Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 296, “Swing Away (feat. Kenn Edwards)”


Gobbledygeek episode 296, “Swing Away (feat. Kenn Edwards),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Armed only with a glass of water and his trusty baseball bat, Kenn Edwards of So Let’s Get to the Point invades the podcast this week to help Paul and Arlo kick off Gobbledyween 2016. This year’s month-long horror-fest gets off to a miraculous start with a discussion of M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi thriller Signs. After the runaway success of The Sixth Sense and the lukewarm contemporary response to Unbreakable, Signs is often considered the last film Shyamalan made before a precipitous decline; that is, when it’s considered at all. The gang gets to the core of what makes Signs a worthwhile film, including a question you may hear repeated about the other movies on this year’s slate: Is it a horror film at all? The boys also delve into Shyamalan’s exploration of faith, how the film functions as a response to 9/11, whether or not it’s okay to still enjoy a Mel Gibson performance, and more. Plus, Paul violently shames Arlo for not watching Luke Cage, and the mythical episode 300 is teased.

Next: Gobbledyween 2016 grows fangs for Kathryn Bigelow’s 1987 vampiric neo-Western Near Dark.

(Show notes for “Swing Away.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 287, “Time of the Preacher”

Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy - Preacher _ Season 1, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/Sony PIctures Televsion/AMC

Gobbledygeek episode 287, “Time of the Preacher,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Willie Nelson, John Wayne, preachers, bloodsuckers, angels, and arsefaces. Welcome to the world of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s classic Vertigo comic book Preacher, which has now been adapted into a television series on AMC courtesy of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Breaking Bad‘s Sam Catlin. Paul and Arlo previously analyzed the comic book on the blog back in 2012 and now set their sights on the show’s recently wrapped first season. The show takes an interesting route in exploring this tale of a small-town preacher cursed with the Word of God; namely, the ten hours that aired this year feel like a prologue to the series proper. The boys discuss the effectiveness of that approach; the spot-on casting of Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, and Ruth Negga as the unholy triumvirate of Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip; how the series stays true to the spirit of Ennis and Dillon’s work, even without being able to drop an F-bomb; and what they hope they’ll see in the second season. Plus, Paul travels No Man’s Sky and Arlo becomes a beach bum.

Next: film buff Scott Stamper makes a pact with Paul and Arlo to discuss Suicide Squad.

(Show notes for “Time of the Preacher.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 285, “I Ain’t Afraid of No Girls”


Gobbledygeek episode 285, “I Ain’t Afraid of No Girls,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Can you dislike Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot without being a woman-hating, frothing-at-the-mouth MRA cave troll? Well, Paul and Arlo sure hope so. While championing the concept of a female-led Ghostbusters movie and praising the comic abilities of the girls in gray–Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones–the boys deconstruct the problems not just with this film but modern mainstream comedies in general. They also dig into how this film’s story breaks the mold set by the original movies, its attempts at social commentary, and its action- and CGI-stuffed climax. Plus, Paul delves into Stranger Things and reminds us he used to train Pokémon.

Next: it’s Grendel time again, which means it’s time for us to badger you–or anyone!–to read along with us. Our Four-Color Flashback exploration of Matt Wagner’s epic tale continues with “The Incubation Years,” collected in Grendel Omnibus: Vol. 3 – Orion’s Reign, pp. 10-112.

(Show notes for “I Ain’t Afraid of No Girls.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 273, “The X-Files: Season 1 (feat. Wesley Mead)”


Gobbledygeek episode 273, “The X-Files: Season 1 (feat. Wesley Mead),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Paul and Arlo want to believe. They also don’t want to start yet another spin-off podcast, so this week marks the first of ten sporadic installments discussing Chris Carter’s seminal sci-fi series The X-Files. Joining them to discuss the first season is Wesley “Wezzo” Mead, who beams on over from the UK in his (presumably very British) spaceship. Paul talks about what it was like to watch The X-Files every week with the lights out, Wezzo recalls discovering the show as a young TV obsessive, and Arlo offers the perspective of someone watching the show for the very first time. The gang loves the mutual respect between Mulder and Scully, struggles with some very “freshman season” hours, and are in unanimous agreement on the season’s best episode. Plus, Arlo commits hate crimes against the English and there’s a spoiler-free discussion of Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book.

