The Geekender December 11-13: Childhood's End, Star Wars prep, Outlander, and more!

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Dec 11, 2015

The weekend is upon us, and with it, a chance to sit back, relax and consume massive amounts of sci-fi, fantasy and horror pop culture. In The Geekender, our writers share a bit about what they're reading, watching and playing -- and we want to hear from you. Let us know what's on your plate in the comments!

Trent Moore: I plan on finishing up an early watch of Syfy's Childhood's End miniseries this weekend, ahead of the project's broadcast debut on Monday. It's taken a long time for Arthur C. Clarke's classic tale of alien occupation to get a live-action adaptation, and the reason is obvious — it's one heck of an ambitious story, which weaves threads together across several decades of time. That being said, the three-night miniseries is a Herculean effort to put it all together, and parts of the series make for some beautiful moments and ask some hard, poignant questions. Is it perfect? No. But Childhood's End is still an ambitious, and worthwhile, adaptation of Clarke's tale.


Krystal Clark: This year's Golden Globe nominations have brought something to my attention: Outlander. I've heard great things about the show, but never took the time to watch. My TV schedule is already packed to the brim. Luckily, a lot of shows are currently on holiday hiatus, which gives me time to start Outlander's first season. It's based on a book series of the same name written by Diana Gabaldon. It contains elements of sci-fi, fantasy, romance and historical fiction. Yet I'm the most intrigued by the series performances. Two of its stars, Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies, received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress and Supporting Actor, respectively. And the show itself earned a nod for Best Drama against heavy hitter Game of Thrones. Is all this hype warranted? I'm about to find out!


Ernie Estrella With the holidays fast approaching or already here, there's less time to dive into anything that's too time-consuming, but I have been putting off Brian K. Vaughan's new comics long enough. Part of that is self-inflicted, because I am committed to waiting until the next Saga Deluxe Hardcover comes out. I'm specifically talking about Paper Girls, his Goonies-esque ride with a girl gang of sassy papergirls in Cleveland, Ohio, when what appears to be an alien invasion brings mysterious men in ninja outfits and space age dino-riders. It's as wild as it sounds, but that's exactly why I'm reading it. Artist extraordinaire Cliff Chiang is drawing it, and together they're creating a fun mystery that's three issues old so far. Then, there's Vaughan's loaded military mini, We Stand On Guard, which shows a potential future of what could happen if the United States invaded Canada. Vaughan pairs with yet another vivid storyteller in Steve Skroce on this series, and it bears the social depth that was found in his Ex Machina or Pride of Baghdad. Each comic has plenty of science fiction elements on two very different scales, while skillfully sliding modern-day issues to bring these far out concepts closer to home.


Jeff Spry: After putting together a flurry of features this week, I'm ready to hunker down with a simple weekend blizzard of holiday-themed entertainment. I'll kick things off with old Disney holiday cartoons and catching up on some winter-set comics like Klaus while listening to the Vince Guaraldii A Charlie Brown Christmas score and Danny Elfman's lyrical music for Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands. It's just not the yuletide season without those two CDs, now with their cracked and scratched jewel cases. All this not to mention I'll be breaking into my recently acquired stockpile of Iced Gingerbread Men cookies from Trader Joe's dwindling supply. Eat just one, and you're hooked for life.


Lisa Granshaw: Now that I've finished Jessica Jones, I'm going to spend my time getting ready for The Force Awakens! I plan to watch as many of the Star Wars films as I can before Thursday. If I don't have time for them all, I'll skip a couple so I can definitely watch Return of the Jedi before this next episode. I'll also be deciding what to wear to the movie. Part of the fun will be choosing whether to go more the cosplay route or just go casual with a T-shirt and some accessories. Considering I thought Revenge of the Sith would be my last Star Wars midnight showing, I'm looking forward to making the most of The Force Awakens premiere!




Adam Swiderski: I keep seeing stories about X-COM 2 and how awesome it's going to be, and it makes me sad, because, years ago, I made the switch from PC master race to console gamer, and this latest installment in one of my favorite games series of all time is going to be PC-only. To soothe the hurt feelings, I'll be downloading Invisible Inc. for my Mac. This turn-based title may be more spy-fi than sci-fi, and I'm never going to enjoy fighting secret agents as much as aliens, but by all accounts, it should definitely help scratch my X-COM itch until Firaxis comes to their senses and preps a PS4 version of the sequel.


You've heard what we're up to -- now it's your turn! What movies, books, comics, shows and games will you be diving into this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

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