Pop Culture Talk That’s Out Of This World


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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Today on GeekFest Rants, Carlos and Steve return to recap the highlights from Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019. This time around we cover the return of The Clone Wars, Hasbro's newest toys, the soon to be open Galaxy's Edge, for our gamers out there - Jedi Fallen Order, and the soon to be premiering Disney+ original show, The Mandalorian. 

The films might be taking a little break soon but the Star Wars world is about to get a lot bigger.

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As we begin our recap of Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019, we will start with the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer. 

Today on GeekFest Rants join Carlos and Steve as they go shot by shot into the Episode IX trailer.  We'll see some returning characters, some new ones, and some amazing unexpected surprises. And this is just the beginning of our Celebration coverage.

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Have you ever watched a movie that left you with more questions than answers? Or you did not know if you liked it or not until you talked to some people about it? Or that it was so disturbing that you has to stop watching it?  Well, welcome to art films. 

Today on GeekFest Rants, Carlos takes you through a basic tour of some of the most accessible art films out there.  We begin with a review of Mandy and then spiral down to classics like Drive, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Bad Lieutenant, Blue Velvet and many more.

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Today on GeekFest Rants we return to our Happy Place... Star Wars toys.  Join Carlos as we take a deep dive into Star Wars concept ship toys. 

We'll begin with Galoob's Series Alpha, then to Hasbro Solo additions, and to the Hot Wheels concept Cantwell collection.  When it comes to three dimensional representations of small size concept ships, there are plenty out there to collect. 

Then we jump to 1977, to the pre home video days of Star Wars with the Star Wars Movie Viewer.  This is probably the earliest version of being able to watch 40 second clips of the movie at home for an affordable price. No Batteries Needed.

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You have good movies and bad movies.  Usually the good movies are the ones you want to re-watch.   But not always.  Today on GeekFest Rants join Carlos and Steve as they go down the list of some very good movies that for different reason, we may not want to see again.  These are film like Schindler's List, The Shining, Glory, Oldboy, and many more.

What is it about these good films that might prevent us, or you, from giving them a second viewing?


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"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in".  A very ironic line from Godfather Part 3.  Today on GeekFest Rants, join Carlos as he takes an unexpected trip back into the Star Wars toxic fandom Rebel Force Radio Controversy from last year.  It would seem that the last time we covered this news story it ruffled enough feathers to actually endanger our YouTube channel. 

As Celebration Chicago nears, someone is trying to get back into the good graces of Lucasfilm, by attempting to silence any critical reporting of their toxic fandom misadventures.  

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