The Supergirl Premiere: An Early Look

Marissa Bailey at Wizard World Supergirl Screening

Marissa Bailey introducing the Supergirl screening

A team of women outfitted in Supergirl shirts walked up and down the aisles of the room, handing out gold Supergirl tattoos to a rather diverse crowd of women and men, young and old(er). On stage local weekend morning anchor Marissa Bailey showed off the red cape attached to her shirt before introducing the new show and sharing that the network wants to know what we all think of what we’re about to see. I sat in the front of the room, hoping in an hour I wouldn’t feel like I’d wasted my time.

Three months before when a six-minute trailer for the new Supergirl TV show appeared online, I didn’t have much confidence in the program. Beyond not having a real personal history with the character, the preview felt like a hard sell on the idea girls would want to watch this. In some moments it came off like a rom com with a ditzy lead. Now there’s definitely a market for that, but it’s not what I’m looking for in a TV show right now – even less so for a superhero TV show.

On Assembly of Geeks’ Comic Book Passions & TV Show Reactions episode’ I mentioned how unfortunate it was that the Black Widow rom-com parody sketch had just appeared on Saturday Night Live and bore a superficial resemblance to the trailer. Host Scott saw similarities to The Devil Wears Prada while his fellow host Amy’s initial impression . . . → Read More: The Supergirl Premiere: An Early Look

Tomorrowland: The Review

Ladies and gentlebeings, we’ve reached the Tomorrowland stop on my Strange Age of Tomorrowland World Awakens 2015 movie tour. You may proceed with this review without any major spoilers. Please feel free to stretch your imaginations, take small children by the hand, and be sure to hang on to any personal belongings.

This is my favorite stop so far.

There’s a clear enthusiasm and momentum behind Tomorrowland. And it’s so many things I hesitate to label it as thrilling or reflective or hope-inducing, because as much as it has those elements within it, it’s a much more intricate piece of filmmaking than a broad label can do justice. I have to wonder if that’s why some critics aren’t liking it; it’s not easy to pin down. (Pun completely intended.)

Tomorrowland is reminiscent, modern, and forward-thinking. There is action, adventure and impressive special effects. Moments of whimsy appear and a few times it runs right up to the line of being too silly, but this movie isn’t shying away from the fact that it has a message for you–a very wordy message, but an interesting and thought-provoking one nonetheless.

I’ll admit the narrative is a bit messy and gets complicated at times but the world Brad Bird created makes it easy enough to suspend disbelief and take it all in stride. Fun references to Disneyland are heaviest in the beginning, there’s a bunch of Star Wars in the middle, and a scene right out of The Rocketeer appears towards the end. . . . → Read More: Tomorrowland: The Review

Kay Reviews Companion Piece

Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who is the first Doctor Who piece of literature I’ve read since I dove into the world of Who in 2014. The dust is still settling from me getting all caught up on New Who so I hadn’t planned on getting into any books just yet, but when Mad Norwegian Press offered me the chance to do a review of this one I was too intrigued to pass it up.

As the title indicates all the essays in Companion Piece are written by women, but not all the essays are only about female characters from the show. Some pieces are critiques, some defenses; others are tributes, reflections, or clever analyses. And if one thing is certain, all of these essays were written out of love.

Going in I was unsure how much I would be able to appreciate the writings about companions from the Classic Era of Doctor Who as my knowledge of that part of the show is comparatively limited. But I found it all depended on the author’s focus. I did not enjoy every Classic-focused essay but I did walk away with a list of companions from early Who that I feel compelled to check out – and others I will probably avoid at all costs. People have made suggestions to me as to which Doctors I should watch from the early days, but not which companions.

Unsurprisingly I was more at home with the pieces . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Companion Piece

Geek Out Your Workout

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The other day I was on Pinterest looking for a good plank challenge plan when I saw a pin for a Black Widow workout. Black Widow as in Black Widow who can be seen in many of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies but not on much of the merchandising Black Widow? Yes, that one. It was indeed an illustrated workout combo inspired by the woman who, among other things, saved a super soldier multiple times. There was punching, kicking, and oh yes, climbers. So I decided to give it a try the next day. Let’s just say it looks easier than it is. But it’s a fun element to add to your fitness regime. I’ve heard of a couple gyms being based around geek/nerdy themes or incorporating them into their WODs, but it’s something I had never tried.

Then I realized there were several other similarly illustrated geeky-interest-inspired workout sets floating around from the same site. So I ended up on neilaray.com and there is literarlly a treasure-trove of these with instructions, info about what muscles you’re working, and tips. They even have timer buttons for your rests in between sets. It’s all part of the NR Project, which is a volunteer-run passion project to make fitness fun and accessible. As such all the workouts are available for free; you can even download them as pdfs.

What’s more most of them don’t require equipment so you can do them anywhere you have the space. A whole range of female, male, . . . → Read More: Geek Out Your Workout

Happy Year of the Horse!

Wynde Promo Image

Eleven-ThirtyEight dives into the positives of Wynde. . . . → Read More: Happy Year of the Horse!

The Heroines of Frozen and Catching Fire Dominate the Thanksgiving Box Office

Frozen joins Catching Fire in conquering the box office. . . . → Read More: The Heroines of Frozen and Catching Fire Dominate the Thanksgiving Box Office

Girls Can Be Heroes

Guest post from author W. Scott about messages of heroism and teamwork in stories with protagonists who are girls. . . . → Read More: Girls Can Be Heroes

Finding What We Need: Native American Heroines and the Creation of Historical Myths

The Corps of Discovery in Kansas City, MO, which features Sacagawea.

Priya interviews Kristy Downs, who wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on Native American heroines. . . . → Read More: Finding What We Need: Native American Heroines and the Creation of Historical Myths

Getting a Heroine Right: “Trading In Danger”

Trading in Danger

Megan Crouse discusses heroine Kylara Vatta in Elizabeth Moon’s TRADING IN DANGER. . . . → Read More: Getting a Heroine Right: “Trading In Danger”

This Is What Heroism Looks Like

Real life heroism from Malala Yousafzai. . . . → Read More: This Is What Heroism Looks Like