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Monday
Jan122015

episode 144 - Headlines: Mexico, TBBT, and Tequila

This week, we discuss some current events in a headline show. For those fans of the times we disagree, this is a show for you! Listen to us debate the responsibility of celebrities to understand feminism before they answer certain loaded questions. 

We are going to be doing more headlines shows this year and we'd love to hear from you about topics you'd like to hear us discuss. Leave a comment here or on our twitter @game_on_girl

You can find us on facebookgoogle+tumblr, and twitter.  If you haven't done so already, please consider leaving us a rating and/or review on iTunes

Until next time, game on! 
Regina & Rhonda

VIDEOS

LINKS

League of Legends Rewarding People Who Played Nice for all of 2014

Big Band Theory's Kaley Cuoco Says She isn't Feminist, Rounds out a Year of Celebrities Who Don't Understand Feminism

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting Apologizes, Leighton Meester Argues for De-sensationalization of the word Feminist

Six Women Die Daily as Murders of Mexican Women Reach Pandemic Levels

Play 2,400 Old DOS Games

COMING UP

DC Public Library presents a 10-day series titled "Orwellian America?" about government transparency and personal privacy in the digital age. January 21 begins with a live reading of George Orwell's "1984."

"Parks & Recreation", NBC, final season premiere this week
"Face Off", SyFy, season 8 premiere this week
"Man Seeking Woman", new series on FXX
"12 Monkeys", new on SyFy

"Blackhat" with Chris Hemsworth
"Spare Parts"
"Match" with Patrick Stewart

 

THOMPSON:  Carter. Gonna be a little busy with your friend Stark. If you don’t mind, these surveillance reports need to be filed, and you’re really so much better at that kind of thing.

CARTER:  What kind of thing is that, Agent Thompson? The alphabet? I can teach you. Let’s start with words beginning with ‘A.’

- "Agent Carter", episode 1, ABC

Episode 144

Friday
Jan092015

"Agent Carter" — Will Men Watch It?

The premiere of the long-anticipated “Agent Carter” was on ABC Tuesday, January 6. To say everyone involved with “Agent Carter” is in the hot seat would be an understatement. Writers, directors, producers, casting, costuming, marketing, personal assistants, catering… let’s just call them “The Crew.”

In 2014 a lightning rod was attached to the word feminism. Now everyone is under the microscope for how women are represented in media. Bloggers must have been bent, quivering in anticipation, over their keyboards to let everyone know how the “Agent Carter” Crew failed. (I haven’t read any reviews yet. I’m saving that for desert.)

Overall, I thought the premiere was quite good. There were some plot holes and minor gender issues, but above all, you can tell it was developed with respect and awareness.

Agent Peggy Carter is the lone female agent assigned to the New York Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) office. In post-WWII America the attitude toward gender roles has boomeranged: men returning from war are going back to work and the women are encouraged to return to more ‘feminine’ responsibilities. Although a highly praised agent in the war, Carter is treated like a secretary.

"Agent Carter", ABC, PilotCarter's secret mission is to clear Howard Stark’s name. Stark is pursued by the SSR under suspicion of selling weapons to the enemy. Because of Carter’s close association to Stark in the past, her judgment isn’t trusted — at least not by the SSR. Stark, on the other hand, trusts her completely. He gives her the information he has in the plot to set him up and leaves his butler, Edwin Jarvis, to assist her.

GENDER

Gender issues are up front in “Agent Carter”; they come with everything except a freeze frame, buzzer, and giant pointing finger labeled “Gender!” It’s not a bad thing — gender is a major theme the show gladly embraces.

There are more kudos to hand out to The Crew than demerits in this category.

  • Carter dispatches an assassin after he’s committed a particularly senseless murder. Afterwards, Carter sits next to the victim and weeps openly without being construed as weak.
  • Sexual harassment and sexism are rampant in the SSR office and Carter handles it with wit and finesse. She knows when to fight battles (refusing to be left out of an agent briefing meeting) and when to simply throw a left hook (when told she’s better at filing she turns the back-handed compliment into the ignorant statement that it is).
  • When a fellow agent, Daniel Sousa, tries to stand up for Carter, she respectfully asks him not to. If Carter is to achieve any respect, chivalry will have to take a back seat.
  • Carter is not unaware of her power as a sexual creature and doesn’t despise it.

There are two scenes that I think are polar opposites in getting gender right.

"Agent Carter", ABC, PilotWhen Jarvis and Carter first get together, he opens the back door of the car for her to get in so he can drive her. Carter opens the front passenger door and lets herself in there instead. At first I thought this was a slight on Jarvis but, after reviewing the context I realize it's actually a compliment. As a butler, Jarvis is the driver and Stark rides in the back. By putting herself in the front seat Carter sees Jarvis and her as equals.

