Marvelous Geeks Podcast 1×04 “The Fandom Realm”

The Fandom Realm

On this episode of Marvelous Geeks, I not only break down my experiences in fandom, but I talk about the things we need to change in order to create a healthier environment. To semi quote the theme, basically, if what we’re doing is hurting another person, then it’s time to look within.

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(Here’s a picture of me sitting in front of the one fandom I’ll always be a part of. Steve Rogers’s.)

Intro Music: Derek Murrell (http://instagram.com/derekhmurrell)
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Marvelous Geeks Podcast 1×03 “Best of Disneyland and Walt Disney World”

Best of Disneyland and Walt Disney World

On this episode of Marvelous Geeks, I get to sit down with my friends Amanda and Alex in order to talk all things Disney parks within the US. Our favorites and least favorites plus a few tips and tricks. (Excuse my voice, I was recovering from a cold when this was recorded.)

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Check out Amanda’s YouTube Channel (http://youtube.com/c/BestDisneyDayEver )
Intro Music: Derek Murrell (http://instagram.com/derekhmurrell)

Marvelous Geeks Podcast 1×02 “Infinity War Review | Freakout!”

Infinity War 

On this episode of our Marvelous Geeks podcast, my friend Morgan and I discuss all things infinity war. The theories. The heartaches. The darkness. The happiness. It’s all just a bunch of overflowing heart wrenching emotions. Join us.

 

Babysitter Series: Dress Like Stranger Things’ Steve Harrington

When you first started watching Netflix’s Stranger Things, did you ever think we’d be here today? I surely didn’t, but man oh man, am I thankful. At some point in my life after October 27, 2018, I found myself ridiculously inspired by Steve Harrington’s not so thought through fashion. At some point, I then evolved it further into what I like to call, the Babysitter Series, if Steve Harrington was a girl. It makes all the sense, ssh.

So yes, I’ve put together some outfits that I most certainly feel would be approved by Babysitter/Mom of the year Steve Harrington.

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Jeans: Levi’s 501 Skinny
Crop Top: Forever 21 Ribbed Stripe-Trim Cami
Glasses: Ray Ban Wayfarer (A must have, timeless classic style from the 80’s.)
Shoes: Madewell “Alice Sandal” in Siberian Red
Bag: Kate Spade
Watch: Michael Kors
Eye Shadow: Colour Pop’s  “Cute AF” Palette
Lips: NYX “Morocco” and Milani “Best Red
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Shirt: Babysitter Steve Shirt (This is by the Original Artist, so if you’re buying any, make sure it’s this one! All others copied this original, incredible work, and that’s not cool.)

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Jeans: Madewell “Perfect Summer Jean
Shirts:

Striped: Madewell “Whisper Cotton Crew Neck”  (Similar)
Yellow:  Madewell “Ringer Tee in Stripe” (Exact)
Tank Top: Target “Embroidered Graphic Tank Top

Shoes: Madewell “Alice Sandal” True Black
Jacket: Madewell Fleet Jacket

That’s all for now folks, it’s so simple to dress as cute and casual as Steve Harrington. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more similar posts. And stay tuned because a super fun, Steve Harrington inspired giveaway is coming your way. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for when we announce it.

Timeless 2×09 “The General” and 2×10 “Chinatown” Review

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Who lives. Who dies. Who tells your story?

Episode Summary | Time in History: Where didn’t we go is the question? What didn’t we do? Who didn’t we meet? Timeless’ explosive, remarkably bold two-hour finale did a number on our hearts and there are no words. (Seriously though, there are no words. I’ve been staring at this article for an hour now.) Both “The General” and “Chinatown” carried the weight of sincerity in an encompassing finale that explored raw human emotions beautifully. Timeless and its characters are a representation of its viewers, they’re terrorized, broken, privileged, hurting, loving, fearful, strong, and so much more. And if this two-part finale reminded us of anything, it’s that the world we live in is not only far more vast than we can imagine, but it was an acute ode to the fact that every human being’s story matters. We are made up of our beliefs, our fights, our journeys, our heartaches, and sometimes, our quiet solitude. It’s been one heck of a season with none of our characters in the same place as they begun and if that’s not superb character development through intricate storytelling, then I don’t know what is.

