Geek Spiel – Guilty Pleasures, Wrongly Accused: Why “Fun” Shouldn’t Be An Apology

Picture this scenario: you’ve just finished seeing your favorite big, summer blockbuster in theatres, and decide to meet up with some friends after. When asked what movie you saw, you tell them, only to receive looks similar to if you spontaneously grew a head out of your armpit that began singing broadway show tunes. The average opinion within your cadre is that said movie was crappy at best, and “utter trashdick” (hey, their words, not mine) at worst. For several minutes, to try in futility to defend the things you found good about it, but after being driven back by hordes of cynical derision, you relent to your only remaining weapon:

“Aww, c’mon guys, it was FUN…”

I think it’s reasonable to say that at some point, most of us have encountered a similar situation. You reveal one of your “guilty pleasures”, be it your love of low-budget 80s action films, the secret ABBA playlist that shall never be named, or that stack of Vampire Diaries books on your shelf, and eventually reach the point where you acquire that telltale, self-effacing pout in your voice, and do the social equivalent of a wolf rolling over onto its back in order to appease a series of snarling, geeky maws.

"C'mon guys, I know the acting was bad, but Megan Fox was hot, right? Right? Guys?"

“C’mon guys, I know the acting was bad, but Megan Fox was hot, right? Right? Guys?”

But since when did “fun” become a white flag?

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This week on The Rogues’ Gallery podcast, The Prodigal Son, Wes, returns to the fold!

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Joined by the long-absent member of the original five, Shan and Vince kick the tires on our fancy new mic with a really interesting discussion on the tricky subject of introducing cultural mythologies into media (movies, games, etc), as well as geeking out on a number of subjects, including, but not limited to:

  • The awesomeness that is Suits, and why watching it will immediately make you a better person.
  • Shan brings us up on the season premier of Avatar: The Legend of Korra
  • VIDJA GAMES!! We talk Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, Infamous: Second Son, and Beyond: Two Souls.

 

This Week, The Rogues Know It Feels Good to Be Bad: Bring on the Villains!

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This week, James, Noah & Vince expound at length about their favorite bad guys, with some help from YOU, the fans! Enjoy!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00 – 53:35 –> We go down the nominations for favorite villains from members of Fitocracy’s forums
  • 53:35 – End –> The guys go ’round the table for their Top 5 Villains from any media! Listen for the musical break to find the segment division.

What did you guys think? Were there any villains we forgot that you wanted to hear more about? Sound off about your favorite purveyors of villainy in the comments, and Like us on Facebook for more geeky goodness!

Because I Feel Like It Reviews: United States of Tara – Season 1

Mental illness is becoming something of a common trope in 40-minute dramas seeking to stand out from the crowd. But while not an indicator of necessarily poor quality (Dexter, Sherlock, Monk, and Firefly are all excellent shows), few shows tackle the abundance of mental and emotional repercussions of living with a serious mental disorder: both the effects on the person with the disorder and those around them. Despite whatever other strengths these shows tend to have, their portrayal of these effects, by and large, tends to be pretty unrealistic.

Not so with Showtime’s The United States of Tara, which follows the daily trials and tribulations of Tara: a painter, mother of two, and loving wife. The twist? Tara has Dissociative Identity Disorder (better known as multiple personalities). Other than her main persona, there are three main “alters”: T, a rambunctious, hyper-sexed fifteen-year old; Buck, a chain-smoking, gun-toting Vietnam war vet; and Alice, an eerily cheerful and controlling housewife, straight out of a 60s sitcom. It also follows the goings on with the rest of her family: husband Max, rebellious teen Kate, and son Marshall — film nerd and all-around classy motherfucker — as they each go through dealing with their own personal adventures on top of the those which come with having a family member with D.I.D.

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This Week on The Rogues’ Gallery: An avalanche of cartoon, TV, and summer movies, plus Sandy and Noah review Cabin In The Woods!

Here at the Rogues’ Gallery, we commit ourselves to only get angry about the things that REALLY matter. So this week, we throw down on such important issues as Bane’s pimp coat, Battleship, and eviscerating the war crime that is Ultimate Spiderman. Check it!

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Running time: 01:32:52

Young Justice (0m51s-10m35s)

Community (10m35s-13m30s)

Sandy and Noah’s Cabin In The Woods Review (13m38s-21m05)

Avengers Cartoon (21m05s-24m38s)

Nick, Noah and Sandy discuss Game of Thrones Season 2 (24m38s-32m13s)

Nick takes on the Diablo III Beta! (32m13s-39m37s)

Avatar: The Legend of Korra Redux (39m37s-50m03s)

Noah and Vince tear Ultimate Spider-Man A New One (50m03s-1h03m31s)

Summer Movie Extravaganza!! Amazing Spider-Man, Men In Black 3, Dark Knight Rises, and Battleship (1h03m31s-End)

This Week on The Rogues’ Gallery Podcast: The Hunger Games, The Legend of Korra, and EA/Bioware take on their angry fans!

POW! BAM! SPLAT! (Noah: Wait, SPLAT? Vince: Just go with it.) The Rogues return with a vengeance for yet another installment of the eternal saga of the Rogues Gallery podcast!

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Total Runtime: 1h11m29s
Wes reviews the Hunger Games movie (3m00s-18m50s)

Michael remaking The Ninja Turtles…. kind of (18m51s-27m41s)

TV Time! The Rogues talk Avatar: The Legend of Korra, and modern day cowboys in Justified (27m50s-40m49s)

The Comics Corner: Noah and Vince talk Brian Clevinger’s Atomic Robo and Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors by Mark Andrew Smith (40m50s-48m06s)

And after the break, Nick, Noah and Wes discuss EA/Bioware’s response to the Mass Effect 3 ending fan backlash (48m07s-End)

The Rogues’ Gallery – Potluck: The Sequel

This week we took a break from our more structured format, and everyone brought in a topic of their own from what they’d been watching, reading or playing as of late, and this hearty stew is what resulted.

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Total Runtime: 1h18m

Here’s a breakdown of what we talked about this week, for those of you who’d like to fast-forward to the thread most relevant to your interests:

-Baldur’s Gate returns!

-The Rogues discuss the need for better distribution of entertainment media, and how it relates to piracy (6m00s)

-Grant Morrison goes off the rails (again) in Action Comics (16m10s)

-TV Overload! (Breaking Bad, Misfits, WakFu, Transformers Prime Season 2, Sons of Anarchy, and Sherlock!) (23m45s)

-Vince reviews Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (56m16s)

-The new Avengers and Prometheus trailers (1h04m)

Geek Spiel: What BBC’s Sherlock Means for Comic Book Adaptations

 So the BBC’s contemporary take on the famous detective has taken off with a bang

Cumberbatch and Freeman: Seen here opening the floodgates for TV comic adaptations.

in its second series, delivering two great episodes, and, to my delight, sticking with the 90-minute episode format. To me, this is perfect for the type of show that Sherlock is: a twisting, turning mystery with at least as many levels of complexity in the development of its characters’ relationships and personalities as it does the mysteries themselves. If one were to squeeze the type of content from one episode into the 42-minute format of a one-hour drama like Breaking Bad, it would be hard to imagine the transition being made without something being lost in the process. Not to disparage the format: it’s been the medium for the creation of some of modern-day TVs best stories like Justified, Luther, The Wire, and the aforementioned Breaking Bad. But for a world with as much history and many elements to be juggled, it may not be the right fit.

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