The Villain Edit

The Villain Edit
The Villain Edit: what people traditionally blame when they discover that their time on a reality show was spent being a huge jerk on camera. Also a podcast in which Monty Ashley and Rhias Hall talk about the reality shows they’ve been watching lately.

60: Deadly Class Villainy
Jan 28, 2019 • 26 min
Monty and Rhias talk about Deadly Class, the latest edgy-yet-glossy Syfy show based on a comic book. This naturally turns into a discussion about Reality Bites and Rent. Then it’s time for Villains of the Week, where Vern Schillinger (JK Simmons from Oz)…
59: The Fyre Festival
Jan 21, 2019 • 28 min
Hey, we’re doing a mini-relaunch! Instead of talking about “Whatever reality shows Monty and Rhias have stuck in their head,” we’re going to focus on one villain a week in our new segment “The Villain Audit.” This week: Billy McFarland of the Fyre…
58: Elevating the Art of Gingerbread
Dec 19, 2018 • 32 min
The most impressive thing Monty and Rhias saw this week was the Holiday Gingerbread Showdown. And that’s in a week that also featured a WHOLE lot of nonsense on the Curse of Oak Island and the return of RuPaul’s Drag Race (All-Stars, but still)….
57: Gingerbread and Drag Queens
Dec 6, 2018 • 21 min
Monty and Rhias review their notes and get ready for RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 4, and also talk about their feelings on Holiday Gingerbread Showdown. They like the RuPaul show more, because it has less gum paste and isomalt….
56: Drag Queens With Knives
Nov 23, 2018 • 30 min
Monty and Rhias recap the meta-war between Halloween Wars and Halloween Baking Championship (the winner was not the audience), the state of Forged in Fire, do some casual previews of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 4, and check in on the Curse of Oak…
55: Filling the Great Food Truck Void
Sep 8, 2018 • 44 min
Monty and Rhias discuss the finales of Making It and The Great Food Truck Race and decide which show was actually worth watching (it’s Making It). Then they tackle the challenge of finding new competitive reality shows in Fall, when all the channels think…
54: Hot and Smoky
Aug 23, 2018 • 31 min
Rhias and Monty take a break from complaining about the air quality in Seattle to talk about the delightfully questionable television they’ve been watching, including Making It, Nailed It, The Great Food Truck Race, and the webseries Camp Wannakiki, which…
53: Making It Is Fun
Aug 3, 2018 • 41 min
There’s this new competitive crafting show called Making It, hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. It’s gotten a lot of media coverage because it’s on a real network and it’s hosted by legit TV stars, but it also falls firmly within the purview of The…
52: Going Off-Topic
Jul 26, 2018 • 27 min
Monty and Rhias have been watching Face Off and Forged in Fire. And there’s big news about the Great Food Truck Race coming back! But that doesn’t take a lot of time, so instead they talk about Pose and GLOW and Dietland and whatever else comes to mind….
51: What Does TCBY Really Stand For?
Jun 29, 2018 • 29 min
Monty and Rhias chat about the finale of Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, minutes after it ends. And they have some opinions! So many opinions, in fact, that some spill over into their discussion of Face Off and Forged in Fire. And they also reminisce…
50: Garbage Truck Wars
Jun 9, 2018 • 25 min
Monty and Rhias are very excited that Face Off is back! It’s a great show that’s fun to watch! They also talk about Forged in Fire before weighing in on the current state of RuPaul’ss Drag Race, and make fun of something called “Truck Night in America”…
49: A Hyena Will Eat You
May 12, 2018 • 32 min
Monty and Rhias are back, with thoughts on RuPaul’s Drag Race (movie star Cher is definitely the most boring Cher), Forged in Fire (we hope you heal up soon, Doug Marcaida), Ink Master Angels (which gets pretty heavy, so watch out), Naked and Afraid XL…
48: You Never See a Snake’s Belly in Nature
Apr 27, 2018 • 47 min
Monty and Rhias bid goodbye to Glam Masters and Ink Master, because their seasons are over. And also because those are bad shows that they don’t want to watch anymore. And they say hello to two new shows: Forged in Fire: Knife or Death and the Great…
47: Your Career Is Not Over
Apr 17, 2018 • 40 min
