Episode 41: Let’s Get Caught Up on the Arrowverse! (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman)

In anticipation of this year’s massive Crisis on Infinite Earths TV event, we get caught up on the main characters of all of the Arrowverse shows, so that you’ll be ready even if you don’t normally watch all of them.

This episode is on the longer side, and even so, there’s a bunch of stuff I wasn’t able to fit in, so if you want me to go into more detail on anything, please leave a comment here letting me know, or click the “Submit a Question” link up above to put in your request!

The show that started it all. This is the first season cast. Felicity wasn’t yet a regular.

The show that started it all. This is the first season cast. Felicity wasn’t yet a regular.

Season Two! Look, a mask!

Season Two! Look, a mask!

Team Flash (or, at least some of it). From Left to Right, that’s Caitlyn, Flash (duh), Iris, and Cisco.

Team Flash (or, at least some of it). From Left to Right, that’s Caitlyn, Flash (duh), Iris, and Cisco.

Supergirl! And Martian Manhunter! Even if you don’t watch the show, you should be able to figure out which is which…

Supergirl! And Martian Manhunter! Even if you don’t watch the show, you should be able to figure out which is which…

First season’s Legends of Tomorrow team.

First season’s Legends of Tomorrow team.

And the team for most of the fourth season. Yes, that stuffed animal (Beebo) is included. Just watch the show…

And the team for most of the fourth season. Yes, that stuffed animal (Beebo) is included. Just watch the show…

We’re being Invaded! Quick, everyone get lined up!

We’re being Invaded! Quick, everyone get lined up!

Yearbook photo for the Crisis on Earth-X club.

Yearbook photo for the Crisis on Earth-X club.

Yes, Ollie kept the stubble, even when he was The Flash.

Yes, Ollie kept the stubble, even when he was The Flash.

To keep things semi-spoiler free, I’m not including any promo shots from unaired episodes, but here’s the cover to the Crisis on Infinite Earths hardcover.

To keep things semi-spoiler free, I’m not including any promo shots from unaired episodes, but here’s the cover to the Crisis on Infinite Earths hardcover.

Episode 40: Weird Hero/Villain Match-Ups (Emperor Joker and Acts of Vengeance)

We look at some of the more bizarre tussles between heroes and villains.  That includes when Superman fought an ultra-powerful Joker, and Acts of Vengeance, including the “Cosmic Spider-Man” story.

There’s a reason she’s called “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.”

There’s a reason she’s called “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.”

The Harley Scepter is adorable!

The Harley Scepter is adorable!

This was the plan…Didn’t quite work out as well as the villains hoped…

This was the plan…Didn’t quite work out as well as the villains hoped…

Ummm…I think it’s you, Spidey.

Ummm…I think it’s you, Spidey.

Yes, this is as ridiculous as it appears to be.

Yes, this is as ridiculous as it appears to be.

Episode 39: Whatever Happened to Donald Blake? (Thor's "Secret Identity")

Inspired by a Twitter conversation, Kurt dives into the strange and twisted history of Donald Blake, the original secret identity of Thor. Who was he, and where did he go?

Did he even think for a second that the “cane as a lever” was going to work on that giant boulder?

Did he even think for a second that the “cane as a lever” was going to work on that giant boulder?

The first explanation, but not the last…

The first explanation, but not the last…

Just some minor self-esteem issues.

Just some minor self-esteem issues.

Sigurd Jarlson. It seems Oslo Norwayman was taken as a name already.

Sigurd Jarlson. It seems Oslo Norwayman was taken as a name already.

It’s not the kids you should be worried about, Jake…

It’s not the kids you should be worried about, Jake…

A small Easter egg in the first Thor movie for those who were aware.

A small Easter egg in the first Thor movie for those who were aware.

Episode 38: Who is She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters)?

Marvel/Disney just announced that She-Hulk will be getting her own show on Disney+.  But, who is She-Hulk, and what would such a show be about?  Kurt dives into the distaff counterpart of Bruce Banner, and what makes her so compelling a character in her own right.

Coming…soon? No premiere date has been given, or even casting at this point.

Coming…soon? No premiere date has been given, or even casting at this point.

