432 episodes

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
    • 4.9 • 26 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.

    436 - The Americans: Season 1 (feat. Wesley Mead)

    436 - The Americans: Season 1 (feat. Wesley Mead)

    Deception is as American as apple pie. Elizabeth and Philip Jennings are well aware of this--they’re Russian spies under deep cover as a suburban couple in the U.S., after all. Their new next door neighbor, FBI Agent Stan Beeman, threatens to throw a wrench into their long con. Over the course of The Americans season 1, there are plenty of twists, turns, betrayals, and confessions. Wesley “Wezzo” Mead has infiltrated the podcast to join Paul and Arlo as they begin a retrospective on Joe Weisberg’s critically acclaimed but criminally underseen FX series. The gang discusses the tremendous work by leads Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys; how the show is a little pulpier and fast-moving than they remembered; the characters’ vacillating beliefs in each other and the systems they move within; and, of course, all those wigs.
     
    NEXT: Hollywood post-production supervisor Michael Holland flies in for a look at The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Take note, Jennings--Soviet agents can be reformed!
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:51  -  Intro / Guest
    00:03:45  -  Main Topic
    01:50:05  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Tusk” by Fleetwood Mac, Tusk (1979) “Games Without Frontiers” by Peter Gabriel, Peter Gabriel (1980)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Support AAPI communities and those affected by anti-Asian violence: https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/stop-aapi-hate Support the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund: https://aapifund.org/ Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Advocate for writers who might be owed money due to discontinuance of royalties: https://www.writersmustbepaid.org/  Help teachers and classrooms in need: https://www.donorschoose.org/ Do your part to remove the burden of medical debt for individuals, families, and veterans: https://ripmedicaldebt.org/ Register to vote: https://vote.gov/

    • 1 hr 53 min
    435 - Who’s With Me? (feat. Austin Allan James)

    435 - Who’s With Me? (feat. Austin Allan James)

    We've all been isolated, to some degree, for the last year. Austin Allan James' debut feature Who's With Me?, available for free on YouTube, perfectly captures the sense of loneliness and paranoia to which many of us have become accustomed. His film was also almost entirely finished pre-pandemic. Paul and Arlo talk with Austin about his clairvoyant powers, working on a shoestring budget, the inspiration he draws from filmmakers such as David Lynch and Joel Potrykus, how much of a fee turtles can demand, and what it all means, man.
     
    NEXT: at long last, we go undercover with Wesley "Wezzo" Mead for a discussion of The Americans season 1.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:52  -  Intro / Guest
    00:04:40  -  Main Topic
    01:08:25  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    LINKS
     
    Who’s With Me? - Full Feature (2021 Sci-Fi, Drama, Horror) [YouTube]  
     
    MUSIC
    “Locked Inside” by Reef, Rides (1999)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Support AAPI communities and those affected by anti-Asian violence: https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/stop-aapi-hate Support the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund: https://aapifund.org/ Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Help teachers and classrooms in need: https://www.donorschoose.org/ Do your part to remove the burden of medical debt for individuals, families, and veterans: https://ripmedicaldebt.org/ Register to vote: https://vote.gov/

    • 1 hr 12 min
    434 - The Shorter Stick Up Arlo’s [Bleep]

    434 - The Shorter Stick Up Arlo’s [Bleep]

    This is a freestyle episode, so you better believe Paul and Arlo talk about all manner of goofy shit, but--there’s also kind of a topic too? Look, we make this stuff up as we go along, get that look off your face. Arlo watched John Carpenter’s 1981 cult classic Escape from New York for the very first time, and he absolutely loved it. He and Paul rave about the movie, its highly relatable cynicism, and its amazing music...which leads Arlo to proffer a shocking apology. The stick up his ass, it’s gotten a little shorter over the years. Plus, an in-depth breakdown of This Is Us’ timeline and an exploration of why roasts suck. Sponsored by the adult toy purveyor of your choice!
     
