There Will Be Geek

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Episode 50 – Police Procedurals

This week, we’ve got to drag this one back to the precinct because the Lieutenant is breaking our balls. We’re playing it by our own rules, busting the bad guys and chasing them down back alleys full of boxes and produce. Yes, for Episode 5-0 we’re looking at Police Procedurals. We look at our favourite examples of the genre, and […]

Episode 49 – The Predator Series

Do you like horror franchises? This week we have a doozy. Arnold Scwarzenegger as the Final Girl, Bill Paxton as annoying-douchebag-who-gets-killed, Topher Grace as Really? Him? and Olivia Munn being officially done with this shit. Yes. It’s the various permutations of Predator. We go as deep as we can stomach, and sometimes deeper than that. Plus Cav gets Mouldy and […]

Episode 46 – Worst Christmas

This week, we return triumphant to kick over the nativity scene, proposition the Carol singers and give Santa a wedgie. We look into the very worst pop culture offerings that Christmas has to offer, be it TV, Film or Music, getting our urchin hands dirty so you don’t have to. Plus Chani gets her cowboy on, Cav breaks the earth, […]

Episode 44 – The Terminator Series (Part 1)

This week, your Geek Resistance Heroes are sending noble warriors back in time to 1984 and 1991, desperately trying to rescue Sarah and John Connor. We talk about where it all began for the Terminator films, and we start with the two offerings that arguable define the franchise. There’s Naked Arnie. There’s prop-based puns. There’s irritating children. What more could […]

Episode 42 – Douglas Adams

“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the southern hemisphere lies a small unregarded podcast. Presenting this podcast for a period of roughly two years are a group of ape-descended life forms who – with the exception of Chani – are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea…”* Today […]

Episode 41 – Free Comic Book Day

There are certain dates every year that the Geek Calendar can be set by; your local big convention, the first of the big tentpole blockbusters, San Diego ComiCon, and so on. Free Comic Book Day has firmly established itself as one of these the world over, so on May 5th, we popped down to All Star Comics here in glamourous […]

Episode 40 – Vampires – Do They Suck

This week, we debate all things Vampire – where do they come from, what is it that appeals about them, which are the best examples of the genre and so on. We pick out our favorite bloodsuckers, and those we’d rather stake out on a tropical island at noon. And there’s bonus Nicholas Cage.Plus Chani wants the kids to get […]

Episode 39 – Internet Challenges

This week, we explore the world of internet challenges, from condoms, to laundry pods, to ice buckets, and all of the other nonsense in between. Plus, we give a big shout out to Steven Taylor, doing yet another insane bike challenge charity fundraiser ride. More details below.   And in the thimble of win, Cav waxes lyrical on Steve Buscemi, […]

Episode 37 – Physical vs. Digital Media

This week, we debate the issues surrounding Physical vs. Digital Media. Is it better to own a physical object outright, or are we OK with digital versions of our favourite books, films, or music. And what of Cloud Storage and subscription fees? We give the whole shebang a once over. Plus our Thimble of Win deals with Banjo LARP, Non-Verbal […]

Episode 36 – Ready Player One

With the forthcoming release of Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One, we thought is might be a good idea to revisit the novel, and see if it really was as good as the first pass led us to believe. Yeah. About that… We talk about the limits of nostalgia, terrible marketing, bad writing, and how far a gimmick will get […]

Episode 35 – Pop Culture Conspiracy Theories

This week, you’re going to have to watch your backs… they have eyes everywhere. We’ve gone too far down the rabbit hole, and it’s everywhere – the Moon, Abbey Road, all the way to the White House (Thanks Obama). I’m telling you, they’ve got body doubles, replacement band members, ghost writers, the whole nine yards. You’ve got to get the […]

Episode 34 – Pop Culture Couples – a Valentine’s Day Special

This episode, your favourite hopeless romantics travel through time and space, via war zones, alternate realities, and all points in between to bring you our favourite examples of couples and love in Pop Culture. Plus in our Thimble of Win, Chani raises hell, Cav goes to war and commits sin, and Mike is searching for a soothing balm. Get your […]

