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The Week in Geek: Rick and Morty are back! Predator? Also back! Bill and Ted? Back!

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May 11, 2018

Just when you thought you were out, this week pulls you back in! Hi. Hello. It's the weekend. And while the week (which had been silent like the ding dong dead until Thursday, basically) is over, there's A WHOLE LOT TO TALK ABOUT.

Strap in, kiddos, these are the 5 biggest stories from... The Week in Geek!

BILL & TED ARE ACTUALLY BACK. FOR REAL.

Strange things will soon again be afoot at the Circle K. Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, who launched their careers with Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure in 1989 and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey in 1991, have been talking about a third film, Bill & Ted Face the Music, for a looooong time.

And now it's happening! The story is about Bill & Ted & their daughters traveling through time & trying to write a song & saving the world. Easy!

This idea has been batted around for so long that it's almost hard to believe we're actually one big step closer to reality. It's still exciting, though!

P.S. Please make one of your daughters trans, thank you, Bill & Ted, that would be excellent.

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THE EXPANSE WILL FINISH ITS SYFY RUN

The Expanse will not return to SYFY after its third season, and, if this is the first place you are hearing about this news, the details are thus: SYFY's deal with airing The Expanse is that the network has rights on a live, first-run basis with no option for digital or streaming profit participation. Or, subtracting the jargon, it's hard to make airing the show work, economically.

Alcon, who owns the IP, will look for distribution elsewhere.

THAT PREDATOR TRAILER IS FINALLY ONLINE

News that a Predator trailer dropped on a place that was not the internet spread quickly, notably because word was that the trailer was pretty solid. And with Iron Man Three's Shane Black and friggin' Monster Squad's Fred Dekker involved, that's not surprising.

But, hey, let's be honest: Predator has not had a great sequel track record; 2010's Predators didn't exactly set the world on fire. And for all the mixed feelings, the Alien franchise keeps getting movies, so a real continuation of Predator has been feeling long overdue for, you know, eight years at least.

And with Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn, and a host of other solid acting talents, this first trailer looks... pretty good.

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RICK AND MORTY (NOT BILL & TED) ARE GETTING MORE EPISODES

Hey, Morty. You, urrrrp, you remember when people thought we weren't coming back, Morty? HAHA! YOU REMEMBER THAT $#@, MORTY! Well, guess what, mutha f*$%as? 70 more episodes! Shove that urrrrp your Szechuan pipe!

Anyway. Yup. Things were looking kind of dicey for Rick and Morty there for a minute at Adult Swim. Would Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon's burping, violent science cartoon show return for a fourth season? The answer is a resounding "yes."

Thank goodness Rick and Morty is profitable, because that grotesque nihilism is too tasty to stop gorging ourselves on just yet.

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WAIT, IS SOLO GOING TO BE GOOD?

Remember when those lovely boys who made Clone High, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, got booted from directing Solo: A Star Wars Story? That was scary. And no amount of Ron Howard-ing was going to allay fan fears at the time.

But after some trailers and TV spots, Solo: A Star Wars Story finally had its premiere and... people don't seem to hate it? Lots of people even say it's very good. There was a red carpet and everyone comes across as very enthused. Donald Glover met Billy Dee Williams.

Even a powerhouse with little to no fear like Disney wouldn't have premiered Solo this many weeks out if they thought they had a garbage fire on their hands. So Star Wars might not have its first dud after all. And that's nice. Go see a Star Wars movie and be happy!

That's it. Week's out. I'm going to Vegas for a Showgirls-themed bachelorette party. Pray for me. And let the world know what geek-ed your week in the comments below. See ya next week, crazy kids!