After some time in the literal wilderness, your boys are back! We all have seen Brad Pitt’s space drama Ad Astra. Its reach exceeds its grasp, unfortunately. Legendary Listener Shawn purposes a new award based on his reaction to this film. We don’t go as far as to give it out this episode. We each complete Amazon Prime Video’s Carnival Row. The world building is top notch. The series gives up surprisingly romantic moments from unexpected places. We are excited it has been renewed for another season. We each are playing video games again. Chris goes shoulders deep in a Monster Hunter World Expansion. Andrew shoots aliens again in Destiny 2 and Patrick is underwhelmed by Borderlands 3.
Andrew gives a live reading a particularly moving passage from The Subtle Knife. We all commit to reading through Chapter 9 by next episode.
Trivia is Star Wars themed and comes with a story.B.C
One One Eight: The Rise of Skywalker footage One Shot
Recorded on 8/28/19
We record this episode late at night and we get a little slap happy.
We dissect nearly frame by frame the current footage of Star WarsEpisode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. We posit our hopes, extrapolations, and our truly wild theories. Chris is the MVP as he poses the most mind-melty theory Andrew and Patrick have heard yet.
The link below takes you to the official starwars.com Episode IX page. Watch the footage for yourself and share your theories with us. We’d love to hear them.
This episode is extra long for your extra enjoyment. We catch up on Star Wars and geek related news. We lament the worst line in the history of our favorite film franchise (and maybe the history of cinema). Chris is excited to learn of the return of one of our favorite Showtime shows, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. He also can’t seem to quit a show he finds deeply flawed. Andrew and Chris sell the Patrick on the Netflix series, Mindhunter. The Brothers spend much of the episode discussing Tarantino’s latest fairy tale epic, Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood.
This episode is unexpectedly epic. We cover geek ground from The Boys on Prime Video to Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy to the works of Quentin Tarantino. We discuss Spider-man Far From Home (finally). Patrick has seen Hobbes and Shaw and he tries not to spoil (or ruin) it for the rest of us. Andrew watches Blade Runner: The Final Cut in a cinema for the first time and realizes he has never seen this version of the film. Chris and Andrew shout Patrick down for his staunch belief in the most inane of theories associated with Ridley Scott’s opus. Christopher Nolan’s soon to be epic Tenet is teased ever so briefly and we encourage everyone listening to read up on The Manson Family murders before they see Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood. We stand is true amazement as we review the climax of The Golden Compass. Pullman brings the opening part of his trilogy to a dazzling finish.
We choose The Subtle Knife for the next read through on the BrothersGeek Book Club. Chapters 1-4 are due by next episode.
Trivia is Harry Potter themed and proves as challenging as Andrew hoped.
This episode is a doozey. We recap and breakdown and hash out and extrapolate on the most interesting movie and streaming video info to come out of San Diego Comic Con this year. Find the links below for each of the trailers and previews we discussed.
Marvel Studios announced is Phase 4 projects. You could guess we are excited and you’d be correct.
We recap chapters 10-14 of The Golden Compass. We continue to marvel at Pullman’s themes and complexity. We discuss his unique hero, Lyra Belaqua. We plan to finish the novel in the next episode.
Trivia is Apollo 11 themed to honor the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Episode One One Four: Stranger Things Season Three One Shot
This episode your BrothersGeek bring you a One Shot in which we deep dive into the third season of Stranger Things. We dissect the ongoing mysteries of the series. We ponder how the artists who create the show manage to find the near perfect balance of tone and genre. We appreciate the smart, driven female characters and understand the silly, clueless male characters. Our discussion roams to Chris and the memories the show evokes in him and to the nostalgia Patrick and Andrew feel with each passing pop culture reference. Our discussion dovetails into an examination of the “binge-watching” art form and we agree Stranger Things 3 might be the best example of it.
Stranger Things theme Remix by C418
There is no trivia this week as Andrew is a failure.