Glam Masters and Ink Master are both edging closer to season finales that will probably also be their “Monty and Rhias watching them” finales. Ink Master Angels goes to Memphis for an episode that’s kind of a downer and kind of uplifting. And RuPaul’s…
46: Closed Mouths Don’t Get Fed
Apr 10, 2018 • 42 min
It was a busy week for reality shows, which provided a nice range of things for Monty and Rhias to talk about. For thoughtful discussion of topics, you want to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race. For jerks shouting at each other, you want Ink Master. For people…
45: Flaming Swords Are Realistic
Mar 30, 2018 • 34 min
Monty and Rhias are in favor of Ink Master Angels over Ink Master, and Forged in Fire over Project Runway, and also RuPaul’s Drag Race over just about everything. This is even though Monty’s Fantasy Drag Race Team is already in shambles, forcing an…
44: Drag Race Season 10 Wild-Eyed Predictions
Mar 21, 2018 • 40 min
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 starts tomorrow! Monty and Rhias have combed through hours of iffy iPhone video of all the contestants, and they are prepared to render verdicts, predictions, and digressions about how bad the video is at some of these clubs.…
43: That Gorgeous Oozy Lip
Mar 17, 2018 • 28 min
The phrase “That Gorgeous Oozy Lip” does not appear in this episode of The Villain Edit, but it does appear in Glam Masters, which is one of the shows that Monty and Rhias talk about. Monty was going to mention it, but forgot. So he’s using it here,…
42: Dimension and Glitter Drips
Mar 5, 2018 • 44 min
It’s not easy to pretend that the Emerald City Comic Con counts as a reality shows, but Monty and Rhias make it work, thanks to the Western Cosplay Championship. They also talk about this week’s BIG DRAMA in RuPaul’s Drag Race, the debut of Glam Masters…
41: Crunchy Frog
Feb 25, 2018 • 40 min
Two weeks of Drag Race means a lot of stuff happened. Two weeks of The Amazing Race means even more happened, because those were two-hour episodes. Two weeks of Project Runway All-Stars means only the regular amount happened because they were off for a…
40: Why is King Features Syndicate in my Biz?
Feb 11, 2018 • 55 min
Project Runway has a Betty Boop challenge, and they keep insisting that this 90-year-old cartoon represents “Young Hollywood.” It’s perplexing. The Amazing Race goes to Zimbabwe and gets some wild animals to come pretty close to its contestants. Ink…
39: Introducing Dragula
Feb 2, 2018 • 70 min
Two weeks of Ink Master, Amazing Race, Project Runway: All Stars, RuPaul’s All Star Drag Race, The Curse of Oak Island, and a bit of My Big Fat Fabulous Life all get covered. But the real news is that Rhias has discovered Dragula, and she has introduced…
38: I’ve Seen That Shape Before
Jan 21, 2018 • 36 min
On Oak Island, the new game is apparently to bring up the trip to the Templar prison at the drop of a hat. Which is totally fair, because that trip probably cost some money and you want to squeeze all the juice out of it you can. Speaking of juice, Ink…
37: Totes Dyslex
Jan 12, 2018 • 47 min
All the reality shows are back! Well, probably not absolutely all of them. But The Amazing Race, Ink Master, and Project Runway have all made their 2017 debuts, and the Curse of Oak Island continues to do…whatever it is that show does. Monty and Rhias are…
36: Going Off-Topic
Dec 15, 2017 • 29 min
Monty and Rhias momentarily ran out of interesting shows to talk about, because apparently television is too busy showing good shows instead. The nerve! So after wrapping up Ink Master: Angels and talking briefly about RuPaul’s Drag Race (coming back on…
35: Drag Race All-Star Rundown
Nov 18, 2017 • 43 min
Project Runway reached its finale, which kind of took forever. And the winner was a nice surprise, which is always…nice? That makes sense. And as the cycle of life is always turning, The Curse of Oak Island is back to its old tricks. Seriously, exactly…
34: Another Win For Poopy Pants
Oct 27, 2017 • 38 min
Two episodes of Ink Master: Angels, which is proving to be a pretty fun show! Two episodes of Project Runway, which continues to be very professional! And one episode of American Beauty Star, and we were lucky to make it all the way through it. That is a…
33: Dumpster Fire at the Fabric Store
Oct 13, 2017 • 40 min
Two episodes of Project Runway contain a total of three eliminations. And another elimination that gets rescinded. Ink Master Angels goes to the biggest cowboy bar in the world, I think. And Halloween Wars…just isn’t very good….
