Geekorama

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Authors Trish Heinrich and Jeremy Flagg Geek Out Over Superhero Pop Culture

S2E1 - Wonder Woman: A War for 84

January 15th, 2021

THE PULL LIST

Jeremy - Wolverine #5 (Written by Benjamin Percy) has our favorite tortured mutant confronting his past, as he always does, and realizing he’s not quite a good person. But when the plot involves Vampires and Omega Red, we don’t need a good person, we need a mutant willing to slice and dice. 3.5/5 Capes

 

Trish - Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim The sequel to Spin the Dawn and the conclusion to the Blood of the Stars Duology. This book is beautifully written, Asian inspired high fantasy. The world building is incredible and the heroine is now one of my favorite characters 5/5 Capes.

 

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GEEK OUTS

Trish - COBRA KAI Season 3!!! Everything I wanted and then some. Available on Netflix, this season brings back all our favorite characters we love and love to hate. We get the ship we wanted and get to see two cast members from Karate Kid Two and one from the original (who could it be?) The violence was darker this season as was Cresse, so be prepared for that. Slower start to the season, but the character development made it worth it.

Jeremy - Need a superhero movie with a lot of heart? Then Superbob (available on Amazon Prime) is here for all your heart’s pitter pattering needs. Set in the United Kingdom, the world’s only superhero hasn’t had a date in over six years. The story is about doing what’s right, finding love, and savoring the little moments in life. It’s an absolute yes from me. For those suffering from action adventure fatigue, this is a movie that oozes heart.

 

Deep Dive -  WW 84: Sequels vs. the Original

For this week's deep dive Trish and Jeremy sit on opposite sides of the discussion. They go into detail about the flaws and successes of Wonder Woman 84. With an outstanding original, they pick apart the highs and lows of WW84 and ask the question, "Can a sequel ever be as good as the original?" 

 

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S1E38 - The Future of Marvel &DC

December 30th, 2020

For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we’re talking about our predictions for 2021! What will be a hit, what might bomb, what could be a super surprise and more! It's a super packed special episode to end the year, so we are going straight into the Deep Dive for this one!

 

Marvel shows and Marvel Films: Trish is looking forward to a few more of these than Remy, but both agree that we might be approaching the point where the interconnected universe will become unwieldy and bloated. Are we starting to get over-saturated on Marvel content?

Disney+ and Star Wars: Remy is  looking forward to shows like Obi-Wan, Ahsoka and the Mandalorian because of the cast, not because he’s a fan of the franchise. Trish is pee her pants excited about Ahsoka, Lando, and Rogue Squadron to name a few.  But is the gluttony of upcoming content simply throwing spaghetti at the wall in the hopes some will stick?

Warner Bro’s and CW: The CW had the chance to take a year off and polish their superhero universe. Instead they canceled one of their best shows, produced what looks to be the most boring superhero shows ever and are letting another one limp along until it dies. In the meantime their parent company makes a move that will likely completely change the landscape of how we view new films. It could be a really interesting year for Warner and DC.

QotW: What are you most looking forward to in 2021? And what do you think might bomb in 2021?

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S1E37- Shazam! A Family Superhero Film

December 10th, 2020

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For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we’re talking about a fun superhero holiday film. No, it’s not Diehard, but we could be convinced he’s got superpowers. This week we’ll be discussing the surprising “holiday” hit: Shazam!

 

Pop-Culture Trivia - The first superhero film: Captain Marvel

 

While this is a contentious subject, with some film historians citing Zorro as the true first superhero film, others say that it was a 12-chapter serial from Republic Pictures in 1941: Adventures of Captain Marvel. Based on a Fawcett Comics hero who later ended up as part of the DC Comics roster, it focused on a young man named Billy Batson who transforms into a godlike good guy and battles a supervillain called the Scorpion. This crude attempt to bring comic heroes to the big screen suffers from the usual stop-start cliffhanger-itis of the episodic form, but the foundations of the genre — an origin story, a secret identity, a costume and an arch-nemesis — were all cemented into place.

GEEK OUTS

Trish - Trish ditched her Geek Out because Jeremy mentioned Star Wars.

Jeremy - This season of the Mandalorian has been filled with delightful fun for even those of us (me) who prefer Star Trek over Star Wars. The “child” has been much more of a character and I can’t wait to see what weird thing he’ll eat next. But the shining moment has been the cameos of other well known sci-fi folks such as Kate Sackoff and Rosario Dawson. Who knows, at this rate maybe I’ll become a fan of the franchise?

