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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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Not film documentaries, documentaries about films.  There is a difference; these are not your typical behind the scenes, how a movie is made kind of docs. 

These are about how some movies never got made like The Death of Superman Lives, Doomed, and Jodorowsky's Dune.  Or movies about how people interpret Kubrick's The Shining like Room 237. 

Plus many, many more.  Join Carlos today on GeekFest Rants as he explores all these excellent documentaries(about films). 

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Things are not going to go the way you think... Today on GeekFest Rants, this line from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will apply both to the kind of show we are uploading and to one of Carlos' favorite podcasts, Rebel Force Radio. 

On this episode we are doing an unexpected continuation to our previous Toxic Fandom episode.  This time we'll cover how Toxic Fandom and politics seeps into everyday personal relationships. 

How we are often disappointed by the media personalities we admire.  And even, how something as unifying as a top rated Star Wars podcast can divide the fan community due to their political and diversity/inclusively views.

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"An elegant weapon, for a more civilized age".  That's how Obi-Was described it to Luke. Today on GeekFest Rants, Carlos will take you through the collectible market of lightsabers, specifically the high end "light up" FX lightsabers. 

We'll start with the creation of the film prop by Roger Christian, to the laser glow effect, to the Kenner inflatable toy, to the plastic incarnations, and finally to the screen accurate Master Replicas and Hasbro versions.   

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There are good films, bad films, and Cult films.  Well, two out of three ain't bad.  Today on GeekFest Rants Carlos will look at the  Michael Mann WWII horror film, The Keep.  Even the greatest of film makers have a skeleton in their closet and this one might be it for Michael Mann.  Even with a superb cast like Scott Glenn, Gabriel Byrne, Jürgen Prochnow, and Ian McKellen, this one misses the mark.  But is there something good about it that we might want to take a second look at? 

Then we'll look at Star Trek toy ships.  From brands like Micro Machines, Furuta, Hallmark, Hot Wheels, and Eaglemoss.  So many choices, so little money.

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Today on GeekFest Rants we'll take a look at two upcoming Star Wars animated shows, Clone Wars and Resistance.  With the surprise return and addition of a final season of Clone Wars episodes, we might get the conclusion we have been waiting for all these years. 

Plus a fresh new series, Star Wars Resistance, which will give us some backstory to the characters and events of The Force Awakens.  Then we will talk about Star Wars Kenner figures, specifically Reproductions(Repros) and Customs. 

There is a whole world out there in the Star Wars action figure collecting community.  And it consists of creating what you cannot find/afford or what never existed.

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Who are the current trailblazers of science fiction cinema?  Find out today on GeekFest Rants as we review the AMC show James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction and it's companion book. 

On the show we get one on one interviews between James Cameron and Guillermo del Toro, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ridley Scott, and Steven Spielberg. 

Plus, many of other interviews and they document the history of science fiction on film.  With the book we get more in depth information plus the remainder of the unused interviews with these science fiction giants

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How would you improve a movie?  How many times have you had a conversation with someone, about a movie, that goes something like this:  What if, in the story, they would have done that differently?  Today on GeekFest Rants we will do exactly that. 

We will theorize on alternate ways to improve the Star Wars: The Last Jedi script while maintaining the general structure of the core story.  We will also look at the similar story beats that the new trilogy takes from the original trilogy.  

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It was the dawn of the third age of mankind, ten years after the Earth/Minbari war. The Babylon Project was a dream given form. Its goal: to prevent another war by creating a place where humans and aliens could work out their differences peacefully. It's a port of call, home away from home for diplomats, hustlers, entrepreneurs, and wanderers. Humans and aliens wrapped in two million, five hundred thousand tons of spinning metal, all alone in the night.

It can be a dangerous place, but it's our last best hope for peace. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2258. The name of the place is Babylon 5.

Join Carlos at GeekFest Rants as he finally takes on one his favorite science fiction series, Babylon 5.     

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When was the last time you heard the story of Star Wars?  Now a days, not so much.  But a long time ago, before the home video revolution, records were our way of reliving the Star Wars saga. 

Today on GeekFest Rants Carlos breaks out the turntable (google it kids) to go over all the different kinds of record versions of the Star Wars story.  Plus we'll look at the most modern entries into this medium. 

Then we will profile the fantastic contributions made by Colin Cantwell into the creation of Star Wars.  From his conceptual art to his kit bashed models. 

Alongside with Ralph McQuarrie, Cantwell is yet another creative, inspirational giant behind the final look of the Star Wars universe.

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