Next: the second installment of our Four-Color Flashback series analyzing Matt Wagner’s Grendel takes a look at Devil’s Legacy, Pt. 1, collected in Grendel Omnibus: Vol. 2 – Legacy, pp. 66-246.

(Show notes for “The X-Files: Season 1.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 269, “The Air Up There”


Gobbledygeek episode 269, “The Air Up There,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

When the apocalypse happens, wouldn’t you want to wake up in an underground bunker, shackled to a wall and pricked with a makeshift IV by none other than American screen luminary John Goodman? Well, cult icon-in-the-making Mary Elizabeth Winstead isn’t thrilled by her new circumstances, while the amiably bearded John Gallagher Jr. just wants everyone to get along. Paul and AJ, meanwhile, contemplate 10 Cloverfield Lane‘s connection to 2008’s found footage monster mash Cloverfield, debate its effectiveness as a psychological thriller, and stick up for child killers (wait, no, that’s just Paul). Plus, AJ’s dying. Again.

Next: Four-Color Flashback 2016 kicks off with a look at the first story arc of Matt Wagner’s Grendel, “Devil by the Deed.”

(Show notes for “The Air Up There.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 256, “Bone: Vol. VIII – Treasure Hunters (feat. Greg Sahadachny)”


Art from ‘Bone: Vol. VIII – Treasure Hunters’ by Jeff Smith and Steve Hamaker.

Gobbledygeek episode 256, “Bone: Vol VIII – Treasure Hunters (feat. Greg Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Penultimate installments are tricky. They need to deliver on longstanding character arcs and plot threads while at the same time ensuring everything is in place for the finale just so. As tricky a balance as the one between life and death, one might say. Is it possible that Paul, AJ, and The Debatable Podcast‘s Greg Sahadachny manage that balance with the penultimate installment of their Four-Color Flashback series discussing Jeff Smith’s Bone better than Smith himself does with Vol. VIII: Treasure Hunters? Maybe so. The boys discuss their weariness of the series’ ever-expanding mythology and continuous infodumps, while debating whether or not anything of note actually occurs in this volume. They try and say some kind things, too. Plus, even more boning with a discussion of the Kurt Russell Western Bone Tomahawk.

Next: Paul and AJ throw a belated celebration for the 25th anniversary of Sam Raimi’s first superhero film, Darkman.

(Show notes for “Bone: Vol. VIII – Treasure Hunters.”)

Listen to Episode 253, “Multiple Sadness (feat. Aundria)”


Gobbledygeek episode 253, “Multiple Sadness (feat. Aundria),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

It’s the final episode of Gobbledyween 2015, kids, so bust out your Ouija–remember, it’s Wee-JUH, not Wee-JEE–boards and prepare to get possessed by 1986’s Witchboard. Joining Paul and AJ is first-time guest and hardcore horror fan Aundria; all three of them are baffled by this film, its intentions, and its extensive use of magic as metaphor. Some questions to which they seek answers: Can an atheist believe in spirits? Would ghosts fail a spelling test? Are Jim and Brandon, the estranged best friends at the heart of the movie, secretly knocking sneakers? They probably put more thought into those questions than anyone involved in the making of Witchboard.

Next: the Gobbledy-Book Club reconvenes to discuss Ridley Scott’s film adaptation of The Martian. Returning to the show are So Let’s Get to the Point‘s Kenn Edwards, Wanna Cook? co-author Ensley F. Guffey, and the all-around amazing Hallie Prime.

(Show notes for “Multiple Sadness.”)