Sunday, December 31, 2017

Punisher: Looking Back at Season 1

With season one of the Punisher in the books, Pete and Matt look back at the season. Towards the end, there's some banter about 2017 and this, our 130th(!) podcast of the year!

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Runaways: 108 "Tsunami"

As Victor clings to life, PRIDE attempts to clean up its mess. Meanwhile Alex closes in on the encrypted files and Molly goes on a lost elephant chase. Matt and Pete ride out antepenultimate episode 108, "Tsunami."


Monday, December 25, 2017

A Christmas Story: A Commentary Track

Tis the season... to join us in watching the perennial favorite, A Christmas Story! Pete and Matt break down the story behind the film, revel in the sweet spots and wish YOU a very Merry Christmas! (And a happy New Year!)

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Star Wars Holiday Special

Have you seen the Star Wars Holiday Special? Let's be honest: it's a stinker, but that doesn't mean we all can't enjoy Life Day with Chewbacca and his family, right?

Grab a copy of the special on YouTube and press play on our commentary track!

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Punisher: 113 "Memento Mori"

Medani and Micro get Frank fixed up for one more violent rendezvous with former pal Billy Russo. Pete and Matt mark the season-ending episode 113, “Memento Mori."


Friday, December 22, 2017

Agents of SHIELD: 505 "Rewind"

Fitz is back, but all his friends are gone. Except for old pal Lance Hunter, who's there to help him try to make sense of it all. Pete and Matt play back episode 505, "Rewind."


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Punisher: 112 "Home"

Frank and Micro are motivated by family in perhaps the most-harrowing hour of Marvel TV to date. Matt and Pete visit episode 112, "Home."

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Runaways: 107 "Refraction"

Victor ponders past, present and future while the kids dread their parents' presence at their school open house. Matt and Pete glimpse episode 107, "Refraction."

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Punisher: 111 "Danger Close"

Frank goes full-on Punisher when Micro's family is dragged into harm's way. Meanwhile, Madani turns up the heat on Billy Russo to a level Rawlins no longer wants to handle. Matt and Pete approach episode 111, "Danger Close."


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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Agents of SHIELD: 504 "A Life Earned"

Daisy's forced to display her potentially-destructive power while Mack's made to shake down debtors. And just who is the masked man? Matt and Pete evaluate episode 504, "A Life Earned."


Friday, December 15, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi


The Resistance is on the run, Rey has a reluctant teacher, and the spirit of a true screen princess transcends the proceedings. Pete and Matt find "The Last Jedi."

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Punisher: 110 "Virtue of the Vicious"

Lewis escalates his desperate campaign as the story unfolds from a number of vantage points, including that of our old police buddy Brett Mahoney! Pete and Matt contemplate episode 110, “Virtue of the Vicious.”


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Runaways: 106 "Metamorphosis"

Jonah ingratiates himself with the PRIDE as the big gala goes down. Pete and Matt dissect episode 106, "Metamorphosis."

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Punisher: 109 "Front Toward Enemy"

With Lewis starting his attacks, Frank races to intercede... but will there be unintended consequences? Pete and Matt analyze episode 109, "Front Toward Enemy."

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Agents of SHIELD: 503 "A Life Spent"

Simmons becomes an unlikely Inhuman whisperer while the rest of our agents attempt to ascertain what's happened to Earth.

Pete and Matt take stock of episode 503, "A Life Spent."


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Punisher: 108 "Cold Steel"

Frank Castle takes a back seat to a story about parents; the episode examines the parental burden and impact on Billy Russo, Micro, and Zach Lieberman. Pete and Matt cut deep with analysis of episode 108, "Cold Steel."

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Runaways: 105 "Kingdom"

As the girls tail Alex's abductor, Chase learns about his father's perspective. Geoffrey has more than a couple skeletons in his walk-in closet, including Julian McMahon's 'Mystery Man.' Matt and Pete tour episode 105, "Kingdom."


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Punisher: 107 "Crosshairs"

Frank Castle seems one step away from Agent Orange, but will a visit to Colonel Bennett speed things up? Pete and Matt tap the brakes to talk episode 107, "Crosshairs."

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Agents of SHIELD: 501 / 502 "Orientation Part I & II"

It's Agents in space and the mystery deepens as to when they've been sent. True to form, Simmons is in peril and where's Fitz? Pete and Matt walk you through episodes 501 & 502, "Orientation Part I & II."


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Punisher: 106 "The Judas Goat"

As Frank recovers from his injuries, Madani and Stein ratchet up their investigation. Meanwhile Curtis does some digging into O'Connor that does not help fragile veteran Lewis. Matt and Pete jump into episode 106, "The Judas Goat."

