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James: So Mason, what do you think the story was?
Mason: Oh nooooooooo...

The Weekly Planet is a weekly podcast that's part of the Planet Broadcasting Network . Each week, James "Mr. Sunday Movies" Clement and "Internet Celebrity" Nick Mason sit down in James's mancave— er, regular room and discuss movies, comic books, TV shows, and anything else that comes to mind. The feel of the podcast is very loose and more often than not engages in rambling, humorous banter.


This podcast provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Though the podcast is primarily just James and Nick, James has missed a small handful of episodes, with Mason bringing in a guest host.
  • Affectionate Nickname: James calls his wife Greg.
  • Bait-and-Switch: During the episode on The Predator:
    James: Ask me what I thought of it.
    Mason: What'd you think of it?
    James: I thought it was pretty good!
    Mason: Did you?
    James: No, it was fucking terrible! It was a really bad movie!
    Mason: I knew it! I knew it!
    James: It was really bad! Like it started off okay, and then it was horrible! It blew my mind how bad it was! It really threw me!
    Mason: Yeah, right?
    James: What the fuck! What did you think?
    Mason: Yeah, I thought it was pretty bad also!
    Mason: At the end of the day [The Michael Bay Transformers films] may not be the most intelligently written movies, they may not be the cleverest movies, they may not be the most fun movies... anyway that is the end of that sentence.
  • Book Dumb: Joked with. Whenever books are brought up, either James or Mason will say "Books are for nerds."
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: During the Best & Worst of 2018, when Mason decides that The Predator should just sweep any negative awards it may be eligible for:
    Mason: It's not a good movie, it's gotten worse the more I've thought about it, and they hired a pedophile.
  • British Accents: Parodied whenever they talk about Tom Holland. Mason always gives him a stereotypical cockney accent.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Mason's sign-off phrase is "grab dat gem you guys."
    • James has a Forced Meme catchphrase of "where's my pisketti?" which Mason and others try to force upon him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Both of the lads are fond of getting their snark on.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: invokedAs far as Mason is concerned, the script for Transformers: The Last Knight was originally a fantasy movie about King Arthur that had nothing to do with Transformers, which were only added in after the fact. He believes this is the case because of how easily the Transformers can be removed from the plot without altering it too much.
  • Establishing Series Moment: The first lines of Episode 1 set the tone for the whole show, that of a loose, improvisational, non-serious style.
    James: Fuckin' Hell.
  • Failed Future Forecast: Discussed in the episode Dumbest Movie Futures (That Are Wrong).
  • Happily Married: James and his wife, Claire.
  • Hype Backlash: invokedDiscussed in "Most Disappointing Movies Of All Time."
  • Locked in a Freezer: Parodied in the second clip show, with the framing device of James and Mason reminiscing while stuck in an air vent. Somehow.
  • Muggle Power: A 2020 discussion about the Harry Potter works revolves around how a determined muggle with half a brick could probably wreak havoc against Death Eaters. Maso doesn't think he'd win but is pretty sure that he'd be able to do enough damage to make the Death Eaters regret dealing with a dude who has half a brick.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the review for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, James fears that his video on the number of people Batman has killed in his movies inspired Zack Snyder to make the character openly kill in the movie, even though the point of the video was to indicate that the character shouldn't kill.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The segment "H8 Mail but the H8 has an Eight in it" never contains eight pieces of hate.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Mason hated Justice League (2017) so much that he subverted the Running Gag of James asking Mason the plot of the movie, that he asked James about the plot just so that he could complain about it.
  • Perverse Sexual Lust: The boys fight over which of them is attracted to Maid Marion the fox from Robin Hood, both of them claiming the other is attracted to her.
  • Quote Mine: Mason invokes this in the episode where they discuss Suicide Squad (2016), giving some praise that WB can use in their advertising:
    Mason: The best DC movie yet! Asterisk.note  Suicide Squad exceeded my expectations! Asterisk.note  DC has done it again! Asterisk.note 
