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Geeks interpret 'How It Should Have Ended'

It's the kind of question fanboys and fangirls ask just about every day.

If Darth Vader was so strong in the Force, how did the Rebels beat him in the original "Star Wars: A New Hope?"

If Gandalf had a giant eagle at his disposal, why didn't it come in handy at the end of "Return of the King?"

The geeks behind HowItShouldHaveEnded.com have been pondering these questions for years, and animating their own mini-fanfiction stories with alternate ending to beloved franchise films (the one where "Terminator" meets "Back to the Future" is another highlight).

Yes, geeks have their favorite science fiction, fantasy and horror films, but because we're geeks, we can spot plot holes a mile away.

CNN Geek Out spoke to How It Should Have Ended's Tina Alexander about the video series:

CNN Geek Out: Do you feel like you are tapping into what geek fans are really thinking? Why do you think fans are interested in fanfiction or changing stories?

Alexander: I think our "Harry Potter" HISHE definitely came the closest to fanfiction. We'd love to think we tap into what geek fans are thinking because we're pretty huge geek fans ourselves. But honestly we're just having fun. Sometimes we kick ourselves for naming it "How It Should Have Ended" because it makes us sound like we're trying to have some sort of final say or that our way is the "right" way. When really... we're just being silly. Honestly. The majority of the films we spoof we really love. Believe me, the time it takes to make one and the amount of times we see a film to do it ... it's far more fun for us if we actually liked the film!

CNN Geek Out: What inspired you to start this series?

Alexander: The series was inspired by our love for movies. We'd seen a few bad endings and laughed about how they might have ended from a more realistic perspective. We launched the website in July of 2005 and making the cartoons was just a hobby for us and a way for Daniel Baxter (the artist/animator) to dabble in some programs and produce something. The response we got encouraged us to make more. To date we've created 60 "How It Should Have Ended"  cartoons.

CNN Geek Out: Which ones have received the most response?

Alexander: Our first "Star Wars" cartoon (Episode IV) was a huge hit from our tiny perspectives because it crashed our little website in the summer of 2005. We kept running out of bandwidth. When we launched our partnership with Starz in September of 2009, we released "Terminator: How It Should End" and the response was so great that we still get e-mails from people asking us to make it a full-length film. Which is hilarious to us. We also received a pretty phenomenal response for our "Harry Potter" HISHE this past August, which was exciting because we put so much work and research into it.

CNN Geek Out: Has anyone involved with any of the movies responded to you?

Alexander: Not exactly. One of the directors of "Toy Story 3" tweeted about our cartoon spoofing the movie. Way back when we did our "Superman Returns" HISHE, Brandon Routh commented about it in an online interview. We think it's pretty cool that they saw them and ultimately we'd LOVE to get some actors to play themselves in the cartoons. That would be incredible.

CNN Geek Out: Any new videos on the horizon?

Alexander: "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" releases this week. We have every intention of doing "Hunger Games" (which is highly requested) even though it makes us really nervous! We also foresee a heavy superhero summer with all the "Avengers" and "Batman" action hitting theaters.