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Runaways: 104 "Fifteen"

The teens continue to investigate their parents, with a split in the group as to where the guilty lies. Pete and Matt search for the truth in reviewing episode 104, "Fifteen"

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Punisher: 105 "Gunner"

As Frank and Micro embark on a mission to find the soldier who recorded the incriminating video, Agent Orange strikes from the shadows. Pete and Matt target episode 105, "Gunner."

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Runaways: 103 "Destiny"

Past sins begin to catch up with the PRIDE as their children plot to preempt their plans. Matt and Pete ponder episode 103, "Destiny."


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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Punisher: 104 "Resupply"

Frank Castle is looking to round up some supplies, but can anyone (including Turk Barrett) stop him? Pete and Matt trace the supply lines in episode 104, "Resupply."

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Runaways: 102 "Rewind"

After seeing things from the parental point of view, are the parents of the Runaways still villains? Well... yes, but Pete and Matt revel in the context as they break down episode 102, "Rewind."

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Punisher: 103 "Kandahar"

As Frank and Micro look back at there past, join Pete and Matt as they put this fictional narrative in context with the burdens many veterans carry.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Runaways: 101 "Reunion"

PhantasticGeek.com's Pete and Matt hit the ground running with a rundown for episode 101, "Reunion."

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Punisher: 102 "Two Dead Men

Frank Castle is dead... but who knows he isn't? Pete and Matt follow the two, circling ghosts in New York City.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Justice League

Look, up in the sky! It's a $300 million movie ten years in the making, so what do Pete and Matt make of it? Set your super hearing to Phantastic Geek.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Punisher: 101 "3AM"

We catch up with Frank Castle having concluded his revenge spree and facing the ghosts of his past... but can this antihero keep to the shadows? Pete and Matt analyze episode 101, "3AM."

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Inhumans: Season One Wrap-Up

With the Inhumans staying put on Earth, Pete and Matt look back at Marvel's curious IMAX/ABC TV hybrid.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery -- 109 "Into the Forest I Go"

As the Discovery prepares to face down the Klingon Ship of the Dead and defend Pahvo, her crew concocts a desperate plan to potentially end the war. But not all is what it seems when held up to a mirror. Pete and Matt reflect upon the Star Trek: Discovery Chapter 1 finale, episode 109 “Into the Forest I Go.”

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Inhumans: 108 "And Finally: Black Bolt"

As the dome around Attilan weakens, our Inhumans look to one another for strength. Matt and Pete recap the season (series?) finale, episode 108, “And Finally: Black Bolt.”

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Why we're still podcasting the Punisher

Marvel's The Punisher arrives on Netflix next week, and Pete and Matt discuss why we're still podcasting the series.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery -- 108 "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum"

 While the Klingons use their cloaking technology to wrest the upper hand in the war, Discovery’s away team plans a partnership on Pahvo. Pete and Matt interpret episode 108 “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.”


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Inhumans: 107 "Havoc in the Hidden Land"

Alas, poor Gorgon, we knew ye well. Or did we? A trio of characters come back, and Pete and Matt investigate episode 107, "Havoc in the Hidden Land."

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok

Asgard's let its guard down and Thor's no more, but can there still be a Hela good time on Hulk Planet? Pete and Matt have a smash-ing good time chatting up Thor: Ragnaraok.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery -- 107 "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad"

It’s time to blow off some steam aboard the Discovery, but the return of Harcourt Fenton Mudd gets in the way of the festivities. Matt and Pete take a gander at the gormagander that is episode 107 “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad.”


Friday, October 27, 2017

Inhumans: 106 "The Gentleman's Name is Gorgon"


Maximus grows increasingly paranoid while the Royal family plans its next moves. But not without a price. Pete and Matt light a candle for Inhumans’ episode 106 “The Gentleman’s Name is Gorgon.”

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery -- 106 "Lethe"

Tables are turned as Sarek calls out to Burnham for help. Lt. Tyler settles into Discovery while Lorca may be a lothario. Pete and Matt won’t soon forget Star Trek: Discovery episode 106 “Lethe.”

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Inhumans: 105 "Something Inhuman This Way Comes..."

Karnak's in love, Medusa and Black Bolt have been reunited and Lockjaw's on the mend, but Maximus is prepared to ratchet up his search for the rogue royal family. Pete and Matt explore Inhumans' episode 105, "Something Inhuman This Way Comes..."


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery -- 105 "Choose Your Pain"

The Tardigrade's in pain, but the Klingons won't relent. Lorca gets pulled behind enemy lines and into a world of... Mudd! And just who IS Lt. Ash Tyler anyway? Pete and Matt embrace Star Trek: Discovery episode 105, "Choose Your Pain."


