Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 294, “The D-List (feat. Donora Hillard)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 294, “The D-List (feat. Donora Hillard),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Live from Denny’s, it’s Donora Hillard! The Jeff Bridges poet returns to talk about…pretty much everything with Paul and Arlo. While enjoying late-night diner ambiance, the gang discusses driving and the anxiety it causes; dance, of the So You Think You Can variety (featuring, upon special request, a rendition of Paul’s classic Black Swan diatribe); tiny houses, one of which Donora owns; and what’s in everyone’s bags (Arlo’s answers will amaze you). Plus David Lynch, Bunheads, arrested development (neither the rap group nor the television series)…everything.

Next: the boys take their penultimate trip to the hellish world of Matt Wagner’s Grendel as this year’s Four-Color Flashback nears its close, with a look at “God and the Devil, Part 2,” collected in Grendel Omnibus: Vol. 3 – Orion’s Reign.

(Show notes for “The D-List.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 292, “The X-Files: Season 3 (feat. Wesley Mead)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 292, “The X-Files: Season 3 (feat. Wesley Mead),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

The truth is out there: season 3 of The X-Files is the show’s strongest season. That is, if you can trust Paul, Arlo, and the inimitable Wesley “Wezzo” Mead as they have another of their periodic discussions of Chris Carter’s ’90s masterwork. What makes season 3 work so well? It might have something to do with the series’ expanded tonal range–a tense thriller in “Pusher,” Satanic panic meets Heathers in “Syzygy”–and the confidence with which it tackles both the monster-of-the-week hours and the increasingly complex (or is that convoluted?) mytharc installments. Then there are the Darin Morgan episodes (“Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose,” “War of the Coprophages,” and “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space”), which are something else entirely. Plus, holy cow, UK politics have gotten super depressing since the last time Wezzo stopped by.

Next: Paul and Arlo return to Boneville, site of last year’s Four-Color Flashback, for a look at the newly published Bone: Coda.

(Show notes for “The X-Files: Season 3.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 291, “Grendel: Part 6 – God and the Devil, Part 1”

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Gobbledygeek episode 291, “Grendel: Part 6 – God and the Devil, Part 1,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Q: How many drugs was Matt Wagner ingesting during the creation of Grendel? A: All of them. Paul and Arlo arrive at this conclusion in another Four-Color Flashback installment discussing Wagner’s comics magnum opus, after reading chapters 1-6 of the “God and the Devil” storyline, collected in Grendel Omnibus: Vol. 3 – Orion’s Reign. After the four-part “Incubation Years” arc leapt through time in bold and bizarre fashion, “God and the Devil” finds our heroes (just kidding, there are no heroes) in the year 2530. The world has gone to shit, with the Catholic Church going back to its Inquisition roots under the reign of Pope Innocent XLII. Meanwhile, both corporate auditor Orion Assante and drugged-out street rat Eppy Thatcher fight to bring down the Church…only one of them wears the mask of Grendel, but will both be consumed by his/its force? Plus, Arlo’s sick again and the boys pay tribute to Gene Wilder and David Lavery.

Next: Wesley “Wezzo” Mead returns for another episode in our ongoing series discussing the seminal sci-fi show The X-Files. This time, we dig into season 3; yes, that’s the one with “Jose Chung’s.”

(Show notes for “Grendel: Part 6 – God and the Devil, Part 1.”)

Listen to ‘The Avatar Returns’ Episode 34

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The Avatar Returns episode 34 is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

The Legend of Korra Book Two: Spirits finally meanders to it’s somewhat muddled but more-or-less satisfying status quo-shattering conclusion with the final three chapters; 212, “Harmonic Convergence,” 213, “Darkness Falls,” and 214, “Light in the Dark.” We discuss the season highlights (Tenzin, Nuktuk, Varrick) and lowlights (the Water Tribe civil war, the dumbing down of Lin Beifong), and which characters were best or underserved. How does Unalaq stack up against other villains? (Spoiler: he’s the boringest!) Azula evolves into her ultimate form as the Spirit Mushroom. Arlo gets Seed of Wondered by the Tree of Time. And the whole shebang wraps up with Korra’s Krazy Kosmic Kaiju battle!

Also, this episode is late and it’s Arlo’s fault, and we whine about our first world podcast problems.

Next: a break between books of Korra means another book of the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel continuation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. So next week we look at Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru’s third installment, Volume 3: The Rift. So join us for that…we’ll leave the spirit portal open for ya.

(Show notes for The Avatar Returns episode 34.)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 287, “Time of the Preacher”

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Gobbledygeek episode 287, “Time of the Preacher,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Willie Nelson, John Wayne, preachers, bloodsuckers, angels, and arsefaces. Welcome to the world of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s classic Vertigo comic book Preacher, which has now been adapted into a television series on AMC courtesy of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Breaking Bad‘s Sam Catlin. Paul and Arlo previously analyzed the comic book on the blog back in 2012 and now set their sights on the show’s recently wrapped first season. The show takes an interesting route in exploring this tale of a small-town preacher cursed with the Word of God; namely, the ten hours that aired this year feel like a prologue to the series proper. The boys discuss the effectiveness of that approach; the spot-on casting of Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, and Ruth Negga as the unholy triumvirate of Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip; how the series stays true to the spirit of Ennis and Dillon’s work, even without being able to drop an F-bomb; and what they hope they’ll see in the second season. Plus, Paul travels No Man’s Sky and Arlo becomes a beach bum.

Next: film buff Scott Stamper makes a pact with Paul and Arlo to discuss Suicide Squad.

(Show notes for “Time of the Preacher.”)

Listen to ‘The Avatar Returns’ Episode 33

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The Avatar Returns episode 33 is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

This week on The Avatar Returns we read the immortal classic Through the Looking-Glass, and What Korra Found There, also known as The Avatar’s Adventures in Wonderland. In chapter 209, “The Guide” Korra and Tenzin are finally reunited, we meet Bum-Ju, and bid a fond(ish) farewell to animation Studio Pierrot. Then chapter 210 ushers in “A New Spiritual Age” as we follow the white dragonfly-bunny to Uncle Iroh’s spirit tea party, see some genuinely creepy crawly things, and endure the return of the Dick Owl. And lastly chapter 211, “Night of a Thousand Stars” proves to be one of our favorites episodes of the entire season as Bolin becomes the real life Nuktuk we always knew he could be. But what’s that? Unalaq really does have a doomsday device? Nuk-nooo!

Also we nominate the new Batman: The Killing Joke animated film for the Unsexiest Flash Animation Circa 2002 Award.

Next: say goodbye to Book Two as we close out the season with chapters 212-214, “Harmonic Convergence,” “Darkness Falls,” and “Light in the Dark.”

(Show notes for The Avatar Returns episode 33.)

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.”)