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August 16, 2013updated 22 Sep 2016 3:01pm

The best of Geek Week 2013

Now the dust has settled after YouTube's inaugural Geek Week extravaganza last week, we've selected the very best videos that were on offer - all of which are still available to view online.

By Duncan Macrae


Tomska’s The Fallen

The Fallen is a short SciFi action film produced by Thomas "TomSka" Ridgewell, featuring KickthePJ who has a YouTube Channel of the same name.

In the video, PJ battles aliens with his space marine comrades. One by one, his team mates suffer fatal injuries die – but only after making their last requests to PJ. The requests keep coming – and get stranger and stranger.

Star Wars versus Star Trek battle

Stun guns or light sabres? The Enterprise or the Millennium Falcon? Who would win a battle between the two greatest forces in SciFi – Star Trek and Star Wars. In this video, we get to find out, as two groups of fans settle the ultimate fanboy rivalry in a no-holds barred, special-effects fuelled brawl.

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YouTube sensation stars as a not-so-suave superhero in SKYHOOK – a parody of the Batman movies. In a short skit, Freddiew portrays a superhero on a first date with Grace Helbig aka Daily Grace where everything that could go wrong does go wrong.


10 reasons to love science

Neil degrasse Tyson, ‘rockstar’ astrophysicist and celeb scientist, give us a rundown of the top 10 reasons to love science. If Neil himself wasn’t a good enough reason, the ten examples are some pretty convincing stuff.

Advertising as a plug for new a new series ‘Cosmos’ (a sequel to Sagan’s original ground-breaking series), the playlist will hopefully "inspire you to pursue your own curiosities."

The video starts off by looking at what happens to dripping water in space, and moves through amazing scientific nuggets like the Northern Lights, Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall and quantum levitation.

All of the top ten have a link through to the full video, with a particular highlight being excerpts from talks by Carl Sagan on science and the future of humanity in "The Sagan Series."

Particularly stirring stuff, if you wasn’t already a convert then this video does a good job!

Headsqueeze Ball Pit High Dive

Explore the science behind viscosity as a free runner dives 10m into a ball pit at the BritishMuseum.

In this Brainiac Tuesday video, Head Squeeze teams up with the parkour channel Flow to bring to you an impressive stunt. Blue Joseph jumps the same height as an Olympic diver into a pool of 60,000 balls, whilst resident daredevil scientist Greg Foot unpacks the science of falling from a great height.

Greg looks at how kinetic energy is transferred and shows you how to catch an egg on a plate without breaking it. Not the most advanced stuff, but a worthwhile watch if you have a spare few minutes. Might be handy too the next time you decide to jump from a height.

Top 10 science experiments

In an entertaining medley of videos from around Youtube, James May shows us his top 10 science experiments you can do at home.

Highlights include how to make glass invisible (amazing!), how to make a cloud in a bottle and my favourite – how to make match rockets.


National Meme Institute

Soulpancake present a hilarious parody music video from the National Meme Institute. The video covers all the bases and couldn’t be a better end to the week. From Twerking to the goat that sings better than Rebecca Black, it’s all here. Truly funny.

Cosplaying it up

The Weasley Brothers help present a top 10 list of the most committed cosplayers out there. Up amongst the best are a real-life Iron Man (watch the kids face light up!), a very dedicated Johnny Depp in an Edward Scissorhands transformation and some costumed karaoke in a cosplaysingalong. This video is an entertaining roundup of a wacky but hard-working geek niche.

Water bal-looney!

The Slow Mo Brothers create some awesome videos, and this one is no exception. Imagine 1,500 people throwing water balloons filmed in slow motion, well, I guess you don’t really have to with this video as it’s all here. Slow motion manages to make everything look epic, doesn’t it?



Machinima Loaded

Machinima, a network built around video games, brought us epic warfare, offering up a huge collaboration featuring 32 popular YouTubers, including SeaNanners, TheSyndicateProject, iJustine, Rooster Teeth, and Chris Hardwick. The video plays out the daydreams of its cast members and resembles Rewind YouTube Style in scope.

Video Game Highschool

Video Game High School – with gaming geeks instead of singing geeks – is an action comedy web series from Rocket Jump Studios. It was written by Matthew Arnold, Will Campos and Brian Firenzi and directed by Matthew Arnold, Brandon Laatsch and Freddie Wong. The series stars Josh Blaylock as protagonist BrianD, Jimmy Wong as Ted Wong, Ellary Porterfield as Ki Swan, Johanna Braddy as Jenny Matrix, and Brian Firenzi as The Law. Rocket Jump Studios describes the series as "a show about best friends, first loves, and finding that perfect head shot."


What do you get when you combine a gnome wizard, a rat king and a dude dressed up like a woman? Find out in Yogscast, where we meet and get to know some weird characters. The rat king, for example, was born to elven parents then flushed down the toilet and found and adopted by rats.



The classic late 80s/early 90s kids TV show returns for a special one-off episode.

The role playing game in which contestants have to complete quests in a CGI fantasy world is now in HD. The show’s original creator has produced the episode, which features Jessie Cave (Harry Potter) and Isy Suttie (Peep Show), along with the show’s original dungeon master character, Treguard. They’re accompanied by four British YouTube stars – Phil Lester, Emma Blackery, Dan Howell and Stuart Ashen.

Teenage Rebel Nerimon by Chameleon Circuit

This is the first music video ever – and possible last to ever be – set in the Tardis. The song, Teenage Rebel, gas been produced by Doctor Who-themed band Chameleon Circuit.
In the video, band member Alex Day is brought into the world of Doctor Who world by a friend. After a day of watching back-to-back episodes of the show and playing Doctor Who make-believe, he turns his bedroom into the TARDIS with the help of a little imagination.

Animations introduced by Warwick Davis

10 of the best animations from around the world, as presented by star of Willow and Star Wars, Warwick Davis. In this video, we see Taiwanese toys battling to death, a pigeon wreaking havoc on US national security and freaky feline monsters overrunning a small town in England.

As Warwick says, no matter where you are in the world, you can’t escape from the terrifyingly warped animation geeks.


Stan Lee’s Secret Movie Endings

King of comics Stan Lee kicked of Super Wednesday, which celebrated superheroes, the supernatural and the super weird. Stan’s channel, World of Heroes, shows us how our favourite movies should have ended.

What if Batman Drove a Nissan?

Just as it says on the tin. British car channel Fast, Furious and Funny examine what life would be like if Batman drove a little Nissan Micra instead of the Batmobile. The modified car sports batwings, an ejector seat, flame thrower, a rocket propelled grenade and big red buttons. Watch how Batman and his new set of wheels deal with his arch enemies, The Riddler, The Joker, Bane, Catwoman and The Scarecrow.

Above Average

A superhero walks into a bar…it’s not the opening line to a joke, but it is the introduction to this video clip, which does contain jokes. Above Average Productions introduces documentary Sidecar: The Death of Blu-Jay, in which the bar for sidekicks mourns the passing of one of their own. Starring Bobby Moynihan and Chris Gethard, the video is funnier than it sounds!

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