Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 337, “A Wrinkle in Time: The Gift of Your Faults”

Gobbledygeek episode 337, “A Wrinkle in Time: The Gift of Your Faults,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Time, she has been wrinkled. Tesser on over as Paul and Arlo discuss Ava DuVernay’s big screen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved science-fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time. The boys discuss how the film differs from the novel, for both better and worse; what a strong find Storm Reid is in the lead role; how the film is admirable for willing to be absolutely ridiculous; why it’s so important DuVernay is in the director’s chair; and whether or not the film actually manages to be as inspiring as it wants to be. Plus, the boys pay tribute to Stephen Hawking and discuss the current state of Stan Lee; Paul reads comics; and Arlo continues his Disney journey.

Next: it’s that time again. Wesley “Wezzo” Mead stops by to once again discuss Chris Carter’s seminal sci-fi series The X-Files. This time, the gang will discuss season 8, the last pre-revival season to feature David Duchovny as a (semi-)regular.

(Show notes for “The Gift of Your Faults.”)

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Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 254, “The Science of Poo and Potatoes (feat. Kenn Edwards, Hallie Prime & Ensley F. Guffey)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 254, “The Science of Poo and Potatoes (feat. Kenn Edwards, Hallie Prime & Ensley F. Guffey),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

There’s a starman waiting in the sky, and his name is Mark Watney. Back in February, we talked a whole bunch (some would argue too much) about the Red Planet’s greatest botanist when we hosted a Gobbledy-Book Club discussion of Andy Weir’s The Martian. Now, Paul and AJ have reconvened the Book Club–Wanna Cook? author Ensley F. Guffey, So Let’s Get to the Point‘s Kenn Edwards, and the all-around amazing Hallie Prime–to tackle Ridley Scott’s star-studded film adaptation. Is there a certain amount of character-building shorthand a filmmaker can accomplish by casting familiar faces? Is the film really the story of a band of precocious potato plants? Does Matt Damon have the chops to be stranded all by his lonesome? And most contentiously…does the science hold up? All this and more, plus what pop culture the gang is excited for.

Next: The Debatable Podcast‘s Greg Sahadachny joins us for our very first Geek Challenge three-way. The movies the boys have challenged each other to this time are Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Black Sunday, and The Parallax View.

(Show notes for “The Science of Poo and Potatoes.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 218, “The Martian: Part 4 – Live Another Sol (feat. Kenn Edwards, Hallie Prime, and Ensley F. Guffey)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 218, “The Martian: Part 4 – Live Another Sol (feat. Kenn Edwards, Hallie Prime, and Ensley F. Guffey),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Mars: it ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids, and it ain’t the kind of place where Mark Watney wants to die. We track our astronaut’s final attempts to leave the Red Planet in the last six chapters of The Martian by Andy Weir, as Paul and AJ are joined by all of this year’s Gobbledy-Book Club readers: So Let’s Get to the Point host and Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast co-host Kenn Edwards, Wanna Cook? co-author Ensley F. Guffey, and the Internet’s own Hallie Prime. The verdict on the book is perhaps a touch contentious, but that just makes the whole thing more fun, right? Plus, the gang discusses Mars One’s very real proposal to send folks to Mars for life.

Next: AJ and Paul have been tasked with an interesting Geek Challenge by Mr. Edwards. Paul must challenege AJ to a movie that’s not from the ’80s, while AJ must challenge Paul to a movie from the ’80s that’s also not foreign or black-and-white. After much head-scratching, Paul must endure Dead Ringers and AJ will subject himself to Logan’s Run.

(Show notes for “The Martian: Part 4 – Live Another Sol.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 217, “The Martian: Part 3 – The Rise and Fall of Ensley Guffey and the Spider-Men from Mars (feat. Ensley F. Guffey)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 217, “The Martian: Part 3 – The Rise and Fall of Ensley Guffey and the Spider-Men from Mars (feat. Ensley F. Guffey),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

What do cannibalism, Elton John, and pirate-ninjas have in common? They all figure into chapters 13-19 of The Martian by Andy Weir, here discussed by Paul, AJ, and Wanna Cook? co-author Ensley F. Guffey. As Gobbledy-Book Club 2015 nears its end, the gang talks about the book’s stylistic and emotional weaknesses, as well as the ways in which Weir effectively builds tension. How will it all end? Ensley knows! But Paul and AJ can only make their terrible, terrible predictions. Plus, the gang gets into that whole Spider-Man business, laments Jon Stewart’s decision to leave The Daily Show, and takes a guess at what Neill Blomkamp has in store for his Alien movie.

Next: an all-star jam band reunion of our Martian readers, featuring Ensley, Kenn Edwards, and Hallie Prime.

(Show notes for “The Martian: Part 3 – The Rise and Fall of Ensley Guffey and the Spider-Men from Mars.”)

Listen to Episode 208, “Hiro’s Journey or, To Interstellar and Beyond”

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Gobbledygeek episode 208, “Hiro’s Journey or, To Interstellar and Beyond,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Whether you prefer your heroes fluffy and cuddly or coated with a layer of Depression-era dust–not that we’re suggesting those things have to be mutually exclusive, of course–you’ll find what you’re looking for on the new episode of Gobbledygeek. Paul and AJ set their sights on two of the biggest movies of the fall: Big Hero 6, the Disney/Marvel animated film about a boy, his huggable robot, and four of their pals; and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey as a spacefaring daddy. What do these movies have in common? They’re both pro-science, they’re both pro-love, and AJ and Paul actually agree on both of them. For the most part. Plus, Paul went to freaking Disney World!

Next: for the penultimate Four-Color Flashback episode discussing Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, the boys tackle Vol. IX: The Kindly Ones.

(Show notes for “Hiro’s Journey or, To Interstellar and Beyond.”)

Listen to Episode 186, “Godzilla vs. Ray Pier”

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Gobbledygeek episode 186, “Godzilla vs. Ray Pier,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Godzilla, that green, rubbery, nuclear-breathing master of destruction–he’s basically like if Gumby kicked ass, right? His origins were a little different. Close to a decade after America dropped the atom bomb, Japanese filmmaker Ishirô Honda sought to show us, in stark black-and-white, what the bomb may have wrought: a physical manifestation of his nation’s desperation and anxiety. And, yeah, he was green, rubbery, and breathed nuclear fire. Paul and AJ revisit the 1954 original, looking to discover why it remains so potent despite being so crudely made. Oh, and they talk about the new one for a few minutes too. Plus, Cosmos comes to a close and Jack White gets weird on Lazaretto.

Next: There’s this movie? That follows this other movie? About this dragon? Something about that.

(Show notes for “Godzilla vs. Ray Pier.”)

Listen to Episode 176, “A Fetid, Pestilent Marshland (feat. Jason Tabrys)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 176, “A Fetid, Pestilent Marshland (feat. Jason Tabrys),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Koko the Showfucker is back and he’s prepared to fuck the show right into–well, okay, a little of that happens, but for the most part, Jason Tabrys’ return to Gobbledygeek is a little more focused than normal. Among the topics discussed are the Veronica Mars movie and its abundance of fan-service, the Cosmos controversy, and the fact that Captain America 3 and Batman & Superman: Friendship Is Magic opening on the same day is going to keep the idiotic flames of the Marvel/DC fan war raging long into the night. Then there’s the big one: When you hate something–say, oh, The Big Bang Theory–is it fair to continue harshly criticizing it on social media even when you know someone who likes it? The (different, conflicting) answer(s) may surprise you (or not)!

Next: you might remember the Four Color Flashback series AJ did on the blog about the Claremont/Byrne Uncanny X-Men, or he and Paul dissecting Preacher. Well, we’re bringing that feature to the show starting next week. At the end of each month, we’ll be discussing one volume of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, and spoiler alert: Paul and AJ really, really love this comic. Joining us for this introductory episode is Broken Magic author, The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor, and Brony for life Eric Sipple.

(Show notes for “A Fetid, Pestilent Marshland.”)