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Discerning Geeks Portal is a gateway into the exploration of all things geek: Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, ‘80s movies, TV, books, gaming, and more. Best friends, Dave, Dave, Todd, and Andruw, take a discerning look into the world of geek fandom.

We care about intriguing storytelling, compelling characters, and thought-provoking themes, but we also love action, special effects, and comedy. We break down the positives, negatives, and mixed feelings about everything we cover. Step through the p… Continue Reading >>
Discerning Geeks Portal is a gateway into the exploration of all things geek: Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, ‘80s movies, TV, books, gaming, and more. Best friends, Dave, Dave, Todd, and Andruw, take a discerning look into the world of geek fandom.

We care about intriguing storytelling, compelling characters, and thought-provoking themes, but we also love action, special effects, and comedy. We break down the positives, negatives, and mixed feelings about everything we cover. Step through the portal with us for fun and analytical discussions about geek culture, for fans, by fans. << Show Less
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#100 - SPECIAL 100th EPISODE MEGA-EXTRAVAGANZA SPECIAL: A Very Ultra-Special Episode WE DID IT!!! :) EPISODE 100!!! :) ...And, our Season 2 Finale.

After 99 episodes, 1.5 hours of recording this episode, and approximately two weeks of editing, this is our biggest episode yet at 128 minutes. Join us as Dave, Todd, and Andruw rank their favorite episodes of The Discerning Geeks Portal -- and also give you a peek into what's ahead for season 3.

- What is "stasis," and how many picks had to be put in it?
- How many episodes got picked by two co-hosts?
- How many episodes got picked by all three?
- What was Todd's #1 pick? Was it #075 "Ocean's Eleven"?
- What was Andruw's #1 pick? Was it #065 "Back to the Future, Part 2"?
- What was Dave's #1 pick? Was it #051 "The Princess Bride"?
- After combining scores, what was the overall top 11, and which two episodes tied for combined 1st place?
- What is happening to the "Wheel of Insanity"?
- What are Andruw's 15 picks for season 3 topics?
- What are Dave S.'s 15 picks for season 3 topics?
- What are Todd's 15 picks for season 3 topics?
- What are the Dave T. season 2 topics that we're carrying over to season 3?
- And, should I abandon this question-asking format in episode summaries for season 3 (I'm considering it; not sure what to replace it with though)?

Join us as we look back on some of our fondest, funnest, funniest, weirdest, coolest, most nostalgic moments -- so many moments that just when you think the episode is over, there's still 15.56 minutes to go. Or, maybe it's cooler to think of it as over 20 post-credits scenes -- like the MCU.
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Dedicated in memory of co-host, friend, brother: David Charles Teague.
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You can contact us at...
- E-Mail: DiscerningGeeks@gmail.com
- Twitter: @DiscerningGeeks
- Facebook: Discerning Geeks Portal
- Link Tree: linktr.ee/discerninggeeks

Please rate or review us wherever you listen to podcasts. Give us 5 stars if you love us, 4 stars if you hate us. The other stars do not work.

Public domain music used in the episode includes...
(I'll edit this summary to add the list later. To be honest, after two weeks of editing this thing, I just want to get it published.)

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#100 - SPECIAL 100th EPISODE MEGA-EXTRAVAGANZA SPECIAL: A Very Ultra-Special Episode WE DID IT!!! :) EPISODE 100!!! :) ...And, our Season 2 Finale.

After 99 episodes, 1.5 hours of recording this episode, and approximately two weeks of editing, this is our biggest episode yet at 128 minutes. Join us as Dave, Todd, and Andruw rank their favorite episodes of The Discerning Geeks Portal -- and also give you a peek into what's ahead for season 3.

