The Geekbox: Episode 4

Man, do I ever fail at getting this one out by the promised date! Sorry for the lateness — it’s been a busy day. Enjoy the new podcast, don’t miss the giveaway contest at the end, and please don’t forget to Digg!

The Geekbox — Episode 4 (2009-02-11)
Wherein we discuss the newest episodes of Lost/Burn Notice (spoiler warning!), virtual reality, the latest SNL web clip, the truth about the Roswell incident, the canonicity of Ghostbusters 2, the awesome Lego Star Wars/Batman games, Nintendo’s upcoming Fire Emblem DS port, the ups and downs of being industry outsiders, New York Comic Con, and the DC Animated Universe. Plus: The winner(s) of last episode’s giveaway contest, and a new contest! Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Andrew Fitch, Greg Ford, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 1h 14m 4s
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97 Responses to “ “The Geekbox: Episode 4”

  1. Aaron says:

    When you’re trying to strike fear into a superstitious and cowardly lot like, criminals, it’s best to adopt the persona of something totemic and primal, like a bat.

    To be an effective weird, specter of the night, a good Bat-Man can’t leave behind any fingerprints. Always wear a pair of gloves, even if they are ill-fitting and purple.

    If you need a change of pace, a new costume and sidekick can do wonders for your public image. Your new partner can also serve as a great distraction for when the bullets start flying.

    When you’re a caped crusader and you can only put body armor on one part of your uniform, make sure it’s a big bright, yellow target.

    A good dark knight will eventually out grow the need for a sidekick. One option is to fire him and confiscate his pixie boots and shorts. Or, time permitting, have him beat to death by a clown.

    When you’re the goddamn Batman it’s a good idea to build cred with the internet meme crowd. If some is asked “Who could punch out God?”, it’s important that they say “Chuck Norris or maybe Batman”.

  2. wanderlust nomad says:

    Bat spy tips for various situations:

    [While in conference with commissioner Gordon]
    Always stand close to the bat signal; his pupils will shrink making an unobserved exit all the easier.

    [Poison Ivy and Batman are alone together]
    As Batman, it is important to treat all female super villains like prostitutes; you should never kiss them on the lips. You don’t know where those lips have been or what poisons they might contain. (the one and only valuable lesson from the movie Batman and Robin)

    [A group of 15-35 thugs gathered together in a warehouse]
    A good Batman should always take the middle thug out first and flee to the shadows. The remaining thugs attention, and guns, will be drawn in towards the center of the group increasing the potential for a “friendly fire” accident or two to occur as you attack their outer perimeter.

  3. Dan says:

    These are way too fun to write. How about Joker tips, insert your own scenes and pauses in the gaps.

    Modern law enforcement is based on observing patterns of behavior.

    Thats why so many serial killers and bank robbers get caught. They’re always doing the same thing, eventually it just comes down to probability.

    So, if last week you tried putting laughing chemicals consumer products, this week do something simple.

    Blow up a bus.

    If you don’t have a pattern your opponent can only react to you. And then its just like chess, if you only play defense, you lose.

  4. Dan says:

    (Batman jumps from rooftops into alleyway, muggers look at him in surprise, pause)

    Capes are good accessory, in low light they make you look larger and more indimidating.

    (muggers pull knives and the bat dance begins, pause)

    In hand to hand combat a fluttering cape can look a lot like a leg, resulting in a confused and exploitable defense.

    (muggers are beaten senseless, moody bat pose, pause)

    Just remember, 2 inches above the ankle, a dragging cape is an invitation to be stepped on.

  5. Myckel A. Soto says:

    A Dark Knight’s best insurance policy in Metropolis is to have a small vile of Kryptonite in their utility belt.

  6. Holkeye says:

    When you’re a Batman, (Yes, that’s right: “a” Batman,) the most important thing to remember is to protect your secret identity. This can easily be done by donning a mask that only covers the top 30% of your face, and speaking in a low register, similar to David Hayter’s Solid Snake.

