Upcoming Episodes for 2014

Happy 2014 dear listeners! We hope you enjoyed listening to the episodes we brought you in 2013 as much as we enjoyed making them. We’ve got big plans for 2014 that we think you’ll enjoy. Here’s a list of all the episodes we have planned so far.

RoboCop & RoboCop 2

Geekhost Cassie gets an education from Alice, Bri and Megan on the 1987 film and its 1990 sequel.

Episode Released – Feb. 7, 2014

Drinking Game Rules Posted – Feb. 14, 2014

Robocop and Robocop 2 are available to rent on Amazon Instant Video.

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Sherlock Season 1 & 2

Alice, Megan and Sara give Bri an education on the Steven Moffat series.

Episode Released – Feb. 21, 2014

Drinking Game Rules Posted – Feb. 28, 2014

You can stream Sherlock Season 1 and Season 2 via Amazon Prime or Netflix.

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Battlestar Galactica Season 2

Alice, Sara, Megan and Cassie return to Ron Moore’s iconic series and continue Geekhost Cassie’s education.

Episode Released – March 7, 2014

Drinking Game Rules Posted – March 14, 2014

Battlestar Galactica Season 2 is available to stream on Amazon Prime and Netflix.

Talent Names - (l-r) Tricia Helfer, James Callis, Katee Sackhoff, Edward James Olmos, Jamie Bamber, Mary McDonnell, Grace Park

The Sandman Vol 1: Preludes and Nocturnes

Guesthost Chako joins Megan to give Bri and Sara an education on book 1 of the Neil Gaiman masterpiece.

Episode Released – March 21, 2014

Drinking Game Rules Posted – March 28, 2014

Buy your copy of Sandman Book 1: Preludes and Nocturnes from Amazon or from your local comic book shop.

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Spirited Away

Nathan joins as a guest host and helps Alice and Bri give Sara an education on the 2003 Academy Award-winning film from Hayao Miyazaki.

Episode Released – April 4, 2014

Drinking Game Rules Posted – April 11, 2014

Spirited Away on DVD from can be purchased on Amazon or with a Netflix Disc subscription.

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X-Files Season 1

Alice, Cassie and Megan give geekhost Andrea an education on the classic 90’s series.

Episode Released – April 18, 2014

Drinking Game Rules Posted – April 25, 2014

X-files season 1 is available to stream on on Amazon Prime, Netflix or Hulu+.

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Geekhosts Bri, Megan and Sara celebrate May the 4th a little early and give Cassie a little education along the way.

Episode Released – May 2, 2014

Drinking Game Rules Posted – May 9, 2014

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is available for on DVD and Blu-ray Amazon or with a Netflix Disc subscription.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Andrea, Bri and Megan give Alice an education on the 1998 addition to the Zelda series.

Episode Released – May 16, 2014

Drinking Game Rules Posted – May 23, 2014

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is available for purchase from many retailers for a number of gaming systems.

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Alice’s Best of Season 1 Episode – Stargate SG-1

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It was hard to choose my favorite episode from Educating [Geeks] Season 1, but after a little bit of thought, I settled on the Stargate SG-1  Season 1 episode. There were  two reasons behind this decision: 1) I had such a good time being educated by two monumental Stargate fangirls, Megan and Cassie and 2) since the release of the podcast I have seen every single episode of SG-1, Atlantis and Universe plus both direct to DVD SG-1 movies. EVERY ONE.

Yes, Stargate is definitely my cup of earl gray tea, hot!

If you haven’t listened to the whole episode yet, my favorite moments are:

  • 16:33 – Megan’s discussion of Hathor as the best/worst episode
  • 20:07 – My “What the hell” comment when I realized that I was sandwiched between two of the universe’s biggest Stargate SG-1 fans
  • 37:01 – Cassie declares that she is black
  • 44:15 – Cassie states “sometimes the side arm shows up”
  • 44:53 – I get an education on the term “shipper”
  • 52:25 – The drinking game rules, OF COURSE

This episode of Educating [Geeks] really embodies the reasoning behind the why the show is so awesome to me and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

– Alice

P.S. I ship for Jack and Teal’c on SG-1, McKay and just about anyone (especially ME) on SGA, and well there isn’t anyone to ship for on SGU ’cause they’re all hooking up all the time regardless.

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Educating [Geeks] Drinking Game – Doctor Who Christmas Specials

 

DOCTOR WHO CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

 

If you’re celebrating the holidays with The Doctor, give our drinking game rules a try! And if you haven’t heard our Doctor Who Christmas Special Special make sure you give it a listen!

