Now and Again

Episode 80: Now and Again

For our 80th episode (wow), we’re going back to 1999 and looking back at a criminally underrated and forgotten sci-fi drama, Now and Again.

Yes, that sounds like a soapy teen romcom like Once and Again, but it was actually a great thriller/romantic drama/spy drama/comedy that only ran for one season, but still has a cult following 20 years later.

Starring Eric Close, Dennis Haysbert and John Goodman, we look back at what went right with Now and Again, what went wrong, and why you should give it a go (it’s all on YouTube…).

This includes remembering its downright strange theme tune, its unintentional comical beginnings, and why Dennis Haysbert has the best voice of all time.

In case you didn’t know (which is quite likely), the series focused on overweight family man Michael Wiseman (John Goodman), who is accidentally killed and brought back to life.

Now and Again

However, he is now the ultimate perfect man, with a much younger, ripped, body (Eric Close). He is forced to go on government spy missions and must not reveal his identity to his wife and daughter.

Yes, it sounds like the plot of a Karl Pilkington movie idea, but it actually happened. And it deserved at least a second season, but alas…

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GIl Gerard as Buck Rogers

Episode 79: Buck Rogers

The year was 1979, and NBC launched the last screen adaptation to date of a popular comic strip hero – after 2 seasons and 37 episodes, Captain William ‘Buck’ Rogers was blown out of the network’s schedules into an orbit which left the show on ice, but now we return to Buck Rogers… 41 YEARS LATER!!

This episode sees Morgan teaching Tom all about Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, plus its beginnings and predecessors.

Why was Twiki something of a cad? Did Gil Gerard ever actually enjoy it? How does one get down and boogie?

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Based on the character Buck Rogers created back in 1928, this series ran from 1979 to 1981, with its pilot episode being released as an actual film at the cinemas and everything.

Running for two seasons and 37 episode, its two runs were completely different in tone. But it went on to become a cult favourite among fans for decades.

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Tom Cruise

Episode 78: Tom Cruise

In our latest episode dedicated to a particular geek hero, we’ve gone for Mr Cinema himself, Tom Cruise!

Tom attempts to prove to Morgan why Tom Cruise has range, is a brilliant actor, and is a downright great guy. Yes, even with all that.

The boys go through Cruise’s impressive filmography from Top Gun to Collateral and beyond. Even Knight & Day!

We also discuss why Morgan thinks he’s the perfect ‘cocky shit’ actor, how awesome he is with his fans and his impressive stunts.

Tom Cruise first made his name as an international movie star in 1980s classics like Top Gun and Risky Business. By the 1990s he had become a Hollywood icon, and took on a range of different roles from Minority Report to Jerry Maguire.

By 2020 he’s still going strong, doing his own stunts in the Mission Impossible franchise and is tipped to be going into actual space…

Need more Tom Cruise action? Make sure to check out our previous episodes about his early film Legend, and the Mission Impossible franchise.

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The A Team

Episode 77: The A Team

In 2015, two flatmates got drunk and started a podcast. Now they live apart, recording remotely in the wake of a global pandemic. Today, still producing new episodes, they survive as podcasters of geekdom.

If you want a podcast, if no one else can help, and if you can find our website, maybe you can listen… to Two Geeks, Two Beers.

For this episode, Morgan teaches noob Tom all about ’80s action TV series The A Team, from ‘explaining Mr T’, why George Peppard admitted he’s ‘not a very nice man’, and why you should always treat your mother right.

The A-Team ran on NBC from 1983 to 1987, and followed former members of a fictitious United States Army Special Forces unit.

The members were court-martialed “for a crime they didn’t commit”, escaped from military prison and, while still on the run, worked as soldiers of fortune.

The series was created by Stephen J Cannell and Frank Lupo. A film based on the series was released in 2010.

The A Team

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Bill and Ted

Episode 76: Bill and Ted (with Ed Solomon)

We’re sure a lot of you are like us in being most excited about the non-heinous third Bill & Ted movie, Face the Music, out now at cinemas everywhere!

We were very lucky to have an in-depth chat with none other than Ed Solomon, co-writer of all three Bill & Ted films, plus other classics such as Men in Black, Charlie’s Angels, and Now You See Me.

Ed was a joy to speak to, and as massive Bill & Ted geeks, it was fascinating to hear his tales behind the rollercoaster journey to get all three films made, how they managed to pay tribute to George Carlin, and just what the films mean to so many people.

Enjoy the (relatively) spoiler-free episode, and remember… be excellent to each other, and party on dudes!

Also – make sure to check out our previous Keanu Reeves special, which includes plenty of Bill & Ted goodies.

Bill & Ted was created by Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, telling the adventures of high school dudes Bill S Preston Esq and Ted Theodore Logan.

Starting with the time-travelling Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure in 1989, it was followed by the bonkers but brilliant Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey in 1991.

Starring Alex Winter as Bill and Keanu Reeves as Ted, the series finally came back to great applause with 2020’s Bill & Ted Face the Music.

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Time Bandits

Episode 75: Time Bandits

Tom does a terrible job in explaining to Morgan just how great Terry Gilliam’s 1981 sci-fi fantasy romp Time Bandits is.

Morgan professes his love for actor David Warner, we discover how a Beatle paid for the film, and Tom clearly didn’t study Ancient Greece.

A childhood favourite film of Tom’s, Terry Gilliam’s fantasy comedy is one of the most underrated films of its generation.

Reuniting Gilliam with several of his Monty Python mates, the film was part-financed by George Harrison and formed the first part of Gilliam’s ‘Trilogy of Imagination’, which was followed by Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

All the films are about the “craziness of our awkwardly ordered society and the desire to escape it through whatever means possible”, and focus on these struggles and attempts to escape them through imagination: Time Bandits through the eyes of a child, Brazil through the eyes of a man in his thirties, and Munchausen through the eyes of an elderly man.

Time Bandits starred child actor Craig Warnock as Kevin, and the brilliant David Rappaport as Randall. There’s also excellent cameo appearances from Sean Connery, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Ian Holm and many others.