  7. Dan says:

    When you’re Batman watch out for a whiny kid who wears red. The minute he shows up is when your particular show\movie\series\timeline starts to suck and you should be leaving.

  8. Paul says:

    I’ve only read Grant Morrison’s non-X-men and Batman stuff. I absolutely adore the Invisibles and find his other stuff to be decent, but I’m interested in all your take on GM, specifically, the Invisibles.

    Another good podcast. Only four episodes in and things feel much smoother than, say, LAN Party. That’s a testament to the personalities. And keeping the time down (hour and a half is perfect) is a plus by me. Lookin forward to next week.

  9. Gentlyporking says:

    Batman tip:
    When washing your batsuit, make sure not to mix in your red and green-clad sidekick’s costume — fading may occur.

  10. Alex says:

    When you’re a nighttime vigilante, abruptly disappearing from sight is a perfectly acceptable way to end a conversation.

  11. sdf says:

    Batman tip:
    When someone asks you if you’re a god, you say “YES”!

  12. Javier A. says:

    (Re-sending this message because the other one is oddly still awaiting for moderation)

    OMG I actually won! Thank you so much guys, you are all awesome beyond awesomeness! And yes, you guys got it right, I’m Argentinian indeed! I’m not sure as to how we are doing this, but my email address is the one I’m using to post this, but you can also send me a Direct Message on Twitter – up to you guys!

    Awesome show, and I am so so so thankful for this gift from y’all! You guys ROCK! Thank you again, guys! 😀

  13. Phil says:

    When you masquerade across Gotham’s skyline for hours on end be sure your catheter is properly in place. A soggy bat suite makes for a cranky hero.

  14. Ryan R. says:

    I have to say this, Batman the Animated Series was an amazing American cartoon. For those who don’t know part of what was so great was that the studio was on the Warner Bros. lot and they actually had access to the Warner Bros. orchestra which added a lot to the production value I think. Then there was the voice acting of Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Mark Hamill as Joker whom I also recently realized voiced Hobgoblin on Spider-man: The Animated Series. I have to add though that X-men had another great VO cast and a very great piece of intro music that was quite epic, the art was pretty faithful but still suffered occasionally along with the animation. Batman was easily one of the best animated cartoons of the 90’s right next to Animaniacs, Bonkers and Tiny Toon Adventures, The Tick and many others. Sadly I think the one of the last great afternoon/saturday morning cartoons was Batman Beyond, which again featured Kevin Conroy as an elderly Bruce Wayne. It saddens me greatly that many kids today may never see some of these great shows. Of course, some of these may not be as good as I remember I may be blinded by nostalgia but damn it, nothing I’ve seen is as loved as those older shows.

  15. David says:

    When verbally berating a subordinate, a good dark knight always ensures there are no recording devices present.

    When needing to kill a god of evil, a good dark knight always bring Radion.

    When going into any situation, a good dark knight always has a plan.

  16. Yoshimi says:

    Aargh, someone beat me to the nipples costume spy tip! Will have to think up another.

    Loving the podcast guys, and thanks for recommending Burn Notice. It hasn’t been shown over here in the UK, but I downloaded the first 2 seasons and watching them on my commute on iPhone. Excellent stuff.

    Lost chat is great too. Avoid the BSG spoilers, I’m catching up having bought the boxsets. Currently nearing the end of season 3.

  17. Donovan MacLure says:

    When you’re Batman, always keep an eye on the markets. Batmobile repairs aren’t cheap during a global economic collapse.

  18. Wade Bowers says:

    When you’re Batman, a mudhole is an operating table.

  19. Ryan says:

    @ Chris O

    Yes, yes they can. I was a HUGE fan of Heroes for the first season, but they really got off track. Season 2 wasn’t too bad, but season 3 is an abomination. They screwed up the characters, there’s way too many melodramatic moments, the twists are pretty dumb, and even the acting seems to have suffered a bit. Most of the actor’s on the show are very talented(especially Greg Grunberg), but so many of the lines just feel forced and stilted.

