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Sweet Jupiter’s jelly beans! It’s episode 40 of the Four Color Freak-Out and boy howdy do we have stuff to rant talk about. Comics! E3! Xbox One vs PS4! And a little indie movie called “MAN OF STEEL”. Joining us in the jump seat is Kansas City podcast butterfly Trevan McGee so sit back, keep a fresh drink handy, and dig into to two hours of wall to wall nerdom.

And if two hours of yours truly isn’t enough, head over to KCUR this morning at 11:30 to hear me run down the sordid history of The Big Blue Schoolboy in film and television on Up To Date!

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No time for love, Doctah Jones! Because it’s time to FREAK OUT once again with your hosts, Aaron, Alan, and Bobby as we take on Doctor Who, Star Wars on Blu-Ray, Bobby’s trip to I-Con, and of course: The majesty of the week in comics. Find out what’s worth pulling (and what needs passing), as well as Alan’s haunting secret and the allure of Le Femme Nikita: VELOCIRAPTOR. What are you waiting for?

Listen here or via iTunes!

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Well, crap…. I’ve kinda let myself not think about BioWare’s big foray into MMORPGs, aka Star Wars: The Old Republic. However, BioWare decided to drop a new trailer at the 2011 E3 designed to grab me by the collar and smack me around until I needed to grab a textbook to hide my nerdly shame/excitement. Behold! The lastest SWtOR trailer, “Return” :

I’ll let you clean yourself up a little.

All better? Let’s talk turkey for a sec: As a fairly long-term World of Warcraft player, this trailer got me excited for how the classes fit together (especially since this is the first cinematic to give us any idea what the fighting styles might look like). Trooper, Bounty Hunter (or in this case) Smuggler, Jedi (up to 4 specializations IIRC) are meant to be able to balance the needs of the fight without requiring a specific class (Goodbye to waiting around for 2 hours while someone tracks down a tank or that last DPS player!) I’m not sure how cover mechanics will fit into gameplay (though I’m curious to find out), but I don’t mind admitting: SWtOR is the first SW themed property I’ve seen in ages that gets me EXCITED to spend more time in that galaxy far, far away. And this trailer (which is apparently the opening clip of the game) has certainly upped that ante a bit.

So yes, George Lucas will once again get to slide his childhood-rapist fingers deep into my jean pockets for another go. I suppose I’ll just have to take comfort in the fact that I’ll just be one of thousands. And since the Cap’n’s fondest wish is to mow down thousands and thousands of innocents under the vicious blades of his Sith lightsaber, I won’t be alone.

Yeah, I figured out a way to make an Usher/Star Wars reference in the title. THAT’S HOW I ROLL.

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I would just like to point out that, no matter how bad your day may be, you live in a world in which this happened.

And that, my friends, is fucking awesome.

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Take the classic opening of Star Wars and mix it with Matt Smith‘s first episode as The Doctor and you know what you get? You get awesome, that’s what you get!

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour – Star Wars Style Opening

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I stumbled across this and figured I would share. Enjoy!

Darth Vader: What is it, General?
General Veers: My Lord, the fleet has moved out of lightspeed. Com Scan has detected an energy field protecting an area of the sixth planet of the Hoth System. The field is strong enough to deflect any bombardment.
Darth Vader: The Rebels are alerted to our presence. Admiral Ozzel came out of lightspeed too close to the system.
General Veers: He felt surprise was wiser…
Darth Vader: He is as clumsy as he is stupid. General, prepare your troops for a surface attack.
General Veers: Yes, my Lord.

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When Capn said he got a hybrid, I did not realize it was this awesome. Shotgun!

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From writer/director/animator Russell Arch comes this animated short which shows even a Dark Lord of the Sith is no match for the bureaucracy of iPhone tech support.

Darth Vader Calls About His iPhone 4

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A few odds and ends from the first couple of days of this year’s Comic-Con:

Chuck creators unveiled this War Games-inspired poster to help promote the series’ fourth season. (SWEET!)

A first-look at Abin Sur from Green Lantern looks better than Ryan Reynold’s CGI costume.

A few lucky fans (whom we now hate) got to attend a secret advanced screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Joss Whedon talked about his future projects including The Avengers.

Zack Snyder discussed the 300 sequel and unveiled some “high concept” posters for Sucker Punch.

G4 and Lucasfilm threw themselves an Empire Strikes Back party.

Robert Rodriguez previewed seven minutes of Machete as well as handing out tacos from a Machete truck.

Curt Smith, James Roday and Dule Hill performed “Shout” at the Psych panel.

And Disney screened eight minutes of Tron: Legacy for fans.

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