Episode 32 – Review of 2017: Part 1

This week, we give you the first half of our review of 2017. We give you our favourite Geek moments from last year, covering our usual bases of Games, Film, TV, and anything else we can come up with. It’s a long one, and part two will be with you shortly.   We’ll be looking to have a more regular […]

Episode 31 – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Space Opera

This week, we look at Space Operas, and give praise/a good kicking to several notable examples of the genre, taking in Film, TV, Books and Games. We journey form Epsilon 3 to Mongo, from the Systems Commonwealth to the moons of Jupiter, all the while dispensing our verdicts without mercy. We’re not including Star Wars, Star Trek or Doctor Who […]

Episode 30 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi SPOILERCAST

BAAAAAAAAAM! Bada baam! Bada bam bam bam bam bam bam, bam bam bam bam bam bam, bam bam bam bam bam bam, baaam ba ba ba….Baaa Baaa ba ba ba BAAA baa, ba ba ba BAAA baa,ba ba ba BAAA… This episode, Mike and Cav get together to give you their review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. So naturally, […]

Episode 29 – What We Did On Our Holidays: Part 2

We’re back once again with our hiatus review. This time, we’re talking about the best in TV and film from while we were away galavanting (in the case of at least one of our number, getting married). We take a look at Stranger Things, Star Trek: Discovery and Game of Thrones (with honourable mentions for The Defenders, and The Tick). […]

Episode 28 – What We Did On Our Holidays: Part 1

Once again, it’s time to welcome back your three favourite Geek Vacationers, as we pass around the novelty donkeys, and break out the slide show while Uncle Marmaduke passes out in the corner after one too many brandies…   In this episode, we’ll be looking at Chani and Cav’s exploits, as we hear all about their adventures in the world […]

Episode 27 – The Alien Saga

This week, your favourite Geek Marines load up their hardware and go searching for Xenomorphs on the USCSS There Will Be Geek. We talk about the Alien Saga from its humble beginnings in Dark Star to the latest offering in Alien: Covenant. We talk about the successes, the qualified successes, the critical failures and the baffling decisions that have followed […]

Episode 26 – The Cornetto Trilogy

“Take three Geeks. Go to Mike’s. Record the podcast, grab coats, go to The Reverence*, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over. How’s that for a slice of fried gold?” This week, Cav, Mike and Chani are sampling Three Flavours Cornetto as we look over Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The […]

Episode 25 – American Gods

Our quarter-century of episodes brings us the dark and brooding masterpiece road trip that is American Gods. Your favourite weary travellers on TWBG Airways will be settling comfortably down into their upgraded-to-first-class-somehow seats, and will regale you with stories of gods old and new, and everything in between. Plus we bring you news of dragons, witchers, crystals, the law, and […]

Episode 24 – Nintendo

This week, your favourite geeksplorers Peach, Mario, and Bowser (we’ll let you decide who’s who) blow into the cartridge and press the reset button on a show all about Nintendo. As always, we look at the history of the company, our own formative experiences with a large variety of consoles and other platforms, and we hazard a guess as to […]

Episode 23 – Sex

This week, the foxy cats at TWBG are getting down, looking sharp, and getting ready for some hot action. Yes, we’re talking about Sex in popular culture – whether it be improbable and badly rendered in video games, laughable British sex comedies, 80’s teen movies or the free flopping wangs of modern medieval fantasy. Plus we go to town on […]

Episode 22 – Retro Gaming

LOAD “TWBG – RETRO GAMING”   SEARCHING…   This week, we dig out our horn-rimmed glasses, turtle-neck cardigans and brown slacks and go headlong into the world of Retro Gaming, looking back into consoles and computers, asterisks and arcades, joysticks and…other things beginning with J. We ask what is Retro, whether there is pleasure in simplicity, how important is playability […]

