Geeks run gauntlet in Spike Web series


Who would win in a fight: Gandalf or Darth Vader? What about Neo vs. Harry Potter?

"Heroes" star Milo Ventimiglia is set to appear in and co-produce "Ultradome," a new scripted Web series in which passionate fanboys settle hypothetical disputes in special effects showdowns.

"My whole life has been spent engaged with friends in intellectual debate … like whether Captain Kirk is tougher than Spock or if Middle Earth is a more difficult place to live than Tatooine," Ventimiglia said. "With 'Ultradome,' we can bring these debates to the public and settle them in the most logical way possible — through armed combat."

The project is from Agility Studios and Ventimiglia's DiVide Pictures. In each three- to five-minute episode, two characters engage in a heated geek-culture debate — "Who's tougher, Harrison Ford as Han Solo or Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones?" — then are transported to a stadium where they engage in single combat using the weaponry, skills and pop culture touchstones from their respective hero's creative arsenal.

The concept is similar to Spike TV's new series "Deadliest Warrior," which reconstructs hypo-