Cartoons and Animation

Disney XD’s “Boyster” is all about Identity


I’ve been researching and watching “Boyster” for a little over 2-3 months and I must admit it, next to “Angelo Rules,” it is my new favorite cartoon series.

The series follows a boy whose part oyster, a mutant who came from a toxic oil spill who became a boy and an oyster, known as “Boyster.” Boyster and his best friend, Rafik, and Boyster’s shell brother, Shelby, often team up to get into all kinds of adventures…and trouble.


While watching the series, one highlighted issue stands out for me within the series: “Identity.”

Boyster is in a constant struggle to be socially acceptable and adapt to regular social situations with other kids and regular humans learn to use his special powers (and keep it secret).

His special powers involves stretching, jumping high, electrical powers (specifically from his armpits) and the ability to move and manipulate water in mid-air or within an object. And, he can spit out pearls. Which, by the way, is all very cool!


Boyster’s one flaw is when he get’s enough of a workout, he smells fishy…very, very fishy. This has got Boyster into a fix several times especially with cats.

You can tell that Boyster KNOWS who he is. Yes, he knows his challenges. Sometimes they become a burden. But, he knows he wouldn’t trade his abilities and his gifts for anything. Rafik once told Boyster that he was “amazing.” But, Rafik didn’t have to say that. It was merely humbling for Boyster.

Being comfortable with who you are is tough. It is a daily practice and it is one that comes with the kind of mindset that Boyster has.

You understand that you’re different.

You understand that if people find out about you, you are probably going to be a subject for ridicule.

In fact, you might even smell a little. But, there’s medical strength stuff for that I’m sure.

And you conclude that at the end of the day…it’s okay!


Geek2Geek 2.0 Continues with a New Site! (And a Slightly New Name…)

Hello friends and readers!  If you’ve been following us recently, you know Geek2Geek is moving into a new season.  To better facilitate our purpose we’re transitioning to a new site,  Sadly, that means that the that you’ve come to know an love will not be updated.

Thank you to Kelain Creations for running the technical side of this transitional period.  Check out our fellow geek, Kyle, at his printing site.  If you ever have a chance, sit down with Kyle and myself for a crazy game of Lord of the Rings Risk.  His narrative is worth it.  Cheers, and thanks for continuing to follow us!


Joshua P. Smith

Editor-in-Chef, Geeks To Geeks

Comic Books, Movies, Trailers

Avengers: Age of Ultron Second Trailer Released – Our Analysis

Marvel has released the second trailer to May 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.  The trailers continue to paint a brooding, dark installment of the Avengers Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).  James Spader as Ultron bodes to be a formidable villain, even threatening: “I’m going to tear you apart from the inside.”

If he’s referring to the Avengers, as thought by ScreenRant, then Ultron seems to be doing an excellent job it.

*Possible SPOILERS and speculation AHEAD*

We know from the comics that new villain and eventual Avenger, Scarlet Witch, has mind-altering powers, not to mention flashy telekinesis and hex bolts.  So if Ultron somehow gains control of her abilities to use on himself, as evidenced by the multiple red lightning or flames shooting out of his arm in the trailer, then that makes him that much more formidable.  No wonder we see Hulk in a rage and fighting against Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr) and in another trailer, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) appearing severely grieved.  Banner’s not the only one taking frustration out on Stark, as Thor lifts him up in the air by his throat.  This is only speculation of course, but this next installment looks like it could turn deadly.

A lingering question on my mind is:  Who is the woman shedding her cloak at the cavernous pool?  Is that the same pool we see Thor pop out of in another trailer?  And since it looks an awful lot like the setting we’ve seen Thanos in, who has a romantic fascination and desire to “court” with the incarnation of Death, one has to wonder if we’ll be seeing Lady Death herself (see trailer above at :33)…

Finally, we may have had one more question answered by this trailer.  Many people have wondered and speculated about the gurney and operational tools seen in the trailer, specifically that they would be used in giving birth.  It appears, in this trailer, that a young woman resembling the Black Widow is aggressively forced down on the gurney by someone else.  Either way, whatever is happening doesn’t look hopeful.  If this was a dream sequence or a memory of Natasha’s, whether brought on by Scarlet Witch or not, it vibes with the entire premise of the Age of Ultron:  creation and birth.  As it is, Tony Stark is the one who initially created Ultron and likely from alien parts left behind from the first Avengers outing.

Other highlights of the trailer include more clips of the epic brawl between Hulk and the Hulkbuster Iron Man suit, plus Captain America taking on a variation of Ultron himself.

Avengers: Age of Ultron releases May 1, 2015.

