Sometimes you just want to play with some kickass new toys. Since we here at It’s All Geek To Me Radio are just a bunch of big kids at heart, we thought it might be a good idea round some up for you all in one place. Enjoy!
Hey Geek, after a mess of life changes, we are BACK! What better way to come back than with a May the 4th Live show. We had a bit of a hiccup and were unable to get the show on Facebook LIVE, but we did appear on BOTH on Our Instagram account @allgeektomeradio AND Cate’s cosplay page @Starbuck_Cosplay . Only problem is once you stream something on Instagram Live it is lost in the ether never to be seen again.
Unless you are SUPER crafty and also record your session, and we are nothing if not SUPER crafty. The full show is now available on our YouTube channel, and also embedded below the cut with a bunch of bonus links.
It’s October, Halloween is fast approaching an what better way to celebrate that then by having Fave Five Fridays dedicated to some of our fave cosplays? Because what’s more in the spirit of Halloween than costuming? Take a look below the cut.
To Whom it May Concern,
I would like to start off by saying thank you. Thank you for giving us two seasons worth of this amazing female character headlining a show that we have come to cherish. Thank you for making her relatable, for making her human and for making her kick ass like the best of the boys. Thank you for lines like “I know my value” and “Do as Peggy says.” Thank you for casting the abundant talent such as Hayley Atwell, Lyndsy Fonseca, Bridget Reagan, Wynn Everett, Lesley Boone, Lotte Verbeek and so many others. Thank you for giving us more than just a television show, but a moral compass to live our own lives by. Most importantly, thank you for giving Agent Peggy Carter a shot.
I have had the question posed to me many times over the last year, ‘why do you like Agent Carter?’ My answers always vary because there are too many reasons to list in a quick conversation, but ultimately it comes down to the line that I hear most quoted from season one of the series, “I know my value.” I have met many friends since I began watching Agent Carter and cosplaying Agent Carter that have regaled me with stories of just how much that line, this character and this show meant to them while they went through X, Y, or Z. Peggy Carter has made the women of the world sit up and say to themselves, “I know my value” which, pun fully intended, is more valuable than you can imagine. We live in a world that tells us how we should be, how we should act, how we should dress and that we are worth nothing without a pretty face. The mainstream media beats us over the head with it the moment we are old enough to comprehend the difference between girls and boys. And why should there be a difference? Why should there be ‘girl’ toys and ‘boy’ toys or ‘girl’ colors and ‘boy’ colors? Why are we put into a box by society when all we want is to be ourselves outside of that box and beyond our reach?
This season of Agent Carter has put some serious issues that women face just there: in our faces. We watched this season (SPOILER WARNING) in a flash back as Peggy was placed inside the box of a ‘perfect lady’ by her mother and by 1930’s-1940’s society when what she really wanted, who she really was, was to have adventures of her own, on her own terms. How many of us are put into a box by society, our families and the world around us when what we really want is to create our own adventure that we call life? If you wanted your show to say something, it has said something huge: “Ladies, know your value.” The sexism, the racial issues, the friendships, all of these are secondary to the importance of knowing and loving oneself. Peggy Carter is flawed just like every other woman on this planet. She has fears, she loves, she hates, and she messes up. She is every woman.
Now let me touch on the other important issues that the wonderfully talented creators of your show, Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, have put on the screen. Firstly, outside of the good vs. evil struggle, no women are in competition with each other. In a world where women constantly try to one-up each other to get ahead, it is refreshing to see two women able to be friends or colleagues and do nothing but lift each other up and support each other. Whether you know if or not, we the fans take that to heart. Communities have formed on the internet that bring like-minded women (and men) together from across the globe because of our mutual admiration, love and respect for Agent Carter. We strive to be more like her, to treat each other the same way that she treats other women. Not once has she looked down at another woman because she chose to be a waitress, a phone operator or a nurse like society told them to and that in itself is stunning.
Secondly, we’ve seen an increase in the diversity of the show. Last season there was a lack of much diversity and we the fans were so pleased to see that change this season. The way that it was handled was perfect and making our girl Peggy stand up for what is right, angrily and very strongly, in the face of the social issues of the time just made us love her more. Having a man of color be a love interest for her and to make her colorblind was brilliant and touched on our own social and diversity issues going on at this very moment in time. Your show so smartly puts these issues right in our faces and makes us realize we aren’t really all that different than we were 70 years ago and that is a problem we need to strive to change. We need to be colorblind and gender-blind like our best girl Peggy.
The importance of a television show may seem trivial to some, but is it any less an art form than theatre, music, literature or painting? A song can inspire, live theatre can cause an uprising, paintings move the soul. So can television. Television shows like your show are so important whether the so-called ‘numbers’ are there or not. The big picture that Agent Carter is creating is important. Young women, older women, women of a certain age, teenage girls and young girls all need a heroine like Peggy Carter. We need to know that knowing our value, standing up for what we feel is right and having our own mind are things to be nurtured, not hindered or squeezed into the societal box. Agent Carter tells us that this is acceptable. If there was ever a reason for a show to be on and kept on TV, the future of our young women is it.
Please give this beautiful show another season. Keep it in the same season slot that it is in, lessen the episodes if you must, but, I beg you, give us a third season. Give Agent Peggy Carter another shot and allow the women of the world to know their value for a third year in a row.
You can listen to the most recent episode of our show, (Episode 76: Classic Cast: Jem & The Holograms – Truly Outrageous?) HERE, in archives. OR now we are on iTunes, so you can now download us directly on to your listening device of choice! This week we start our Classic Cast Journey with an 80’s classic: Jem and the Holograms! EM has been a fan since she was bitty and Cate is just now discovering the wonder that is this toy selling vehicle. We talk old Jem vs new, as well as a bit of a decent into other 80’s/90’s children’s television. So come Join in on the nostalgia!
