Chad (aka Darth Aqueous, Dark Lord of the Fish) is a geeky high school English teacher. He primarily writes about geek music, with a focus on the fandom-y (it’s totally a word!) elements of the lyrics. He also produces a weekly podcast with interviews of geeky musicians. He currently lives in Gainesville, FL, with his wife and three cats, Parker (named after the character on Leverage), Anya (from Buffy), and Zoe (from Firefly).
In honor of the upcoming musical episodes of Fringe, House, Bones, The Simpsons, and The Family Guy, I have compiled a list of the top ten best genre musicals. By "genre" I mean science fiction (defined very broadly), fantasy, and horror. Read More
A man hires the team after his son is denied a chance to fight in the UFC because the owner of the small-time mixed martial arts league where he fights rigs his match. Nate and Sophie, playing a fight promoter and a producer and using Eliot as their Read More
A werewolf, a ghost, and a vampire share a flat together in Bristol, England. My initial reaction to the series's premise was probably the same as most: really, seriously? How is that not just a joke? But I figured I would give it a shot seeing as how I Read More
This episode continues right where last week's ended, with the Leverage team on the run and the FBI, Sterling, and the rest of Interpol right behind them. And it gets pretty crazy, pretty quickly. Once again, the season ends in a satisfying way that Read More
To seek justice on behalf on their cop friend, Pat Bonnano, the Leverage team tries to catch the corrupt mayor illegally using campaign funds by exploiting his love of baseball. Though not as strong as the last few episodes have been, this sets up the Read More
The Rookie is a futuristic sci-fi football novel available in hardcover, audiobook, and iPod app formats. If you're looking for something with plenty of action, plenty of violence, and plenty of emotional investment, The Rookie is a great place to start Read More
This was a different kind of episode because it wasn't so much about conning someone as it was exposing a con. Of course, being con artists themselves, the Leverage team certainly did con the con artist, Dalton Rand (played by 90210's Luke Perry), a Read More
This episode sees the return of Jim "Evil Nate" Sterling and Maggie, Nate's ex-wife. We also get to see Eliot run the show and understand why he's not just the muscle, but also the "retrieval specialist." Read More
Nate has to save his local pub, which also happens to be where his apartment / Leverage HQ is located. John McCrory, the owner, has just died, but he owed loan shark Mark Doyle $15,000. McCrory's daughter Cora doesn't have the money so Doyle gives her Read More
I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I recognized more of the music on the Leverage soundtrack than I thought I would, and it definitely evokes the show. The music itself runs the gamut from several types of jazz to pop to techno to orchestral, Read More
I recently had the chance to conduct an e-mail interview with Joseph LoDuca, the composer of the Leverage soundtrack (among many other soundtracks, including Evil Dead, Hercules, Xena, and Legend of the Seeker) about what it's like to score the hit TV show. Read More
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