Geek Speak 118: Festive Butts!

Ho-ho-butts! Merry Christmas, dear Geek Speak listeners!

As a little Christmas gift from Lauren, Alex, and Jo to all of you, we give you a final episode of the year 2017, in which we recap all the things we loved and also all the things you loved too! This podcast has an ultimate recommendation for things to watch and play over a holiday break!

  • Best TV Show 
    • Hosts’ Picks:
      • Twin Peaks: The Return
      • Rick and Morty
      • Marvel’s The Punisher
      • American Gods
    • Listeners’ Picks: The Good Place (Will Driver), The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Will Driver), Marvel’s The Punisher (Richard Kirke), Flash (Ian Crane), Suits (Ian Crane), Crisis on Earth-X (Stingo), Sneaky Pete (Bleezey), American Vandal (Bleezey), My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Ed), Mind Hunter (Coleman), Stranger Things 2 (Oli), Star Trek Discovery (The Unflushable), American Gods (Diarmuid) 
  • Best Board Game
    • Hosts’ Picks:
      • Gloomhaven
      • Unfair
      • The Expanse Board Game
    • Listeners’ Picks: The Galaxy Trucker (Richard Kirke), Lord of the Rings: Confrontation (Ian Crane), Spyfall (Bleezey, Diarmuid), Total Recall (Ed), Century: Spice Road (Coleman)
  •  Best Anime 
    • Hosts’ Picks:
      • Miss Hokusai
      • Your Name
    • Listeners’ Picks: Ghost in Shell (Will Driver), Voltron: The Legendary Defender (Richard Kirke), Phoenix Right: Ace Attorney (Ed), The Boy and the Best (Diarmuid), Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (Coleman)
  • Best Book 
    • Hosts’ Picks:
      • The Collapsing Empire by John Sclazi
      • The End Specialist –  Drew Magary
    • Listeners’ Picks: Nexus Uprising by Jason M. Hough and K. C. Alexander (Diarmuid), Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendric (Will Driver), Anno Dracula by Kim Newman (Will Driver), His Majesty’s Star Ship by Ben Jeapes (Richard Kirke), Pandemic/Genome by A.G Riddle (Ian Crane), Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Stingo), Elon Musk Biography (Oli)
  • Best Comic 
    • Hosts’ Picks:
      • Saga
      • Oglaf
    • Listeners’ Picks: Captain Marvel/Ms Marvel (Will Driver), Astro City (Richard Kirke), IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Ian Crane), Saga (Stingo), Civil War (Bleezey), The Infinity Gauntlet (Diarmuid)
  • Best Musical Album  
    • Hosts’ Picks:
      • Movies of 2017 (what, Jo, what?!)
      • Baby Driver Soundtrack
      • Nightmare Revisited by Various Artists
    • Listeners’ Picks:  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Soundtrack (Will Driver), Baby Driver Soundtrack (Will Driver, Bleezey), Mike Oldfield (Ian Crane), Galavant’s Soundtrack (Stingo), Divide by Ed Sheeran (Bleezey), The Spark by Enter Shikari (Ed)
  • Best Event 
    • Hosts’ Picks:
      • EGX
      • UK Games Expo
    • Listeners’ Picks: Geek Speaks 100th Episode recording (Will Driver), Winterfest (Ian Crane), EGX (Bleezey, Ed, Coleman, Diarmuid)
  • Best Video Game
    • Hosts’ Picks:
      • Horizon Zero Dawn
      • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
      • What Remains of Edith Finch
      • Stranger Things Mobile Game
      • Diablo III
    • Listeners’ Picks: Horizon Zero Dawn (Will Driver, Diarmuid), Uncharted 4: the Lost Legacy (Will Driver), Hand of Fate 2 (Richard Kirke), Assassin’s Creed: Origins (Ian Crane), Destiny 2 (Stingo), Call of Duty: WWII (Bleezey), Mass Effect: Andromeda (Bleezey), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Ed), Mario Odyssey (Coleman), PUBG (Oli, The Unflushable)
  • Best Film
    • Hosts’ Picks:
      • Blade Runner 2049
      • Baby Driver
      • Thor: Ragnarok
      • Death of Stalin
      • Get Out
    • Listeners’ Picks: Get Out (Will Driver), Thor: Ragnarok (Will Driver, Richard Kirke, Bleezey), Paddington 2 (Will Driver, Diarmuid), Baby Driver (Richard Kirke), Dunkirk (Richard Kirke, Bleezey, Coleman, The Unflushable), Logan (Ian Crane), Planet of the Apes (Ian Crane), Wonder Woman (Stingo), Disaster Artist (Ed), Blade Runner 2049 (Oli)


We will speak at you in 2018! Have a lovely New Year!


Lauren, Alex, and Jo

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  1. Ian

    So many tags 😉

  2. stingo

    I think I picked Wonder Woman and Crisis on Earth-X because they seemed to be something above what we are used to getting from Warner Bros/DC in particular and super hero movies and shows in general. While I am a fan of the the Disney MCU, they have been veering toward comedy in a big way, which to me puts them in danger of becoming self-parodies. (Kind of like what Roger Moore’s James Bond did toward the end of his run.) Plus it takes the sting out of the villains. DC’s dour cinematic universe needs no further commentary at this point I think. Both movies (cinematic and TV) hit the right spot I felt in the comedy vs (what for lack of a better word) I will call gravitas balance.

    As a side note, when you say something is available on Amazon Prime, you might want to include that that is true for the UK. Having gone looking for those titles on the American Amazon and not finding them on Prime here, I thought I’d mention it.

  3. Alex

    Ian said
    So many tags 😉  

    Oh yeah… that was ‘fun’ typing

    stingo said

    As a side note, when you say something is available on Amazon Prime, you might want to include that that is true for the UK. Having gone looking for those titles on the American Amazon and not finding them on Prime here, I thought I’d mention it.  

    Ha! Thanks for pointing that out. I always assumed that back in the UK we get less than in America and that if it is on Netflix or Amazon Prime in the UK, you guys must have had it already.

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