It's time for our regular segment in which @Gafgarian (AKA Jeremiah Palmer) provides answers to the burning questions left unanswered in each episode of the Rooster Teeth Podcast. Read on to get closure for Geoff the Hermit – #447.
Why is leaving without a goodbye called an "Irish Exit"?
Whether it is known as the Irish Exit, Irish Goodbye, Shamrock Shuffle, or the more modern “ghosting,” the Irish Exit is anything but new. Unfortunately, it is this long history, and I'm sure not a small amount of whiskey, which has led to the origin of the phrase to be lost to time. Depending on which Irish forum you stumble upon, you will find various opinions as to why this perceived effrontery to etiquette is tied to the Emerald Isle.
An often-seen favorite – however wholly unverifiable – theory is that it has ties to the mass exodus of over a million Irish men, women, and children during the infamous Potato Famine. Since this roughly seven-year period was prior to the transatlantic cable and the communicative power of the telegraph, this exodus usually meant that the goodbyes were forever. Because of this, there were many cases of people abruptly disappearing, refusing to let close friends and family know that they were preparing for the voyage to their new homes. This was, presumably, to avoid uncomfortably long and painful goodbyes with loved ones.
Another frequently seen potential cause is the simple thought that a traditional Irish home, and its occupants, make such a fuss about welcoming guests that the act of essentially disappearing once you have decided the party is over is a direct response to the fussiness of that welcoming.
One article, written by an Irish woman and having several comments by other self-proclaimed people of Irish descent, went so far as to say, "Irish people do not understand brevity. They don’t know how to make a long story short, nor do they understand why you would ever attempt to." While the lengthy welcoming ritual is unavoidable due to the act of suddenly appearing at a place, the Irish Goodbye allows you to just as suddenly no longer appear at a place. It is the apparent culture-wide acceptance of this abrupt disappearance that keeps it from being considered rude. As long as the person you suddenly disappear on is Irish enough to agree with you.
It should be noted that the use of "ghosting" as a synonym for the Irish Exit is a bit misleading, as the more frequent use of the word is as a description of the sudden, complete, and unapologetic severing of ties which some may choose to do to a potential suitor.
Given that the RT Community consists of people from all over the world, I am definitely interested in getting a first-hand confirmation on this from the community... so... get to it! Which one of you has the grandma that is so happy to invite you, or anyone really, for tea, biscuits, with milk, without milk, soy milk, cakes, stew, pies, etc.?
Note from Becca: My mom has always said of my Irish grandmother, “You ask her for the time and she tells you how to build a clock.”
Are the Star Wars prequels "good" movies?
No... they just are not. Regardless of what any one may say in an attempt to defend the movies, they are not "good" movies by any stretch of the imagination. While Revenge of the Sith is far closer than the other two, it still misses the mark by quite a bit.
I am going to attempt to look at the movies from a purely cinematic point of view in order to answer as honestly as possible. On a related note, for anyone who has not been introduced to RedLetterMedia's breakdown of the movies, specifically Mr. Plinkett's series on The Phantom Menace, then you have done yourself a great disservice. From both a fan's and "professional" film critic's perspective, his breakdown, though peculiar at times, is phenomenal.
Regarding what makes a movie "good," this is obviously a pretty subjective conversation, but most critics and moviegoers in general would likely agree there are a few attributes that every good movie has, and great movies have in droves. These include good characters we like to love and bad characters we like to hate. It should have identifiable and relatable stakes that matter in the scope of the overall story. Finally, it should accomplish its purpose, make you feel, and make you actually give a damn.
The prequels do not need to have all of these but it would nice if they hit a few of the points, which they just don't. Unfortunately, the only reason we care about any of the characters is due to our attachment to the characters from the original trilogy and the characters that were not part of the original trilogy, we really don't give a shit about. The good characters, we don't love, let alone enjoy loving them and the bad characters, assuming we can even identify them, we don't really hate. This is largely because we can't really tell who the villain is throughout most of the movie and every character, including the ones we love purely due to our nostalgia, are flat and seem shoehorned into being relevant to the overall story. I could go on and on about this but I will never do a better job than Mr. Plinkett and I am much more interested in seeing the comments on this one. I imagine that this topic is pretty polarizing and there is bound to be some fool in the RT Community who incorrectly believes that the prequels were legitimately "good" movies. :)
What is Jake Lloyd doing these days?
Little Ani, now going by the pseudonym Jake Broadbent, hasn't had the easiest early years. Largely because The Phantom Menace is just not a good movie and, to be honest, Star Wars fans can be shitheads. Combine that with a bunch of overly opinionated middle schoolers and you get an unfortunate amount of teasing, ridicule, and bullying by his school mates. This bullying was so intense that it eventually led to his retirement from acting and the destruction of all Lloyd's collected set memorabilia a mere three years after the film's release.
He would later be diagnosed as schizophrenic and, in 2015, he was arrested and charged with reckless driving, driving without a license, and resisting arrest after running from a traffic stop and, shortly after, crashing into a tree. His lawyer argued, unsuccessfully that his actions were due to a lapse in his meds.
What else is Steven Ogg doing?
Grand Theft Auto V was good to Ogg... great actually. Before GTA, the most impressive credit on his IMDB is a minor role as a struggling artist in an episode of Law and Order. Since his role as everyone's favorite sociopath, Ogg has appeared in high profile television shows such as Westworld, Better Call Saul, and The Walking Dead. A common thread with these various roles is their extremely questionable grip on reality or respect for any semblance of law and order. Along with his popular portrayal of Negan's right-hand man, Simon, Steven has also recently wrapped a few movie roles including the lead in a largely solo space thriller called Solis.
Is there such thing as an unhealthy amount of reading?
It is very difficult to find any legitimate research on this topic as, while there are very many articles written on the subject, nearly all are written in jest or as an ironic jab towards their "addiction." However, there is very real science behind the idea that everything, regardless of how harmful it may or may not seem, is suitable in moderation.
Perhaps Einstein said it best with, "Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking." In other words, when reading, or any hobby becomes so pervasive that you are neglecting your responsibilities, losing track of time, lack of socialization, or developing withdrawal symptoms such as irritability and depression when you are unable to read then you are officially an addict. While there are obviously worse things to be addicted to, too much of a good thing is a popular idiom for a reason.