Episode #8 The Wonder Years “Pilot”

The Wonder Years “Pilot”

The podcast with nothing much ado about aircrafts, and potentially everything ado with first episodes of a filmic series. Join us today as we examine and cast judgement on the classic highly acclaimed sitcom The Wonder Years. will be hoisted, or not hoisted: that is the question!

Cheat Sheet:

  • Petard = bomb
  • Hoist a pilot = bad episode
  • Not hoist a pilot = good episode

Understanding Drew:

  • Demonstrative- giving evidence
  • Self Deprecating- self criticism, especially humorously so.
  • Juxtapose- place or deal with close together for opposite effect.

Show Notes

{0:01} Podcast Intro:

{1:10} Episode Intro and Announcements: Review us on iTunes and you can pick one of our next shows! First reviewed, first served! Check our list of upcoming episodes.

{1:50} Background: Dwayne was our first reviewer and he requested The Wonder Years. The Wonder years was an epic part of Dwayne’s childhood experiences. Dwayne has entrusted Pilots and Petards Podcast to figure out if The Wonder Years is worth a rewatch and or will be hoisted by its own petards!

{3:37} Sixty Sec Summary:

{4:09} High Points: Authentic School Day; the principal’s office, Winni, balanced writers: Carol Black and Neal Marlens.

{18:10} Low Points: Defensiveness of Suburbia; rushed storytelling; and nostalgia trap

{33:47} MVPs: As a younger sibling, Drew felt the older brother and younger brother portrayal was perfect. Jimbo loved the opening tone/mood.

{48:56} Crabman Award: Winnie’s bro, Brian Cooper, by unanimous decision.

{50:20} Dangling Threads of Interest: 22 minute sitcom pilots vs 42 minute; The Kiss; nostalgia and art; Illegal streaming and Scientology ads.

{1:07:30} Watch or Rewatch: Strong rewatch. Drew put the first season on hold at the library, it’s 5 more episodes and he is psyched. Drew invites you to watch along and he will report back after finishing season one. Dwayne, Pilots and Petards recommends the same to you sir.

{1:09:26} To Hoist or Not to Hoist?: Very solid Not Hoist.

{1:10:12} Petardar:

{1:12:25} Next Week: 7th Heaven- Tori, see our following four weeks here.

{1:14:01} Plugs: Pilots and Petards official closing music is an instrumental Entheos remix of Alive. Official ad background music mixed by Jake Drew.

9 thoughts on “Episode #8 The Wonder Years “Pilot”

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  1. I really enjoyed the episode guys. My high points were Jim’s non-sequiturs about his brother and Drew’s Cyclopean attempt to relate to Suburbia. Please cut the adds until you have real sponsors.


  2. Yeah man, I agree. But Drew loves them. Viewers, if you feel the same as Will. Send us more feedback.

    Will, what was that city you told me about where people were fleeing the subs in the 80s???


  3. Best Pilots and Petards to date. The show drifted a bit at times but I found myself enjoying those segments just as much. Keep it up and looking forward to more pilots.


  4. Thank you, and keep up the hoisting.

    It sounds like you’e giving us permission to wonder off topic, and we will take it! Thanks for the feedback


  5. Forest,
    Leave us a review on iTunes or Apple Podcast, and we will add Johnny Bravo’s pilot episode to our next available slot.
    I hope you find Jenny


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