Seriously Geeky Sundays – New Year, New… Fandoms?

Hi everyone, I’m back!

It’s 2021, 2020 is but a memory of lockdowns and stupid governments and… er… yeah, 2021 is already mental. So, in order to remedy it all, let’s talk about Seriously Geeky Sundays’ triumphant return, heralded by a host of angel-like beings summoned by the one, the only Heather, of Just Geeking By, which is an amazing site, FYI, go check it out and tell ’em I sent ya!

This week is all about looking forward, and seeing what crazy fun times lie ahead in geekdom!

Forget new year’s resolutions; new fandoms is what the new year is really all about! We all had high hopes for how 2021 was going to start out, and while we can’t control that we can look forward to what’s coming out in the entertainment world.

Question 1 – Let’s start big; what release are you most looking forward to this year?

I suppose the big one will be Denis Villenueve’s take on Dune, Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction tale set on the desert world of Arrakis which follows the misadventures of the warring Atreides and Harkonnen families and their ongoing battle for the “spice” that is rich on that world.

I absolutely loved Villenueve’s Blade Runner 2049, a beautiful movie with a top drawer soundtrack that, in my (controversial) opinion, beats the original. Anybody who’s seen the 80s Dune movie would know that there will be a lot to improve upon, so let’s see what happens!

Bring on the sandworms!

Question 2 – What new release this year are you not that hyped up about?

Honestly, so many things! A lot of video games awaiting release just… don’t excite me. Maybe it’s because the games journalism scene has turned into a toxic waste pit thanks to the ongoing nonsense around Cyberpunk 2077, but it just all feels a bit… meh at the moment, doesn’t it?

Never mind, Keanu…

Nah, I’m getting a Series X with GamePass, then I can play good games throughout the ages instead!

Question 3 – A new year often means new characters, what upcoming character are you looking forward to meeting?

Well, it was a quiet year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe last year. Poor Black Widow didn’t get her movie release (as if being dead wasn’t bad enough) and, more to my disappointment, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings got pushed back too.

I will reiterate that, whilst I don’t actually read comics or follow superheroes outside of these movies, I find the idea of this movie very alluring. Delving more into Chinese culture and mysticism will be a cool trip, especially as Marvel have promised to avoid the usual stereotypes one would pin to China and its people. Plus, it’ll be nice to see the Ten Rings again, especially since the Mandarin ended up being a silly Ben Kingsley instead of a scary old baddie like everyone wanted. Don’t get me wrong though, I did enjoy that twist in Iron Man 3.

Plus, it’ll be a nice step up from Iron Fist, which, whilst enjoyable, had the slightly wet-lettuce Danny Rand as its hero.

Question 4 – Tell us about something that has been on your backlog/to-do list for a while that you’re going to try to get to this year.

As it happens, I’ve already started this journey!

Since 2002, I have been a big fan of Mafia and its sequel, the unsurpringly named Mafia II. These tight, story driven games were a joy to play and I got really absorbed into the plot for both Tommy Angelo and Vito Scalletta.

Then Mafia 3 was released… and it was open world. Ohhh man, that tight story telling just took a massive hit!

But, in 2021, I am revisiting this game once more, as it was part of a very fancy Mafia trilogy box I got for the PS4. The remake of the first game was excellent, the remaster of the second was good, if janky, and the third game? It has me gripped!

Set in the city of New Bordeaux (I wonder what that is a facsimile for?) we follow the story of Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam veteran who comes home to have his adopted family murdered by the Sicilian mob. What’s to do for this poor hero? Easy, use your mad war skills to tear down the Marcone family as bloodily as possible!

Question 5 – Thinking of a fandom you follow regularly, what event or moment (big or small) do you hope happens this year?

Oh, there’s some fiendish questions around in 2021!

Truth is, I’m not sure. I have enjoyed the Netflix original series Down to Earth, which featured everybody’s favourite heartthrob Zac Efron and his friend Darin Olien as they looked at ways of making their lives more environmentally aware by visiting beautiful and intriguing places across the world. It was beautifully shot and really interesting, so here’s hoping for a second series. It also had a really sad ending too, so I’d like to see if poor Darin was able to turn things around.

As for video games, I’m pretty much done with the long standing franchises. Most are run by Ubisoft now and I don’t know how I feel about their nickel and diming of players with storefronts and microtransactions, plus they’re supposedly a rather unpleasant place to work, so I have to ask myself if I want to give them money.

Question 6 – In the spirit of resolutions, do you have any geeky ones?

I have two, as a matter of fact.

The first is to not rush into the new console generation. The fact that there’s no Series Xs (exes?) in stock anywhere is maybe a sign that I still have some excellent titles to finish on my original model PS4, even though she sounds more and more like a fighter jet these days.

Secondly, to read more books from self published and indie published authors. Since I reviewed Each Little Universe last year I have met many other brilliant writers and continue to enjoy their works. I’m also an advanced copy reviewer for Skullgate Media now (see my first book review for them here, so I’ll get to enjoy some great content that way too!

And that’s that, we’re now firmly planted into 2021 and, whatever madness life throws our way, I will continue to support Seriously Geeky Sundays, as will all of the other amazing writers under the #SeriouslyGeekySundays hashtag, so check them out too!

See you all next Sunday, you legends!

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  1. I hope they do that upcoming Dune movie justice. That is one book series that’s been tough to adapt. I still think it’s funny that the anime Comic Party referenced it in the dub with the line “He who controls the muffin controls the world.” I swear it makes sense in context.

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      1. Awesome. I actually just reviewed it not that long ago on Iridium Eye. I never got a chance to play the PS1 game though. Akira and Cowboy Bebop are certainly good choices.

