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Supergirl Pilot Leaks & We totally Haven’t Watched It… Honest!

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The pilot for the upcoming CBS show, inspired by DC comic book hero Supergirl, has been leaked online.

Yep, only a week after CBS released its “First Look” trailer for the show and now the first episode, in its entirety, is doing the rounds on the internet.  Good news for those who were impressed by the first trailer and wanted to see more, not so good news for the studio.

Well, actually it might be good news for them too, given the reception.

Reactions from those who’ve actually downloaded the pilot (those scoundrels!) have been surprisingly positive. Especially considering there was a lot of criticism of the trailer for its unfortunate similarity to the SNL Black Widow parody.  The consensus seems to be that the show is definitely worth a watch.

Of course we here at Geek Retreat would NEVER have watched a leaked pilot. No, that would be wrong and we’re very well behaved.

But if we had seen it…

We’d say that is was actually a pretty fun watch. Obviously the pilot has normal pilot issues, expositions and sometimes clumsy introductions. On the whole, it’s quite charming, if a little silly. But of course we haven’t seen it so you should completely ignore that.

 

The official Supergirl synopsis:

“SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret.

Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director.

However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime.

What’s Happening This Weekend At Geek Retreat?

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The Weekend it almost upon us folks but don’t make any plans yet!

Because this weekend we have a packed schedule at Geek Retreat, both Glasgow and Newcastle have loads on.

We’ve got so many events happening this weekend, in both stores, it’s hard to keep track! So we’ve put together this handy guide, to help you navigate your way through!

Let’s see what’s happening, shall we?

Glasgow:

Saturday is the event packed day at Geek retreat HQ! Check out what’s going on.

Weiss Schwartz Tournament

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Starting at 10am.

Don’t have a deck? No problem. We’ll even throw in a 10% discount on structure decks which you can buy and play straight out the box! It’s a great way to meet fellow Weiss players. Staff and players will also be on hand to those popping along who simply want to find out a bit more about Weiss Schwarz.

For each entrant two booster packs will be placed into the prize pool. No one will leave with less than one, and winners get to pick which set their prize packs come from, from those in stock.

We will also have a limited number of free demo decks available for those wishing to learn how to play the game! The intro session will be completely free and you get to keep the Milky Holmes demonstration decks!
The rules for deck construction:

50 cards
8 climax cards
Neo-standard format (that means no mixing animes, everything from the one series pls) English-only

At the exact same time as the above, we’ve got another event going on…

Pokemon VG Premier Challenge #3

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Geek Retreat HQ is delighted to play host to the Glasgow Pokémon League VG Premier Challenge #3

Pre-Registration at [email protected] with “Premier Challenge” in the subject line.
Please provide your Name, Pokémon Player ID & DoB when pre-registering.

Doubles, Flat Battle.
Team Lists are required.
For full list of rules, see pinned post below.

Masters will be Best of 1 Swiss with Best of 3 Top Cut.
Juniors and Seniors may have Best of 3 Swiss, depending on attendance.

And at 3pm we have…

Absolute Discord Deck Release Event!

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For your entry fee you get one of two structure decks & 2 booster packs to sideboard in!
We’ve also got 2 boosters in the prize pool for every player. Everyone will leave with something!
If you’ve already bought your deck before the event starts, entry is only £5.

And that’s our weekend in Glasgow! Can’t wait to see you there!

Now we head south towards our friends at GR Newcastle to find out what they have in store this weekend!

Newcastle:

On Saturday we’ve got a smashing time for any Poke-fans out there!

Pokémon Tournament

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Roaring Skies released earlier this month and we’re all wondering how many of you have completely rebuilt your decks!?

All of you? Well here’s the chance to try them out competitively at our monthly Pokemon Tournament!

For your entry you will receive one booster pack for sign up, one for the prize pool and some of you lucky winners will receive promo cards! Starting at 12 noon.

And we’ll hop quickly forward to Sunday where we have even more exciting fun in store!

Modern Masters 2 Draft

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Starting at 12 noon.

With the release of Modern Masters on May 22nd we know you’ve all been excitedly waiting for a draft tournament!

You will each receive THREE Modern Masters Boosters with which you will build a 40 card deck (including mana). This is a once in a blue moon event and gives you a chance to pull sought after reprinted cards.

