Gobbledygeek episode 173, “S: Part 4 – What the Monkey Did (feat. Pam Smith, Greg Sahadachny & Kenn Edwards),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
The long and winding road of the Gobbledy-Book Club has led us here, through factories and caves and cellars, to the final two chapters of J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S. Paul and AJ host an all-star jam band reunion of their co-readers: Paul’s better half Pam Smith, whom we have to thank for just about everything; The Debatable Podcast host and Ukrainian royal Greg Sahadachny; and Kenn Edwards of So Let’s Get to the Point and Project Batman, who might just be recording your entire existence as a podcast. Believe it or not, the show is (mostly) able to contain all five of them as they get to the important business of discussing the conclusions of both Ship of Theseus and the Jen/Eric marginalia, the importance of endings, and the open-ended nature of many of the tale’s mysteries (sound familiar, Lost fans?). Plus, the gang says goodbye to the late, great Harold Ramis.
Next: the boys are on their own again to pay tribute to the work of Harold Ramis. They’ll be watching Meatballs, Stripes, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day.
(Show notes for “S: Part 4 – What the Monkey Did.”)
The Gobbledygeek season 5 premiere, “Geekier on the Inside (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Gobbleydgeek has regenerated for a fifth season; no new hosts, alas, but faithful companion Eric Sipple is on hand to guide Paul and AJ through a discussion of the first five seasons of Doctor Who. Yes, the boys have finally succumbed to curiosity, exploring one of their major geek blindspots, starting with the Russell T. Davies “reboot” of the age-old tale of a strange man in a box who travels through time. They discuss the surprising greatness of Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor, the many highs of the David Tennant era, and the very beginning of Matt Smith’s tenure, not to mention just how freaking annoying Dalek voices are. Oh, and AJ tells some wonderful jokes. Plus, the gang updates you on The Deli Counter of Justice and talks about whatever passes for New Year’s resolutions.
Next: lovely young Britisher Wesley “Wezzo” Mead makes his triumphant return.
(Show notes for “Geekier on the Inside.”)
Last week, we brought you our favorite movies of last year (finally saw Inside Llewyn Davis, by the way, and yes, it would have made the cut). This week, we change channels to focus on TV. We’re doing things a little differently this time out, with separate top 10 lists for new shows and returning favorites. Though there were a lot of new shows I enjoyed over the past year, I’ll admit I couldn’t stretch them to 10; instead, I’ve got 8, while Paul’s just crazy enough to have a full 10.
As always, there are shows we couldn’t get around to: I haven’t seen Rectify, Top of the Lake, Broadchurch, or The Wrong Mans, all of which I’d hoped to see in time for this list. Oh, and to absolve him of all guilt, I should mention that Paul has never seen Breaking Bad. Wait, I don’t think that absolves him.
PAUL: 10. HANNIBAL (NBC)
I wasn’t particularly interested in a television adaptation of the Thomas Harris characters. But names like Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, and Bryan Fuller pulled me in. It’s one of the most visually stunning and hauntingly…haunting shows ever to make it to network television. It’s also one of the most shockingly violent and grotesque. All positives in my book. But I can’t put it any higher on my list because it’s crushingly depressing.
The Gobbledygeek season 4 finale, “2013 in Review: SpaghettiOs, Batfleck, and Book-Readers,” is available for listening or d0wnload right here, and on iTunes here.
It’s all come down to this. A year of rambling, raging, and running off at the mouth has led to this one final episode of 2013. And, you know, finales are difficult things. How do you encapsulate the year that come’s before, to pay homage and tribute to everyone and everything that has made this such a good year of the show? Well, you do two things: you disrespect the American flag and you pray for Kanye West to be whisked off to another dimension. Those are only two of the many things Paul and AJ do in the season 4 finale of Gobbledygeek, which include but are not limited to: singing the praises of The Americans, discussing the drunk girl at the P!nk concert, and talking about a tense year in social media. It’s been a good one. Thanks for listening!
Next: the boys will return a month from now to discuss nerd territory they’ve never before broached: Doctor Who.
(Show notes for “2013 in Review: SpaghettiOs, Batfleck, and Book-Readers.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 165, “You Are Nowhere (feat. Joseph Lewis),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Bat-Turkey having sated his thirst for human blood on that most terrible of nights, Thanksgiving, Paul and AJ are free and clear to return to their regular podcasting duties. Joining them again is Joseph Lewis, here to talk about his new pilot Nowheresville, about a college student having an existential crisis about the static life he leads (not to mention girl problems). Joe discusses how the project came to be, what shooting was like, how awful it is to make two actors jog and bicycle for six pages of dialogue, and what the future holds for the potential series. Plus, the gang talks about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (not to be confused with the Bob Marley album Catch a Fire), Americans beating one another to death over Rachael Ray cookware, and some good old-fashioned college football.
Next: doesn’t every holiday deserve a Schwarzenegger/Sinbad vehicle? We think so. Twisted Christmas returns with Jingle All the Way.
