Four-Color Flashback returned last week with the first of nine installments discussing the controversial Vertigo series Preacher. I’m new to the series, Paul’s been a fan since it first started in 1995, and we roundtable it. (Or is it a cross-table? There are only two of us.)
This week, we discuss Preacher: Vol. 2 – Until the End of the World…
Paul: Okay, Mr. AJ, you survived the first explosive, expletive-laden volume of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher. Here we are, back for more, so tell me…how do you think the second volume, Until the End of the World, holds up?
AJ: I loved the first volume. I had some problems with it–Arseface, Detective Bridges’ sexuality–but on the whole, I thought it was a really entertaining comic with some brilliant ideas. I’m happy to report that Until the End of the World not only continues the witty, profane, blood-splattered fun of Gone to Texas; it also does it one better by introducing some seriously compelling bits of mythology.
BREAKING BAD: The Complete Third Season (DVD/Blu-ray)
Breaking Bad‘s terrific second season was tightly plotted ahead of time, with ample foreshadowing throughout. For the show’s third season, however, creator Vince Gilligan and his writers turned into expert jazz players, improvising every note, changing rhythm, and exploring all sorts of new grooves. Gilligan and Co. repeatedly force science-teacher-turned-methmaker Walt and his junkie partner Jesse into corners there’s seemingly no way they’ll get out of; and the creative team had no idea if they could either, until they started writing the next episode. An approach like this could easily have been disastrous, but instead makes for one of the all-time great seasons of television. The jagged, frayed chemistry between Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul makes for the best duo on TV, both giving fierce performances. Stand-out episodes in a stand-out season include “One Minute,” with an intense set piece for the ages; “Fly,” which takes place entirely in the lab, examining Walt and Jesse’s relationship; and “Full Measure,” the epic season finale. Extras include commentaries by Gilligan and the cast; and a number of featurettes.
The lost episode of Gobbledygeek, “True Swan/Black Grit,” is available for listening or download right here.
Recorded way back on January 8, this was initially conceived as a test episode for the show’s new format. We then thought, “Hey. Because we’re lazy bastards, this might also make a really convenient filler episode.” And now, ladies and gentleturkeys, the time has come: half of the Gobbledyteam is away (on business, we’re told), so we’re unearthing this oft-mentioned chestnut in which Paul and AJ review the then-current films True Grit (harmony!) and Black Swan (dischord!). And we thought last week’s episode was about time travel! Plus: outdated news, AJ reviewing The Fighter and Never Let Me Go, Paul reviewing Justified, and possibly more!
Next: we take a week off for Memorial Day, and we return June 4, on which date you best be prepared for a Geek Challenge.
Paul and myself are always babbling on about the pop culture miscellany we’re obsessed with, and now it’s your turn! We’ve just put up a listeners’ poll where you can vote on your favorite movie, TV show, album, song, book, comic book, video game, and pop culture moment of the year. On our last show of the year, the December 16 2010-in-review special, we’ll reveal the winners alongside our choices in a variety of categories. Voting is open from now until 12:00 AM EST on December 16. I know the deadline leaves out some late-comers, chiefly the Coens’ True Grit, but, well, them’s the rules.
Also, the only question that requires an answer is the last one, so if you don’t feel comfortable choosing a favorite in a certain category…you don’t have to!
Last night, Paul and I discussed a plethora of upcoming movies we found interesting in some way. Listen to the show to hear what we had to say, but as promised, here are the IMDb links and trailers for each film we mentioned: