Ah, merry old England. A land of many fine tales as well as some pretty crummy ones. This week, Paul and Arlo explore both sides of English mythmaking in a Geek Challenge that hearkens back to the Middle Ages; i.e., the 1930s and 1980s. First up is a movie Paul has been trying to get Arlo to watch literally as long as they’ve been podcasting: Terry Marcel’s 1980 sword-and-sorcery epic (?) Hawk the Slayer, featuring John Terry and Jack Palance as improbable brothers warring over the power of the Mind Sword. In return, Arlo has Paul watch Michael Curtiz’s 1938 classic The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Errol Flynn as the screen’s most iconic Robin. The boys discuss Hawk as Paul’s Rosetta stone; Robin Hood as one of those movies you just sort of absorb by osmosis; gloriously cheesy synth scores; Daffy Duck becoming a friar; and more. Plus, Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men!
NEXT: to celebrate the career of the late, great Christopher Plummer, we’re doing another Geek Challenge featuring Wolf and The Insider.
- 00:00:30 – Fade In / Intro
- 00:06:34 – Hawk the Slayer
- 00:52:10 – The Adventures of Robin Hood
- 01:24:37 – Outro / Next
- nos-stal-gia: Hawk the Slayer by Paul Smith, Gobbledygeek
- “The Paper Clip” (segment from ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’ hosted by Jack Palance)
- “Hawk the Slayer” by Harry Robertson, Hawk the Slayer (Original Soundtrack) (1980)
- “Duel, Victory and Epilogue” by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
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