One Three Seven: The BrothersGeek Watch Master and Commander: The Far Side of The World
Recorded April 28th, 2020
This episode is a first, maybe the first of many. We watch this fantastic historical fiction epic. We three love this film for a myriad of reasons and we discuss nearly all of them as we watch together (via Discord) and record our conversation. Chris has read the 20+ books of Patrick O’Brien’s series and he does the heavy lifting for historical context. If you have suggestions for future BrothersGeekWatch episodes, be sure to let us know!
This episode sees the return of Legendary Listener, Friend of the Podcast and Brother by Law Shawn! We talk quarantine binge-watching. Shawn has been undertaking a re-watch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a very specific order and it has brought him a new appreciation of the films. He lets us know exactly how he feels about our series of Picard One Shots. Chris is reading the new Neal Stephenson tome and it appeals to his brain on multiple levels. Andrew completed the single day Lord of The Rings Extended Edition watch and it felt like new. The shining climax of this episode is a deep dive into phenomena of Gloomhaven in Christopher and Shawn’s lives. Patrick and Andrew ask questions, Shawn and Chris have answers and there may be two new converts.
Shawn saves the day with a wonderful table top gaming trivia question because Andrew completely drops the ball.
This weekly episode thing is becoming quite the habit for us. It’s an added benefit to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have nowhere else to be on Sunday mornings and talking to each other actually makes us feel good. This week, we are once again, all over the Geek fandom map. We discuss our favorite dystopian movies. We attempt to clarify the dystopic vs post-apocalyptic film genres. Chris and Andrew try to sell Patrick on the strengths of Westworld season 3. We all agree season 2 was a struggle bus that isn’t worth re-watching. We talk Warzone, Skyrim and Dungeons and Dragons. Andrew is nearly convinced to let Patrick and Chris guide him through a D&D campaign. Andrew is re-watching Daredevil on Netflix and finds it’s early MCU charms quite endearing. Christopher describes his ongoing Gloomhaven adventures with Legendary Listener Shawn. They play via phone and their sessions can last hours. It is table top gaming at its most intricate and satisfying.
Trivia is post-apocalyptic film themed and The Boys argue about it.
After spending 9 weeks talking about one topic (mostly), we go appropriately wild this time around. We talk sheltering in place and hygiene. Andrew admits just how smelly he can get after a day of nervous sweating and no deodorant. We may never get haircuts again. We do spend quite a bit of time talking geeky things as well. We all have played large amounts of Call of Duty Warzone in the past 2 weeks. Chris is playing a long-distance campaign of the table top game Gloomhaven with Legendary Listener Shawn. Patrick has crossed the Rubicon and is a full-fledged Dungeon Master. And we learn just how terrifying a gelatinous cube can be.Trivia is Warzone themed and Chris nails it
Episode One Three Three: The Sh*t Sandwich Manifesto
Recorded March 29th 2020
Here it is. The final episode in our series of Star Trek Picard One Shots. Be warned, this One Shot gets loud. We all feel strongly about this episode and about season one of Star Trek Picard in general. Our strong feelings come from one place. We love Star Trek. We discuss season one’s successes and failures and we hope for much better from season two. We hope you have enjoyed our series of One Shots, our regular episode format will likely return next week. Or not, who knows, life is full of mystery and we like to be unpredictable.
Trivia is USS Enterprise themed and is impossible.
Episode One Three One: Exposition Dumps and Being A Person
This week’s episode ties up about 11 plots threads and that might be an understatement. It also features our favorite acting of the entire season from Alison Pill. If you know us (and after 130 episodes of a podcast, you likely know us as well as anyone does) you know we love to discuss how science fiction at its best examines what it means to be human. This episode of Star Trek Picard does exactly that. The highest praise we can heap upon it is simple, we all want to watch it again.
Trivia is Next Generation Themed and Chris finds it impossible.
One Three Zero: Hot Incestuous Romulan Spy Woman Vs Ninja Warrior Romulan Nun Boy
Recorded March 8th 2020
This week we discuss episode seven of Star Trek Picard “Nepenthe”. We spend the entire episode feeling the warmth of the welcoming embrace of Riker and Troi. Picard seeks refuge with his old friends, his “strong right arm” and his “guide and conscience”. Patrick finally seems to be coming around to the story Picard is telling and Andrew dispels an unsettling memory of Marina Sirtis. And there is sword fights and a wild girl of the woods. This episode is packed.
Trivia is Riker and Troi’s wedding themed. And is hard as heck.
We love our metaphors here at the BrothersGeek and this episode proves that point. We talk two Star Trek Picard episodes this time around. We discuss the highs and lows, the silliness and the darkness, the gruesome and the actually murderous. Patrick continues to struggle with his expectations with what a Star Trek series should be. We all agree that these episodes struggle with tone but one bright spot shines out. Johnathon Del Arco’s Hugh gives us hope that Star Trek Picard will find its way back to into the light.
A special discussion caps this episode as we talk briefly about the next era of Star Wars called The High Republic.
Trivia is too easy. Expect Andrew to make it impossible next episode.
If you know the Brothers Geek, you know we tell the truth, and this week is no different. We discuss the latest episode of Star Trek: Picard, in which we meet a sect of Romulan warrior nuns who also only tell the truth. And if that isn’t enough, they are also the best hand to hand fighters in the galaxy. The Brothers briefly digress from our One-Shot topic to discuss the new Batman camera test posted online, so it’s allowed.
Trivia is Seven of Nine themed and Patrick wins again