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      2. To be fair I think the game was VERY loosely based on the movie, from what I remember (only had the demo so maybe it wasn’t just tank robot, who knows!) I did watch Neon Genesis Evangelion too, but wasn’t sure what to make of that one!

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      3. Sure thing. I hear you right there with the characters and the fan service. Gainax has unfortunately gotten a reputation for fan service in multiple works. I know not all their shows are like that, but it can be insufferable when it does happen.

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      4. That’s right. There were some good battles in that series and some of the drama worked. Yes, the theme song is great, but I don’t hype it up as much compared to some other anime fans.

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      5. I agree. I certainly won’t deny the influence of EVA in anime and even Western works (Pacific Rim comes to mind), but I’d be lying if I said that it was my favorite anime of all time because it’s not. Glad you feel the same way.

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      6. Sounds like a good idea. Anime sci-fi can be fun. There are some other good ones like Gankutsuou, The Place Promised In Our Early Days, Texhnolyze, Toward the Terra, Paprika, and Outlaw Star to name a few.

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      7. Hahaha! Thanks for the compliment. One website I’ve been checking out to watch anime is RetroCrush. Boy did I have a nostalgia rush from these movies and series as well as getting exposed to works I missed. It’s free to watch and it’s not some pirate service since Discotek has a bunch of their catalog on there.

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      8. It really is! I’ve been using that for some reviews. Some of the movies and series that I know are on there include the Street Fighter II animated movie, Cyborg 009, some Lupin III works, and even two of the Jungle Emperor Leo movies of all things.

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      9. That was an interesting one to watch and I’ve seen multiple adaptations of SF like the Alpha movies, the II V TV series, and even the so bad it’s good American animated series (Yes, the one with M. Bison’s famous “YES! YES!” scene in it). I saw the trailer to the Tekken anime movie, but never saw the whole thing.

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      10. Sure thing. Nothing wrong with watching some silly movies from time to time. Even though I mostly watch artsy or serious stuff, I also like some wacky things from time to time. Even my DVD collection involves both the serious Kenyan movie Maasai: The Rain Warriors while also having Shinesman which is an anime parody OVA like a fusion between Power Rangers and The Office (and it has one of the best dubs ever!).

        Here’s the RetroCrush website, by the way: https://www.retrocrush.tv/

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      11. Ok an Office/Power Rangers fusion sounds INSANE! To be fair, anything PR is insane anyway! If you have access to Netflix, I highly recommend the series about toys and the episode they did on Power Rangers, fascinating story of how it came about!

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      12. Hahaha! It’s a hilarious parody OVA. Technically it predates The Office, but the anime involves office workers being part of a secret superhero color-coded task force, but they all have lame colors besides the leader Shinesman Red. They have to save the earth involving aliens taking over via big business acquisitions. They use weapons like business card cutters, cuff beams, and tie clip bombs. I’m not making any of this up.

        One of my friends told me about that series and specifically that episode. I used to have some of the PR toys like the Green Ranger, Pyramidas from Zeo, and a Lost Galaxy morpher when I was a kid. Of course, that series was adapted from Super Sentai that’s been around since the 70s and they used footage from Zyuranger which came out in ’89.

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      13. Ok that sounds wild, super businessfolk is a great idea, imagining being hit with a powered up slideshow! And yeah, what a smart idea to get footage from those Japanese shows and splice in American characters and settings, talk about a payoff!

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      14. Yeah, it’s really hilarious. There’s a lot of business, tokusatsu, and anime satire in that series. The lines in the dub are so funny. One example is Shinesman Sepia insulting a villain by saying they’re “one OVA short of a series.” That’s right about PR doing that kind of stuff ever since they exported Super Sentai to the West. It’s also interesting how Jonny Yong Bosch (Adam the 2nd Black Ranger) has a very successful voice acting career long after the fact or how Jason David Frank (Tommy the Green Ranger) was a martial artist in real life and got into MMA.

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      15. Yeah I remember there was a PR curse at one point, where bad things happened to the actors! Tommy was always everyone’s favourite wasn’t he, had a flute and all sorts! I liked red ranger personally, dude had a T Rex… Robot…zord thing!

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      16. I didn’t hear about the curse. There were some rotating cast members partially due to contracts and whatever, but I wasn’t aware of that. Yeah, Tommy was really cool with the dagger-flute thing. I remember hearing that melody on a ringtone a long time ago. Jason the Red Ranger! Good choice. He was also good as the 2nd Gold Ranger in Zeo!

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      17. I understand. Some later seasons were good, but some were insufferable like Turbo. It’s still going on and I clearly lost track a very long time ago. Tommy did become the White Ranger later on in Mighty Morphin’! I almost forgot. I’m sure Tommy has been in more colors than anyone else I can think of (green, white, red twice, and I believe he appeared again in a black/gold outfit). Lord Zedd was a fun villain.

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      18. Apparently it’s still making a fortune all these years later, just because it’s cheap to make and marketable as hell, top respect to Saban for spotting the opportunity! I’m now remembering all the knock offs, like Big Bad Beetle Borg’s!

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      19. I guess so. It’s just amazing how long it’s lasted in America and that’s not even counting the original Super Sentai series. There’s a new one out every year in Japan from what I know. I remember Big Bad Beetleborgs! I found out that show was adapted from the B-Fighter show which was part of the larger Metal Hero series which was also the same franchise that VR Troopers got their footage from 3 or 4 different shows. There was also Masked Rider which was a crappy take on one of the Kamen Rider shows. Saban was able to make a fully original tokusatsu with Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog if you remember that one. It was like a medieval Irish Power Rangers with magic powers, dragons, and enchanted weapons.

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