Deep Dive -  Shazam!

Trish Liked:  Zachary Levi...that’s all. Just kidding! Although, HELLO Eugene!

Seriously though, Levi was pitch perfect as Billy Batson’s older and bigger alter ego. He channeled that same energy that Tom Hanks did in Big and made it superhero gold. The representation in this film was almost perfect with the members of Billy’s foster family being multi cultural and LGBTQ. The design of the costumes was fun and did not hyper sexualize anyone.  And I loved that it was set at Christmas, when magic and wishes are a staple of the season and also of this superhero film. What I didn’t especially like was the fact that when the kids transformed into their ideal selves, the chubby kid was thin and the kid with cane didn’t have to use it anymore. This is a problem because many people in those situations are made to feel by society that they are somehow less, and none of them have a magic catch phrase to take those things away. Some of them flat out don’t want to and they should have to in order to fit in. There was a missed opportunity for Freddy especially to have a powerful arc in realizing that just because he walks with a cane it doesn’t mean he’s not a powerful hero.

Jeremy Liked: The writing and the smart, witty, family friend humor. It’s easy to be crass, but to be wholesome and still laugh out loud funny, that takes effort.

It had so many great moments that even on second viewing, you walked away chuckling again. The story is an origin story, which I generally loathe, but they did it through the lens of a child and the big kid in me ate it up. Not only did it cater to our love of superheroes, it catered to that inner child who always wondered what would happen if we became a hero. The movie doesn’t pull any punches and shows the reality of what would happen. Granted, I’d be more of a villain, but we gotta save something for the sequel.

QotW: What is your favorite holiday film?

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S1E36 - Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog

November 26th, 2020

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For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we are digging into the archives and talking about a film from before Joss Whedon was known as the guy who supposedly ruined the Justice League movie: Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog

Pop-Culture Trivia - The Guild

The Guild was written and created by Felicia Day, an avid gamer, in between acting roles in several American television shows and movies. After two years of gaming, Day decided to make something productive from her experiences and wrote the series as a sitcom television pilot. The series was purposely kept generic to avoid copyright problems and to appeal to a wider audience of massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) fans, but Day based it on her experience with a World of Warcraft addiction.  The Guild is considered one of the most successful Web Series of all time. You can stroll down nostalgia lane or catch it for the first time on Netflix.

GEEK OUTS

Trish - Going old school and geeking out about Eureka. This show is my warm fuzzy blanket that reminds me that somewhere out there in a sleepy Oregon town there are wonderful weirdos that are flawed and loving and that no matter what mayhem they concoct, it always ends up okay in the end.

Jeremy - In the pursuit of non-superhero superhero movies, this week I had a chance to sit down and watch the newly released Mortal, a Norwegian based film. What’s even more weird is how the latest episode of the Simpsons directly connects this plot to the concept of superheroes as a new religious mythos. 

 

Deep Dive - Dr. Horrible is actually pretty wonderful.

We jump into the humor of this shoe-string budget and how it might still be quite relevant today in isolation. While it might not seem very "super" by the title, we all know that the most villainous characters also happen to have PhD's.

QotW: What's your favorite musical?

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S1E35 - Super Shorts: Zero Issue, Wonder Woman and X-Men!

November 12th, 2020

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For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we are straying from the Brooding of DC and the Pithy Dialogue of Marvel and turning to the fans and just how far they’ll go to see their favorite characters on screen. We’re looking at two fan made films and a short indie film reminding us of what geek power is capable of.

Pop-Culture Trivia - The very First Comic Con

The very first comic convention was held on July 27, 1964 in New York City. Though there were probably other small fan conventions held elsewhere in the US, this was the first known event for comic book fans.  A total of 56 fans attended, including a fifteen-year-old George R.R. Martin, who had purchased the first ticket to the event months earlier and would go on to create Game of Thrones decades later. 

GEEK OUTS

Trish - Here I Am, the Dolly Parton Documentary on Netflix. Dolly Parton is possibly one of the most intelligent, shrewd and incredible performers in all of country music. Though I don’t especially like country music as a rule, I have always loved Dolly Parton.

