Week in Geek #111: Palm Springs, Spies in Disguise, The Office and More | Fanboys Anonymous

Week in Geek #111: Palm Springs, Spies in Disguise, The Office and More

Posted by Anthony Mango Saturday, July 18, 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.

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

Spies in Disguise

I finally got around to watching Spies in Disguise, which was a fun little kids film. I enjoyed it, but I didn't love it. I'd watch a sequel and I hope they get one, but I feel like the pigeon concept was sort of shoehorned in and there's more to this film than just redoing the pigeon thing in #2, as they didn't seem quite convinced that they wanted to do the pigeon thing in the first film, even.

Palm Springs

I also watched Palm Springs from Hulu. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in checking it out. It's pretty much Groundhog Day, but if someone said "Yeah, but what if...." and started to try to answer those questions.

"What if someone else were in the same cycle?" and so on.

The Office

I'm late to the game, I know, but I just started to binge The Office. At the time of publication, I'm only a few episodes into Season 2, and I have a few thoughts I figured I'd share about this whole viewing experiment:

  • Jim is charming. I get it. He's easily the most likable character.
  • Pam's cute. I get it, and I don't like Roy, so that all works out very well. I like how she's not bitchy, but she's also not some manic pixie dream girl fantasy. She's just a normal woman.
  • Michael Scott is so much better so far in season 2 than season 1. The first few episodes were a bit of a struggle to like him.
  • Dwight is a great foil, but I can already see why Rainn Wilson blew up and went nowhere much beyond this character. It's defining and he can't likely escape it.
  • Angela is a great side character. I hope they don't run her into the ground.
  • Kelly Kapoor is pointless. She's background furniture so far.
  • Kevin Malone is my favorite character. Hands down. 100%.
  • I like Ryan the temp guy and I'd like for it to be a gig where he gets a job there for real and regrets it, or that he's perpetually a temp and never hired or something. It wouldn't shock me if his character left the show, though.
  • Phyllis has some great moments, as does Stanley. I feel like I'll like both of them even more as the show goes on.
  • Meredith, Oscar and Toby, I haven't warmed up to, yet. Creed I didn't even know was a character until he was almost fired.
  • Todd Packer. Does David Koechner always play the same character (and do it so well) or what?
  • Katy (Amy Adams), it's funny they brought her in to be an ersatz Pam. Great casting.

Anakin Skywalker in Obi-Wan Kenobi Series

More and more rumors that Hayden Christensen will be in the Kenobi series and there will be flashbacks to the Clone Wars.

If so, I love that idea. I don't feel like the TV show even really counts toward the series and the Clone Wars felt so rushed in the films. Of course, if I would have had it my way, I'd have had that 10 year gap between Episode 1 and 2 to be a different story (Anakin is a teenager in TPM and that's why he's "too old" to start training and so headstrong; Clone Wars starts at the end of that film, carries into #2 which is a few years later and he's battle-hardened and had to train during a war instead of any peacetime, #3 skips another few years to the end of the war and beginning of the Empire).

Anyway, I dig this idea and I'm looking forward to it.


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.