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Streets of Rage

Episode 74: Streets of Rage

After our previous episode celebrating the very best (and worst) that the Sega Megadrive/Genesis had to offer, this time Morgan teaches Tom about the history of the Streets of Rage franchise.

We discover why roller blading won’t help you in a gang, why you should never bring guns to a metal rod fight, and why we’d love to go clubbing to ’90s video game glitchcore soundtracks.

As we’ve said on the podcast before, we were both late bloomers when it came to video games. Essentially, we had the console you were meant to have 3 years previously, but we loved Streets of Rage and its sequel on the Megadrive as kids.

Streets of Rage is a series of side-scrolling beat ’em up video games, focused on various ex-police vigilantes trying to take down a crime syndicate that has corrupted its local government.

The first three games came out on the Sega Genesis/Megadrive in the early 1990s, and have since been ported and re-released on various platforms. Streets of Rage 4 followed in 2020.

Whether you preferred playing as Max, Axel, Blaze, or even Skate (really?), it was a must-have game for players back in the day.

Streets of Rage

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Space Jam

Episode 73: Space Jam

It was an idea that really shouldn’t have worked, and many may say that, well, it didn’t. But that doesn’t stop 1996’s Space Jam starring Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes being a cult favourite!

This time, Tom takes Morgan through a history of the Warner Bros classic from start to finish and its upcoming sequel.

The boys discuss their past basketball ‘glory’, Morgan has his mind blown that it’s not actually called the Looney Toons, discover that Tweety Pie is surprisingly pervy, and ponder whether Foghorn Legorn was actually killed off in this movie.

Space Jam came out in 1996 as a star vehicle for basketball superstar Michael Jordan. It saw him being recruited by the Looney Tunes to take part in a basketball game against a group of aliens who are threatening to take Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and co to be slaves at a theme park. Yep, really.

Somehow, it was an enjoyable load of 90s fun, complete with a Bill Murray cameo and a kickass soundtrack. It also spawned a lot of merchandise which made billions of dollars.

It’s now also coming back as a long-awaited sequel starring Lebron James called Space Jam: Legacy. Weirder things have happened lately.

Space Jam

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James Bond Licence to Kill

Episode 72: Licence to Kill

Yes, it’s another James Bond episode! Morgan is strapping on his Walther PPK and heading back into the field to correct a terrible wrong. Not that Tom has been fed to a shark by a vicious drug lord, but to rehabilitate the reputation of the 16th James Bond film, 1989’s Licence to Kill.

The boys discuss Timothy Dalton’s beautiful face, Benicio del Toro’s unique line deliveries, the film’s cracking theme tune and how Felix Leiter got over losing two limbs and his wife rather too quickly.

Licence to Kill was Timothy Dalton’s second (and sadly last) James Bond film.

The first 007 film not to use the title of an Ian Fleming story, the film saw Bond being suspended from MI6 as he pursued drug lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), who has ordered an attack against Bond’s CIA friend Felix Leiter and the murder of Felix’s wife after their wedding.

Surprisingly dark at times, it was a fantastic revenge thriller, with Dalton proving that he deserved far more plaudits for his portrayal as Bond.

Plus, you’ve got to love a very young Benicio del Toro as a minor Bond villain.

James Bond Licence to Kill

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Saved by the Bell

Episode 71: Saved by the Bell

Tom takes Morgan back to the good old days (the early ’90s), as the boys channel their inner Zack Morris (well, Screech) and look at the history of teen comedy Saved by the Bell.

They remember the various famous theme tunes, how its creator didn’t know what he wanted, why Zack was a bit of a dick and why The New Class went on far too long. Justice for The College Years!

Starting life as Good Morning Miss Bliss, the show was retooled with some of the characters including Zack Morris and Screech returning, becoming the new series Saved by the Bell.

Airing for four seasons from 1989 to 1993, the show followed a group of high school students at Bayside High School. It became a Saturday morning staple for kids in the US and UK in the early 1990s.

It then spawned a series of spinoffs and sequels, including 2020’s reboot which also brings back several of the same characters.

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Spider-Man The Animated Series (1994)

Episode 70: Spider-Man – The Animated Series

We’ve done Batman, Hulk, X-Men, and now it’s time to web-sling back to the ‘90s to revisit an animated outing for Spider-Man.

This time, Morgan pens a podcast love letter to his childhood and adoration for the 1994 animated version of Peter Parker and his pals.

We look at the potentially murky history behind the epic theme tune creators, the bizarre censorship rules to protect children, and its utterly bonkers multiverse ending.

Spider-Man The Animated Series ran on the Fox Kids Network from 1994 to 1998, with a total of five seasons and sixty-five episodes.

Starring Morgan’s hero Christopher Daniel Barnes as Peter Parker, and Two Geeks favourite Ed Asner as J Jonah Jameson, the series was massively popular and helped cement Spider-Man as a hugely popular superhero years before Tobey Maguire brought it to the big screen.

Spider-Man The Animated Series (1994)

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Clue

Episode 69: Clue

It really shouldn’t work, and many at the time said it didn’t, but a movie based on the Cluedo board game was a childhood favourite of Tom’s back in the day.

As Morgan has never seen 1985’s Clue, or even played Cluedo, for the latest episode Tom gives a mini history lesson on the crime caper starring Tim Curry.

The boys discuss the film’s groundbreaking different endings, a potential remake, and why Monopoly is the worst.

Directed by Jonathan Lynn with a script by Lynn and John Landis, the black comedy mystery film starred a fantastic ensemble including Christopher Lloyd, Tim Curry, Madeleine Khan and Michael McKean.

Ahead of its time in many ways, Clue had three possible endings, and while it wasn’t a huge success at the time, it has gone on to become a cult favourite (in true Two Geeks fashion).

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Demon Headmaster

Episode 68: The Demon Headmaster

Look into our eyes…

For this episode, we’re heading back to the ‘90s with a ‘splat’, as we fall back under the spell of The Demon Headmaster, investigating the vintage CBBC series, the recent reboot and the books that inspired them both.