Friday, October 13, 2017

Inhumans: 104 "Make Way For... Medusa"

Our Inhuman royal court remains spit, but is a reunion in sight? Pete and Matt dig deep into episode 104, "Make Way For... Medusa."

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery -- NYCC 2017

The stars aligned for the massive Star Trek: Discovery panel in the Theater at Madison Square Garden... and Phantastic Geek was there!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Agents of SHIELD: NYCC 2017

SHIELD saw its triumphant return to the convention where it was born... but what footage did they show? And who kissed whom?

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New York Comic Con 2017

With ReedPOP having pulled off another successful New York Comic Con, we look back at the days spent in professional development meetings, pop culture panels, standing in a few lines, and seeing some amazing cosplay!

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Inhumans: 103 "Divide and Conquer"

With our Inhumans heroes and villains spread across the moon and Oahu, a new player enters the game. Pete and Matt transport across the whole story for episode 103, "Divde and Conquer."

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery -- 104 "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry"

You'll believe that a spore drive can fly, but is the beastie actually a beauty? Pete and Matt jump into episode 104, "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry."

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery -- 103 "Context Is for Kings"

The Discovery arrives, but how will everyone look at mutineer Michael Burnham? Pete and Matt analyze every spore for episode 103, "Context Is for Kings."

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Inhumans: 101 & 102 "Pilot Parts 1 & 2"

The Inhumans have finally arrived... but do they make the grade?  Pete and Matt go to the moon and back to find out.


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Monday, September 25, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery -- 102 "Battle at the Binary Stars"

With the showdown between Starfleet and the Klingons about to boil over, will a hero emerge? Pete and Matt analyze this shocking episode, "Battle at the Binary Stars."


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Star Trek: Discovery -- 101 "The Vulcan Hello"

The wait is over, and Star Trek: Discovery has arrived! PhantasticGeek.com's Pete and Matt break down the pilot episode, share theories about Burnham's past, and hear from listeners.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

In Praise of Mira

In the last few days, there was a sigh of relief at Phantastic Geek: the host of the Star Trek: Discovery after show, entitled After Trek, was announced to be Matt Mira. Formerly of both Nerdist and writing for @midnight, and current writer for ABC's The Goldbergs, Mira may seem to be a Hollywood inside man. He is the perfect choice, however, to represent the fan discussion after each of the the latest Discovery episodes has ended.

While we at Phantastic Geek make podcasts (lots of podcasts), we also listen to them. Matt Mira is oftentimes at the top of the listening list. His James Bonding podcast is de rigueur for a look back at 007, his Matt and Doree's Eggcellent Adventure is an honest look at his and his wife's journey with in vitro fertilization, and his Star Trek: The Next Conversation is a loving return voyage to Star Trek: The Next Generation. Indeed, game recognizes game, as the cool kids say: there are plenty of weeks when we have worked our full daytime jobs, dealt with our individual home lives, and still recorded hours of Phantastic Geek podcasts... yet Mira has recorded even more hours for his audio flagships.

Of Mira's entire resume, it is worth noting that the vast majority of his very successful podcasting has been, as Captain Sisko might put it, for the love of the sport. James Bonding, five years old, has only in the last few months debuted with advertising, and The Next Conversation is, like Phantastic Geek, financially supported by fans. For the most part, why does Mira sit down weekly at a microphone (with co-hosts like Matt Gourley (James Bonding), his wife Dorree Shafrir (Eggcellent Adventure) and the beloved Andrew Secunda (The Next Conversation))? He does so for the love of the content, the joy of diving into the topic, the unabashed love for his geeky passions -- and the desire to share that passion.

Heading into the (Mutara) Nebula-ous formation of the Discovery after show, we were concerned that another Star Trek podcaster would get the gig -- a gentleman who shall remain unnamed here, but one who seems quite connected to the Trek convention circuit -- yet one who repeatedly had guest resume and names wrong at a Trek convention last year; one who, errors aside, quarterbacked some of the worst panels we've ever seen.

But no: the fans, and the current chief petty officer of the fans, in Matt Mira, were all justly rewarded. Mira is an excellent choice because he bring his passion first and will bring his loyal listeners with him. Indeed, we've gone from lukewarm on watching the aftershow to excited to watch it... once our own weekly podcast on Star Trek: Discovery is uploaded, of course!

The bottom line is that this time, the good guy won. Bravo, Matt Mira!


Friday, September 22, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery -- Season 1 Preview

With mere days until Star Trek: Discovery hits televisions worldwide, PhantasticGeek.com's Pete and Matt look ahead to new Star Trek!


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