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A more-or-less weekly podcast dedicated to all things geeky in pop culture and entertainment. We talk about everything from film and television to books, comics, video games, and more.

Gobbledygeek Paul Smith and Arlo J. Wiley

    • Technology
    • 5.0, 23 Ratings

A more-or-less weekly podcast dedicated to all things geeky in pop culture and entertainment. We talk about everything from film and television to books, comics, video games, and more.

    410 - Geek Challenge: Puppet Master vs. Seed of Chucky

    410 - Geek Challenge: Puppet Master vs. Seed of Chucky

    They’ll tear you a new puppet hole, bitch! The worlds of Charles Band and Don Mancini collide in a pre-Gobbledyween Geek Challenge. Paul sends Arlo a psychic alert letting him know to watch 1989’s Puppet Master, the first of producer Band’s direct-to-VHS Full Moon Features and the source of approximately one trillion sequels. In turn, Arlo goes meta and has a doll voiced by him call Paul while the real Arlo is tied to a bed behind him, commanding Paul to watch 2004’s Seed of Chucky. Paul recounts the joy of watching Full Moon Features in his 20s, Arlo launches a full-throated defense of Mancini’s vision, and they are both just completely miserable. Plus, the boys have nothing but nice things to say about Taylor Swift’s Folklore.
     
    Next: we’re off, then we’re not.



    THE BREAKDOWN
    Total Run Time: 01:49:34
    00:00:25  -  Intro / Banter 00:16:56  -  Puppet Master 01:03:15  -  Seed of Chucky 01:45:00  -  Outro / Next


    THE MUSIC
    “Master of Puppets” by Metallica, Master of Puppets (1986) “Doll Parts” by Hole, Live Through This (1994)


    THE LINKS
     
    “How ‘Child’s Play’ Became The Funniest, Most Reliably Surprising, And Queerest Slasher Series” by Louis Peitzman, BuzzFeed “Queer Underworld: SEED OF CHUCKY (2004)” by Leigh Monson, Birth.Movies.Death. “Why Seed of Chucky holds a special place in my heart” by Sam Mauro, Little White Lies “Seed of Chucky” by Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com “We Watched and Ranked Every Single ‘Puppet Master’ Film” by Daniel Kurland, Bloody Disgusting  
     

    • 1 hr 49 min
    409 - Hamilton (feat. Sarah Kosheff)

    409 - Hamilton (feat. Sarah Kosheff)

    2020 may be an absolute shitshow, but thanks to Disney+, we can all be in the living room where it happens: the filmed performance of Hamilton, recorded in 2016 with the original Broadway cast, is now available to stream. Paul and Arlo may have talked about Hamilton, oh, once or twice or 18 times since its debut five years ago, but luckily über-fan Sarah Kosheff is on hand to help them find new things to say. Arlo talks about getting to see an actual production of Hamilton for the first time, Paul relays the time he was sprayed with Groff sauce, the gang discusses the up-close nuance of the troupe’s acting, and they address some of the political and cultural criticisms of the show.
     
    Next: we get all dolled up for a Geek Challenge featuring Puppet Master and Seed of Chucky.



    THE BREAKDOWN
    Total Run Time: 02:15:20
    00:00:18  -  Intro / Guest 00:01:34  -  Main Topic 02:09:40  -  Outro / Next


    THE MUSIC
    “Alexander Hamilton” by Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton, Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2015) “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story” by Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton, Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2015)


    THE LINKS
     
    The Podcast Where It Happens “We got comfortable with Hamilton. The new film reminds us how risky it is.” by Alissa Wilkinson, Vox “Hamilton's Secret Character: How Death Appears Throughout The Show” by Hannah Shaw-Williams, Screenrant “Eliza's Gasp at the End of Hamilton Has the Internet Divided” by Elena Nicolaou, Oprahmag.com “Hamilton is fanfic, and its historical critics are totally missing the point” by Aja Romano, Vox “Why Hamilton is as frustrating as it is brilliant — and impossible to pin down” by Aja Romano, Vox “Hamilton True Story: What Did Lin-Manuel Miranda Change?” by Laura Potier, Screenrant “Hamilton and the Historical Record: Frequently Asked Questions” by Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times “Hamilton Movie Sees Renewed Calls to 'Cancel' Show Over Depiction of Slavery” by Staff, Inside Edition “In Defense of Hamilton” by Michael McLean, We’re History “Hamilton felt revolutionary in 2015 — but it strikes a different chord today” by Cate Young, Today