This episode your BrothersGeek trademark a brand-new phrase and it is magnificent. Andrew sells Chris and Patrick on the Deadwood movie that dropped on HBO recently. Patrick and Chris sell Andrew on Toy Story 4. We do a deep dive into Soviet Russia power structures of the mid 1980s after Patrick watches three episodes of Chernobyl. Luckily, Christopher is something of an expert on the subject. Christopher and Andrew play lots of Harry Potter Wizards Unite from Niantic games. It is a surprisingly robust game for an initial A.R. release. The boys continue with Phillip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. The book only get more tense and more dense the deeper the boys get into it.
Next episode will be a Stranger Things One Shot as each brother has plans to binge watch when season 3 drops on July 4rd.
Trivia is His Dark Materials themed and Chris goes it alone.
We, your Brothers Geek, bring a regular sized episode this time around. We talk about anything and everything we want to. We recap what is hyping us up from E3. Andrew and Christopher are particularly excited for Halo: Infinite and the new Xbox rig that is coming in the near future. The Boys agree that the purchase of a Switch may finally be in the offing for one or all of us. Chris and Patrick have seen Dark Phoenix and both agree it isn’t nearly as bad as people are making it out to be. Andrew will see it just hasn’t yet. We talk at length and in depth about Phillip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. We recap and remark regarding just how complex and deep the world Pullman is building across just the first five chapters. We agree to read through the end of Part 1: “Oxford” before our next episode.
Trivia is ruined in our X-men discussion but it’s ok.
This episode we discuss two unstoppable forces of nature, John Wick and Godzilla. Each had a new film drop and your BrothersGeek have seen them both! We talk about what we like, we talk about what could have been done better with each film. We hope for greater things in the future from both of them.
Also, we tease our first ever BrothersGeek Book Club. We are reading Phillip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. Read along with us! Chapters 1-5 by Father’s Day!
Trivia is John Wick themed and Patrick is successful!
Loved the podcast, here are some of my own observations. I really can say, I only watched the first and last seasons.
· Loved the most human episode when they knighted the woman and faced their deaths this season, speaks the most of love and loss — and the quest for power, the major themes it seems of the series .
· And that is what the last episode is all about.
· In life we live the paradox, life is bittersweet, really nobody wins — or loses. Life just is — a grand adventure, full of love and loss, great joys, moments of great goodness and grace and powerful sorrows and losses.
· Death of one kind or another gets us all — in the end and that is what the decision scene is about. Even in winning there is great loss.
· John Snow’s murder of Dani is most powerful symbol of that. It seems bit overdone in such obvious direct way, like hitting an egg with a hammer, but the point is made. Huge victories achieved at high cost to others results in high cost to ourselves.
· The dragon’s destruction of the throne is the final symbolic seal of final vengeance — and loss for everyone. The dream is dead too for everyone. And everyone must let go of it.
· In the end, life is about loss, nobody quite gets what they want —- except for fleeting mystical moments where we sense our connection with one another, our deepest loyalties and yearnings.
· And in the end, the seven kingdom’s are not united, the iron throne proves to be an elusive fantasy of power and wealth — unity. The final peace is achieved by human agreement, not by violence or even unity. They — we have the power all along in our grasp, the violence and search for power is fantastical absurd pursuit — that is why the rock continues to fall back down the hill.
· The person who lost the most and appears the weakest becomes the leader/king. Now that is almost biblical, but that may be stretching it. That is the story the perseveres. Look to the most vulnerable among you for your leadership. That is the story of all of us. The rest is fantasy.
· So in the end game of thrones is really about life and loss and moving on and life’s almost complete unpredictability — and the final lesson may be — be careful what you strive for, power and wealth never really overcome love and goodness — and a good story — in the end.
· Game of Thrones just created fantasy story to reveal these basic human truths, sometimes in powerful images, sometimes in heavy handed ways. But it was fun ride.
Love the podcasts. You mother and I did not get any of the trivia questions.