 

  • Take a drink any time there is snow that is not actually snow
  • Take a shot any time the Doctor’s mood changes on a dime
  • Take a drink whenever the Doctor says Allons-y or Geronimo
  • If the Doctor says Allons-y you must say “Allons-y Alonso!” before taking your shot
  • Take a drink any time the Doctor breaks one of his own rules
  • If the Doctor is running, you must be drinking
  • Take a drink any time there’s an interracial couple
  • Take a drink any time the Doctor talks about having or not having a drink
  • Take a shot any time two characters kiss
  • Finish your drink if two characters hug
  • Take a drink any time someone is talking so fast you have no idea what they’re saying (but you know all of the characters are gonna roll with it anyway)
  • Take a drink any time Eleven summarizes an absurd situation and ends with “pay attention”
  • Before watching Voyage of the Dammed have everyone in your group attempt to say Bannakaffalatta. Anyone who gets it wrong has to take a shot.
  • Take a drink any time the Doctor tires to get the bad guy to stop being a bad guy
  • Take a drink whenever Donna sasses sassily
  • Take a drink any time someone says “Dcotor? Doctor Who?”
  • Take a drink when Clara says “it’s smaller on the outside”
  • Take a drink of water whenever you see a TARDIS (for hydration purposes, you see)
  • Take a shot if you’re crying
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How John McClane Saved Christmas – Why Die Hard is the Best Christmas Movie

Everyone has their movie that comforts them during bad days, sickness, loss, and anything else life can throw at us. For my boss, its My Best Friend’s Wedding, for my father in law, its Princess Bride, and for my husband, its Fifth Element. Mine? Well, mine I’ve seen at least half a dozen times this year alone. Not only is it my go-to film, it’s also the greatest Christmas movie ever – Die Hard.

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For those of you who are not familiar with this gem, Die Hard was released in 1988 and tells the tale of a recently separated young career woman, Holly Gennaro (Bonnie Bedelia), and a New York City police officer, John McClane (Bruce Willis). Holly moved to Los Angeles for her career while McClane stubbornly stayed behind in New York. McClane agrees to visit the family in Los Angeles for Christmas. McClane joins Holly at her company Christmas party, which is crashed by a group of well organized terrorists, lead by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). While all the party guests are corralled into the main space, McClane slips away and begins causing madness and mayhem for the terrorists. McClane begins to take out the terrorists one by one, and involves the local police, including beloved Al Powell (Reginald VelJohnson). Once the police get involved, the media crews quickly follow, bringing us the much hated reporter, Richard Thornburg (William Atherton). Thornburg digs up dirt on McClane and broadcasts his and Holly’s children on air, causing Gruber to take Holly hostage. After McClane takes out most of the terrorists, Gruber’s true plan is uncovered. They aren’t terrorists at all – they are high end thieves looking to steal 640 million in bearer bonds.

Maybe the movie is so great because of Alan Rickman’s quick and biting wit, the fact that Bruce Willis has hair, the 80’s style hair on all the women, or how much you just love to hate William Atherton. But the reason Die Hard is the best Christmas movie is so much more than all these components. A great Christmas movie has 4 components; family issues, sentimentally, nostalgia, and violence. All the best traditional movies fit these criteria; think A Christmas Story, Home for the Holidays, and Home Alone.

The movie starts off with the family in disarray, McClane living in New York and Holly and the two kids (John Jr and Lucy) living in Los Angeles. They are on the brink of divorce, even though its clear that they still love each other.
Their relationship is rocky;
“Only John can drive somebody that crazy”
“Would you tell her that for me Al? Tell her John says he’s sorry”
but the dynamic seems to work for them.

When reporter Richard Thornburg discovers that McClane has family in the Los Angeles area, he endangers the lives of the whole family by showing up at the Holly’s house and interviewing their children on live TV. This triggers Hans to recognize Holly and connect her to McClane. All the while, the terroists are attempting to break into the 80’s super high security vault. Once they are successful, Ode to Joy blasts as they clean out all their take from the vault.

At the end of the movie, McClane rescues Holly, who has been taken hostage by Gruber, and they are reunited. There is nothing like a near death experience to reignite the spark and bring a family together. That and Holly punching Thornburg square in the face. (Side note, good for her!)

 

So when you are sitting around with your family this holiday season, skip the traditional “Christmas” movies and rent (or watch if you already own) Die Hard.

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Educating [Geeks] 19 – Doctor Who Christmas Special Special

 

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This week on Educating [Geeks] Cassie gets an introduction to Doctor Who by watching all of the Christmas Specials. The geekhosts discuss their favorite Doctor, favorite companion, favorite villain and more. And don’t forget to stick around for the Educating [Geeks] Drinking Game Rules at the end of the episode.

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