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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.

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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 – #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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Geek/CounterGeek – #60: The Summer of Geeky Discontent

Gird your loins for the impending month of nerd rage in July – Which is going to make more people angry: Ghostbusters or Star Trek Beyond?

Plus, adding to the intrigue surrounding Star Trek Beyond, the writers decided to make Sulu gay as a tribute to George Takei. There’s been some outrage over the decision though, from… George Takei. He’s not too happy about the writers messing with an original character, since Gene Roddenberry put a lot of work into developing each of them.

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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.

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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.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #53: Riker Rides Again?

More morsels are coming out of the Star Wars Episode VIII set, but one thing in particular is causing Keith Conrad some concern and giving him prequel flashbacks.

Plus, rumors are swirling about the new Star Trek series from CBS. It hasn’t been confirmed by anyone officially, but apparently the plan is for the new series have stand alone anthologies every season. Keith thinks this is exciting and could potentially lead to the return of some all-time favorite characters.

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 – #52: Did J.R. Ewing Ruin Season Finales Forever?

The first teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story landed this week. Felicity Jones plays the main character in this anthology story, and for some reason that has generated controversy in some circles. Elliott and Keith take a look at this issue of gender equality in the Galaxy Far Far Away.

Plus, we’ve reached season finale time again. Both The Walking Dead and Star Wars Rebels left Keith less than impressed and he thinks J.R. Ewing and Captain Jean Luc Picard may be to blame.

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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