- What is "stasis," and how many picks had to be put in it?
- How many episodes got picked by two co-hosts?
- How many episodes got picked by all three?
- What was Todd's #1 pick? Was it #075 "Ocean's Eleven"?
- What was Andruw's #1 pick? Was it #065 "Back to the Future, Part 2"?
- What was Dave's #1 pick? Was it #051 "The Princess Bride"?
- After combining scores, what was the overall top 11, and which two episodes tied for combined 1st place?
- What is happening to the "Wheel of Insanity"?
- What are Andruw's 15 picks for season 3 topics?
- What are Dave S.'s 15 picks for season 3 topics?
- What are Todd's 15 picks for season 3 topics?
- What are the Dave T. season 2 topics that we're carrying over to season 3?
- And, should I abandon this question-asking format in episode summaries for season 3 (I'm considering it; not sure what to replace it with though)?

Join us as we look back on some of our fondest, funnest, funniest, weirdest, coolest, most nostalgic moments -- so many moments that just when you think the episode is over, there's still 15.56 minutes to go. Or, maybe it's cooler to think of it as over 20 post-credits scenes -- like the MCU.
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Dedicated in memory of co-host, friend, brother: David Charles Teague.
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You can contact us at...
- E-Mail: DiscerningGeeks@gmail.com
- Twitter: @DiscerningGeeks
- Facebook: Discerning Geeks Portal
- Link Tree: linktr.ee/discerninggeeks

Please rate or review us wherever you listen to podcasts. Give us 5 stars if you love us, 4 stars if you hate us. The other stars do not work.

Public domain music used in the episode includes...
(I'll edit this summary to add the list later. To be honest, after two weeks of editing this thing, I just want to get it published.)

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#099 - Movie Review - Iron Man 2 We're almost there...to episode #100. But, first, in #099, we take a discerning look at "Iron Man 2," supposedly the 2nd-worst movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, do we rate it that badly, or do we kind of like it -- or both?

- What is the biggest flaw in this movie, stated very early in the review (and again later)?
- Which co-host(s) appreciated more scenes of Tony Stark making stuff in his workshop?
- Which co-host(s) enjoyed the introduction of Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow in this movie?
- Which co-host(s) enjoyed the Monaco race track sequence and the Tony/Rhodey fight scene at the party, and which co-host(s) disliked those scenes.
- What are some of the great quotes from the movie?
- What is this movie's alternate beginning remembered by one co-host as a deleted scene?
- Which co-host questions just how long the Stark Expo is and how Justin Hammer and the military are able to prepare and squeeze in a demonstration, especially if the Expo is only one week long?
- And, was it far-fetched that Tony Stark invented a new element?

Listen now to find out the answers to these and other industrious questions.

Grab your robotic armor, electro-whips, pet bird, drone army, and new element blueprint, as we take our shots at "Iron Man 2." And, skip the strawberries if you're allergic.

You can contact us at...
- E-Mail: DiscerningGeeks@gmail.com
- Twitter: @DiscerningGeeks
- Facebook: Discerning Geeks Portal
- Link Tree: linktr.ee/discerninggeeks

Please rate or review us wherever you listen to podcasts. Give us 5 stars if you love us, 4 stars if you hate us. The other stars do not work.

Public domain music used in the episode includes...
- Intro: "Epic Boss Battle" by Rafael Krux via FreePD.com
- Lightning Round Clock: "Hit n Smash" by Rafael Krux via FreePD.com
- Outro: "Evil Incoming" by Kevin MacLeod via FreePD.com

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#098 - Movie Review - National Treasure This week, we review the Nicolas Cage action/heist drama, "National Treasure."

- Why did one co-host compare this movie to the TV show "Stargate: SG-1"?
- Who loved this movie, who disliked this movie, and what did the remaining co-host think?
- What weird way did Todd find for working in a J. Michael Straczynski reference? And, could both the other co-hosts pronounce Straczynski?
- During what tangent did one co-host completely space out?
- How did one co-host compare this movie to "The Princess Bride," and which co-host seemed offended by that?
- Which co-host(s) appreciated the American history, lore, and geography, that went into this movie?
- Which co-host(s) appreciated the clues & codebreaking in the movie?
- How well did this movie earn its kid-safe PG rating?
- Which co-host described one aspect of this movie as majestic and the movie as a whole as making the watcher think?
- Why was there not a third movie in this franchise?
- Where were Dave, Todd, and Andruw, on vacation at the very start of the pandemic (as in the first weekend that cancellations started and grocery store shelves looked raided).
- And, which co-host worked in a random reference to "The Death of 'Superman Lives': What Happened?" a documentary directed by the late John Schnepp about a failed movie written by Kevin Smith, to be directed by Tim Burton, and that was to star Nicolas Cage as a long-haired Superman.