Morgan teaches Tom all about the classic kids’ show that is still rather terrifying, and share our own harrowing stories of teachers. Tom’s broken ruler story will send shivers down your spine…

Based on the series of books by Gillian Cross, The Demon Headmaster ran on CBBC from 1996 to 1998. It starred Terrence Hardiman in the title role, becoming one of the most feared TV characters for 90s kids everywhere.

It was brought back as a sequel series in 2019, with Hardiman returning in later episodes, much to the joy of total nerds like us.

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The Sims

Episode 67: The Sims

As we’re all feeling like our lives are not quite in control right now, and we’re (mostly) stuck at home and being told what to do and when… you could say that your life feels like a bit of a simulation. Yeah, that’s a really crap link isn’t it?

For this episode, Tom is taking Morgan back to the year 2000 and his teenage obsession with The Sims – the first iteration of the hugely popular Sims video game franchise.

We go through the first Sims era, its creation from depressing circumstances, its long list of expansion packs, what the heck Simlish is, and why it’s not a great party unless Drew Carey turns up.

Created by Will Wright after he had an idea sparked by a house fire of all things, the Maxis game series The Sims launched in 2000 on PC.

Since then, it has spawned countless sequels, expansion packs, spin-offs and more, and has become one of the most successful game franchises of all time.

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Wonder Woman

Episode 66: Wonder Woman

Long ago, when we were all free to roam the streets, we’d planned an episode to tie into the June 2020 release of Wonder Woman 1984

Since then, society has collapsed and that film has been postponed till August, but despite that, we still wanted to celebrate a cultural milestone.

Here, we explore the wonderful world of Wonder Woman, specifically the 1970s television series starring Lynda Carter. We tackle Diana’s somewhat strange flight plans, the show’s trio of awesome theme tunes, and how it tackled the sexism of the era.

Based on the DC Comics superhero character, Wonder Woman was a big success in the second half of the 1970s.

Starring Lynda Carter and Lyle Waggoner, Wonder Woman’s first season aired on ABC and was set in the 1940s during World War II.

The second and third seasons moved to CBS and were set in the 1970s, with the title changed to The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, and a complete change of cast other than Carter and Waggoner.

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Episode 65: Fast & Furious – Tokyo Drift

In our first regular episode recorded during lockdown, Tom takes Morgan back to 2006 (or so we thought) to the underrated entry in the Fast & Furious saga: Tokyo Drift.

We try and work out the film’s timeline, discover hilarious character names in the credits, and hear Tom’s god awful Channing Tatum impression.

Also, hear the grumpy hilarity that ensues when almost half the episode has to be re-recorded due to Zoom malfunctioning!

Enjoy our drunken ramblings, and stay safe!

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Episode 64: Red Dwarf Interview Special with Doug Naylor and Richard Naylor

In this very special episode of Two Geeks, we had a fantastic chat with geek hero – Red Dwarf co-creator, director and writer Doug Naylor, and producer Richard Naylor.

In our third interview special (check out our Jamie Anderson and Nicholas Briggs episodes too), we spoke to Doug and Richard about their brand new feature-length Red Dwarf episode The Promised Land, the future of Dwarf, unanswered questions and more.

Despite us all being on lockdown, it was fantastic being able to speak to Doug and Richard over video chat – and we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording it.

And make sure to check out our previous Red Dwarf-themed episode, when Tom took Morgan through a potted history of the sci-fi sitcom.

As ever, stay home, stay safe, and we’ll be back sooner than usual with our next regular episode.

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Episode 63: Armageddon

Now, we didn’t plan this, but our next episode is all about a movie that delves into the end of the world. Whoops.

Yep, it’s time for Tom to teach Morgan all about 1998 Michael Bay/Bruce Willis disaster movie explosion fest Armageddon! AKA the highest grossing movie of 1998.

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In the episode, we discuss the film’s frankly amazing cast, Ben Affleck’s hilarious disparaging DVD commentary, and we hear Morgan’s Donald Trump impression. What more could you want?

We recorded this episode before the whole coronavirus pandemic became a thing, but we reckon it’s strangely apt to be discussing something so… end of the world-y. So, at least whatever’s happening in your life right now, at least the fate of the world isn’t in the hands of Bruce Willis and his oil drilling pals.

Podcasts can be a great comfort or distraction in times like these, so while we’re sure everyone has bigger concerns, we hope we can provide some small feeling of comfort and a bit of a giggle.

All the best from both of us, stay safe.

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Episode 62: James Bond Video Games

To mark the upcoming release of No Time To Die, we’re returning to the world of 007, with Morgan taking Tom through a history of James Bond video games!

We travel from Bond’s early text-based games, through the height of GoldenEye 64 and to Morgan’s three favourite original Bond games, peaking with 2003’s Everything or Nothing.

Tom has several rants, Morgan explains how he spoke to Pierce Brosnan in his pants, and we look at the current state of Bond games.

Note: We apologise for a few sound issues caused by a rogue mic during this episode.

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Episode 61: Live and Kicking

For our first episode of 2020, Tom takes Morgan back to the 1990s once again, as the boys discuss the nostalgia rush that is Live and Kicking.

We go through a brief history of Saturday morning kids’ TV from Tiswas to SMTV, debate the Andi Peters/Emma Forbes vs Zoe Ball/Jamie Theakston eras, try to remember which one was Trevor or Simon, recall John Barrowman’s involvement and phone-in jingles, and what signalled the demise of a TV institution.

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Episode 60: Is It a Christmas Movie?

For the 2019 Two Geeks Christmas special, Tom and Morgan have chosen six classic movies that are often the subject of furious debate at this time of year.

‘Is ________ actually a Christmas movie?’

The movies we debate are:

  • Die Hard
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Groundhog Day
  • Gremlins
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • It’s a Wonderful Life

In the episode, Tom loses an argument with himself and Morgan unleashes his best James Stewart impression yet. You’re in for a serious Christmas treat.

