Trish is struggling with a MONSTER cold (NOT Covid!!!) that has waylaid her.
Jeremy wrapped up his steamy romance and has been preparing for the crazy about to swallow the United States as lock downs and cancellations happen.
This month in Pop-Culture History
- 1818 – Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by 21-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was published. It is recognized as the world’s first science fiction novel,
- 1973-Spiderman #121 kills off Gwen Stacey, shocking the readers. It was previously unthinkable to kill off such an important character. Generally, a superhero did not fail this disastrously unless it was part of his or her origin story.
- 2012-Captain Marvel #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick premiered, The relaunch of Captain Marvel stands out as being important most of all because Danvers was notoriously a character that was shelved, squandered, and underutilized for decades.
Trish’s Geek Out!
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics is a period romance with two delectable lesbian protagonists. It’s an older woman-younger woman romance with so many beautiful layers and a healthy amount of steam. Set in Regency-era England, Catherine is a widow whose husband had been abusive throughout their marriage. Lucy is a brilliant young astronomer who longs to continue her fathers’ work but is being held back by society. The book not only does a beautiful job of showing the growing passion between these two women but uses it to heal them both: Lucy’s broken heart and Catherine’s wounded one. Underneath all this is a history lesson on how brilliant women were forced to hide or kill their talents in service to the men around them. Written by Olivia Waite, this book is the literary equivalent of a rich chocolate cake and good red wine.
Jeremy’s Geek Out!
The New Mutants, created by Chris Claremont is coming to the big screen and it’s the last chance for Fox to wow us before Disney and Marvel incorporate characters into the MCU. Unlike the previous X-Men films, this movie has a much stronger genre presence. Based on the New Mutants comic, it appears to be holding true to the horror themes that ran rampant during its original publication. Unfortunately with another PG-13 rating, it will maintain a tame theme. With characters including Wolfsbane, Magik, and Psyche/Mirage, it has the potential to end on a high note, But can it overcome the horrific writing that has plagued the X-Men franchise up to this point? We’ll know soon enough.
Deep Dive Favorite Women of Sci-Fi (Mostly) Television
Trish’s Top 10
- Myka Bering- Warehouse 13 (Joanne Kelly)
- Alison Blake-Eureka (Salli Richardson)
- Aeryn Soong- Farscape (Claudia Black)
- Sarah Lance- Legends of Tomorrow (Caity Lotz)
- Peggy Carter- Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell)
- The Ladies of GLOW- GLOW
- River Song- Doctor Who (Modern day) (Alex Kingston)
- Zoe- Firefly (Gina Torres)
- Eleanor Shelstrop- The Good Place (Kirsten Bell)
- Betty Suarez- Ugly Betty (America Ferrera)
Jeremy’s Top 10
- Maeve Millay / WestWorld (Thandie Newton)
- Sarah Manning / Orphan Black (Tatiana Maslany)
- Prairie Johnson OA / (Brit Marling)
- Lt. Sharon ‘Athena’ Agathon / BSG (Grace Park)
- Astrid Farnsworth / Fringe (Jasika Nicole)
- Colonel Samantha Carter / SG1 (Amanda Tapping)
- Xena / Xena (Lucy Lawless)
- Clarke Griffin / The 100 (Eliza Taylor)
- Machonne / The Walking Dead (Danai Gurira)
- Number 6 / BSG (Tricia Helfer)
Question of the Week
Who is your favorite female in Television Science Fiction & Fantasy?