32: The Tragic Wigs
Oct 5, 2017 • 53 min
Face Off: Game Face ends with a weird episode that was intended as the pilot before they made some changes. Monty and Rhias liked it more than the regular episodes. Halloween Wars is a weird show about a hyper-specific kind of pumpkin carving that somehow…
31: Season Finale Week
Sep 29, 2017 • 61 min
The return of real television means that some of these garbage shows have to wrap things up. So Monty and Rhias get to talk about the live season finale of Ink Master and the (not-live) season finale of the Great Food Truck Race. Face Off: Game Face isn’t…
30: Acetone on a Bald Cap
Sep 25, 2017 • 50 min
We are late, but we exist! That means we cover TWO episodes of Project Runway, in which someone gets home that we wanted to go home, and someone goes home that we didn’t. But both were pretty much justified.Ink Master and the Great Food Truck Race both…
29: A Greener Thor
Sep 14, 2017 • 69 min
Project Runway goes to the top of the Empire State Building, but it still can’t escape the Twins’ shouting. Ink Master does what it always does, but at least it involves sending home someone we’re sick of. The Great Food Truck Race has a bad business day…
28: Something With Pecans
Sep 7, 2017 • 59 min
Project Runway takes inspiration from a new dance movie, but also from pretty much every “fancy dancer meets a hip hop dancer” movie ever. Ink Master packs so many different rounds of challenges into one episode that there’s almost no room left over for…
27: Game Face Truck Race
Aug 31, 2017 • 59 min
Project Runway has an unconventional materials team challenge with the entirely conventional result of making one of the designers melt down. The Great Food Truck Race somehow walks the line of having the most flamboyant, theatrical contestants also be…
26: Klaus Nomi in a Space Bag
Aug 25, 2017 • 54 min
So many shows! Face Off reaches its season finale just as Game Face arrives to be the short-form version we both deserved and needed. And the Great Food Truck Race is back! It’s possible that you didn’t know it ever existed in the first place, but it did,…
25: Welcome Project Runway
Aug 17, 2017 • 50 min
Face Off had the first part of its two-part finale, and we got to see what Glenn Hetrick thinks a haunted house should be like. Ink Master continued to do the same stuff it always does by bringing in a jerk no one enjoyed watching the first time. And…
24: The Final (no, seriously) Rose
Aug 10, 2017 • 53 min
The Bachelorette is finally over, with a finale that somehow found a way to be extremely boring while also containing some actual emotion. But it was mostly the depressing kind of emotion,so that’s fine. Congratulations to Rachel for choosing between two…
23: The Men Bore All
Aug 3, 2017 • 38 min
On The Bachelorette, the men told all, but Monty and Rhias weren’t really listening. It was more fun to talk about bad tattoos on Ink Master, bad makeup on Face Off, and even bad knives on Forged in Fire….
22: Epaulettes?
Jul 27, 2017 • 56 min
It’s real hot in here, and Monty may have forgotten how to talk. But that’s not going to stop him from talking about the Bachelorette’s decisions. Which is good, because Rhias is already on the topic. They also cover Face Off, Forged in Fire, Ink Master,…
21: The Monkey-Haired Christmas Tree Yeti
Jul 20, 2017 • 74 min
Every week means we’re a week closer to not having to watch the Bachelorette ever again. So that’s good news! There’s also Ink Masters to talk about, which had pretty good tattoos to go with its terrible people. That’s kind of the opposite of Face Off,…
20: Jelly Roll Technique
Jul 14, 2017 • 47 min
Monty and Rhias tackle the classic question: could the contestants on Ink Master ever actually be better than the ones on Face Off? The answer is no. Everyone on Ink Master is a jerk. There’s also Bachelorette, which has mostly trimmed its jerks but also…
19: Contains Fargo Spoilers, For Some Reason
Jun 23, 2017 • 48 min
Kind of a downer week of reality shows, huh? RuPaul’s Drag Race had a reunion that was just about drama, then Bachelorette did a worse job than usual of not being gross. Ink Master was what it always is, and even Face Off wasn’t as much fun as usual. So…
18: Werewolf Opinions
Jun 16, 2017 • 58 min
There’s a new season of Face Off! Already! It’s here just in time to balance off the constant negativity of Ink Master, and to soothe us for the impending end of the RuPaul’s Drag Race season. Also featured: Forged in Fire!…
17: Anatomically Incorrect Snake
Jun 7, 2017 • 52 min
Two episodes of the Bachelorette sent home a bunch of people whose names we never learned, as well as most of the people who were here just for pre-planned drama. RuPaul’s Drag Race continued to delight. Forged in Fire chopped up some ballistics-gel…
16: (Don’t Tell Me) What Not To Wear
May 26, 2017 • 44 min
Some cool swords were made on Forged in Fire. Well, the swords looked kind of clumsy, but they were made by cool people. And sometimes that’s enough. RuPaul’s Drag Race had the most shocking lip-sync ever! For real this time! And The Bachelorette…
15: Beware the Black Palm
May 18, 2017 • 43 min
We’re back from Disneyland, and we’re excited to talk about reality shows. And also Disneyland. We cover the last two weeks of Forged in Fire (swords!) and RuPaul’s Drag Race (gowns!) and check in with Naked and Afraid XL (many, many injuries!)….
