Geek/CounterGeek – #99: Can J.J. Abrams Write An Ending For Star Wars?

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After months of promotional mishaps, Star Trek: Discovery will finally make its debut on CBS this weekend before moving to their digital platform. Can even bitter and cynical Elliott Serrano and Keith Conrad agree it’s pretty exciting to have Star Trek back on the small screen?

Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that J.J. Abrams, who directed The Force Awakens, and was the head honcho of the revival of the Star Wars franchise will be returning to write and direct Episode IX after Colin Trevorrow was shown the door. Elliott and Keith have some lingering concerns.

Plus, a group just finished a simulated 8 month mission to Mars in a volcanic crater in Hawaii. Keith thinks that before we ask for volunteers for a real mission to the Red Planet, we should probably create some pop culture examples that actually end well.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #98: Sarah Connor vs. Wonder Woman

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There seems to be some trouble brewing in the Galaxy far far away. Lucasfilm and Disney announced that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will not be directing Star Wars Episode IX after all. Elliott Serrano and Keith Conrad discuss just how worried we should be.

Plus, James Cameron set off a firestorm of controversy when the complained about the praise for Wonder Woman. He said the character was just a typical Hollywood objectified email, and if you want a strong woman lead character you need look no further than his classic character Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #97: Must-See Nuclear War Movies

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The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that Disney is officially putting together an Obi Wan Kenobi movie that could hit theaters in 2020 as the next standalone film after the Han Solo movie. Elliott and Keith talk about what adventure they’d like to see Ben tackle.

Plus, in light of the fact that we have narrowly avoided nuclear war with North Korea… for now. Elliott and Keith take a cheerful trip through the best movies about nuclear war.

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