The Good, The Bad and The Critic

Established on March 19th, 2012 and pioneered by film fanatic Michael J. Carlisle. The Good, The Bad and The Critic will analyze classic and contemporary films from all corners of the globe. This title references Sergei Leone's influential spaghetti western The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Geek 4 Podcast Review

Title: Geek 4
Year(s): 2020- ???
Host. Michael W. Boyce
Country: Canada
Language: English

Geek 4, click HERE for a linkis the latest venture by film professor and academic dean Michael W. Boyce (He has claimed the W is for Wind. I've heard it's William. It's a mystery.) Boyce interviews a caveat of intriguing integral intellectuals who all have one thing in common; they are Geeks 4 something. Geeks 4 Mystery Science Theatre 3000, James Bond, Star Wars, Football etc. There's a good chance you'll find something that fits your interests. 

Geek 4, at its present state, is a 20-40 minute weekly podcast that dives deep into pop culture, nostalgia and the state of general geekery. 

I must admit, this is probably far too early to review the podcast as it's in its beginning stages, but I feel like Boyce has already given us some quality interviews. Dr.Lisa Funnell (@DrLisaFunnell) gave great energy to the show & emphasized the importance of asking more from our entertainment ("James Bond doesn't have to be sexist"). Tara Maslowsky (@TaraMaslowsky) explored grief & demonstrated how fanhood brings people together. DoubleEM Melissa Martin (@DoubleEmMartin) explained the importance of language and history in understanding society and culture. Geek 4 doesn't tread shallow water. 

Though I'd love these nuanced conversations to go longer & I suspect they will as Boyce become more comfortable (or less busy, because he is an academic dean irl) the 20-40 minute length of Geek 4 feels about right. It's about the length of a Twilight Zone episode. Long enough to keep you on your toes, and short enough to keep you coming back for more. 

I'm looking forward to future episodes of this engaging podcast that, at least presently, has a feminist edge to it. Too many podcasts are male guest heavy, I'm glad that Boyce is going in the opposite direction. Geek 4 is a show for those who reflect about & engage with the media they consume.

Get new episodes on apple, stitcher or the link above.

Follow @geek4 & @mwboyce on twitter & instagram.  

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