  • Refuge in Audacity: Discussing a real-world example: The Great Howard the Duck Switcharoo.
  • Running Gag: Many.
    • "Is it pronounced Dune or Dune?"
    • "Mason, what do you think the story was?"
    • "Defenders of the Earth!"
    • The "recurring" "segment" Ring a Ding Ding! Let's Predict a Thing.
    • Mason yelling McG's name any time the latter is mentioned.
    • Mason's "If you like it, it's fine but you're wrong but it's cool, like what you like, but you're wrong."
    • James repeatedly bringing up his vendettas or Berserk Buttons on the podcast.
    • "Fuck art!"
    • Mason having to play the letters theme off of his phone every time they have a letters segment.
      • Specifically, he plays it off of YouTube instead of downloading it.
    • The podcast dog and her moxie/spirit.
    • James mentioning being a father and hating other dads.
    • James mentioning being a man of the world.
    • #MulletforSuperman. A joking demand for the Superman of the DCEU to be resurrected with a mullet, like in the comics.
    • In regards to questionable leaks of news, "Hot Scoop or Shot of Poop?" If it turns out to be false, James has to do a shot of poop. Regardless of whether he felt the story was true or not.
    • "Books are for nerds."
    • "And that's the tooth."
    • The most famous Spider-Man villain Corn of Coblin.
    • James' son repeatedly asking for a big sandwich.
    • Mason saying "You would" whenever James disagrees with him on something.
    • During the run of Westworld Season 3, James would sing "Westworld" over the What Are We Reading What Are We Gonna Read segment theme. James has continued to do this well after the end of the season to the point that the segment has functionally been renamed "What Are We Westworlding Today".
    • Within the "Best and Worst of 2020" episode, Mason insists on jokingly giving every category, good or bad, to Bloodshot regardless of how eligible it may be.
    Mason: It's bad! It's not a good movie! It's just the last one I saw before we went into a lockdown that time!
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Whenever they bring up someone "great" that they don't care for, they often simply clap at them and sarcastically insist it's genuine. One such common target is Elon Musk.
  • Saw "Star Wars" 27 Times: Mason has a recurring story that he once watched Police Academy 6 24 times in a week. When asked why he just says it's better without context.note 
  • The Scrappy: invoked
    • Lex Luthor elicited derision from the guys for his bloated, nonsensical speeches and irritating mannerisms and noises making him feel less like a real threat to Batman or Superman and more like some deranged Elon Musk/Mark Zuckerberg type lost in heavy-handed Faux Symbolism.
    • Cade Yeager was panned for being an obnoxious, stupid prick with no self-awareness or respect to his employees, as well as Mark Wahlberg being a deeply unlikeable presence on-screen.
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • Any time Russel Crowe is mentioned, you can bet the guys will sarcastically call him the greatest actor in the world in response to his self-proclaimed status.
    • Mason jokingly prefers to be referred to as "Internet Celebrity Nick Mason."
  • Stillborn Franchise: invokedAn entire episode called Failed Movie Franchises discusses these. Also the end of every year during their Best & Worst "awards", James and Mason have a category called The Game is On, where they decide which movie of the year had the most hamfisted attempt at failed sequel/franchise building.
  • Team Pet: Ollie, the Podcast Dog .
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: invokedHow they feel about Brandon Routh in Superman Returns. James compliments him for having the look and mannerisms down as Superman, and being a bright spot in an otherwise horribly dull, ill-characterized film.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: A regular feature on the podcast is Superhero Showdown, where the boys play out a scenario where two (or more) characters meet in a standard-sized American football field and fight each other.
  • Vulgar Humor: Parodied with Deadpool. Whenever the character is mentioned, James talks about his less-favorable opinion of jokes that are just crass for the sake of being crass. Or as he calls them, jokes that just go "Look at my balls/dick!" for two hours.
  • Wild Mass Guessing: Discussed in Crazy Fan Theories.
    • A joking fan theory regarding the podcast is that James doesn't actually exist. Instead, Mason just records every podcast twice: once in his normal voice and once more in James' voice.
  • Wrong Parachute Gag: Mason's justification for refusing to skydive is because he's certain either the parachute will fail, or it will be filled with wacky items instead.

"That's the show for this week. Grab dat gem, you guys!"

Alternative Title(s): Caravan Of Garbage


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