    So finish watching Season 1 and just stop. There’s enough closure that you can just completely ignore the fact that the story actually continues.

  20. Nathan says:

    When you’re Batman, it’s important to stay away from costumes with nipples on them.

    It’s also important to write your sentences correctly.

  21. Nathan says:

    When you’re Batman, it’s important to stay away costumes with nipples on them.

  22. wcane says:

    really enjoyed the last podcast and can’t wait to listen to this one! Got no idea why I like this podcast so much, I don’t follow lost or comics, but you guys are all very entertaining =)

    keep up the good work!

  23. Pat says:

    Another outstanding podcast! I especially loved the talk about the DCAU. As for Teen Titans, if you want to read an awesome episode guide to the series, check out: Has me in stitches every time.

    As for the Batman contest, I think i’ll give it a try:

    When your the Batman negotiating a movie deal, it’s best to avoid directors named Joel Shumacher. Yeah, kinda generic, but it’s the best I got.

  24. Matt R says:

    When you’re batman always have your weapons and accessories resemble your bat logo. Not only does this leave your mark impaled in the heads villains, its key for marketing your new line of bat shaped cereal bowls to children during Saturday morning cartoons.

    Great episode guys, audio sounds great and very entertaining. Great to listen to while playing superstacker 2 or peggle.

  25. Max says:

    Batman (spy) tip:

    When you’re Batman, always speak in a deep raspy voice to hide your true identity.

    A hybrid British-Scottish-Chinese-African accent is optional.


    Besides that, awesome job with the podcast! You guys are my fav. one now 😀

    Let’s play L4D sometime Ryan!

  26. sdf says:

    once again, i really dig this gang – they’re such misfits with each other. it’s like some post-modern geek breakfast club. all you greg haters need to quit playing it safe!

  27. Sebastian says:

    Contest Entry:

    When you’re Batman, intelligence is more valuable than superpowers.

  28. Brice Gilbert says:

    Master Higgins is so right about the Ghostbusters game though. If the cutscenes or story or humor isn’t as good as the films then why should I even care about playing it? Sure I want the gameplay to be great, but it’s written by the original team so it better funny!

  29. Brice Gilbert says:

    I’m amazed Fitch hasn’t watched BSG. It was created by Ronald D. Moore the guy who was behind the best of Deep Space 9.

  30. Joe says:

    Another great episode , Although jeff green would be fantastic.

    When your climbing a ladder, dont forget your shark repellent.

  31. dc says:

    Another great episode. Nothing against Greg Ford, I love the guy, but he’s simply out of his league when it comes to all the geek talk. You guys need to put him through some sort of crash course in all things geek.

  32. Cube says:

    The hologram game wiht cowboys you was talking about is sega’s “time travler” We had it and it’s sister game
    Holosseum at our pizza arcade place in the 1990’s for a time.

    the 3d mirror effect was interesting the characters seem to float in front of you like the star wars chess table.

    It played like space ace and dragon’s lair in other words with out the 3d holo tech not very good.

    and the white metal cabinet looked to future like even today it looks too high tech for its own good

    see cabinet here

  33. Finn says:

    Hey Karen,

    I’m surprised you think BSG is abandoning gray for black and white. Many people, the majority actually, who I’ve talked to believed the Rebels were the ones in the right. Not that Zarek’s specific actions were justified — he didn’t exhaust all other options — but the principle behind them.

  34. Jeremy says:


    It’s all just personal preference. You love them, I don’t, though maybe it just depends on the topic at hand. I won’t be signing any petitions asking they be removed from their respective shows or anything. I assure you I’m still quite appreciative of these free, entertaining podcasts.

  35. Chase Powell says:

    I agree with You Chris O. I wait for the DVDs to come out and I’ve seen season one and two. I liked them. I hope Season 3 isn’t as bad as they say.

