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State Of The Geek Garage Union

What is up, my fellow nerds? I hope all of you have been well! I wanted to take a quick minute to throw a few things out there, and catch y’all up on the most recent developments.

First and foremost, we want to express our gratitude to all the amazing folks over at AkaiCon for making it an amazing experience for the podcast. I personally (along with the other guys at Two Player Media) have been attending AkaiCon for the last 4 or 5 years now, but this was the first time that I got to go and set up a booth in the Vendor/Artist Alley! If you by chance are reading this, and you took the time to stop by and talk to us, I want to thank you sincerely, because it means the absolute world to me! Read More

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Review | Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home was released in theaters this past week, and so far it has been pretty well-received. Film critics and moviegoers alike have been praising the film regarding everything from its originality and ability to be a stand-alone Spidey flick, to the more-than-decent job it did at playing “cleanup” after we had our hearts torn open (again) from Avengers: Endgame. Currently, it’s sitting at a comfortable 96% fan rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and for the most part I personally agree with the overall consensus.

Also, I should say right now, SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Geek For Your Week | July 8, 2019

What is up, my fellow geeks? Welcome to the first week of “Geek For Your Week”! This is a brand-new weekly segment, where we discuss the happenings in the geek-media-related world during the week prior to the segment’s release. For the first couple of weeks, we’ll be releasing blog-style updates (like this one). Eventually, we’ll be moving to a recorded and live-stream version of the weekly segment. We thought it would be fun to live-stream, and get some viewer/listener participation. So if you happen to come across something in geek-media news that we should discuss during our weekly segment, please feel free to holler at us on social media, or during the live-stream!

Now, on with week 1!

The Little Mermaid Live-Action Remake

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Arguably the biggest in geek-media news last week was the announcement of actress Halle Bailey, slated to portray Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. Now, before I get into my personal thoughts and feelings regarding this decision, and the film as a whole, let’s take two seconds to discuss the elephant in the room. Yes, there are in fact big, fat, entitled a-holes out there that believe that, scientifically, mermaids cannot be black, nor does Ariel have the right to be anything but white. Honestly, I didn’t even want to address this “issue”, because I firmly believe that talking about these people only gratifies them even further, and gives them an undeserved platform to make their silly-ass argument. But I do feel like I have to throw my two cents in: My official stance is that those people can go fuck themselves. Caucasian princesses have completely dominated the Disney canon basically since Disney was a thing. So if having a black mermaid-princess is rocking your world right now, please take a chill pill. Trust me, it’s going to be ok. Oh, and mermaid science isn’t a thing. Also, Ariel totally had a family member or friend that was black. So suck it.

Moving on…

Personally, I don’t have any issue with Disney’s choice of Halle Bailey as the new Ariel (if you couldn’t tell already from my remarks above). I am not familiar with any of her work, but I am sure she will do a fine job in her portrayal. What I do take issue with, however, is the laziness on Disney’s part, and their quest to do live-action adaptations for EVERY. SINGLE. ANIMATED. FILM. EVER. I know it can’t be that difficult to get a couple writers together, and come up with a script at least a little bit original. There’s absolutely no excuse why a company of that size, with the financial resources they have, cannot produce something that’s not a spin-off, sequel, reboot, or live-action remake.

*SIGH* I suppose that’s Hollywood for ya.

Mulan Trailer

I know, I know. Right after I went off about Disney’s never-ending mission to force us to relive our childhood through shitty remakes, I talk about the Mulan live-action trailer. Well, guess what? This is Mulan, and Mulan is fucking boss. End of story. I am so pumped for this, it’s not even funny. As I said, I know this almost completely negates my argument of there being too many remakes, but whatever.

You’ve probably already seen the trailer by now, but here, watch it again:


Stranger Things, Season 3

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We’ve all been waiting for like 5 years for the 3rd season of Stranger Things to be released on Netflix. And this past week, on July 4th, our wait finally came to an end…for like a few days (for those of us that binge-watched the whole season immediately).

Also, SPOILER ALERT!!!

