Star Wars: The Last Jedi

February 7, 2018

Lez Geek Out! # 25  

Andi and Lise rave over Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which opened in theaters in December. TLJ is the continuation of the Star Wars story from the movie The Force Awakens, which was released in Dec. 2015. TLJ is chock full of strong women characters, has a diverse cast (though we’re still waiting on the overtly queer rep…), and these characters were integral to the story. Here, Rey continues her exploration of her abilities with The Force; General Leia and, later, Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) are trying to outrun The First Order; and Rose Tico the Resistance mechanic proves a mentor of sorts for Finn, the ex-Stormtrooper. The movie also explores Luke Skywalker’s character arc in interesting ways. 

TLJ provides a jumping-off point for new directions in the Star Wars movie universe and perhaps a launching of the new generation and both Andi and Lise are excited to see what happens. 

See TLJ trailers HERE. 

And check out The Lesbian Talk Show Channel’s Patreon page! 

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Phasma (Star Wars)

January 24, 2018

Lez Geek Out! # 24

Lise and Andi geek out over Delilah Dawson’s novel Phasma set in the Star Wars universe. Just released in September through Penguin/Random House, Phasma provides a story of the enigmatic and imposing Captain Phasma, a leader in The First Order (another Star Wars evil empire). From the recent movies, she’s the one dressed in a shiny chrome Stormtrooper outfit who trains First Order recruits. 

Dawson’s book provides glimpses of Phasma through two separate parties, which manages to further enhance Phasma’s mystique because it obscures her motivations since we’re not getting the story directly from here, but rather through a second and third party, both of whom have their own narrative arcs. It’s a cleverly layered, intricate story that only makes us more intrigued about Phasma (and there totally needs to be more of her in the movie ’verse! Hint hint Star Wars movie people.). 

Delilah Dawson’s website 

To buy: AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo 

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Paper Girls!

January 10, 2018

Paper Girls 

Lez Geek Out! #23 

This week Andi and Lise get into the retro-cool mystery sci-fi comic series Paper Girls, in which four twelve-year-old girls have paper routes in 1988 and band together to deal with weird and crazy things happening in their town. So you’ve got monsters, strange beings, time travel…and what seems to be a conspiracy underneath it all. Appropriate for kids, strong female characters, and unpredictable plotlines. Have fun! 

If you’re interested in finding out more about Paper Girls (AND YOU TOTALLY ARE), see Image Comics

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Galaxy Quest

December 27, 2017

Galaxy Quest

Lez Geek Out! 22

Andi and Lise totally lose it over one of their joint fave movies, Galaxy Quest (1999), which is a delightful spoof of Star Trek and the Star Trek fandoms. It’s a hilarious romp through sci-fi fandom, a clever nod to various plots and fun show tropes, and just a whole lot of fun in general. 

The film stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman among others.  

Seriously. It’s well worth your time. 

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Gaming With Meghan O’Brien

November 29, 2017

Gaming With Meghan O'Brien 

Lez Geek Out! 

While Andi's away, Lise will play, and what better way to do so than by sitting down for a chat with Meghan O'Brien. Not only is Meghan a fantastic author of lesfic, but she is also an avid gamer.

Lise and Meghan discuss some of the obstacles of gaming as women, which games they've gotten into in the past, and the upcoming games they're itching to get their hands on.

Find Meghan O'Brien's website here

You can find Meghan O'Brien's books here

 

 
 
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Stranger Things Season 1

November 15, 2017

Stranger Things Season 1 

Lez Geek Out! 20 

Andi and Lise totally geek out over the Netflix original series Stranger Things. The acting, the pacing, the tension, the writing – it’s all brilliant. It’s a hybrid horror/thriller/sci fi set in the early 1980s in the American Midwest. 

Synopsis: 

A love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.Rotten Tomatoes 

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The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley - Lez Geek Out!

November 1, 2017

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley - Lez Geek Out 19 

Andi and Lise totally lose their minds over Hurley’s latest, The Stars are Legion, in which warring worlds are populated only by women in decaying organic world-ships all known as The Legion. The main character, Zan, wakes up to find most of her memories gone, but soon finds out that she is being perpetually sent out to board another world-ship and each time, she comes closer. 

