5/24/2013


Welcome to "Geek Bits" where we share the geekiest bits of the Internet for you.  Which surprising cast choice is in the new TMNT reboot? How many bricks does it take to make a Lego X-Wing fighter? When will Sony sell Spider-Man back to Marvel?

Find out in this week's "Geek Bits."

NEWS
I'm going to the Phoenix Comic-Con this weekend and wearing my first Cosplay costume! I've always wanted to do it, and decided this is my chance. The costume is a secret, but I'll share pics on Twitter this weekend. If you're not following us, then you'll never know! Here's a hint: He's a black superhero. You're welcome to guess in the comments, but I doubt you'll get it. ;) If you're in Phoenix Tweet me at @thegeektwins or @mauricem1972 and I'll look for you.

  1. Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is filming and Set Photos & Video show Megan Fox As April O’Neil. I guess he got over her calling him Hitler. Patchwork Nerd is so mad about it though, she might boycott TMNT.Head there to see why. What do you think of Megan Fox's casting?

  2. There was a rumor that Sony Might Sell SPIDER-MAN Movie Rights Back to Marvel, but /Film says it's not going to happen. There's too much money at stake. The answer is when pigs fly. Do you think Sony should sell the rights to Marvel films?

  3. Pat has an excellent review of the Watchmen graphic novel. You'll have to head there to see if he liked it or not.

  4. Andrew Garfield shoots hoops with kids while dressed as Spider-Man.
  5. Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker pants from Star Wars were expected to auction for $100,000 , but they sold for a respectable $36,000. They're just Levi Khakis, so you can make your own for $78. Would you buy them?

  6. Check out this life-size X-Wing Fighter made out of 5,335,200 LEGO bricks. Is it the greatest Lego model you've ever seen?

  7. The "World's Most Interesting Man's" favorite western. (via Think Geek)

  8. Japanese pizza came with lightsaber cutlery. Do you eat pizza with a knife and fork? (via Boing Boing)
  9. If you're barbecuing this weekend you may need this tactical BBQ apron. You also might need to take some stress out with this Darth Vader Stress Toy (via Think Geek)
    BBQ apron Darth Vader Stress Toy.
  10. There's a big controversy over a scene with Alice Eve in her underwear in Star Trek Into Darkness. I thought it was funny. Both Damon Lindelof and J.J. Abrams have apologized saying it was gratuitous, but pointed out there was a scene with Chris Pine in his underwear and a deleted scene with Cumberbatch in the shower. Do you feel it was wrong?


