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Geek Bits: Gender-Swapped Avengers, JURASSIC WORLD & SAN ANDREAS Reviews and More

Above Image: Tippett responds to hilarious meme.

For Jurassic World, he was "demoted" to "dinosaur consultant"

I'd love to hear what you think of the Internet's strangest and geekiest moments in this week's "Geek Bits."


'Star Wars' Could Beat 'Jurassic World's' Box Office Record

Review of Star Trek: The Animated Series Season 1 (via Armchair Squid)

Monday Movie Meme: What movie features characters sneaking items into movie? (via The Madlab)

Justice League: Gods And Monsters Chronicles - Wonder Woman, Batman & Superman As You've Never Seen Them Before (via The 7th Matrix)

Three very different takes on Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. [Warning: Strong Language and Graphic Violence]

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 (2016): Stephen Amell Shows Off Casey Jones’s Ride (via Film-Book)

Genderswapped Hawkeye And Black Widow Make This Entire Avengers Cast Fantastic - You know this Hawkeye would never call Black Widow anything less than perfect. (via The Mary Sue)

Star Trek: The Next Generation's William T. Riker gets his own hilarious spinoff

Asteroid Named in Tribute to Leonard Nimoy - I'm not crying you are (via The Mary Sue)

Cat Saved Thanks to Prime Directive

"I said that he had violated the prime directive from 'Star Trek' -- he had jeopardized this cat's chances of survival by calling attention to her presence, and that therefore he must bring her home."



Star Trek: The Animated Series - "The Jihad" (01x16) - Recommended

Official synopsis: "The U.S.S. Enterprise has come to the Vedala asteroid on a unique mission, responding to a message from the Vedala that a threat to the universe is developing. Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock beam down to the planet and meet a diverse group of aliens, each chosen by a female Vedalan for their unique capabilities. They soon learn that a priceless religious statue — the Soul of the Skorr — has been stolen, and if it is not recovered soon, the once-warlike avian race of the Skorr may declare a jihad ... a holy war on the entire known galaxy!"
The original Star Trek series tackled many tough subjects, but religion was one that they never really got into. So it's surprising that the Saturday morning children's show tackled it. Similar to Indiana Jones, Kirk and Spock are recruited to help recover a religious artifact on a distant world. The action is strong and the motley crew of characters are all engaging and interesting. It's the best episode of the season.

If you're on Twitter next week, we're doing a live Twitter chat of the next episode "The Jihad" on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT. You can watch it on Hulu or Netflix. Join us!

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Jurassic World (2015) - Recommended

"Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar, off of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. This new park is owned by the Masrani Global Corporation. Owen (Chris Pratt), a member of the park’s on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on the Velociraptors. At the corporation’s request, the park’s geneticists create a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur to boost visitor attendance, but it soon runs wild on the island"
The latest movie in the Jurassic Park franchise is loud and explosive with lots of running. That's everything Jurassic Park should be. The story continues perfectly from the first film as the "glitches" in the park are worked out and dinosaurs have become a popular theme park attraction. The scientific concepits of the first film are multiplied by ten. "If we can recreate dinosaurs, then why not custom make a dinosaur?" they ask and unsurprisingly mayhem ensues. Claire is a very weak female character but goes through a wonderful character arc from cold business woman to a caring aunt. Chris Pratt has his feet firmly planeted as an action hero as Owen Grady. He's so tough he can stare down Raptors and never misses a beat. The new dinosaur, Indominus Rex, is smart, lethal and crazy which is a deadly combination. The movie makes up for the silliness of the last two films and takes the movies in a whole new direction.

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San Andreas (2015) - Not Recommended

As much as I love the Rock the movie didn't move me. World-destroying disaster films are an overdone genre and this one is just another drop in the bucket. The action is loud and intense with breathtaking special effects, but I kept waiting for something else. It recycled every cliche in disaster films without doing anything new. Divorced father protecting his children (ex. 2012). Heading into the disaster zone looking for child (ex. The Day After Tomorrow). Running from explosions or water (ex. every single disaster movie). While Dwayne Johnson gets to flex his acting muscles there's not much more to look at and that's sad. One thing that bugged me is that in the middle of the worst disaster in history he takes one of the only rescue helicopters to save his daughter. That's love, but very selfish.

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  1. I'll have to watch Jurassic World at some point.

  2. Ah yes, agree about San Andreas, the plot has one major fault.

    Have a most pleasant weekend.

    Gary :)

  3. If Star Wars is better than Jurassic World, then I really hope it does beat it. That was almost obscene what it made. Fury Road should've made that much.

  4. Just saw Jurassic World today, it was fun, not as good as the first. I loved the attractions, but really, there is no crying in a dinosaur movie. What's with all the close ups on teary eyes! :) I'm blaming the fact that i watched all three Lord of the Rings movies recently. I've got no time for tears in an action movie! LOL

  5. I never thought about it but there was a lot of blubbering in the movie Yolanda. The kids cried in Jurassic Park but that's natural. Truly not as good as the first but one of the better sequels.

  6. Is it any wonder why Lucas never made any Star Wars series, too much time and effort and not enough green. Maybe Star Trek should have taken a leaf out of Star Wars. Theres a lot of exciting sci-fi movies in the pipeline right now. Woo hoo!

  7. Saw Jurassic World for Father's day. Loved it!
    I have a feeling Star Wars is going to surpass them all.
    I love the Rock, but not the genre of movies he has done as of late.

  8. Don't get me wrong, when I finally saw Jurassic World I was pleased, but I wasn't blow away. I definitely had a good time and would recommend the film, but like they say in the movie itself "People aren't impressed with dinosaurs anymore." If this really cool movie had had an amazing story, it might have brought tears to me eyes, but tampering with genitics has been done before and rich people always think they know best. Star Wars has to do better than this film or I will full on cry.

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