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Geek/CounterGeek – #66: Happy 50th Birthday Star Trek!

Keith spent Labor Day weekend at DragonCon, where he saw an “old friend” of Elliott’s.

You can’t swing a dead cat on the Internet without hitting a Star Wars spoiler, but Keith doesn’t buy that any of them are actually accurate.

Plus, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek, Elliott and Keith talk about their favorite Star Trek moments.

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 – #65: Money In The Star Trek Universe

Last week Elliott Serrano and Keith Conrad expressed their concern with Chief O’Brien’s lack of career advancement in Star Trek; The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, which got them wondering: If there isn’t any money in the future in Star Trek, would there be any career advancement at all? How exactly would the world work without money? Would it actually be any better?

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 – #64: Is Captain America Retired?

An email from a listener has Elliott and Keith wondering about Chief O’Brien’s career in Starfleet before he showed up on the USS Enterprise.

Plus, has the movie version of Steve Rogers put down his Captain America shield for good? In an interview with The Huffington Post, directors Joe and Anthony Russo set the record straight on exactly where Steve (Chris Evans) stood philosophically at the end of the film. “I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity,” said Joe. “[It’s] him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.” Steve can’t be the dutiful soldier anymore, not after all he’s seen.

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 – #63: A Red Shirt Gets Their Own Show?

Sad news in the sci-fi world this week, as Kenny Baker the actor who brought R2-D2 to life in Star Wars died at the age of 82.

Also, in the Star Wars world, the second trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story premiered during the Olympics. The geek world reacted with the predictable amount of joy.

Plus, more details are starting to emerge about CBS’s new online Star Trek series. Most notably, the main character will be both female and not the captain, which will be a first in the Star Trek universe. This got Keith Conrad and Elliott Serrano talking about which Star Trek supporting characters should have had their own show.

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 – #62: (Suicide) Squad Goals

NBC and ABC seem to have gone full boat in tinkering with the Space-time continuum with their new shows this fall. Elliott and Keith agree that Timeless and Time After Time both look interesting, but network TV could have done something a little better if they wanted to tackle time travel.

Speaking of television, Disney head honchos are once again dropping hints that there could be a live-action Star Wars show headed to the small screen. Elliott is skeptical, because of the cost involved in doing it right, but Keith may have a possible solution. Also, it appears there may be a figure from the Star Wars prequel trilogy showing up in Rogue One.

Plus, Suicide Squad hit theaters over the weekend. It seems like people loved or hate it. Elliott shared which side of the fence he comes down on.

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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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 8-1-16: The Old Man In The Cave

A guy in Argentina has been living in alone in a cave for 40 years. When he gets hungry he picks up his rifle and goes hunting or heads on a three-hour trek down the mountain to the nearest settlement, and he has a creek nearby for all of his drinking water needs. He’s definitely roughing it. No phone, no lights, no motor cars, not a single luxury. Like Robinson Crusoe, as primitive as can be. I have to be honest with you, the way things are going, living in a cave doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.

JetBlue is offering flights to Cuba for $99 one-way or $210 round-trump starting August 31st. How long do you think it will be before someone says something the Castro brothers don’t like, and they end up thrown in a gulag, bringing this thing to an end? The over/under is 3 months…

Donald Trump is upset about the Presidential debate schedule this fall, mostly because two of them are on a Sunday and Monday night respectively. He says he’s not alone, because the NFL wrote to him complaining about it as well. The problem is the NFL has responded and they say that while they would prefer a different night for the debates, they never complained about it to Trump.

A daredevil skydiver jumped out of an airplane without a parachute from 25,000 feet over the weekend, successfully landing in a net instead. I have at least two people I’d like to see give that a try.

Speaking of the wild blue yonder, the Air Force has decided to raise their enlistment age limit from 27 to 39. So, enlisted recruits can now experience the joys of basic training in their late 30s. Actually, it is good to know that’s still a valid career option for me.