Jeremy - Can we say advanced copy of New Mutants? Why yes we can! After two years and five release dates, I finally had a chance to see the youngest X-Men with a slant of horror. Was it worth the wait? Debatable, but we got the Illyana Rasputin I’ve always wanted with a little bonus of her sidekick (no spoiler) and overall, I’d rate it higher than at least half of the X-Men films. With only a few minor adjustments, I will commend them on staying mostly true to the characters. Bravo much better send off for the franchise than Dark Phoenix!

Deep Dive - Independent Superhero Shorts

Super Shorts: the magic of short films that sometimes fall short and yet can still manage to capture the wonder of superheroes.

On and On (by Todd Downing & Kirby Kackle): 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxQqI7ROdnE

Zero Issue (by New York Picture Company)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaDKjYFORSQ 

Wonder Woman (by Rainfall Films): 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XATiV3gmy-Q 

Cable: Chronicles of Hope (by K&K Productions):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5_JzD1zuFw  

 

QotW: Why are you a fan of superheroes?

 

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S1E34 - Spooky Superhero Treats

October 29th, 2020

For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we’re talking about how superheroes would act if they had to participate in trick or treating. It’s all about costumes and treats (or tricks)!

Pop-Culture Trivia -  John Carpenter’s Halloween: Trivia

From a budget of $300,000, the film went on to gross $47 million at the US box office. In 2008, takings that would be the equivalent of $150 million, making 'Halloween' one of the most successful independent films of all time. John Carpenter considered the hiring of Jamie Lee Curtis as the ultimate tribute to Alfred Hitchcock who had given her mother, Janet Leigh, legendary status in Psycho (1960).

Halloween was shot in 20 days in the spring of 1978.

GEEK OUTS

Trish - Paranormal Women’s Fiction. A sub genre of PNR, this focuses on women over fourty in fun, realistic and wonderful ways.

Jeremy - One Cut of the Dead. The Most Meta Meta of all Metaing. It’s a comedy, disguised as art, disguised as a zombie film. It’s amazing for anybody who loves zombie films and smart plots that defy your expectations.

Deep Dive - 

You’re going trick or treating (cause it’s not 2020) which hero hands out the best candy? Whose house do you avoid?  Any many more...

 

QotW: Have you ever dressed up as a superhero for Halloween?

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S1E33 - Superheroes Halloween Edition: Light & Fluffy Brutality

October 15th, 2020

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For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we’re talking about two very different spooky Superhero stories that you can treat yourself to this October: Brightburn and Haunted Heroine by Sarah Kuhn.

Pop-Culture Trivia - Bela Lugosi-Horror Movie Icon

Born on October 20th, 1882,  Eighty-five years after he first donned a vampire’s cape, Lugosi's take on Count Dracula is still widely hailed as the definitive portrayal of the legendary fiend. Lugosi died of a heart attack on August 16, 1956;  he was 73 years old. Although Lugosi resented the years of typecasting that followed his breakout performance in Dracula, he asked to be laid to rest wearing the Count’s signature garment.

 

GEEK OUTS

Trish - Animal Crossing New Horizons! Yes I am woefully late to the party on this one but let me just say that after three weeks of playing this, I TOTALLY get now why this is the game of 2020. So very soothing!

Jeremy - I have finally finished watching Season 2 of The Boys. I wasn't sure what to expect from this shock-driven series, but season two is even more of a bang. For me, it redeemed the horrific (and lazy) elements of the first season. At the end of the day, we all want to watch a Nazi get punched.

Deep Dive - 

Two different flavors of spooky Superhero goodness coming your way. Jeremy is going to do a review of the dark superhero movie Brightburn, and Trish is going to talk about the latest spooky installment of Sarah Kuhn’s series, Heroine Complex.

There’s a little something for everyone this episode!

QotW: What are you doing for halloween this year? And what will your costume be?

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S1E32 - Superheroes Halloween Edition: Blade

October 1st, 2020

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For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we’re talking about the "first" Marvel superhero to make a big screen debut: Blade.

 

Pop-Culture Trivia - Millicent Patrick: The Creature from the Black Lagoon

In 1939 Patrick began working for Walt Disney Studios and during her time there became one of the studio's first female animators. Patrick continued her career at Universal Studios and is cited as being the first woman to work in a special effects and makeup department. She is best known for being the creator of the head costume for the iconic Gill-man from the movie Creature from the Black Lagoon. During promotion for the film Patrick was sent on a press tour, dubbed "The Beauty Who Created the Beast", to discuss the creation of the creature. This was quickly changed by Bud Westmore to "The Beauty Who Lives With the Beast", to avoid citing Patrick as the creator of the Gill-man. 

