Sunday, September 22, 2013

7 Things I'm Geeking Out About in Autumn 2013

     Happy first day of autumn! The season of television premieres is upon us! I thought now would be a good time to talk about some upcoming TV, movies, and other events of the geek persuasion that I'm really excited about. And so, in chronological order, I present to you... 7 things I'm currently geeking out about.

      (P.S. - If you haven't watched the predecessors of some of these, watch for SPOILERS ahead! You've been warned!)

#1 - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Series Premiere)
  • When: Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
  • Why: Joss Whedon's return to TV. Do we need any other reasons? The man is like King Midas - everything he touches turns to geek gold. If that's not enough to convince you to tune in, how about this: Coulson lives. That's right, the endearingly dorky but still hardcore S.H.I.E.L.D. agent (and Captain America fanboy), whose death at the hands of Loki finally spurred the Avengers to put aside their differences and kick some god-of-mischief tail. Except he's still alive. And I'm dying to find out how.

#2 - Once Upon a Time (Season 3 Premiere)
  • When: Sunday, September 29th, 2013
  • Why: In case you didn't catch the first two seasons, this show is like a soap opera starring all your favorite Disney characters. Seriously... it's a little hard to keep up with who's in love with who, who's trying to kill who, who's good/evil, etc. And there's no "Happily Ever After" for this bunch; they're forever being separated/cursed/nearly killed by the forces of evil. I actually don't care all that much about the main couple of the show, Snow White and Charming. I'm more of a Rumbelle (read: Rumplestiltskin and Belle) shipper. And Rumplestiltskin is Billy's absolute favorite character. So with Rumple and Belle separated in different worlds, his son near death in a third, and his grandson kidnapped and taken to Neverland, we're both anxious to see where the next season takes us.

#3 - Thor: The Dark World
  • When: Friday, November 8th, 2013
  • Why: According to the Hiddlestoners (a.k.a. Tom Hiddleston fangirls/fanboys), the movie should have been called Loki and His Brother. You have to admit, the guy plays a great villain. (Have you seen the video of him at San Diego Comic Con?) I think he's the reason most people are looking forward to this movie. Plus, Christopher Eccelston (a.k.a. the 9th Doctor) plays another villain, Malekith, in this movie. And besides... it's Marvel. 'Nuff said.

#4 - Comicon-Way
  • When: Saturday & Sunday, November 9th-10th, 2013
  • Why: If you're not from somewhere in or near Conway, Arkansas, you may not care about Comicon-Way. It's a relatively small local con, only in its second year. But for Billy and I, who live within driving distance and have always dreamed of going to a con but never had a chance, it's a really exciting prospect. It will be our first con ever! I'm so pumped about cosplaying, taking photos, shopping, and generally hanging out with other people who love the same stuff I do. ^_^ And I'll be sure to write a blog post about it when we get back!
     No video for this one, but check out the official site if you'd like more information about Comicon-Way.

#5 - Catching Fire
  • When: Friday, November 22nd, 2013
  • Why: If you've been living under a rock and therefore haven't read the Hunger Games book or watched the first movie, you don't know what you're missing. I love that the heroine in this series isn't some nondescript Mary-Sue, but a very realistic three-dimensional character with some flaws that make her a little less likable and therefore much more relatable. Some people knock it for the love story, but I think that just makes the dystopian society, the horrors of the Games, and the revolution all that much more personal and relatable. It makes it easy to suspend disbelief and imagine that these things are happening to real people. No matter how many times I watch this trailer for Catching Fire,  I always tear up, especially at the end when Haymitch says "Remember who the real enemy is."

#6 - Doctor Who (50th Anniversary Special)
  • When: Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
  • Why: I wish I could say I've been a Whovian from the beginning, but alas, I wasn't even alive then. XD I actually didn't even start with the Christopher Eccleston reboot in 2005. Billy got me into the show pretty much as soon as I met him, a little over two years ago. Since then we've caught up with all the episodes (of the newer series, anyway...) and we're just as on-edge as anyone else to find out what's the deal with this older-looking, John-Hurt Doctor. And whether they will ever tell us the Doctor's name. (Although I kinda hope they don't. A little mystery makes it more exciting.) A lot of the fans like to theorize and speculate, but that doesn't satisfy me, because I know nothing we come up with could possibly rival what Steven Moffat has planned.

#7 - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • When: Friday, December 13th, 2013
  • Why: Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Benedict Cumberbatch as the dragon Smaug. What could be more perfect? After seeing the screen chemistry these two actors had in the first two seasons of the BBC's Sherlock, it'll be interesting to see them in these new roles together. And while it's not LoTR, The Hobbit still represents some of Tolkien's best and most popular work. (It was actually the first Tolkien I read, back in high school English class! Ah, nostalgia.) Also, Smaug looks awesome in the trailer.

Is that it?

     There's more, of course. Sherlock season 3, the Firefly MMO, and so on. But those come later. Perhaps I'll have another geek-out-fest when winter comes!

     In the meantime, leave me a comment and let me know... Are you as excited as I am for these upcoming events? What are you "geeking out" about this autumn?

1 comment:

  1. BTW, I'm currently live tweeting while watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. And I'll probably do the same for the Once Upon a Time premiere and the Doctor Who 50th special. And look for review blog posts about all these things once they're over! ^_^


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