Professor Geek Previews

I have some exciting content planned for my Professor Geek YouTube channel in the coming weeks. If you haven’t subscribed to my channel with your google account yet, what are you waiting for? Just sign in and click subscribe here. 

First up is a new series of three videos that will examine the character of Wonder Woman. I can’t think of another character so popular and yet so misunderstood and argued about. Part one of the series (in the video below) reveals the significance of her status as an Amazon. Part two, coming in just a couple of days, will examine the Freudian and Jungian psychoanalytic principles Marsten imbued the character with, and part three, coming next week, will trace her history to see that the tensions we see surrounding her character today have cropped up cyclically since her creation.

 

The next series is 6 shorts I recorded for the now defunct Saturday Morning Network of podcasters. The series examined key animated incarnations of Superman. I explored works from the Fleischer series down to the Bruce Timm-verse and beyond. Along the way I featured interviews with greats from the business, such as animator and director Rob Pratt and voice director and actor Ginny McSwain. Not all of these shorts aired before the Saturday Morning Network ended, so I’m going to revise them each and start posting them to my YouTube channel for six consecutive weekends. It’s great stuff, so subscribe to the channel, and even enable notifications, so you don’t miss it!

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D-Shut up and watch!

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Just caught up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and wow! I still maintain it’s the best show on television. My friend was saying he had trouble keeping up with everything, having just started the show with this season, and I get that. There’s a lot of history, and unfortunately those who ridiculously stopped watching it mid-season-one because they actually thought it was too slow (It’s Joss Whedon and co, people! Haven’t you learned anything by now?) need to do a lot of catching up first. But stop bellyaching and get to Netflixing! It’s worth it!

Robbie Reyes’ Ghost Rider is altered from the comics to be a “deal with the devil” rider like his predecessors, which is blowing open the science-based MCU (much as I hope Dr. Strange does). And the character developments have been amazing! Fitz and Simmons have grown up but retained every bit of their charm, and even Daisy, who went a little emo this season, did so for a reason and is working it out in an epic way.

Coulson is a personal hero of mine, and when last season ended, I didn’t know how I’d feel about him giving up his status as director. In this last episode, though, when he wears a suit, flashes his badge, and says he’s from the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division, I was sold! He’s full circle, all the way back to Iron Man but with an amazing development from his experiences. Despite the horrors he’s seen (back from the dead, seeing his whole world crash around him then having to rebuild it, then losing his hand and succumbing to vengeance, learning from it, and fixing the consequences), he’s still a 100% hope-filled fanboy with wry humor in tact. That’s why I love him. And that’s why I love Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D! It understands the purpose of the two genres from which it springs, spy thriller and superhero adventure. It thrills, makes us question authority, then delivers high on hope, no matter what. The show does more than entertain, it inspires.

Bring on the challenges, bring on the tragedies. We’ve got this. And we’ll rise again!