Star Wars special VI – The Empire Strikes Back commentary


For our sixth (and next-to-last?) Boy Howdy Star Wars special, we’ve wrangled together the usual crew for a commentary for old-school, despecialized version of The Empire Strikes Back. Hit play on your copy of ESB at exactly the 3:00 minute mark of the podcast track and enjoy plenty of talk about Leigh Brackett, Larry Kasdan, Once Upon A Galaxy and how the movie’s cost overruns forever altered the future of Star Wars (and big-budget Hollywood franchises in general).

Thanks again to Jimmy Presler, Leland Radburn, Mike Russell, Bobby Roberts and Conley Presler for taking time out of their busy schedules to record with Bill!

Episode 202 – “And that, kids, is how I won The Honger Gorms”


We’re broadcasting from the heart of Panem this week as Anne dishes about the last Hunger Games movie, the punk comic Sacred Heart and her further adventures in Fallout 4, while Bill piffles about the very first Fallout, Undertale, Jessica Jones and Star Wars Battlefront.

In The Geek Week News In Review: Rumored (new) Mass Effect Andromeda details, the departure of Christopher Kimball from America’s Test Kitchen, Kotaku being blacklisted by Bethesda and Ubisoft, Roosterteeth picking a fight with Dr. Tracksuit‘s manager, the skull of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Jackson falling apart during The Battle of the Five Armies and the unexpected end of Gravity Falls.

  • Intro: Maybe – The Ink Spots
  • Break: The Hanging Tree – Jennifer Lawrence
  • Outro: Undertale (Ruins) – Toby Fox

Episode 201 – Dogmeat

It’s World War III as Anne & Bill discuss how much of Fallout 4’s ramshackle state at release has (or hasn’t) affected their enjoyment of the game. Also on this week’s menu: Yokai Watch, Missy Elliott and The Fifth Element.

In The Geek Week News In Review: The 2015 Game Award nominees, Sony’s discontinuation of Betamax, the MST3K Kickstarter, the flip-flopping of BB-8’s gender, Harg Nallin Sclopio Peepio, the legend of Linkle and Japan’s new super-sized Godzilla.

  • Intro: The End of the World – Patti Page
  • Break: WTF (Where They From) – Missy Elliot
  • Outro: The Love Theme From Mystery Science Theater 3000  (end credits) – Best Brains

Episode 200 – Pony in the Woodshop


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Welcome to our 200th episode spectacular, everybody. And by “spectacular”, we mean “business as usual” as we talk about Magic Mike XXL, the old Barbara Stanwyck movie Babyface,  John Wick, the Talking Simpsons podcast, Aziz Ansari’s new show Master of None, wrap up our wildly differing takes on Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and plan our Fallout 4 nests.

In The Geek Week News In Review: We time travel 24 hours into the future only to have both of our Fallout 4 shipments get delayed (and un-delayed) live on-air, Twitch’s Bob Ross finale, the sad return of Star Trek, Melissa Mathison RIP, Zoe Quinn: The Movie, Duncan Jones’ Mute gets off the ground, His Dark Materials heads to the BBC, Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them and the discovery of a seemingly-lost Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon.

  • Intro: Be Aggressive (B.E. Agressive) – Babycakes
  • Break: Cookie – R. Kelly
  • Outro: Bingo Bango Bongo – Danny Kaye & The Andrews Sisters

Episode 199 – Edging



Anne’s back with plenty to talk about Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, while Bill flarfs about Regency Solitaire, It Follows, Julia Adams in Creature From the Black Lagoon and using the PS4’s Golden Wireless headset to watch movies in surround sound. Also on the menu: Erika Moen’s Oh Joy Sex Toy strip about her offer from James Deen to star in a porno.

In The Geek Week News In Review: the $350(!) LEGO Ghostbusters firehouse, the Dragon’s lair Kickstarter (and the failure that was Titan A.E.), Sony’s Paris Games Week presentation, Uncharted 4’s multiplayer, the Baby Got Backstory phenomenon, midnight deliveries of Black Ops III and Bob Ross plays Twitch.

  • Intro: The Joy of Painting With Bob Ross (theme) – Larry Owens
  • Break: Ghostbusters – Elmer Bernstein
  • Outro: Waltzing on Rooftops and Cobblestones (AC: Syndicate) – Austin Wintory


Episode 198 – Tardy Crashing the Party

Anne’s off at Fallout 4 bootcamp, so this week, Daniel Rutis (Bill’s co-host of the Tardy to the Party podcast) sits in to talk about “Back to the Future Day” (ugh), Yoshi’s Wooly World, the new ‘Good Nintentions’ NES retrospective book, Claude Rains in The Phantom of the Opera, Adventure Time: Jake & Finn Investigations, Minecraft Story Mode, Bob Ross and local PBS personalities in general.

In The Geek Week News In Review: the return of Gilmore Girls, Konami & Kojima finally/officially split, Bryan Fuller’s attempt to resurrect Amazing Stories and the new Day of the Tentacle remaster.

And lastly – at the 1 hour 47 minute mark – we’ve got an Until Dawn spoiler mini-segment.

  • Intro: The Future (Back to the Future part II) – Alan Silvestri
  • Break: Where You Lead – Carole King, Toni Stern & Louise Goffin
  • Outro: Amazing Stories (End Credits) – John Williams

Star Wars (Episode V) – Final Trailer Freakout


Conley, Jimmy and Leland return for another random Star Wars-centric special episode, recorded just minutes after the final Force Awakens trailer was released and while Fandango was still a smoking ruin as a result of everyone trying to nab opening-night tickets.

Of course, we spend plenty of time talking about the new trailer (and the official poster), while also catching up on Force Friday shenanigans, the few new Expanded Universe books & comics we’ve read, the Star Wars Battlefront beta, Jimmy & Conley’s chronological rewatch of everything that’s currently canon and all the dumb/fun Star Wars stuff they saw during their recent trip to Disneyland.

  • Intro: Imperial March – Kuricorder Quartet
  • Outro: The Force Theme – Joshua Chiu