Places will be limited to book yours in-store or calling us on 0191 447 0160.

And for our second event…

Hearthstone Fireside Tournament

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Starting at 3pm.

With the release of Blackrock Mountain, and the hilarity of our last random deck tournament, we thought we’d hold something a little more sensible this month!

We will be running a standard Hearthstone Tournament, one constructed deck and one sideboard containing 10 cards only.

Prize support will be announced at the event but for further details see the Facebook group, Hearthstone at Geek Retreat, or call us on 0191 447 0160.

And that’s the weekend at Geek Retreat Newcastle!

Now you’ve seen what both our stores are up to this weekend, we hope you’ll pop by and say hello!

Chris Pratt Is Adorable Behind The Scenes Of Jurassic World!

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Anyone who’s seen Chris Pratt on screen knows how adorable he is, especially in his two most famous roles, Starlord and, of course, Andy from Parks and Rec.

We also know that he’s just as lovable between takes. Even if you managed to miss out on seeing the many blooper reels from his time on Parks and Recreation, you can’t possibly have avoided the epic “Dance-Off” blooper from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Well if that wasn’t enough to convince you of the actor’s innate charm and likability, then we have all the proof you need.

Released by Universal, these Jurassic World featurettes give Pratt an opportunity to share his silly sense of humour with the world.

Each video takes on a different topic. The first one released is “Stunts 101” in which Pratt talks us though his process when approaching dangerous movie stunts. It mainly involves a lot of stretching, although I’ve never seen those types of stretches in any fitness videos.

The second is simply called “Motorcycles” and shows us some of the technical aspects involved in shooting around the vehicle. However it mostly seems to be about what sort of nonsense Pratt can come up with to say as he sits on one.

Not only do the videos succeed in making us laugh, they also make us even more excited about the upcoming release of Jurassic World.

Jurassic World is scheduled to be released on the 11th of June this year.

Heroes Reborn Adds Another Original Cast member!

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Well there’s more good news on the upcoming mini-series sequel to NBC’s hit sci-fi show Heroes.

According to the lovely folks over at Entertainment Weekly, the show, titled Heroes Reborn, is getting yet another original cast member alongside Jack Coleman (Noah Bennet), Jimmy Jean-Louis (The Hatian), and Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura).

Greg Grunberg, also known as the lovable, telepathic New York police officer Matt Parkman, will be returning to the Heroes universe with a guest starring role.

matt-parkmanUnlike much of the internet, I’m actually really looking forward to seeing how Heroes Reborn pans out. For many people the bitter taste of the final two seasons of Heroes is a lot to overcome; there’s the fear that this new mini-series will continue down that, less than stellar, path. But I’m choosing to look at the first season of Heroes, to remember how fantastic and thrilling it was to watch.

Here’s to hoping that this new venture into the Heroes universe will capture some of that magic and rejuvenate the franchise into what it once was.

The official description for Heroes Reborn reads:

“The Supernatural phenomenon begins again with a fresh crop of inspiring heroes who take on the ultimate struggle between those with extraordinary abilities and those with nefarious motives to hunt and harness their powers. Epic adventures await these newly empowered allies as they cross paths with some of the original characters, unlocking the mysterious fate of the universe and their place within it.”

New Live Action Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer!

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The new trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight has been released.

Merging live action with an explosive epilogue of gameplay footage, the trailer encourages everyday people to be more like Batman. Selfless, determined, courageous, feared.

In the upcoming game players will delve once more into battle against an impressive roster of Batman villains, including Penguin, Scarecrow, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Riddler and Poison Ivy. It also boasts a franchise first, driving the Batmobile. Players can summon the iconic vehicle to their location and race through the streets of Gotham, putting fear into the hearts of your enemies like never before.

Arkham Knight will be the fourth and final instalment of the main Arkham game series and, after more than its fair share of delays, is set to be released on the 23rd of June this year.

The official Description for Batman: Arkham Knight reads:

“In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City. Batman: Arkham Knight is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and will be available exclusively for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.”

Check out the trailer here!

The Flash Finale That’s Been Coming all Along!

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[This article contains spoilers for The Flash season one up to and including the season finale]

Well that was something, wasn’t it?