  36. Javier A. says:

    OMG I actually won! Thank you so much guys, you are all awesome beyond awesomeness! And yes, you guys got it right, I’m Argentinian indeed! I’m not sure as to how we are doing this, but my email address is the one I’m using to post this, but you can also send me a Direct Message on Twitter ( – up to you guys!

    Awesome show, and I am so so so thankful for this gift from y’all! You ROXXORZ! Thank you again, guys! 😀

  37. Harry says:

    Guys could you tell Fitch to stop being such a negative nancy?

    The guy was gold on 1up yours, lets have some of that fitch back.

    Also this +ALWW by Robert Ashley are by far the greatest things to come out of the sale of 1UP. These are the only podcasts i’ve been into since the death of the brodeo and 1up yours.

    It’s been said before but Karen Chu is fucking gold and Greg Ford is an excellent personality

  38. Chris O says:

    You guys are killing me. My wife and I just started watching Heroes recently. I am really enjoying the first season. Can the rest really be that bad??

  39. Andrew says:

    Here’s my Bat-Tip:

    Nothing takes the wind out of your enemy’s sails faster than god-like immunity – 85% of all psychoactive drugs and poisons can easily be countered by 4 simple compounds, all of which can be readily available in your Utility Belt for use at a moment’s notice.

  40. Daniel Montgomery says:

    Contest entry,

    As Batman, always take your exit unnoticed and in the middle of conversation, demonstrating complete control and disregard for other’s input.

  41. Chris says:


    I don’t understand people like you. I love Fitch and I love Arthur on Rebel FM. The only people I find annoying are people like you that complain about them.

    I would have never even imagined anyone would have a problem with them until I read comments like yours that leave me baffled.

  42. Chase Powell says:

    Another awesome podcast guys.
    Thank God for Twitter or i would have gone crazy wondering why the podcast wasn’t up.

    Batman Spy Tip

    When picking a sidekick try not to pick one who will be easily killed and come back as a crazed psychopath.

  43. Sebastian says:

    Hey guys, great podcast!

    Karen, you should check out the podcast by Ronald D. Moore (the producer of BSG). I think it is going to give you a great insight on why Season 4 is developing the way it is. I totally disagree with you saying that they’re making them black and white.

    ** Spoiler start **
    Gaeta playing the take over couldn’t have been more gray! He did all the wrong things for all the right reasons.

    **End spoiler**

    Anyway, you guys need to put at least 2 podcasts a week. How else do you expect me to bear work?

  44. Fish de Meatshirt says:

    Life on Mars?! In America?
    The original show was aired on the BBC, and was AWESOME.
    Better then Lost, Burn Notice and everything else mushed together.

    nice podcast ^^

  45. matt says:

    I just have to say this. I think Fiona is SUPER sexy. It’s a lot in the attitude, I guess. When I first started watching, I could take her or leave her, but she’s really grown on me.

    I’d take her first out of any of the girls at the pool.

  46. Jeremy says:

    If they move it to Thursday then they have Burn Notice issues… I’m a really big Lost fan, and I enjoy hearing them chat it up, and it appears to be a regular part of the show, but their Lost discussions have been mostly irrelevant due to the timing of the show’s releases.

    And is anyone else bothered by Fitch’s rather abrasive ego? I love his writing and could listen to him talk rpgs anytime (my genre of choice), but on almost any other subject… well, he’s the Arthur Geis of The Geekbox.

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  48. Rob says:

    Awww.. No Jeff Green?
    But Ryan, you promised.

  49. Reively says:

    It’s crazy that you guys gave Fitch a hard time for saying that he admires South Park for it’s social commentary. For an example look at the Scientology episode. Not all dick and fart jokes.

  50. Ryan says:

    Awesome-ness-icity. You guys ever thought of moving the show to Thursday so the Lost discussions are more fresh and up-to-date? Not that it’s the most important part of the podcast but, dude, it’s Lost.

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