    NEXT: indie filmmaker Austin Allan James joins us to discuss his debut feature, Who’s With Me. 
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Escape from New York (Main Title)” by John Carpenter, Escape from New York (Original Film Soundtrack) (1981) “Bandstand Boogie” by Les Elgart (1954)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Support AAPI communities and those affected by anti-Asian violence: https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/stop-aapi-hate Support the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund: https://aapifund.org/ Help teachers and classrooms in need: https://www.donorschoose.org/ Do your part to remove the burden of medical debt for individuals, families, and veterans: https://ripmedicaldebt.org/ Register to vote: https://vote.gov/

    • 1 hr 48 min
    433 - FCF: Extremity

    433 - FCF: Extremity

    We’re all about lending a hand here at Gobbledygeek, so for this month’s Four-Color Flashback, we’re slicing and dicing our way through Daniel Warren Johnson’s Extremity. The ultra-violent 12-issue series follows Thea, an artist who lost a core piece of her identity when a rival clan chopped off her drawing hand. As her father leads their clan on a bloodthirsty quest for revenge, she and her brother Rollo must question whether they will perpetuate this endless cycle of violence. Paul and Arlo discuss the series’ surprising commitment to pacifism, Johnson’s insanely detailed artwork, why the book’s violence isn’t at odds with its intent, and some quirky sound effects.
     
    NEXT: tune in to find out.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:28  -  Intro / Guest
    00:01:46  -  Main Topic
    01:29:55  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    MUSIC
    “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles (1970) “The Winner Takes It All” by ABBA, Super Trouper (1980)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Support AAPI communities and those affected by anti-Asian violence: https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/stop-aapi-hate Support the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund: https://aapifund.org/ Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Help teachers and classrooms in need: https://www.donorschoose.org/ Do your part to remove the burden of medical debt for individuals, families, and veterans: https://ripmedicaldebt.org/ Register to vote: https://vote.gov/

    • 1 hr 34 min
    432 - Two Crucifixes in the Logo

    432 - Two Crucifixes in the Logo

    When we’re not contracting coronavirus, we’re contracting people to work on our houses. And sometimes those people, too, can be a plague. Paul and Arlo commiserate over uncomfortable contractor experiences, uncomfortable evangelicalism, and the uncomfortable intersection of those two very uncomfortable things. In other news, baby-faced Paul got his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and had to deal with some folks getting way too up in his personal space. Are we ready for a return to normal? No. No, we are not. Plus, we remember to talk pop culture and chat about the Oscar nominations.
     
    NEXT: Paul decides on air during this very episode that next week will be this month’s Four-Color Flashback, discussing Vols. 1 & 2 of Daniel Warren Johnson’s Extremity.
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Comfort Eagle” by Cake, Comfort Eagle (2001) “Burning Down the House” by Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues (1982)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Help teachers and classrooms in need: https://www.donorschoose.org/ Do your part to remove the burden of medical debt for individuals, families, and veterans: https://ripmedicaldebt.org/ Register to vote: https://vote.gov/

    • 1 hr 46 min
    431 - WandaVision (feat. Michael Holland)

    431 - WandaVision (feat. Michael Holland)

    And now back to our regularly scheduled programming. After two long years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe desert, since Avengers: Endgame and its postscript Spider-Man: Far from Home, Marvel’s mightiest are back on the air. For the first MCU series on Disney Plus, we have WandaVision, a TV show that is very much about TV shows and what the medium means to us. The comfy-cozy sitcom rhythm of the show, as Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany’s Vision make-believe they’re on the sets of The Dick Van Dyke Show or Family Ties, is interrupted by unsettling reminders of where we left these characters. Wanda was grieving--because Vision was dead. What’s going on here? Don’t change that channel, because Paul, Arlo, and special guest Michael Holland--currently post-production supervisor on The Afterparty--discuss how showrunner Jac Schaeffer and director Matt Shakman channel grief, capture the nostalgic spirit of old TV, weaponize fan expectations, and more.
     
    NEXT: we’ll be back, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:50  -  Intro / Guest
    00:05:53  -  WandaVision
    01:51:39  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    LINKS
    Michael’s Blog  -  Holland Imaginarium How the ‘WandaVision’ Creator Brought Her Vision (and Wanda’s) to Life by Dave Itzkoff, The New York Times ‘WandaVision' Creator on That Ending, Wanda Criticism, and Why Paul Bettany Is Allowed to Troll by Liz Shannon Miller, Collider 'WandaVision': Let's Break Down What Those Commercials Reveal About the Show's Mystery by Tom Reimann, Collider 'WandaVision': MCU Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed by Allie Gemmell, Collider  
     
    MUSIC
    “A Newlywed Couple” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, WandaVision (2021) “Agatha All Along (feat. Kathryn Hahn)” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, WandaVision (2021)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Help teachers and classrooms in need: https://www.donorschoose.org/ Do your part to remove the burden of medical debt for individuals, families, and veterans: https://ripmedicaldebt.org/ Register to vote: https://vote.gov/

    • 1 hr 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

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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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