Episode.21: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Movie Sequels

Sequels. Love, loathe or detest them, if you love cinema, then you can’t avoid them. But how to categorise them? What makes a sequel worth your time? In the first of a new occasional feature, your favourite geeks play Judge Judy and Executioner to a host of follow-ups, deciding upon their worthiness and giving our criteria and whimsical judgements for […]

Episode 20 – Trainspotting: Then & Now

Choose Geek. Choose a hobby. Choose a comic book shop. Choose a nerd family. Choose a flat screen television with Netflix, choose a console, gaming machines, Spotify and sonic screwdrivers. Choose questionable health, pizza and insurance for your collection of collectibles. Choose Lootcrate payments. Choose a share-house. Choose your guild. Choose cutesy t-shirts with fucking unicorns impaling people. Chose a […]

Episode 19: Geek Book Club

This week, our geekbrarians look sternly over their glasses, tell you to shush, and go back to pushing their book trolley around the shelves, as we bring you some of our favourite examples in the first of an occasional series delving into geek books. We wrangle with minds, drones, and dubiously named ships, we offer ourselves as tribute, and we […]

Episode 18 – Fan Theories

This week, your Consulting Geek Detectives grab their pipes, stuff on their deerstalkers and stride around purposefully holding their magnifying glasses as we investigate Fan Theories. We look at witches and murderers, hospitals and snowglobes, implanted memories, watchers and secret agents, implausible hoaxes and drowning swimmers in our quest for cultural enlightenment. Plus our Thimble of Win focuses on taciturn […]

Episode 17 – The Music of Video Games

This week, we conduct a raid into the vaults of the Geekservatoire to bring you the very finest masterworks from the great composers, from Clint Mansell to Trent Reznor, from Mick Gordon to Bill Elm & Woody Jackson, from Rob Hubbard all the way to…Michael Jackson?   We look at some of our favourite examples of the genre, from Space […]

Episode 16 – Christmas Specials and 2016 Review

Put your feet up, rest your weary limbs, grab a mince pie and pour yourself a drink. It’s time for the Three Wise Geeks to give you the TWBG take on Christmas. We talk about our favourite pop-culture traditions for festive periods past, and then give you our review of all that was good, middling and questionable from this year. […]

Episode 15a – Rogue One Reaction (SPOILER FREE)

Cav and Mike bring you speculation and then reaction to the midnight screening of Rogue One.   No spoilers this time – we’ll be talking about the film in more depth another time. For now, we give our thoughts on one of 2016’s most anticipated releases, and decide whether it lives up to the hype. Check out this episode!

Episode 15 – Rogue One & the Star Wars Extended Universe

A long time ago (Saturday), in a country far, far away (let’s face it – Australia is a long way from everywhere)…   This week, our disreputable gang of rebellious ne’er-do-wells and rag-tag adventurers bring you their thoughts on the impending release of Rogue One, and discuss the sometimes confusing and often perplexing topic of the Star Wars Extended Universe […]

Episode 14 – John Carpenter: Horror

This week, in the first of an occasional series on Auteurs, we present an episode based around the Horror work of John Carpenter, a director who’s a firm favourite here at TWBG towers. We discuss his work in the genre, looking into his recurring themes, hit, misses and everything in between. Plus, as ever there’s out Thimble of Win, where […]

Episode 13 – Geek Comedy on TV

This week, our dashing and daring geekaliers sally forth onto the filed of entertainment, chasing down all things geek TV. We duel with Hitchikers, Red Dwarves, Pop-culture Popping Pegg (and Stephenson), Ricks and Mortys, purple haired Cypclopettes, crowds of I.T.  folk, and give those Big Bang fells a damned good thrashing!   Plus, out thimble of win takes in Doctor […]

Ep 12 – PAX Aus 2016

This week, our crack investigative team of Cav and Chani brave the wilds of PAX Aus to bring you news of games, geekery and all things good. We talk about the highs, the lows, the slightly odd bits in between, and get to grips with all of the things we found exciting. You want queue action? You got it. Glue? […]