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Episode 59: The Animals of Farthing Wood

For this episode, Tom takes Morgan back to their 1990s childhoods, by reliving the trauma suffered by watching animated TV series The Animals of Farthing Wood, based on the novels by Colin Dann.

We look back at the various horrendous deaths suffered by the woodland critters that makes Game of Thrones seem tame, how the suffering of a cute badger lost him some serious street cred, and both boys genuinely start tearing up in the most emotional episode yet.

Tissues at the ready, gang!

Beer choice: Badger Brewery’s Golden Champion

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Episode 58: Highlander

This time, Morgan teaches noob Tom about the entire history of the Highlander franchise, from its classic Queen-soundtracked first movie, to its dreadful sequel, and its many spinoffs and follow-ups.

Hear Tom get more exasperated with each new iteration, how he forgot Morgan’s birthday and why Colin isn’t an action hero name. Sorry, Colin.

There’s also an interview clip from when Morgan met Christopher Lambert, and a special competition where YOU could win an awesome prize!

Beer choice: Fyne Ales Highlander

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Episode 57: David Bowie

For this episode, Tom takes Morgan through six TV and film projects starring the one and only David Bowie:

  • The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • The Snowman
  • The Hunger
  • Into the Night
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • The Prestige

If you’re wondering where Labyrinth is, don’t worry we haven’t gone mad. We’ve already done a Labyrinth special, which you can catch right here.

Discover the brilliance of Bowie on film, why Raymond Briggs wasn’t a fan, and hear Morgan’s unique impression on tap.

Beer choice: Tiny Rebel’s Clwb Tropicana, Stay Puft, Frambuzi and Pump Up the Jam.

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Episode 56: Blake’s 7

In this episode, Morgan teaches Tom all about the history of slightly-naff but underrated ’70s sci-fi gem Blake’s 7.

We look at the show’s amazing theme music (and how Pulp ripped it off), we record Tom’s live reaction to its iconic cliffhanger ending and Morgan gives a stab at recording the first Two Geeks single.

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Episode 55: Legend

Following on from our Labyrinth/Dark Crystal episode, Tom completes his trio of childhood ’80s fantasy movies by taking Morgan through the history of Ridley Scott’s 1985 epic Legend starring Tom Cruise and Tim Curry.

We explore the insane techniques used to make the movie, Tim Curry’s iconic performance, TWO cracking soundtracks and why it didn’t exactly stand the test of time.

Note: This episode was recorded before the sad passing of Blade Runner star Rutger Hauer.

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Episode 54: Nicholas Briggs Special

Morgan and Tom sat down with the voice of the Daleks himself, Nicholas Briggs!

Nicholas spoke in depth about his love for all things Doctor Who, including his work on Audio Visuals, Myth Makers and many Big Finish Productions audio dramas.

The geek hero reveals awkward moments meeting Doctor Who legends, how he assumed Andy Serkis would voice the Daleks instead of him, and the projects he’d love to make if he got the rights.

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Episode 53: Sega Dreamcast

Our first video game-themed episode in a while, where Tom explains to Morgan the short history of Sega’s final console, the Dreamcast.

We look back at its rise and dramatic fall, why it failed, its bizarre adverts, and its most memorable (and downright bizarre) games.

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Episode 52: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

We travel back to the late ’90s and one of the greatest teen sci-fi shows of all time. Morgan reminds Tom just why Buffy and the Scooby Gang were so great.

We remember its kickass theme tune, our several man crushes and when Anthony Head made Tom feel very stupid.

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Episode 51: Choose Your Own Adventure Books

Take two! We first recorded this episode ages ago, but Tom managed to not record it properly, whoops. So here we finally are!

With some tequila and more beer than usual, this may be the drunkest we’ve ever been, which will make for some adventurous storytelling…

Tom takes Morgan through a history of gamebooks, COYA, Find Your Fate and more, and we also test out three books based on past episodes.

Expect plenty of pageturning, regretful alcohol consumption and awful Snarf impressions…

Patreon thank-yous go out to: Sam McCathie, Rob Horrocks and Oli Jeffery.

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Episode 50: Tom vs Morgan (Donnie Darko vs Temple of Doom)

For our 50th episode, we’re doing something a little different.

We picked a classic cult icon each that one of us loves but the one hates, in the hopes of convincing them they’re wrong. Considering we usually agree on all things geek, it was a hard task just finding two things in the first place.

In the end, we plumped for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (which Tom hates) and Donnie Darko (which Morgan hates). But… WHO. WILL. WIN?

What’s worse? Willie Scott screaming for two hours or pretentious timey-wimey nonsense?

Hear our pitches as to why the other one is wrong, and find out who came out victorious.

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Special Episode: Greatest Hits

Yes, it’s the obligatory clip show! To celebrate reaching our 50th episode (though, our ‘official’ 50th episode is coming very soon), we wanted to take a look back at the very best of our half-century of episodes.

If you’ve been with us since the start then enjoy the very best of Two Geeks, Two Beers so far – or if you’re a new listener (welcome!), then here’s a quick(ish) intro to what the show is all about: bickering about geeky things.

Thanks to everyone who has listened to any of our shows so far, and here’s to another 50!

