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'The Wil Wheaton Project' recap: Puppetry and pixels

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Rise of the Wheatons” | Aired June 10, 2014

Y’know what I like about recapping this show? It’s fun to watch and fun to talk about, and Wil Wheaton is always palpably stoked to be doing it, which makes me smile. Not to mention, I get to enjoy a half-hour’s worth of geek (guy) on geek (topics) action — and that rocks.

Like Wil says, love what you love, right? So let’s recap!

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First up: Game of Thrones. Warning, I’m gonna post spoilers. So if you want to avoid them, scroll past the second video. 😉

If you watched on Sunday, you know what episode he’s talking about. But here’s a twist for you: Can you imagine that battle with the horn played by Kenny G? Smooth jazz FTW.

He also did a little play on the Ygritte/Jon Snow meeting. Seems Merida was to blame for that. Personally, I thought he was going to play this little clip.

Speaking of death on Game of Thrones, Wil has come up with a brilliant solution.

OK, non-Game 0f Thrones watchers, you can read now.

Penny Dreadful has an interesting take on Frankenstein’s monster. Who’s, um, naked and pixelated, and I can’t find a picture of what Wil is doing with his hand right about now. YOU HAVE FAILED ME, INTARWEBS!

Between this and the promo for when we get back from the break, I think we’ve got some dick jokes coming. Can I say that on EW? Oh well, WIL SAID IT!

We’re back. Let’s talk E3.

First up? Batman: Arkham Knight. The Batmobile got some killer upgrades: Vulcan gun, missile barrage, infant seat (wait, what?), Lyft capability (in pink), upgraded horn (that plays “La Cucaracha”) and epic swag like Bat Nutz.

Activision announced that Kevin Spacey is playing the bad guy in the next Call of Duty, and there’s a new achievement.

New segment! Time to visit shows we didn’t know we had. To boldly go into “DEEP CABLE.”

We start with the Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science, which features a man without sweat glands who can channel electricity and even cook food that way. As one interviewee put it, “This is probably the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen with a sausage.”

Wil also talked about NASA TV and that amazing moment when the Curiosity Rover landed on Mars. I was watching. Were you? He showed a clip of everyone celebrating, and I teared up just like I did watching it! But, he admits, not everything on NASA TV is that exciting.

Great question as we come back from the break: Why does every trailer we watch now have that sound cue from Inception?


Time to go visit Seth Green! It seems Wil recently voiced a centaur for Seth’s show Robot Chicken, and he recently went by Stoopid Monkey.

We get a cool look at the puppet room and a peek at the DC Comics sketch, in which we see (you guessed it) pixelated private parts. It seems Seth made some sort of penis application. Wil asked for one for one of his Wesley Crushers, and they went to play in the game room.

Wow, that sentence above just … yeah.

giphyCool look at the shooting stages: We get a look at Wil’s centaur and the machine-humping (and Wil-humping) robot.

Finally, the last part of the show got interactive, and you can get in on the Wil Wheaton Project action.

Until next week, I leave you with this image.

The Wil Wheaton Project airs Tuesdays at 10/9 C on Syfy.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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