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

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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 ‘The Avatar Returns’ Episode 31

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The Avatar Returns episode 31 is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

As The Avatar Returns continues its exploration of The Legend of Korra Book Two, Eric thinks Unalaq’s boringness continues to bore, Paul thinks Korra’s temperamental teenager act continues to grate, and Arlo thinks Paul has gone from face to heel. [Ed. note: he’s wrong, Paul has always been an evil bastard.] Fortunately for Eric, chapter 205, “Peacekeepers” features very little Unalaq. Paul is given a mostly Korra-free episode with chapter 206, “The Sting.” And Arlo can forgive (or at least ignore) Paul’s horribleness because Varrick’s heel turn is just so amazing. And everyone comes together in their love for Nuktuk, The Hero of the South!

Next: Studio Mir makes their triumphant return to animation duties with chapter 207, “Beginnings, Part 1” and 208, “Beginnings, Part 2.”

(Show notes for The Avatar Returns episode 31.)

Listen to ‘The Avatar Returns’ Episode 30

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The Avatar Returns episode 30 is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Six months later…we rejoin our regularly scheduled Avatar universe, already in progress.

The Legend of Korra Book Two kicks off with a gurgle as angry squid spirits drag unsuspecting sailors to their watery graves, Korra has finally “mastered” airbending, and Mako does his best Horatio Caine impression. Chapters 201 and 202 introduce us to Korra’s uncle Unalaq, who is boring but apparently important, and Varrick, who’s just plain smarmy fun. Oh, and there’s a whole spirit portal thing the Avatar has to deal with, but really we just like Varrick. Then in chapters 203 and 204, it’s civil war all over again as boring-but-bad Unalaq leads the Northern Water Tribe in a bid to “save” their Southern Water Tribe cousins. We learn more about Tenzin’s family, including his hippie chick sister Kya, and his wild and crazy older brother Bumi. The hosts agree, Bumi 2.0 is a big improvement over King Bumi.

Also, Arlo reveals he’s had an Eska or two in his past, and Battle Athletes Victory wins the prize for most obscure anime reference on the podcast yet. Congratulations!

Next: Book Two continues with chapters 205, “Peacekeepers,” and 206, “The Sting.” Starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman.

(Show notes for The Avatar Returns episode 30.)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 282, “The X-Files: Season 2 (feat. Wesley Mead)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 282, “The X-Files: Season 2 (feat. Wesley Mead),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Proving their first X-Files episode with renowned British person Wesley “Wezzo” Mead was no fluke, man, Paul and Arlo continue their sporadic discussion of Chris Carter’s ’90s phenom with a look at season 2. The gang casts their ominous flashlight beams on the season’s highs and lows, Scully’s abduction, the coming of Darin Morgan, and whether or not the mythology already shows signs of wear. Also, first-time viewer Arlo trusts no one’s opinion. Plus, as usual, a conversation with Wezzo about the UK’s dire political climate.

Next: our year-long Four-Color Flashback exploration of Matt Wagner’s Grendel continues with “The Devil Inside” and “Devil Tales,” collected in Grendel Omnibus: Vol. 2, pp. 371-542.

(Show notes for “The X-Files: Season 2.)

Listen to ‘The Avatar Returns’ Episode 28

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The Avatar Returns episode 28 is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

This week The Avatar Returns returns to the Avatar. We continue our discussion of Dark Horse Comics’ ongoing Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel series with Volume 2 – The Search. We talk about how the shift from the larger, more epic story told in Volume 1 – The Promise to this much smaller, more intimate tale works for us, and more importantly for the characters. Whereas the previous book explored issues we didn’t even know we wanted to explore, such as colonialism and cultural appropriation, this book focuses on the bonds of family, born and found, particularly the relationship between brothers and sisters. It also addresses ideas of identity, be they physical, societal, or emotional. We praise writer Gene Luen Yang’s astounding gift for continuing and building on this world and these characters we’ve come to love so much. And we wax embarrassingly rhapsodic about the work of art duo Gurihiru, which just keeps getting better with every volume, every chapter, every page.

There’s also banter this week. We say just a few words (for now) about the first season of DreamWorks’ Voltron: Legendary Defender, and we say way too many words about “adult” coloring books. Seriously, no one cares as much about these things as at least one of our hosts apparently does.

Next: we take a week off in a desperate attempt to prepare ourselves for the following week’s watch of director M. Night Shyamalan’s 2010 “masterpiece,” The Last Airbender. (We promise, The Legend of Korra Book Two is coming. Assuming we survive this.)

(Show notes for The Avatar Returns episode 28.)

Listen to ‘The Avatar Returns’ Episode 27

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The Avatar Returns episode 27 is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Book One of The Legend of Korra closes with a bang as Team Avatar and the United Forces face off against Amon and the Equalists. Chapter 111, “Skeletons in the Closet” finally reveals the true identity of Amon, and reminds us just how truly horrific bloodbending can be. And chapter 112, “Endgame” rings out the season with Asami confronting her father, Korra getting “unbent,” and an argument for why villains should invest in oil-based makeup. Through all of this the boys defend murder suicide, compare The Legend of Korra to Speed Racer (Amon is Bender X?!), and explain why that ending is NOT just another “deus ex Aang.”

Does the show resolve Korra’s identity crisis? Does she overcome her case of Avatar block? Do benders and non-benders learn to live together in harmony? This and much more this week on The Avatar Returns! Featuring music by Arlo and The Love Trapezoids.

Next: we step away from silly cartoons to talk about funny books. Our look at Dark Horse Comics’ official tie-in graphic novel series continues with Volume 2: The Search.

(Show notes for The Avatar Returns episode 27.)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 280, “No Mo’ FOMO (feat. Jason Tabrys)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 280, “No Mo’ FOMO (feat. Jason Tabrys),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

I took the turkey’s pen
Here we go again.
It’s Koko with that joke flow that cannot slow, you’re like “oh, hell no”
But oh yes… success!
Tabrys is here to explain with the help of his inability to refrain
From outshouting Paul and AJ
On topics that are like dropkicks to your brain
Yo here’s what this episode of Gobble is set to contain:

Random Dave Koz mentions!
Adult hyperactivity on display!
A random remembrance of The Postman Always Rings Twice!
How there’s too much good stuff to watch and the resulting Fear Of Missing Out syndrome!
Things get weird!
Things get sexy!

Special Guest: Waterdancer, writer, and amateur knuckleballer A. Jason Tabrys

Next: how to train your lady dragon? For another Geek Challenge, Paul and Arlo watch the very, very loosely connected martial arts movies Lady Snowblood and The Last Dragon.

(Show notes for “No Mo’ FOMO.”)