The Avatar Returns episode 44 is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
It’s the ante-penultimate episode of The Avatar Returns and the boys are a little punch drunk. Paul shares a Star Wars/The Legend of Korra mashup that goes over like a lead balloon; Arlo makes a Thelma Schoonmaker joke that gets crickets for a response; and Eric makes a Step Up All In reference that goes completely over Arlo’s head. Oh, and there are chapters to discuss, too. In 410, “Operation Beifong,” it gets all Paul Simony with a genuine mother and child reunion between Toph and Lin, while Opal introduces us to Juicy (yeah, Juicy), and Bolin eats noodles like a boss. And in chapter 411, “Kuvira’s Gambit,” the Great Uniter has herself a Megazord, and Meelo has gas. (Hashtag Defend the Fart.)
As a particularly sad bonus, this episode features the very last time Arlo will get to make predictions based on upcoming chapter titles. The end of an era.
Next: all good things must come to an end as chapters 412, “Day of the Colossus” and 413, “The Last Stand” put a punctation mark on The Legend of Korra. But will it be a question mark or an exclamation point? Tune in and find out.
(Show notes for The Avatar Returns episode 44.)
The Avatar Returns episode 41 is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
Book Four: Balance begins as we move into the final season of The Legend of Korra. Time jumps in fiction tend to be something of a mixed bag, but as our story picks up three years after the end of Book Three it quickly becomes apparent the device works like a charm here, in what Arlo dubs the strongest start to any season in the entire Avatar Universe. In chapter 401, “After All These Years,” Korra is missing and former Zaofu Captain of the Guard Kuvira has become “The Great Uniter,” using military force to bring order to the chaos in the Earth Kingdom in the wake of the Queen’s death. Chapter 402, “Korra Alone” answers where exactly the Avatar has disappeared to, and why. (Hint: it involved Nega-Korra.) And finally it’s Toph love in chapter 403, “The Coronation” as the O.B. Original Beifong returns to go all Yoda on Korra’s ass.
Paul introduces the podcast’s version of Cousin Oliver. He and Eric both wax rhapsodic about Star Wars Rebels. And Arlo compares Mako to Vin Diesel. Not in a good way. (IS there a good way?)
Next: the next three chapters of Book Four; 404, “The Calling,” 405, “Enemy at the Gates,” and 406, “The Battle of Zaofu.”
(Show notes for The Avatar Returns episode 41.)
The Gobbledygeek season 8 premiere, “Why Is the Door Shut? (feat. Kenn Edwards & Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
A band of dirty rebels go to extreme lengths to send a transmission that will change the fate of the galaxy…yes, that’s right, Paul and Arlo are risking everything to get the Gobbledygeek season 8 premiere out there. After a months-long hiatus, the boys make their triumphant return to discuss Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, joined by So Let’s Get to the Point and Welcome to Paradise‘s Kenn Edwards and The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor Eric Sipple. Gareth Edwards’ prequel (ooh, there’s the p-word) could be taken as a proof of concept for Disney’s slate of standalone Star Wars films. The gang debates its merits as a Star Wars movie and a movie on its own terms; wonders why the characters don’t stick out more; and asks the question that will unlock Rogue One‘s many secrets…why is the door stuck?
Next: to the delight of almost no one, Paul and Arlo clean house following last year’s abbreviated season by finishing their Four-Color Flashback analysis of Matt Wagner’s Grendel with “Devil’s Reign,” collected in Grendel Omnibus: Vol. 3.
(Show notes for “Why Is the Door Stuck?”)
Gobbledygeek episode 261, “The Ford Awakens (feat. Eric Sipple, Kenn Edwards & Andrew Allen),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
For the season finale of Gobbledygeek, Paul and AJ turn to a little-seen, rarely discussed art film: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Joining them are Kenn Edwards of So Let’s Get to the Point, Broken Magic author and The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor Eric Sipple, and Star Wars superfan Andrew Allen, scum and villains all. The Force Awakens is strong with nostalgia for the original films, a fact which sits better with some of our panel than others. The gang discusses why the movie leans heavily on the past, whether or not the series is capable of looking forward, the film’s place in the established Skywalker mythos, and how it has the exact opposite problem of George Lucas’ efforts.
Next: we’re on winter break before returning in roughly three weeks’ time with a look at Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight; Eric Sipple and A/V writer-director Joseph Lewis bring us up to a Somewhat Disgruntled Four. In the meantime, thank you for a great 2015 and have yourself some happy holidays.
(Show notes for “The Ford Awakens.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 258, “A Wretched Podcast of Scum and Villainy (feat. Kenn Edwards & Andrew Allen),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a filmmaker named George Lucas accidentally created a pop culture empire. Over the years, the Star Wars saga has gotten away from the man who conceived them, both figuratively and literally; the prequel trilogy is a classic example of an artist’s reach exceeding their grasp, and Disney is now making a new series without his involvement. Kenn Edwards of So Let’s Get to the Point and Star Wars zealot Andrew Allen join Paul and AJ for a wide-ranging discussion of Lucas’ saga, what it means to them, and what it’s really about, plus an artistic (and political) re-evaluation of Lucas himself.
Next: nothing says Christmas like Shane Black and pissing on a corpse, so ho ho ho, Kenn is back for this year’s Twisted Christmas entry: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
(Show notes for “A Wretched Podcast of Scum and Villainy.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 210, “I’m Having the Weirdest Day,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
This Christmas season, put a little love in your heart with Paul and AJ as they revisit Richard Donner’s 1988 reworking of A Christmas Carol, Scrooged. This year’s Twisted Christmas entry stars none other than AJ favorite Bill Murray as soulless TV exec Frank Cross, who is visited by a number of very annoying spirits who try and pummel him into living life to its fullest. The boys discuss Murray’s manic-to-dry range, what we’re supposed to make of Frank’s (and even Scrooge’s) character arc, and the interesting decision to cast Carol Kane as the sound of nails on a chalkboard given form. They also invent the mental breakdown Donner surely had on set. This is a weird one. Plus, there’s talk of those Star Wars and Jurassic World trailers, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Next: an all-star jam band of our Sandman compatriots takes place, as the gang turns to the final volume of Neil Gaiman’s epic, Vol X: The Wake.
(Show notes for “I’m Having the Weirdest Day.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 130, “Talking Turkey: Noble Smith,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Noble Smith joins Paul and AJ to chat about his book The Wisdom of the Shire: A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life, his forthcoming series The Warrior Trilogy, the work of Tolkien, and so much more. Including but not limited to: the time he watched The Empire Strikes Back with Irvin Kershner, his experience as a veteran of the video game industry, and the ridiculousness of LEGOs. Plus, the boys talk Saga, The Americans, and Frederic Wertham.
Next: Kenn Edwards joins us to talk podcasts, Oscars, and probably a whole bunch of other stuff.
(Show notes for “Talking Turkey: Noble Smith.”)