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
4/5ths of the Rebel Yell Council return to the podcast for discussion of the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 opener, Siege of Lothal. Some of the recent storytelling choices for this second Rebels season, as well as this episode itself, have invoked my small galaxy syndrome feelings, but even I agree with the rest of the Council that Darth Vader is one not to be messed with on this show.
There’s also much to discuss about the Empire’s interest in the planet itself, speculation about Ahsoka, and of course “space married” makes an appearance. It’s always an interesting conversation when Steve, Teresa, Erich, and I are all at the same table.
“Rebel Yell – Siege of Lothal” can be found:
on iTunes under Disney Vault Talk
on the Geek Out Loud website
Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Life’s taken her on a bit of a different path, but she’s still a Star Wars fangirl at heart who enjoys surprising people with how geeky she really is. Currently a voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, writing, learning and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would pick up more jobs and hobbies if she was a Time Lord. You can follow her on Twitter.
. . . → Read More: Kay Joins Rebel Yell for the Siege of Lothal
American television network upfronts recently took place and we now have a better idea of what shows will be around this fall. This week I had the chance to join the Assembly of Geeks podcast for a segment on some of the new show first looks that have already graced us with their presence.
She looks like Natalie Dormer. You see it too, right?
No one looks like Natalie Dormer here and that’s completely ok.
Our panel included hosts Amy, Scott, and Jeff (also known as Agent Archer, Merchman, and Admiral Eighties) as well as fellow guest Rebecca of Supergirl Radio. Together we looked at the previews for The Muppets, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. Which one am I intrigued by? Which one am I hesitant on? And which one has me totally lost? Listen to find out.
From the show notes:
This week’s podcast opens with Regina Davis &and Matt Moore of Comic Book Noob as we get to know them a little better & learn more about their passion for comics. In today’s Geek Assembly meeting Geek Kay of FANgirl Blog and Rebecca Johnson of Supergirl Radio join us to discuss the TV show trailers for The Muppets, Supergirl & Legends of Tomorrow.
Other topics include Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch changing parents again, the chance for a Star Wars/Marvel channel, Stephen Amell’s claim that Arrow is done and Doomsday’s reported appearance in Batman vs. Superman.
Also see . . . → Read More: Kay Joins a Meeting of the Assembly of Geeks
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
A girl can get through a lot of space and time in six odd months.
It feels like I’ve been a Whovian for years but I just checked my post from when I first leaped into the TARDIS and it was only months ago. I guess time travel can do that to you. But now I am all caught up – at least as far as New Who (2005-present) goes. Hitting that marker was a pretty exciting moment.
I HAVE FINISHED WATCHING ALL OF (new) DOCTOR WHO. WHERE IS MY CERTIFICATE ON PSYCHIC PAPER?
— Kay (@Geek_Kay) February 22, 2015
It’s true. I seriously felt like I should receive some sort of diploma. I learned so much! I say and tweet things now that would have sounded like gobbledygook to me last year. And to top it off somehow I even went to sleep after watching the post-Series 8 Christmas special, which if you also watched you understand the achievement.
I’ve been tweeting about my adventures along the way and every time I thought people might be getting tired of my commentary, someone would appear nudging me to keep it up. As mentioned in my original post, the Doctor Who fandom continues to be incredibly encouraging and I’ve never felt like I’m alone on my journey – even when I literally was watching the episodes by myself.
Clara by Alice X. Zhang
I appreciate all the people on Twitter who answered my questions – whether . . . → Read More: Way Less New to Doctor Who
Agent Carter is a super heroine. Learn more about the history of her character from Alan Kistler. . . . → Read More: Agent Carter, Superheroine
On Hyperspace Theories part of what we do is take information we’ve gathered about Star Wars and explore the possibilities of what it could mean and where it might take the story. This form of speculation can be a lot of fun and apparently addicting, because while we’ve mainly been talking about The Force Awakens on the podcast, I’ve found myself doing the same thing for the TV show, Star Wars Rebels.
This led me to coming up with a theory for the Kyber crystals targeted by the rebels in “Breaking Ranks,” which was later confirmed by Pablo Hidalgo and crew in an episode of Rebels Recon. If you’re interested in hearing more about that theory, check out the episode of Disney Vault Talk’s Rebel Yell where I discuss it. Since that mystery is settled enough, at least in my mind, I’ve moved on to a bigger one: Who is Fulcrum?
In the fifth episode of the first season of Star Wars Rebels, we are introduced to a character called Fulcrum by way of a voice who has information for our heroes. “Out of Darkness” implies only Hera Syndulla might know Fulcrum’s true identity. Fulcrum gives Hera background on Imperial targets but also leaves supplies for the rebels at drop points. In “Gathering Forces” we learn Fulcrum is traveling, at least at the moment, in a CR90 corvette with a blue stripe when they come to pick up Tseebo, the Rodian with a head full of Imperial secrets.
. . . → Read More: Who is Fulcrum? Speculating on Star Wars Rebels
Assembly of Geeks discusses the upcoming fall television season, including The Big Bang Theory and Gotham. . . . → Read More: Big Bang Theory and Gotham on Assembly of Geeks
Peggy Carter gets picked up by ABC. . . . → Read More: Hayley Atwell Talks !!Agent Carter!!
Catch the Star Wars marathon on Spike today! . . . → Read More: Start the New Year Off Right – Star Wars Marathon on Spike