Things get a little trippy this week, as AJ, Kenn, and Joe continue their look at Mad Men season 5 with a discussion of “Mystery Date,” in which Grandma Pauline gives Sally drugs; “Signal 30,” wherein the Pryce is wrong for one Pete Campbell; and “Far Away Places,” in which Roger discovers he just wasn’t made for these times. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
Zou bisou bisou, here’s to another season of Mad Men. Seasons 5 gets off to a start with awkward burlesques, hot cleaning action, a trademark Peach Pussy Power Play, and much more. The episodes under discussion are the two-part premiere “A Little Kiss,” in which it’s Don’s party and he’ll grump if he wants to; and “Tea Leaves,” wherein Betty’s, uh, put on a few pounds. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
This Christmas season, put a little love in your heart with Paul and AJ as they revisit Richard Donner’s 1988 reworking of A Christmas Carol, Scrooged. This year’s Twisted Christmas entry stars none other than AJ favorite Bill Murray as soulless TV exec Frank Cross, who is visited by a number of very annoying spirits who try and pummel him into living life to its fullest. The boys discuss Murray’s manic-to-dry range, what we’re supposed to make of Frank’s (and even Scrooge’s) character arc, and the interesting decision to cast Carol Kane as the sound of nails on a chalkboard given form. They also invent the mental breakdown Donner surely had on set. This is a weird one. Plus, there’s talk of those Star Wars and Jurassic World trailers, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Next: an all-star jam band of our Sandman compatriots takes place, as the gang turns to the final volume of Neil Gaiman’s epic, Vol X: The Wake.
Don makes another pilgrimage to California in the Mad Men season 4 finale “Tomorrowland,” while AJ, Kenn, and Joe engage in some exquisite girl talk about the man’s complicated love life. What makes this trip different? What do Don’s decisions say about him? Who is Don Draper? The boys try and get to the bottom of things. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
All good things got to finish some time. Paul and AJ have reached the climax of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, in its penultimate installment, Vol IX: The Kindly Ones. As Morpheus’ strict adherence to rules proves to be a cage of his own making, the Furies come down upon his head, wreaking havoc in the Dreaming and tying together many of this epic series’ loose ends. Meanwhile, Lucifer plays piano, Rose meets Jack (non-Titanic edition), Matthew lacks pennies, and Lyta’s hair drinks most of the water. It’s been a hell of a ride.
Next: the boys get in the twisted Christmas spirit with a look back at Scrooged.
As Mad Men season 4 winds to a close, things seem to be falling apart for damn near everyone at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. This week, AJ, Kenn, and Joe chronicle the various disasters in “Hands and Knees,” in which we discover Lane has a sweet tooth for chocolate; “Chinese Wall,” wherein Megan goes above and beyond in her secretarial duties; and “Blowing Smoke,” in which Don actually finds a use for The New York Times.
Whether you prefer your heroes fluffy and cuddly or coated with a layer of Depression-era dust–not that we’re suggesting those things have to be mutually exclusive, of course–you’ll find what you’re looking for on the new episode of Gobbledygeek. Paul and AJ set their sights on two of the biggest movies of the fall: Big Hero 6, the Disney/Marvel animated film about a boy, his huggable robot, and four of their pals; and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey as a spacefaring daddy. What do these movies have in common? They’re both pro-science, they’re both pro-love, and AJ and Paul actually agree on both of them. For the most part. Plus, Paul went to freaking Disney World!
Next: for the penultimate Four-Color Flashback episode discussing Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, the boys tackle Vol. IX: The Kindly Ones.