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The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 202: With Apologies, Wynonna Earpers!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 202: With Apologies, Wynonna Earpers!

This HOBI podcast episode is chock full of amazing geek news as the guys are debating Lord of the Rings on Amazon,Apple entering the original content market and even try to figure out the joy of Wynonna Earp! A brand new segment is introduced, Boardroom, and killed in one episode as the gang tries to figure out what to do with the new Star Wars trilogy and Jeff’s brother Jim admits to being the producer of Daddy’s Home 2.  Blake and Jason are ticked off at the amount that Star Wars: Battlefront 2 will actually cost and the gang wraps up the show with their Top 5 Favorite Action Films, courtesy of Dev! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo.  Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 201: The 100: Battle of Thermos!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 201: The 100: Battle of Thermos!

The HOBI Gang is in the studio and getting back into their normal routine by debating Brian Michael Bendis leaving Marvel for DC, Kevin James starring in House of Cards and a review of Blade Runner 2049!  Blake is worried about the Lord of the Rings coming to television, Jason still despises Kevin Spacey, and Jeff receives a special package from his admirer, Nick Albright! Jason debates his feelings for Thor: Ragnarok, debate the Battle of Thermos and talk their Top 5 Television Shows That Everyone Should Be Watching!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo.  Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 200–Gopher Farmer and Bacon-Meister!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 200–Gopher Farmer and Bacon-Meister!

It’s Episode 200 and the HOBI Gang is back in the studio and celebrating! The guys are giddy after not seeing each other for a few weeks and are catching up with the Walking Dead, Stranger Things 2, and the Orville!  The guys bring back a few old segments to honor their 200th episode, make a tribute to Number 1 Fan Doug, and find out if Blake is a robot or not!  Blake tries to explain the time paradox in the Terminator franchise, Jason is rusty at impressions and Jeff sets the rules for Pittsburgh fans.  New Zealand’s own Nikki picks the guys Top 5 lists this week as Jeff is impressed with the Mountain, Jason loves a singer and a dancer and Blake loves some soccer!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo.  Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 199–Jeff Glacier!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 199–Jeff Glacier!

It’s HOBI’s last episode recorded at the 2017 Cincinnati Comic Expo! The guys welcome Jeff’s brother, Jim, back on the stage and talk old school WCW wrestling including the amazing Glacier! The gang wonders if the Rolling Stone magazine is pointless and are still impressed with the cosplay at the Expo. Much to Number One Fan Doug’s happiness, the gang discuss Rotten Tomatoes ranking of all Disney Animated films, while Jason still can’t understand the appeal of Beauty and the Beast. The guys get dark by redrafting the Walking Dead’s roundtable for Negan and list their Top 5 Wrestlers that Never Won a World Championship! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo! Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 198–What’s in the Box??

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 198–What’s in the Box??

The full HOBI gang is here this week to talk all things geeky including the recasting Riverdale with the cast of Kevin James shows, hanging out with podcast buddies in Cincinnati and still trying to figure out the best doughnut in the land!  The guys are even joined by Dev from the Shot of History podcast to talk Game of Thrones, Dungeons and Dragons and the joy people get from being an elf or even a dungeon master. Jeff’s brother takes one for the team and buys a mystery box and the guys find a lot of trinkets, um treasure, in the box gold box! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo.  Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 197–So I Bought a Llama!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 197–So I Bought a Llama!

This is it, the llama story episode!  So you think HOBI can’t reach a new low? Well be prepared as Scab Jeff raises, or lowers, the bar on empathy.  The guys debate the greatest combination of the Four Horsemen, sorry Paul Roma, and are curious how Star Trek might possibly sue the Orville.  The gang tries to figure out the purpose of the new film The Foreigner, if apple fritters are considered breakfast food and guest Jim teases the big box reveal! This episode is filled with guests from 365 Flicks Podcast, Jeff’s brother Jim, Number One Fan Doug, and Scab Jeff!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo.  Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 195–Cream Filled! (Recorded at Cincinnati Comic Expo)

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 195–Cream Filled! (Recorded at Cincinnati Comic Expo)

For the first time ever, The HOBI Gang is recording at the Cincinnati Comic Expo! The guys are talking Kingsman, initial thoughts on cos-playing on the first day of the Expo, and even the arrival of the chaps from 365 Flicks Podcast arriving in the States.  The gang is joined by several new guests and even giveaway prizes to Expo fans by playing geek trivia on the air! Jeff wonders what is the best type of donut, if Blake is really a robot and Jason doesn’t understand why no one knows who wrestled at Wrestlemania 2! Join us for a big day for HOBI!  Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 194–Close All the Vents!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 194–Close All the Vents!

The HOBI Gang is excited this week and gearing up for their Expo appearance by inviting Number One Fan Doug into the studio! Blake teaches everyone the value of closing air vents, Doug is rooting for James Cameron and Jason fears text messages!  The guys are still undecided on the Orville but can all agree that Jor-El should never be resurrected in comic books.  Jason is still optimistic about Star Trek Discovery while Jeff is hopeful about the LEGO Ninjago Movie and Blake despises Jason’s pick of Top Five Favorite Music Videos!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!  Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 193–Leave the Socks on the Floor!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 193–Leave the Socks on the Floor!

