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Trailer Probe : Star Trek, Angels and Demons, Heroes
© Joe Crowe
February 02, 2009

Items of geekity interest should be only two minutes long, because trailers make us laugh. They make us cry. They work so hard to make us happy.

Trailer Probe rates the geek explosion content, how much our cortex is combusted with a volley of geekitude, and dork disengagement level is reasons you won't dig it.

Star Trek

Geek explosion content: "Leonard McCoy." -- Leonard McCoy

Dr. McCoy says his name!

Captain Pike tells Kirk to straighten up!

And that's about it!

Dork disengagement level: It's only 30 seconds.

Most of it is previously revealed footage, like Sylar in his Spock shirt, and the big monster, and Kirk makin' bacon with the chickie.

There are about four seconds of new material.

Geek explosion level: 800,000 geek parts per million. Those four seconds are really good.

Angels and Demons

Geek explosion content: "DaVinci." -- Robert Langdon

Tom Hanks plays the DaVinci Code guy again, but this time without the giant hair.

The Angels and Demons book takes place before Code, so really, he hasn't grown the big hair yet. Maybe this movie shows the origin of the 'do.

Hey, there's Ewan McGregor for about a half second.

Dork disengagement level: There are thirty seconds in this trailer, and half of it is spent explaining that this is the Tom Hanks from the DaVinci Code movie.

I knew that's what it was, because I didn't see Meg Ryan or crying, and movies with those are the only other movies Tom Hanks ever does anymore.

Geek explosion level: 400,000. At least he got a haircut.


Geek explosion content: The heroes from Heroes play football against football players, and get surprise help after the Heroes squash them because they have powers.

Mama Petrelli and HRG watching from the side is clever.

In other words: Calling all non-nerds: We love you. Please watch this show.

Dork disengagement level: A lame joke by Parkman. Peter Petrelli as the quarterback. Hiro being cute. Sylar refrains from murdering the football players.

Obviously they are trying to make us not watch the show.

Geek explosion level: 300,000. Why no murder?

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