Andi and Lise were blown away by Hurley’s world-building – organic world-ships literally birthed by the women who inhabit them, and each with different levels/ecosystems all interrelated (omg the metaphors here!). The story is thus about Zan, who knows that she needs to board this other ship to save Jayd. Jayd, for her part, has her own agenda in bringing change into this warring, authoritarian context. The question is, can they do it and what precisely does “change” mean? 

Synopsis 

Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution. As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion. 

Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation - the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan's new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan finds that she must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion's gravity well to the very belly of the world. 

Zan will soon learn that she carries the seeds of the Legion's destruction - and its possible salvation. But can she and her ragtag band of followers survive the horrors of the Legion and its people long enough to deliver it? 

In the tradition of The Fall of Hyperion and Dune, The Stars Are Legion is an epic and thrilling tale about tragic love, revenge, and war as imagined by one of the genre's most celebrated new writers. 

 

Get it on Amazon 

 

Links 

Kameron Hurley’s website 

The Stars are Legion info and buy links 

Annalee Newitz thoughts on TSAL at Ars Technia 

Andrew Liptak thoughts on TSAL at Verge 

 

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Fandoms As A Support Network - Lez Geek Out!

October 18, 2017

On fandoms as a support network - Lez Geek Out! 18 

Andi and Lise talk about how fandoms have been both an escape and a support network during these troubling times, and they also note that fandoms allow for the expansion of imagination, finding new stories, and making new friends. 

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Lez Geek Out: Spirits Podcast

October 4, 2017

Spirits Podcast 

Andi and Lise RAVE about Spirits Podcast, which is: “…boozy biweekly podcast about mythology, legends, and lore. Every episode, co-hosts Julia and Amanda mix a drink and discuss a new story or character from a wide range of places, eras, and cultures. Learn brand-new stories and enjoy re-tellings of your favorite myths, served over ice every two weeks, on Spirits.” 

Andi and Lise really dig the banter between hosts Amanda and Julia, who speak enthusiastically and knowledgeably about mythological creatures, paranormal creatures and themes, and folklore all over the place. They skillfully lay out the legends, address major themes, and then link them to contemporary cultural interpretations and mores. And they are all about women’s rep in these journeys into mythological pasts. 

Find Spirits Podcast HERE

And as a side note, Spirits will soon be going WEEKLY rather than biweekly, beginning at some point in October. 

 

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Lez Geek Out! Dragon Con 2017

September 20, 2017

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Dragon Con 2017 

Andi did Dragon Con 2017 in Atlanta and it BLEW HER LITTLE FANGIRL MIND. ALL THE THINGS! ALL THE FANGIRLING! ALL THE COSPLAY! ALL THE PANELS! ALL THE AMAZING! 

Plus, she wanted Lise to talk more about her own cosplaying and armor design. So, YAY! 

For more info on Dragon Con, which is always over Labor Day weekend (early September) in Atlanta: 

Newbie to Dragon Con?  Click here

AND! Lise MacTague’s Etsy site for her cool weapons and armor design! 

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Lez Geek Out! Mass Effect

August 30, 2017

Mass Effect 

In this episode Lise is joined by Andy Meadeson, aspiring author and total Mass Effect fan girl. An engineer by day, Andy likes to write or go adventuring when she's not gaming. 

About Mass Effect 

As Commander Shepard, rise to become the galaxy's most elite soldier and lead an all-out war to stop an ancient and ruthless enemy: the Reapers. With over 75 hours of content and more than 300 awards, one of gaming's most acclaimed franchises is available for the first time in a premium foiled box set. 

Heart-pounding action meets gripping interactive storytelling where you decide how your unique story unfolds. Assemble and lead your team aboard the SSV Normandy, the most advanced ship in the galaxy, and travel to distant and unexplored star systems. On your journey, meet a cast of intriguing characters each with their own story to tell. Wield powerful weapons and customize them with upgrades to create new and devastating attacks. All the thrilling action and your decisions culminate into a heroic battle against the greatest threat ever known. 

The fate of the galaxy lies in your hands - how will you chose to fight for it? 

