Twenty Six: 2015 is going to suck!

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Happy Birthday to Christopher’s daughter, Kristin, who turned 15 the day before we recorded this episode!

Happy Birthday to Daniel’s daughter, Katelynn, who turned 13 the day of this episode!

Kristin received a “Supernatural” Con ticket from her parents for her birthday.  She cried tears of joy.
We discuss the “Con culture” of Gold level passes for Supernatural Con.

We discuss the casting of Scarlett Johansson as the lead in “Ghost in the Shell”  also we examine the lack of box office hits in the recent Oscar Nominations.

Seen:

All discuss “Agent Carter”  We all enjoy it to varying degrees.  Chris and Andrew are troubled by the heavy-handedness of the some of the show’s themes.  Hayley Atwell is a delight.
Christopher watches the premieres of “Helix” and “12 Monkeys” on SyFy.  “Helix” is particularly strong.
Andrew watches “Galavant” really because nothing is on on Sunday nights anymore.

Read:Andrew is caught up on “Batman:Eternal”.  All applaud his diligence.  The series has resumed its narrative momentum. Patrick finishes “The Fellowship of the Ring”.  He loves the world of “Middle Earth”Chris reads Book two of the “Powder Mage” trilogy.  Also he is current with “Iron Fist” story is strong.  He is not impressed with the art style.

Played:Christopher has discovered “Banner Saga” for his tablet.  He is very absorbed.Andrew gets a very rare weapon drop in “Destiny”.  It requires copious grinding to upgrade.  Patrick had it drop once before he didn’t know what it was and dismantled it.  He is ashamed of himself. Patrick describes a table top game “Betrayal at House on the Hill”  It’s intricate and rewarding.

Trivia:  How many total minutes for all 6 films in the original and prequel “Star Wars” trilogies?  Someone gets it right!

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2015: The Year of Supreme Geekery?

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We here at Brothers Geek obviously embrace our geekiness (it’s in the name, for frakking sake), but just what does “geek” or “geekery” mean to us? And why do I say that 2015 might be or should be the year of supreme geekery?Brothers Geek started with a simple premise – brothers, with shared strong interests, gathering to talk about the things that we like to talk about, marvel at, argue about, and express our heartfelt joy in each other and these worlds that we like to inhabit. Sometimes, ad nauseum…. (Yes, Andrew, I’m Syndroming.)

Therein lies the essence of “geek” for me – that shared joy, and deep exploration of common interests in things that weren’t necessarily “mainstream” culture (this, of course, is changing
dramatically. Things that were “geek” just 10 years ago, almost everyone embraces.) But, just
because you might use a piece of tech (smartphone or computer) or really enjoy something
(Avengers, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy), doesn’t mean you are a geek.
Geeks take deep dives into those things we love.

We are not content to see the movie 3 times, we must read all the comics the characters are based on, read all the books, and encyclopedias, and fan fiction.  We watch Japanese anime (by definition geeky), and learn about the tech of a sci fi world, magic systems governing the fantasy world, figure out the nuances of game design that speak to us, and generally we freak when a new Star Wars movie is announced and gets closer to release. Insert your interest here…
2015 can be the year of supreme geekery for us and you, because it is the opportunity to fully embrace those things that make our spirit move, engage our mind and emotions to extremes, and truly live by finding something we want to be geeky about. We’ll be along for the ride with you (or maybe not, if your stuff is too weird even for us) and hopefully, you with us.

And remember, Han shot first.

- Chris

 

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Twenty Five: Loot Drops and the Font of Useless Knowledge

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New Year, same Goof Balls.
We discuss New Year’s Resolutions, goals for the next 365 days and the arbitrary-ness of the human year.
Seen:
Andrew gets caught up in a “Harry Potter” marathon on cable.  He is powerless against it.  Chris and Andrew discuss “The Imitation Game”.  It’s entertaining high art.  All the boys talk the most recent “Hobbit” film and the trilogy as a whole.  We are all disappointed.  Patrick finishes “The Legend of Korra” and finds its surprise ending a little too surprising.
Read:
Andrew is current with “Thor”.  The story is great and art is flawless.  Chris approves as well.  Christopher continues to put us all to shame by being current on “Batman: Eternal”.  Patrick is 10 hours into listening to “The Fellowship of the Ring” on Audible.  he has 3,984 hours left. (That’s an exaggeration, but not by much).
Played:
Christopher is sucked into Garrison Management in the “World of Warcraft”.  It’s fun but time consuming.
All discuss “Destiny”  Andrew has gotten lucky with three Legendary drops in 10 days.  It has renewed his affection for the game.
Patrick and Chris both received table top games for Christmas.  They are excited to dive in.
Trivia:
The boys are challenged to guess the World Record completion of Crota’s End raid in “Destiny”  The correct answer is astonishing.

