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Today on GeekFest Rants we find out that Resistance Is Futile. That is, resistance to trying to put together a video episode of GeekFest Rants. 

Join Carlos as he takes a deep dive into the world of Star Trek Borg action figures.  Particularly Playmates but also Art Asylum.  But while here, we'll also take a wide look at the history of Star Trek figures.

Today we truly go where no GeekFest Rants has gone before.

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Are you ready for Phase 4?  It's Marvel time at San Diego Comic-Con and the big story this time is the Phase 4 lineup. 

Join Carlos and Kyle as they discuss all the upcoming Marvel projects including Black Widow, Eternals, Loki, Wanda Vision, Blade, and many more. 

Plus, we take a look at DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths and we'll dissect the new Watchmen trailer from HBO.  So much to watch, so little time.

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As we live through this age of social media and nerd rage, one phrase that comes up every now and then is Not My Trek. 

Today on GeekFest Rants we are joined by Andre E.C. Gaska to try to debunk some of the most common arguments against modern Star Trek. 

We'll chat about the look of the Klingons, Prime vs. Kelvin timelines, Star Trek: Discovery, The Orville, and the upcoming Star Trek: Picard.

It's time to move out of your parent's basement and accept progress.

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When it comes to the Star Wars saga, does reading the books increase your enjoyment of the films? 

Are the movie adaptations faithful to the films? Do you prefer the Expanded Universe? 

How much are writers allowed to add to the existing stories?  Join Carlos and Steve at GeekFest Rants as we take the first steps into the much lager world of Star Wars Novels.

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Today on GeekFest Rants, Carlos examines two iconic Lucasfilm posters:  Revenge of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark.  These are some of the most highly sought after movie posters of the 80's. 

Drawn by two masters of poster design, Drew Struzan and Richard Amsel.  We'll go over the progression of the design  and the possible mistakes in the production of these classic works or art. 

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What is a Mary Sue?  What is it's connection to Star Trek?  How has this term been applied in the past and how is it applied today?  And, can this term be weaponized for alternative reasons? 

Find out today at GeekFest Rants with Carlos and Steve.   

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Today on GeekFest Rants, join Carlos and Steve as they dive deep into Star Trek Discovery, Season 2.  We meet new classic characters like Captain Pike and Spock.  We are introduced to new threats like the Red Angel and Control. 

We'll discuss the hits and misses of this exciting new season.  Plus where do we go next with Discovery and other future Trek platforms.

 

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Today on GeekFest Rants we take a look at Cyborg. No, not DC's Cyborg or Jean-Claude Van Damme' s Cyborg.  Instead we are looking at the book Cyborg by Martin Caidin which inspired the TV sci-fi favorite, The Six Million Dollar Man. 

We will cover the many direct connections between the book and the original TV movie, before the show started.  Plus we'll take a look at some cool Steve Austin and Bionic Bigfoot action figures. 

Then for our poster of the month we have a John Berkey Star Wars poster that was included free inside the original Star Wars soundtrack 2 record LP...if you remember what a record LP is.

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Does anyone remember a time when we had these things called toy stores?  Well, today on GeekFest Rants we travel back in time to our early days of toy collecting. 

Join Carlos and Steve as they compare and contrast two somewhat different kinds of collecting backgrounds. From actual toy stores, to stores with a toy section, to online retail, online auctions, and beyond.   

Just like there are generations that have not experienced 8-tracks, records, and cassettes, we will now have a generation that might never see a toy store.

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Vintagesploitation. Have you ever heard this term before?  We had not, until we listened to an episode of The Chive Cast and we started to notice a new trend in marketing Star Wars toys: appeal to Star Wars collectors by recreating vintage looking items.  Is this a money grab or a new, innovative way to  give collectors what they want? 

Then we tackle the novel, The Exorcist.  Is it as good as the movie?  And what is the connection between this book and the classic TV cop, Detective Columbo?

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