You can get the game on Amazon

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Lez Gek Out! Wynona Earp

August 23, 2017

 

Wynonna Earp 

Andi and Lise rave like crazy women over the TV show Wynonna Earp, which is the absolute awesome and Andi is pleased that she managed to totally peer pressure Lise to turn her into an Earper. 

 

Synopsis, as quoted from SyFy: 

“Wynonna Earp follows Wyatt Earp's great granddaughter as she battles demons and other creatures. With her unique abilities, and a posse of dysfunctional allies, she's the only thing that can bring the paranormal to justice.’ 

What that synopsis doesn’t tell you is that this show is full of women’s and feminist badassery, a F/F relationship, and explorations of relationships between all the characters, and that’s no doubt due to showrunner/show developer Emily Andras, also of Lost Girl fame. So that should give you an idea that there is awesome throughout this show, and Andi and Lise STRONGLY recommend it. 

Also, Andi is doing Season 2 recaps at her personal blog

 

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Lez Geek Out! Queer Rep

August 9, 2017

Queer Rep 

Andi and Lise talk about queer rep in media following the now-infamous incident at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, which occurred over the July 20-23 weekend and involved members of the cast of Supergirl. The upshot was an impromptu song in which a cast member sang an overview of Season 2 that included a belittling of Supercorp, a f/f fanon* ship** between Lena Luthor and Kara Danvers (Supergirl’s “secret” identity—omg glasses are not the best disguise…). That cast member then went on to say that he “debunked Supercorp” and was told by another cast member that what he did was “pretty brave.” 

The fallout was immediate, and LGBTQ fans were hurt and bewildered, so Lise and Andi wanted to address this, which isn’t just what happened with Supergirl. It’s about rep overall, and this is just the latest example. 

And yes, Andi and Lise have some strong feelings about this, so language may be strong as well. 

*fanon: a term used in fanfiction and in fandoms to describe commonly accepted ideas among authors and fans even if the idea is not expressed in the canon work, which is the official storyline from the original work. 

**ship: in fanspeak, a “ship” is a relationship (often romantic) between two characters, whether canon or fanon. “Shipping” is when fans imagine a relationship between characters (say, in TV shows or movies) that may or may not have been intended by writers or creators. 

Some other links about this incident: 

The Mary Sue 

The Refinery 

Pink News 

Affinity Mag 

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Lez Geek Out! Ms Marvel

July 26, 2017

Ms. Marvel 

Lise and Andi rave about the Marvel comic Ms. Marvel, whose latest incarnation features Pakistani-American Muslim teen Kamala Khan in Jersey City who is a total fangirl of Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers). Andi loves that Ms. Marvel was a fangirl before she was a superhero. Then one day Kamala wakes up with super powers and she has to learn how to negotiate this new aspect to her life, dealing with the powers and what she feels is her responsibility to help people now that she has them along with her grades, her classes, and her family life. 

It’s basically teenage angst – something all of us can probably relate to – along with the added angst of having super powers and trying to figure out how best to use them when you’re only 16-17 AND attempt to negotiate the landmines that come in any family as you’re figuring out who you are and who you want to be. Two big Ms. Marvel thumbs up on this one, friends.

 

 

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Lez Geek Out: Wonder Woman

July 12, 2017

Lez Geek Out! 

Show #11: Wonder Woman 

Andi and Lise rave about the movie Wonder Woman because…omg, you have to see it. Both were blown away by the strong women’s rep in all senses of the word, but they would like to have a movie with nothing but the Amazons. We didn’t get enough of them. MOAR Amazons, please. And definitely MOAR Wonder Woman. All of that. Much MOAR. 

Synposis:

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that's raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny. 

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Lez Geek Out! Gail Carringer

June 28, 2017

Lez Geek Out! 

Bestselling steampunk author Gail Carriger 

Episode 10 

Andi had a long chat with steampunk author Gail Carriger, writer of multiple award-winning steampunkish genre fiction that melds not only steampunk, but paranormal, urban fantasy, comedy and dashes of romance. If you’re not familiar with her work, start with Book 1 of her first series (the Parasol Protectorate), titled Soulless. The protagonist is Alexia Tarabotti, a woman of some means in alt-Victorian England who is also a preternatural – she negates supernatural powers because she has no soul. Hence, “Soulless.” She is thus capable of temporarily rendering vampires and werewolves non-supernatural. 

