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Think to the Brink

Think to the Brink

By Will Baker and Alex Prescot
The ultimate overthinking podcast! Fictional characters, song lyrics analyses, silly debates, social etiquette and much more.... Will Baker and Alex Prescot sit down every Thursday to apply a nit-picking over-analysis to obscure pop culture topics!
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Think to the Brink Throwback: Pacman vs Michelin Man
After a lengthy coronavirus-related hiatus, Think to the Brink is nearing its long-awaited return and to whet your overthinking appetites, here's a bit of classic content for you. Who is the better man: Pac or Michelin? Weird pizza bitey thing or tyre-based Frenchman? Enjoy...
August 9, 2020
Kermit the Frog vs Crazy Frog
E84: We are back on the airwaves for our first ever frog-off. A famous frog debate that was months in the making., we get down to brass tax and discuss who had it harder from childhood and on into their successful showbiz careers: the green Muppet moneymaking machine or the Swedish escape artist and ringtone sensation. Enjoy...
March 10, 2020
You Can Call Me Al
E83: We kick off the new decade with a good old lyrics analysis! Delving into a listener-requested classic, You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon, we find ourselves in the murky world of forgotten cartoons and the witness protection scheme! Possibly the first podcast ever to reference both CatDog and the Sopranos in the same episode! Enjoy!
January 13, 2020
Scrooge (Human) vs Scrooge (McDuck)
E82: Our belated Christmas special is another classically rambling debate. Scrooge vs Scrooge, duck vs human, Disney vs Dickens $65 billion of amassed duck fortune  vs one meagre 19th century London counting house.... Happy holidays to all and see you in 2020!
December 30, 2019
The Triwizard Tournament
E81: After a three month hiatus and busy schedules, Will and Alex are back in a room together and they haven't missed an overthinking beat! It's another Harry Potter episode but instead of a character being dissected and discussed, it's an event. The prestigious and ever-so-dangerous Triwizard Tournament. Topics for discussion: why is Cedric Diggory in Hufflepuff, do Death Eaters celebrate Voldemort day and is this the worst spectator sport in the combined wizard-Muggle worlds? Enjoy...
November 20, 2019
Jesus vs. Gepetto: Celebrity Carpenters ft. Sean McLoughlin
E80: The Son of God vs the father of Pinocchio, the Messiah vs the nomadic Italian toymaker, Italy vs Israel... Jesus vs Gepetto! We welcome special guest host, Sean McLoughlin to the show this week: critically acclaimed stand up comedian and support act for the likes of Ricky Gervais and Bill Burr and co-host of the official Holy Bible podcast: Sean and Eliot Read the Bible. We discuss Gepetto's sex life or lack thereof, whether or not he is related to the old man from the Dolmio ads, how good a carpenter Jesus really was and the vicious conspiracy theories that he was actually a stonemason! Check out Sean's latest stand-up album here:
August 15, 2019
Arthur the Aardvark
E79: Alex is still away on hiatus so this week we enlist the services of Patreon subscriber and friend of the show, Ed Baker, to join Will in our first ever watch along. We commentate you through two back to back episodes of hit children's TV episode, Arthur, discussing all the idiosyncrasies of the main characters, why the eponymous aardvark has several dog friends but also a pet dog à la Mickey Mouse and whether there has ever been a show that is so species confused! If you want to watch along with us, the YouTube link is below as well as our social media! Enjoy...
August 8, 2019
Augustus Gloop
E78: Is Augustus Gloop really a great big greedy nincompoop or are the Oompa Loompa's a bunch of fat-shaming hypocrites and Willy Wonka a corrupt businessman who exploits the easily tempted mind of the child? We go in-depth on Roald Dahl's iconic German schoolboy exploring his back story, his personality, the lyrics to the songs sung about him and a comparison to another famous food-lover from the same author: Bruce Bogtrotter! Don't forget to guess the cryptic link with last week's episode to win a prize!
August 1, 2019
Carry on My Wayward Son (Kansas)
E77: After a week's hiatus, we're back with another twisting and turning lyrics analysis and if anyone can guess the not so subtle link between this week and last week's topics, then a prize will be given! Two seminal classics but this week we move from Toto's "Africa" to Kansas' "Carry on My Wayward Son" and somehow we end up talking mainly about School of Rock! Enjoy...
July 24, 2019
Africa (Toto)
E76: Another rambling Think to the Brink lyrics analysis and as always we discuss a unique cast of characters as possible players in the meaning behind the words of Toto in their seminal classic and sing-along favourite: Africa. Pippin from Lord of the Rings, Mufasa, Bono, Ringo Starr and Chandler Bing all pop up as we delve deep into what this song is actually about! Enjoy...
July 12, 2019
Bruce the Shark (Finding Nemo)
E75: This week on the show we welcome special guest and Finding Nemo conspiracy theorist, Jack Neicho, for an in-depth discussion on Pixar's most famous underwater activist: Bruce the Shark. We delve into the Fish are Friends Not Food club, what its members look for as alternate food sources and where Bruce ranks on the list of all-time celebrity sharks. Enjoy...
June 19, 2019
Al vs Zurg (Toy Story Villains)
E74: Another debate this time zeroing in on the world of Toy Story. Fat Toy Barn owner vs evil Emperor, petty thief vs notorious cross-galactical dictator, cowboy-stealing entrepreneur vs spaceman shooting evil genius! Big Al McWhiggin vs Evil Zurg. Enjoy....
June 13, 2019
Uncle Ben (Rice) vs Uncle Ben (Spiderman)
E73: Two of the most famous celebrity uncles in pop culture history and ironically they both have the same name. Food guru vs superhero mentor, Spiderman vs Rice, uncle vs uncle, Ben vs Ben! Enjoy...