Overall, I am quite happy with season 3. I’m glad they decided to branch out, and do some experimenting, so the show continues to push the boundaries of…whatever you classify Stranger Things as. A horror/sci-fi/thriller/80s throw-back TV show?

Anyways, the show did a great job of holding onto the things that make it so great, but without being afraid to branch out a bit. From the very beginning, the banter between characters has been one of my favorite elements. When season one aired, the majority of the fun back-and-forth conversation took place between Dustin, Mike, and Lucas (and Will, considering his short on-screen time). But over the last two seasons, it has spread like wildfire to other characters like Nancy, Jonathan, Steve, Max, and of course El. The show is definitely beginning to hit its stride now, in terms of character development and interaction.

Another thing that has grown substantially, much to my pleasure, are the horror elements of show. With season 2, I wasn’t let down per se with the direction they went with in terms of horror, and specifically the Demo-Dogs and the Cloud-Based Mind Flayer (not the technical name, but you get it). But let’s just say it didn’t really satisfy the incredibly demented side of me, that needs to see sick shit. However, season 3 definitely upped the ante. There were TONS of oopy-goopy grossness to be seen (see exploding rats, and people turning into slime), which was a lot of fun to experience. But I think the two major MVPs in the horror department should go to Billy and the Mind Flayer. I suppose they could be considered one? Either way, both were fantastic. Dacre Montgomery (Billy) was absolutely insane in this season, and really showcased his abilities to be maniacal, sadistic, and horrific. And as I said, the Mind Flayer was pretty goddamned terrifying, with that CG being on point. I was quite curious as to what the “creature” was going to be this season, because as I stated earlier, I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the Demo-Dogs from season two, or the shadowy Mind-Flayer (although the football field scene was pretty fucking dope). However, I was super pumped to see that they found a way to revive the Flayer, but in a 100% physical form that everyone in the show can experience and enjoy and shit their pants from.

I know I already spoke a bunch to the characters/actors in this season, but I want to make special mention of Maya Hawke, who plays Robin. Introducing new characters in a show with an already well-established fan base can be super risky. When done not-so-great, they can seem tacked-on, forced, or just have that “added at the last minute” feel. But none of these cases pertain to Robin. One second, she’s a Russian-language-code-hacking badass, and the next she’s spilling her heart out to Steve, via some incredibly potent truth serum/psychedelic hybrid. I am completely baffled as to how well the Duffer Brothers were able to round out her character in just the one season. Another thing I was a little concerned about was the writers relying too much on Eleven and the other kids for the dramatic, poignant moments, as per usual. And don’t get me wrong, the kids always do a fantastic job with their dramatic acting, but one can only deal with so much drama. So it was nice to get a breath of fresh air, via Robin and her eccentric, well-rounded character.

There’s WAY too much that I can say about this season of Stranger Things, but for the sake of brevity, I shall end it here. There’s a distinct possibility that a podcast episode on this season may be coming down the pike here soon, which would be a good opportunity to explore and discuss season 3 in greater detail.

Well, that about wraps up week 1 of Geek For Your Week. I know it’s a bit light, but I feel like I rambled a bit on the few topics I did discuss. If you feel like there’s anything I missed with these topics, or anything else that happened last week, please feel free to comment here or drop it in the comments section on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Thank you my nerds, and remember: Be kind, stay geeky, and eat lots of cheesecake.

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Our Next Episode + Listener Survey

What’s up, my nerds? I hope y’all are doing fantastic, and are getting into the holiday spirit! I know that you’re probably busy, so I’ll get right down to it…

First, if you haven’t filled out our year-end Listener Survey yet, we urge you to do so! You can find the form here. Everyone that fills out the survey is entered to win a t-shirt of their choice from the Geek Garage merch store. AND, if you share on social media (and tag us) that you filled out our survey, it DOUBLES your chances of winning! But don’t wait, the last day for survey submissions is Friday, December 13th!

