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2007 – The Year in Geekdom (part 4)

31

Dec

Posted by Steve

While the debates raged, DC Continued it’s much bemoaned Countdown.  The Hulk continued to wage his War in New York City.  At the end of the Summer though, everyone stopped fussing and debating, and turned with great anticipation toward San Diego.  It was ComiCon time.

Everyone expected the Dark Knight to cast his shadow over the Con, but the Joker merely painted everyone’s face.    However, where Bruce Wayne decided to stay away, another successful playboy type made his mark.   Jon Favreau wowed the crowd with his reel of clips from Iron Man.   Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg made an appearance….sort of.  Along with a look at the Hulk and some cartoon stuff, geeks everywhere started to forget the debates of 2007 and look to the future.

As Fall and Winter rolled in, The Summer debates faded like the leaves on a tree and we, the geek nation sat back with full geek bellies anticipating the upcoming events.

We were pleased with the Bourne Ultimatum.  We gave a collective “It was OK”  to the Pirates at World’s End.  I was, hoever,  much more happy with it than I was the second installment of the Pirates trilogy.  The Consensus on John McClane’s vie to Live Free or Die Hard?  Should have gone for the “R” rating.  Again, I find myself at odds with the consensus.  I thought the action was as big as it could have been, the only thing we didn’t get was all of the “dirty words” of the previous three installments.  

As the hype of the Summer wore down and Rob Zombie remade HALLOWEEN, the geek eye began to strain to see into 2008.   However, right in the way of 2008 stood Will Smith, a German Shepherd, an empty New York City, and a whole bunch of vampire-like creatures that were the result of the cure for cancer. 

Apparently, I AM LEGEND was one of those projects that had been in the works for a long time.  In fact, The Governator was attatched to the project in it’s earliest stages.  Thank God he decided to go into politics and this thing didn’t get made until Will Smith could be involved.   Will Smith did an outstanding job of having nothing on screen but a few maniquins and a dog to play off of.  It was fascinating to watch the daily life of a man who had been totally isolated for three years.  It was fascinating to watch Will Smith bring the character of Robert Neville to life. 

The biggest problem I’ve heard that people have with I AM LEGEND is the digitalness of the Dark Seekers.  Frankly, those people must have an eye trained to be able to tell a good digital character from a poor one.  While the Dark Seekers were no Yoda from Episode 3, they weren’t so unrealistic as to be distracting.   The story though, and I can’t say it enough, is Will Smith.  His performance is the reason that 2007 has been able to end – for geeks – on a high note. 

Now, we look to 2008.  A monster will ravage New York, Rambo will kill again, Indy will strap on the whip, Stark will don the armor, The Hulk will smash, The Dark Knight will return, and we cannot wait.  Yes, 2008 promises to be a banner year for geeks and geekdom.  Truthfully, though, even before we see Iron Man take to the big screen, we will be talking about a sequel.  Before Batman beats the Joker, we will be anticipating his battle with Two Face.  Before Indiana finds the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull we will be speculating as to whether or not he’ll ever be back.  For it is the nature of the geek to ever look forward.  It is the nature of the geek to devour trailers, pictures, spy reports, and spoilers. It is the nature of the geek to pre-order comics, write their own ending, and endlessly e-mail their favorite creators.  We look ahead with the anticipation of a kid at Christmas because a geek is merely someone who hasn’t completely let go of the kid inside of them, and as we look forward, we hold on to that little boy or girl saving the world from the confines of the back yard.  We look forward as we look for a place that is safe to sit back and discuss all that we enjoy about geekdom.  And that brings me to the biggest geek event for me in 2007:

THE LAUNCHING OF GEEK OUT ONLINE.

Thank you to everyone who has, in the past few months not only checked the site out, but subscribed to the feed and podcast as well.  I’m looking forward to 2008 and all the fun we’ll have not only at the comic shops, DVD racks, and Movie theatres, but also the fun we’ll have here discussing our experiencing and immersing ourselves in total geekdom.  Happy New Year, may 2008 fulfill all of our geek wishes.

Coming Soon…

18

Sep

Posted by Steve

We are only about a week and a half away from the season premiere of Smallville. my experience with Smallville this year will be comparible to my experience with the first season in that I am determined to remain as spoiler free as possible. Here’s what I know about the seventh season of the CW’s flagship show.