Tracklisting:

  1. Why Captain Scarlet is Spectrum’s worst agent (Ep 1: Terrahawks)
  2. Safari Joe does it again (Ep 2: Thundercats)
  3. Scorpion King sequels (Ep 5: Freaky Film Franchises)
  4. The God of Gamblers series (Ep 5: Freaky Film Franchises)
  5. Kevin Bacon’s lowest ebb (Ep 7: Tremors)
  6. Don’t feel sorry for Jamie Kennedy (Ep 7: Tremors)
  7. Sidestep to your left, Simon (Ep 9: Knightmare)
  8. You’re overreacting Clark (Ep 10: Lois & Clark)
  9. Crime Traveller explained (Ep 11: Doctor Who Wannabes Part 1)
  10. Zarof and Taffin (Ep 11: Doctor Who Wannabes Part 1)
  11. Richard Armitage can’t recall (Ep 12: Doctor Who Wannabes Part 2)
  12. Drinking in front of Jason (Ep 13: Halloween and Friday the 13th)
  13. Fancying cartoons (Ep 14: Bucky O’Hare)
  14. Alpha’s Magical Christmas (Ep 15: 12 Days of Geekmas)
  15. Previously on… (Ep 18: X-Men)
  16. John McClane’s that weren’t (Ep 19: Die Hard)
  17. Ranking the Die Hards argument (Ep 19: Die Hard)
  18. John Rhys Davies’ bitter disappointment (Ep 20: Sliders)
  19. It’s morphin’ time! (Ep 21: Power Rangers)
  20. 50 Cent’s video games (Ep 22: Sega Mega Drive)
  21. Most James Bond films are ropey (Ep 23: James Bond)
  22. Smelling like Pierce Brosnan (Ep 23: James Bond)
  23. The world’s biggest Arnold Vosloo fan (Ep 24: 24)
  24. What are you going to about this incident? (Ep 24: 24)
  25. Jack Frost fan wikis (Ep 25: Christmas Horror Movies)
  26. Angry Lost questions (Ep 29: Lost)
  27. FlashForward acting (Ep 29: Lost)
  28. Catch the Pigeon? (Ep 30: The Mandela Effect)
  29. Biting into your history (Ep 31: Dark Crystal and Labyrinth)
  30. Hulk’s horrible theme tune (Ep 32: The Incredible Hulk)
  31. Beer explosion (Ep 33: Red Dwarf)
  32. The best ‘Flash, aaah’ (Ep 35: Flash Gordon)
  33. Ross Kemp’s Christmas Carol (Ep 36: Ranking the Scrooges)
  34. Bodger and Badger / Presumptious (Ep 37: 2017 – A Year in Geek)
  35. Mind the nuke (Ep 38: Predator)
  36. Jesse Ventura’s TV history (Ep 38: Predator)
  37. Those boards don’t work on water! (Ep 39: Back to the Future)
  38. Brucesploitation movies (Ep 40: Bruce Lee)
  39. Turtles concert tour (Ep 41: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  40. The Lake House vs Mortal Kombat (Ep 42: Mortal Kombat)
  41. Worst lines in movie history (Ep 42: Mortal Kombat)
  42. Death… on the Nile (Ep 43: Ranking the Sherlocks)
  43. Tom Hardy’s Upstairs Downstairs… (Ep 43: Ranking the Sherlocks)
  44. Jamie Anderson’s favourite Tracy brother (Ep 44: Gerry Anderson Special)
  45. Why Mission Impossible 2 is amazing (Ep 46: Mission Impossible)
  46. The Air Bud franchise (Ep 47: Freaky Film Franchises 2)
  47. Explaining Quantum Leap rules (Ep 48: Quantum Leap)
  48. Congratulations, Norman (Ep 49: Ranking the Santas)

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Episode 49: Ranking the Santas

Ho, ho, ho!

For this year’s Christmas special, we’re ranking the greatest screen Saint Nicks of all time.

Our five are: Mel Smith (Father Christmas), Edmund Gwynne (Miracle on 34th Street), Richard Attenborough (Miracle on 34th Street), Tim Allen (The Santa Clause), and David Huddleston (Santa Claus: The Movie). But which order will we pick them?

Plus, plenty of other honourable mentions, and a brief history of Santa as we know him. See, it’s an educational show too!

Merry Christmas!

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Episode 48: Quantum Leap

Oh, boy!

In this episode, Morgan takes Tom on a leap of faith back to the 1980s and beyond, as we retrace Sam Beckett (or is it Becket?)’s travels through time.

From its heartwarming moments, its somewhat dubious moments to its cracking theme tune, Ziggy says we have a 100% chance of having one hell of a ride.

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Episode 47: Freaky Film Franchises 2

Just like episode 5 way back when, we’ve taken two film franchises each and dissected just how bonkers they have got (and are still going to this day!).

Morgan teaches Tom all about The Marine and Universal Soldier franchises, while Tom takes Morgan through Air Bud and Puppet Master.

Try and keep up, things are about to get thoroughly confusing (and merry).

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Episode 46: Mission Impossible

Finger on the pulse yet again, a mere month and a bit since Fallout is released, we’re back with a brand new episode.

Morgan takes Tom through a history of the M:I franchise, from its TV series, to the movies and beyond.

We discuss at length how underrated Tom Cruise is, why we love a Limp Bizkit soundtrack and what Bond could learn from Ethan Hunt.

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Episode 45: Jurassic Park

OK, it may have been a month or so since Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom came out, but here’s our Jurassic Park episode!

Here, Tom welcomes Morgan to the world of the Jurassic Park series, from the original book by Michael Crichton, to all five movies, video games, toys and more.

We also discover the dodgy Carnosaur franchise, the cancelled TV series that Spielberg couldn’t be bothered to look at, and what Tim and Lex Murphy did next.

Hold onto your butts, this is one epic ride..

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Episode 44: Gerry Anderson Special (with Jamie Anderson)

Anything can happen in the next… two hours or so.

In this very special episode, Tom and Morgan interview Jamie Anderson, the son of the late, great Gerry Anderson, the head of Anderson Entertainment, and producer of many Big Finish audio productions.

Meeting at a pub in London, we chat about the history of Gerry Anderson’s amazing body of work, including Thunderbirds, Stingray, Terrahawks, Captain Scarlet and more.

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We discuss who is the best Tracy brother, why Troy Tempest is a rogue, why Joe 90 is a bit of a little git, and what Gerry Anderson really thought of Team America.

Jamie also reveals what’s still to come from keeping his father’s legacy going, including the very exciting Firestorm reboot.