There’s a fight in all of us. There’s a fight in all of them. And to find that fight is to find ourselves, only we must be cautious that through every little change, we choose each other over and over again. The human race is dependent on kindness. It’s dependent on adoration. And it’s dependent on stories. As much as this is a homage to season two, a review of these episodes that aired, it’s also a plea for a renewal — it’s the choice to dissect why these stories matter. And no matter what this show’s future holds, this two-part finale left us with an extraordinary message — find your fight and run towards it. Don’t stop until you have it.

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Trader Joe’s Favorites | The Essentials

Today on Marvelous Geeks, I’m discussing (most) of my favorite Trader Joe’s finds. There’s a few things that aren’t pictured because I already had them opened, but all of these are a must try. Listen to our Podcast for all the details!

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Timeless 2×08 “The Day Reagan Was Shot” Review

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Be you.

Episode Summary | Time in History:  1981! Sometimes, we save historical figures but other times, we save one of our own, and this week on Timeless, that’s exactly what we did. When the time team follows the mothership to the 80s, they quickly come to find that the Rittenhouse sleeper agent’s objective is to wipe out Denise Christopher from existence. Jiya accompanies them in the fourth seat because Flynn’s alive at the time so he can’t do so. Rufus is still extremely anxious over his forthcoming “death” (let’s be real, that’s not happening, or at least, it better not.) Jessica drops a massive bombshell on Wyatt. Flynn and Lucy discuss the journal. And once again, conversation saves the day. Also, Denise Christopher for President.

Timeless continues to shine for its authenticity — consistently being the series that chooses to have significant conversations through a groundbreaking, organic approach. While there’s a great amount of progress that’s taken place in our world today, there’s still a lot of hesitation, cultural and religious approaches that play a massive role in the lack of acceptance. But the importance of conversation is the key to achieving that all-inclusive love that I presume all Holy books discuss. While I can personally only vow with the Christian perspective as The Bible is the only one I’ve read, I imagine that every religion’s foundation is love. There’s no holy book out there that teaches the world to hate, and to deny this fact is an insult to the God who’s served. That said, incorporating both Indian culture and Hinduism into the episode in order to tell us Denise Christopher’s story was a remarkable way of illuminating something that’s a rarity in the television realm. It was a bold, beautifully raw form of representation that easily left me, and presumably many others, speechless. It’s not often that we see an Indian woman in charge of a prodigious operation, and it’s even rarer when they’re a part of LGBTQ+ community, which is where Timeless excels at giving us diversity at its supreme.

This is a show that chooses to tell the stories that aren’t often told because there’s a great understanding of diversity, the celebration of all sorts of human beings and its importance for future generations. “The Day Reagan Was Shot” had very little to do with President Reagan himself but everything to do with our Time Team and the choices they’ve made to be where they are today. And it’s the choices they’ve made to engage in honest conversations that has led to impeccably life altering moments, all while saving their lives.

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Timeless 2×07 “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” Review

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Be loud. Be proud. “It was we the people, not we the white male citizens, but we the whole who formed this Union.”

Episode Summary | Time in History: 1919, New York City and a lot’s at stake for women when Suffragette Alice Paul is arrested then killed by a sleeper agent before she makes her noteworthy speech meant for President Woodrow Wilson. The team, now accompanied by fourth member, Flynn attempt to save the day by seeking the help of detective Grace Humiston, our very own Mrs. Sherlock Holmes. A surprising ally however manages to help the team save women’s rights as we know it and while rummaging through the products they’ve collected from the Rittenhouse raid, Mason and Agent Christopher make a discovery about one of their bunker mates.