(Show notes for “You Are Nowhere.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 162, “Gobbledygeek Versus The BastardCast Versus Gobbledygeek (feat. Jason Tabrys & Jeremy R! Hudson),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
It has long been foretold by mad prophets clinging to their tattered robes, wild eyes staring at the heavens: “HE WILL RETURN!” As blood-red clouds gather on the horizon and lightning cracks the sky in two, he descends on his rainbow death unicorn. Jason Tabrys licks a lollipop made of skulls, dragging behind him Jeremy R! Hudson, who claws at the earth in a futile attempt to avoid his fate. That’s right: the BastardCast duo lays siege to Gobbledygeek this week, gods of mischief exploding chaos all over what is normally such a tight, well-ordered show. Ahem. Jason and Jeremy join Paul and AJ to talk angry badgers (whom AJ is the victim of), The Walking Dead (which AJ is insufferable about), and the state of the comic book industry (wherein AJ is not particularly victimized nor offensive, rather they all have a thoughtful, fascinating conversation sure to enrich your understanding of the quintessentially American business of show). Plus, badgers, did I mention badgers? There are badgers.
Next: badgers. Or, alternatively, Thor: The Dark World.
(Show notes for “Gobbledygeek Versus The BastardCast Versus Gobbledygeek.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 161, “Big Häagen and the Stuff Dumpsters (feat. Greg Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
THE END IS NIGH! Of Gobbledyween 2013, that is. And possibly of the world, if Big Haagen has its way in The Stuff. That’s right, the final film of this year’s horror movie marathon is none other than 1985′s The Stuff, about a sentient yogurt-like substance that wants to turn you into a zombified consumer. Or, if you believe guest Greg Sahadachny, it’s all about gay panic and the AIDS crisis, man. Which, I mean, if you’ve seen the Stuff in The Stuff…well, enough is enough. Plus, Paul went to a So You Think You Can Dance show and the gang pours out a pint of the Stuff for Lou Reed.
Next: THE RETURN OF SUPER DIVA JASON TABRYS! And this time he’s bringing BastardCast co-host Jeremy R. Hudson with him!
(Show notes for “Big Häagen and the Stuff Dumpsters.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 160, “Twelve, More or Less,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
The penultimate week of Gobbledyween has arrived, and while that is indeed cause for national (nay, international) mourning, don’t worry: to make the most of it, Paul and AJ have two movies for you this week. Well, okay, they’re really kind of the same movie, but don’t look a gift vampire in the fangs or whatever. This week, the boys take a look at what they both agree is the best vampire movie ever made, the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In. Five years on, the film has lost none of its haunting beauty. They’ve also got some love for its 2010 American remake Let Me In, which is very similar but also with some significant differences which change the story entirely. It’s a vampiric twofer, and hey, you know what? You deserve it. Plus, months late, AJ finally caves to peer pressure and watches Orange Is the New Black.
Next: Gobbledyween comes to its thrilling conclusion with–wait for it–The Stuff. The Debatable Podcast host and friend of the show Greg Sahadachny joins and probably doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into.
(Show notes for “Twelve, More or Less.”)
NOTE: You may notice this episode was recorded more than a week ago. It would have reached your ears sooner had one-half of the podcast not almost died. You’ll almost certainly be hearing about that next time.
Gobbledygeek episode 157, “This Podcast Is Clean (feat. Valerie Clark),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
It’s late. Your dad’s asleep in his chair. The national anthem plays. Static blares from your TV set. You place your hands on the screen, lean in close, and are confronted with the most nightmarish vision possible…the new episode of Gobbledygeek! Scary, I know. Paul and AJ kick off the month of horror that is known as Gobbledyween with a look back at Tobe Hooper’s 1982 classic Poltergeist, joined by long-time friend of the show Valerie Clark in her first (1st!) appearance. Does the movie hold up? Did Hooper really direct it, or was it all writer/executive producer Steven Spielberg? Is the film really one long treatise on Reagan-era values versus traditionalism? Are the characters’ food habits the most disturbing thing about the movie? All these questions and more will be answered! Plus, the gang talks Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Next: Gobbledyween continues to terrify, as the putrid Eric Sipple returns to chat Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners.
(Show notes for “This Podcast Is Clean.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 156, “Why Am I the Wife? (feat. Kitty Chandler & Anna Williams),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Paul and AJ are joined this week by return guest Anna Williams, who has brought along her…cohort? partner-in-crime? mistress?…Kitty Chandler. Kitty writes the words; Anna edits those words. They discuss their forthcoming collaboration, the “braided anthology”Black Ice, along with wacky tales of purple diaries and sad cosplaying. Then there’s Murderboarding, which is the two of them analyzing TV to an insane–and insanely detailed–degree.
Next: Gobbledyween 2013 kicks off with the Tobe Hooper (but c’mon, we all know it was Spielberg) classic Poltergeist.
(Show notes for “Why Am I the Wife?”)