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Episode 43: Ranking the Sherlocks

Elementary, dear listener…

For this episode, Tom and Morgan pick three actors who have played Sherlock Holmes, before agreeing on an overall ranking of the very best on-screen Sherlocks of all time.

We also discuss a few honourable mentions, the difference between a ‘bumbling’ or ‘capable’ Watson and the politics of the deerstalker hat.

The actors we focus on are:

  • Basil Rathbone
  • Peter Cushing
  • Robert Downey Jr
  • Robert Stephens
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Jeremy Brett
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Episode 42: Mortal Kombat

Morgan takes Tom through a history of the Mortal Kombat franchise, from the video games to the (mostly) dodgy movies to the forgotten cartoons.

We discuss the origins of ‘Toastie!’, its weird Dad’s Army connection, and the worst line of dialogue in cinema history.

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Episode 41: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Tom takes Morgan through the ENTIRE history of the TMNT universe – the comics, the TV series, the movies, the merch and more. (In hindsight, maybe we should have just done the 1987 series!).

We discuss which Turtle is best, why Elias Koteas is so cool, whether Tom’s Winter Olympic Turtle was real or not, and just how weird the latest Splinter looks.

So grab a slice of pizza and settle down, it’s going to be an epic ride…

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Episode 40: Bruce Lee

“Be water, my friend”

Time for a history lesson on another movie icon, and this time it’s martial arts legend Bruce Lee, who died 45 years ago this July.

Morgan takes noob Tom for a travel back through Bruce’s life, movie career, and even death…

We tackle everything from mistitled US versions of his films, the dodgy Bruceploitation movies, and bizarre video games based around his image.

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Episode 39: Back to the Future

Great Scott and all that. In this episode, Tom explains to Morgan just why BTTF is his favourite movie series of all time. They discuss and dissect all three movies, the cartoon series, games and more.

We find out why you can’t just copy someone’s face, how the plot of the second movie is so complicated that Tom can’t speak, and just how many Ted Danson puns we can fit into a minute.

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Episode 38: Predator

Morgan explains to Tom just why 1987’s Predator is his favourite movie of all time. We chat about all things Arnie, why Alan is a badass name and why AVP was just… no.

Featuring an exclusive interview snippet with the legend that is Carl Weathers.

Beer choice: Hunter’s Cider

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Episode 37: 2017 – A Year in Geek

Happy New Year! For this blockbuster episode, Tom and Morgan look back at the past 12 months and discuss the biggest geeky stories of 2017.

From the big movies and TV shows of the year, dearly departed geek heroes and drunkenly inventing new words, this is an epic dissection of a big year for all things geek.

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Thanks to all of you who have ever listened to a second of Two Geeks this year, it means a hell of a lot to us, and please do get in touch! Here’s to a brilliantly geeky 2018!

Episode 36: Ranking the Scrooges (Christmas Special)

Merry Christmas! For this year’s festive special, we’re looking back at some of the most memorable adaptations of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Tom and Morgan pick three Scrooges each, to decide which one is the very best (not including Scrooge McDuck or efforts by Henry Winkler or Kelsey Grammer, sorry boys).

The episode also features an exclusive interview with Muppet Christmas Carol star Meredith Braun, where Tom chatted with her about the film’s fan favourite song ‘When Love is Gone’ and how great Michael Caine was as Scrooge.

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Episode 35: Flash Gordon

OK, we may have had an issue with our latest episode (ie, Tom forgot to record it properly), so that lost episode will be re-recorded in a few months time…

BUT, instead, here’s a brand new episode entirely, all about the history of one of America’s most beloved comic book characters, and its 1980 movie, Flash Gordon!

Tom and Morgan chat about the underrated hero that is Buster Crabbe, the best bits of Queen’s Flash soundtrack and why Ming the Merciless’ name is so perfect.

Beer choice: Smog Rocket (Flash has a rocket, innit)

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Episode 34: Batman – The Animated Series

To mark the 25th anniversary of DC cartoon Batman: The Animated Series, Morgan explains to Tom just why it is one of the greatest cartoon series ever made.

We delve into its influences and history, how it ended up influencing the DC universe forever, and why it was so badass, even today.

It also features exclusive interviews with Batman actor Kevin Conroy and Robin himself, Burt Ward.

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Beer choice: Guinness XX (dark, innit?)

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Episode 32: The Incredible Hulk

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The episode delves into the history of the TV show and its movie follow-ups, its catchy music and how it influenced subsequent films.

We also rank the live action Bruce Banners, boogie on down the disco version of the ‘Lonely Man Theme’ and get baffled by the awful theme to the 1966 cartoon series.

There’s also a clip of when Morgan chatted Hulk with Doctor Who and Jessica Jones star David Tennant.

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Beer choice: Gamma Ray (for obvious reasons).

Episode 31: The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth

Tom takes Morgan back to the 1980s – when fantasy movies were everywhere and full of animatronics and puppets instead of CGI and green screens.

This episode delves into the brilliant mind of the late, great Jim Henson, and two of his non-Muppet movies: The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Movies that were not huge successes at the time, but have grown to become cult favourites.

We discuss everything from David Bowie’s bulge, scary bird things and whether pretending you were the baby in Labyrinth wins you any friends at uni.

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Beer choice: Little Creatures

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Episode 30: The Mandela Effect

For this podcast episode, Morgan takes Tom through the bizarre phenomenon of The Mandela Effect, where many people have shared memories of something that never happened.

We cover various mindmelts from C3PO’s leg to ‘Stop the Pigeon’ to ‘Kazaam’ to ‘The Berenstain Bears’, all of which confused the hell out of us.

Includes a tribute to the late Sir Roger Moore.

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Beer choice: Stella Artois (cockney rhyming slang for Mandela!)

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Episode 29: Lost – The Unanswered Questions

A very disgruntled Tom takes Morgan through one of his all-time favourite TV shows: Lost, marking 7 years since it ended on May 23.

Though, you wouldn’t know it by how angry he sounds when discussing all the big questions that were never properly answered, from The Numbers to The Smoke Monster. Meanwhile, Morgan shows off his impressive Matthew Fox and Joseph Fiennes impressions. Now, where’s that DHARMA beer?

