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Geekshock January, 21st 2015 by Todd Bristow

Geek Shock #271 - Sexy Inflatable Girl Pony

This week we talk about Re-Animator: the Musical, Star Wars Machete Order, The fall of the Fantastic Four, The trouble with origin stories, Adventures in Disneysitting, the Monopoly Map, Sexy Inflatable Girl Pony, Hardy leaves Suicide, No Country for Old X-Men, Mr. Mercedes, Marvel’s Civil War, SYFY’s Spin, Super Smash Brazil, Reverse Boost Bans, Blizzard’s gifts, Elon Musk’s good deeds, Look ma – no 3D glasses, BBC vs Netflix and Stormtrooper armor is finally good for something. So cast that shoe, it’s time for a Geek Shock.


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  • Mr. Ace BunBuns says

    Hey guys, so 2 things:
    Number one; I really, really love that 80s Jeff honestly seems like he misses Paul’s running jokes (this is the second episode in a row where he subtly hinted).

    Secondly, I have to say, Origin stories aren’t the devil; one could argue that the Incredibles is an origin story in essence (the origin of the actual family team and I only second this because from that film you could easily see adventures surfacing from that initial formation).

    The real problem in these films is tonal: Super Hero films are becoming gray, black and shit colored all the way through, characters are reinvented and re-canonized that fucking Gotham becomes the only “logical” method to get a a (I let out an exhasperated sigh) ‘Original’ take

    It’s odd that when you analyze super hero films like the newest Superman or the trajectory of the Nolan Batman films, the tone seems to be less comic book and more like a cross between the Color Purple and Saw.

    The Origins become extra angsty or dark, and we end up with a murdering Superman or all of Gotham becoming a bloated metaphor for something that is a metaphor of a metaphor!

    In addition villains are either so complex you feel deeply for them or so dark that they become terror inducing nightmares. I’m not trying to defeat my point here, we can still explain how a villain came to be (I guess). Personally Nolan’s Joker had it best, leaving room for extensive guess work and imagination.

    My last point on the subject is, ‘Guardians” and “the Incredibles” both act as a prequel to endless potential (and separate births to a new team entity) neither film was too laborious in it’s effort, kind of nullifying the effect of some crowd gawking and pointing out “it’s a spiderman, it’s a spiderman!” in a dull method of vindicating the audience of independent thought.

    K made a fantastic point about Star Wars, being Luke’s Journey, and in some way it could be an origin of sorts, but the tone and direction let it fly it’s course.

    Also, holyshit, TheFamousPaul’s passion is so infectious!