    • 2 hr 15 min
    408 - The Last of Us Part II (feat. Kenn Edwards)

    408 - The Last of Us Part II (feat. Kenn Edwards)

    A deadly virus rages across the world. The U.S. is in shambles. Despite the imminent threat, humans have started to turn on one another. And in other news, this week Paul and Arlo are talking about Naughty Dog's highly anticipated zombie apocalypse sequel The Last of Us Part II. Joining them for a discussion of this brutal, beautiful game is none other than Alex Jonestown Massacre guitarist Kenn Edwards. The gang discusses how the game departs from its predecessor, the incredible acting of Ashley Johnson and Laura Bailey, how writer-director Nate Druckmann forces the player to confront the consequences of their actions, and more. Also, Arlo didn't actually play it! Plus, Kenn tells us about AJM's new album Run-On Death Sentence and his Lost rewatch podcast Pushing the Button.
     
    Next: there's hope for our ass after all. Sarah Kosheff joins us to discuss the filmed performance of Hamilton.
     
    THE BREAKDOWN
    Total Run Time: 02:55:47
    00:01:24  -  Intro / Banter 00:06:43  -  Kenn’s new podcast 00:16:25  -  Kenn’s new album 00:30:24  -  The Last of Us Part II 02:45:45  -  Outro / Next


    THE MUSIC
    “Future Days” by Troy Baker (2020) “Take On Me” by Ashley Johnson (2020) “Millennial Whoop” by Alex Jonestown Massacre, Run-On Death Sentence (2020)


    THE LINKS
     
    Pushing the Button: A Chronologically LOST Podcast  Alex Jonestown Massacre  -  Bandcamp  -  Spotify  “Drinking the Kool-Aid with The Alex Jonestown Massacre” by Alicen Hackney, RVA   
    “The Last of Us Part II Is a Dark Game for a Dark Time” by Conor Dougherty, New York Times   “Neil Druckmann and Halley Gross Open Up About the Biggest Twists of The Last of Us Part II” by David Ehrlich, IndieWire   
    “The Last of Us Part II boldly reckons with its predecessor and its own violent design” by A.A. Dowd, AV Club  “The Last of Us Part II: How Naughty Dog made a classic amidst catastrophe” by Sam White, GQ  “Last of Us 2’s Ending Explained - What Happens and Why When the Game Ends” by Phil Hornshaw, Gamespot  “The Last of Us 2 epitomizes one of gaming’s longest debates” by Chris Plante, Polygon  “The Last of Us Part II points toward a more honest portrayal of religion in gaming” by Gene Park, Washington Post  “The Last of Us (The Movie)” edited by Andy Gilleand  “The Last of Us: Left Behind (The Movie)” edited by Andy Gilleand  “THE LAST OF US 2 All Cutscenes (Full Game Movie) PS4 Pro 1080p HD” edited by Gamer’s Little Playground  
     

    • 2 hr 55 min
    407 - Chucky at the Blockbuster Museum

    407 - Chucky at the Blockbuster Museum

    The beauty of Gobbledygeek freestyle episodes is that Paul and Arlo will hop on the microphone and start yammering about something or other, then next thing you know, bam, it’s been a tight 45 on the Child’s Play franchise. Killer doll movies, killer German time travel shows (what up, Dark), killer longings for idealized video stores of yesteryear, killer viruses--this episode’s got it all. It will kill you.
     
    Next: speaking of somebody who got killed, Hamilton: An American Musical comes to Disney+.