WARNING: Contains HUGE spoilers for the whole of Lost.

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Beer choice: Oliver’s Island.

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Episode 27: Duke Nukem

Hail to the king, baby! Our latest episode chronicles the history of steroid-loving Duke Nukem, and the ups and downs of his video game life – from 1991’s MS DOS platformer Duke Nukem to the looooonnngg-awaited disappointment that was Duke Nukem Forever in 2011.

Includes a tribute to Bill Paxton, featuring a clip of him from video game film The Gamechangers.

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Beer choice: Old Thumper – because Duke’s old, and he thumps things.

Episode 26: Keanu Reeves Special

No way. No way! Something a little bit different this time as Tom and Morgan look back at the career of an underrated geek hero of cinema: Mr Keanu Reeves.

We delve into the man himself, his history, his music, his not-so well received performances and in particular, these six iconic movies in Keanu’s filmography:

  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure / Bogus Journey
  • Point Break
  • Speed
  • The Matrix
  • Constantine
  • John Wick
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Note: Tom wanted to discuss The Lake House (aka one of his top five favourite movies, honestly) at length, but Morgan wouldn’t let him.

Beer choice: Hogstar (Hogs Back Brewery)

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Episode 25: Festive Fright Fest (Christmas Horror Movies)

Ho ho HORROR. As we missed the deadline for our own Halloween special, we’ve combined it with Christmas for a collection of the best and worst of a very particular kind of horror film: the Christmas horror.

Morgan and Tom teach each other about: Silent Night Deadly Night, Jack Frost, Black Christmas and Treevenge – and discover that the Christmas horror genre is anything but festive. Garbage Day!

Beer choice: Life and Death (Vocation Brewery)

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Episode 24: 24

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There was only one episode we could for instalment number 24, and it’s our second espionage ep in a row: JACK BAUER’S 24.

And as it’s been so long since our last episode (our bad), it’s a bumper edition as we trawl through all 9 seasons (plus a mini movie and the game) of Jack’s mental adventures, nukes, moles and haughty English politicians.

NOTE: This episode was recorded before Donald Trump’s election victory.

Beer choice: Jack of Clubs

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Episode 22: Sega Mega Drive / Genesis Games

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Morgan takes Tom back to the early 1990s and through some of his favourite Sega Mega Drive games, including Streets of Rage 2, Golden Axe and Sonic the Hedgehog. Tom also educates Morgan about the horrific Shaq Fu and how it may have influenced 50 Cent.

Beer choice: Innis & Gunn lager (reference – err, because there are some guns in Sega games)

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Episode 21: Power Rangers

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Tom helps Morgan refresh his memory of the good old days of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and try not to have our childhoods ruined by shoddy production, racist undertones and dodgy spandex suits. We also discuss the ‘classic’ movie, its many TV spinoffs and the future film.

Beer choice: Doom Bar (reference – Rita Repulsa’s impending doom. Yeah, we know.)

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Episode 20: Sliders

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Morgan and Tom hark back to the good old 1990s and the forgotten gem that was Sliders starring Jerry O’Connell. Well, it was a gem until the third season onwards when Fox ruined it. We find out just what went wrong with a brilliant sci-fi premise, including exclusive audio from John Rhys-Davies!

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Beer choice this time: Old Mout Cider – as ciders rhymes with Sliders.

Episode 15: The 12 Days of Geekmas (TV Christmas specials)

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It’s the most geekiest time of the yeeeaaar… if these 12 incredible Christmas TV specials are anything to go by.

Tom and Morgan have selected 12 fascinating (and sometimes dreadful) festive episodes or one-off movies based around the geekiest shows around – featuring: The X-Files, Power Rangers, Sliders, Biker Mice from Mars, Terrahawks, He-Man & She-Ra, X-Men, Doctor Who, Dinosaurs, Lois & Clark, Community and the god awful Star Wars Holiday Special.

We also have a couple of Christmassy treats including a parody of a certain festive classic from Bowie and Bing….

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Episode 14: Bucky O’Hare and Biker Mice from Mars

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Back to the world of kids TV this time, as Tom teaches Morgan all about two 1990s cartoons about kick-ass anthropomorphic gunslingers: Bucky O’Hare and the Biker Mice from Mars. Only in the 90s.

We wonder how we’ve never heard of Avenger Penguins, realise that StarFox is just a ripoff of Bucky and reminisce about fancying Gadget from Rescue Rangers.

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Episode 12: Doctor Who Fill-Ins Part 2 – 2005 to present

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Morgan continues his nerdy journey with Tom through TV shows that tried to emulate the success of Doctor Who after its return in 2005 – including shows on the BBC and ITV.

We hunt dinosaurs in Primeval, get confused by Richard Armitage in Robin Hood, witness a bromance in Merlin, get baffled at Mark Addy in Atlantis and shudder at Philip Glenister’s accent in Demons.

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Episode 8: The Prisoner

Morgan takes Tom down to the village in the latest episode of Two Geeks, as we find out all about Patrick McGoohan’s iconic 1960s thriller The Prisoner.

Tom gets increasingly frustrated with its bonkers ambiguity, while we both discuss how scary a bouncy ball can be and whether Person of Interest could be part of its universe. Be seeing you!

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Episode 6: Doctor Who – A Beginner’s Guide

Our latest episode sees Whovian Morgan teach Tom all about Doctor Who, and where to start watching if you’re a noob. We take in everything from Hartnell to Capaldi, and Daleks to Weeping Angels.

We also pay our respect to Geek TV and film icon Sir Christopher Lee, who recently passed away soon before recording.

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It goes without saying that Morgan is a massive Doctor Who fan, and has pretty much made his career in banging on about the feller.

Meanwhile, Tom has never really seen an episode all the way through and doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. And he calls himself a geek?

So for this episode, Morgan explains just why the show is so good, travelling back and forth through time to give any noobs the ultimate watching order guide.

