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Week in Geek Episode 1

Week in Geek, episode 1, recorded 8/22/17. News since last recording (in this case, the trial run episode on Comparative Opinions!), including: the events in Charlottesville; movie and TV news including Galaxy Quest, the Joker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, James Bond, and Jessica Jones; and the end of Mass Effect.

RIP Mass Effect.

Oh, and we reference this YouTube video series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1wnSv_bpbnoJy9DVwu_x3wzzbD0Zo4PK

Our other podcast is Comparative Opinions, find it and old Week in Geek episodes on ComparativeGeeks.com. Subscribe for new episodes!

Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

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What’s Up, Han Solo Film?

Oh yeah, amidst everything else going on in Hollywood, they’re working on a Han Solo prequel standalone anthology film. Kind of forgot about that – certainly didn’t realize they had started filming in January, nor that it was slated for May 2018 (rather than as another Christmas-time film). However, there’s a slight hitch in that today, as apparently the directors have left the film over “creative differences.”

Thanks for the news, Twitter Moments.

Some people were super disappointed because they apparently knew the additional fact that the two directors – Phil Lord and Christopher Miller – had worked on such films as The Lego Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Okay, I liked those, sure, sad to have them go. And moreso, bad to have them go mid-filming. That Disney expects to keep the movie on-target is impressive.


I mean, movies lose directors, have creative differences, and in other ways slide into production hell all the time – it’s the plans to power through on this movie that is impressive, and also worrisome. This seems like a hard movie to do well, and having a single vision for it would of course be better than multiple visions – although with “creative differences,” it may already be too late for that.

This isn’t the first franchise to recently lose the director in the late days of filming. Justice League saw Zack Snyder bow out, for totally understandable personal reasons. The studio quickly got Joss Whedon, of all people, lined up to finish the movie, with re-shoots and editing to go – again, keeping the original release date in November this year.

There are reports that Joss is expected to do more re-shoots than Zack Snyder was planning to, and in the end we’ll likely be seeing a movie that has a touch of both of them clearly apparent. Hopefully in a good way; time will tell.

I could see something similar ending up happening with the Han Solo film: a high profile director coming in and acting as the closer on the film, who also maybe does a bit of work to make the film a bit more “their own.” One of the Twitter suggestions was Edgar Wright, and while I would love that, I don’t know how much he would want to tackle someone else’s movie (after all the trouble he went through trying to make Ant Man).

Time will tell – possibly quite soon – for the Han Solo film.

Throwback Thursday – Discrimination against Science Fiction and Fantasy

So this was something of a conclusion to my posts on the definition of Science Fiction and of Fantasy, by diving into a personal and specific example of why the whole discussion mattered to me in the first place. I hesitate to share it again for two reasons: one, for the personal aspects, and two, because the original post generated a whole bunch of discussion. As such, going back to the original to see others’ opinions is a good way to get more than my single story here. Also, the personal aspects are no longer accurate.


One of my favorite things I’ve written on the blog is my series on the definition and importance of Science Fiction and Fantasy – of fictions that might be called Speculative, or Romantic. And when asked, I said that one of the things that I would most like to change in the world is people’s opinions about these genres, or maybe about genre fiction in general. However, through all of this, I lacked a solid, concrete example. An example of prejudice against Science Fiction or Fantasy.

There are a lot of things in this world that we shouldn’t discriminate against. Things you can’t control, things that aren’t a choice, things that should have no bearing on life. But then, there are things that are opinions, that are a choice, that I can go right ahead and be upset about. And for me, the one that takes the cake is being against Science Fiction and Fantasy.

So, I had said I was going to do a post about movies this week. That’ll have to wait. Because last night I got a great example of anti-Sci-Fi discrimination. And I feel the need to share, and to vent. So let me set the scene, let me rant a bit, and then hopefully I’ll have it out of my system!

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I’m Sick, so have a random YouTube Find

Yeah, not doing great, which seems to be a common thing around our house… yay other children, interaction with the public, and all the other possible sources? I wanted to make sure to still post something today, so! here’s a video that was suggested to us on the YouTube home page that we had missed the first time around. We’ve been talking about Star Wars a lot lately, so this was a lot of fun to watch!

Bonus video: I remember this one, but it’s still good.

 

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Journalism in Fiction – Comparative Opinions Episode 44

Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week, hosts Holly and David consider the prevalence of journalism, as well as reading and literacy in general, in science fiction, fantasy, and comics properties… as well as the seeming lack of such in the Star Wars universe. Short answer: there’s a whole lot of journalism in fiction!

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Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros