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REISSUED Episode 205 - Geek Embassy Watches Star Trek Discovery Season One Finale!

The Geek Embassy cannot contain its enthusiasm about the newest Star Trek series. Star Trek: Discovery is the most recent offering in the Star Trek universe. Airing exclusively on CBS All Access, season one wrapped at the end of February. Don’t miss our previous episodes discussing episodes 1 & 2episodes 3 & 4, episodes 5 & 6,  episodes 7 & 8 episode 9,  episode 10 & 11 and 12 & 13.

Star Trek: Discovery

From CBS All Access:

Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns 50 years after it first premiered, with Star Trek: Discovery. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24 on CBS All Access.

Ten years before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.

Our Discussion

Dante and I have been part of the Disco conversations since the start of the series but joining us for the last two episodes are Liam Dynes and our very own GoT fan, Nicole Tanner. Nicole apparently has never enjoyed a Star Trek series... ever but she really enjoyed much of what Discovery had to offer. We touch a bit on the entire season to catch up on Nicole's perspective. Then we do a quick recap of episodes 14 and 15 before we debunk our predictions from the last episode. Highlights include a discussion of Burnham as the imperfect heroine, the slow burn of the season finale, and our excitement about this continuing story. 

As always, we would love to hear what you think. Let us know in the comments. 

Until next time, get your Disco on!

Regina, Dante, Liam, and Nicole

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Episode 204 - Geek Embassy Watches Star Trek Discovery ep 12&13

The Geek Embassy cannot contain its enthusiasm about the newest Star Trek series. Star Trek: Discovery is the most recent offering in the Star Trek universe. Airing exclusively on CBS All Access, episodes premiere every Sunday night in the US. The second half of the season began again in early January and wraps at the end of February. Don’t miss our previous episodes discussing episodes 1 & 2episodes 3 & 4, episodes 5 & 6,  episodes 7 & 8 episode 9, and episode 10 & 11.

Star Trek: Discovery

From CBS All Access:

Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns 50 years after it first premiered, with Star Trek: Discovery. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24 on CBS All Access.

Ten years before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.

Our Discussion

Joining us for this episode is a very special guest, Liam Dynes. Liam and I connected through a online writers group and have been talking about ST:D since it first aired. He told me about many of the fan theories that turned out to be true this season (including mirror Lorca and his attempts to return to the mirror universe). So it seemed only appropriate to bring him on the show and have him geek out with us. Warning: he is a fan so the three of us get pretty excited talking about these two action packed episodes. We are seeing some speedy resolution to the highly intricate and ambitious plot we've seen here.

We touch a bit on the complaints we've all heard that Disco is not "Star Trek enough" and the talk that another sci-fi show is following Gene Roddenberry's legacy much more closely. Dante talks in-depth about the issue of over-ownership of fandoms in his recent article, Your Fandom Does Not Belong to You. Make sure to give that a read.

To Discuss

This feels like it's always my question about this show but OMG CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT HAPPENED? AND THAT?

Until next time, get your Disco on!

Regina & Dante & Liam

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Geek Embassy Watches Star Trek Discovery eps 10 & 11

The Geek Embassy returns talking about the newest Star Trek series for TGE Watches. Star Trek: Discovery is the most recent offering in the Star Trek universe. Airing exclusively on CBS All Access, this series releases every Sunday night. The second half of the season began again in early January. We start our discussion with episodes 10 and 11 and will continue to discuss episodes every other week until the first season ends in March. Don’t miss our previous episodes discussing the pilot movie, episodes 1 & 2episodes 3 & 4, episodes 5 & 6,  episodes 7 & 8  and episode 9.

Star Trek: Discovery

From CBS All Access:

Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns 50 years after it first premiered, with Star Trek: Discovery. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24 on CBS All Access.

Ten years before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.

Our Discussion

Clearly, Dante and I are far more excited about Discovery's direction than Isabela. We discuss the unexpected plot twists and feeling on edge throughout the show. The impossible internet theory came true to everyone's surprise. I have a pretty wild take on that as well... We will see if it pans out! Catch our predictions at the end of the episode.

