He said/She said: 'Terra Nova'
September 27th, 2011
02:38 PM ET

He said/She said: 'Terra Nova'

Editor's note: The following is an e-mail conversation between CNN Geek Out's Elizabeth Landau and Henry Hanks.

Landau: After reading your recap of Fox's new series "Terra Nova," I have to say that I respect your opinions, Henry, but I wasn't as enthusiastic about the first episode of this show as you were.

First off – I hate to say it but, as much effort as the Shannon family put into leaving their dark, polluted, nearly unlivable world to travel back in time 85 million years, I was more interested in what was going on in that desolate future than in this rather absurd prehistoric past.

I almost didn't want Jim, the devoted father of three, to make it through the time portal so that maybe the show would be split between his struggles in the future and his family's new life in the past, and we could get a better understanding of the destruction that humanity has wrought on our planet. Apparently you can't even see the moon anymore in the year 2149, making its appearance in the sky of dinosaur land miraculous to the family. Too bad it looks so fake. Somehow the unbreathable air of the future felt more real to me than the crisp CGI-enhanced over-freshness of the past.
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Web Comic Spotlight: d20Monkey's Brian Patterson
Brett and Sam two of the main characters in Brian Patterson's d20Monkey web comic
September 27th, 2011
11:35 AM ET

Web Comic Spotlight: d20Monkey's Brian Patterson

I have a confession to make: I play D&D. Not only do I play, I run a game at my local comic and game store.

There, I said it!

It's because of my love of D&D that I stumbled upon the comic I want to introduce you to today.

I found d20monkey.com on the blog for Obsidian Portal and was instantly hooked on the style of the art and the funny storylines.

I recently got in touch with the comic’s creator, Brian Patterson, and he was good enough to answer some questions about the comic. We even had a chance to talk about some other gaming and geek topics along the way.

Enjoy!

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'Alphas:' The little superhero show that could
Azita Ghanizada (right) stars as Rachel Pirzad on the Syfy series "Alphas.'
September 26th, 2011
04:17 PM ET

'Alphas:' The little superhero show that could

Last season saw two superhero TV shows, ABC's "No Ordinary Family" and NBC's "The Cape," fail to get beyond their first seasons.

On the other hand, Syfy's "Alphas" launched over the summer with the season finale on Monday night and is heading into a season two.

As one of the show's stars, Azita Ghanizada describes it, it's "based on more of the human brain" than any classic idea of superheroes. FULL POST

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'The Darth Knight' takes the cosplay world by storm
September 26th, 2011
11:55 AM ET

'The Darth Knight' takes the cosplay world by storm

Hybrid costumes are nothing new in the world of cosplay (zombified versions of popular characters, especially), but one such costume has been flying around the internet in recent days.

Jeremey Adams and his fiancee, Mallie Jane Little of Bellevue, Ohio, designed this costume, "the Darth Knight," posted it on their Facebook, and the rest is history. (Click here for a look at the full costume on CNN iReport.)

We interviewed Adams about this eye-catching mashup of Batman and "Star Wars'" Darth Vader: FULL POST

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A book and a DeLorean
September 26th, 2011
09:50 AM ET

A book and a DeLorean

Ernest Cline, screenwriter of the 2009 ode to nerd culture "Fanboys," is traveling the country in a DeLorean.

If that vision immediately brings the 1980s to mind, then Cline has already done his job, at least in part: The car is getting attention for his new book "Ready Player One."

The book, which takes place in a dystopian future, aims to do for '80s pop culture (such as Pac-Man, Dungeons & Dragons, and of course, "Back to the Future") what "Fan Boys" did for "Star Wars."

CNN's Christian DuChateau recently spoke to Cline about the roots of his geekdom, his current nerdy obsessions, a possible movie version of his book, and of course, that car.

Check out the interview here.


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