Episode 181 – Inside Ugh



Anne’s back from the wedding chapel to talk about how Inside Out drove her nuts while Hannibal seems like comfort food, and Bill waits for Batman: Arkham Knight to get better. Also, we flip through this fall’s release calendar for games, chat about Fallout Shelter and Bill dishes about the new making-of Back to the Future book, We Don’t Need Roads.

In The Geek Week News In Review: the legalization of same sex marriages becoming legal (both for the U.S. federal government and for the next Fire Emblem game), the next live-action Peter Parker, RIP James Horner, Toshiro Mifune’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Bungie setting fire to what little goodwill remains for Destiny, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fire‘s prediction that Ice will return.

  • Intro: Married Life (Up) – Michael Giacchino
  • Break: Grand Dark Feeling of Emptiness – Will Oldham
  • Outro: Futile Escape (Aliens) – James Howard

Episode 180 – 2015 E3 Spectacular


So, yeah, turns out that inviting Leland Radburn to sit in for Anne this week to talk about Inside Out, the return of Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, Fallout Shelter, A Pox on Mogturmen, Ferris Bueller, The Goonies (and its fantastic novelization) and labin’ out resulted in a podcast that is not unlike a lengthy trek to Mordor, but we guarantee that – not unlike Sam and Frodo’s journey into that heart of darkness – you too, dear listeners, will also be rewarded with treasures beyond mortal reckoning.

In our 2015 E3 recap (starting exactly at the 2-hour mark): The Nintendo World Championships and the glory that is Super Mario Maker, Dishonored 2, Recore, Xbox One mods for Fallout 4, Rare Replay, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, Star Wars Battlefront, The Last Guardian, Horizon: Zero Dawn, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Dreams, the Final Fantasy VII remake, Shenmue 3, what’s up with Iwata?, The Mega Man Legacy Collection, Animal Crossing Amiibos, Crossing Souls and the relative bumper crop of games on the horizon featuring playable lady heroes.

  • Intro: The Amazing World of Gumball (theme) – Ben Locket
  • 1st Break: Stalling Self-Parody: Music From Porky’s Revue – Carl Stalling
  • 2nd Break: Super Mario Maker (theme) – Koji Kondo (sorta?)
  • Outro: The Goonies (end credits) – Dave Grusin



Episode 179 – Amelie-at-E3



It’s Anne’s last show as a single woman (well, technically), and since she’s been too busy with wedding planning to play or watch anything, Bill’s ready to yap about Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Big Trouble in Little China and Splatoon’s Splatfest.

In The Geek Week News In Review: E3 leaks, news and our predictions/wants for the show, the death of Christopher Lee, a light-up LEGO Kickstarter, the surprise replacement of the entire cast of Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and how the gaming industry already seems to be screwing up the rollout of VR gaming hardware.

  • Intro: Clarissa Explains It All (theme) – Clarissa
  • Break: Name Your Poison – Mr. Midnight
  • Outro: Goodbye, Goodbye – Oingo Boingo

Episode 178 – Fallout 4 Freakout


Anne’s recovered enough from this week’s surprise announcement of Fallout 4 to talk about her limited time with The Witcher 3 while Bill yaks about the state of Game of Thrones, Pom Poko, Han Solo’s (first?) wife and Calamity Jon Morris‘s fantastic book about forgotten comic book characters, The League of Regrettable Superheroes.

In The Geek Week News In Review: Lots of Fallout 4 talk, the Uncharted collection, Steam Machine pre-orders, what the United States’ school of wizardry might be like, Playmation, Jason Statham’s suitability to be a Bond and why so few Stephen King adaptations ever work.

  • Intro: I’m Beginning to See the Light – The Ink Spots
  • Break: Game of Thrones (harmonica) – Ergel
  • Outro: Twist & Shout – Ferris Bueller & the good people of the Chicagoland area

Episode 177 – Remember the Alamo



Bill takes a break from looting barrels in Novigrad to chat a bit more about The Witcher 3 and Splatoon, and Anne reports in about Veep, the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age and the terrible History Channel series Texas Rising.

In The Geek Week News In Review: The cancelation of TRON 3 and the film adaptation of IT, Lumberjanes being optioned by Hollywood, Maria Bamford’s Netflix series, the return of Steven Universe, Robert Rodriguez’s plans to make an awful Jonny Quest movie, the retirement of Rick Baker and the removal of almost a million locks from Paris’s Pont des Arts bridge.

  • Intro: Texas Steel Guitar – Spade Cooley
  • Break: You’re a Kid, Harry – You’re a Squid, Harry
  • Outro: Merchants of Novigrad – Mikolai Stroinski, Marcin Przybyłowicz & Percival

Episode 176 – Proble-matic


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Bill was thrown out of Tomorrowland and is back with a full report about what he saw, which is – sadly to say – not much, while Anne checks in about the “feminist western” The Homesman, the baffling creative decisions in Life is Strange and the new visual novel about gay starfighter pilots, Starfighter: Eclipse.

In the Geek Week News In Review: More Fury Road talk (about everything from fanart to cosplay to how the film was shot), Simon Pegg’s controversial (though pretty much on-the-nose) comments about the negative effects of corporate-fueled nerd culture and our picks for a sexy remake of Little Women.

  • Intro: Late Night With David Letterman (theme) – Paul Schaffer
  • Break: There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow – The Sherman Brothers
  • Outro: Day After Tomorrow – Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennnan

Episode 175 – I Can’t Believe We Didn’t Make A Tomorrow-Morrow Land Joke

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We’re back from the wasteland to give our 2 cents about Mad Max: Fury Road (warning: spoilers ahead), which pretty much dominates the front half of the podcast this week (along with the news that The Witcher 3 supports real-time beard growth.)

In the Geek Week News In Review: Hasbro kicking Black Widow out of toy sets depicting her own acton scenes in Age of Ultron, Harry Shearer quitting The Simpsons, a pixel artist’s great essay about pixel art, the news that Portland’s Lloyd Center 10 theater is doomed, and BB King’s lasting contribution to macaroni & cheese jingles.

  • Intro: Unused Thunderdome intro music – Maurice Jarre
  • Break: Bartertown Pigrock – Maurice Jarre
  • Outro: We Don’t Need Another Hero (Instrumental) – Tina Turner, Terry Britten & Graham Lyle