After we finished recording I mentioned this might be my favorite Trek. This is saying a lot since I have a long history of loving Star Trek series. This series puts me on edge. I care about and worry for the characters. Everyone feels at risk in a very real way. The gripping and unpredictable story keeps me, a plot guesser, on my toes.

To Discuss

What are you thinking about the series? How about that wild theory being true?

Until next time, get your Disco on!

Regina, Dante, and Isabela

 

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Episode 203 - Geek Embassy Watches Marvel’s Runaways Season 1 Finale

Greetings Geeks! The latest in the TGE Watches series: We discuss Marvel’s Runaways, the latest in the MCU airing weekly on Hulu. For our first episode, we discuss episodes 1-4 of the series. We meet our heroes and our villains. See things that cannot be unseen. Watch and wait as the story unfolds. See our insights about episodes 1-4, episodes 5-6. and 7-8-9.

Official Marvel’s Runaways Description

There are times when pretty much every teenager thinks his or her parents are evil — but what if it was actually true? That’s the situation six Los Angeles teenagers find themselves in when they stumble upon a terrible secret and realize that their parents have been lying to them for their entire lives. The offspring begin an investigation to try to figure out what their guardians are after, while the adults wonder if their kids are hiding secrets of their own. The unlikely crew of teens bands together — led by de facto leader and primary strategist Alex Wilder — to stop their parents before it is too late. The Marvel series is from executive producer Josh Schwartz, whose resume of young-adult fare includes “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl.”

Dante’s Opening Description

We begin with five houses, all alike in dignity, in fair Malibu where we lay our scene.  From ancient gods break new mutiny where innocent blood makes parental hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these five foes, a group of starcrossed children uproot their lives; whose misadventures change their minds, hope with their deeds bury their parents’ Pride.

Our Discussion

We start our discussion with our predictions from the last episode. Then we cover all the action and inaction of the episode. We enjoyed the finale even if we didn’t get a big fight scene at the end.

To Discuss

Are you all in on Marvel’s Runaways? Looking forward to the second season? Or did it not grab you?

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina, Dante, Isabela, and Evan

 
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Episode 202 - Geek Embassy Watches Marvel’s Runaways

Greetings Geeks! The latest in the TGE Watches series: We discuss Marvel’s Runaways, the latest in the MCU airing weekly on Hulu. For our first episode, we discuss episodes 1-4 of the series. We meet our heroes and our villains. See things that cannot be unseen. Watch and wait as the story unfolds. See our insights about episodes 1-4 and episodes 5-6.

Official Marvel’s Runaways Description

There are times when pretty much every teenager thinks his or her parents are evil — but what if it was actually true? That’s the situation six Los Angeles teenagers find themselves in when they stumble upon a terrible secret and realize that their parents have been lying to them for their entire lives. The offspring begin an investigation to try to figure out what their guardians are after, while the adults wonder if their kids are hiding secrets of their own. The unlikely crew of teens bands together — led by de facto leader and primary strategist Alex Wilder — to stop their parents before it is too late. The Marvel series is from executive producer Josh Schwartz, whose resume of young-adult fare includes “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl.”

Dante’s Opening Description

We begin with five houses, all alike in dignity, in fair Malibu where we lay our scene.  From ancient gods break new mutiny where innocent blood makes parental hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these five foes, a group of starcrossed children uproot their lives; whose misadventures change their minds, hope with their deeds bury their parents’ Pride.

Our Discussion

We cover so much of the plot of Marvel’s Runaways in this session. The fans of the book start feeling better about the pacing now that some serious action is taking place. We enjoy the new romances that evolve and share all the many feels we have about the ‘ships. We discuss at length exactly how hard the fall will be in this next episode as we see the parents embrace their truly terrible natures.

What’s your grade for the series so far? Are you loving it? Have a prediction for the finale? Share it with us in the comments!

Until next time, don’t Runaway!

Regina, Dante, Isabela, and Evan

 

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REISSUED Episode 201 - Geek Embassy Watches Marvel’s Runaways Ep 5&6

Sorry for the confusion, folks! The correct episode is uploaded now. :)

Greetings Geeks! The latest in the TGE Watches series: We discuss Marvel’s Runaways, the latest in the MCU airing weekly on Hulu. For our first episode, we discuss episodes 1-4 of the series. We meet our heroes and our villains. See things that cannot be unseen. Watch and wait as the story unfolds.