1. Supergirl is making her appearance in Smallville right off the bat. In fact, it looks like she is going to be a huge part of the first half of the season. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I’ve learned to trust the creators of the show when they bring a in new character from the mythology. That is, until they brought in Jimmy Olsen. I didn’t like this decision mainly because I didn’t like the characterization of Jimmy. That allowed me to go into my geeky nit-picks about the the character being on Smallville. (He’s supposed to be a cub reporter/photgrapher when Lois and Clark are working on the Planet as adults. He’s supposed to kind of idolize Clark, not be a rival with him. You know, those kind of things.) Supergirl is also one of those characters that never really got off the ground (so to speak) with me. Apparently, there’s a twist to the character that will further bend the mythology of Superman that I’m not sure how I feel about either.

2. Dean Cain is finally coming to Smallville. Fans have been clamoring for this for a few years now. Unfortunately, fans were hoping that Cain would play the son of Dr. Virgil Swann and Bridgette Crosby, and that’s not what’s happening. Cain will be playing Curtis Knox (note the initials). Knox is apparently a Vandal Savage type character. Just click on the name if you are unfamiliiar with who Savage is.

3. Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, and other Justice Leaguers will be making appearances this season (sans Bruce Wayne) with J’onn J’onzz making an appearance in the season premiere.

I can only speculate after all of that. My speculations?

1. This is the last season of Smallville. It hasn’t been said, and it’s only been hinted at if you dig into a few news bites and comments from the past year. What is for sure is that Michael Rosenbaum isn’t contracted for another season, and while you don’t need Lex, he’s become such an integral part of the show that I honestly can’t see Smallville continuing without him.

2. This season can only go one of two ways really bad or really good. There is no middle ground. Frankly, I wasn’t blown away with Season 6 as a whole. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed episodes like “Justice”. I especially enjoyed the season premiere “Zod,” and the makers of the show once again proved that they know how to do a season finale with “Phantom.” Overall, though, I felt like there was too much the creators were trying to get in to the season. You had the Zoners that Clark was supposed to rounding up, Lana and Lex getting married because she was pregnant, then she lost the baby, then she was never pregnant (Surely they were going somewhere else with that and backed down.), there was the Green Arrow, the Martian Manhunter, the Justice League, is Lionel good or bad, will Lionel and Martha hook up, and Jimmy Olsen. It just seemed as though there was never really a clear direction for the season after the season premiere. This season, it seems like more of the same, I know they can do it well though. I know they can make me like Supergirl. I know they can make me interested in Lana’s fate. It’s just gonna take a bit of work on their part.

3. The season premiere should be wonderful. I mean it’s Clark against Smallville’s version of Bizarro. I’ve always loved Bizarro. I really enjoy the hero fighting with a twisted version of himself. So, I’m looking forward to the season premiere. I just hope it’s a good fight.

4. Lana’s alive and, contrary to popular belief, she’s not in the truck that oh-so-conveniently passed by just before the explosion. I think she went a different way. And I think Lionel was helping her fake her death.

If you’re looking for Smallville spoilers, or breaking news, I have found that the best site is KryptonSite The crew over there does a great job with bringing you spoilers, news, pics, and in-depth Smallville coverage

If podcasts are your thing, check out Starkville’s House of El Podcast. (Got the link to work that time) This is one of the most well produced podcasts on the internet and the guys have a genuinely good time on the show.

Also, just around the riverbend is the season premiere of the Batman, Kids WB’s cartoon version of the Dark Knight, and The Legion of Super Heroes, another Kids WB cartoon.

I’m super-psyched about Heroes starting up, and I feel a little guilty about not talking about the best show on television a lot here. Don’t worry…I will.

I think I’m most excited about the launching of the official podcast of Geek Out Online – Geek Out Loud. Every week, I hope to have guests (read friends) on the show to talk Smallville, Heroes, comics, and other comic related stuff. That all happens Friday, September 28th right here on this website.

So tell your friends, and coerce your family into reading and listening. If you have comments, leave them. If you feel the urge to e-mail, please do. Remember, this is a safe place for geeks everywhere.