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Geek/CounterGeek – #49: The Battle Of The Stormtroopers and The Red Shirts

The first Ghostbusters trailer has finally dropped. Keith thought it was a little paint-by-numbers, but loved the special effects. He and Elliott are both excited to see the latest iteration.

Scott Kelly is back from serving a full year on the International Space Station. The mission paves the way for humans to one day go to Mars. If we ever decide that we actually want to do that, of course.

Plus, Elliott and Keith tackle the thought experiment to end all thought experiments: If stormtroopers and red shirts were fighting each other, who would win? Is it possible for either of them to win?

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Geek/CounterGeek – #32: What Makes A Star Trek Movie A Star Trek Movie?

Sigourney Weaver is the latest Ghostbusters alum to land a confirmed cameo in the new female reboot of the 1980’s classic. She joins Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts.

Meanwhile, if you felt a disturbance in The Force this week, that’s because a Star Wars website is reporting that Hayden Christensen is working with trainers to get in shape for a role in a future Star Wars movie. Most people seem to be assuming it would be Episode VIII, but Elliott points it there could be another option. Keith has decided to start keeping track of rumors, so when the movie actually does come out, he’ll know who was right.

Idris Elba is talking a little bit about his role in Star Trek Beyond. He hasn’t given any plot details, but he did say that he is playing at totally new character that is not based off of anyone from the original series or any of the movies. Elliott has long been on record as not enjoying Into Darkness as much as the original reboot, so Keith and Elliott discussed what needs to be in a Star Trek movie in order for it to truly be a Star Trek movie.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #25: Ranking “The Women” of Sci-fi

After years of wailing and gnashing of teeth about making a new Ghostbusters movie, Bill Murray will be making an appearance in the new reboot of the franchise.

Fantastic Four bombed at the box office, which may mean that we’re reaching the end of the reboot era.

The astronauts on the International Space Station are eating romaine lettuce that they grew themselves in space. It’s the first time that people in space have actually grown their own food.

Plus, in honor of Donald Trump’s wonderful relationship with “the women,” Elliott and Keith picked their favorite women characters from sci-fi.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #22: Who Pays The Tuition At Hogwarts?

The slow drip of Ghostbusters reboot-related news continues. Thankfully there haven’t been any plot spoilers yet, but Paul Feig did release the names of the new crew. There is nary a “Venkman” or “Spengler” in sight.

Also, Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling took to Twitter to settle a debate over how much tuition would be at Hogwarts. She told a fan that there is no tuition, it’s covered by the Ministry of Magic. Keith explained why this is the most horrible possible answer, while Elliott likes the idea of a publicly-subsidized magical education.

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Here’s The Names Of The New Ghostbusters
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Paul Feig Gives Us A Glimpse Of The New Ecto-1

There’s been a steady drip of information about the Ghostbusters reboot recently. We learned a few weeks ago that Chris Hemsworth will be joining the cast to take over the sassy receptionist role, who I can only assume will be named “Gene Melnitz.” Which of course begs the question, who will be playing the dorky and socially awkward accountant/night school lawyer “Louise Tully?” (Actually, Hemsworth’s character is named “Kevin”)

Now that the movie is filming, we’ve seen some set photos and now Paul Feig is Tweeting out pictures to give us a glimpse at the recognizable but also very different new world of the Ghostbusters. He’s shown us their new uniforms, and even detailed pictures of the new proton packs. But now we’ve had a chance to see the most important member of the cast, Ecto-1:

I like it a lot. I always liked the late 1950’s vibe of the original Ecto-1. Just FYI, the original was a 1959 Miller-Meteor Cadillac Commercial vehicle which was sold for use as both an ambulance and a hearse. This car looses a bit of that charm, but it’s worth pointing out that it looks like it’s a car from the late 70’s or early 80’s, so it’s roughly the 2015 equivalent of using a 1950’s car in 1984. So I’m certainly OK with them going with a newer vehicle. It’s a contemporary re-imagining of the story, after all. Your thoughts?

Geek/CounterGeek – #19: The Greatest Cliffhanger In TV History?

Father’s Day was this weekend, so Keith Conrad and Elliott Serrano talked a little about the best and worst fathers in pop culture (It’s probably best to remove Cliff Huxtable from any “best of” lists). Darth Vader has to be the worst father in history, right?

Also, this week marked the 25th anniversary of “The Best of Both Worlds,” the cliffhanger at the end of the 3rd season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. When it aired in 1990, it marked not only the coming of age for the TNG crew at a time when Star Trek desperately need it, but it was also one of the greatest cliffhangers in television history.

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First Pics of Melissa McCarthy & Kristen Wiig Ghostbusters
‘Star Trek’: The Story of the Most Daring Cliffhanger in ‘Next Generation’ History
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Geek/CounterGeek – #5: I Ain’t Afraid Of No Sequel

Elliott Serrano and Keith Conrad talk about some exciting news about the first Star Wars spin-off movie and Episode VIII. There are already plans for a male spin-off of the new all-female Ghostbusters reboot. Plus, Keith tries in vain to defend himself after it comes to light that he liked Ghostbusters 2 better than the original movie.

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Felicity Jones in Star Wars: Actress to Star in Standalone
Rogue One Is the First Star Wars Stand-Alone Film
‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Release Date Revealed
‘Ghostbusters’ spinoff with male cast in works
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Gabatron – #8: Pop Culture Blind Spot

Like everybody else in the world, Dan Levy is shocked that Keith Conrad liked Ghostbusters 2 more than the original. But that’s nothing compared to how shocked he was the learn that Keith had never seen RoboCop or Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure until just this week. Plus, Dan and Keith both agree that Mattel’s new Hello Barbie that keeps tabs on what your child is saying to form better responses is a little on the creepy side.

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Kurtwood Smith in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Talking Barbie is too ‘creepy’ for some parents
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