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Twenty Four: Holiday Geekery, The Brothers Geek live!

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A very special episode. Patrick is in Phoenix!  We record live before an audience of family, we share nostalgic holiday memories, we recap our year in geekery, we all drink, and most importantly, Brother Daniel joins us and out geeks us in an unexpected way.

Discussed:

All share favorite holiday memory, classic holiday movies are discussed, nostalgic television is revisited, and Daniel and Christopher recount “King of the Mountain” on Grandpa Hanson’s farm.  They are lucky they survived.

Favorites of 2014

Seen:

Andrew continues his love fest with “The Force Awakens” trailer.  His love of Star Wars has been re-awakened.  (That’s an unfortunate pun, but necessary.)
Daniel watched the “Power Rangers Mega Force” series finale with his son Joey.  Dozens of past Rangers appear and take on the forces of Evil.

Christopher loved “The Winter Solider” also “Guardians of the Galaxy”.  Both were particularly special in the MCU

Patrick will miss “The Legend of Korra”.  He is behind in episodes (the series finale is online now) but is sad to see the show go.

Read:

In just three issues Christopher is loving Walt Simonson’s “Ragnarok” comic.

Andrew’s favorite is “the Queen of the Tearling”  The boys still make fun of him thinking it’s a YA novel.  He takes it because he knows they are wrong.

Patrick sings the praises of “Dune”.  He calls it “life changing”

Daniel brings it strong, impresses with my management geekery.  He read business and management books.  He schools us and we appreciate it.

Played:

Daniel played “Skylanders” and “Mario Kart 8″.  He drives Toad, plays the original kart, equipped with the rainbow parachute.

Andrew describes hite story mission in “Destiny”.  You get to swing a big sword.  He’s happy.

Christopher raves about “Diablo III”.  It hits all the right notes.

Patrick also discusses “Destiny”, the co-op aspects are strongest for him.

Trivia:

How many total minutes have we recorded this year?  Christopher is right!

From all of us at the Brothers Geek, have a wonderful and safe holiday season.  We shall see you all in 2015!

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Episode Twenty three: Do the Fremen celebrate Christmas?

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Discussed:

Our collective Man-Crush Benedict Cumberbatch will be Doctor Strange.  He’s never bad and usually extremely good in everything.  We approve.

Marvel projects on Netflix will be abundant.  Is over saturation approaching?

“Terminator:Genisys” trailer debuts.  It has a unpronounce-able name, a crusty old Arnold and Daenerys Targaryen with brown hair.  We remain skeptical.

Correction: Andrew identified the “not ugly” woman in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” as Eliza Taylor when in fact her name is Teresa Palmer.
Seen:
Comic Book show Mid-season finales are discussed in detail.  Some are stronger than others, however, we remain hopeful for all.  Patrick continues his Netflix/Anime trek and reports on “Sword Art Online”. Christopher and Andrew are intrigued.

Read:
Patrick finishes “Dune”.  It’s amazing.  He will continue the series.  He has started “Storm Front” on his Audible app.
Christopher is current with “Batman: Eternal”.  It has become an act of will.
Andrew read Invincible #15. Battle Beast returns and he remains bat-sh*t.

Played:
Christopher has level capped his “main” on WoW.  He is enjoying building his garrison.  He has followers.  It’s all terribly MMO-ey.
All the Boys play “The Dark Below”, “Destiny’s” first expansion.  We are enjoying the new content.  The Quest missions are challenging.
Patrick describes the new raid, Crota’s End.  The words “insane”, “hard”, and “fun” are all used in different combinations.
Trivia:
Name the highest grossing “Christmas” film ever and it’s box office take.

The Boys are nowhere close.

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Twenty Two:Midichlorians Not Needed for Us to be Awake

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Twenty Two: Midchlorians Not Needed for Us to be Awake

Patrick gets us off and running with a new introduction.  We still laugh at him.

We have a deeply moving Thanksgiving recap from all three of us.  We are brothers after all.

Discussion topic

STAR WARS EPISODE VII TEASER DEBUTS AND IT’S AWESOME AND YES I AM YELLING AS I WRITE THIS!  We dissect it shot by shot.

“Jurassic World” trailer debuts.  It evokes the fun and wonder of the original “Jurassic Park”

Seen:

Christopher and Andrew watch “The Walking Dead” mid-season finale.  Gut-wrenching death is discussed.  Patrick watched “Big Hero 6″.  Its sparked an interesting discussion of gender roles in animated films.