I’ve said since the start that the primary weakness of the CW’s Arrow spin-off, The Flash, has been the procedural (meta-human of the week) elements of each episode. When it comes to the main story arc I’m usually glued to my seat, eating it up like one of GR’s Waffles & Ice Cream. But as far as the weekly baddies go, I generally have a much more tepid response. Although there are some exceptions to that rule; Captain Cold is one baddie I just can’t get enough of.

So, when you get an episode of The Flash that has zero in the way of meta-human shenanigans and is completely about the main plot, well I’m a happy camper.

flashfinaleEven if this wasn’t the season finale (jam packed with all the action, plot, shocks and twists that go with it) I’d still have really loved this episode. If only for the focus on plot over throw away villains.

But it WAS the season finale and it did indeed have all of those above elements. Therefore I am completely in love with everything about it.

Although I should admit I was very wrong in my prediction, and only a tiny smidge right. This episode did indeed deal with time travel and specifically Barry going back in time to save his mother, but that’s where my correctness ends. We didn’t end with an altered time line (at least not in the way I thought we would and maybe not at all.) as I thought we would.

So yes, wrong.

This episode had one main running theme. Chain reactions, coincidences, dominoes falling…. Basically how our past gets us to where we are today. Seems obvious, setting that theme up if they planned on changing the past and showing us how Barry’s life, and everyone else’s, would have been different had the Reverse Flash never killed Nora Allen.

However when you finish the episode and then look back at all these references, they take on a different, far more clever meaning. They aren’t foreshadowing the problem that will result in Barry’s actions; they’re signposting the solution to the problems that already exist.

imagesIt’s a solution that begins to come into view when Dr Martin Stein has a conversation with another character about coincidences and pretty much lays out the tragically inevitable resolution. Because you don’t have to go back in time to change the past, not when there’s a villain from the future.

In fact, the show already told us how this was going to end, or could end, all the way back in episode nine “The Man in the Yellow Suit”. But we just weren’t able to see it then.

The cast knocked it out of the park and then some, especially Jesse L. Martin and Grant Gustin doing their best to make me cry, repeatedly, throughout the episode. That exchange near the end, when Barry is sure he’s about to go and wipe his entire relationship with Joe from history “Goodbye Dad” is heart breaking. Tom Cavanagh is still one of my favourite villains on TV at the moment and I am really hoping he returns for season two. Although if he does return it’ll probably be in a much altered role. But who cares.

The finale also brought delight in the form of various little references and Easter eggs. Most notable among them was Jay Garrick’s helmet being (literally) tossed into a scene, Killer Frost making a brief appearance and, of course, Cisco. Oh Cisco, we can’t wait until you get to grips with your superhuman powers!

Overall this was one of my favourite episodes yet. That ending… well put it this way. As sad as I was watching it unfold, that’s how well executed it was. Which is VERY!

The only complaint I have is about the cliff-hanger at the end. No I’m not moaning about being left hanging, wanting to know what happens next. I’m just thinking if you’re going to end on a cliff-hanger, end on one that leaves you wondering.

It’s not like we’re going to come back and the world has been destroyed is it? Maybe lower the stakes a little make us think things could actually go wrong?

But even with that, it was a fantastic finale. Thumbs up from me!

Reviews of Tomorrow’s Comics

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So it’s that time of week again.

Tomorrow is Wednesday and brand new comic releases will be hitting the shelves of a Geek Retreat near you!

For those of you out there trying to figure out what to pick up when you do your weekly comic run, Geek Retreat’s writers are here to help. As usual they’re giving you a glimpse into tomorrow’s releases and sharing their recommendations for what to grab.

[click on the thumbnails below to see each review]

 

Lady Mechanika: The Tablet of Destinies Chapter 2

Lady Mechanika: The Tablet of Destinies Chapter 2

Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #1

Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #1

Reviews of Tomorrow’s Comics – Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #1

Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #1

By Sofie Scott-Olsen

MARVEL Comics
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Matteo Lolli and Ruth Redmond

As always, Deadpool does not cease to entertain me, in this absolutely amazing comic, with a surprise twist at the end.

To be truly honest, I find very little to fault in here. Deadpool is his usual witty and snarky self, rivalling even the most sarcastic person I know: myself. The storyline is interesting, funny, easy to follow, and we get to see some of our most well-known superheroes, including but not limited to: the Avengers, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. (For anyone who dislikes a specific group of those, fear not! The story doesn’t really linger on one group, the focus remains on Deadpool. As it should because, you know, Deadpool is the best, don’t deny it). The whole thing is just without a doubt one of the best things I’ve read recently, and that’s saying something, as there have been some really good issues out lately. Deadpool fans, grab this issue ASAP! As for those who haven’t read any Deadpool (if this is the case, why?), this is the perfect opportunity to rectify this situation.

