The Week in Geek: Bebop's birthday! Del Toro's spotlight! Legion's... basket?

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Apr 6, 2018

Hello, once again, ye geeks wot have made it to the end of another week! How is everyone doing? As you read this, I am in Chicago on a stage interviewing fellow nerds about comics and books and TV and movies and toys before passing out and then doing it all again. More on that later.

What were the most-talked-about tales over the past five days? Here they are, the top stories from... The Week in Geek!

MAKE SOME NOISE FOR A QUIET PLACE

Two beloved performers from other genres, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski bend themselves toward the world of horror this weekend in A Quiet Place. And the (silent mode) buzz, baby, she is good.

You know how every year there's a whip-smart fancy horror movie that all the critics go wild for? Get Out? It Follows? The Babadook? Well, A Quiet Place is 2018's equivalent but with very, very few spoken lines, the concept of a modern-day silent horror film. A Quiet Place kind of pays quiet (get it?) homage to the silent horror movies of the past while still feeling fresh.

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SEARCHLIGHT ON DEL TORO

After the enormous, award-winning success of The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro and Fox Searchlight have decided to formalize an agreement for the beloved genre-director to produce a lot more through Fox.

And if that sounds a little boring, think about it this way — Fox has agreed to give the man who made Pacific Rim, Pan's Labyrinth, and Hellboy a TON of money, his own sandbox, and largely free reign to do and work with whatever and whomever he wants.

And what makes that exciting is that, as you may already know, del Toro trades in big, expensive ideas. So, for him to keep making the stuff you love, he really needs someone who is confident enough in him to grant him the keys to the Scrooge McDuck money bin. And now he's got it. Hooray!

COWBOY BEBOP IS ALMOST ABLE TO DRINK, LEGALLY

In anniversary news, Cowboy Bebop, one of the most popular anime series of all time, turns 20 this week. That's two decades of people discovering Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed, and Ein; two decades of space cowboys, mushroom sambas, mysterious VHS tapes, short/suspender combos that don't make any sense, and the music of Yoko Kanno inspiring generations of people to question whether or not life is all just a dream.

Personally, I started watching Bebop in the late 2000s while I was working in the Bergen Mall at a now-defunct chain called Suncoast Motion Picture Company. Back then, the anime section had a big sign over it that read, "Orient Yourself with Anime!" It was... a different time.

But no matter how many years pass, Cowboy Bebop, its completely original animation style, its genre-bending stories, and it's iconic Yoko Kanno soundtrack still remains as fresh as it did 20 years ago.

LEGION IS BACK

Yes, the Twin Peaks of mutant TV is finally back after a literally mind-altering first season finale. What will Farouk do with Oliver's body? What role will Lenny play? Where did David wind up? And what's next for the Summerland crew? So many questions for what has easily become the most experimental adaptation of Marvel's mutants, even moreso than 2017's Logan.

And I bet you didn't expect there to be a man with a basket on his head! But then, really, what did you expect? It's Legion! Time jumps, Division III, bleeding machines, and the ORIGINAL Shadow King — all of it packed in a series that keeps finding new ways to come at you sideways.

Yup. It's Legion, alright. Thank goodness it's back.

WE'RE GETTING OUR C2E2 ON

So, obviously, I am not the only person who will be at Chicago's Comic and Entertainment Expo from April 6-8. It would be pretty bad for business if I were!

Thankfully, SYFY's stages and panel rooms will be filled with folks like Charlie Cox, Dave Bautista, R.L. Stine, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres, and about a million others. Gaming tournaments, cosplay competitions, you name it — it's going to be crazy-fun immediately followed by my slipping into a post-con coma.

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Other than a quick shout out to Captain America's butt in the new Avengers: Infinity War posters, that's it! Your Week in Geek is now over.

What were you personally geeking out about? Tell me all about it, and I'll see you again next week.