Tom, that was a great post
Tom, as long as you are on BOL i will listen. Jason, you're fantastic too! I have issues with Natali, but i'm sure they will pass. But i understand how bloody hard it would be for anyone to step into a show that has been based on a chemistry between the two main hosts.
After what, 800 episodes together, you guys had the greatest rapport in media. It wouldnt matter if the show was about opera or weather patterns in Poland or that strange version of football you kids play in America, i would have listened. You guys, together, are simply that good. Your chemistry raised BOL to the This American Life of tech. Anyone trying to replace either one of you would have generated these threads.
Tom was always the level-headed facts man, Molly the angry "special comments" woman. It just worked. Thats one of the reasons why Natali as replacement is so jarring, she more often than not plays the level headed facts person, which has lead to some awesome 'angry special comments' from Tom, but the right mixture isnt there yet. But i'm willing to wait for it to work itself out.
To the people complaining, remember when you'd leave the house with your ipod and hear either Molly or Tom was away that day. You knew as good as the show would be, it wouldnt be that perfectly well oiled machine you loved. Give BOL the breathing space to get back to that...
To Natali, thanks for stopping the cross promotion of Loaded/CBS. This was my main concern, even when you were a guest on the show. Also, move back to the bay, chemistry can only happen when you guys are in the same room/state/timezone.
I cant believe I care this much about BOL to write this post, but i do.
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