Listen now to find out the answers to these and other historically significant questions.

Grab your meerschaum pipe (smoking not recommended), stolen historical artifact, lemon juice, hair dryer, and Freemason spectacles, as we decode & decipher..."National Treasure."

You can contact us at...
- E-Mail: DiscerningGeeks@gmail.com
- Twitter: @DiscerningGeeks
- Facebook: Discerning Geeks Portal
- Link Tree: linktr.ee/discerninggeeks

Please rate or review us wherever you listen to podcasts. Give us 5 stars if you love us, 4 stars if you hate us. The other stars do not work.

Public domain music used in the episode includes...
- Intro & Outro: "Rulers of Our Lands" by Rafael Krux via FreePD.com
- Lightning Round Clock: "The Drama" by Rafael Krux via FreePD.com

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#097 - Movie Review - Thor This week, we review the 4th movie of the MCU, the original "Thor."

- Which co-host just got his driving permit? (Hint: It's the teenager.)
- Which multi-faceted writer was mentioned multiple times in this episode? ...And, what was his cameo in the movie? ...And, what quote from the movie was highlighted because the writer likes using variations of that line in multiple works?
- Todd found 18 online sites that ranked all 27 MCU movies (before Doctor Strange 2: atMoM) and averaged together all the ranks in a spreadsheet (NERD!!!). Where did Thor rank on the list average?
- Which co-host thought the supporting cast was a strength?
- Which co-host enjoyed watching Thor interact in what was to him an alien world?
- What were some of the co-host's theories as to why fans don't think more highly of this movie?
- How many co-hosts said Loki was annoying?
- And, what bizarre way was the name Burt Bacharach uttered during this episode?

Listen now for the answers to these and other thunderous & electrifying questions.

Join us on our journey along the rainbow bridge to adventure as we explore the power of "Thor."

You can contact us at...
- E-Mail: DiscerningGeeks@gmail.com
- Twitter: @DiscerningGeeks
- Facebook: Discerning Geeks Portal
- Link Tree: linktr.ee/discerninggeeks

Please rate or review us wherever you listen to podcasts. Give us 5 stars if you love us, 4 stars if you hate us. The other stars do not work.

Public domain music used in the episode includes...
- Intro and Outro: "King's Trailer" by Rafael Krux via FreePD.com
- Lightning Round Clock: "Rulers of Our Lands" by Rafael Krux via FreePD.com

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#096 - Movie Review - Predator This week, we review the 1987 sci-fi action flick, "Predator."

- Why did Dave T. pick this? Sadly, Dave T. passed away before our review (listen to episode #095 for details), but we honor him by still reviewing his pick.
- How many co-stars of "Predator" ran for public office, and how many of those were actually elected?
- Which co-host loved this movie?
- Did any co-hosts find the movie formulaic?
- One co-host compared this movie to the original "Alien" movie. Did he feel "Predator" was better or worse?
- Which co-host liked that this movie felt like a classic war movie at first?
- Which co-host(s) cited the creature design as being a strength in the movie?
- Which co-host compared this movie's handling of characters to "Battle: Los Angeles"?
- Which co-host(s) appreciated the intelligence of some of the characters? But, were characters smart enough...often enough...and consistently enough?
- Which co-host said he could feel the testosterone in his face? (Gross.)
- What did Dave S.'s wife think of this movie? (Note: No big surprise, but this movie was not deemed kid-friendly.)
- Which co-host felt one special effect was so bad that it made him laugh?
- Did the Predator have too many technological advantages to still claim some sense of honor or victory from the "hunt"?
- Were any co-hosts okay with the vulgar jokes told by Shane Black's character?
- Which one of Dutch's defensive techniques has been scientifically disproven by several TV, YouTube, and publication sources?
- Which cheesy visual technique in the movie was compared to the TV show "The A-Team"?
- Which co-host thought Dutch was actually killed in the final explosion (he did watch this movie, didn't he)?
- What is "Presidor"?
- And, what did we all think Dave T. would have given as his rating for this movie, since it was his pick?