Now. Today. Right now. Go.

In this issue, the year is 1984 (cue dramatic theme music) and the heroes have teamed up and been taken to space for an ultra-secret war. The storyline moves between flashbacks and the present day, narrated by Wade Wilson (Deadpool, to those who aren’t aware) in the most entertaining way imaginable. At the start, we are introduced to all of the heroes who will be fighting for good (Wolverine and Thor included, aw yiss) and it’s at this point that we get to see some amazing interaction between the characters. (Deadpool dominating most of the discussion of course.) There are some epic battle scenes once they have established who the leader of all the heroes should be (three guesses who they pick), with some amazing dialogue throughout. I think it would have been good to have a little bit more interaction with other characters, instead of just Deadpool narrating things or having a dramatic monologue (however fabulous his are), but this is just a minor detail.

The artwork is great, the artists did a fantastic job here. Each page is bright and colourful, with the mix of characters and outfits making for an enjoyable read. You wouldn’t expect it to be so colourful, what with the epic battle and everything, but the slight oddity of it just adds to the hilarity and enjoyment. There is never any confusion as to what is happening, something that has annoyed me in the past, and even when the fighting is the most intense, the way everything has been put together on the page ensures we know exactly what we’re seeing and what is going on.

Overall, I have nothing to say except buy this issue. Buy it now and you won’t regret it. Pinky promise. With everything in its favour, this is not a comic to ignore. The storyline is intriguing, witty and clever, and the artwork the same. I’m getting this comic for myself when I can as it’s one of the best ones I’ve read so far. Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars has one of the highest recommendations I have given out of all the reviews I have done for this site.

Reviews of Tomorrow’s Comics – Lady Mechanika: The Tablet of Destinies Chapter 2

Lady Mechanika: The Tablet of Destinies Chapter 2

Published by Benitez Productions
Written by Joe Benitez
Art by Joe Benitez and Martin Montiel

In this second issue of the series, Lady Mechanika returns, eager to track down Winnifred’s abductors and solve the mystery of her disappearance. In the first issue, the young niece of her associate was kidnapped, leaving no trace, with only the German accents of her kidnappers as a clue. Her disappearance is soon linked to her grandfather, Professor Thomsen, who is on a secretive excavation in Africa.

The story continues, as Lady Mechanika must learn all she can about this expedition, in order to find Winnifred in time. Racing against the clock, she discovers the meaning behind a mysterious invitation left in Professor Thomsen’s study, which in turn leads her to a secret cult in the heart of Mechanika City. With growing antagonistic forces working against her, Lady Mechanika must infiltrate the Rosicrucian Order, a secret society dedicated to the study of Arcane Knowledge, and find out their involvement in both the Professor’s work, and Winnifred’s abduction.

From Africa, to Mechanika City, and even to Germany, this fast-moving plot builds on the intrigue of the first issue, collecting strands of a plot that is slowly beginning to take shape as Lady Mechanika follows the leads of her new discoveries. With the introduction of new antagonists and unlikely allies, this issue insures that the story progresses at a good pace, whilst still leaving questions unanswered as it works towards the truth.

Although at times it may seem like the panels are a little dialogue-heavy, the narrative is masterfully woven together to dispel any tedium and keep you hooked to the action. The intricacy of the artwork also adds to this, creating a visual masterpiece to compliment the building pace of the story. Even the little details, like the mechanical cogs framing some of the panels, just work so well in tangent to the rest of the piece, culminating in a beautiful Steampunk aesthetic.

You can tell that a lot of thought and effort has been but into this comic, with almost every panel a painting in its own right, and it’s gorgeous. Top that off with an intriguing plot line of growing suspense, and you’ve got a thoroughly recommendable comic. If you like anything Steampunk, or a mystery plot with its fair share of action, (not to mention a bad a** protagonist who can handle anything from strange creatures to hidden cults), then I definitely urge you to pick up a copy of Lady Mechanika.

The Flash Finale “Fast Enough” Extended Trailer Plus Clip!

