Geekorama

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

S1E28 - DC Fandome Trailers

August 27th, 2020

For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we’re talking about the trailers that were just released through the DC Fandome virtual event. What looks amazing, what we’re excited about, and what we’re probably going to pass on.

 

Pop-Culture Trivia - The Suicide Squad

Some serious Z listers in this sequel, here’s some info on a few:

TDK-Otherwise known as The Detachable Kid or Arm-Fall-Off-Boy. The character first appeared in Secret Origins Vol 2 #46 in 1989. He was originally from the future and has never canonically been a member of The Squad. In the movie, he’s played by Nathan Fillion.

Polka Dot Man- First crossed paths with Batman in 1962’s Detective Comics #300. He uses detachable polka dots as weapons, some that transform into different objects. He is played by David Dastmalchian in the movie.

Ratcatcher 2- Detective Comics #585 introduced the Ratcatcher, the original villain was a ratcatcher who had knowledge of the sewer tunnel system in Gotham and could talk to and train, you guessed it, rats which he used to restrain, and torture victims and to smuggle goods. The film introduces us to a gender swapped version of the character who appears to be a legacy since she’s the second one. She’s played by Portuguese film actress Daniela Melchior

 

GEEK OUTS

Trish -Lucifer Season Five, Part One. OMG, I binged it in one day and am having some withdrawals. We got some GREAT fan service, Tom Ellis is an acting genius as he portrays not just Lucifer but his twin brother Michael and fans finally got the moment we’ve been waiting five seasons for!

Jeremy -  Been going on a vampire rampage lately. Burned through the five Underworld movies (and soon onto Blade.) Underworld 1 is a classic and just an all around good action film. The rest start getting more and more convoluted as they attempt to expand the storyline and shoe-horn in some romance. Thankfully Kate Beckingsdale returns for the final two (three is worth skipping!)

 

Deep Dive - The DC Fandome Trailers!

WW84-Absolutely will see, this trailer made me want it even more if that’s possible. I’ll be there opening weekend.

The Batman-I’ll catch it on Amazon, at this point, seen the previous dozen Batman films, you’ve seen them all.

Suicide Squad-I am optimistic with James Gunn at the helm and the team of Z listers he’s assembled that this could be what the first Squad movie should’ve been. And Elba, Capaldi, and Fillion don’t hurt either.

Gotham Knights-Now THIS is the Batman movie I wish we were getting, why? Because Batman is dead, hear me out. I would love a spin on the Batman mythos that shows us what Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin, and Red Hood would have to do in the wake of Batman’s murder to protect Gotham and navigate the murky waters of his legacy. If they make this for the Switch I will play the crap out of this game!

The Snyder Cut- Do I have to say it? Hard pass. If you need four hours to tell a Justice League movie, you don’t know what the hell you’re doing. And I’ll admit that the toxicity of the fans who clamored for this makes me want to avoid it even more.

Black Adam- Um...ok? What am I looking at here?

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League-Meh, looks ok story-wise. Not enticed to play.

QotW: What trailers from the DC Fandome got you excited?

 

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S1E27 - The Umbrella Academy: Season 2

August 13th, 2020

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For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we’re talking about The Umbrella Academy. Did they fix the problems from last season? Did we love it? And what are our favorite moments from this latest season?

 

Pop-Culture Trivia - The Umbrella Academy

Season One: 

  • Aidan Gallagher (Five) was not allowed to be on set during any gun fight scenes because of child labor laws. Instead a body double was used.
  • The Phantom of the Opera Medley that Vanya plays in the first episode when the characters are introduced is an arrangement performed by violinist Lindsey Sterling.
  • "My Chemical Romance" frontman Gerard Way penned the original comic series.

Season Two: 

  • Ellen Paige collaborated with showrunners to ensure that Vanya and Sissy’s relationship didn’t turn out to be a tragedy (Thank you!)
  • The crew did not get a clean take of the scene when Luther farts in the elevator, if you watch closely you can see Diego laughing.
  • The only scene filmed in Dallas was the grassy knoll
  • The cast did not get the final pages of the script for episode ten until closer to shooting.

For additional fun, check out this interview with the cast and find out all the little secrets.

GEEK OUTS

Trish - Star Girl! OMG, a love letter to the Silver Age of comics, a family-friendly gem that won’t bore parents and all-around a GREAT show!

