Nerd Lunch's second entry into this year's [expletive] TAG Network Summer Crossover Series features a whole cast of guests. CT is joined by both Michael DiGiovanni and [expletive] Michael Downs from The Atomic Geeks and Kristin Rielly from the Geek Girls Network and they have a big ol' [expletive] discussion about Doctor Who. Who was the best [expletive] Doctor? The best [expletive] companion? And find out what the phrase "those garbage cans have terrible voices" means. This week's Nerd To-Dos features talk about Batman, G.I. Joe and the relaunch of a new [expletive] website. Find your [expletive] sonic screwdriver and download now!

On this week's League of Extraordinary Bloggers challenge from, participants were tasked simply with posting a picture of something green. My first thought went to my Muppets action figure collection. I have made some efforts to take picture of this collection, but just haven't taken the time to finish it up yet. This challenge prompted me to set up my makeshift studio again and grab some photography of my entire set of Kermit action figures. I love them all for different reasons, but my favorite of the bunch might have to be reporter Kermit. I always loved "Sesame Street News" and the concept of sticking straight man Kermit into wacky situations.

I still need to finish documenting my collection although several can be seen in this album.

Elsewhere in the League:
• Brian himself has already posted a picture of his Hulk collection at Cool and Collected.
• One of my new favorites, Shezcrafti, has posted a picture of the awesome new TMNT figures.
• And our good buddy Shawn has a brilliant post about You Can't Do That on Television.
• Finally, Pax has posted a variety of shots from his collection at Flickr that are green.
Back in April, CT put up a very honest review of the recent Garbage Pail Kids retrospective book by Abrams Books.
I appreciate CT's thoughts. It's interesting to hear the views from someone who didn't collect the cards and doesn't have his views of the cards (and therefore this book) all wrappped up in nostalgia like many of us do. As a counterpoint, I wanted to write a separate review of the book from someone who did collect these cards originally.

I remember starting to collect these cards right around the time Series 2 hit the candy aisles.  I was in elementary school and you could still find Series 1 in some out of the way gas stations, but most everything was all about Series 2.  I would collect these cards all through junior high.  I recently found my original collection and discovered that I still have a complete set of Series 3 cards and a nearly complete series 4.  Plus some miscellaneous cards from Series 1, 2 and 5-9.  I've also seen the terrible, terrible movie and some of the episodes of the never aired in the US cartoon series.  So, needless to say, this book lives so much in my wheelhouse that it probably owes me rent.  I love these cards and I was excited to get my hands on this book.


 Pax, CT, Shawn Robare, and TAG Irregular Mark Dury provide our take on expanded universes. We discuss our favorite EUs from Star Wars to the Buffyverse, talk about what works or doesn't work in EU, and offer up some properties we wish had EU. When we're done, be sure to check out this week's episode of The Atomic Geeks podcast for even more speechifying on EUs. Our Nerd To-Dos feature a Formula 1 racing documentary (huh?), new TMNT toys, more Planet of the Apes, and some Dark Knight Rises.

One more for the road...As I mentioned recently on the podcast, I followed through on my promise to have one last meal at Burger King. I thought I at least owed The King this “Dear John” post.


I never thought it would come to this. Sure I’ve been down this road before with Taco Bell, but that was different. Taco Bell and my digestive tract never got along and in 2001 I finally decided that the pleasures of the Baja Gordita weren’t worth the pain. There have been times when I have been tempted by The Bell, but never enough to return. Now my middle aged gut has betrayed me and we also must part ways, Burger King.


For our last dance I chose a Double Whopper combo meal and two Zantac 75 tablets. While it wasn’t the best Whopper I’ve ever had, I still found myself getting a little wistful. BK was the go-to fast food place for CT and me during our college years and the Whopper probably symbolizes our hossin’ experiences as much as anything except Mountain Dew. Sadly the nostalgia is more powerful than what I might miss about BK going forward. The Whopper and Croissan'Wich are the only items on the BK menu that appeal to me and with recent changes mostly aping McDonalds, it seems unlikely that would change in the near future.


Sorry, King. I’ll always treasure those times we had together, it’s time for both of us to move on.


We're joined this week by Pax's longtime buddy Dr. Mike for an in depth discussion and/or thrashing of Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis. Find out what we think of the HMS Pinafore, F. Murray Abraham, clones, B-4, and the infamous Enterprise bridge joystick. We also offer up suggestions on how these, er, gems could have been polished. In our Nerd To-Dos, we hear about an upcoming Dr. Who episode of Nerd Lunch, a can't miss Ben & Jerry's flavor, Pax's mini-review of MIB 3, and the Dawn of the Jedi comic book.

There apparently was a Doctor Who panel this past weekend at SDCC. I read a bit about it, but not so much to spoil myself. But there was one thing I was hoping to learn. I was hoping to learn that season 7 would feature an appearance by Paul McGann. Because quite frankly…it's past time.

As many Who fans know, Paul McGann played the 8th Doctor in an in-continuity, Fox/BCC-produced, made-for-TV movie back in 1996. It was a back door pilot that didn't do well enough to merit a return of any kind. It wasn't a particularly great movie, but it had some elements of the Classic Who and set the stage for a more youthful, excited Doctor to arrive in 2005.

A couple things make this movie stand out. The first being that it was even made. The backstory on this is quite interesting to a "behind-the-scenes" guy like myself. The DVD contains a 50 minute feature that explains this history of the movie. Very cool. But the second and more notable reason is Paul McGann. In just a few short scenes, McGann owns the role and makes me want more.


Pax is vacationing in the Phantom Zone, so Aaron Nix from Movie Hodge Podge and Matt Ringler of Schlock Treatment join Jeeg and CT for this week's episode. Each of us choose one person and one pop culture item to erase from existence and then discuss the consequences of that removal. We go for the jugular with some of these, but luckily it's all hypothetical... as far as you know. Our Nerd To-Do's feature a follow-up on Pixar's Brave, somebody named Richie Brockelman, Atomic Robo, and one nerd's quest to watch the original Star Trek movies for the first time.

© Scott Holstein
© Scott Holstein
I recently had the opportunity to help Scott Holstein out on a project of his. You may recognize the name as the guy who was the videographer for our short-lived Web Series. Scott is an established still photographer and is quite good. The concept for this project was to re-do the character of Rambo as a female hero. The final outcome in the "Rambabe" project was two still photos and a behind-the-scenes video shot and chopped by yours truly.

I'm surprised that something like this didn't happen on an official level at the height of Rambo's popularity in the 80s. After the first two movies, there was a cartoon, toy line, and several other pieces of merchandise. A lot of that was short-lived, but if the Rambo wave of popularity had continued, it's possible he would have had his very own "Supergirl/She-Ra/Red Sonja" type character introduced somewhere in the mythos.

Rob Graham settles into the fourth chair this week and we do another round of Give That Guy Some Work.  This time around we put together one TV show and one movie using actors and actresses that aren’t getting the exposure they deserve.  Our Nerd To-Dos include a Star Trek novel, the Sherlock TV series, Pixar’s Brave, a vampire hunter, and Planet of the Apes.

Hello? Is it me you're looking for?As we’ve mentioned a few times on the podcast, our big 50th episode extravaganza will be a chance for you the listener to ask us anything and get it answered on the show.  If there has ever been something you wanted to know about the Nerd Lunch crew, a random topic you wanted to hear us discuss, or a mystery of the universe you wanted explained, this is your chance.


Leave your question in a comment on this post, e-mail it to questions -at-, or write it down on a $100 bill and mail it to CT’s house.  As an extra incentive, our favorite listener submitted question will win a Nerd Lunch t-shirt.