Know your Shakespeare, and hoist your petards with us each week as we cast judgement on a pilot episode and determine if that pilot is… to be hoisted, or not to be hoisted: that is the question.
For those of us more dumber than Drew, petard is a real word. Petards are explosive devices traditionally used to blow up doors or walls. Consult your local dictionary for further investigation. Even Jimbo had to look up petard, and he loved Hamlet.
For those who also overlooked it in Hamlet, “Hoist with his own petar,” is a phrase from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It refers to one’s own plot or device intended for another that ends up self destructive, as poor Rosencrantz and Guildenstern learned all too well. We have modified the phrase to be more inclusive, “Hoist with your own petard.”
We’re going to decide whether these pilots are awesome and deserve a watch or rewatch of the proceeding series. Or we are going to hoist these pilots on their own petards. Meaning, a hoisted pilot is self destructive in its goal of convincing a viewer to keep watching it.
- Petard = bomb
- Hoist a pilot = bad
- Not to hoist a pilot = good