14: Irish New Year
May 4, 2017 • 41 min
There’s so much to talk about! Two RuPaul’s Drag Races, two Forged in Fires, a Cosplay Melee, and the Face Off finale! Exclamation points!…
13: Drag Queens and Gargoyle Monsters
Apr 20, 2017 • 51 min
RuPaul’s Drag Race took morning shows and made them even more crass and unprofessional. Except now it’s on purpose, so it’s okay. Face Off reached the semi-finals with four great competitors and made them make gargoyles. Cosplay Melee did superheroes and…
12: You Know, an Antler Chop
Apr 14, 2017 • 43 min
Forged in Fire is back, with two new episodes of people either making cool weapons or accidentally ruining them. Cosplay Melee enters the world of video games, some of which Monty’s played. Face Off takes a trip to the islands for a Dole Whip. RuPaul’s…
11: Dressing Up Like Tom Hanks
Apr 7, 2017 • 41 min
Cosplay Melee had a challenge themed to Angels and Demons, and the ideas were interpreted in a variety of interesting ways. Face Off did an alien senate, although we don’t remember a lot of subcommittees being discussed. RuPaul’s Drag Race brought back an…
10: Googly Eyes Are Essential
Mar 29, 2017 • 44 min
Cosplay Melee went straight to our heart as the person we were rooting for actually won! RuPaul’s Drag Race is just starting its season, so we don’t know if that’s happening yet. We had to make do with Lady Gaga being an amazing guest judge, and two of…
9: Cosplay Melee
Mar 23, 2017 • 42 min
The winds of change are blowing, and they are bringing new shows. Monty and Rhias are very excited about Cosplay Melee, a show where people carve craft foam into armor. And about the upcoming season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, of course. But first they have to…
8: Reunion Shows Are Awful
Mar 13, 2017 • 37 min
The Bachelor limped toward its finale with three hours of programming, in which Bachelor Nick was featured as little as possible. Because what everyone really wants is lots more of Corinne, right? Riiiight? My Big Fat Fabulous Life continued to prepare…
7: Stranded With a Million Jerks
Mar 3, 2017 • 44 min
There’s this new show called Stranded With a Million Dollars, and we watched it. And hated it! We also cover The Bachelor (which went to Finland), Face Off (which went to Fury Road), My Big Fat Fabulous Life (which went to kiss-town), Masterchef Junior…
6: Masterchef Junior Has The Rice Stuff
Feb 24, 2017 • 29 min
The new show on the docket is Masterchef Junior, replacing Hunted, which was too boring to live. We also watched Tattoo Girls, but that’s not sticking around in our household. The Bachelor went to Hometowns and finally moved the focus off Nick. Face Off…
5: Burpy Burpy Burp
Feb 16, 2017 • 31 min
Monty is trying to come up with a theme song. It doesn’t go well. Hunted is on the bubble, as neither Monty nor Rhias can remember more than one thing that happened this week. More time is given to The Bachelor, which seems to be going off the rails in a…
4: Drag Race Season 9 Preview
Feb 10, 2017 • 55 min
The contestants for season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race have been announced, and we did our research! Which means that we watched a bunch of performance videos, so now we’re experts. We might not know who’s going to win, but we know who our favorites are. We…
3: “Hunted”
Feb 1, 2017 • 28 min
We check in on the Bachelor, which is growing on us. Well, one of us. And then we dive into Hunted (in which normal citizens pretend to be hiding from cops) and Face Off (in which talented artists create cool monster makeup) before a brief update on My…
2: “Mythbusters: The Search”
Jan 22, 2017 • 23 min
After a very brief recap of “Curse of Oak Island,” we talk about how no one told us how crazy “The Bachelor” was. Then we dive into “Mythbusters: The Search,” which claims to be a search for new Mythbusters hosts, but is actually a terrible waste of time….
1: “Forged in Fire”
Jan 16, 2017 • 25 min
Introducing The Villain Edit! We talk about reality show taxonomy, including why the two basic kinds of competitive reality show are basically “Survivor” and “Cupcake Wars.” Then we dive into a discussion of Forged in Fire, which is absolutely the best…