This week, I’m going to take another look at Fall TV pilots in the geekiverse, from Tesla Steampunk Tony Stark to the latest Buddy Cops With Androids.
The latest in a years-long trend of re-imaginings and re-boots, the Jonathan Rhys-Meyers-fronted Dracula takes the story forward to the early 20th century, where Vlad Tepes (a.k.a. Dracula) is resurrected from an intricate grave and heads to London to plot against the Ordo Draco, the group that destroyed his life and killed the love of his eternal life, Ilona. Continue reading
Intergalactic politics, soul stealers, and cyborg infections, oh my! Mike, Paul, and Shaun offer their thoughts on the the first four episodes of Babylon 5 in our first ever re-watch session.
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Genrelogues Shaun and Jen’s new column about new and old SF/F television, film, and literature. This week, Shaun and Jen tackle the first four episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., airing every Tuesday (8/7c) on ABC. Though we will try not to ruin whatever we’re talking about with a lot of detail, you should be warned that spoilers are inevitable. Read with care.
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Shaun: Since this is our first Genrelogue, I want to start off by talking about the issue of anticipation in relation to this particular product. There are a couple things I think are worth exploring here. First, the simple fact that this is another attempt on the part of Joss Whedon to successfully capture the genre TV market, which we all know he hasn’t been all that successful at in recent years (the early cancellation of Firefly, by many accounts a classic, and the poor showing of Dollhouse, which got off on a bad foot the second the studios nerfed his original beginning). Since his success with The Avengers, my guess is Marvel expects AoS to be their “in” to the TV market. And since they’re on a major network — ABC — they will have the benefit of a much larger audience than their competitor, DC, whose only major live-action show, Arrow, appears on the CW — which, though successful within that particular network, does not benefit from Continue reading
Hello! Welcome to Geekomancer Under Glass, the Skiffy & Fanty blog series where I talk about pop culture.
“But why Geekomancer?” you might ask. That’s a reasonable question. I claim the title because I write a series with Geekomancers — people who use their love of pop culture to do magic — which means to stay current with the world I write about, I will on occasion dive headlong into pop culture, for good or for ill. And when all is said and done, I get to call it research! *maniacal laugh*
So, it’s fall, which means several things. For this post, it means the debuts of new TV shows. Before ‘Geeky Novelist’ eclipsed ‘Media Scholar’ in my ‘Relationship to Pop Culture’ archetype, I looked forward to Fall Pilot season like I imagine sports fans look forward to Opening Day. Show up for appointment television, eager and fresh after a far-too-long lull in That Thing That I Like Watching, to see what the rookies have to offer. Who’s going to hit it big, and who is going to get pulled so fast that no one will have time to wonder where anyone got that old vaudeville super-long hook.
This year, I’ve delved into several pilot episodes, and will discuss them here for your pleasure. For Part One, I’ll discuss Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Blacklist, and Sleepy Hollow. Continue reading
(That’s probably because you rolled up nothing but magical cleaning techniques.)
I know that common wisdom says spring is the season for cleaning, but for me this autumn is setting off my cleaning impulse. The last week has seen me taking every spare moment to do things that are usually completely out of character, like taking a damp cloth to the miniblinds. It’s quite lovely to fall asleep secure in the knowledge that all the crevices under and around the bed have been swept, dusted, and heartily scrubbed, but at the same time, the more I clean, the more it feels like the house will never ever actually be free of dust.
For some people, like maybe Martha Stewart, or Tony Stark, I bet this leads to inventing newer, scarier, more efficient cleaning tools and methods. Alas, I am not a ginormously wealthy businessperson, so it just makes me daydream about all the ways I could clean if only I had access to magic. Seriously, have you ever stopped to think about all the magical ways to clean things? Here are a few: Continue reading