Christianity, General Information

Geek2Geek 2.0 Begins

Happy New Year, dear friends and readers! (Yeah, so, the New Year’s been going on for quite some time. Still, you have nearly 12 months left in this year, so the sentiment works.)

Here at Geek2Geek, we’re gearing up for a totally new year and a new Geek2Geek.  We’re not just your typical entertainment news agency. You have a vast array of choices there, many of which you’ll see we link or cite often.  We’re going to continue to provide you with excellent geeky and entertainment-based content coupled with thoughtful and sometimes spiritual analysis.

When Casey started Geek2Geek, it was meant to launch as a community and relationships building tool.  An asset to launch cooperative partnerships across the geek spectrum, it also had–and has–a deeper meaning.  We’re geeks in relationship with Jesus.  That doesn’t always mean it’s a spiffy, clean, wart-less relationship.  I don’t believe in those.  No, in actuality our secondary resource is our most cherished–and that’s our faith.

The editors here at Geek2Geek—Kendall, Elijah, and myself—are transitioning from the beginnings of a heartfelt love for geeks, geek stuff, and Jesus into action. Our five year plan encompasses so much; including a new website, the continuing blog, expanding our writing staff, and beginning to attend local conferences this year. There’s so much more we’re still in development on. We miss Casey who started Geek2Geek and hope he’ll return to us soon, but in the meantime, there’s work to do.

As 2015 moves forward, Geek2Geek 2.0 will, too. Broad and beautiful horizons are before us. It’s time to meet those.

Welcome to Geek2Geek 2.0 and happy New Year!


Joshua P. Smith



The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review

One year ago, many of us sat in theaters across the world and gasped.  The second installment of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, ended with Martin Freeman’s Bilbo looking on with terror as Smaug the dragon flew towards helpless Laketown.

“What have we done?” Bilbo asked.

A whole year we’ve waited, anxious, knowing the doom and destruction that would come down on some of the characters in Laketown.  For those of us who’ve read the book, The Hobbit, we knew the ultimate showdown was at hand.

Today, we know the answer to Bilbo’s haunting question.  Today, we bid farewell to one of the greatest stories ever told.


TheHobbitTBOT5A_Teaser_PosterIt should come as no shock that Smaug refused to go down without a fight, and he left devastation and destruction in his wake.  The survivors of Laketown head ashore, and it’s not long before people take notice of Bard “the Bowman” and elevate him to a leadership role.  In the cold, burning north, there’s nowhere else to go…except the ruins of Dale and the mountain of Erebor.  As the Dwarves are united, the Woodland Elves are split apart.  Low simmering conflict between Tauriel and the ideals of King Thranduil and the affections of fan-favorite Legolas come to a boil.  Three factions:  Men, Elves, and Dwarves all begin claiming the treasures of Erebor–and they’re willing to fight each other to get it.

The Battle of the Five Armies pulses with tension as these factions argue amongst themselves, unknowing that Sauron, servant of Morgoth, has returned and unleashed an army of Orcs, Goblins, wargs, bats, trolls, and giant *****.  That last surprise was too joyful a spoiler to share.  Sauron’s goal is to take Erebor and Dale, a strategic hold that would unite his territory with that of the fallen kingdom and ancient enemy of Angmar and Mordor, allowing him to strike at the hearts and cities of the free peoples of Middle Earth with ease.

If things couldn’t get more complicated, Smaug infected the gold under Erebor with a dragon sickness, a taint, a greed not unlike the corruption the One Ring can yield.  As Balin of Moria sorrow fame (The Fellowship of the Ring) says, “He’s seen this before.”  Now the sickness affects our hero, Thorin, who sees the need of the survivors of Laketown and refuses to honor his word.  The survivors have no choice but side with Thranduil, the greedy and cruel Woodland Elven King.  Oh, but that’s not all.  Thorin has a secret:  the Dwarves of the Iron Hills are sending an army led by his cousin, the brilliant Billy Connolley as Dain II Ironfoot.  Can the people find a way to unite under the sudden arrival of Sauron’s army, led by Azog and later Bolg?

It’s no secret that the Laketown survivors really get the short end of the stick here.  They’re trapped in-between many armies and just trying to survive.  The on-going narrative elevates the story and reminds us what’s really valuable:  family, love, and home.  Likewise, though Smaug versus Bard occurs very early in the film, his actions have long-lasting effects on all.  Thorin must do battle with himself.  Though the cinematography throughout the film is brilliant and beautiful–and at times chilling and heart-wrenching–Thorin’s inner struggle is highlighted with psychedelic dragon and gold imagery that could only be found in Middle Earth.