    THE BREAKDOWN
    Total Run Time: 01:49:40
    00:00:20  -  Intro 01:45:06  -  Outro / Next


    THE MUSIC
    “Chucky Rap” by Daddyphatsnaps, Chucky Rap (2019) “The Buddi Song” by Mark Hamill (2019)

    • 1 hr 49 min
    406 - Jimmy Cliff and the Apocalypse

    406 - Jimmy Cliff and the Apocalypse

    The world is, yet again, a much different place than when we last recorded an episode of Gobbledygeek. In the month since the police killing of George Floyd, there have been a wave of protests worldwide and renewed conversations about what role police have in society, if any at all. We--Paul and Arlo--are not sure we should be part of this conversation. After postponing recording for many reasons, our initial urge to record some deep, thought-provoking discussion about racial injustice has subsided. We’re two white guys on an extremely niche podcast that is supposedly about pop culture. We are not going to cover any new ground. What we will say, unequivocally, is that Black Lives Matter. Yesterday, today, always. We do discuss the state of the world, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, police abolition, ACAB, etc.--hopefully in a respectful way that might interest some of our listeners. Oh, and there’s still a pandemic going on, so we talk about that too.
     
    Fear not: we also talk about pop culture! Paul plays The Last of Us: Part II, Arlo watches great films by Black filmmakers like Charles Burnett and Billy Woodberry, we have a brief discussion on the state of the comics industry mid-COVID, and more. Hopefully there are some laughs.
     
    Next: we’ll be back, theoretically in a week’s time.



    THE BREAKDOWN
    Total Run Time: 01:40:35
    00:00:40  -  Intro 01:37:36  -  Outro / Next


    THE MUSIC
    “F**k tha Police” by N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton (1988) “Pressure Drop” by Toots & The Maytals, Monkey Man (1970)

    • 1 hr 40 min
    405 - Moonshadow and Slyfox

    405 - Moonshadow and Slyfox

    Ah, youth. A time of joy and comfort, of excitement and adventure. Also pain and fear and anxiety and awkwardness and all that fun stuff. Spinning out of their recent conversation with senior British correspondent Wesley Mead, Paul and Arlo talk about nostalgia (Greek for “pain from an old wound,” according to Don Draper). They regale the listener with tales of their misbegotten youths, from chronic illness and cutting class to oddball rebellion and a very memorable chauffeur experience. Is any of this interesting? Who knows? We’re past episode 400 here, what do you expect?
     
    Next: as always in these strange times, you’ll know when we do.



    THE BREAKDOWN
    Total Run Time: 01:31:39
    00:00:45  -  Intro 01:27:55  -  Outro / Next


    THE MUSIC
    “Borrowed Time” by John Lennon, Milk and Honey (1984) “Moonshadow” by Cat Stevens, Teaser and the Firecat (1971)

    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Tattooagogo.com ,

Thourough and Insightful

I found this podcast searching to see if anybody had done anything about Matt Wagners Grendel comic and found that they had done a whole series dissecting the entire run. It was very interesting to hear their theories and take on his experimental approach to comic storytelling.
They have done this with other series such as Neil Gaimans Sandman and Jeff Smiths Bone. I look forward to seeing what the next comic they tackle is.
Keep up the good work guys!

Jason Tabrys ,

I love the Turkey Turkey Funtime Show!

Paul has a warrior's soul and AJ has a scholar's wit. Together, they are the best combo since the marriage of pretzels and cheese that resulted in the Combos cracker snack. They both have extremely clean feet.

The show is funny and smart. They treat their guests like pretty princesses.

Gobbledygeek is the Mom-hug of podcasts.

ThatItalianChick ,

Nerdy fun!

I love listening to AJ and Paul's opinions on my favorite geekdoms. The only thing keeping this from being FIVE stars is AJ's audio. His "s" sounds are incredibly piercing (mic sensitivity?) and sharp. Normally things like that don't bother me but this is almost interfering with my listening experience. So 5/5 stars for content and 4/5 for audio.

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