Jennifer also used to be blond/redhead. She’s raven-haired these days, even when not She-Hulk.

Jennifer also used to be blond/redhead. She’s raven-haired these days, even when not She-Hulk.

It was the 80s. Big hair was a thing.

It was the 80s. Big hair was a thing.

She’ll do it, too! Buy her book!

She’ll do it, too! Buy her book!

If they don’t recreate this at some point during the show, I’m going to be very disappointed.

If they don’t recreate this at some point during the show, I’m going to be very disappointed.

Don’t make her angry…Oops, too late.

Don’t make her angry…Oops, too late.

The latest in a long string of (mostly) bad decisions.

The latest in a long string of (mostly) bad decisions.

Episode 37: The Kryptonite Rainbow - What Do They Do?

Green Kryptonite, Red Kryptonite, Blue, White, Jewel?  How many varieties of Kryptonite are there, and how does each of them effect the Man of Steel and the other Kryptonians in the DC Universe?  Kurt goes through every single published version of Kryptonite so you’ll now know.

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Just your garden variety Green Kryptonite.

Just your garden variety Green Kryptonite.

“Don’t forget to tell everyone in the world the  five  ways to hurt or kill me!” - Superman

“Don’t forget to tell everyone in the world the five ways to hurt or kill me!” - Superman

Pictured: Too late.

Pictured: Too late.

Don’t we all, Lois? Don’t we all…

Don’t we all, Lois? Don’t we all…

Episode 36: Non-Traditional Comic Recommendations (or Non-Superhero Comics)

Superheroes have been and continue to dominate the sales charts of American comics, but that doesn’t mean that’s all there is.  Thanks to a question from a Reddit user, Kurt goes into non-spoiler details about some of his favorites that he recommends you try out, if you haven’t already.

As mentioned in the show, I’m including a link to Scott McCloud’s homepage, as he has some very “non-traditional” comics, in every sense of the word.

No funny caption on this one.  Just read it.

No funny caption on this one. Just read it.

We all know the monkey is the real star.

We all know the monkey is the real star.

Vertigo: Not just the publishing line, but also the feeling you get looking at this cover.

Vertigo: Not just the publishing line, but also the feeling you get looking at this cover.

I wanted to be sure to show off the detailed backgrounds, but wanted to be sure to make it family-safe.  I think this hits both of those qualifications.

I wanted to be sure to show off the detailed backgrounds, but wanted to be sure to make it family-safe. I think this hits both of those qualifications.

A comic about comics.  Brilliant!

A comic about comics. Brilliant!

Episode 35: Death Becomes You - Mary Jane Watson-Parker

A new recurring feature begins, where we’ll look deeper into some of the more unusual deaths that have happened in comics, beginning with an out-of-continuity tale called “Spider-Man: Reign” and the untimely demise of Spider-Man’s wife, Mary Jane Watson-Parker.

(Content warning: Mature themes, though handled non-explicitly.)

Yeah, this is going to be a sad Spidey-tale. Can you tell?

Yeah, this is going to be a sad Spidey-tale. Can you tell?

Although it still gets ridiculous from time to time. (But now we know that Peter’s a boxers guy)

Although it still gets ridiculous from time to time. (But now we know that Peter’s a boxers guy)

Episode 34: Firefly and Serenity - Why Are “Browncoats” Still So Obsessed?

If the word "Shiny" means something special to you, or you know about the "special hell" that Mal could be going to, then you're probably already a fan of Firefly.  If not, take a listen to learn all about the Joss Whedon-created sci-fi/western show, and find out why its fanbase endures after all these years.

From Left to Right: Jayne, Kaylee, Book, Simon, Inara, Mal, Zoe, and Wash. Our intrepid crew.

From Left to Right: Jayne, Kaylee, Book, Simon, Inara, Mal, Zoe, and Wash. Our intrepid crew.

From Left to Right: Summer, Ron, Gina, Adam, Jewel, Nathan, Alan, Sean, and Morena. Our talented cast.

From Left to Right: Summer, Ron, Gina, Adam, Jewel, Nathan, Alan, Sean, and Morena. Our talented cast.

The Buffy parallels become a little more obvious in the movie.

The Buffy parallels become a little more obvious in the movie.