Episode 11 – Halloween Special

Pop Culture and Halloween have always had an interesting relationship. Whether it be the drawing in of the northern hemisphere nights, the telling of ghost stories, the delicious feelings of dread or the tingle of the fear that runs down your spine, there is something to be said for allowing the unknown and uncanny to thrill, delight and spook.   […]

Episode 10 – Tetris

*****WARNING: CONTAINS EXPLICIT MATERIAL***** *****SERIOUSLY – DON”T SAY WE DIDN’T WARN YOU*****   Right, now that’s out of the way, we present our take on Tetris. We explore its early origins in 80’s Russia, the convoluted mess of rights ownership surrounding it, its cultural impact and other things; not least more proof, if it were needed, that Rule 34 exists […]

Ep. 9: Never Have I Ever

Ahoy there, geekowarriors!   After our winter break, we decided to tickle your ear canals with a subject for debate. Wherever you fit in geek and nerd culture, there are always some areas that people are shocked and surprised at you for not being across. Those moments where you confess to never having played/seen/drawn/fondled/enjoyed a particular geek experience that would […]

Episode 8 – Magic: The Gathering

Greetings fellow geeketarians! In this, our most latest of episodes, we go deep into the world of Magic: The Gathering. We poke around the musty cellar of history to look at the rise of this, the Übermensch of trading card games. We look to see who has tried to muscle in on its action through the years, we rake over its family […]

Episode 7a – Ghostbusters 2016 Review

You lucky, lucky people!   Yes – you saw correctly. You get an extra mini-episode this week. We figured that this one was worth its own review. Normal programming will resume shortly, but in the meanwhile, feast your ears with our dulcet ramblings on what we thought of Ghostbusters.   Get on it good people. Check out this episode!

Episode 7 – ComicCon Previews

Take three fresh geeks. Marinade them gently in a blend of trailers, stir vigorously, ladle about the face repeatedly, slap several times, pour into a baking tray and shove it into your computer at Gas Mark 7 for 50 minutes…   …the end result being this week’s investigation into the Film and TV delights we can expect to be gracing […]

Episode 6 – Ghostbusters

On this episode, your three intrepid podbusters climb into their shoddy grey overalls, strap on their proton packs and get down and dirty with our take on Ghostbusters.   We look into the history of the franchise, the animated spinoffs, the latest version set to hit cinemas next week, and ask the really important questions, such as what the hell […]

Episode 5 – Video Game Movie Adaptations

Once again, our three intrepid podcastranauts plunge headlong into the inky depths of Video Game Movie Adaptations – where it all stared, which ones work or don’t work and why, what the future holds and much more. Plus Cav reviews Warcraft, the latest attempt at getting these Crossovers right. Chani expounds and explodes in a gooey mess all over Super […]

Episode 4 – Preacher

In our latest episode, we get down and dirty with JC, delving deep into the world of classic 90’s comic series turned 2016 TV show from AMC, Preacher. We explore the themes, the history, the…anagrams…and generally deconstruct what it is that made this tale of batshit American craziness the cult classic that it is. We look at the pilot episode, […]

Episode 2 – Comic Book Movies (with Thimble Of Win)

Once again, our geeksplorers delve into the murkey depths of the pop culture ocean, this time shining a light on the subject of comic book movies. We look into their history, where they are now, and where they appear to be headed. Gasp as Chani gushes! Nod knowingly as Cav opines on….well, everything! Try to avoid nodding off as Mike […]

There Will Be Geek – Episode 1 – Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Our debut podcast! There are some sound quality issues towards the end, and we’re working on the kinks but for now, listen to our intrepid Geeksplorers taskle the thorny thicket of geekery that is Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. PSA: Spoilery stuff between 20:15-34:55 for those of you who haven’t seen the film, and want to preserve the purity […]