Geek/CounterGeek – #82: Debating The Sad Fate of Jar Jar Binks

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Things take a “strange” turn in Congress: Rep. David Cicilline took to the House floor and compared Donald Trump’s administration to “the upside down” on the hit Netflix show Stranger Things.

Chuck Wendig’s new Star Wars novel, Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End, gives a look into the post-Revenge of the Sith life of Jar Jar Binks. The story fills in some of the chronological gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. According to Mashable, a child refugee has a run-in with Jar Jar, finally revealing his fate. Keith Conrad and Elliott Serrano debate whether or not his sad future is harsh enough.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #81: Remembering Richard Hatch

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Actor Richard Hatch, who starred in both version of the series Battlestar Galactica, died this week at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer. Elliott Serrano and Keith Conrad talk about the similarities and differences between Hatch’s roles in both series.

The Magic School Bus is just the latest beloved childhood series that Netflix has decided to resurrect, and they’ve cast a very recognizable voice in the lead role.

Plus, Bill Nye the Science Guy will be joining The Magic School Bus on Netflix, and Keith has a very unorthodox explanation for why Darth Vader and Obi Wan Kenobi seemed so sluggish in their final duel in A New Hope.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #80: Star Wars Episode VIII Gets A Name

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Star Wars Episode VIII officially has a name. Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Naturally, people are speculating about what this could mean. Elliott Serrano and Keith Conrad debate whether or not the name suggests Luke Skywalker will actually have dialogue in this film.

Meanwhile, CBS and Paramount have settled their lawsuit against the folks making Axanar. The film’s producers will have to make “substantial changes to resolve this litigation.” In short, that means it will be a much less ambitious project than the creators originally planned.

Plus, Peter Capaldi announced he’d be leaving Doctor Who after the 2017 Christmas special. Who among us hasn’t felt like regenerating after the holidays? Elliott does not take the news well, but he and Keith have an interesting short list for potential replacements.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #79: How Deadly Would The Zombie Apocalypse Actually Be?

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Responding to some rumors making waves on the Internet, Lucasfilm has announced that they will not be digitally re-creating Carrie Fisher in subsequent Star Wars movies the way they did Peter Cushing. Keith isn’t buying it.

Variety reports that Damien Chazelle, director of Whiplash and more recently La La Land, will team up with Ryan Gosling again for a movie about Neil Armstrong’s life and moon mission based on the bestselling biography “First Man.” Elliott and Keith agree it’s past time for an Armstrong movie, but the story might be too big for just one feature film.

Plus, a new study in the Journal of Physics (yes, really) says a zombie apocalypse would wipe out humanity in 100 days.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #78: Remembering Carrie Fisher

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Rogue One won the weekend box office over the New Years holiday, proving there’s a market for the stand alone stories. Not everyone is happy with Rogue One though. Now that it’s been in theaters for a while, there are some complaints about the storytelling beginning to emerge.

2016 ended up being an extraordinarily tragic one, filled with a number of shocking pop culture deaths, capped off by the sudden death of Carrie Fisher. Elliott Serrano and Keith Conrad talk about Fisher’s tremendous impact, both on and off the screen.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #77: Rogue One Spoilerpalooza

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dominated the box office the weekend, picking up $155 million and starting off the Star Wars Spinoff Showcase in spectacular fashion. Elliott Serrano and Keith Conrad talk about what the movie got right, what it got wrong, the amazing (or distracting) CGI cameos and Darth Vader’s choice of vacation homes.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #76: Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

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It’s been raining movie trailers this week, with first glimpses at Spider-Man: Homecoming, War For The Planet Of The Apes and Dunkirk landing on the Internet.

Fresh off the success of Westworld, HBO has decided to dip into the Sci-Fi well again. They’ve brought in J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot to produce a new show called “Glare”. No plot details yet, except that it’s going to be about “exploring the colonization of another planet.”

Plus, We’ve never shied away from the big, divisive questions on Geek/CounterGeek and as the holiday season ramps up in earnest it’s time to answer the question that has divided us for over a generation: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?

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