The first issue of the Serenity comics. As you can see, the likenesses are dead on.

The first issue of the Serenity comics. As you can see, the likenesses are dead on.

Want to pilot your own Firefly? This is one of a few games to give you that option.

Want to pilot your own Firefly? This is one of a few games to give you that option.

Episode 33: The Replacements - Iron Man

Now that Tony’s gone from the MCU, let’s look at some of his possible replacements, specifically those who have already done so in the comics.  It’s the third installment of “The Replacements,” which previously covered those who have replaced Captain America and Superman.  This time, we look at the history of those who have taken up the Armored Avenger’s mantle.

The original! Accept no substitutes (or do, since that’s the concept of the episode…)

The original! Accept no substitutes (or do, since that’s the concept of the episode…)

“Weasel” Wills using the Iron Man suit to rob a bank. Not one of Tony’s greatest masterminds…

“Weasel” Wills using the Iron Man suit to rob a bank. Not one of Tony’s greatest masterminds…

Rhodey in the War Machine suit. MCU fans will recognize this right away…

Rhodey in the War Machine suit. MCU fans will recognize this right away…

…this one, not so much. (The Eidolon Warwear version of War Machine)

…this one, not so much. (The Eidolon Warwear version of War Machine)

The Iron Legion. Collect ‘em all!

The Iron Legion. Collect ‘em all!

To quote Monty Python…”He got better!”

To quote Monty Python…”He got better!”

Yes, that is a squirrel using an Iron Man helmet and gauntlet as armor. No, this does not count as a full replacement. But, it is awesome.

Yes, that is a squirrel using an Iron Man helmet and gauntlet as armor. No, this does not count as a full replacement. But, it is awesome.

Episode 32: Dungeon Crawlers (aka RPG-Style Board Games)

What if you want to kill some monsters, but don’t want to get bogged down in all that pesky role-playing?  Well, these games, past and present, may just be what you’re looking for.  Kurt covers the highlights of the history of dungeon crawler board games this episode.

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The title is written in blood so you know it’s scary!

The title is written in blood so you know it’s scary!

For hours and hours and hours and hours of…fun?

For hours and hours and hours and hours of…fun?

Squats are an important part of any adventurer’s workout routine!

Squats are an important part of any adventurer’s workout routine!

By our powers combined, we make…Boardgame Planet!  (Captain Boardgame?)

By our powers combined, we make…Boardgame Planet! (Captain Boardgame?)

Descent: Journey into tile organization (trust me, don’t just put them back in the box).

Descent: Journey into tile organization (trust me, don’t just put them back in the box).

Just some of the components you get in the Gloomhaven base set.  It’s a whole lot of game!

Just some of the components you get in the Gloomhaven base set. It’s a whole lot of game!

Episode 31: Time Travel Rules (Back to the Future, Bill & Ted, and Avengers: Endgame)

A comparison of time travel rules in a few well-known movies that feature it extensively, from Back to the Future, up to Avengers: Endgame.  SPOILER WARNING: Details of Endgame will be from 11:24 to 15:43, if you want to avoid that still.

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I wonder how much Doc Brown had to pay for an “OUTATIME” license plate, since that’s 8 characters, one more than California license plates normally have.

I wonder how much Doc Brown had to pay for an “OUTATIME” license plate, since that’s 8 characters, one more than California license plates normally have.

According to many physicists, this is the most accurate version of time travel put to screen so far.

According to many physicists, this is the most accurate version of time travel put to screen so far.

If you’re going back in time, it’s important that your suits all match.

If you’re going back in time, it’s important that your suits all match.

Episode 30: The DC Animated Universe Overview

First, a note from a listener about the Star Trek Economy.  Then, from Batman: The Animated Series to Justice League Unlimited; a brief look at the history of one of the greatest TV and movie universes created.

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The one that started them all. “I am the knight! I am vengeance! I am…Batman!”

The one that started them all. “I am the knight! I am vengeance! I am…Batman!”

A stark contrast to Batman’s show. Look, there’s daytime!

A stark contrast to Batman’s show. Look, there’s daytime!

The new animation style for the New Batman Adventures. Oh no, Nightwing! Not the mullet!

