Week in Geek #97: Modern Family Series Finale and More | Fanboys Anonymous

Week in Geek #97: Modern Family Series Finale and More

Posted by Anthony Mango Saturday, April 11, 2020
Welcome to another edition of WEEK IN GEEK here at Fanboys Anonymous—a rundown of some of the events, news and stories that went down over the past few days in the geek culture spectrum.

This week in geek culture Fanboys Anonymous nerd recap

Here are some of the topics I felt like voicing my opinions about:

PlayStation 5 DualSense Controller

I rarely talk about video games here, as I'm not a gamer and in no way someone you should listen to the opinions of. But I saw this controller for the new PS5. The design looks like it is probably comfortable and could very well be the best controller, in theory. I dig the color scheme for most things, but I'd rather have it be black instead of white, if given the choice.

If I got so lucky as to have the money and the free time to get a new console, I think it would be the PS5. Then again, I've told myself that same thing for years with the PS3, PS4 and so on, so I doubt that will come to pass. But overall, this looks pretty sweet.

Ezra Miller

Footage of Ezra Miller choking a fan and throwing her to the ground has surfaced. Yeah...not thinking that Flash movie is any closer to happening and should probably just be scrapped entirely at this point.

Laurence Fishburne = Luke Cage?

Apparently, Quentin Tarantino wanted to make a Luke Cage movie back in the day starring Laurence Fishburne. That's crazy in that it makes SO MUCH sense. One of the reasons it didn't happen was that his friends kept trying to convince him Wesley Snipes would be better for the part.

I agree with Tarantino. Fishburne would've been better than Snipes.


Toys for Godzilla vs. Kong have been revealed. There's Godzilla and King Kong, of course—otherwise, what would be the point? But there's also something new called Nozuki and there's "Mega Godzilla". Oddly enough, no Mechagodzilla or Mecha-Ghidorah. I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that's where they were going to go, in that Kong and Godzilla would have to team up to fight M-G in the end, so I'm curious if that just hasn't leaked and it's still the plan with this Nozuki thing being the villain for the first part of the film, or if they're actually not going in that direction, which would be very, very strange.

Modern Family Series Finale

It's always bittersweet to see a series end that has gone on as long as something like Modern Family. Funny enough, I came into this show very late. I think I started watching on season 8 or something and went back and watched the whole series from episode 1 until I caught up to the "new" episodes at the time. For years, I thought the show looked stupid, but I eventually caught a few glimpses, gave it a chance, and grew to love it.

What I wanted out of this finale was for nothing "bad" to happen and for it to call attention to how it's sad to see this go. They gave me that. There wasn't any jarring disappointment like How I Met Your Mother. I didn't feel like it was an empty non-episode like some other shows. It was just a means to an end, and since this is a story about family, families don't just stop. They change over time, yes, and there are big moments here and there, but nothing that just ends the tale like if some villain needed to be slain to save the day.

As far as the material itself goes, I like where each character is going, in most ways.

Jay learning Spanish was wonderful. Joe turning more into a little Jay is great. I do think Gloria being a real estate agent was an odd choice from the start, rather than finding some other kind of passion, so I think I'd have changed that idea from the get-go and not ended in this spot with her, but I do like her having more of a purpose beyond being a housewife who somewhat feels "only good for her looks" like at the start of the show. I don't feel a ton of closure with Manny, but I assume we're supposed to think he'll toughen up a bit and get his act together without losing himself in the process.

Phil and Claire are in a good spot. That whole side of the family is pretty solid. Alex has her career and love life going in the right direction, Luke's buckling down, I loved the touch of Haley taking over Mitch and Cam's old place, etc.

Speaking of Mitchell and Cam, Lily and the new baby...them moving and doing the opposite of what Cam did is kind of poetic. I don't think that would work out in the long run, but who's to say they don't do that for a year or two and then move back or something? We can make up our own endings. Life's weird, too, and that's been a running theme of the show. There's no formula.

We didn't get a reveal of how this show has been a documentary of sorts. I thought we'd get some kind of family photo album explanation or something, but that wasn't the case. Frankly, I'm okay with that. We can make up our own ideas for that, too. In my mind, since Jay has more narration voice than anyone, it's a project he got everyone to do and bankrolled from the start.

Amazing show. It'll go down as one of my favorite start-to-finish executions, for sure.


Tony Mango is the founder, editor-in-chief, head writer and podcast host of Fanboys Anonymous as well as all other A Mango Tree branches including Smark Out Moment. He is a pundit, creative director/consultant, fiction writer and more. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.