The HOBI Gang is preparing for the Expo in two weeks but they still have time to debate the premiere of the Orville, send some love to Kristen Bell and discuss the newest Madden video game! The guys are impressed with the success of It, the lack of success with the Dark Universe and the lack of good films for next week.  Blake is curious about the reboot of the Greatest American Hero while Jason and Jeff are happy about guesting on the 365 Flicks Podcast!  The gang talk their Top Five Favorite Films About Vacation and agree on the Bad Idea of the Week! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!  Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 192–A Tale of Two Fists!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 192–A Tale of Two Fists!

The HOBI Gang is without a guest this week but still provide the fun by mocking Jason watching Boss Baby and Blake having all his Preacher episodes erased!  The guys also talk Mutt not returning to the Indiana Jones series, the appeal of Dune and which Star Wars character is the worst.  The gang talk if any excitement exists for the all female Lord of the Flies movie, the upcoming season of True Detective and why the Summer box office fell apart!  The guys debate the Top 5 Evil Organizations in Film and all agree on the ranking of their Bad Idea of the Week!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo.  Don’t forget to subscribe to us!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 191–Iron Fist Ruins Everything!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 191–Iron Fist Ruins Everything!

The HOBI Gang, well two of them, are pumped to review the season finale of Game of Thrones while Jason feigns interest in dragons. Scab Jeff stops by to talk Riverdale, Jeff answers a much better question from his favorite fan and Blake thanks everyone for supporting the Bowling for the Brave Charity event!  The guys talk the disastrous box office, the revival of the Muppets, and try to figure out the viewing habits of Netflix users!  The gang list their Top 5 Favorite Television Shows and Movies That Take Place in School while Scab Jeff is the focus of the Bad Idea of the Week!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo.  Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 190–Bulb Worthy!

The HOBI Gang is in the studio to talk the latest Game of Thrones episode and give some thoughts on the beginning of the Defenders series on Netflix!  The guys draft a new cast of Bull Durham, mock Sony’s movie division more, and are interested in a monthly movie theater pass.  Blake just wants one Obi-Wan movie, Jason hates the rumored Joker origin film and Jeff loves some Channing Tatum! The gang close out the episode with a Top 5 Favorite Seasonal Beers, in honor of last week’s guest Jeanie from the Salty Language Podcast!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo.  Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 189–Rub Some Honey On It!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 189–Rub Some Honey On It!

The HOBI Gang officially get the woman’s perspective by inviting Jeanie from Salty Language Podcast fame onto the show! The guys and Jeanie talk Point Break, the gluttony of craft beers in Michigan and the success of Riverdale at the Teen Choice Awards! Jeff and Blake continue their love for all things Game of Thrones while Jason and Jeanie try to sort out what Bruce Springsteen is doing on Broadway.  Jason is excited that the Nut Job 2 failed at the box office, Jeanie mocks Ohio and Jeff and Jason debate the Top 5 Television Shows Ruined by an Annoying Character while Jeanie doesn’t!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!  Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 188–Dungeons and Drag Queens!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 188–Dungeons and Drag Queens!

The HOBI Gang is flushed with guests as we welcome Number 1 Fan Ape Hands Doug in the studio to talk Disney and the failure of the Dark Universe!  The gang reveals the winner of the months long HOBI Favorite Video Game Console Poll along with talking the latest on Game of Thrones!  Jason is still excited about Riverdale despite the hatred from the rest of the panel, Blake reviews the Dark Tower film and Jeff explains the disdain for Miami Vice.  Andrew from the Cincinnati Comic Expo stops by at the end to talk the Expo and help with the Box Office Report!  The gang try to bring back Chris Pratt News but are too depressed and debate their Top 5 Marvel Cinematic Villains!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!  Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 187–No Space Violence!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 187–No Space Violence!

The HOBI Gang has to delay the women’s perspective but the guys still are having fun talking marrying Ryan Gosling but not the same fate with Steve Guttenberg!  The gang talk the proper hygiene of beards, the correct amount to tip, and the possibility of OJ Simpson joining the HOBI crew! Jeff talks Game of Thrones, Blake goes nuts on the Terminator reboot, and Jason is finally caught up on Preacher.  The gang still can’t believe how much money Valerian will lose, introduce the Bizarro Plotlines segment and list their Top 5 Favorite Female Led Action Films! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!  Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast!

The  History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 186–Louvre Job!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 186–Louvre Job!

