Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 292, “The X-Files: Season 3 (feat. Wesley Mead)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 292, “The X-Files: Season 3 (feat. Wesley Mead),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

The truth is out there: season 3 of The X-Files is the show’s strongest season. That is, if you can trust Paul, Arlo, and the inimitable Wesley “Wezzo” Mead as they have another of their periodic discussions of Chris Carter’s ’90s masterwork. What makes season 3 work so well? It might have something to do with the series’ expanded tonal range–a tense thriller in “Pusher,” Satanic panic meets Heathers in “Syzygy”–and the confidence with which it tackles both the monster-of-the-week hours and the increasingly complex (or is that convoluted?) mytharc installments. Then there are the Darin Morgan episodes (“Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose,” “War of the Coprophages,” and “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space”), which are something else entirely. Plus, holy cow, UK politics have gotten super depressing since the last time Wezzo stopped by.

Next: Paul and Arlo return to Boneville, site of last year’s Four-Color Flashback, for a look at the newly published Bone: Coda.

(Show notes for “The X-Files: Season 3.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 282, “The X-Files: Season 2 (feat. Wesley Mead)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 282, “The X-Files: Season 2 (feat. Wesley Mead),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Proving their first X-Files episode with renowned British person Wesley “Wezzo” Mead was no fluke, man, Paul and Arlo continue their sporadic discussion of Chris Carter’s ’90s phenom with a look at season 2. The gang casts their ominous flashlight beams on the season’s highs and lows, Scully’s abduction, the coming of Darin Morgan, and whether or not the mythology already shows signs of wear. Also, first-time viewer Arlo trusts no one’s opinion. Plus, as usual, a conversation with Wezzo about the UK’s dire political climate.

Next: our year-long Four-Color Flashback exploration of Matt Wagner’s Grendel continues with “The Devil Inside” and “Devil Tales,” collected in Grendel Omnibus: Vol. 2, pp. 371-542.

(Show notes for “The X-Files: Season 2.)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 263, “Wezzo of Tomorrow (feat. Wesley Mead)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 263 is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

As 2016 begins, it is more apparent than ever that Americans are badly in need of enlightenment. Paul and AJ have chosen the form of the Enlightener, and he is none other than everyone’s favorite wacky British neighbor, Wesley “Wezzo” Mead. Wezzo enlightens the boys’ American ears with talk of how his own country has fallen apart following last summer’s Labour election, the documentary series I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, how he simply could not endure The Revenant, and Don Hertzfeldt’s short film World of Tomorrow. Plus, AJ’s dying!

Next: Hitchcock Month begins with The Daily Dot writer Aja Romano joining the boys to discuss 1943’s Shadow of a Doubt and 1951’s Strangers on a Train.

(Show notes for “Wezzo of Tomorrow.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 244, “The Shadow Anachronism (feat. Wesley ‘Wezzo’ Mead)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 244, “The Shadow Anarchist (feat. Wesley “Wezzo” Mead),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Our favorite Britisher, Wesley “Wezzo” Mead, makes his return to Gobbledygeek, appearing twice in one year for the first time. What does he have to say in his alluring hick accent? Lots about politics (they have elections over there too!), the cinema (he watched four whole movies the day we recorded this, including Paper Towns and Vacation!), and the sorry state of TV on DVD (it is ceasing to exist!). Paul and AJ once again have their knickers charmed off by everyone’s favorite Trowbridge-ian, even if he is telling them about something called Pinky Malinky.

Next: Greg Sahadachny is back for more of Jeff Smith’s Bone, this time discussing Vol. VI: Old Man’s Cave.

(Show notes for “The Shadow Anachronism.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 214, “Wezzo the Caring Brit (feat. Wesley Mead)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 214, “Wezzo the Caring Brit (feat. Wesley Mead),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

In what has become a Gobbledy-tradition, Wesley “Wezzo” Mead has made his third transatlantic pilgrimage to these great shores, where the mighty Bat-Turkey reigns supreme. This time around, Wezzo has on his mind new releases, from American Sniper to Inherent Vice; the surprising dearth of Sesame Street in the UK; and his favorite films of the decade so far. Plus, there’s talk of the Ghostbusters reboot and the first two weeks of The Nightly Show.

Next: the second annual Gobbledy-Book Club, discussing The Martian by Andy Weir, gets off to a start with Smoke Gets in Your Ears co-host Kenn Edwards.

(Show notes for “Wezzo the Caring Brit.”)

Listen to Episode 169, “That Awkward Wezzo (feat. Wesley Mead)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 169, “That Awkward Wezzo (feat. Wesley Mead),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

The exceedingly British Wesley “Wezzo” Mead makes his triumphant return to Gobbledygeek, where he regales Paul and AJ with the triumphant story of his triumphantly watching five terrible movies (well, one of them wasn’t bad) in one triumphant day. It’s all very triumphal. Paul also recounts how Alabama went post-apocalyptic wasteland after a few inches of snow, there’s a far too thorough discussion of the leaked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles designs, and to cap it all off, there’s some Breaking British News.

Next: our first-ever Gobbledy-Book Club begins! We’ll be having a month-long discussion of S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. If you’d like to read along, we’re starting with the first three chapters, up through page 110.

(Show notes for “That Awkward Wezzo.”)

Listen to Episode 108, “Grave of the Rabbits”

Gobbledygeek episode 108, “Grave of the Rabbits,” is available for listening or download right here.

We know that every episode of Gobbledygeek makes you cry, but this one might especially depress you. It’s Geek Challenge time once more, so Paul has tasked AJ with watching the 1978 animated adaptation of Watership Down; in turn, AJ has challenged Paul to watch the 1988 anime Grave of the Fireflies. One is about the brutal escape of a group of rabbits from their soon-to-be-demolished warren. The other is about the brutal attempts at survival made by a very young brother and sister after their home is demolished in WWII-era Japan. Both are very sad. To lighten the mood, AJ talks about watching every episode of Childrens Hospital over the last week, and both of them discuss the addition of Ciarán Hinds to the cast of Game of Thrones.

Next: as summer winds down, it’s time to take a look ahead at the Fall/Winter Movie Preview.

(Show notes for “Grave of the Rabbits.”)