Listen now for the answers to these and other predacious questions.

Grab your stealth suit, heat vision mask, plasma cannon, emergency medical kit, self destruct device, and your DVD copy of "Presidor," as we try not to become trophies of..."Predator."

You can contact us at...
- E-Mail: DiscerningGeeks@gmail.com
- Twitter: @DiscerningGeeks
- Facebook: Discerning Geeks Portal
- Link Tree: linktr.ee/discerninggeeks

Please rate or review us wherever you listen to podcasts. Give us 5 stars if you love us, 4 stars if you hate us. The other stars do not work.

Public domain music used in the episode includes...
- Intro, Rundown (start), and Outro: "Assassin" by Rafael Krux via FreePD.com
- Rundown (middle): "Night Attack" by Rafael Krux via FreePD.com
- Rundown (end; yeah, I admit the rundowns are getting a little long; sorry): "Battle Ready" by Bryan Teoh via FreePD.com
- "Presidor" Moment: "Hail to the Chief" by U.S. Air Force Concert Band via...I don't remember, possibly LoC.gov (Library of Congress) or Archive.org (public domain either way)
- Lightning Round Clock: "After the End" by Rafael Krux via FreePD.com

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#095 - Whatcha' Doin'? (April 2022) - And An Important Announcement Well, this was a tough one, folks... We spend the first quarter of this episode explaining a loss we've experienced on and off the podcast and why one of us is no longer with us.

With no super-smooth transition possible after that, we do try to carry on with our usual geeky topics...
- What TV shows have we been watching lately, including Marvel & DC related shows?
- Which co-host is watching the Critical Role cartoon "Vox Machina"?
- What do Dave & Todd think about the current season of "Outlander"? (A couple more episodes have come out since we recorded this episode; Todd is impressed.)
- How many current & recent big-screen movie releases has Dave caught up on lately, and what did he think of them all?
- What YouTube channels does Todd recommend?
- What is the TV show "Lore" all about?
- What do we think about the whole Oscars/Smith/Rock/Slap incident, and does one of us think it might have been staged?
- What accent does Todd need to improve on for his new D&D character?
- What kind of characters are Andruw & Preston playing in the new D&D campaign?
- And, what's the current news with "Babylon 5," "Stargate," and "The Orville."

Listen now, for the answers to these and other poignant questions.

SPECIAL THANKS to the "Katrina & Friends" YouTube channel and specifically Daniel Beachy, Dave Miller, and David Fisher, for their moving cover of the gospel song "Angel Band," and for giving us permission to use the song in this episode (at the very end) for a very special reason.
Check out the video of their performance of the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktthBzyJ_rY

Also, my sincerest apologies for the bad audio on my (Todd's) track. Somehow I didn't notice that the built-in microphone on my laptop was inadvertently set as the input instead of my podcasting microphone. Of all the episodes to make that mistake on, this was the worst one for me to do that on. I wish I could go back and time, but sadly, I'm not Marty McFly from "Back to the Future" or Claire Fraser from "Outlander."

You can contact us at...
- E-Mail: DiscerningGeeks@gmail.com
- Twitter: @DiscerningGeeks
- Facebook: Discerning Geeks Portal
- Link Tree: linktr.ee/discerninggeeks

Please rate or review us wherever you listen to podcasts. Give us 5 stars if you love us, 4 stars if you hate us. The other stars do not work.

