Inception
5 Inception Inception The Dark Knight
6 The Dark Knight The Dark Knight Interstellar
7 Dunkirk Batman Begins Batman Begins
8 Interstellar Insomnia Insomnia
9 Following The Dark Knight Rises The Dark Knight Rises
10 The Dark Knight Rises Following Following


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