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[This article may contain spoilers and details from The Flash season one, up to and including the season finale]

It’s finally here!

The season finale of The Flash, “Fast Enough” airs tonight on the CW.

Last week saw Barry joined by a whole host of characters from throughout the series, and beyond. The meat of the episode had The Flash and co trying to movie some of the show’s most dangerous villains across the city, only to have them break loose and unleash chaos. Then, to give some heroic balance, we had FIRESTORM and Arrow popping in for a head to head with the evil Reverse Flash.

When all was done, we finally had the Reverse Flash locked up in the prison of his own making, literally.

So what will come next?

Well the CW has released an extended trailer plus a small clip from tonight’s finale. It looks like I was right when I predicted that the finale would feature Barry time traveling, in an effort to stop the Reverse Flash from murdering his mother and framing his father.

Check them out here!

 

This Week’s Events At Geek Retreat Glasgow!

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And we’re back this fine Monday with even more events to talk about.

Now that’s we’ve had a look at Newcastle’s schedule, it’s time to head north for Geek Retreat HQ in Glasgow and see what we’re up to this week!

From static events, to one off specials, tournaments and more, it looks like it’s going to be a fun week for everyone in Geek Retreat Glasgow!

We’ll begin with our static events!

 [Click the links below to see the events page for any of our amazing static events!]

Monday – Magic: The Gathering Dragons of Tarkir Draft!
Tuesday – StreetPass Glasgow 
Wednesday – Magic: The Gathering Casual Play Day
Thursday – Yu-Gi-Oh! Day
Friday – Pokémon Day

Now let’s have a look at what else we’ve got on this week, in the form of one off events!

We kick off the fun on Friday the 22nd of May.

Magic: The Gathering Modern Masters Release!

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Join us to celebrate the release of Modern Masters 2015 from store opening at 11am!

Until Monday 18th May you can pre-order your box for the special price of £195, and even use your Geek Retreat Membership card to get an additional 5% off which makes a box price only £185.25.

Boxes will be £205 thereafter.

We’ll also have a very special Modern Masters draft kicking off at 12pm on the day too which will cost £25. (£23.75 with a membership card). You can sign up now in store for a £5 deposit to secure your place. (16 places available)

This gets you 3 packs to draft and one into the prize pool for each person taking part which will be distributed in a 4-2-1-1 prize structure.

*Please not though, we will NOT be rare redrafting on this occasion.

Then it’s on to Saturday the 23rd and wow do we have a lot of events going on that day. Four, yes that’s right, four events running in store on Saturday. Something for everyone!

Weiss Schwarz Tournament

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Starting at 10am.

Don’t have a deck? No problem. We’ll even throw in a 10% discount on structure decks which you can buy and play straight out the box! It’s a great way to meet fellow Weiss players. Staff and players will also be on hand to those popping along who simply want to find out a bit more about Weiss Schwarz.

For each entrant two booster packs will be placed into the prize pool. No one will leave with less than one, and winners get to pick which set their prize packs come from, from those in stock.

We will also have a limited number of free demo decks available for those wishing to learn how to play the game! The intro session will be completely free and you get to keep the Milky Holmes demonstration decks!
The rules for deck construction:

50 cards
8 climax cards
Neo-standard format (that means no mixing animes, everything from the one series pls) English-only

Also starting at 10am we have some fun times for Pokémon fans!

Pokemon VG Premier Challenge #3

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Geek Retreat HQ is delighted to play host to the Glasgow Pokémon League VG Premier Challenge #3

Pre-Registration at [email protected] with “Premier Challenge” in the subject line.
Please provide your Name, Pokémon Player ID & DoB when pre-registering.

Doubles, Flat Battle.
Team Lists are required.
For full list of rules, see pinned post below.

Masters will be Best of 1 Swiss with Best of 3 Top Cut.
Juniors and Seniors may have Best of 3 Swiss, depending on attendance.

Yu-Gi-Oh Tag Team Tournament

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Starting at 12 noon. More details coming soon.

Then at 3pm we have our Absolute Discord Deck Release Event!

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For your entry fee you get one of two structure decks & 2 booster packs to sideboard in!
We’ve also got 2 boosters in the prize pool for every player. Everyone will leave with something!
If you’ve already bought your deck before the event starts, entry is only £5.