REVIEWS

TV
  • Doctor Who "The Name of the Doctor"  3/5 stars
Plot: Clara is summoned to an impossible conference call, alerting her that the deadly Whisper Men are closing in on Vastra, Jenny and Strax. Someone is kidnapping the Doctor’s friends, leading him toward the one place in all of time and space that he should never go. It’s a deadly trap that threatens to unravel his past, present and future…
Fans have said this is the worst season of Doctor Who and most have not been memoreable. This episode made up for it by bringing back all the recurring characters this season. It was deeply emotional and surprising. The reveal of what happens when a Time Lord dies was epic, and seeing all eleven Doctors from archival footage and body doubles was great. I believed Clara was The Doctors daughter, but I like the real explanation better. Plus, we got to see River Song which is always great. Ironically we never did find out the Doctors name,  but I can't wait for the anniversary episode in November.
Check out Sci-Fi Gene's review too: Doctorin' The Tardis [Review: The Name Of The Doctor]
  • Revolution "Clue" 2/5 stars
Plot: A captive Nora (Daniella Alonso) is tortured and left for dead. Monroe (David Lyons) learns of Rachael’s (Elizabeth Mitchell) attempt to reach the Tower but is unaware of her deadly plan for him. Meanwhile, Miles (Billy Burke) is desperate to find out how so many of his close associates are being brutally murdered. Later, Miles, Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), Neville (Giancarlo Esposito), Jason, (JD Pardo) Hudson (Malik Yoba) and Sanborn (Leland Orser) struggle to make it out of the Plains Nation to join Rachel and save her from what they believe to be certain death.Also starring, Zak Orth, Colm Feore
This is another so-so episode, although the scene with Nora being tortured and holding out for over two weeks was brutal and showed her loyalty.  The discovery of a mole was predictable since there was only two people who could it could be. I also came to the realization that Charlie is completely useless to the show.  Revolution was promoted to make her the main character, but she knows nothing, does nothing and has no useful skills.
  • The Big Bang Theory "The Bon Voyage Reaction" 4/5 stars
Plot: A new success for Leonard makes Sheldon very jealous and throws Penny for a loop. Meanwhile, Koothrappali pushes Lucy too far in their relationship, on the sixth season finale of THE BIG BANG THEORY.
This was a hysterical episode and helped explain a nagging question: Why wasn't Sheldon jealous of Wolowitz for going in space? "Monkeys have gone into space."  I'm sorry Lucy is gone, but I guess she wouldn't have fit in anyway. Some have speculated that Leonard is leaving the show next season which would be insane. A good end to the season though.
MOVIES
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) 4/5 stars
I hate writing reviews because I can't think of anything others haven't said.  It's a great movie that really establishes that Kirk deserves the chair. Cumberbatch is the perfect villain and the action scenes are amazing. It's a great followup and I'm sure the Klingons will be back.
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SPOILER ALERT
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A couple of spoiler thoughts. First, Cumberbatch makes a great Khan even though he's not Hispanic. The Kirk plot device was ridiculous. So now, McCoy can make a magic potion to bring people back from the dead? Head to Tony's blog if you want to know more about the series history of Section 31. Where did it first appear?

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8 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's one big X-Wing Fighter.
I didn't think the underwear scene was gratuitous. Open a JC Penney catalog. Oh wait, they don't make those anymore.
Have a great weekend, guys!

TS Hendrik said...

The reason people felt the underwear scene was gratuitous was because there was no context for her to be stripping. She does it for no explained reason.


Love the X-Wing. Legos makes everything cooler.


I agree that the last episode of Doctor Who was pretty fantastic, though I have to disagree that it makes up for the previous season. I've been waiting for people to catch on that this is how Steven Moffat works, he'll have a great hook at the beginning of the season, and then a so-so season, but with a great capstone that makes people think he's amazing. The reason this season completely failed was because he decided to try and get back to doing individual stories, which is not his strength. As such I felt that none of the writers really knew what to do with Clara and moved her around like a set piece through each episode. Because of the lack of setup, the one thing Moffat usually does well, I feel that the last episode, while good, was too quick.


Still the episode was great and I hope John Hurt ends up being the Valeyard (an opinion I'm quite vocal about, haha)

Maurice Mitchell said...

You make a good point about Moffat, since he's been really uneven this season. The beginning and end episodes were good, but it felt lost in between.

Snowmen was good, but Hide was pathetic. The titles, like Centre, promised a lot but delivered little

I'm tempted, but REFUSE to Google Valeyard because I want the surprise. I know it will be good.

Maurice Mitchell said...

It is stereotypical Melissa. I never thought of it that way. Just the fact that it's so easy to find the picture shows how salacious it is. Thanks for the female perspective. Congrats on the You Rock award by the way!

TS Hendrik said...

I appreciate your strength of will not to look up Valeyard as well as not to do a River impression and state "spoilers". Though really it's just a theory that's who he is. Could be way off. Anyway I'm not sure how much of a spoiler it is if the character was part of the old series.

DAVID WALSTON said...

I think the Spoiler is he a new character, or an old reinvented character. My thoughts are he is new. Moffat did say it would change Doctor Who.

DAVID WALSTON said...

I enjoyed Star Trek Into Darkness the ending almost seemed forced. The gratuitous
underwear was funny! (I am a little biased)

*looks over shoulder for wife*

Pat Dilloway said...

I saw your costume. That was cool. So did only 1 of you go to the con? As for the underwear costume, I believe in compensation; if there's a scantily clad chick shot there has to be a scantily clad dude and vice-versa. I mean women (and gay dudes) pay to watch the movie too.

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