One more thing to worry about: According to a new report, logging on to public WiFi could potentially pose a catastrophic risk. Basically, there’s no way to know if the connection is actually secure or not. Gabatron.com is always secure though.

Geek/CounterGeek – #61: The Star Trek Beyond Love Fest

As expected, there has been a massive amount of news coming out of San Diego during Comic Con. Elliott and Keith read the tea leaves from the fan fest.

Plus, Elliott and Keith both had very low expectations for Star Trek Beyond, and they both came away very surprised. The words “eating crow” were thrown around.

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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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 7-26-16: Be Like Mike

Michael Jordan is condemning violence against both African-Americans and police. His forceful and emotional statement, released by ESPN’s The Undefeated, is a marked change for the NBA legend. Jordan says he’s making $1 million donations to two organizations, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Institute for Community-Police Relations, which was recently established by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The aim, Jordan writes, is to help “build trust and respect between communities and law enforcement.”

A 30 year old man in Florida really didn’t want to have Chick-fil-a decided it was a good idea to headbutt his mom. Dude, you’re 30. No one can force you to go to Chick-fil-a.

Sarah Silverman spoke at the Democratic National Convention for some reason. She said that Bernie Sanders supporters refusing to support Hillary Clinton are “being ridiculous.” I’m sure that will win people over. (Michelle Obama did a much better job)

It turns out there were charges against the Star Wars production company over the Harrison Ford accident. Do you think that ended up leading to Han Solo’s fate in the movie? “Hey, let’s make sure this doesn’t happen to the old guy again”

Gabatron Morning Briefing – 7-25-16: Lightning Crashes

One of the EL lines in Chicago was struck by lightning on Sunday. It caused part of the station to actually collapse on the tracks. That’s one thing I’ve never run into on the Red Line.

Verizon will reportedly buy Yahoo for $5 billion on Monday. High school-aged Keith would have thought this was big news.

Police in Tampa arrived at a park to close it for the evening and found 150 people wandering aimlessly playing Pokemon Go. 149 of them dispersed without incident, but one of them absolutely refused to leave. They ended up having to tase him.

Athletes from all over the world converged on Rio for the 2016 Olympics. The tried to check in only to find out the Olympic Village was still uninhabitable for humans. There were reportedly blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors. How is Chicago looking now, IOC?

Attention K-Mart Shoppers: Kmart employees believe the company is nearing bankruptcy and is in the process of shutting down all its stores. The chain has closed one third of its stores in the last decade, and sales have been cut in half in the same time period. Would you miss them? The last time I made use of a K-Mart was as parking for a Cubs game, and even that was several years ago.

Gabatron Morning Briefing – 718-16: Mike Pence Hates Mulan

Mike Pence is officially Donald Trump’s VP choice, after some wailing and gnashing of teeth on Friday. Naturally, everything he’s ever said or done is being looked at. Not only does he have a long record as a politician, but he was also a radio talk show host before that. So you just know there’s going to be some good stuff out there. Back in 1999, he wrote an op-ed piece saying that the animated movie Mulan was evidence that women did not belong in the military. Not only that, but it was supposedly liberal propaganda gone wrong. You see, according to Pence, those leftists at Walt Disney intended to indoctrinate a whole generation of the women folk that they could serve in the military. Unfortunately, once again according to Pence, it did the opposite because Mulan fell in love with her commander. So this is proof that if women are allowed to serve in the military, they will immediately fall in love with their superior officer. Or something.

The Illinois National Guard has a new enemy: Pokemon Go. The public isn’t allowed on its facilities statewide to access the virtual Pokestops and gyms that are part of the game. Guard officials said several players have appeared at the gates of Illinois National Guard facilities and training centers asking for access.

Meanwhile in New Zealand, a guy has quit his job to devote all of his time to hunting Pokemon.

Something apparently happened in the feud between Taylor Swift and Kanye West. Yeah, I don’t care either.