The HOBI Gang is all back together this week and ready to talk all the latest from San Diego Comic Con!  Jeff is the only ray of hope regarding Marvel’s Inhumans, Jason is finally excited about Justice League and Blake tries to explain the science of French tastes!  Jason and Jeff talk about their latest vacation, Jason has perfected a new impression and Blake doesn’t know how much to tip the whole service industry.  The gang discuss the success of Dunkirk, the failure of Valerian and list their Top 5 Favorite Things About Summer!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!  Don’t forget to subscribe to our show!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 184–Limp Bacon!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 184–Limp Bacon!

The HOBI Gang is back and stronger than ever after the Fourth of July week! The guys deliver a non-spoiler Spider-Man: Homecoming review, select the second basemen in the HOBI MLB All-Time Competition, and the final first round winners of the favorite Video Game Console War is announced!  Jeff is too preoccupied with the All-Star Game to listen to Blake and Jason talk Preacher but is intrigued by longer episodes of Game of Thrones but not She-Venom in the Venom film!  The guys talk opening night for War for the Planet of the Apes and become old men for their Top 5 Things They Just Don’t Understand People’s Fascinations With! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

Spider-Man: Homecoming Non-Spoiler Review!

Spider-Man: Homecoming Non-Spoiler Review!

Written by Jason Brigger

Director: Jon Watts

Writers: Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley

Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., and Marisa Tomei

After a Spider-Man trilogy that hasn’t aged well in light of the newer superhero films, and after a failed reboot by Sony that included two lackluster films (to put it gently), Sony has teamed up with Marvel to make the Spider-Man film that fans have been wanting for decades.

This time, Tom Holland takes up the web as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, a teenager trying to juggle his life as a teenager and as the newest New York superhero.  Parker wants nothing more than to be the next member of the Avengers and under the watchful eye of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), he’s well on his way to the being the best friendly neighborhood Spider-Man until Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) sets New York in his sight.

After losing his salvage company’s contract cleaning up disaster areas to Stark’s new company, Damage Control, Toomes decides to use alien technology as weapons to sell to the criminal element of New York City.  Spider-Man, after waiting patiently to be Stark’s new protégé, decides to take matters into his own hands and stop Toomes/Vulture on his own, much to Stark’s protest.

The Good:

No Uncle Ben backstory.  After five previous films, the general audience understands why Parker does what he does and finally the writers realize not to waste time rehashing a story that has been told too many times. Thank you, Mr. Goldstein and Mr. Daley.

-Super-villain cameos.  I won’t spoil the surprises but Spider-Man actually fights numerous villains from the comic books and not just nameless thugs.  Fans of the comics will enjoy seeing some lesser known villains get the film treatment and while they may not be more than just filler for Spider-Man to wrestle with, the audience gets to see some fresh faces.

-New York City.  Jon Watts directs a film that, much like the comic books, makes New York City a living, breathing character as much as Spider-Man.  Watts makes New York City feel alive with real people and not just stock caricatures that the previous films accomplished.  When Spider-Man swings past buildings, it feels like he knows every nook in the city and actually loves and wants to protect New York.

-Tom Holland. Tobey Maguire helped make the cinematic Spider-Man famous but lacked in authenticity when it came to Parker.  Andrew Garfield nailed the persona of Parker but couldn’t figure out the authenticity of Spider-Man. Holland brings the complete package to the role and future actors in this role will be compared to Holland.

Holland pins down the insecure teenage angst of Parker but brings the still-learning but humorous Spider-Man persona to the superhero.  Holland has great repertoire as the nephew of Aunt May (Marissa Tomei) and he is confident in his scenes with the veteran Downey. Holland may not have been a household name before this film but after Homecoming, everyone will realize he is Spider-Man.

The Bad:

Nothing.

The Middling:

-Aunt May.  It’s not that Tomei does not fit the typical Aunt May-type.  It’s that the film doesn’t give anything for Aunt May to do and despite Tomei doing an admirable job, there just isn’t a chance to spread her wings with this character.  The one redeeming part for Tomei is that she gets the funniest line in the whole film.

-The Vulture.  Keaton does a fun and at times, great job as Toomes/Vulture but this is more about the writers “telling and not showing” why he does what he does.  Toomes states a few times that he sells weapons to criminals to support his and his co-workers’ family, and while admirable in a deranged way, that is about as far as his motivation gets in the film.  This motivation is not helped by a small, surprising twist later in the film that feels more forced and included just for shock value rather than for an actual poignant plot twist. We don’t meet Toomes’ family till the final act and by that point, too much time has passed for the audience to care about his motivations.

Final Grade: B (Good but the future of this franchise looks great)

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the Spider-Man film that Sony should have made years ago.  Despite taking too long to reach an agreement with Marvel, Sony eventually did the right thing and Spider-Man is where he belongs, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  This film is fun from the start and despite a few small hiccups, everyone from kids to adults will enjoy the reboot that actually gets it right.

You can catch Jason Brigger on the geek-centric podcast, The History of Bad Ideas, as new episodes are released every Wednesday at www.webegeekspc.com or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps.  You can listen to their latest episode right here:

http://webegeekspc.com/history-bad-ideas-podcast-ep-183-breath-silence/