Read:
We all have stacks of comics to catch up on.  Christopher continues to work hard on “Batman Eternal”
Patrick and Andrew report on “Dune”.  Chris does not relent.  We must read “Lord of The Rings” also to meet his definition of “geek’

Played:

Christopher reports on WoW expansion fun.  Resource Management sounds lame but it’s a fun aspect of World of Warcraft.
Andrew is farming Upgrade Materials in “Destiny”.  As the least experienced Gamer, he finds this incredibly tedious.  Patrick has reached the level cap of 30.  Fireteam Brothers Geek still has not run the Vault of Glass.

Trivia:
How many daily players does “Destiny” average?   The boys both overshoot

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Twenty One: Hiatus Over – not as long as the wait for “Sherlock”

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Twenty-One: Hiatus Over – not as long as the wait for “Sherlock”

We delve into all things Star Wars Episode 7.  We debate the announced title “The Force Awakens”.  We discuss the roll-out of the teaser trailer.  Find a theater near you and run on 11-28.  Run!

http://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-the-force-awakens-tease-theater-list

Seen:
“Interstellar” is majestic, human and an homage to space films of the past.  Nolan reaches for big ideas, doesn’t always succeed but comes damn close.

“Mockingjay:Part 1″ feels like half a movie.  Liam Hemsworth is given something to do and he does it well and Jennifer Lawrence is the biggest star in the world for a reason.

Read:
Christopher downloads “Black Panther #1-5″ on Comixology app (unpaid plug alert!).
Patrick and Andrew both are reading “Dune”  It’s incredible, no doubt it is “Science Fiction’s Supreme Masterpiece”.  David Lynch got almost everything wrong with his horrible movie.

Played:
Christopher discusses the World of Warcraft expansion roll-out issues, new content and game play.  The concept of the Expansion is a little odd but playing the familiar area in a new way is very cool.

Patrick and Andrew play lots of “Destiny”  Andrew is now eligible to run the Vault of Glass raid.  Patrick details how difficult it is.  The Brothers Geek Fire team will attempt it soon.

Trivia:
in 1998, What films did the “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” teaser trailer premiere with? All experienced an uptick in ticket sales.

Supplemental trivia by Christopher,
In the novel “the Lord of the Rings” hobbits Merry and Pippin experience a sudden growth spurt, what is the cause?

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Twenty: Read Dune. You’re Welcome

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Our Podcast can almost buy booze!

News:  We report on the huge Marvel Cinematic Universe media event of last week.  Upcoming five years of Marvel films were announced.  We examine, ponder, speculate, lament, geek out and beat it to death.  It’s quite amazing.

Seen:

All watch “The Flash” and “Arrow”.  The most recent episode of “The Flash” has possibly some of the coolest action we have seen on TV in a long time.

Christopher binge-watches “The Blacklist”  He has a man crush on James Spader.  We agree that’s not weird at all.

Read:

Andrew reads “Dune” because all the cool kids are doing it.  He also purchases “The World of Ice and Fire”, the illustrations alone are worth the money.

Christopher starts “The Crimson Campaign” by Brian McClellan, book two of “The Powder Mage Trilogy”.

Played:
Christopher fires up “World of Warcraft” in anticipation of “The Warlords of Draenor” expansion dropping on 11-13-2014.  He has to re-learn some game mechanics.  His muscle memory is all “Destiny” and Diablo right now.
All play “Destiny”.  We comment on the differences between the Playstation and Xbox expansion packs dropping on 12-9-2014.  We continue to discover new aspects of the game.
Trivia:
A Song of Ice and Fire themed this week,  Name Five of the Nine Free Cities.
Challenging and obscure.  The Boys love it.

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Nineteen: Smooth Intros are our MacGuffin

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We never have a smooth intro…. or outro….. or show in general.

News:

We track the story of the leak, retraction, and eventual release of the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer.
We dissect it.  We geek out.  We report of fan theories.  We are at the height of our powers.

Seen:

“Agents of SHIELD” continues to impress.  We feel Joss’s fingerprints on the latest episodes.  Adrianne Palicki is a very not ugly woman.

“The Flash” is fun and silly and “super hero-y”  We delve into his Rogue’s Gallery.

Read:

the “Heroes of Olympus” series is read by Andrew.  He gets goofed on.  His love of Greek Mythology adds to his experience of this children’s book.

Christopher finishes “The Promise of Blood”.  The ending is fantastic and second book will be read very soon.

Patrick continues with “Dune”.  He reaches the point in the book where the film he is most familiar veers away from the text.  It’s jarring.  Chris hates the movie.

Played:

“Destiny” and more “Destiny”.  Andrew reports on his character level-ling status.  Christopher and Patrick are impressed how committed Andrew is to the game.  Patrick gives details of his latest assault on the Vault of Glass.

Trivia:
the Boys are challenged to name the single highest selling single issue comic book ever.  The answer is surprising.

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