Technical: solid production values throughout. The audio is clear and in stereo, the bitrate is just compressed enough to be a relatively small file with clear output. One benefit to the stereo setup that I had never really noticed in other group podcasts: the arrangements of the Geeks is such that each voice has a consistent place in the audio landscape. It’s much easier, in almost a subliminal way, to parse out who is speaking by where their voice comes from through the headphones.
The Podcasters: As with any group of actual humans, the Geeks of GeeksOn have distinct personalities and quirks that make them definable characters. Aaron is a nerdy geek, easily exasperated but also the heart of the show, often taking the MC role. Don is a well-spoken geek-of-all-trades with strong opinions and a penchant for expressing them. Peter is a geek of high reason and intellectualism, and has an uncanny vocal resemblance to Cory Feldman. Matt is an actor geek with wide-ranging interests and a biting, good-natured sense of humor whose Bruce Lee impression gave me a fit of the giggles. Each of them has a distinct voice with enough difference to be easily distinguished, and they all share an excellent command of the language (not surprising, since they’re either writers or actors). Also, their command of the subject matter is impressive, though this is not a strange quality to see in self-proclaimed, proud geeks. They acknowledge the stereotype and embrace it honestly. They release a show a week, very consistently. Only one week saw no GeeksOn episode, but extenuating circumstances, made clear through the website, explained it. After all, even Geeks have lives.
Variety: A short form cast has room to meander, but not so for a cast like this one, clocking in at about 1:15 each show. They keep it interesting by having multiple segments with different themes, including a variety of thought puzzles at the end of the cast, which taps into that favorite geek pastime of sharing opinions on trivial, short subject quizzes of creativity. Some examples: a “Who Would Win” matchup, a technobabble contest.
Suggestions for improvement:
I definitely don’t have many; I think GeeksOn is the best podcast out there, especially for niche audience members like me.
The guest geek, Lisa, was a refreshing change in the usual podcast. More guest geeks, especially considering the ‘cast’s proximity to LA. Oh, and I’m always available! I can use Skype! Please?
And aside from that, Geek Aaron’s sister was on Firefly, as Mal’s sometimes wife! She’s a Geek Goddess waiting for her seashell, and GeeksOn can give it to her.
Also: I’d love some photographs of the Geeks, of the studio, of the session, whatever. It would be nice to have faces to go with the voices.
Final Verdict: A+. My favorite podcast.