Official Marvel’s Runaways Description

There are times when pretty much every teenager thinks his or her parents are evil — but what if it was actually true? That’s the situation six Los Angeles teenagers find themselves in when they stumble upon a terrible secret and realize that their parents have been lying to them for their entire lives. The offspring begin an investigation to try to figure out what their guardians are after, while the adults wonder if their kids are hiding secrets of their own. The unlikely crew of teens bands together — led by de facto leader and primary strategist Alex Wilder — to stop their parents before it is too late. The Marvel series is from executive producer Josh Schwartz, whose resume of young-adult fare includes “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl.”

Dante’s Opening Description

We begin with five houses, all alike in dignity, in fair Malibu where we lay our scene.  From ancient gods break new mutiny where innocent blood makes parental hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these five foes, a group of starcrossed children uproot their lives; whose misadventures change their minds, hope with their deeds bury their parents’ Pride.

Our Discussion

Pacing is still an issue for those of us familiar with the comic books. Character development is awesome. We discuss more about the comics this episode, especially the fact that the parents are more fleshed out an sympathetic characters. We have theories as to why the show runners are making that choice. Listen and let us know if you agree.

Questions for YOU

    1. Most compelling moment from episode 5 “Kingdom”
    2. Most compelling moment from episode 6 “Metamorphosis”
    3. Bold prediction for the next two episodes
    4. Overall letter grade for episodes five and six

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina, Dante, Isabela, and Evan

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Episode 200 - Geek Embassy Watches Marvel’s Runaways

Greetings Geeks! The latest in the TGE Watches series: We discuss Marvel's Runaways, the latest in the MCU airing weekly on Hulu. For our first episode, we discuss episodes 1-4 of the series. We meet our heroes and our villains. See things that cannot be unseen. Watch and wait as the story unfolds.

Official Marvel's Runaways Description

There are times when pretty much every teenager thinks his or her parents are evil -- but what if it was actually true? That's the situation six Los Angeles teenagers find themselves in when they stumble upon a terrible secret and realize that their parents have been lying to them for their entire lives. The offspring begin an investigation to try to figure out what their guardians are after, while the adults wonder if their kids are hiding secrets of their own. The unlikely crew of teens bands together -- led by de facto leader and primary strategist Alex Wilder -- to stop their parents before it is too late. The Marvel series is from executive producer Josh Schwartz, whose resume of young-adult fare includes "The O.C." and "Gossip Girl."

Dante's Opening Description

We begin with five houses, all alike in dignity, in fair Malibu where we lay our scene.  From ancient gods break new mutiny where innocent blood makes parental hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these five foes, a group of starcrossed children uproot their lives; whose misadventures change their minds, hope with their deeds bury their parents’ Pride.

Our Discussion

At this point, we have more questions than answers. Thankfully, Dante, Evan, and Isabela are all familiar with the comic book series which is a help and a hindrance. Listen and watch to see our guesses for how the story evolves.

Questions for YOU

    1. Favorite character
    2. Least favorite character
    3. Character I love to hate
    4. Bold prediction for the next two episodes
    5. Overall letter grade for the series as a whole through four episodes

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina, Dante, Isabela, and Evan

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Episode 199 - Geek Embassy Watches Star Trek Discovery Eps 7&8

Hold on to your hats, Sci-Fi lovers! The Geek Embassy is taking on the latest Star Trek series for TGE Watches. Star Trek: Discovery is the most recent offering in the Star Trek universe. Airing exclusively on CBS All Access, this series releases every Sunday night. We will meet to discuss the latest in a beloved fandom every two weeks through the mid-season finale in December. Don’t miss our previous episodes discussing the pilot movie, episodes 1 & 2episodes 3 & 4,  and episodes 5 & 6.

Star Trek: Discovery

From CBS All Access:

Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns 50 years after it first premiered, with Star Trek: Discovery. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24 on CBS All Access.

Ten years before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.

