AJ, Kenn, and Joe have reached the end of Mad Men season 1, and in a way, the end of the first “season” of Smoke Gets in Your Ears. To round things out, the gang discusses the season finale “The Wheel,” including Don’s vulnerabilities and epiphanies, Peggy’s ascension in the office (not to mention the shocking thing that happens to her after the fact), and how Betty is oh so very sad. Plus, don’t miss a super-sized installment of Hamm Watch!
We here at Gobbledygeek are avowed fans of big-budget epics, be they superheroic or Tolkienesque. But independent film is an important part of any moviegoer’s diet, one many don’t have access to. Which is why Paul and AJ are thrilled to speak with Kurtiss Hare of the Nightlight Cinema, the new arthouse theater bringing indie film to Akron, OH. Kurtiss talks about the Nightlight’s origin, the incredible response to the project’s Kickstarter, and how he hopes the theater will grow. Plus, Paul gets an education from some Masters of Sex and AJ revisits the classics.
Next: in two days–that’s right, two days!–we stop picking fleas off each other long enough to discuss the latest in the modern reboot of the classic Apes franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Men acting as if they are cowboys and riding women as if they are horses, rejuvenating undergarments, promiscuous household appliances…all this and more on the new episode of Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast! AJ, Kenn, and Joe near the end of season 1, as they discuss “Long Weekend,” wherein Roger has a semi-eclipse of the heart; “Indian Summer,” in which Pete receives a package; and “Nixon vs. Kennedy,” wherein the scumbag and the prettyboy (but which ones?) are after your vote. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
Don’t you just love Pete Campbell, that petulant scamp? No but sort of also yes? Well, that’s exactly the reaction AJ, Kenn, and Joe have on the new episode of Smoke Gets in Your Ears. In addition to admiring/despising Pete’s many admirable/despicable actions (and giving him the best nickname he could ever be given), they discuss “Red in the Face,” in which a slap is heard round the supermarket; “The Hobo Code,” wherein little Dick Whitman learns an important lesson from a hobo; and “Shoot,” in which it is decided that no pigeons are safe from Betty Draper’s wrath. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
Dramatic revelations! Petty revenge fantasies! Talking bears! All this and more can be found on the new episode of Smoke Gets in Your Ears, as AJ, Kenn, and Joe discuss “New Amsterdam,” wherein Pete wants an apartment; “5G,” in which we learn all (?) about Don Draper’s past; and “Babylon,” which finds frightening new ways to look at the two-way mirror. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
A dream is a wish your heart makes, or so the song goes. What happens when that wish is fulfilled? Neil Gaiman has a few answers in The Sandman: Vol III – Dream Country, wherein a writer finds his muse, cats rule the world, Shakespeare puts on a play, and an immortal prays for death. Paul and AJ get back on track with their year-long Four Color Flashback exploration of Gaiman’s masterpiece, this time joined by The Debatable Podcast host Greg Sahadachny. Plus, Joss Whedon turns 50, Tim Burton’s Batman turns 25, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 has something to say about strong women.
Next: doubling down on our Four-Color Flashback with another trip to The Dreaming, as Eric Sipple joins us for a discussion of The Sandman: Vol. IV – Season of Mists.
Because one podcast full of incoherent babbling just wasn’t enough, we here at Gobbledygeek are pleased to introduce our very first side-cast, SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EARS: A Mad Men Podcast. Our faithful old AJ Wiley is joined by our friends Kenn Edwards of So Let’s Get to the Point and Project Batman, and Joseph Lewis of the short film Nowheresville, to discuss every episode of Mad Men from the very beginning. AJ and Kenn are long-time fans; this is Joe’s first time through. Each podcast, they’ll discuss three episodes of Matthew Weiner’s acclaimed drama.
This time, they’re analyzing the first three episodes of Mad Men: “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” which introduces us to the world of Don Draper and Madison Avenue circa 1960; “Ladies’ Room,” which shows how women are treated in this mad man’s world; and “Marriage of Figaro,” wherein Don is very late for a birthday party.
This should be fun. We hope you enjoy it.