Studio: Internet Box Crew
Category: Video Games
What Is It
Rooster Teeth’s goofy, slovenly cousin.
What About It
Internet Box was a kind of a side project not really affiliated with Rooster Teeth, one of the giants of video game based podcasts and videos, but featuring basically all people connected to Rooster Teeth. Rooster Teeth is already kind of freewheeling and Internet Box is even more so. It’s categorized under Video Games on iTunes, but I’ve heard a ton of episodes and I honestly can’t remember more than one or two conversations about video games. The podcast characters are all familiar to those into Rooster Teeth and its various spinoffs: Michael & Lindsay Jones, Barbara Dunkelman, Gavin Free, Mike, Ray, Andrew, Kerry, etc. The cast is rotating, so you never know for sure who’s going to be on any given episode and this gives the show a nice unpredictable vibe; all of these people are strong personalities and they bounce off of each other in different ways depending on who else is in the group. The tone of the episodes vary wildly, though they’re all, I suppose, some shade of anarchic and hilarious. The show is sloppy and raw with pretty bad sound quality. But it truly captures the feeling of just hanging out with your friends in a big group and just kind of letting **** happen. The show is hilariously funny and endearingly shaggy. After a hiatus of a couple of years, the show came back by popular demand of its fanbase with the promise to produce twelve more episodes in 2016. They got to eight. Since August of 2016, no activity; one can always hope.
Rooster Teeth is too stuffy.
Avoid Like the Plague If
You liked Serial, but the production values were just too low.
Best Starting Place
Oh, wherever. Except not at the beginning; the show grows into its masterpiece status. I might recommend episode X; it was the first of three episodes that the show did after a brief hiatus; after those three was the hiatus of a couple of years that then lead to the eight episodes in 2016. Do I know too much about this show? Yeah. But listen. You’ll love it.