Our Discussion

Episode 7 was a hit with all three of us. Time travel episodes are a long standing Trek tradition and are often fan favorites. “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” doesn’t disappoint. It doesn’t hurt that Harry Mudd is an absolute delight, even if he is a cad and a scoundrel.

Episode 8 returns directly to the Klingon plot line. We finally see Admiral Cromwell in captivity and the return of the Klingon Captain L’Rell. Our main characters are off the ship and on a planet looking for native technology to possibly help The Federation see through the Klingon cloaking device. More mixed feelings are expressed about this episode. We enjoyed some aspects of the story and some others not so much. “If you want peace, prepare for war” certainly seems to set up the need for a big fight in the mid season finale next week.

Really, you need to watch this episode just to see us all “Disco” at the end.

Until next time, get your Disco on!

Regina & Isabela & Dante

 

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Episode 198 - Geek Embassy Watches Star Trek Discovery - Eps 5&6

Hold on to your hats, Sci-Fi lovers! The Geek Embassy is taking on the latest Star Trek series for TGE Watches. Star Trek: Discovery is the most recent offering in the Star Trek universe. Airing exclusively on CBS All Access, this series releases every Sunday night. We will meet to discuss the latest in a beloved fandom every two weeks through the mid-season finale in December. Don't miss our previous episodes discussing the pilot movie, episodes 1 & 2, and episodes 3 & 4.

Star Trek: Discovery

From CBS All Access:

Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns 50 years after it first premiered, with Star Trek: Discovery. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24 on CBS All Access.

Ten years before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.

Our Discussion

We recorded this episode live on Google Hangouts on a sunny Saturday morning. Although we have some trouble with "Disco" as the nickname for the show, it appears we are all enjoying the show a bit more not what the characters and the story have developed. It seems to be our running commentary that we absolutely adore the secondary characters on the show. The main characters.... well it remains to be seen how we will view their morally ambiguous flaws. I am definitely on my own in thinking that Captain Lorca is a sociopath and bordering on evil.

I've noticed that Discovery is darker and more violent than previous Star Trek series. Could it be that they put it on CBS All Access so that we could have a higher level of violence? I wonder if the darker plot and scarier aspects of the story drove the network to put this in a less reachable format.

There is some seriously ambitious storytelling going on in Discovery. Each character has his or her own story line and character arch. It's going to be a lot to balance as the show continues and as it has already been renewed for a second season. We look forward to seeing where the show goes from here.

Until next time, get your Disco on!

Regina & Isabela & Dante

To Discuss

Did the end of episode 6 creep you out? Do you have a favorite Disco character? (Team Tilly here!)

 

Episode 197 - Halloween Special: A dramatic Reading of H. P. Lovecraft

Greetings, ladies, gentlemen, and others.

A bit of a departure this week from my usual ramblings, in celebration of my favorite holiday: All Hallow’s Eve. Instead of a written piece, The Geek Embassy has granted me the opportunity to present a dramatic reading of a piece penned by one of the great masters of modern ethereal horror: H. P. Lovecraft, and his short story, The Outsider.

I will be the first to express bias towards this tale, as it imitates the voice of another famed horror writer, Edgar Allan Poe, a personal favorite of mine. And it is true, Lovecraft is the mind behind Cthulhu, one of the most recognizable icons in popular contemporary culture. But just as Poe penned more than The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart, so too did Lovecraft offer more than tales of Innismouth and the brood of Yog Sothoth.

So today, tonight, this very hour, The Geek Embassy presents a tale of a singular being, isolated in a far-away tower in a far-off land. A being thirsty for discovery, for freedom and exploration, who may yet find themselves drowning…

To Discuss

What are some of your favorite scary stories to get you in the Halloween mood? Or, if you’re not a fan of horror, what do you like to do special for the season? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll speak to you next time.

Happy haunting!

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Episode 196 - Geek Embassy Watches GoT - Reflections and Predictions

#ThronesYall

For this series, Regina, Isabela, join Nicole Tanner from Gaming with the Moms to discuss season 7 of everyone’s favorite fantasy drama: Game of Thrones. Our first episode discussed Episodes 1 & 2 of Season 7. Our second episode discussed 3,4, and 5 and we wrap up the season with episodes for just episode 6, and the finale! For this episode, we reflect on Season 7, including some fan theories, and share our predictions for the final season.