The new animation style for the New Batman Adventures. Oh no, Nightwing! Not the mullet!

I have no mouth, yet I must growl.

I have no mouth, yet I must growl.

In the comics, that disk he is floating on started as a trash can lid. Fortunately, he quickly upgraded.

In the comics, that disk he is floating on started as a trash can lid. Fortunately, he quickly upgraded.

The only DCAU movie released in the theater. Insert Bat A into Slot B.

The only DCAU movie released in the theater. Insert Bat A into Slot B.

The Big 7. Well, the Big 5 plus 2 for most non-comic book fans.

The Big 7. Well, the Big 5 plus 2 for most non-comic book fans.

Some (but not all) of the heroes seen in Justice League Unlimited. Can you name them all?

Some (but not all) of the heroes seen in Justice League Unlimited. Can you name them all?

27 years later, still going! Keep it up, DCAU crew!

27 years later, still going! Keep it up, DCAU crew!

Episode 29: The Economics of Star Trek (Part 2)

Kurt continues his discussion with economy professor Matt Dobra again on the supposedly money-less economy of the Federation from the world of Star Trek.  Discussion includes the Universal Basic Income, interstellar trade, and the Rules of Acquisition.

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Dr. Dobra references this speech during the episode. It’s a nice goal if we can get there.

A more cynical set of rules for living.

Episode 28: The Economics of Star Trek (Part 1)

Kurt calls up economy professor Matt Dobra again, this time to discuss the economy of the Federation from the world of Star Trek.  They famously say they do not use money in the future, and we dive into whether or not that would work.  Learn about post-scarcity, the hedonic treadmill, and other economic terms through the lens of one of the most famous science fiction franchises of all time!

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Episode 27: Who is Robbie Baldwin (aka Speedball, the Masked Marvel)?

Celebrating one full year of Welcome to Geektown, Kurt answers a question about his favorite character, diving into Robbie Baldwin’s history, and why Kurt is the World’s Biggest Speedball Fan. Check out my Twitter for shout-outs to some of the great writers and artists that have made Speedball who he is today!

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Unfortunately, most people did miss this Fabulous First Issue.

Unfortunately, most people did miss this Fabulous First Issue.

Speedball and the original New Warriors. The graffiti consists of the members of the creative team.

Speedball and the original New Warriors. The graffiti consists of the members of the creative team.

My favorite artist (Darick Robertson) drawing my favorite character in action.

My favorite artist (Darick Robertson) drawing my favorite character in action.

Even after getting more control over his powers, Speedball still gets tossed around occasionally.

Even after getting more control over his powers, Speedball still gets tossed around occasionally.

Oh, Robbie, what did they do to you? (That’s Robbie as Speedball on the left, and Penance on the right)

Oh, Robbie, what did they do to you? (That’s Robbie as Speedball on the left, and Penance on the right)

The most recent attempt to revive the team, and the most true to the original vision, in my opinion.

The most recent attempt to revive the team, and the most true to the original vision, in my opinion.

If the TV show ends up happening, here’s the team roster.

If the TV show ends up happening, here’s the team roster.

Episode 26: Who is Billy Batson (aka Shazam! aka Captain Marvel)

With his movie coming out next month, we look at the comic history of Billy Batson, the original Captain Marvel, aka Shazam!

At least the car Superman threw in his first appearance was empty!

At least the car Superman threw in his first appearance was empty!

That’s Uncle Marvel playing the piano. And no, he doesn’t actually have powers. He just likes the suit.

That’s Uncle Marvel playing the piano. And no, he doesn’t actually have powers. He just likes the suit.

The Original! Take that Marvel Comics! What’s that? Lawyers? Oh, never mind…

The Original! Take that Marvel Comics! What’s that? Lawyers? Oh, never mind…

DC Legends. But not of Tomorrow. That’s a different team.

DC Legends. But not of Tomorrow. That’s a different team.

Probably the only time in this book that Captain Marvel  doesn’t  smile.

Probably the only time in this book that Captain Marvel doesn’t smile.

Finally telling his official DC Universe origin, just seven years after he appeared.

Finally telling his official DC Universe origin, just seven years after he appeared.

