geek-chorus-01We’re trying out a new feature on the site: The Geek Chorus. I’d like to start a weekly discussion about recent developments in the world of geekdom. These aren’t just meant to be blog posts, where I pontificate on some subject, but free-flowing conversations between all of us. I’ll get the ball rolling with some thoughts on the topic of the week, and then I’m counting on you to take it from there!

Now, the Specialists crowd is a pretty classy community, so I don’t anticipate having any problems, but I should probably make a few things crystal clear right up front. We’re going to disagree about things; that’s what will make the conversation interesting. But let’s never forget Wheaton’s Law: Don’t be a dick. It’s fine to disagree, so long as we’re civil about it. Personal attacks of any kind will never be tolerated. If you don’t like something, don’t just state that it sucks. Talk about what you don’t like about it or what you would have liked better.

In short, we’re all friends here. Let’s be friendly.

This week, I want to talk about two things, which could result in some confusing conversations, but a lot has happened in the last couple of weeks. We’ll try a more focused discussion next week, but for now, our topics are:

Marvel’s Daredevil

I’ve never been a fan of Daredevil comics, but Marvel Studios hasn’t let me down yet, so there was never any doubt that I’d watch this. And I have to say, Marvel’s winning streak remains unbroken. I loved the dark tone of this series, and the street-level scope of it. I loved the brutality of the fights, and the fact that Matt left each one battered and exhausted. And I love that the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand, encompassing different tones and formats. I can’t wait to see what they do with the rest of their Netflix series!

The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Like most guys my age, I was a huge fan of the original Star Wars movies growing up. I saw A New Hope over a hundred times before I stopped counting. Star Wars was a huge part of my childhood. But then the Special Editions and the prequels came out and soured the whole thing. For all their technical accomplishments, the new movies just didn’t feel like Star Wars any more. When Disney bought LucasFilm, and announced a new series of movies produced without Lucas’ involvement, I was cautiously hopeful, but still skeptical. The first teaser looked cool, but didn’t sway me. But then last week, the new trailer was released, and it was like I was eight years old again. This looks like — feels like — Star Wars, and for the first time, I’m actually looking forward to seeing the new movie in December.

So, have you seen Daredevil, and if so what did you think? And what are your thoughts on the new direction of the Star Wars franchise? Let’s hear it!

(Next week, we’ll compare and contrast Marvel and DC’s approaches to their movie universes and talk about the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron and the new Batman v Superman trailer.)