Below you can find links to some of the things we talked about:
Every day the interwebs have new and awesome things to be found in its depths. These are the awesome things we saw today:
The world premiere of the much anticipated MARVEL’s Agent Carter hit the small screen Tuesday night, and what a fantastic ride it was. We were gifted with a two hour premiere which was rather brilliant of the MARVEL Mouse being that so many shows never do a two hour anything. If you didn’t watch or simply need five reasons to keep watching, check below the cut. Continue reading
Okay, guys. We’re wrapping up our Frozen and Snow Queen story line and preparing for the winter hiatus. Read on to see what happened in this week’s penultimate episode.
This week’s flashbacks complete our puzzle of Emma’s missing Ingrid memories. Shortly after her arrival in our world, Ingrid, still decked out in her Snow Queen gown, seeks a psychic’s help in locating “a girl not born yet.” After handing over her necklace as payment, Ingrid realizes the psychic is a fake when she identifies the one she seeks as a child named “Susan.”
Fastforward to young Emma during the “lost” time she spent as Ingrid’s foster child. Ingrid earns Emma’s trust by first protecting her, and then giving her fodder to use against her bully of a foster-brother. The two bond and Emma is overjoyed when Ingrid announces her plan to adopt the girl. When Emma shows a spark of her powers at an arcade, Ingrid takes things too far trying to get Emma to see how special she is. She pulls the girl in front of an oncoming car trying to get her to use her powers. The plan backfires when Emma runs away, calling her foster mother a “nut job.”
We skip to Ingrid using the apprentice’s scroll to find Storybrooke several years later. She encounters a now-grown Emma in 2011, who freaks out at seeing her former foster mother. Emma calls the woman when Ingrid brings up magic again, thus provoking Ingrid to steal Emma’s memories.
In modern day Storybrooke, we see Ingrid walking through the streets, enjoying the chaos her spell has brought. The dwarves fight in the streets. Snow and Charming hurl insults at each other through the bars of their cells (there are some great one-liners here!). Kristoff watches the married couple bicker and questions his plans to marry Anna “if this is what marriage is like.” Regina tries in vain to break out of her vault, and after seeing herself in the mirror (“what the hell am I wearing?”), magics herself into one of the Evil Queen’s spectacular get ups.
Anna tells Emma and Elsa the story of The Trolden Glass and how the spell in the legend was broken – by killing the King. Elsa doesn’t believe killing is the answer but Emma is prepare to do whatever it takes.
Hook, spared the curse because he is currently heart-less, is entrusted to find Henry and bring him to the town line, where Gold plans to be with Belle. Hook locates the boy in the mayor’s office, only to be rebuked by a cursed Henry (“there’s no way I’m going anywhere with a dirty pirate”) and then taken out by the old marbles on the floor trick, giving Henry the chance to escape.
Ingrid retrieves Emma and Elsa’s memory crystals from her ice cream shop (in a perfect hiding place – who would want Carrot Sherbet?!). The pair tries to stop her with magic but the ribbons prevent them from hurting her. After several unsuccessful attempts to remove the ribbons, Emma deduces the only thing that can counteract the love that’s keeping the ribbons in place is an equally strong dose of hate. Cue the Evil Queen. Emma breaks the seal on the vault and taunts Regina with the admission that she purposely brought Marian to Storybrooke to break Regina’s heart. Her plans works, as Regina hurls a fireball at them, which they direct towards the ribbons, destroying them. Now freed from their magical restraint, Emma and Elsa track Ingrid to her lair, only to hesitate when it comes to destroying her. She shows them the crystals that hold their good memories of her, telling them they loved her in the past and, with their memories returned, could love her again.
The Evil Queen, hunting down Emma, comes across Snow and Charming at the sheriff’s station. An epic swordfight (with more sassy banter – “You think the spell has made me angry? Do NOT wake my baby!”) ensues as Charming and a sleeping baby Neal watch, Regina having poofed Anna and Kristoff “back to where [they] came from.”
That happens to be Storybrooke’s beach, where Anna comes across (okay, bashes Kristoff over the head with) the mysterious message in a bottle that washed ashore with them. After reading the message, Anna runs to the Snow Queen’s lair and interrupts the confrontation. She read’s the message, a letter from their mother explaining the fate of her two sisters and expressing regret for what she did to Ingrid. She urges her daughters to return the memories of Gerda and Ingrid to the people of Arendelle and release Ingrid from the urn. Ingrid’s initial reaction is to call Anna a liar, but after Anna’s pleas and reading the letter herself, Ingrid realizes what a monster she’s become. She reverses the curse, destroying herself in the process, but not before returning Anna and Elsa’s memories. Emma laments that Ingrid doesn’t get a happy ending, but the Snow Queen says she has – all she wanted “was to have my sister’s love,” which she now realizes she does.
As snow falls on Storybrooke we see it’s residents awakening from the now-broken spell. Anna and Elsa vow to follow through with their mother’s wishes. People stop their fighting and embrace in the streets. Snow, Charming and Regina realize what has happened and start laugh hysterically.
And while the Snow Queen’s plan to destroy Storybrooke may have failed, Gold promises his plan to cleave himself from the dagger and leave Storybrooke will not.
So what did you all think? I’ll admit, I was a little underwhelmed at how they wrapped up this storyline we’ve been building up for half a season. But I have high hopes for the winter finale and hopefully where it takes us in the back half of the season. Plus, we get villains galore with the return of Maleficent, Ursula and the introduction of Cruella De Vil. Stay tuned for the recap of Sunday’s winter finale!
One of our favorite sources, Entertainment Weekly, got a first-look at some of the Star Wars: TFA characters, old school trading card style. Which ones are you most excited for?