Gobbledygeek episode 115, “Actual Size,” is available for listening or download right here.
Are you ready for Gobbledyween 2012?! Well, even if you’re not, it’s here now, so. This year, we’re looking at a different Halloween-themed TV episode each week in October. First up is “Fear, Itself,” from the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The gang’s fears are all made real at a haunted house that’s a little more haunted than your average house. Paul and AJ talk about how the group’s fears drive them away from one another, how that resonates with the overarching themes of the series, and even defend season 4 as a whole. Plus, they also rave about Looper.
Next: for week two of Gobbledyween, the boys look back on Freaks and Geeks‘ “Tricks and Treats.”
(Show notes for “Actual Size.”)
The graduating class of Sunnydale High School 1999.
Totally slipped my mind to make this post yesterday morning, so here we go: Friday’s Gobbledygeek, “Higher Education,” is available for listening right here. Fictional schools discussed are Sunnydale High, Greendale Community College, Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and many (seriously, many) others. No annoying tech problems this week, either! In the bonus hour, we talk about the DVD’s that will be out this Tuesday, the new direction the Batman comics are taking, and this season of True Blood so far (though largely spoiler-free, since Kevin hasn’t started the season yet, and we wanted to be all considerate-like). Enjoy!
On last night’s show, Paul and I continued our countdown of the Top 100 Characters in Modern Pop Culture with #s 40-31. Be sure to listen to the show for our full run-downs, but here are some choice excerpts:
PAUL: Jesse Custer (Preacher)
He’s a good ol’ Southern boy, with a hard-drinking work ethic and a code of honor that he follows to an almost fundamentalist extreme.
AJ: The Joker (DC Comics)
Though the Joker is frightening on his own, as has been explored in many comics and filmic adaptations, he would mean nothing without the Batman. He is Batman reflected through a funhouse mirror, living to terrorize and provoke Gotham City as much as Batman exists solely to protect it and keep watch over it.
Ack! It’s late in the day, and I still haven’t wished my Dark Lord and Master, Joss Whedon, a happy birthday. To make up for it, and to show that the guy isn’t just all about breaking hearts and visiting death upon your puppy, here’s some examples of Joss Whedon’s great sense of humor:
“You’re a wee little puppet man!” The Angel episode “Smile Time” is one of the many illustrations of a concept that wouldn’t work anywhere but on a Whedon show: Angel is turned into a puppet and fights the evil felt hosts of a popular kid’s show. In this clip, he fights Spike, who is too busy laughing his ass off to take the threat seriously.