15 March 2015
Greetings and salutations, everybody! Azzy here once again, (relatively) ready and raring to bring forth the newest blogisode of GR2 Weekly (despite a recent rash of stress and head problems)! As I mentioned in my status on the official GR2 Weekly Facebook page on Saturday, there won’t be a 22nd March 2015 edition. This, however, does free up time to get work done right away on the Kitsune Kon 2015 Recap. So there is always that to look forward to. 😛 For both good and bad reasons, the Geek World was hustling and bustling as it always does every single week. Sony failed to learn its lesson (where it horrendously botched the Spider-Man movie franchise) by undermining the all-female Ghostbusters reboot with the announcement of an all-male version of the reboot, fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett passed away at age 66, a bug in the PS4 version of Helldivers erases your progress if your PS4 controller dies, and Studio Ghibli’s youngest director has already quit the studio. But as usual, not all is gloom and doom. Power Rangers fans were treated with multiple bits of good news (including Jungle Fury White Ranger in the new Daredevil series and Time Force Blue Ranger’s crowdfunding campaign for an Indie film to feature other PR alum), Arrow’s Stephen Amell won the Internet for a time with intentions to appear at a fan’s birthday party in some form, science has shown that ultrasounds may be able to treat Alzheimer’s, and Robert Downey, Jr. presents a kid a new bionic arm…as Tony Stark. Anyway, without further ado, here is this week’s big Loser and Winner of the Internet.
Geek Rant of the week
I honestly considered Ranting about Sony undermining its all-female Ghostbusters reboot, but Trae from Nerd & Tie hit the nail on the head so well that all I could really add to that sentiment is a bunch of profanities and thus had to pick something else. In an article initially posted on The Hollywood Reporter a few days ago, prolific actor and Geek Icon Robert Carradine was involved in a scary crash the week prior in Colorado.
For any of you who may not be familiar with Mr. Carradine, his most iconic role was that of Lewis Skolnick in the 1984 comedy classic Revenge of the Nerds. He’s also appeared in the TV series Kung Fu, Cannonball!, and even the 2012 film Django Unchained. Oh, that’s right. I briefly forgot he’s also tragically involved with the farce that is King of the Nerds, the reality show which in its first season was marred by controversy surrounding the season finale and is currently in its third season.
Anyhoo, back to the accident: according to the police report, both his car (his wife was a passenger) and the semi involved in the collision were heading down opposite sides of Colorado Highway 145 when Carradine’s car crossed over the midline, colliding with the truck, barely missing a direct head-on collision. Both he and his wife were rushed to the hospital with (luckily) non-life-threatening injuries, but the semi driver was unharmed (both vehicles were going around 60mph at the time of the crash).
A picture from the article of the remains of Carridine’s car proves it’s something of a miracle they’re even still alive.
Mr. Carradine was eventually cited with Careless Driving and was out of the hospital by Thursday, as initially reported in a related article on Yahoo. Part of me, however, can’t help but think that maybe, just maybe this was a sign from some form of a higher power to Robert Carradine, one telling him he might wanna reconsider his involvement with King of the Nerds.
Geek Rave of the week
If you’re a Browncoat like myself who is frustrated that shows like Heroes of Cosplay, Big Bang Theory, and lord knows how many other reality shows keep existing and thriving while Firefly is still off the air (though we’re aware that it’ll probably never come back), fear not! There actually is a way you can see Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk back on a spaceship! Well, sort of.
Unless you have been living under the world’s most comfortable rock, I’m sure you are very well aware by now of an Indiegogo campaign launched by Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk for a new web series they’re creating. In the web series about the convention world, hilariously (and aptly) titled Con Man, the two main characters Jack Moore (Nathan Fillion) and Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk) were stars of a fictionsl sci-fi show called Spectrum, which was tragically cancelled long before its time (sound familiar?). Wray has had to settle for touring around conventions since, interacting with fans and doing panels whereas Jack Moore had since gone on to major stardom, much to Wray’s dismay. The two Firefly stars opened up the crowdfunding campaign in hopes to raise $425,000 to fund the planned three 10-minute episodes.
They ended up getting over $1.6 million in the first two days alone.
I’m happy too, Kirby. :3
So not only are we getting more episodes and more of the stretch goals getting shattered, but you can even see a teaser for the series in the hotlink above. As of this post getting typed up, they are well over $1.9 million and there’s still 26 Days left to go in the campaign! And as stated in the Entertainment Weekly article hotlinked at the beginning of the Rave, at least one of the planned episodes will see the two characters back on a spaceship of sorts. So we got that to look forward to. :3
Well, my fellow geeks and geekettes across the interwebs, that brings this blogiside of GR2 Weekly to a most satisfying end. And as I tend to enjoy mentioning every chance I get, should you have any suggestions for what I should Rant and/or Rave about (please suggest away, I promise I won’t bite), feel free to follow me both on Tumblr and WordPress. You are equally as encouraged to post much linkage on the official GR2 Weekly Facebook page. See you next week! While you’re still here, though, be sure to check out and Vote Up Lemme Addams everybody. Sonny Strait will be a happy person. 😛