Public domain music used in the episode includes...
- Intro & Outro: "Brothers Unite" (wow, fitting) by Alexander Nakarada via FreePD.com
- Memorial: "Amazing Grace" performed by Kevin MacLeod via FreePD.com
- Memorial (continued, with a "Killer Klowns From Outer Space" reference): "Attic Secrets" by Rafael Krux via FreePD.com
- Memorial (continued, with a "Lord of the Rings" reference): "Lonely Mountain" by Rafael Krux via FreePD.com
- "Outlander" Topic: "green-eyes-of-my-highland-girl-flute-solo-9054" by NaturesEye (Leigh Robinson) via Pixabay.com
- "Outlander" Topic (continued): "Fife Feature: Fishers Hornpipe Variation/Guilderoy/Red Haired Boy" by The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps via FreeMusicArchive.org
- New D&D Campaign Topic: "Expedition" by Rafael Krux via FreePD.com
- New D&D Campaign Topic (continued): "Journey of Solitude" by Kevin MacLeod via FreePD.com

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#094 - Movie Review - Spider-Man: No Way Home This week we review the semi-recent blockbuster release, "Spider-Man: No Way Home." This episode was a little more improvised than most because we decided to review it right before we recorded for our previous episode, the review for "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" (check that out too, if you haven't already).

- Which did each co-host like better, "Spider-Man: No Way Home" or "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"?
- Which actor did one co-host say was a highlight of the movie?
- How did the co-hosts feel about the villains and the plan to cure them rather than kill them?
- How did the co-hosts feel about an important character death?
- How did the co-hosts feel about the movie pointing out the different types of web shooters (biological vs. mechanical)?
- What were the main complaints about Doctor Strange?
- What are a couple co-hosts' issues with the ending of the movie?
- And, what did the co-hosts feel about the magic spell that causes all the mayhem?

Listen now for the answers to these and other web-slinging questions.

Grab your costume, mask, web-shooters (if yours are mechanical), inter-dimensional friends, and cures for all your villains, as we thwip up a review of "Spider-Man: No Way Home."

Personal Note: We're sorry for the recent delay in episodes. An episode that we've now recorded and that should be coming soon will help explain why we've been a little distracted lately.

You can contact us at...
- E-Mail: DiscerningGeeks@gmail.com
- Twitter: @DiscerningGeeks
- Facebook: Discerning Geeks Portal
- Link Tree: linktr.ee/discerninggeeks

Please rate or review us wherever you listen to podcasts. Give us 5 stars if you love us, 4 stars if you hate us. The other stars do not work.

Public domain music used in the episode includes -- all via FreePD.com...
- Intro & Outro: "Guerrilla Tactics" by Rafael Krux
- Breakdown: "Epic Blockbuster 2" by Rafael Krux
- Lightning Rounds: "The Enemy" by Alexander Nakarada

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#093 - Movie Review - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse This week, we review the animated movie, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse."

- What were the co-hosts' favorite characters?
- What did the co-hosts have to say about collecting Spider-Man comic books?
- What are some of the technical & artistic techniques used to make the movie look like a comic book brought to life?
- What did the co-hosts have to say about the music & sound in the movie?
- Which character's design was one co-host's biggest complaint?
- Which co-hosts quibbled a little about information overload, visually; and which co-host had no complaints at all?
- Was Kingpin a sympathetic character at all -- because of having a wife & kid and despite his villainy?
- What nitpicks did the co-hosts have about the multiverse collider machine?
- Which co-host has a new microphone?
- Which co-host defended depth & emotion in the movie?
- What did Dave's kids think about the movie?
- And, which movie had to be substituted into the rotation when it was discovered that "Young Frankenstein" is not streaming...anywhere?

Listen now for the answers to these and other web-slinging questions.

Grab your costume, web-shooters, inter-dimensional friends, cartoon hammer, Rubik's cube, and a thumb-drive-shutdown-key-thing someone awkwardly refers to as a goober, as we crawl up a review of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse."