I keep thinking that perhaps Timeless is done surprising us, but the reality is each episode will probably feel like a punch in the guts when we look back at how far we’ve come and how far we could still go. And as a woman writing this, “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” was as evocative as an hour of television can be, managing to stun me so often that live-tweeting became challenging. (Sorry, show, but you’re just too good.) There was a great deal to appreciate about this episode and there’s a great deal to discuss, but the choice to remind us of the fact that our voices matter was bravery at its finest. Credit where it’s due is always something that I’m a fan of, which is why it’s so important to acknowledge that Timeless show runners are men because so often, writing of this caliber is done by women, and it’s amazing to see that on this show, it’s men, showcasing as proof of the fact that we can be equal in gender stereotypes without the hidden misogyny that’s unfortunately present in fiction when men attempt to tell stories through the eyes of women. So, hats off, gentlemen – this show’s certainly a special one. And hats off to episode writer David Hoffman for the astounding screenplay.

“Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” gave us a glimpse into a darkness that isn’t often revealed and it did so by reminding us of the fact that our characters are all so multifaceted, so exceptionally complex it’s the ultimate treat to have the thematic elements of the show be brought to life through their eyes.

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Timeless 2×06 “The King of the Delta Blues” Review

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Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, and Lando Calrissian walk into a bar. . .

Episode Summary | Time in History: Over the hills and far away some life changing deals are made. Music is saved and all is well with Robert Johnson’s musical career with the help of Lando Calrissian, in our world known as Connor Mason who’s finally been given the terrifying opportunity to travel in his own time machine. That’s right, the fourth seat is now available and Connor gets to accompany Rufus, Lucy, and Flynn to 1936 San Antonio.

“The King of the Delta Blues” was the kind of episode that effortlessly served as proof of the fact that the relationships we have with others are ridiculously important and potent to our growth. And it also served as an acute reminder of the fact that this show’s impeccable with developing its dynamics. They’re all so easy to love, it almost seems surreal. In the case of ensemble casts such as this one, each character deserves the opportunity to shine on their own and through the relationships they’re in. And finally giving Connor Mason that moment in an episode that emphasized the importance of being someone’s fan was an excellent choice. (Kudos to Timeless for the fact that they’ve not had a filler episode so far.) This week, we’re diving into a time period that would impact music hugely and that’s easily appreciated here because not only are we massive music fans, but we’re excited to explore history apart from politics, too.

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Timeless 2×05 “The Kennedy Curse” Review

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Choices. They matter. And I suppose, beer does, too.

Episode Summary | Time in History: A long time ago in a … just kidding, we didn’t actually time travel this week, well we did, but not in the traditional sense. We actually just brought young John F. Kennedy to the present with us — all the way from 1934! Yikes. But it’s still an adventure when Kennedy escapes from the bunkers, finds himself partying, and the Time Team needs to make sure they find him before Rittenhouse does. Flynn’s left behind to take care of the sleeper agent in 1934, and Jessica accompanies Wyatt and Lucy on their mission. Agent Christopher deals with her own little adventure in the hands of Carol Preston, and Rufus and Jiya coordinate things from the bunker.

“The Kennedy Curse” was yet another solid episode authenticating the fact that where there’s good company, hardships are bearable. It’s not only vital to confide in people, but it’s absolutely necessary to speak up about the things that are within us because there’s nothing more therapeutic than conversation. There’s nothing that strengthens people the way that honesty and vulnerability does — they’re traits of great importance that ultimately make for exceptional television, and thankfully, Timeless has got it covered. I know that perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised at how great this season is so far, but I’m a big believer in TV’s terrible two — so kudos to Timeless writers for somehow making this season as great as the first, a genuine rarity in this verse. “The Kennedy Curse” took each of our characters on emotionally moving journeys allowing for their circumstances to be changed based off the choices they made in order to make things better and worthwhile. And all while trying to preserve history, because if Kennedy never became President, who knows what could’ve happened to America.

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