“Time for some thrilling heroics.” – Jayne Cobb, Firefly
“I could throw her into space. I dream about doing that.” – Kara/Supergirl, Supergirl
I’ve been thinking about some changes I’d like to make to the blog. One of those things is Superhero Saturday – I’ve noticed this blog works best when I can respond to things in the moment, and with the TV season ramping up I don’t want to have to wait until Saturday, and limit myself to one post, where superhero TV is concerned. Conversely, it was sometimes hard this summer to come up with a post specifically geared toward superheroes.
I’m still going to strive to have a longer post about nerd friendly topics every weekend (look for a post about binge watching v. week-to-week viewing tomorrow), and I’m sure some of those will revolve around those folks in masks, capes, and boots – but I’m going to focus on writing about what inspires me in the given moment.
And at the moment, there is one small thing (literally) that made me smile in the world of superheroes this week, courtesy of McDonald’s. Say hello to my newest version of Oliver Queen –
Hope y’all had a great Saturday!
“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff.”
-Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who
I’m in a having a sort of geek girl ennui that stems from the fact they took Doctor Who off of Netflix. Seriously, I catch myself thinking “I’ll go watch ‘Silence in the Library'” and then remember it isn’t there anymore and I’ll sigh. And also, I miss David Tennant and Matt Smith like they are old friends I can’t see anymore.
Today was a crazy making day – one of those where you feel a little jinxed, one of those where your husband ends up pushing a dead car through a six lane intersection while you stare on in a mix of admiration and horror from the car behind him….but I digress.
On such days you always look for things to smile about – today’s thing (well besides chocolate and central A/C) was this video from Netflix celebrating Rory Gilmore’s love of books.
I love a lot of things about the Gilmore Girls – the intelligence, the pop culture references, the way they could seem nerdy and cool all at the same time. But one of the main things I loved was that Rory Gilmore was the first fictional character I ever met who adored books as much, or maybe even a little more, than I did.
So don’t mind me I’ll be over here smelling my copy of Jane Eyre and quadruple stacking my bookcases until they beg for mercy.
Today The Flash announced that Tom Felton of Harry Potter fame will be joining the series as a cast regular. Now we get to wonder – good guy or bad guy?
Honestly, one of the most awesome things about the DC TV universe is that they seem to revel in cross-fandom friendly casting. Wonder Woman Linda Carter is joining Supergirl to play the President of the United States. Between Arrow and Legends there are four different members of the Doctor Who cast playing regular or recurring roles. Heck Arthur Darvill even plays a “Time Master.”
They also don’t shy away from fun winks and nudges to the origins of the actors, especially on The Flash. When Star Wars’s Mark Hamill played a villain he got to evilly cackle the famous, “I Am Your Father” line. And the first time Superman Brandon Routh’s character Ray Palmer was introduced it was with the classic “Is that a bird? Is that a plane?”
Yes I’m a nerd. And it’s so so awesome.
This has definitely been a week of thinking about how women are depicted in the superhero genre. I’ve been listening to a kind of weird audio book about the creator of Wonder Woman (more on that tomorrow) and it got me pondering on this phrase –
“Like a Girl” is traditionally used as an insult – but I’ve seen some great geek art lately that turns that idea on it’s head. I thought the DC TV “girls” deserved their own version, and I couldn’t find one. So made my own.
Probably the only time I’ll contribute to Fan Art Friday – but I wanted to share.
Long live the nerdgirls.