Despite the additions of Legolas and Tauriel, who were not in the book, their subplots and relationships are so well woven, they are welcome additions and help move the story along significantly.  The acting on all parts was superb, but characters we’ve come to know–like the other Dwarves of the company or Skinchanger Beorn–took more of a backseat to Bard, his family, and the Elven trio.  Also, as is usual in theatrical releases of Middle Earth features, there are apparent gaps in the narrative that undoubtedly will be filled by the extended version. (May it be released soon.)  These gaps aren’t frequent, but they’re noticeable, only fueling this author’s desire for the additional footage.

The film was toted as “the defining chapter” in the Middle Earth saga and it lived up to that claim.  By the end of the film, lingering questions about characters as they are in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy versus The Hobbit movies are finally answered.  What’s most satisfying as a Tolkien fan is seeing Galadriel and the White Council’s rescue operation.

The-Hobbit-the-battle-of-five-armies-poster-the-hobbit-37565136-1024-1453The stakes were certainly raised to a supremely high level, with the threat of Smaug, Sauron, and the severity of the villainous army’s arrival.  Unlike some fan’s impressions of the Elves at Helm’s Deep in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Thranduil’s Wood Elves can fight, and so they do.  Both they and Dain’s Dwarves are well coordinated, highly oiled battle machines, but not so much the survivors of Laketown.  That helps the experience and added tension as they scramble to defend themselves and the personalities and courage of some are revealed, whereas the cowardice of others are exposed.  The entire lengthy battle sequence is well worth the wait and the entire movie helps justify the lengthy expansion from two films to three.

Did I mention there’s some heart-wrenching moments?

The whole of The Hobbit Trilogy as well as Middle Earth Saga itself is neatly rounded out, a fitting farewell from Peter Jackson and his team who painstakingly brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s world to life on the big screen.  Their endeavors of love will live on in us fans and geeks who have so truly appreciated this world.

As my wife and I sat in the theaters, with the credits and tears rolling, we couldn’t help but acknowledge that we were saying goodbye to Middle Earth on the big screen.  Yes, its extended versions and books will forever live on in our househould, as will the board and card games, online MMO, and in Legos and toys.  (I will admit it freely.  I’m a kid at heart.)  However, for six years out of nearly fifteen.  It’s been a part of our lives.  It spawned a fascination of the fantasy genre and captivated an audience to believe in magic and halflings and Elves and Men and Orcses… dark lords and shield maidens and so much more.  Middle Earth is a legacy Tolkien, Jackson, and others have left.  In a way, after seeing X-Men: Days of Future Past just a week ago on DVD and then The Hobbit, I realized this was a goodbye to Ian McKellan, who has graced the screen as both hero and villain, and so many other actors who have brought beloved characters to life.  It’s been a journey, one that will live on in our hearts and imaginations, and those of future generations, and it’s something to be proud of.

Now may it rest, this One Last Time, for a good long while before anyone does a reboot.  Let it simmer.

“What have we done?” Jackson and his team of movie makers and actors and actresses may ask.  They made a masterpiece.  Thank you.

For those of you still on the fence, or perhaps needing that last bit of nostalgia, here are a few videos…just for you.  Happy holidays, fellow geeks and readers.

Middle Earth Legacy Trailer:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Billy Boyd (Pippin from The Lord of the Rings) performs The Last Goodbye:


For Those of You Who Can’t Get Enough Smaug: Stephen Colbert Interview with the Dragon from “The Hobbit”

Given that today begins our #OneLastTime journey into Middle Earth, it’s only right we share another video.  You may have seen it already.  Stephen Colbert interviews the infamous fire dragon himself, the self proclaimed “King Under the Mountain” and “Death”.  Check out the humorous video below.  For those of you who haven’t read The Hobbit nor seen The Battle of the Five Armies yet, there MAY BE SPOILERS.

Here at Geek2Geek, we love Smaug too much not to give him his deadly due (and this is not the dating site).  Check out the interview and journey to Middle Earth at your local theaters, #OneLastTime!


At the End of Middle Earth: We’re Reminded to “Shake it” with the Library Bard’s Parody

The end of 2014 isn’t the only thing quickly approaching.  Later today, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies releases in theaters, bringing an end to trips to Middle Earth on the big screen…for now.  For those of us anxious to still see the film, there may be a sense of trepidation, a hesitation to say goodbye to a sage and land we love.

In the midst of that loss comes a reminder…we’re never too far gone to shake it.  Musical group, Library Bards, featuring “The Bard of Everealm” from ABC’s The Quest, presents Gandalf!, geek parody of Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off.

Check out more Library Bards’ music here!

Enjoy!  And shake it all the way to Erebor, Mordor, or the movie theater #OneLastTime.

Check back with us for our review of the final chapter in Middle Earth.