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Week in Geek | Mandalorian Season 3 and More Must-See Trailers from D23

Week in Geek is The Companion‘s weekly digest of all the latest trailers, announcements, controversies, spicy memes, and more. Not everyone has the time or inclination to sit on social media all day staying on top of this… but we do and we need to justify the time we’ve wasted.

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What We’re Looking At

David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future has finally hit cinemas so mark the occasion by marveling at this Videodrome (1983) art poster by Mexican graphic designer Agustin R. Michel.

What We’re Talking About

Fresh trailers from Disney’s D23 Studio Showcase include The Mandalorian Season 3new animated anthology Tales of the Jedi, and Nick Fury’s comeback in Secret Invasion.

Some clever CV-digging from Digital Spy has seen director Tom Kingsley (Ghosts, Stath Lets Flats) added to the team of the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary specials.

Mysterious new Star Wars series, The Acolyte, is reported to be eying up Squid Game‘s Lee Jung-Jae and Queen & Slim‘s Jodie Turner-Smith.

Amazon Prime Video has decided not to go ahead with the second season of their Stranger Things challenger Paper Girls. Legendary Television is hoping to sell the show to another network.

Messy legal story of the week: D&D powerhouse Wizards of the Coast are seeking an injunction to prevent the publication of “racist and transphobic” Star Frontiers: New Genesis, described by its publisher (confusingly called TSR, although they have no connection to the original) as ‘reboot’ of a Wizards of the Coast IP.

In lighter news, police called to reports of a racist flag in New Zealand find… Klingons.

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What We’re Watching

The hype for the new Quantum Leap is very real with the first full trailer ahead of its release on NBC and Peacock.

What We’re Buying*

*These aren’t sponsored, we don’t get a cut, and nobody sends us freebies. It’s just some cool stuff we’re lusting over hard.

Mark the 35th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation by firing foam darts at your kids/pets with the Nerf Type 3 and Type 2 Phaser set. 

Pre-orders are open now at Hasbro Pulse, priced at $119.99 and £114.99.

Author Charles Soloman takes us deep inside the work of an anime icon with The Man Who Leapt Through Film: The Art of Mamoru Hosoda.

Order yours for $40 (approx £34).

CGI Fridays | Adam Howard on Playing Palpatine and the Secret CG of Birdman

In part two of his interview, digital painter and animator Adam Howard tells Ed Kramer about Star Wars and Birdman in CGI Fridays Episode 7.


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