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GeekyGab is the podcast where everything goes according to fan! Authors Melissa Koons and Thomas A. Fowler dive into the franchises they love weekly to dissect the latest movies, books, television shows, comics, and video games.
 
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'Tis the season to watch all of our favorite holiday movies! From the anti-Christmas Christmas movies like Die Hard and Gremlins, to the newer classics like Elf and The Holiday, to the tried and true favorites like Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, and It's a Wonderful Life, we walk through our favorites and talk about what place each one has in…
 
It's been an increasingly rough road for the Terminator franchise, and it seems with Dark Fate's box office returns, it's not getting any smoother after 1991. Authors Melissa Koons and Thomas A. Fowler talk about the ongoing series. From our hopes with Dark Fate to the innovation of the original movies, the forgettable nature of Salvation and Genys…
 
We've had some wonderous ups and some Martha-induced downs. Authors Melissa Koons and Thomas A. Fowler break down the DCEU. From the kickoff with Man of Steel to the upcoming Birds of Prey, there's more to get into than many realize. Melissa and Thomas also found the perfect solution to the Snyder Cut. Let's get the cast together for a reading of h…
 
We're headed to The Good Place, or are we? This episode, Melissa Koons and Thomas A. Fowler look at one of the best-written sitcoms on television and one of their favorites as the NBC show begins its fourth and final season. Hear about the unexpected twists, detailed character work, and amazing use of philosophy and theme in storytelling. Plus, we …
 
In our latest episode, we celebrate the release of Rambo: Last Blood by dissecting another essential 80s franchise that went too long, Die Hard! We're diving into one of the best Christmas movies of all time. And yes, it is a Christmas movie. And yes, we talk about the reasons why! We use two of our Porcelain Prompts books, Creating Characters and …
 
What movies, books, and tv shows scared the life out of you as a kid? Authors Melissa Koons and Thomas A. Fowler are joined by The Revisionists podcast co-host Brian Flynn to talk about theirs as they talk about Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. From demonic toys to weather and alien abduction to sharks coming out of pool drains, our childhoods we…
 
From Reservoir Dogs to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to his upcoming Star Trek projects, Melissa and Thomas go through the filmography of Quentin Tarantino. We include talks about the projects he wrote, plus his directing credits from the beginning to the violent, dialogue-filled road ahead. Will we get Kill Bill Vol. 3? Will Stranger Things breako…
 
In this episode, Melissa and Thomas talk about the X-Men movies. For every X-Men United, there's been an Apocalypse. As a result, we've gone through each installment of the franchise and created our own machete order! We swapped which movies to watch and when, we also remove some of the stinkers, but keep one that some may disagree with, but we fee…
 
From Denver Pop Culture Con comes our second live episode, with special guest Aylâ Larsen, returning to talk about how Marvel has created a long-form storytelling masterpiece with their shared cinematic universe. From the slip-ups (Dark World) to its big finale (Endgame), we go through what it took to accomplish this, how they gave us characters we…
 
Special guest Ryan Holt joins Thomas A. Fowler to go through all 32 of Godzilla's villains, from the ones who didn't even get names like Giant Condor to the transforming Ultraman ripoff Jet Jaguar to the iconic ones all kaiju fans know and love! Recorded live at Denver Pop Culture Con, hear who made it to the final four and who the crowd decided wa…
 
With John Wick 3 in theaters, authors Melissa Koons and Thomas A. Fowler are joined by special guest, and fantasy author, Scott Beckman, as they look at the career of Keanu Reeves. From dealing with the pesky pop-up virus known as Agent Smith in The Matrix Trilogy and double-tapping as assassin John Wick to his singular adventures like Constantine,…
 
Joined by special guest Cyle Hirschfeld for a live recording at the Starfest convention, authors Melissa Koons and Thomas A. Fowler discuss the newly released Detective Pikachu movie and the Pokemon franchise. From asking which Pokemon we'd want for our partner to the evolution of the franchise, we talk about how we feel with Ryan Reynolds portrayi…
 
Last episode, authors Thomas A. Fowler and Melissa Koons went through their choices for their lower half of Marvel's Phase Three, which kicked off with Captain America: Civil War and thought would end with Avengers: Endgame, but a recent interview with Kevin Feige revealed Spider-man: Far From Home will now be considered the end of Phase Three, not…
 
Getting ready for Avengers: Endgame, authors Melissa Koons and Thomas A. Fowler begin ranking Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With nine movies and a tenth arriving soon, they talk about the bottom half of their rankings, which is crazy since this phase doesn't really have an "Incredible Hulk" or "Dark World." While there are a few wea…
 
Join authors Thomas A. Fowler and Melissa Koons as they discuss the wave of live action Disney remakes hitting theaters these past few years and what's to come. From the early ones like Cinderella to the uniqueness of Maleficent, to the updates on Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, they ask which ones worked, which ones needed to be left alone. …
 