The New 52 Shazam Family. Disregarding theme park safety rules since 2011.

The New 52 Shazam Family. Disregarding theme park safety rules since 2011.

Slightly darker than his heroic counterpart.

Slightly darker than his heroic counterpart.

Probably the exact look on Zachary Levi’s face when he was told he gets to be a superhero.

Probably the exact look on Zachary Levi’s face when he was told he gets to be a superhero.

Episode 25: Batman Movie Order and Their Comic Influences

Batman has been portrayed on screen a number of times.  A listener wants to know where to start with those films, and how they’ve influenced and been influenced by the comics, so we go through them all chronologically, from the 1943 serial, all the way to what’s planned for the future.

Not crazy about the belt, but otherwise, not a bad costume, all things considered.

Not crazy about the belt, but otherwise, not a bad costume, all things considered.

Six years later, and the costumes seem to have gotten worse, not better…

Six years later, and the costumes seem to have gotten worse, not better…

Na(^16)

Na(^16)

Great looking costume. Now, if he could just turn his head while wearing it…

Great looking costume. Now, if he could just turn his head while wearing it…

At least Keaton got top billing this time.

At least Keaton got top billing this time.

The first appearance of the infamous Bat-nipples.

The first appearance of the infamous Bat-nipples.

True story: I had an anxiety attack watching this movie opening weekend, and had to leave halfway through. I have never bothered finishing it. From the bit I did see, I think I made the right choice.

True story: I had an anxiety attack watching this movie opening weekend, and had to leave halfway through. I have never bothered finishing it. From the bit I did see, I think I made the right choice.

Hey look! His head can turn in this costume!

Hey look! His head can turn in this costume!

You might want to check behind you Joker…

You might want to check behind you Joker…

The movie that launched 1000 Tom Hardy impersonations.

The movie that launched 1000 Tom Hardy impersonations.

Martha?

Martha?

The only movie starring Batman that doesn’t mention him (or his nickname) in the title.

The only movie starring Batman that doesn’t mention him (or his nickname) in the title.

Episode 24: Doctor Who Viewing Order and Star Trek vs Star Wars

Doctor Who?  That is the question, isn’t it.  Which Doctor should be your first, and in what order should you watch?  Also, why do so many fans insist on choosing between Star Wars and Star Trek?

Not what I meant when I said “Star Trek vs Star Wars,” but this would also be a fun question to answer.

Not what I meant when I said “Star Trek vs Star Wars,” but this would also be a fun question to answer.

The first two rows are your “Classic” Doctors, with the final row being the current “Modern” lineup.

The first two rows are your “Classic” Doctors, with the final row being the current “Modern” lineup.

Episode 23: Star Trek TV and Movie Viewing Order

With all of the different Star Trek shows that have aired, what’s the best order for a burgeoning Trekkie to watch them in?  Kurt gives his opinion on which option is best, and why.  But first, for the non-initiated, what are all those acronyms?

As promised in the show, the viewing order Kasia found and referenced in her question is here.

Let’s start at the very beginning…

Let’s start at the very beginning…

Has there been any other show that went from live-action to animated and kept its entire cast?

Has there been any other show that went from live-action to animated and kept its entire cast?

The first movie talks about the crew getting old. And then it keeps going…

The first movie talks about the crew getting old. And then it keeps going…

What happened to the B and C? Don’t worry, you’ll find out eventually.

What happened to the B and C? Don’t worry, you’ll find out eventually.

My personal favorite, but to each their own.

My personal favorite, but to each their own.

You’d think the ship name would be a warning of what was going to happen…

You’d think the ship name would be a warning of what was going to happen…

First Contact…and the rest.

First Contact…and the rest.

It’s been a long road…

It’s been a long road…

Episode 22: Gatekeeping - What Is It, Why Is It Bad, and How To Fight It

I’ve been mentioning “gatekeepers” in the opening of nearly every episode, but what is a gatekeeper?  This week, we define gatekeeping, explain how it harms, and try to figure out where it comes from and how to fight against it.

Whoops. Not that Gatekeeper!

Whoops. Not that Gatekeeper!

Often a textbook example of a gatekeeper on the show.

Often a textbook example of a gatekeeper on the show.

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