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THE FANBASE WEEKLY: EPISODE #072

In The Fanbase Weekly, the Fanbase Press staff and a host of special guests from across the pop culture spectrum discuss the top geek stories of the week. 

In this episode, the Fanbase Press staff welcomes guest Candice Colbert (artist, Terminator: Salvation VR Experience / co-host – X-Aspirations podcast) to discuss the latest geek news stories of the week, including the lack of representation for individuals with disabilities in sci-fi (and Hollywood), the Oscars’ new category, why Supergirl should be the center of the DC universe, and why Star Wars doesn’t work in China.


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: Bryant Dillon, Claire Thorne, and Barbra Dillon

Special guest: Candice Colbert (artist, Terminator: Salvation VR Experience / co-host – X-Aspirations podcast)

Segments:
17:51 – (io9) Staircases in Space: Why Are Places in Science Fiction Not Wheelchair-Accessible?
35:21 – (GeekTyrant) The Oscars Are Adding a New Category For “Outstanding Popular Film” – They Must Be Desperate/Apparently That New “Outstanding Popular Film” Category Came From Disney-ABC
49:37 – (io9) Warner Bros. Is Finally Realizing Supergirl Should Be the Center of the DC Universe
1:01:01 – (Comic Book Resources) ROGUE ONE’s Donnie Yen Explains Why STAR WARS Doesn’t Work in China

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FANBASE FEATURE: PANEL DISCUSSION ON ‘THE MEG’

As a special feature of The Fanbase Weekly podcast, the Fanbase Feature focuses on and celebrates a specific element of geek culture. 

In this Fanbase Feature, the Fanbase Press staff (and special guest Justin Peniston of Hunter Black) participate in a thorough discussion regarding the newly released shark adventure film, The Meg (2018), with topics including the inclusivity of the cast, the uneven tone of the film, how the plot may have been improved, and more! (Beware: SPOILERS for The Meg abound in this panel discussion!)


Cast members
: Justin Peniston, Bryant Dillon, Claire Thorne, and Barbra Dillon

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Celebrating Solo

We hashed out all of our thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story. It was a lovely discussion!

Be forewarned…spoilers abound!!  Go see the movie first. It’s totally worth a trip to your favorite theater!

As a special feature of The Fanbase Weekly podcast, the Fanbase Feature focuses on and celebrates a specific element of geek culture. 

In this Fanbase Feature, the Fanbase Press staff and contributors (and special guests Yehudi Mercado of Hero Hotel and Livio Ramondelli of IDW’s Transformers) participate in a thorough discussion regarding the latest addition to the Star Wars mythology, Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), with topics including Alden Ehrenriech’s performance, Lando’s pansexuality, how L3-37 changes the franchise’s view of droids, and more! (Beware: SPOILERS for the Solo: A Star Wars Story film abound in this panel discussion!)

Cast members: Yehudi Mercado, Livio Ramondelli, Phillip Kelly, Sean Foster, Bryant Dillon, Claire Thorne, and Barbra Dillon

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Geektitude Podcast…in which I talk a lot about the Apocalypse and getting the heck off this Pale Blue Dot…

I recently had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Joe Hogan of the Geektitude Podcast to talk about A Geek’s Guide to Cross-Stitch: Journeys in Space and Unexpected Hobby and all of the things that fill up my elaborate Venn diagram of fandoms. (It’s a happy clutter…)

Check out the conversation, and, more importantly, check out the entire catalog of Geektitude Podcast episodes…so many amazing people and fandoms!

geektitude
noun | geek·ti·tude \ˈgēk-tə-ˌtüd\
The measure of one’s inner geek.

Geektitude is a member of the Geek to Geek Podcast Network, where you will also find The Geek to Geek PodcastThe Comic Box, and Tea Time with Katie & Chelsea.

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Women Being Badass…with one exception?

Here are a few things that are occupying my geeky little brain this week:

  1. Children of Blood and Bone … I’m about halfway through this audiobook, and have to admit that I’m only about 50% sold on it. It’s a very intriguing concept, but the concept is one of the few things keeping me engaged with the story. I should like the characters more by now, but their motivations and relationships still feel very thin. That being said, the main character, Zélie, is one capable chick.
  2. Mercury 13 … IMDb synopsis: “This documentary profiles women who were tested in 1961 for spaceflight, but had their dreams dashed when only men were chosen to become astronauts.” Where would we be without all those wacky boys clubs?! In theaters April 20th.
  3. Rebels, Season 1 … We are finally picking up the pace in our family viewing of this series. As expected, it’s everything I loved about Firefly and Avatar: The Last Airbender, but in a Galaxy Far, Far Away and with a nice little dose of Lando Calrissian. Hera is my girl…I love me a Captain who is logical, level-headed, capable, and just all around badass!
  4. The Titan … Interesting little sci-fi flick from NetFlix. It was a satisfying weekend watch. Not riveting enough to really capture my attention 100%, but offered a lot of food for thought. The question of humanity colonizing other worlds isn’t just about finding a habitable environment, but perhaps in making humanity more capable of surviving in extreme conditions. What does that bode for our evolution as a species? I was particularly impressed with the movie’s portrayal of the main character’s wife. Super intelligent, supportive, and self-sacrificing until it becomes apparent that things are not o.k., then she kicks into high gear and takes command of the situation. And a very nice performance from Taylor Schilling. Available now for streaming.
  5. Upgrade … IMDb Synopsis: “In the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. Within this setting, a technophobe avenges his wife’s murder – and his own paralysis-causing injury – with the help of an experimental computer chip implant called ‘Stem’.” Australian science fiction action / horror film? Check. Morally questionable AI? Check.  Fridging yet another defenseless woman at the beginning of the story to set our main/male character off on his journey of fulfillment and self-discovery via the murder of many, many bad guys? NOPE. In theaters June 1st.
  6. Avengers: Infinity War … As we get closer to the release date, my anxiety level is definitely climbing, and my internal predictions for who we’re going to lose keep swirling around. I’m gonna be a hot mess in the theater on or near April 26th.

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