Second, our episode that’s set to release next week will be on the Legacy of Super Mario Bros! I’m super excited for this episode in particular, because Nintendo (and Mario/Luigi) have always held a special place in my heart. I’m also pumped because the podcast will be welcoming back Chase Hartsook, who was featured on Ep. #35 – The Glory of Video Game Collecting. Chase is one of the biggest video game nerds I know, and I am both honored and humbled to have him back on the podcast so soon. Additionally, if you guys have any questions, comments, or talking points that you’d like us to go over during the episode, please feel free to give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

And as always: Be kind, stay geeky, and eat lots of cheesecake!

Ep. #40 – We Came, We Saw, We GalaxyCon-quered

It’s our GalaxyCon 2019 episode! Ted and I take this opportunity to thank the fine people that ran the convention for putting on such an incredible event. We also talk about attending GalaxyCon Louisville for the first time, a few things we did that worked well, and then finally throw out some shout-outs to all the fine artists and vendors we got to meet at the convention!

Shout-Outs to all the amazing artists in the Exhibitor Hall!

Rachel Watts

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Ross Hayes

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Colleen M Cernik

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Marilyn Barr

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Corydon Gamer Association AKA Critical Hits

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Mike Ulm

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Stephen O’Pry

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Cosplay United

Twitter: @Cosplay_UN
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Fairytale Fare

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Billy Crank

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GalaxyCon Louisville 2019

We had an amazing time at Louisville’s 2019 GalaxyCon! Please feel free to listen to our podcast episode, where we discuss our experience in full detail.

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Ep. #39 – Welcome To The Black (Friday) Parade

On this Black Friday, my two friends Miranda (Frick) and Amanda (Frack) join me to celebrate My Chemical Romance getting back together! During our discussion, we talk about how we first discovered the band, and our extensive history with seeing the band live. We also chat about what we hope to get out of the band reuniting (more live shows, new music, etc).

P.S. Please check out Miranda and her friends’ YT channel entitled GoNerds!

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GG Goes To The Movies #13: “Mad Max: Fury Road” Watch-Along

We live. We die. We live again!

Join David & Ted on another edition of their new “watch-along” series, where they tackle George Miller’s 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. For those that are new to our podcast, or haven’t listened in a while, these watch-along episodes are quite similar to DVD director commentary: After syncing the movie to the podcast episode, your hosts will deliver scene breakdowns and movie trivia as you watch the film. However, you may also listen to the episode as stand-alone audio, if you prefer.

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Ep. #38 – The Umbrella Academy, pt 2 (feat. Ian DePriest)

Welcome back, and thank you so much for listening to part 1! For part 2, Ian and I bring The Umbrella Academy Netflix adaptation into the conversation. We take a close look at a few of the key differences between the show and books, discuss the artistic changes the show creators made, and if they were for the better.

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Ep. #37 – The Umbrella Academy, pt 1 (feat. Ian DePriest)

In this 2-part series, my good friend Ian DePriest joins me for our first ever comic book episode! For part 1, we discuss in great length and detail “The Apocalypse Suite”, “Dallas”, and “Hotel Oblivion”, the 3 available volumes of The Umbrella Academy, written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá.

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GG Goes To The Movies #12: A “Halloween” Watch-Along

In what we hope will be a new, long-running segment for the podcast, Ted and I start our watch-along series with John Carpenter’s 1978 film “Halloween”. This episode works a lot like director commentary for a film. However, you can chose to listen to it either along with the film, or as stand-alone audio. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we loved recording it!

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Horror Movies: Reconsidered

It is October: the month of Halloween, horror movies, and bad decisions about eating just one more piece of possibly poisoned candy. We at the Geek Garage like to celebrate all of those annual horror traditions, and we know many of you do, too. However… Something has been bothering us.1 While we definitely love horror movies2 we also noticed some, well, let’s say logical inconsistencies.3 Hence, I4 decided to write this post reconsidering some of everyone’s favorite horror icons.

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GG Goes To The Movies #11: Here’s “The Thing” About Kurt Russell

David and Ted FINALLY dive into the 80s horror classic The Thing, directed by the almighty John Carpenter. During the conversation, they get into some of the things this film is most known for, such as its amazing practical effects, the stripped-down and straight-to-the-point storyline, and Mr. Kurt Russell’s magnificent hair and beard.

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