Official Game of Thrones Description

Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne continues.

It stretches from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues, to the vast and savage eastern lands, where a young queen raises an army. All the while, in the frozen north, an 800-foot wall of ice precariously protects the war-ravaged kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men…all play the ‘Game of Thrones.’ An original series based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling ‘A Song of Ice and Fire‘ series.

Fan Theories & Articles

About that cut scene. http://io9.gizmodo.com/game-of-thrones-cut-a-scene-that-wouldve-explained-that-1798622658

About Tormund. http://uproxx.com/tv/is-tormund-dead-game-of-thrones/

About the cast reacting to Jon and Dany gettin’ busy. http://nerdist.com/game-of-thrones-cast-react-jon-dany-love-scene/

About Tyrion making a deal with Cersei. http://nerdist.com/game-of-thrones-tyrion-cersei-deal/

About the Isle of Faces. http://nerdist.com/game-of-thrones-history-gods-eye-isle-of-faces/  (Complete series: http://nerdist.com/tag/history-of-thrones/)

About that incest coefficient. http://uproxx.com/tv/game-of-thrones-incest-jon-dany-baby/ 

And don’t forget that Funco Pop. http://nerdist.com/game-of-thrones-night-king-dragon-riding-funko-pop/

Wishes and Wants (Predictions)

Tormund will live. (Regina)

Cersei is not really pregnant. (Isabela & Nicole)

The Hound & the Mountain fight. The Mountain dies. (Nicole)

Sansa takes the throne. (Regina – acknowledged as a long shot)

Arya finishes her list. (Nicole)

Dies: Cersei, Melisandra, Jamie, Euron, Theon.

Lives: Tyrion, Varys, Arya, Sansa.

Jon or Dany dies as a sacrifice to save the other. (Most likely Jon dies.)

WHERE ARE NICOLE’S ICE SPIDERS??!!

Until next time, winter is here!

Regina & Nicole & Isabela

To Discuss

What do you want to see in the final season? What characters do you want to see live? Who dies?

 

 
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Episode 195 - Geek Embassy Watches Star Trek Discovery Ep 3&4

Hold on to your hats, Sci-Fi lovers! The Geek Embassy is taking on the latest Star Trek series for TGE Watches. Star Trek: Discovery is the most recent offering in the Star Trek universe. Airing exclusively on CBS All Access, this series releases every Sunday night. We will meet to discuss the latest in a beloved fandom every two weeks through the mid-season finale in December.

Star Trek: Discovery

From CBS All Access:

Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns 50 years after it first premiered, with Star Trek: Discovery. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24 on CBS All Access.

Ten years before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.

Our Discussion

I stand alone as the only one of the three of us more excited after watching episodes 3 and 4 to see how the story unfolds. “Context is for Kings” sees Michael Burnham, the disgraced first captain, on her way to the prison ship after being sentenced for mutiny. She quickly discovers not all is what it seems once she is rescued by the Discovery. She endears herself to the captain, Gabriel Lorca, both with her intelligence and her quick thinking during an emergency. He invites her to stay on the ship instead of being sent to prison.

Episode 4, “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry,” continues Burnham’s journey on the ship. She solidifies her new role on the ship by thinking outside the box and solving a major issue with the new drive they are testing. We are all disappointed about a major plot point in this episode and feel like the writers cut short an opportunity for some real character growth.

To Discuss

What are your thoughts so far on this new Star Trek show? It is quite different from the Trek of the past; does that make you more or less interested in it?

Until next time, get your Trek on!

Regina & Dante & Isabela

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Episode 194 - Geek Embassy Reads Storm Front

Welcome to the first episode in our new series, The Geek Embassy Reads! This series is the official book club for the site. We will read a book and then come together to share our thoughts about it.

Storm Front

For the first installment, we read Storm Front by Jim Butcher. This is the first installment of The Dresden Files series.

From the Amazon description:

For Harry Dresden—Chicago’s only professional wizard—business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name.

