Week in Geek, season 2 episode 4, recorded 4/30/18. News since last episode, including: TV show renewals; Marvel stressing no Infinity War spoilers; Stranger Things and Montauk; Stan Lee’s elder abuse; Amazon’s $1 billion Lord of the Rings; and the world’s highest grossing single piece of media. Then the Nerd Baby interrupted!
Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week hosts Holly and David talk about a show they just caught up on: Stranger Things season 2! They try and fail to do much of a spoiler-free discussion, then it’s off the deep end talking about the season.
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To go back to the basic concept of a meme, it’s a piece of culture that carries on and transmits between people. It’s the cultural idea of a gene (and thus has the same vowel sound as gene). With that in mind, NetFlix with Stranger Things has just tapped into the collective consciousnesses of the Internet and hit with some solid nostalgia.
Rather than copy in a bunch of images, I think this Twitter Moment does a nice job of it, as it also shows people presenting the poster that the homage is based on. Enjoy!
This was maybe the toughest decision for me. I remember starting the year excited for the plethora of good, exciting movies that I was looking forward to so much. Then the rest of 2016 happened and sadly the excitement over movies dimmed for me. I will say, this was closest between Captain America: Civil War and what I’ve decided was my favorite movie of the year, Rogue One. I went to see it again this week, and it still holds up as one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. It has action, it has struggle, it has humanity and hope, and is incredibly well done. Of all of the amazing movies released this year, I’d say this is the one I would most recommend and look forward to seeing again already.
TV Show New – Stranger Things
I know Stranger Things has gotten a lot of buzz on the site and podcast recently, but for me I think what I loved about the show was how it blended so many genres in such a successful way. I was talking about Stranger Things with friends I would never expect to watch a sci-fi show, but because of its Goonies nostalgia and mystery. Netflix has been producing some amazing original content, and honestly I watched more new content from them this year rather than any of the major networks.
TV Show Old – Supernatural
I’ve finally had the time to rewatch and try to catch up on Supernatural this year, and it fast became my favorite thing to binge. I’ve only made it to Season 5, but I still have seven more seasons to go until I’m caught up to the current – and that’s both exciting and daunting. But as far as best binge worthy show from years past, I’d say Supernatural is the one for 2016.
Music – Lisa Hannigan, ‘At Swim’
I spent a lot of the year falling more in love with Hozier and Mumford and Sons, but my favorite album released this year was Lisa Hannigan’s At Swim. Hannigan got her start singing with Damien Rice, another of my favorites, but her solo work has been absolutely beautiful. Her newest album has possibly surpassed my love for her debut album Sea Sew, and I have spent a lot of time since its release listening to its eerie and captivating melodies.
Video Game New – Lego Dimensions
Although technically released before 2016, we received Lego Dimensions as a present earlier this year and have quickly fallen in love with it. We struggle finding games we can actually play side by side, and the Lego games are always great choices for us. This one combines building Legos and playing video games, and honestly how can you go wrong with that? The ability to continue adding on character and level packs is fun if not dangerous; we foresee a future of buying lots of them to continue playing together.