She Geek Critique – When the Time is Right

This past weekend was the series finale for Orphan Black. It was one of the best dark science sci-fi shows on television and it will most definitely be missed. It amassed quite a fan following over it’s five-year span and it’s easy to see why. It had some great writing, an engrossing plot and some of the best acting to be seen in years, primarily from Tatiana Maslany who played the five primary clone characters plus any additional clones that popped up along the way. But as good as it was, Orphan Black was a show with a plan in place – the series was intended to span five years and it did, providing a full story arc and satisfying ending for viewers.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Texas is Better at Midnight

With the loss of several paranormal series over the last 5 years, there are always new shows trying to fill that hole. Shadowhunters on Freeform works to fill the hole left by the horror and mystery teen drama demographics from Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars. Meanwhile Supernatural works to get its spinoff Wayward Sisters off the ground to keep the CW from ever falling off the genre TV map. Yet, while it had good times and bad (along with many WTF seasons) on premium television, few shows have succeeded in being True BloodContinue reading

Childhood 2.0 – Voltron Revisited

One of the things “they” say about parenting is that it gives you a chance to be a kid again. If all the 80’s reboots of toys and series aren’t evidence enough of that, I don’t know what is. So naturally, when I heard about the Voltron reboot (a few years after the fact, as I’m typically behind the times), I got excited. I also wanted to relive the old series, while at the same time, introducing a classic to my own kid.  Continue reading

Playing Around – Storming the Castle

Back in 1986, Konami came out with the now classic action game for Nintendo called Castlevania. Set in the 1600s, players get to explore Dracula’s castle, with the ultimate goal of actually defeating Dracula. Along the way there are battles with Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, Medusa and more. The original game was followed by two sequels, plus a fourth game that retold the events of the first. The entire series has a lot of fans and now there’s an animated series to enjoy as well.  Continue reading

She Geek Critique – All the Things

Unless you live under a rock (or were vacationing there for the weekend), you know that Comic-Con International (aka San Diego Comic-Con aka SDCC) took place last weekend. It stopped being a true comic convention years ago and is now a pop culture and media convention. Of course, a lot of today’s pop culture is based on comicbook properties, so there’s a full circle thing going on anyway. The fact remains: SDCC is the grand-daddy of comic cons and it’s now where Hollywood lets loose with the vast majority of announcements and surprises for the year in pop culture to come.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Stay Tuned… A Look at Max Headroom

If you were around in the ’80s, there’s a good chance you have seen even a semblance of Max Headroom. Max is an A.I. in the form of a disembodied head, and starred in everything from movies and TV shows, to advertisements for everything under the sun in the mid-to-late ’80s in America and the UK. Starting off as a veejay, back when music videos were seen on television, he progressed to talk show host in the UK, finding his way over to America on cable TV. While the world knew of Max Headroom, though, his origins were unknown.  Continue reading

GW1 Issue 108 – It’s All a Front

We’re a little all over the place this week, but you can probably tell we had a good time. After a very brief update of our goings on, we get into myriad tv shows we’ve watched from the 80s through to today (and some crazy plot lines), what we like/don’t like about movie trailers and why detailed origin story movies aren’t necessary. We also say farewell to a Bat icon and talk Star Wars costumes. Listen now! 

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She Geek Critique – Clone Club

This past weekend, Orphan Black began it’s fifth and final season. It’s a planned exit, which means the stories will be wrapped up in the way the creators intended, which is always a good thing. Of course, like most fans, I’m not happy to see the show leave. I’ve been hooked from the start – great premise, fantastic writing, good twists… and you never know when another clone will show up.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – What if God[s] Were One of [Among] Us?

I can’t say that it’s enough just to have a series or movie based on a Neil Gaiman work, but certain works merit film transformation over others. Stardust in 2007 was impressive and incorporated Gaiman’s humor wisely, yet felt more like a Disney film. Two years later, an animated Coraline proved to be creepy, yet moving the setting to America took a bit out of the initial moral of the novel. Neverwhere had been made in multiple forms on radio and television (the best productions featuring Peter Capaldi, in my opinion) while Good Omens, Gaiman’s collaboration with Terry Pratchett, was produced as a radio drama for BBC radio with Colin Morgan shortly before Pratchett’s death. Yet one novel I have waited a long time for since my first reading proved to be the best Gaiman production of all – American GodsContinue reading

Comics Cosmos – Pray for Me, Preacher

About a year ago Preacher, a tv series based on the Vertigo comic book by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, made its debut. It follows far-from-holy preacher Jesse Custer in a very small town in Texas and the lives of the often horrible people who live there. The first season of the show was actually a prequel to the comics, so even fans were treated to the unexpected every week.  Continue reading