Eating Crow: The Star Trek Beyond Review on “Geek/Countergeek”

In this latest edition of “Geek/Countergeek” Keith and I offer our reviews and reflections on the new Ghostbusters movie. How did it hold up next to the original films?

And, after lamenting how Star Trek has lost its way with the recent movies – and even giving poor Chris Pine grief – I have to eat my share of crow after seeing Star Trek Beyond…

Now I’m looking forward to the new television series!

What did you think about Star Trek Beyond?

Geek/Countergeek Episode #41: The Star Wars Spoiler Spectacular

In the latest episode of Geek/Countergeek, Keith Conrad and I look at “The Force Awakens” and review what predictions we made that came true, and which didn’t.  Be warned, we discuss spoilers.

SPOILER: Keith had a lot of his predictions be correct. The jerk.

What did YOU think of “The Force Awakens”?

Talking about Alien Invasions and Scientology

This week’s Geek/Countergeek got a wee bit heavier than I expected it would. Co-host Keith Conrad and I started off talking about geeky stuff, but then I kind of veered into a rant on Scientology and what scams some religious leaders pull. This is the kind of stuff that is bound to piss some folks off if they’re paying attention. I’m guessing they’re not. 😉

Give it a listen and let me know what you think?



Soldier for The Empire: Peeking Inside “The Imperial Handbook” with Dan Wallace

If you ask me, Dan Wallace is living the dream! As the author of such geek-tastic tomes like The Jedi Path and The Iron Man Manual,” he has gotten to play with some of the most iconic characters in pop culture.

Now, after giving readers a look at what it’s like to become a Jedi Knight (or follow the path to the Dark Side in Book of Sith) he delves into the life of an Imperial recruit in “Star Wars: Imperial Handbook.”

Corresponding via e-mail, Wallace and I discussed what it’s like working in the Star Wars Universe; how Stormtroopers really aren’t clones; and who would win in a face-off between Darth Vader and Iron Man:

Geek To Me: Let’s get some of the basic fanboy stuff out of the way, shall we? How long have you been a Star Wars fan?

NewessentialguidetodroidsDan Wallace: Since forever! I had the toys, memorized lines, the whole deal. I’ve soaked in Star Wars pretty much my whole life, so to have a chance to contribute a tiny piece to it in my own way is just the best.

Geek To Me: Of all the characters in the saga, which one really resonated with you the most?

Dan Wallace: Personality-wise, I’m most like C-3PO. Not particularly heroic, obsessed with minutiae and procedure. But from a favorite character standpoint I’ve always liked Lando Calrissian. He’s like Han Solo but with a lot more suaveness and gambling skills. Lando is 20% James Bond.

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Machinima Prime presents: BATMAN vs DARTH VADER!

“Only a fully trained Jedi Knight with the Force as his ally will conquer Vader and his Emperor.” – Yoda, the Empire Strikes Back

“I want you to remember the one man who beat you.” – Bruce Wayne, The Dark Knight Returns

Fan-films sure have come a long way! Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I clicked on this video from the Machinima Prime YouTube Channel’s  “Super Power Beat Down” series, where they pit The Dark Knight versus the Dark Lord of the Sith.

“Darth Vader taking on Batman!?” you say? “Oh you know this has gotta be good!” And I agree:

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Halloween Parties for Chicago’s Geeks & Nerds (and geeky families too!)

Chicago has one of the most vibrant geek/nerd communities in the U.S. and you don’t have to look far to find fun events where you can “get your geek on.”

With that in mind, and knowing that Halloween is one of those holidays that really bring out the kid in all of us, here are some fun events and parties that Chicago’s geeks, nerds and their “norm” friends can enjoy! (With one thrown in for my geeky peeps in the suburbs!):


CHICAGO LOOT DROP SHAMBLERS’ BALL: I’ve written about this super-cool event before. It’s less than a week away and tickets are STILL AVAILABLE but don’t wait until the last minute! All proceeds go to the Child’s Play Charity which benefits the Comer Children’s Hospital.


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My New Favorite Star Wars Talk Show

Today was the premiere of “The Comlink”, a nerdy talk show devoted to all things Star Wars. The show is hosted by David Collins and can be found on Kevin Smith’s S.I.T. (Smodcast Internet Television) Youtube Channel.

The first episode features an interview with voice actor – and friend of Geek To MeJames Arnold Taylor. He talks about the new episodes of “The Clone Wars” that debuted on, as well as what it was like to interview Mark Hamill:

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Talking toys and launching Lavabear with Nathan Hamill

I first met Nathan Hamill in 2010 at the San Diego Comic Con.  That year the then-burgeoning toy designer had already debuted his creation “Boris the Raccoon” and was following up with a second design titled “tyrannoCECILrex.” He’s since gone on to create several toys and characters, the most recent being “Lavabear” which will be celebrated at a launch party this Saturday. The party will be hosted by 3D Retro Toys in Glendale, CA.

I recently caught up with Hamill to talk about “Lavabear”, his creative process, his favorite toys, and whatever happened to his plans for a “Hamill Land” theme park:

Geek To Me: Since we last spoke a lot has gone on with you! Care to bring us up to speed?

Nathan Hamill: It’s been a few years, yeah. I’ve done a few more vinyls and resins. Art shows. A cartoon show called Weasel Town.

Not to be confused with “Frozen” by the way. Some little Disney flick.

You know…just keeping it going.

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You are cordially invited to Chicago Loot Drop’s “Shamblers’ Ball”

Very soon the chill of autumn will be in the air, and the thrill of the Halloween season will be filling our geeky souls! With that in mind, the good folks of Chicago Loot Drop are holding a spooky-yet-fun fundraiser that is sure to make this Halloween a memorable one. The event is called the “Shamblers’ Ball” and is – in essence – an Olde English Country dance that is interrupted by…

…wait for it…


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