Jeremy - Tales from the Loop, an anthology style show on Amazon is the perfect blend of retro-futurism and nuanced story telling. The best part, it’s based on narrative art books created by Simon Stalenhag and the Zon does them justice. Check out his book: https://amzn.to/30L6mtQ

 

Deep Dive - The Umbrella Academy

Trish -  They fixed the major issues for me from the first season, although it was close. I honestly did not trust the showrunners so I was distracted by worry throughout the season and admit that it diminished my enjoyment of the season overall. That being said, I liked it enough that a second viewing is in order so that I can absorb it better. The last episode sealed the deal for me in the way that Vanya was allowed to legit be the most powerful person in the room without destroying the world, and how they really tried to reach Lilly and invite her into the family. The scene between Ben and Vanya is the most powerful one in my opinion. He gives her permission (in a healing way) to be angry and hurt, he validates her experiences of abuse at the hands of her father and helps her start the healing process. It was beautiful.

Jeremy - My bar was set pretty low. The first season is filled with characters I spent more time hating than loving. There is a thing as too much quirk and I think trying to make every character the extreme of that quirk got tiresome. I prayed for Vanya’s death by the end (actually, all of them.) The second season is a different story. It opens with a bang, quite literally. There is more depth with each character as threads of their lives are actually plot relevant. Vanya is less annoying (I only wanted her dead here and there) and it goes to show some serious amnesia can fix a poorly plotted personality. Ben gets to be relevant. They attempt to give Diego some depth (and yet nerf him in the process) and Klaus is really just more of the same ol’. Allison saves the season for me. Her story has relevance, it’s retro and very now at the same time. She has romance, complexity, and a few badass moments. The rest of the family is better balanced which lets you enjoy the story, but if you found them annoying in season one, be prepared for more annoying.

 

QotW: Did you love or hate Season Two of the Umbrella Academy?

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S1E26 - So Bad it’s Good: Guardians

August 6th, 2020

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For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we’re talking about the Russian made superhero film, Guardians. Is it so bad it’s good?

 

POP-CULTURE TRIVIA
August 1940 Claire Voyant aka The Black Widow

Introduced in Mystic Comics #4 as "the strangest, most terrifying character in action picture magazines…” Her book features artwork by Harry Sahle. According to Jess Nevins' Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes, "The Black Widow can kill with a touch and has other, Satan-derived, plot device powers. The wrongdoers she goes after are ordinary humans, although one group of them call themselves Murder, Unlimited and another is the Cult of the Black Widow Spiders." Her next appearance occurs 51 years later, in a flashback cameo in one panel of issue #1 (Jan. 1994) of the mini-series Marvels ("A Time of Marvels", written by Kurt Busiek with art by Alex Ross), and again eleven years later (Feb. 2005), also in a brief flashback, in Marvel Knights Spider-Man #9 ("The Last Stand", written by Mark Millar with art by Terry and Rachel Dodson).

GEEK OUTS

Trish - Blood and Ash by Deborah Wilde.

Jeremy - I've been knee deep in photography research. Starting a side project and need to spend copious amounts of time looking at models. The good thing is I'm rediscovering my love for the European Mod movement in fashion. Who knew the 70's needed to make a come back?

 

Deep Dive - So bad it’s good: Guardians

Trish - Unfortunately, it’s just bad. What I liked: some of the visuals (not the effects) were really compelling, the makeup effects on the big bad were very well done, and the heroes did have interesting power sets (except for the woman who just turns invisible...but only in water...ok). What I didn’t like: cheap effects aside (because I think they did the best they could with what little they had) the script SERIOUSLY hamstrung this film. 

Jeremy - How dare she? It's awesome! What I liked: I go into these movies with the bar already set low, so consider me impressed with the specific methods they utilized their budget. The effects weren't horrible (nor great) but they really emphasized the SFX around their abilities. It's the first time teleporting has been done this well (Sorry Nightcrawler) and this is the Invisible Woman that Fantastic Four deserved and never got. What I didn't like: The script! That was painful, and why were they doing what they were doing? Does anybody have motivation or is this movie the product of boredom? It's hard to tell for the majority of it....BUT POWERS!!!!

 

QotW: What is your favorite so bad it’s good movie?

 

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