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"Hey, we don't serve their kind here...Your droids. They'll have to wait outside. We don't want them here."  These lines from the Cantina bartender in Star Wars, prompted a whole bunch of questions from us lately. 

Is there a prejudice against droids in the Star Wars universe? Are droids treated like slaves?  Are droid sentient?  What could have prompted this anti-droid sentiment? 

Join Carlos and Steve today on GeekFest Rants as we explore this often forgotten plot detail.....at least until the we met L3-37 on Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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Today GeekFest Rants returns to the planet ruled by apes.  Well, at least with our toy collection.  Join Carlos as we profile the great Planet of the Apes action figure line by Medicom.  We'll cover the major past figure lines available plus the current ones.  Plus, which figures we wish they would make. 

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It's genre book time at GeekFest Rants.  Today, join Carlos and Steve as they review some nerdy books on all things genre related.  We start with Star Trek Shipyards - Starfleet Ships 2063-2293, then Dungeons & Dragons - Art & Arcana, then Stan Lee's Amazing Fantastic Incredible, and finally The Art of Ghost in the Shell.  Four very different books hitting some of the geeky subjects we love.  

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Today on GeekFest Rants join us as Carlos reviews his collection of not so old Battlestar Galactica Hasbro Titanium ships.  He goes over all these fantastic looking ships from the groundbreaking Sci-Fi Channel series.  This also includes a few classic 1978 style ships that were part of this line. 

Then we'll take a trip to an imaginary Geek Mall.  What if we could put together a mall filled with just all the nerdy, geeky stores we love?  Well, here is your chance.  It's a genre fan's dream come true.  Too bad it's just a dream. 

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Today on GeekFest Rants join Carlos and special guest author, Andrew E.C. Gaska, as they look at the history of toxic fandom with events like Gamergate and Comicsgate.  Then Carlos returns to cover the Rebel Force Radio controversy with the conclusion of these 3 part investigative reports. 

The great, late Stan Lee said it best "The world may change and evolve, but the one thing that will never change is the way that we tell our stories of heroism. Stories have room for everyone, regardless of their race, gender, religion, or color of their skin. The only things we don't have room for are hatred, intolerance, and bigotry. That man next to you, he's your brother. That woman over there, she's your sister...Excelsior!" 

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Today on GeekFest Rants, Carlos and Steve take a deep dive into the first season of Star Trek Discovery.  How does this show compare to it's predecessors?  We'll examine the development of the show, the cast, the effects, the music, and the major plot lines.  But first we start out with our particular history of our introductions to the world of Star Trek. 

Plus, we take a look at the mini episodes, Short Treks, to get us ready for season two.

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Today on GeekFest Rants, Carlos dips into comics and posters.  First off, he reviews the recent Planet of the Apes Visionaries graphic novel.  This highly anticipated volume gives all Apes fans an alternate visual look at the classic story from from the perspective of one of the film's original screenwriters and Twilight Zone legend, Rod Serling. 

Then Carlos travels back in time to 1977 to take a look at four super cool Star Wars Burger Chef promotional posters.  This is the same art that was later in 1978 turned into Burger King glasses. Finally he takes a close look at the poster for Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1987 hit, Predator.  Here he examines how the lead actor's name becomes the main promotional draw of the movie's poster.

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Two titans of the comic book world have become titans of the cinema world. But how are they faring against each other. Today on GeekFest Rants, Carlos is joined by new guest co-host Steve Fowlkes.  They cover the four major eras of superhero films, 70s-80s Superman era, 80's-90s Batman era, 90's-00's Spider-Man, Batman, X-Men era, and our current Marvel/DC incarnations. 

Now that these two multi million dollar franchises are going head to head, how is one doing so much better than the other.  What are the hits and what are the not so hits; plus which are the ones that bomb so bad that they would both rather forget about.

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"From a Certain Point of View" is not just a very memorable line that Ben tells Luke from Return of the Jedi.  It is also a point of argument when it comes to defending toxic fandom.  Are all points of view equal? Or are there some points of view that are so extreme that they don't belong on the same playing field? 

Join Carlos today on GeekFest Rants as we examine an interview Jason Swank from Rebel Force Radio gave Jeremy Griggs from Geeks+Gamers regarding the previously discussed Toxic Fandom RFR situation within the Star Wars community. 

Here we'll get a partial "their side of the story" which has been missing from RFR's actual show.  We also discuss this new sub genre of profitable, provocative, verbally aggressive, alt-right kind of fandom that seems to have found it's way into the Star Wars community. 

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It's time for the New York Comic Con 2018 round up.  Today on GeekFest Rants, Carlos highlights some of the news, trailers, and toys featured at NYCC.  We'll also include some breaking news around the time of NYCC.  Things like Aquaman, Star Wars Resistance, What We do in the Shadows, Star Trek Discovery, The Mandalorian, etc. 

Plus we will also profile a classic Kenner  Star Wars toy, the Imperial Troop Transport and compare it to it's newer modern counterpart from Hasbro's Star Wars Rebels line.

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