Can James Cameron's Avatar possibly transcend the hype? Does The Saboteur out-GTA GTA IV? Is The Prisoner remake worth watching? The BBC delivers Toy Stories in time for the Holidays.
The Totally Rad Show is Revision3's explosion of movie, video game, TV, and comics news and reviews. TRS was born in the depths of geek culture, at an epic game of Dungeons and Dragons in 2006. Alex Albrecht, host of Revision3's Diggnation, and Dan Trachtenberg, former host of Revision3's Geekdrome, met Jeff Cannata, former video game columnist, at the D&D table, and became fast friends. Intense debates over Star Wars characters, late night frag-fests in Gears of War, Heroes- and Lost-watching parties, and the sharing of dog-eared copies of Preacher graphic novels followed, leading the guys to one clear realization: This is the stuff we love. This stuff is totally rad. Individually, Alex, Dan, and Jeff had always wanted to find a show that approached geek culture with as much fervor as they did, that wasn't embarrassed to roll dice or dress like Jedi, that realized that nerd is the new cool. Together, they decided to make it. But one component was still missing. Luckily, they turned to uber-video god and bona-fide geek in his own right, Steve Koncelik, to help create a look and feel that was as rad as the subject matter. Several months, and hundreds of exploding fist-pumps later, the Totally Rad Show debuted on Revision3. Four dudes in a garage. One green screen. A cubic ass-ton of enthusiasm. The Totally Rad Show is all about the feeling of sharing a great new movie, or video game, or tv show, or comic with your buddies. It is about the excitement in finding a piece of entertainment you love, or the pain in realizing something isn't as rad as you had hoped. It is about finding friends who share your interests and get just as excited as you do. If it is out there and it is Rad, it is on the Totally Rad Show.
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It has been 12 years since James Cameron released a major motion picture, and Alex, Dan, and Jeff explain why the release of his newest is no less than an historic occasion. Indeed, the entire movie segment is devoted to Avatar this week, with an extended review by all three guys, and context as to why both the technology and content of the film make it a titanic geek event.
But have no fear! The guys keep this one spoiler-free!
Pandemic Studio was sadly closed this year, and its last project has just been released. The Saboteur is an open-world adventure set in Nazi-occupied France, with all the trappings of a AAA title. The guys discuss whether it is a fitting swan-song for the studio.
The cult TV series, The Prisoner, has been remade as an American miniseries by AMC, starring Ian McKellan and Jim Caveziel. Alex, Dan, and Jeff check out the new Prisoner to see if it's worth apprehending.
As the holidays approach, the guys have been looking back fondly on toys from their childhood. Last week's Raised on Rad segment prompted one viewer to recommend the new BBC show, James May's Toy Stories, and what do you know, it is featured in this week's TV segment.
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