I think my short reaction to the latest season of Game of Thrones is just OH MY GOSH!! This season just blew me away. After season 5 I was slightly disappointed in the series as a whole. They had done some good things, but in season 5 the show just felt a little lost. This season they really took the show and the story to the next level.
Now a couple of my favorite things about this season has been the women in power, and the reveal of some great fan theories. The female characters in this season have owned every episode that they have been in and it has been fantastic.
I think the big issue I have with this season is that they threw out any concept of time continuity and everything happened at the speed of plot. Now this kept the pace really exciting and with a limited number of episodes left in the series it really helped move the story forward, but there were definitely some ridiculous moments as a result. At the same time I am super excited to see where they take this story in the next couple of seasons! (Spoilers for Game of Thrones for season 6 after the jump.)
Posted in TV Shows
Tagged A Song of Ice and Fire, Arya Stark, Cold Hands, Daenerys, Game of Thrones, HBO, Jon Snow, Kick Ass Females, Littlefinger, Sansa Stark, speed of plot, Storytelling, Strong Female Characters, Varys
Last week, Netflix released the latest iteration of the Voltron franchise. I’ve been cautiously optimistic about the new series, Voltron: Legendary Defender, since I heard about the project. The more I saw animation clips from Dreamworks and interviews with showrunners Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, the more torn I became. Legendary Defenders looked amazing. It sounded like the folks involved were on the money and trying to create a show that both old and new Voltron fans could enjoy. Still, I couldn’t let myself get too excited. I’ve been burned by too many lackluster reboots and updates, and Voltron is important to me. I don’t think I would’ve made it through fourth grade without Voltron. I debated whether I should tune in on June 10, and after much angst, I decided I would watch the first three episodes. I ended up watching the whole series. This post is not so much a review but a reaction. I’ll have reviews and more indepth commentary in upcoming weeks, once Comparative Geeks makes its move to self-hosted.
Editor’s Note: post includes a few excited expletives.
Posted in Anime, Nostalgia, Science Fiction, TV Shows
Tagged 80s, animation, cartoon, character development, Dreamworks, Geek, Kick Ass Females, Legendary Defender, NetFlix, Robots, Voltron
I mentioned in my post at the beginning of the year that I was looking forward to getting back into reading, especially by branching out and trying new authors and genres I generally wouldn’t think to try. I’m about to feel like a commercial and I apologize for that, but with Amazon Prime I get one free Kindle book a month through their Kindle First program. For the longest time I’ve been awesome at picking one out each month and downloading it… but that’s as far as I’ve gotten with all but one of them (a romance novel that helped me discover a new novelist to read for fun; that’s probably a great post for another time).
So for January, I decided to try one of the most recent ones I’d picked out and read it as my book for the month. I maybe missed doing it in January because time is going by too quickly, but I did finally pick it up this week, and I’m really glad I did.
Harmony Black by Craig Schaefer has all the great workings of a modern mystery novel; Harmony Black is an FBI agent working for a Special Ops branch who usually works alone, but gets pulled out of her first vacation in years by an unusual string of infant kidnappings. She’s thrust into working with a motley crew of FBI agents and associates, and the mystery takes them back to her hometown, to the unsolved mystery of her sister’s mysterious kidnapping, which happened thirty years ago… and yet by all accounts the same scenario is repeating itself. Oh, and did I mention that Harmony Black is a witch and the branch of the FBI she works for targets magical and demonic criminals in very underground, off the books ways, and the case they’re trying to solve involves the Bogeyman?
Posted in Books
Tagged Amazon, Amazon Prime, book review, Craig Schaefer, Harmony Black, Kick Ass Females, Magic, mystery, Recommendations, Review, Strong Female Characters, Supernatural, The Dresden Files
Okay, so lots of people have talked about how amazing Jessica Jones is, and I don’t want to rehash too much of what’s been said. Like about how the Bechdel test was flipped on its head, or how this is what a female driven show looks like, or how it is an amazingly realistic portrayal of abuse survival, and how its hero doesn’t act like a perfect survivor or hero, and how awesome that realism is.
I don’t want to sound like a broken record of how absolutely amazing this show was in regards to female characters and their portrayal. I’d like to talk instead about how Power Dynamics are handled, because they are one of the leading forces of the show (and not just because Kilgrave has the power of Mind Control).
Posted in Character Studies, Comics, Feminism, TV Shows
Tagged Abuse, Bechdel Test, Jessica Jones, Kick Ass Females, Kilgrave, Marvel, Mind Control, NetFlix, Recommendations, Review, Strong Female Characters
David and I had wanted to watch Supergirl, but when we dropped cable we no longer had access to CBS. While visiting my grandma we were able to watch the show from the beginning to see if it would be worth it just to get it on iTunes. We watched the first two episodes and are already hooked – we bought the season pass on iTunes. I never really knew the origin to Supergirl so I do not know how accurate the show’s storytelling is in terms of the comics, but I like the story that the show presents.
The show, so far, has done a lot of things really well. I really like that the show is exploring what it means to become a hero and how to define yourself. The big thing though is that they are doing a female superhero right. If you have not started watching this show I recommend that you do.
Posted in Catching Up, Comics, Feminism, TV Shows
Tagged CBS, DC, Kara, Kick Ass Females, origin story, Review, Strong Female Characters, Supergirl, Superheroes, Verdict