Personal Note: We're sorry for the unexpected hiatus between episodes. There's a significant reason why we're a little behind, and we'll explain further in an episode hopefully coming soon.

You can contact us at...
- E-Mail: DiscerningGeeks@gmail.com
- Twitter: @DiscerningGeeks
- Facebook: Discerning Geeks Portal
- Link Tree: linktr.ee/discerninggeeks

Please rate or review us wherever you listen to podcasts. Give us 5 stars if you love us, 4 stars if you hate us. The other stars do not work.

Public domain music used in the episode includes -- all via Pixabay.com...
- Intro: "trendy-hip-hop-18515" by Anton Vlasov
- Breakdown (middle): "into-the-night-20928" by Praz Khanal
- Breakdown (end): "dubstep-trap-13387" by Playsound
- Lightning Round (Andruw): "do-it-now-10942" by AleXZavesa
- Lightning Round (Dave): "the-hip-hop-street-20701" by Stock Studio / Alex Golubiev
- Lightning Round (Todd): "gym-workout-trap-99526" by QubeSounds
- Outro: "beat-dj-groovy-brass-upbeat-positive-vinyl-music-20864" by REDproductins / Yoav Alyagon

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#092 - Movie Review - About Time Listen now to our review of the romantic comedy / time travel fantasy movie, "About Time."

- Which co-host hated it, which co-host didn't get around to watching it, and what did the other two co-hosts think of it?
- What did the co-hosts think about the chemistry between the main characters?
- This is a romantic comedy, but what genre did one co-host jokingly say he worried the movie was at first?
- What were the differences in opinions & perception over what happened in the wedding & reception scenes?
- What odd & scary thing would one co-host do if he had the ability to time travel?
- What does one co-host think is the important real-life lesson we should get from this movie?
- Which co-host ate dinner during the review, and which restaurant did his family get the food from?
- Which actor in this movie is a favorite of one co-host?
- Which aspects of this movie's time travel methodology did the co-hosts find problematic, vague, or inconsistent?
- How well did Dave's wife sum up what this movie is all about (Dave shares it during his Lightning Round)?
- Just how bad was one co-host's rating of this movie he hated?
- In how many movies has Rachel McAdams starred as the love interest of a time traveler?
- Which movie was rolled, uh, I mean spun, on the Wheel of Insanity, only to realize later that it's not streaming anywhere at all? And, which movie was rolled, uh, spun, later & offline to replace it?

Listen now for the answer to these and other heart-warming questions.

Grab your British lawyer's wig, theatre tickets, wedding invitation, umbrella, extra umbrella, poncho, and best man speech, as we examine a movie that's all...About Time.

You can contact us at...
- E-Mail: DiscerningGeeks@gmail.com
- Twitter: @DiscerningGeeks
- Facebook: Discerning Geeks Portal
- Link Tree: linktr.ee/discerninggeeks

Please rate or review us wherever you listen to podcasts. Give us 5 stars if you love us, 4 stars if you hate us. If you give us 1, 2, or 3 stars, listen to a few more episodes, and when you get to one you love, go back in time and give us 5 stars from the beginning.

Public domain music used in the episode includes...
- Intro: "a-simple-love-song-piano-ballad-in-d-major-2135" by JuliusH via Pixabay.com
- Latter Part of Rundown: "Lovely Piano Song" by Rafael Krux via FreePD.com
- Editor's Interlude: "bella-ciao-guitar-ahmadmousavipour-11996" by Ahmadmusic (Ahmad Mousavipour) via Pixabay.com
- Lightning Round Clock: "Champ de tournesal" by Komiku via FreePD.com
- Discerning Lurkers Portal Promo: "Putin's Lullaby" by Alexander Nakarada via FreePD.com (The song's name is unfortunate, but I can't help it that the song itself sounds perfect as the intro music for our Babylon 5 spinoff podcast.)
- Outro: "classic-piano-ballad-in-dorian-mood-2064" by JuliusH via Pixabay.com

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