One of Netflix's gems among its original content, authors Melissa Koons and Thomas A. Fowler dive into the Santa Clarita Diet. The odd, dark, zombie comedy series starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant is one of their current favorites. From being a weird example of what you should look for in a relationship to being a great example of what i…
 
With the release of Glass, authors Melissa Koons and Thomas A. Fowler dive into the filmography of M. Night Shyamalan. From his odd two credits beforehand that included Rosie O'Donnell playing a nun and somehow baseball, to his meteoric rise with The Sixth Sense. We talk about the twists that worked, the ones we saw coming, and the ones that fell f…
 
It's Academy Awards season, and hosts Thomas A. Fowler and Melissa Koons break down the nominations for this year. Who are our favorites? Who do we want to win compared to who we think will win. On several occasions we discuss the need to recognize genre more as well as stop promoting horrible people doing horrible things. And those horrible things…
 
In our 25th episode, special guest Aylâ Larsen returns to talk all our hopes and dreams for entertainment in 2019 alongside hosts Melissa Koons and Thomas A. Fowler. From the big franchises that are wrapping up (Avengers, Game of Thrones, Star Wars) to the television shows we want to see thrive (Good Place, Brooklyn 99), we break down what we want …
 
Joined by special guests Aylâ Larsen, authors Thomas A. Fowler and Melissa Koons look at everything in entertainment in 2018. From our geekstarter asking what surprised us all this past year to what disappointed us, we look at the ups and downs from what felt like the longest year of all time. Learn more by following us on social @GeekyGabPodcast o…
 
In our third minisode, author Thomas A. Fowler discusses the box office insanity that is the holidays for 2018 with a staggering amount of releases all coming out within a week of one another, creating one of the most saturated markets for the Christmas to New Years sessions we've ever seen. Also discussed are the Golden Globe Nominations, Game Awa…
 
Hop in the Delorian! Authors Thomas A. Fowler and Melissa Koons talk about the Back to the Future trilogy with returning special guest Aylâ Larsen. They discuss their early crushes on Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson, why the trilogy can never be remade, and the 2015 the sequel predicted was both wonderful and terrible foreshadowing. From iconic mus…
 
In our second minisode, Thomas A. Fowler, author of science fiction and nerdy things, dives into geeky news including Sony's success in building out their Spider-man universe with Venom and the upcoming animated movies, Fantastic Beasts' mixed reception, Netflix adapting Roahl Dahl, and Guillermo Del Toro's scripts that never saw the light of day. …
 
Joined by special guests Aylâ Larsen and Amber Fowler, authors Thomas A. Fowler and Melissa Koons dive into the Outlander franchise. From the sexy stuff to the detailed production challenges, the group of four takes the journey with Claire and Jamie from Scotland to France (bleh), Jamaica and now America (Lollybroch YEAH!) Bonus content can be foun…
 
In our first minisode, that will bridge the gap between main episodes, Thomas A. Fowler discusses all the major geeky news. From Avengers 4 & Godzilla vs. Kong casting to WWE in hot water over their ties to Saudia Arabia, to Halloween making a killing on screen and at the box office. Listen to our newest episode and check out our content at GeekyGa…
 
It's time to attend some operas and break out the cookware as we look into the multiple interpretations of Hannibal Lecter. Beginning with the books by Thomas Harris, authors Thomas A. Fowler & Melissa Koons look at the initial interpretation of Red Dragon with "Manhunter." Then the infamous Academy Award winning "Silence of the Lambs," other movie…
 
Zombies can be fun too! Thomas & Melissa go into more of the lighthearted zombie movies like Shaun of the Dead, Night of the Living Deb, and Life After Beth. Why do zombie movies merge with other genres like Romantic Comedies, Musicals and Nazis so well? It's hard to tell but we look at how the undead don't always have to cause drama. With movies l…
 
October crawls on with hordes of the undead incoming. We start with the conversation about the granddaddy of modern zombie formula. Aim for the head as we break down George Romero's classics, and latter zombie movies. We discuss whether 28 Days/Weeks Later qualifies as zombie movies and more. Bonus content can be found if you become a patron at Pat…
 
From Stephen King to Fatal Frame, Resident Evil to Bubba Ho Tep, hosts Thomas A. Fowler & Melissa Koons look at the more surreal horror. From video games to books, they cover all the topics horror brings like traumatic elementary school library choices with "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" to the differences from book adaptations to film for The…
 
We kick of October for a month long of horror-specific discussions. This week we start with a lot of unnecessary tripping and slow pacing villains as we look at the history of slashers, with a few diversions into the DCEU and alien invasion classics like The Thing. This week's Geekstarter asks "If you were in a horror or slasher movie, do you think…
 