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Morgan also reveals his favourite ever Doctor, and ponders the future of the franchise.

Developments since episode: The obvious one, Jodie Whittaker took over the role of the Doctor from Peter Capaldi in 2017, becoming the first ever female Doctor.

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By the way, this is a Magma Beast:

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Episode 5: Freaky Film Franchises

In Episode 5 we look at a variety of random and odd movie franchises, with some that are still going to this day.

We both get utterly baffled and fascinated by the cinematic universes of The Scorpion King, The Land Before Time, Anaconda/Lake Placid, God of Gamblers and Zombi. Strap yourselves in, it’s going to get confusing…

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Morgan takes us through the history of the Scorpion King franchise, which began in 2002’s The Mummy Returns starring Dwayne Johnson as the titular warrior. Since then, it has spawned three further films with totally different casts each time.

Then there’s the Lake Placid and Anaconda series, which came to a head when they went up against each other, despite the former being a body of water, but there you go.

The Zombi film series is just downright complicated, as it technically involves two completely different series from different filmmakers taking place at the same time.

The Land Before Time series started off a cute animated film, but has since spawned almost countless spinoffs and sequels that are still going strong.

Then there’s the God of Gamblers series, where Tom simply got lost while trying to explain (we’ll blame the beer).

Developments since episode:

  • There’s been another Land Before Time film – Journey of the Brave – released in 2016.
  • God of Gamblers has seen two further films: From Vegas to Macau II in 2015 and From Vegas to Macau III in 2016.
  • In 2020, it was announced that a reboot of the Anaconda film series was in the works.
  • In 2018, a new film came out called Lake Placid: Legacy.
  • 2018 also saw the release of the film The Scorpion King: Book of Souls, while a further reboot was announced in 2020, with Dwayne Johnson producing.

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Defenders of the Earth

Episode 4: Defenders of the Earth

Episode 4 sees Morgan teach Tom all about 1980s cartoon Defenders of the Earth!

We discuss everything from Flash Gordon’s dark storylines, failed Billy Zane movies and the potential DOTE cinematic universe.

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Known for its downright incredible intro theme tune (with lyrics credited to Stan Lee), Defenders of the Earth ran for just one season from 1986, but one with 65 (!) episodes in total.

Set in the year 2015, it followed an Avengers-style teamup of comic characters Flash Gordon, The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician and Mandrake’s assistant Lothar. Their main enemy was the evil Ming the Merciless. He was merciless, after all.

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ReBoot

Episode 3: ReBoot

Episode 3 is all about the forgotten YTV/CITV gem ReBoot, the first fully-CGI TV series.

We ask whether ReBoot could be… rebooted, and discuss Dot Matrixes and comparisons to Sliders and Wreck It Ralph.

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ReBoot was a Canadian series that originally ran from 1994 to 2001.

Tom was a massive fan growing up when it reached the UK on CITV in the mid-to-late 1990s, but it was cruelly taken off the air mid-season. He didn’t find out what happened next until about 8 years later when he discovered something called BitTorrent…

The series followed the adventures of a Guardian named Bob and his companions Enzo and Dot Matrix, as they worked to keep the computer system of Mainframe safe from viruses and other threats.

Developments since episode: In 2015, a new animated-live action hybrid show titled ReBoot: The Guardian Code launched on YTV and Netflix. And yeah… it wasnt great.

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Thundercats

Episode 2: Thundercats

Our second episode sees Morgan teach Tom all about 1980s cartoon series Thundercats!

Discover all about how Jagar is like Alec Guinness, Mumm-ra is definitely not Skeletor and Brad Pitt makes the perfect Lion-o.

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Based on characters created by Ted ‘Tobin’ Wolf, Thundercats launched in 1985, with animation provided by the Japanese studio Pacific Animation Corporation.

As Morgan explains to a confused Tom (who somehow didn’t watch it as a kid), ThunderCats follows the adventures of a team of heroes, cat-like humanoid aliens from a planet called Third Earth.

The series begins with the dying planet Thundera meeting its end, forcing the ThunderCats to flee their homeworld. The fleet is attacked by their enemies, the Mutants of Plun-Darr, but spare the flagship hoping to capture the legendary mystic Sword of Omens. Oooh…

The Thundercats logo.

The flagship contains Lion-O, as well as Cheetara, Panthro, Tygra, WilyKit and WilyKat, and, sigh, Snarf.

Developments since episode: In 2020, a new show launched called Thundercats Roar, on the Cartoon Network. Featuring far more comedic and lighthearted animation and stories, which was met with a backlash from some fans of the original series and the 2011 reboot.

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Terrahawks

Episode 1: Terrahawks

In our first episode, Tom teaches Morgan about Gerry Anderson‘s 1980s sci-fi puppet series Terrahawks.

Discussions include Tiger Ninestein being a dick, Captain Scarlet being a rubbish agent, Fireball XL5’s awesome theme tune and other random tangents.

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Created by Gerry Anderson and Christopher Burr, Terrahawks was Anderson’s first in over a decade to use puppets , and also his last. His previous puppet TV shows included the iconic Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet.

Set in the year 2020, the series followed the adventures of the Terrahawks. A taskforce responsible for protecting Earth from invasion by a group of androids and aliens led by Zelda. Not that one.

thawklogo

It also had a kickass theme tune, humorous characters such as Stu Dapples and the Zeroids, and was ahead of its time in many ways.

And how can you forget Sram, Lord of Felony:

Sram, Lord of Felony, from Terrahawks.

The show ran for three series from 1983, and has since returned in audio form for three more series by Big Finish in 2014.

It even spawned a hit single, where ‘Kate Kestrel’ released her song ‘SOS’ from the show, and it was a bit of a banger:

Developments since recording: In 2019, it was announced that a new series titled Kate Kestrel and the Terrahawks was in development by Anderson Entertainment, produced by Two Geeks friend and Gerry’s son Jamie Anderson and Stu Gamble.

Ten-ten!

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