And that’s our week at Geek Retreat Glasgow.

Can’t wait to see you there!

This Week’s Events At Geek Retreat Newcastle!

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Good morning Geek Retreaters, and happy Monday!

It’s time to have a look at all the events you can expect this coming week at Geek Retreat Newcastle.

Not only does Geek Retreat provide some tasty food and scrummy shakes in the perfect Geek environment, (complete with free board/table top games, and comics) we also put on a range of activities each and every week. And this week is no different.

We’ll start our rundown with a look at our static events. These are events that recur on a weekly basis, so that there’s always something fun going on in store!

[Click the links below to see the events page for any of our amazing static events!]

Monday – Magic: The Gathering Dragons of Tarkir Draft! & HeroClix Night!
Tuesday – Yu-Gi-Oh! Casual Play
Wednesday – DS StreetPass Meetup
Thursday – Geek Retreat Pokemon League
Friday – Friday Night Magic (Standard)

Now let’s have a look and see what sort of special one off events we have lined up for you!

On Friday the 22nd of May we have something special lined up!

Modern Master Draft

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With the release of Modern Masters today we’d thought we’d treat you all to a once in a blue moon event and gives you a chance to pull sought after reprinted cards.

Modern Masters Draft!

You will each receive THREE Modern Masters Boosters with which you will build a 40 card deck (including mana).

Places will be limited to book yours in-store or calling us on 0191 447 0160. Starting at 12 noon.

Then it’s on to Saturday the 23rd and time for some Pokefun!

Pokémon Tournament

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Roaring Skies released earlier this month and we’re all wondering how many of you have completely rebuilt your decks!?

All of you? Well here’s the chance to try them out competitively at our monthly Pokemon Tournament!

For your entry you will receive one booster pack for sign up, one for the prize pool and some of you lucky winners will receive promo cards! Starting at 12 noon.

Finishing off the week on Sunday we have two events on in store for you folks!

Modern Masters 2 Draft

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Starting at 12 noon.

With the release of Modern Masters on May 22nd we know you’ve all been excitedly waiting for a draft tournament!

You will each receive THREE Modern Masters Boosters with which you will build a 40 card deck (including mana). This is a once in a blue moon event and gives you a chance to pull sought after reprinted cards.

Places will be limited to book yours in-store or calling us on 0191 447 0160.

And for our second event…

Hearthstone Fireside Tournament

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Starting at 3pm.

With the release of Blackrock Mountain, and the hilarity of our last random deck tournament, we thought we’d hold something a little more sensible this month!

We will be running a standard Hearthstone Tournament, one constructed deck and one sideboard containing 10 cards only.

Prize support will be announced at the event but for further details see the Facebook group, Hearthstone at Geek Retreat, or call us on 0191 447 0160.

And that’s our week here at geek retreat Newcastle!

Can’t wait to see you all there.

Oh What A Lovely Day: Mad Max Fury Road Review

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The summer blockbuster season for 2015 has a lot going for it.

From Age of Ultron to Jurassic World, the slate of blockbusters coming out in these upcoming summer months are looking to offer some great thrills and laughs. Amidst all these shiny and spectacular films though, there has been one black sheep.

Soaked in oil and smelling of fire and diesel, this black sheep is known as Mad Max: Fury Road. The latest entry in the Australian action series, the film sees George Miller returning the post apocalyptic world of Max Rockatansky. But how does Fury Road stack up in comparison to the other films in the series?

Without further ado, let’s talk about the film.

In Fury Road, we see Max attempting to continue his journey through the wastes alone. Fate does not seem to wish this for him though, as he soon meets with the mysterious Imperator Furiosa. Pursued by savage and tyrannical warlord, Max elects to help Furiosa reach her destination. Carrying a package of great importance, the band of misfits must work together to survive against the dangers of the wastes, and their pursuer; Immortan Joe.

I left the cinema after seeing Fury Road awe struck. I mean that in the best way possible of course, but I worry that I may not be able to arrange my thoughts into something coherent. I worry that I won’t be able to convey just how awesome and spectacular this movie is, and will instead come across as rambling and insane. So with that I will just say this; this movie is phenomenal. Too long has it been since I saw a movie that left me breathless at multiple points. Too long since a movie has offered a story and action that is sheer off the wall insanity, while retaining the ever important human element. Fury Road delivers all these things and more in bulk.