Have you watched a horror franchise outstay its welcome? Or perhaps and action movie was awesome, and then threw the first movie's arc out the window to make those sequels? Join Thomas & Melissa as they continue asking "Why is THIS a franchise?" We look at action franchises like The Expendables, and Universal Soldier (lots of Jean Claude Van Damme …
 
A free sneak peek into our monthly Patreon bonus content, we're giving you a sample of our 45-minute bonus episode, exclusive only to our Patrons. For our September bonus episode, we're looking at writing lessons we can learn from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Because Thomas A. Fowler is such a fan of Jurassic Park, he looks at the good and bad. …
 
Have you ever watched a comedy sequel, or sequels, and asked "Why is this a franchise?" Thomas & Melissa did too, which is what we're talking about in this episode. From American Pie's excessive legs to the copy and paste scenarios of The Hangover Trilogy, we dissect which comedies needed to have died long before they called it quits. We also talk …
 
This week concludes the two-part discussion about The Defenders. From discussing Luke Cage to going into The Punisher, The Defenders and doing what most people did: blowing right by Iron Fist. They talk about what's to come in the years ahead and how long the team will be going. Geeky Gab has a Patreon you can donate to at Patreon.com/GeekyGab wher…
 
Part one of a two-part discussion, Thomas & Melissa look at the street level superheroes with The Defenders. From our issues with Karen and Iron Fist to the joy of Daredevil and emotionally trying Jessica Jones. What does the future hold for Netflix now that Disney has a streaming service coming in 2019? Have a listen and as always, find us at Geek…
 
This week, Thomas & Melissa welcome guest Amber Fowler to get to cooking with Better Call Saul season four hitting AMC. We discuss the big cliffhangers from season three and expectations as the show merges with Breaking Bad with each passing episode. What fates await Kimmy and Nacho? The episode looks at the show's representation of masculinity, an…
 
In Episode 10, Thomas & Melissa exclaim, "My God. It's a Megalodon!" The Meg is in theaters so they head into the deep waters of shark movies. From the great to the enjoyably bad to simply flat out terrible, shark movies have had a tough go since Jaws.Can another shark movie ever be taken as seriously as Speilberg's classic or should they all Shark…
 
Part two of our Alien and Predator franchise discussion as Shane Black's "The Predator" is about to hit theaters. Our second installment looks at "Predator" and its sequels, why the second is an underrated worthy follow up, Predators is completely fine for the lane it chose. Why method acting and living in the jungle may be a bit too extreme. Autho…
 
"The Predator" returns to hunt unwilling human prey soon. Authors Thomas A. Fowler & Melissa Koons kick off Monster Month with a look at the Alien franchise, with some mild Predator sprinkled in there for good measure. From the confusion of the new entries to the classic influence of the first two entries, we look at the deadliest ant colony in spa…
 
The mission, as they've chosen to accept it, is for Thomas & Melissa to journey through the Mission: Impossible franchise. From the franchise's surprising longevity to Melissa's fear of elevators formulating from the first movie, the episode gets into the six installments of the franchise. In addition, we discuss MustacheGate, with Cavill's soup st…
 
From Shaun of the Dead to Baby Driver, authors Thomas A. Fowler & Melissa Koons dive into the films of Edgar Wright. With Ant Man and the Wasp hitting theaters, they also discuss the Ant Man that could've been, what lead to Wright's departure from the MCU weeks before production, then the impact of the Cornetto Trilogy and musical influences that h…
 
Thomas & Melissa breakdown the first two phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, talking about which movies were their favorites, and which ones were Thor: The Dark World. Everything is building to the release of Ant Man & The Wasp, the after party to Infinity War's one-way trip to Bummerville.By Thomas A. Fowler & Melissa Koons
 
With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom now in theaters, Thomas & Melissa dive into the Jurassic Franchise. How have they adapted the book? What have we enjoyed? Where has the franchise fallen short? And what can we expect from the newest installment? Find that out and more in this episode of Geeky Gab. Get our latest blog posts, Franchisnal Feast reci…
 
The conclusion of the Pixar Episode Trilogy! Thomas & Melissa rank their top 5 Pixar movies, getting into childhood emotions from moving, the dynamics of the Toy Story franchise and how Pixar movies change as you get older. The Geeky Gab podcast gets into the five best Pixar movies for our hosts and invites you to share your favorites and rank them…
 
Last week we looked at numbers 20-11, now we get into it from our number 10-6 rankings. From talking about past connections to Pixar movies to the traumatizing emotional catharsis Pixar slams us with, authors Thomas A. Fowler and Melissa Koons dive into the next installment of ranking the best Pixar has to offer.…
 
Check out our very fist episode of "Geeky Gab," where everything goes according to fan! Celebrating our favorite fandoms, we rank every Pixar movie ever made, predicting where we believe the upcoming Incredibles 2 will land! From Thomas A. Fowler's indifference to Cars, both the franchise and vehicles in general, to Melissa Koons' not dealing with …
 
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