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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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It's time for Summer Movie Roundup.  Join Carlos today at GeekFest Rants as we go over some of the films out this summer(and spring).  Starting with an original small film like Upgrade, with our newest crowned cult actor, Logan Marshall-Green(fake Tom Hardy). Then, if you want sequels, boy do we have sequels, Incredibles 2, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Deadpool 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Ant-Man and the Wasp.  Can some of these sequels outshine the originals?  Is Marvel still the king of the modern movie franchise?  Let's find out.

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Today on GeekFest Rants we return for a visit to posters of the month.  Join Carlos as he delves into Rogue One and Solo.  This brings us to a more modern look at poster design and it's creators.  Plus, we get some poster design controversy....yes there is such a thing.  Then we go over some of our favorite Boba Fett Hasbro action figures, plus a few fan made ones too.

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When it comes to the building blocks of modern science fiction, for at least people our age, in their 40's, it all starts with 2001 A Space Odyssey.  Join Carlos at GeekFest Rants as we dip our toe into the ocean that is 2001.  From the film by Stanley Kubrick, to the novel by Arthur C. Clarke, to the comic book adaptation by Jack Kirby, how are they the same and different.  And lest we forget the cinematic sequel 2010 The Year We Make Contact.  Does this Roy Scheider vehicle live up to the monolithic original?  Pun intended.  Does this 50 year old film still hold up?

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Today on GeekFest Rants, Carlos looks at both sides of the Star Wars fandom coin, the positive fan gatherings like Star Wars Celebration and the flip side with the ugly newer toxic fandom incidents.  This non traditional Star Wars fan behavior seems to have been gathering steam most recently with the new Disney/Lucasfilm films like The Force Awakens and culminating with The Last Jedi and Solo.

Instead of traditional thoughtful story and character analysis we now have a new wave of hatred towards this franchise rooted in racism, sexism, and general intolerance.  What's at the root of this behavior?  And, can we ever get back to the open, inclusive, safe environment that Star Wars has always been?

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Greetings, Starfighter! You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada.  Today on GeekFest Rants, Carlos revisits the 80's cult-classic, The Last Starfighter.  This CGI effects groundbreaking film will always have a place in our appreciation of special effects development. 

We'll cover the film, the toys(specially those that never came out), the Marvel comic book adaptation, and the possible future of this film.  

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Who actually shot first?  Today on GeekFest Rants we find out the stories behind the legend of everybody's favorite Corellian, scoundrel, pilot...Han Solo. Join Carlos, Kim, and Kyle for an in-depth review of the latest Star Wars film: Solo - A Star Wars Story. 

How does this compare to The Last Jedi, which seem to have split the fan-base in half.  How many Easter eggs can you cram into one film?  And who gave the stand out performance on this movie?  Find out today, and by the way...Han always shoots first.

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What do A Quiet Place, Avengers: Infinity War, Lost In Space, and Cobra Kai have in common?  Absolutely nothing, other than Carlos is reviewing them today on GeekFest Rants. 

On this episode we have a perfect combination of horror, comic book, sci-fi, and 80's throwback entertainment.  Is it possible to take a break from Star Wars a week before Solo opens?  Maybe.

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