 

GEEK OUTS

Trish - Enola Holmes! Fun, action packed and GREAT for the whole family. This is the first Enola Holmes movie based on the book series. Millie Bobby Brown is the titular character with Henry Cavill as Sherlock, Sam Claflin as Mycroft and Helena Bonham Carter as Eudora, their incredible mother. Watch it now on Netflix.

Jeremy - Van Helsing. Vanessa Helsign. This show is the right amount of action, diverse cast and borderline weird plot. You have everything from serial killers, to cultists, to a woman who can turn vampires into humans. It's not the best sci-fi show out there, but it does have some interesting plot moments and the lead actress is just the right amount bad assery.

 

Deep Dive - Superheroes Halloween edition: Blade

We delve into the awesomeness that is 1998's Blade. Not only did it start a fairly unknown hero, but also features a person of color and hold the first R rating. It launched a trilogy and we discuss them all!

QotW: Watch Blade Three (judge me all you want!) and tell us what your favorite part was.

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S1E31 - All About Trish

September 17th, 2020

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For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we’re talking about T.L. Heinrich! How did she get into writing and what the hell turned her onto superheroes? We’ll find out what got her to this point, and what steamy stories she’s cooking up next.

 

Pop-Culture Trivia - Becky Cloonan, the first woman artist for Batman

Becky Cloonan was born in Pisa, Italy. She went to New York's School of Visual Arts, which offered the kind of rigorous training that Cloonan had been searching for. She also collaborated with writer Steven T. Seagle on the Vertigo Comics series American Virgin, which was cancelled with the 23rd issue. In 2012 she became the first woman to draw the main Batman title. (Her issues included Ghost in the Machine, The Wedding Batman Black and White and Gotham Academy)

 

GEEK OUTS

Trish - Cobra Kai never say die! Yes, I’m totally geeking out about the series based on the 80’s sensation that was The Karate Kid. Both Danny and Johnny are back in this series that takes place many decades later. While the characters might be the same, the story is not. In fact, there is no clear villain or hero in the first season, unless you count the characters’ own inner demons. It’s a redemption story, a comedy, a drama. It’s got everything. Including nostalgia dripping from every episode. Both season now on Netflix.

Jeremy - We’re going old school and revisiting some early 2000’s science fiction. The first is a hyper saturated movie with all the glitz and none of the glam: Ultra Violet. But why stop there? Let’s throw Aeon Flux into the mix. Even an outstanding job by Theron can’t save this sinking ship. They might lack in story, but they’re perfect for low-key popcorn munching.

Deep Dive - All about Trish

This week Trish interviews Jeremy about all things zombies and superheroes. We talk about how he got into writing, what has worked and hasn’t worked, and why his superheroes are a little different from other superhero novels.

 

QotW: Ask her ANYTHING!

 

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S1E30 -Everything About Host Jeremy Flagg

September 10th, 2020

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For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we’re talking about the man himself: Jeremy Flagg!

 

Pop-Culture Trivia - Dorothy Woolfolk-First Female Comic Writer

She served from 1942 to 1944 as an editor at All-American Publications, one of the three companies that would merge to form the present-day DC, then spent the next two years at Timely Comics, the 1940s predecessor to Marvel Comics, and in 1948 was an editor at EC Comics.

 She died at Mary Immaculate Hospital in that city on November 27, 2000. Woolfolk won the 2018 Bill Finger Award from San Diego Comic-Con International.

GEEK OUTS

Trish - Bill & Ted Face the Music. This movie is sweet, fun and just all around what we need in a year like this. I’m a big Bill and Ted fan and was afraid this movie would blow. But I was so very pleasantly surprised! Check it out on Amazon for a ninety-minute escape from reality.

Jeremy - Okay, we’re going to get into some weird level geek. I’m a tech nerd and early adopter of new gadgets. Being a teacher, I’m preparing to teach remotely and I’ve been spending all my time learning new gadgets and gizmos to help students be successful. It’s not comics and superheroes, but I have to say, I squeal a bit when I find a new piece of software (even more when it does what it’s supposed to!)

 

Deep Dive - All about Jeremy

This week Trish interviews Jeremy about all things zombies and superheroes. We talk about how he got into writing, what has worked and hasn’t worked, and why his superheroes are a little different from other superhero novels.

 

QotW: Ask him ANYTHING!

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