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.
This week, AJ, Kenn, and Joe turn toward a very eventful run of Mad Men episodes: “The Suitcase,” one of the series’ all-time high points; “The Summer Man,” in which the new Don struts (and swims) his stuff; and “The Beautiful Girls,” wherein Sally falls flat on her face. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch…which, in a bit of a departure, is a review of the Jon Hamm-starring baseball movie Million Dollar Arm.
For the first Geek Challenge in many months, Paul has challenged AJ to John Carpenter’s 1986 fantasy/martial arts/neo-Western cult classic Big Trouble in Little China. In turn, AJ has challenged Paul to Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1953 “anti-everything” thriller The Wages of Fear. What, pray tell, is the common denominator? They’re, uh, they’re both about truckers. Tenuous connections are what Geek Challenges thrive on, and this one at least provides some sobering realizations for the boys. What do Paul’s reactions to some ’50s movies and AJ’s reactions to some ’80s movies say about them as people and that pesky generational gap? There may be actual answers. Plus, more surprising reactions, this time about Taylor Swift’s 1989; and AJ springs #AlexFromTarget on Paul.
Next: in two weeks, the boys will be back discussing two more very different movies, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and the Disney/Marvel animated film Big Hero 6.
The superhero short story anthology The Deli Counter of Justice is now available on Amazon in both physical and digital formats. The paperback is listing for $13.99, while the Kindle version runs $6.99. If you’re not familiar with the collection (you can check out all of our author interviews and posts here), here’s what it’s about:
For decades, Carl Cook fought crime in the city of New Caliburn as the superhero Piecemaker. With the power to disassemble most everything around him, Carl was very good at taking things apart; less so at putting them back together. One divorce and an alienated daughter later, he realized the toll heroing had taken. In an attempt to move on and take charge of his life, Carl hung up the cape and opened Cook’s Deli.
But things are never that simple in the superhero capital of the world. Cook’s Deli has a front-row seat to the city’s superpowered exploits, from the exciting to the bizarre. A former sidekick discovers just how hard life is without a hero, a psychic rat goes on the warpath for another slice of rye, a D-list villain plots his revenge…these are just some of the adventures going on right in front of the deli counter. Carl may change the world, even more than he did in costume. Only now he does it one cold cut at a time.
In THE DELI COUNTER OF JUSTICE, you’ll explore the world in and around Cook’s Deli with nine stories and poems written by Kitty Chandler, Thomas Dorton, Rahne Ehtar, Alyssa Herron, Amorak Huey, C. Gayle Seaman, Eric Sipple, Paul Smith, and Arlo J. Wiley. Featuring an introduction by Mere Smith (Angel, Rome).
The book was edited by our very own Gobbledygeek co-host Arlo J. (AJ) Wiley, alongside Paul Smith and Eric Sipple. We are very excited to finally bring it to the public. We hope you enjoy it.
For an alternative to Amazon, please feel free to purchase the book via Smashwords.
Continue after the jump for a new installment of The Deli Podcast of Justice.
Let’s get liberated. AJ, Kenn, and Joe continue their discussion of Mad Men season 4 with a look at “The Rejected,” featuring a Peach Pussy Power Play; “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword,” wherein Roger makes a bunch of racist jokes (what else is new?); and “Waldorf Stories,” in which that curse from Buffy that made Jonathan all cool and famous is apparently still strong enough that he got to be on Mad Men. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
Some call it All Hallows’ Eve. Others, All Saints’ Eve. Most know it as Halloween. Here at Gobbledygeek, October 31 always has been and always will be observed as Gobbledyween. Fan favorite Greg Sahadachny, of The Debatable Podcast and All the Pieces Matter, joins Paul and AJ to round out this year’s celebration of all things horror with a discussion of the 1988 cult (?) classic (?) Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Armed with popcorn guns and living balloon dogs, these klowns descend from the stars just like the Blob to wreak havoc on small town America and–that’s really all the movie is, just one goofy clown-related death after another. Paul doesn’t think too highly of the movie, and while it would be insane for anyone to think too highly of it, AJ and Greg argue that it’s just too darn innocent to hate. Also, why are clowns so scary? Plus, AJ becomes hopelessly addicted to Jurassic Park: Builder and attends a groovy screening of Halloween at The Nightlight.
Next: the Geek Challenge rears its head once more, as Paul challenges AJ to Big Trouble in Little China, and AJ challenges Paul to The Wages of Fear. Because they’re both about truckers?