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Mystery Shack Lookback

Jan 26, 2022

Charley and Ella are joined by Shelby Sessler to discuss "Dipper & Mabel's Guide to Mystery and Nonstop Fun," the first original Gravity Falls book from Disney Publishing. We participate in the book's many activities and interview the book's co-author Rob Renzetti about the production process!

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Jan 19, 2022

Charley and Ella discuss the three terrifying tales on display in "Little Gift Shop of Horrors," with guest segments from Abby Kirby and Shelby Sessler.

We talk Stan's approach to a witch's curse, the comedic (pork) chops of a genius Waddles, and the episode's stop-motion Ray Harryhausen homage. We also dig into some...

Jan 14, 2022

In this special BONUS episode, the podcast becomes MATRIX-y Shack Lookback as Charley and Ella discuss the latest installment in the franchise, "The Matrix Resurrections."

We talk the film's deconstruction of the soft reboot, how it compares to the rest of the series and what the story means to us personally.

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Jan 12, 2022

Charley and Ella are joined again by Kyle A. Carrozza (creator of Cartoon Network's MIGHTY MAGISWORDS) to talk "Soos and the Real Girl." We discuss Soos' love life taking the lead in this episode, what makes .GIFfany a unique and memorable villain, and the references this episode makes (and the ones it explicitly...

Jan 5, 2022

Charley and Ella are rejoined by fan studies scholar Abby Kirby ( to watch and discuss "Sock Opera." We talk the return of Bill Cipher, the cultural and historical influences on the story, and why this episode is considered iconic and forever changed the fandom.

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