Sunday, June 21, 2015

Geekdom Madness 2015 Victor

We are ready to announce the Victor for Geekdom Madness 2015. Unlike the other Victor postings which are right on the front page, I'm going to add a page break because SUSPENSE!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

What Time Do You Think We Have?

I first saw Christopher Lee in "Gremlins 2: The New Batch." He played the comically serious mad scientist Dr. Catheter, who ran the genetics laboratory Splice-O'-Life in the mall-like Clamp Center office building. I was about 10 years old. When I saw his name in the credits, I was thinking perhaps that it was another relative of Bruce Lee. That was quickly put to rest.

My father showed me clips of some of the old Hammer Horror films of which he had been a fan growing up. I had a harder time getting into them, but I was still captivated by Lee.

That started the next few years of watching various thing, none of which I remember clearly, but saying "Oh look, it's Christopher Lee again."

By the time I saw his turn as Saruman in "Lord of the Rings," he had become one of my favorite performers of all time.

When I found out he was cast in Star Wars, I was over the moon.

He always gave a commanding performance in everything I've seen him in. Looking at his life, he became someone to look up to.

I guess I knew in my mind that he wouldn't be around forever, and his overall health had been declining for some time, but to have someone as active and accomplished in life as him simply pass so suddenly (well, as suddenly as one can at 93) brings home the inevitability of mortality.

But as sad as I am that Sir Christopher's life and career has come to an abrupt end, the best thing I can do is revel in his impressive body of work and strive to be even a fraction as professional, gentlemanly, and achieved as our stalwart star of the silver screen.

Sir Christopher Lee, I salute you:

For another fan's perspective, read Lazy-Padawan's tribute.

Many people he has worked with, of whom I am also fans, have given quite an outpouring, but for me the one that sums it up best is Peter Jackson's Facebook Post

Finally, for more trivia and info on the man himself, there's really no better place than his TVTropes entry.

Jar Jar Lives!

(Originally Written for Jedi News, and thanks to my editor Mark Newbold for choosing 90% of the pictures when I didn't have to time)

I tried. I really did. I’ve tried talking about other things. Giving the Saga as a whole and equal share of the time. I figured “Hey, everyone already knows who my favorite character is. Let’s leave that be for a while.” I even managed to get through an article about the Gungans while barely mentioning him.

Then J.J. Abrams has to go and “joke” with Vanity Fair last month about how tempted he is to put Jar Jar Binks’ bleached skeleton in the desert in “The Force Awakens.”

Ha. Very funny. Wait, no it’s not. 

"THIS is funny. That...not so much."

GM15: The Semi-Final Victors

Both matches gained some of the most votes we've had over this current competition. 11 Total votes each, both matches having an 8/3 split (73%/27%). You have spoken. These are your champions.

The Victors for the Geekdom Madness Semi-Final are...

The Powerpuff Girls
"And once again, the saved"

They've beaten The Bride. They have what it takes.


Hermione Granger
"I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled."

She's abolished Abby. She has what it takes.

Here's the breakdown. Check back tomorrow for the Geekdom Madness 2015 final match!

Hmm, about five months early this year.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Plethora of Posts

Only time today for a quick update on what you all should expect from me over the weekend:

1. My Jedi News article.
2. The official results of the Geekdom Madness Semi-Final.
3. A tribute to a legend.
4. A review of a film I shall be seeing tomorrow.
5. The Geekdom Madness 2015 final match.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Geekdom Madness 2015: The Semi-Final

Here it is. Just two more weeks to go. This week the Elite Four square off to see who makes it into the final match.

GM15 - QF: Teeth and Swords/Meticulous Planning Victors

Answer to the question posed in the original post: At least one more!

The Victors for the second round of the Quarter-Final, both winning their 7-vote matches 4/3 (57%/43%), and the last two Elite Four are...

The Bride
"You and I have unfinished business..."


Hermione Granger
"I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled."

I had been so sure Smaug would have made it into the Elite Four, but The Bride managed an early lead. Actually, it was Scar who almost beat Hermione, but a few votes managed to turn things around.

So now, ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Elite Four of Geekdom Madness 2015





Tomorrow, this Final Four will be whittled down to the Final Two, and after that, There Can Be Only One! 

Here's the breakdown. Check back tomorrow!

So, which is better for society: drawing attention to the fact that it's an all-women Elite Four, or just treating it like the everyday occurrence it really should be?