Steve from Food Junk saddles up in our fourth chair this week as we build movie themed restaurant menus in the vein of Denny's 2012 menu for The Hobbit. What do you get when you combine a fictional serial killer and a casual dining chain? Or an ice cream shop and an 80s cult classic? Podcast gold, that's what you get. Our Nerd To-Do's feature a bit of Korean vengeance cinema, The '80s documentary from Nat Geo, Family Matters, and the Injustice game on iPad.

Week five of the Snipes Web Comic by Bill Wiist...











Pax, CT, Jaime Hood (www.shezcrafti.com and Cult Film Club), and William Bruce West (www.williambrucewest.com) review the sitcom greats (?) of the 90s.  This episode asks and occasionally answers the hard hitting questions that everyone has wondered about.  Why were Uncle Jesse and Uncle Joey still living with the Tanner family?  How on earth did Saved By The Bell: The New Class last 10 seasons?  Why is the finale of Seinfeld so damned important?  What is French Stewart’s tour de force performance?  Where did the ladies of Living Single work?  Which 90s sitcom character would we want to take the place of, date, or have for a neighbor?  Not to be left out, our TV driven Nerd To-Dos include the Larry Sanders Show, Game of Thrones, Burn Notice, and The Walking Dead comic.

Week 4 of "Snipes" by Bill Wiist...





We all have social events we'd rather not attend. Kristin Rielly joins us to talk about who we’d send in our places if we could get away with it. Listen to find out which Muppet would show up at the office Christmas party, which dead celebrity would handle the in-laws' family reunion, which fictional character would endure a toddler's birthday party and more. This week's Nerd To-Dos feature Superman IV, Downton Abbey (NOT Downtown Abby), The Hunger Games, and a comic book fire sale.

starbucks_iced_coffeeI’ve mentioned my love of coffee several times on here and the podcast, but I haven’t talked much about my progression from Mountain Dew drinker to coffee junkie. The proverbial crossing of the Rubicon occurred in my early 20s when I was making a lot of road trips and needed a convenience store offering with more caffeine than Dew could provide. Enter the bottled Starbuck’s Frappuccino; as sweet as a soda yet with almost twice the caffeine. That did the trick, but eventually I graduated to “real” coffee and more refined packaged choices like canned iced coffee from Caribou Coffee (and Coke) and the Mermaid. Sadly for me, Starbuck’s stopped making their canned iced coffee and Caribou/Coke left the bottled market altogether a few years back.

 

But now Starbuck’s is back with bottled iced coffee in glass packaging resembling my old friend the Frappuccino. I picked up a bottle of the vanilla flavor from my local Target for around $2. The obvious first impression was that it looked like coffee with just a touch of cream; no off white or tawny colored beverage here. Upon uncapping, a nose grope of strong vanilla hit me just like a Vanilla Frap.  However the first sip was not a freight train of sugar, but a nice balance of coffee, sugar, and cream I remembered from the canned version. It hit the right notes and, at 11 fluid ounces, hit the spot too. Starbuck’s bottled Iced Coffee will definitely be on my radar the next time I’m roaming the highways and byways of the Midwest away from the reach of coffeehouses or the McCafé

Week 3 of Snipes by Bill Wiist...






 
I recently had the opportunity to review Kill All Monsters by Michael May (who sat in our Fourth Chair back on episode 70 of our podcast) and Jason Copland.

At its core, this is a comic book about the world being taken over by giant monsters and humans must pilot giant robots to fight said monsters. The review could end here and I think I would have done a good job selling it. But let me elaborate a bit further.

This is no schlocky Power Rangers rip-off. One could draw comparisons as has been the case with the upcoming Pacific Rim film coming out this summer. May and Copland have done a great job painting a picture of a world that's over run with these creatures. The opening scene shows the main characters landing in Paris for some cleansing. We come to find out they have no sense of what is happening in the world and this adventure is an excursion to investigate the status of Earth. Things are not pretty. The world resembles something like you might see in a Thundarr the Barbarian cartoon episode, a mix of 20th/21st Century tech in ruins with savages and monsters everywhere.

While May has done a great job at setting that scope, fleshing out the characters, and delivering the dialog, Copland balances that with dynamic, two-tone art. It's got a grittiness to it that is needed, but still clean enough to be able to tell what's going on. The action scenes come across well and Copland is able to display the weight needed to show these are behemoths battling over the city.

This was just volume 1 of what could be many more volumes. As of the time of this writing, there is a Kickstarter for this project, but by the time this posts, the project may be completely funded. Don't let that stop you if it's still going. This is a great project that you'll be glad you backed.

Overall, I highly recommend checking out this comic. Visit their site for more information and tell them Nerd Lunch sent you!



Following on our analysis of G.I. Joe back in Episode 39, this week we give the test of time to Marvel Sunbow’s other iconic 80s cartoon series, The Transformers.  Riding along in the fourth chair with CT, Pax, and Jeeg is Geek Fallout co-host and self confessed Transformers fanatic, Jeff Brown.  Are giant transforming robots as badass as they were in 1985?  Does the voice acting live up to the names on the IMDB page?  Can an episode about a female robot ninja possibly be bad?  Will we talk about Michael Bay?  As the Earthlings say, “Maybe”.  In our Nerd To-Dos, we get doses of miniature painting, Alias, Return of The Living Dead, and Dexter’s Laboratory. And in a Nerd Lunch first, this episode gets a little sponsorship action from Kill All Monsters! and our friend Michael May.

Week two of the Snipes web comic, written and illustrated by Bill Wiist... 





After 20 months of doing the podcast, we finally decide it's time to cover Joss Whedon's sci-fi western classic, Firefly and the follow-up movie Serenity. And to occupy the fourth treadmill (?) for this conversation we call in our own big damn hero, Mark Dury. We recap our history with Mr. Whedon at the time of Firefly's premiere, personal introductions to the show, favorite episodes, favorite characters, thoughts on Serenity as a wrap-up to the show, and whether it should ever come back. After our main discussion we give our own take on the Star Trek TOS crew / Firefly versus match up from Episode 200 of The Atomic Geeks. In our Nerd To-Dos, we hear about Cowboy Bebop, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, The Transformers: The Movie, and a rewatching of Farscape.

Jos Louis box

 

Our podcasting big brothers, The Atomic Geeks, have talked about this Canadian delicacy a few times on their show. The Vachon line of snack cakes seemed to be a pretty rare find in the Midwest US and I hadn’t tried a Jos. Louis until this week. However Hostess went belly up, Twinkies and Ding Dongs disappeared from store shelves, and now Vachon cakes have appeared in stores to fill the void.

 

The first thing I noticed is that there were only six cakes in the box. I was a little miffed about the cake to dollar ratio until I cracked open the package.

 

Jos Louis meet George Washington

 

Sacré bleu! That’s a big snack cake. For some reason I was expecting a Canadian version of a Ding Dong, but each Jos. Louis is about a third larger. In fact, a little research reveals that the Canadian version of the Ding Dong is called the King Don and is marketed by the same company that makes Jos. Louis. Besides the size difference, the Jos. Louis has a thinner chocolate coating, a lighter cake, and a sandwich style construction compared to the Ding Dong. With a gun to my head I think I would choose the thicker chocolate of the Ding Dong, but the Jos. Louis punches at the same weight. And just like the Ding Dong, a Jos. Louis is extra tasty after spending some time chilling in the fridge or freezer. Add it to the list of quality hossin’ from the minds of French-Canadians along with poutine.