Carriger is also an aficionado of all things steampunkish and, in particular, the Victorian era. 

She is currently writing another series that is a spinoff of the Parasol Protectorate, The Custard Protocol, and she is writing a series of novellas that feature as main characters her LGBTQ characters from the Protectorate/Protocol world. The first, Romancing the Inventor, features lesbian character Madame LeFoux (and you can see an interview about that Andi did at Women and Words). 

 

Find Gail at the following places: 

Website (bibliography here

Pinterest 

Twitter (@gailcarriger) 

Facebook 

AND catch her Retro Rack Fashion Blog 

 

Synopsis of Soulless

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she is being rudely attacked by a vampire to whom she has not been properly introduced! Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. 

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart? 

 

Get This Book on 

Audible.com | Audible.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

 

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Lez Geek Out! Guardians Of The Galaxy 2

June 14, 2017

Lez Geek Out!

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Episode 9

Andi and Lise teamed up (kind of) and went to see the movie Guardians of the Galaxy 2. “Team up” in this case means they went to see the movie within a couple days of each other. 

In this space opera romp, humor abounds with the Guardians’ team – Peter Quill, Gamora, Rocket, Drax, and Groot – who manage to anger The Sovereign, a super arrogant race of humanoids that, like Terminators, just don’t quit if they feel they’ve been wronged. In addition, the team unravels the mystery of Quill’s parentage (Andi refers to this as the “ Who’s yer daddy” plotline) and they end up having to save the galaxy (literally) from a power-mad entity. 

All in the span of about two hours of non-stop action, great ol’ skool music (like the first movie), and awesome special effects, though they do have a request: More Gamora and Nebula, pleeeez! 

Andi and Lise also recommend that if you haven’t seen the first (Guardians of the Galaxy), do. Because this one will make much more sense to you and you’ll understand the in-jokes and the backstories. Unless you’re a comics reader and you’re familiar with the series, in which case, have at! 

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Lez Geek Out! Dark Matter

May 31, 2017

Lez Geek Out! 

#8 Dark Matter 

Andi and Lise really dig the TV series Dark Matter, which airs on the SyFy network. It’s a space opera, which is one of Andi’s all-time fave genres (and Lise’s!) but it’s got some really excellent elements that make it super watchable. Plus, diverse cast. 

Six people emerge from stasis on a space ship and none of them know who they are or how they got there. Plus, there’s an android (played by Lost Girl’s Zoie Palmer) who also has to have her memory wiped. So six humans with no idea what they’re doing on this vessel and as the series progresses, they realize that they have shady pasts and even shadier business dealings in a galaxy ruled by mega-corporations vying for power. The six have to learn how to stick together though they have no idea who they are, and both Lise and Andi love how the show explores the idea of how who we are is determined, to an extent, by our memories.

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Lez Geek Out! Ghostbusters

May 17, 2017

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#7 Ghostbusters—both! 

Lise (L-MAC!) and Andi wanted to a do a point/counterpoint on the original and new versions of the movie Ghostbusters. So they take a walk down memory lane and chat about the original 1984 Ghostbusters and then completely lose it in classic fangirl style over the 2016 homage with Kate McKinnon as the iconic Jillian Holtzmann, the gadget/science master of all. 

The premise of both deals with a misfit group of friends/colleagues who all have a fascination with the paranormal. They start up ghost hunting businesses in Manhattan, but soon realize that paranormal power is building, and things are gonna get wild! 

Also, THE SCENE that still sets Andi off on a grrl power rush. 

 

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Lez Geek Out! Lumberjanes

May 3, 2017

Lez Geek Out!

Episode 6 Lumberjanes

 

Andi and Lise rave about the comic Lumberjanes, which is totes safe for kids and is chock full of so much awesome that you’ll dig it, too. Imagine if the Goonies met up with the Buffy crew and…well, you can imagine the awesome, right? 

Five friends are spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp. But it turns out not to be your typical camp, as mystical and mythical creatures show up that our five feisty and fabulous campers have to figure out how to deal with. It’s grrl power, friendships to the max power, and the power of teamwork and acceptance. 

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