Fanboys

Evan and Dante are both big fans of the series. The excitement the bring to the discussion is pretty endearing. (Even when Dante says that Harry Dresden is the “best” wizard named Harry. Not quite fighting words but close!)

My favorite one liner from the show, “Nothing ends well that starts with tequila.” You have to check out the episode for the reference.

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina & Isabela & Dante & Evan

To Discuss

Have you read The Dresden Files? Should we continue with this series or a different book? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Episode 193 - Geek Embassy Watches Star Trek: Discovery

Hold on to your hats, Sci-Fi lovers! The Geek Embassy is taking on the latest Star Trek series for TGE Watches. Star Trek: Discovery is the latest offering in the Star Trek universe. Airing exclusively on CBS All Access, this series releases every Sunday night. We will meet to discuss the latest in a beloved fandom every two weeks through the mid-season finale in December.

Star Trek: Discovery

From CBS All Access:

Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns 50 years after it first premiered, with Star Trek: Discovery. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24 on CBS All Access.

Ten years before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.

Our Discussion

We first discuss accessing the show online and our feelings about yet another subscription service. Then we dive into the show proper, talking about the sets, costumes, special effects, and yet another Klingon redesign. Yes, Klingons. Of course, Klingons.

Characters in the series so far are dynamic and engaging but kind of flat emotionally. We lack the emotional investment we really wanted from the main characters.  Listen to hear us discuss what we hope to see after the cliff hanger and bait and switch of the series premiere.

To Discuss

Did you watch ST:D? Thoughts? Feelings?  Will you later on DVD/Blue Ray?

Until next time, Get your Trek on!

Regina & Isabela & Dante

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Episode 192 - Baskets and Capes at RCCC

Greetings Geeks!

Today, I have a recording of our recent panel at Rose City Comic Con for your listening and geeking out pleasure. This is the third time we have presented this topic but each time is different, largely because we depend so much on audience participation. Because come on. The best panels let YOU speak. Am I right or am I right?

RCCC Audiences Rock

The audience at RCCC was engaged and engaging. They knew a lot about fairy tales from the very start of the panel which is  not how it has gone for us in the past. Usually, I pose the question to the audience intending to trick them and tell them that everything they know is wrong. I couldn't do that this session because other than one comment about fairy tales being "for kids," everything the audience shared was spot on. It is such a joy and a pleasure to present this panel but even more so when the audience truly appreciates our efforts.

Jesse came up to the stage after we presented and bestowed us with her declaration of "best panel of the con." Her enthusiastic comments contributed to how flawlessly this panel went for us. She told us we should make it two hours next time. (I'll check with RCCC and see if we can do something just like that next year.)

Unfortunately, my friend and colleague and expert in fairy tales, Jennifer Leaver, was unable to attend this time. She is working on a guest post with reading suggestions on this topic for the near future.

A New Panelist

It's also noteworthy that this is the first time that Dante sat on as a panelist. At Wizard World, he moderated the panel and did his best to keep us on track. For RCCC, his analysis of the Green Lantern was flawless and perfectly engaged not just what we were presenting but the audience's interest as well. Isabela and I have both had some practice presenting about Jessica Jones and Guardians of the Galaxy respectively. But Dante's example and thoughtful commentary was truly outstanding.

I am always proud of the work we do here at The Geek Embassy but never more so than when we are out at cons representing the site and our geeky interests. I have another article I am working on that will go into greater dept on that topic but I will save it for another time.

Check out the panel and let us know your thoughts!

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina & Isabela & Dante

To Discuss

What kind do you look for in a panel when you attend a con? Lots of audience participation? Lots of info? Great panelists? Celebrities?

BASKETS AND CAPES: WHAT FAIRY TALES CAN TEACH US ABOUT SUPERHEROES

Everywhere you look, in every form of pop culture, at the movies, on broadcast TV, and on Netflix, everything’s coming up superheroes. Storytelling has always been about explaining the world; it is how humankind reaches out and understands that the struggles we face are often shared experiences. How does our current fascination with superheroes relate to storytelling approaches of the past? Can fairy tales help us understand the current fascination with superheroes? Come listen to an enlightening discussion about how everything old is new again and superpowered to boot.

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