June 6, 2019
Are We Human or Are We Dancer? (The Killers)
To celebrate two years of Think to the Brink, it's a callback to our inaugural episode and revisiting the Killers. One of the most controversial and confusing lyrics in music history, we delve deep into "Human" and discuss what it has to do with a) bouncers and b) Father Christmas! Enjoy...
May 31, 2019
E71: Exam season is upon us and for all the students out there currently living through GCSE's, A levels and university exams, we are recounting our own experiences, giving top tips and sharing weird and wacky stories from the Internet! Enjoy...
May 24, 2019
Lord Farquaad
E70: The first Shrek character we've ever overthought on the show. It's a character analysis on one of the shortest but most sadistic villains in cartoon history. It is of course our favourite ogre's diminutive nemesis: Lord Farquaad. Enjoy...
May 16, 2019
I Knew You Were Trouble (Taylor Swift)
E69: This lyrics analysis of the seminal classic from pop princess, Taylor Swift, somehow gets into a conversation about Quirrell, his relationship with Voldemort and the ins and outs of playing Sardines! Enjoy...
May 2, 2019
Zazu (Lion King)
E68: To celebrate the upcoming 2019 release of the new live action, Lion King, we thought we'd get in our way back machines and take a trip to 1994 and the original Zazu as played by Rowan Atkinson. What is his official role in the lion hierarchy? How long has he known Mufasa? And which character does he consider his minion? All this and more! Enjoy...
April 24, 2019
Humpty Dumpty
E67: Happy Easter to all you overthinkers out there! This week on the show we are over-analysing the most famous celebrity egg of all time, the accident prone but still beloved Humpty Dumpty! Enjoy...
April 18, 2019
Trojan Horse
E66: One of the biggest blunders in military history, the Trojans really embarrassed themselves with this one. We delve into the original Greek texts, get inside the minds of the people in the horse, the selection criteria and what was going through the minds of the people that let it into the city! Think to the Brink goes classical this week! Enjoy...
April 11, 2019
Colonel Sanders vs Ronald McDonald
E65: Two giants of the fast food industry go head to head in one of our epic overthinking debates on the show today. Clown versus colonel, KFC versus McDonald's, Sanders versus Ronald! There can only be one winner! Enjoy...
April 4, 2019
E64: A second bite at the apple for those that have already screwed up their New Years' resolutions. We discuss what we gave up for Lent, what the classics are, and good old Jesus in the desert! Enjoy...
March 29, 2019
Respecting your Elders!
E63: A slightly different episode this week as we use WikiHow's extensive guide on how to treat older people as the basis for our over-analysis of 'respecting one's elders'. Enjoy...
March 13, 2019
Dick Dastardly (Wacky Races)
E62: A listener picked topic this week as we explore one of the more infamous of the contestants on hit '60's cartoon, Wacky Races. It is of course moustache-twirling supervillain, Dick Dastardly! We explore his evil attributes, his relationship with his faithful dog, Muttlee, and how wacky a racer he actually was! Enjoy...
February 28, 2019
Payphone (Maroon 5)
E61: The latest in our long-running series of lyric analyses and this time we're taking a deep dive on Maroon 5's 2012 hit, Payphone! You may find the hidden meanings we found very surprising... Enjoy!
February 21, 2019
The Pencil Case
E60: We are taking a trip down memory lane today on the show back to our school days and taking a deep dive into the pencil case! Featuring bendy rulers, protractors, ink erasers and much much more! Enjoy...
February 14, 2019
Fluffy (Hagrid's Dog)
E59: Another Harry Potter themed episode and the winner of our Instagram dog poll! It's the ferociously misunderstood guard of the Philosopher's Stone: Fluffy! Enjoy...
February 7, 2019
Tom vs Jerry
E58: A cat and mouse debate for the ages as we delve into who we believe is really the best out of the most famous double act in animal history. Jerry: smug prick or innocent victim? Tom: aggressive tyrant or long-suffering house pet? Enjoy...
January 31, 2019
Roar (Katy Perry)
E57: What seemed like a straightforward lyric analysis of famous pop song quickly degenerates into a biblical narrative as we discover how Katy Perry is channeling that most famous of boatbuilders: Noah! Enjoy...
January 24, 2019
Tube Etiquette
E56: It's 2019 and we're back! This week, with a little help from WikiHow, we're putting escalators, priority seats and CityMapper under the microscope as we discuss the dos and donts of the London Underground - it's Tube Etiquette!
January 17, 2019
Max (The Grinch's Dog)
E55: The Think to the Brink Christmas special takes a deep dive into the life of the Grinch's loyal and downtrodden sidekick, Max. Merry Christmas one and all!
December 23, 2018
Noo Noo (The Teletubbies)
E54: It's everyone's favourite vacuum cleaner up for discussion on the show this week! The long-suffering "naughty Noo Noo" has to put up with all the Teletubbies' high jinks and capers and yet we never hear him complain, that may be because he hasn't developed the power of speech though we're not sure... Enjoy...
December 13, 2018
Whenever, Wherever (Shakira)
E53: The 2001 seminal classic that launched the career of Colombian pop princess, Shakira! So many lyrics to unravel, so many ideas to explain. Enjoy...
December 6, 2018
E52: An educational episode this week as chess prodigy, Alex, teaches relative novice, Will, on the ins and outs of the world's most famous board game. We delve into Alex's chequered past on the junior county chess scene, why he gave it up at secondary school, and we learn some little known facts! Enjoy...
November 29, 2018
Gandalf vs Dumbledore
E51: Two of the most iconic wizards of all time... who's wiser, who's more powerful, who's got the better beard? All this is and more heatedly discussed in our latest debate! Enjoy...
November 22, 2018