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Geek/CounterGeek – #59: Can Star Trek Be “Cerebral” In 2016?

The Star Trek family was rocked by the sudden death of actor Anton Yelchin over the weekend in a freak car accident.

Meanwhile, the rest of the cast is getting ready for the promotional push ahead of the release of Star Trek Beyond. Chris Pine said that, while the JJ films have tried to touch on “demanding questions and themes”, it’s just not possible to make a movie without “wham-bam explosions and planets blowing up”.

Chris Pine spoke about how Star Trek can compete in the modern cinema marketplace.

“You can’t make a cerebral Star Trek in 2016. It just wouldn’t work in today’s marketplace. You can hide things in there – Star Trek Into Darkness has crazy, really demanding questions and themes, but you have to hide it under the guise of wham-bam explosions and planets blowing up. It’s very, very tricky. The question that our movie poses is “Does the Federation mean anything?” And in a world where everybody’s trying to kill one another all of the time, that’s an important thing. Is working together important? Should we all go our separate ways? Does being united against something mean anything?”

Elliott and Keith discuss whether or not movie audiences can wrap their heads around big ideas in 2016, while Keith wonders if Star Trek was ever really all that cerebral to begin with.

Each week Keith Conrad and Chicago’s Top Geek Elliott Serrano debate a controversial topic in contemporary geekery: Kirk vs. Picard? Was Douglas Quaid dreaming in Total Recall? No topic is off limits.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #55: Captain America Civil War

Captain America Civil War opened over the weekend and made oodles of money. Elliott Serrano and Keith Conrad discuss what they liked in the movie, and what they could have done without.

Plus, in their first “Troubleshooting The Movies” segment, Elliott and Keith take a look at a movie where things got derailed and talk about how things could have been salvaged. They start things off by tackling a big one: Star Trek Into Darkness.

Each week Keith Conrad and Chicago’s Top Geek Elliott Serrano debate a controversial topic in contemporary geekery: Kirk vs. Picard? Was Douglas Quaid dreaming in Total Recall? No topic is off limits.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #41: The Star Wars Spoiler Spectacular

Just a word of warning, you should definitely wait to listen to this podcast until *after* you’ve seen The Force Awakens, as it is just loaded with spoilers.

Paramount has released the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond. It didn’t go over very well with just about anyone. Even actor and writer Simon Pegg said he was surprised by it and promised that it was less of an action pic and more of a Star Trek movie than had been portrayed by the trailer. Keith still holds out hope, while Elliott renews his objection to just about anything Simon Pegg is involved in.

Also, Star Wars The Force Awakens has finally hit theaters. Keith got to take a bit of a victory lap, since almost all of his predictions from last week turned out to be true, much to Elliott’s chagrin.

Each week Keith Conrad and Chicago’s Top Geek Elliott Serrano debate a controversial topic in contemporary geekery: Kirk vs. Picard? Was Douglas Quaid dreaming in Total Recall? No topic is off limits.

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