News Cruise

News Cruise

ANY PORT IN A NERD STORM: Rather than blasting the news, Andrew and D. Bethel blur the distinction between nerdy news and Weeks in Geek with Andrew expressing his excitement for Star Trek: Lower Decks on CBS All Access, Dan’s strange sense of place after watching the HBO true crime documentary mini-series, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, before they discuss the news of the upcoming live-action Mulan remake getting a simultaneous (albeit for $29.99) release on Disney+ and in theaters.

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  • Bethel, D. “News Blast: Three X-Films Announced for 2018.” A Website [ , ] For All Intents and Purposes. 23 April 2017. –– Where D. Bethel discusses the announcement of the New Mutants movie, along with the announcement of Deadpool 2 and Dark Phoenix. Deadpool 2 was the only film to release in 2018.
  • Diaz, Eric. “Mulan is Going Straight to Disney+ for $29.99.” Nerdist. 04 August 2020.
  • And, for the sake of completion, here is the website for the city of Cerritos, CA, which indeed translates to “little hills.”

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  • A Veritable Odyssey” (12 July 2019): Where Andrew and D. Bethel discuss the first trailer for the live-action Mulan remake.
  • Bouncing Waveforms” (15 May 2020): Where D. Bethel discusses the most recent (and final?) announced theatrical release date for New Mutants.

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Choose Your Weapon

Choose Your Weapon

WEEK IN GEEK: Andrew watches the documentary about the creation of Dungeons & Dragons that re-establishes the importance of co-founder, Dave Arneson, called Secrets of Blackmoor: The True History of Dungeons & Dragons, while D. Bethel enjoys––but fully understands the criticisms of––Sucker Punch Games’ new open world samurai game, Ghost of Tsushima.

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High Five Super Friends

High Five Super Friends

THE INTERMINABLE CUT: Zack Snyder had already made it clear that his “Snyder Cut” of Justice League for HBO Max was going to be long, but recently made clear that it was going to be even longer than the 214 minutes he previously said it would be, meaning it will likely be close to four hours of film. Andrew and D. Bethel have some thoughts about long run times with nerdy and geeky movies.

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  • Episode 149 – We Are Not Here” (08 December 2017): Where D. Bethel talks about watching the theatrical cut of Justice League.
  • A Casualty of the Rhyme” (22 May 2020): Where our hosts are joined by our DC correspondent, Taylor Katcher, to talk about the news of the Snyder Cut coming to HBO Max.

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Chasing Chickens

Chasing Chickens

WEEK IN GEEK: Andrew tunes into the new Apple TV alternate history drama created by Ronald D. Moore: For All Mankind. D. Bethel also watches some tv; however, it’s animated and old––Disney XD’s Gravity Falls.

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  • Trailer for the upcoming animated series on CBS All Access, Star Trek: The Lower Decks:

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The Baggage of Expectation

The Baggage of Expectation

A NEW BAT IN THE BELFRY: With Ruby Rose’s sudden departure as the lead in CW’s Batwoman after the conclusion of its first season, the studio had a lot of interesting choices to make. This week, it was announced that Javicia Leslie would be taking over as the lead––not as Kate Kane, but as a brand new, original character, Ryan Wilder. Andrew & D. Bethel discuss the casting, legacy characters, and how a show can survive––and thrive––even when their lead actor has been replaced.

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  • Episode 77 – That’s Not a Euphemism” (01 January 2016): Where D. Bethel and Andrew share their thoughts about Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
  • Episode 107 – Spock’s Screams” (23 September 2016): Where Andrew and D. Bethel last discussed the concept of legacy characters in comics.
  • A Casualty of the Rhyme” (22 May 2020): Where D. Bethel and Andrew––along with friend of the show, Taylor Katcher––cover the news of Ruby Rose leaving her lead role in Batwoman after the first season.

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Nature’s Velcro

Nature’s Velcro

WEEK IN GEEK: This week, Andrew finds half of a game to enjoy in Owlcat Games’ Pathfinder: Kingmaker while D. Bethel expands his artistic repertoire by investing in an iPad Pro and finds a lot to like in it.

Here’s a recent post on D. Bethel’s Long John website about using the iPad to draw. Here’s the process video that Procreate (sigh) created of the drawing:

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The Innervator

The Innervator

PEOPLE ARE STILL TERRIBLE: The last few weeks have been heavy with news of important people in the various nerd industries––video games, tabletop, comics, etc.––getting called out as sexual predators who, for years, were protected by the companies they worked for. Andrew and D. Bethel don’t dive into specific cases as much as why these people’s predatory behavior had been “open secrets” for years and hadn’t suffered for it.

Schrodinger’s Coulson: To end on more fun news, Andrew and D. Bethel discuss the first few episodes of the new, final season of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, which has the crew hopping through different time periods.

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  • Episode 145 – Corrected Reality” (01 September 2017): Where Andrew and D. Bethel try to answer the question: are there too many conventions?
  • Pong 2020” (07 June 2019): Where our hosts discuss a controversial interview with Chris Avellone and his strange stance on politics in game narratives.
  • Starting by Starting” (03 January 2020): Where D. Bethel talks about his time with the Lovecraftian revisionist video game, The Sinking City.
  • The Badger Abides” (07 February 2020): Where Andrew and D. Bethel talk about revising Lovecraft for a modern context, focusing specifically around the recently released tabletop RPG, Fate of Cthulhu.
  • Elbow Five” (06 March 2020): Where D. Bethel talks with Andrew about the future of conventions in the face of the coronavirus.

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It Has Full Body

It Has Full Body

WEEK IN GEEK: As is often the case with our hosts: everything old is new again. Andrew plans to take on the psychological strangeness of Atlus’ Catherine in the recently released “definitive” version of the 2011 game called Catherine: Full Body. D. Bethel actually steps outside the realm of Xavier’s School for the Gifted to try out a different Marvel hero, The Silver Surfer, in the 2019 limited series, Silver Surfer: Black, by Donny Cates, Tradd Moore, and Dave Stewart.

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Dulce Et Utile

Dulce Et Utile

THE DELONGATED MAN: Actor Hartley Sawyer has been fired from his role as Ralph Dibney––the civilian name for The Elongated Man––after racist and misogynist tweets he made years ago once again resurfaced. Andrew and D. Bethel discuss accountability in the world of social media and the permanence of internet publishing.

WotC RESHUFFLES: Magic: The Gathering publisher, Wizards of the Coast (WotC) announces it will be retiring old cards with clear racist imagery and implications from circulation.

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  • “A Casualty of the Rhyme” (22 May 2020): Where Andrew and D. Bethel––guided by resident DC expert, Taylor Katcher––talk about the news of Ruby Rose leaving Batwoman after the first season.

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