I have always been a fan of George Miller’s work in film, and this is no exception. It is a testament to his skills that he is able to draw out such an engrossing tale from such a simple plot. Miller also draws out some amazing performances from an excellent cast. Characters are larger than life and explode off the screen in a cacophony of oil and mayhem. Tying all these elements together, of course, is Tom Hardy’s Max. A suitable lead, Tom delivers a great performance that helps anchor the film’s multiple cast members and bring them all together.

Of all the cast members though, it’s Charlize Theron who shines brightest in this film. Delivering a commanding performance, Theron stands out as the awesome Imperator Furiosa.

Being so used to female characters being relegated to background roles in action movies, Theron’s Furiosa was a breath of fresh air. It’s a performance that offers a great dose of subtlety that’s balanced with moments that are sheer badass. With some excellent performances from the supporting cast also, Fury Road offers a great cast of characters to get invested in.

On a technical level, this movie is a sight to behold. This may just be the special effects artist in me talking here folks, but this movie is a visual delight. The cinematography utilized paints a wild and vivid wasteland that comes alive with each passing scene. CGI is utilized artfully as well, and offers some thrilling and breath-taking scenes. One scene in particular near the beginning of the film is still burned into my mind, and I believe that will be the case for the next few days to come. It’s a movie that comes alive with wild and insane imagery, and it is wholly singular in its execution.

I do hope that my ramblings here are coherent enough to convince you to go see this movie. A cut above what I have seen this year so far, Fury Road stands alone at the top of the mountain. I’d even go as far as to say that this may be the best Mad Max film there’s been. In fact, no, I’d go further than that. This film is one of the best action movies I have seen in a long time. It’s an insane and wild concoction that comes together to form something truly magnificent.

The Summer Block for 2015 has found a new contender for best film. The movies due out in the next few months are going to have to work hard to beat it.

Supergirl Trailer Takes Flight!

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We’ve been so busy trying to digest the new trailers for Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak and the new Arrow/The Flash spin-off Legends of Tomorrow, that we completely forgot about CBS’ Supergirl.

Yes, not only will we be getting a brand new series featuring some of our favourite supporting characters from The Flash and Arrow, but another DC icon is entering the mix with her own show. The trailer for the upcoming Supergirl, set to air on CBS this autumn, was released on Wednesday.

Reactions to this “First Look” have been mixed across the web, although we’d like to say that we’re really looking forward to the show. It’s playful and irreverent attitude looks like a lot of fun and some of the action sequences are just flat out jaw dropping.

Can’t wait to see how this series shapes up and how it fits into the greater DC television universe.

Check out the first look here!

The Official Synopsis for the series reads:

“SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret. Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime. Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Arrow”), Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Glen Winter (“Arrow”).”

Breaking News – First Look At DC’s Legends of Tomorrow!

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For months now we’ve been hearing all about the newest spin-off from the DC television universe.

Casting info and rumours, story theories and now finally… we have our “first look” which seems to be DC’s new name for “Sort of a trailer”. The new show, titled Legends of Tomorrow features characters from both Arrow and The Flash, plus a couple of new faces, most notably Rip Hunter (Played by Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill)

The full cast for the show will be:

From The Flash we’ve got Captain Cold (Played by Wentworth Miller), Heatwave (Played by Dominic Purcell) and Dr Matrin Stein (Played by Victor Garber). Then from Arrow we’ve got White canary (Played by Caity Lotz) and The Atom (Played by Brandon Routh). Plus another new face, in the shape of Hawkgirl (Played by Ciara Renee)

ddFans of Arrow will notice that White Canary is a character which breaks all sorts of rules of nature, but we’re sure that will all be reasonably explained in the show’s first episode. Or not.

So, now on to the “not quite a trailer”. Going with the trend set by The Flash, this show doesn’t really seem to be taking itself all that seriously. The footage we see here is action packed and more than a little silly. But that’s half the fun isn’t it?

The series will center around our team of “Legends” as they travel through time, fighting against the evil machinations of the one and only Vandal Savage. It’ll be one of the more ambitious project for DC’s television universe. Not just in its scope but in the suspension of disbelief factor. I guess this will be when we find out just how much comic book style story audiences like on their TV shows.

Check out the first look at Legends of Tomorrow here!