The opposite of this is what I consider the worst moment for Carter. She is waiting in front of a cafe for Jarvis to pick her up. He stops the car and runs around the front to open her door. She doesn't wait for him but hops in saying, "Too late." This is rude. At no point has Jarvis treated Carter disrespectfully yet her words were belittling and there was no explanation for it.

Gender roles are somewhat flipped for Jarvis. At home he does the cooking and cleaning. At no point is he seen as a weak man because of his profession or place at home. He’s intelligent, wise, and courageous.

"Captain America: The First Avenger", 2011Men are not the only sexists on the show. Angie, the waitress, is less concerned with the “damsel in distress” trope in the live radio program, “The Captain America Adventure Show,” than the fact that she didn’t get the role of the damsel. And the manager of the all-female Griffith Hotel outlines quite specifically what is expected of a ‘proper’ young lady.

FIGHTING

There is no question that Carter is a formidable opponent and can handle herself. That’s what I love about her in the “Captain America: The First Avenger” film, when she stands off and plays chicken with a car! But there is nothing more annoying to me than a woman constantly in hand-to-hand combat with a man.

There are fights in “Agent Carter” that I found thoroughly enjoyable, like when she beats up the bouncer with a stapler. (And how badass was it when she climbed the electric fence?)

The fight in her apartment with the Green Suit assassin is reasonable. The assassin primarily uses a gun; I don’t think he’s very specialized in hand-to-hand. Carter is very adept at using her environment to her advantage and what more of an advantage when it’s your own apartment.

"Agent Carter", ABC, "Bridge and Tunnel"But when Carter threw McFee, a very big man, up and crashing down into the furniture, it was just ridiculous. Carter, known for her preparedness and strategy, had the element of surprise as well. And the fight on top of the milk truck was cliché.

THUMBS UP

I’m very excited to see what The Crew is going to do. Carter’s disguises are great fun, as are her spy gadgets. There’s a great deal of potential in the characters and story.

I look forward to more episodes, which I hope are many, so that The Crew can refine the notes they’ve struck so well.

Monday
Jan052015

episode 143 - Year in Review 2014

It's that time of year again. Mark and Ryan join us to discuss some of our favorite media from 2014. We share music, movies, TV shows, books, games, and a personal wild card. Check out the show and share your favorites in the comments! 

Books

"A Dirty Job" by Christopher Moore
D&D "Player's Handbook", 5th edition
"Redeemed", (House of Night series) by P. C. Cast
"The Martian" by Andy Weir

Games

"Child of Light" by Ubisoft Montreal
"The Last of Us" remastered by Naughty Dogs
"Warlords of Draenor" by Blizzard Entertainment
"Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor" by Warner Brothers Interactive, Monolith Productions, Behavior Interactive

Movies

"Captain America: Winter Soldier"
"Chef"
"Gone Girl"
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1"

"Guardians of the Galaxy" added to canon

Music

"1989", Taylor Swift
"The Hanging Tree", James Newton Howard and Jennifer Lawrence from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1"
"The Last Goodbye", Billy Boyd from "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"
"Once More 'Round the Sun", Mastodon
The Pretty Wreckless
Royal Blood

Television

"Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssy"
"Dancing with the Stars", ABC
"Game of Thrones", HBO
"Gotham", Fox
"Homeland", Showtime
"Jane the Virgin", CWTV, for the best show I'm not watching
"The Newsroom", HBO
"Selfie", ABC, for the best cancelled show

"The Walking Dead", AMC, added to canon

Wild Card

"Bitch Planet", Image Comics, Writer: Kelly Sue Deconnick, Artist: Valentine De Landro
Regina: favorite moment: having a drink with Isabela and Rhonda at GeekGirlCon
"SimCity"

2015

January: "Galavant", ABC, premieres January 4
January: Rhonda getting a job
March: Emerald City ComicCon with Regina, Isabela
October: GeekGirlCon with Regina, Rhonda, Sandi Glahn, and Isabela
May: "The Avengers: Age of Ultron"
December: "Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens"
December?: "Uncharted 4"

I'd expected to wake up ahead of the rest of them. Oh, well, some women would be pleased to find a shirtless young man on the couch in the morning.

- Lincoln Perry in "Tonight I Said Goodbye" by Michael Koryta

Episode 143

Wednesday
Dec242014

Episode 142 - Sandi Glahn

This week, we are delighted to have Sandi Glahn join us on the show again. We are really enjoying what has become a yearly tradition of talking about gender related topics with Sandi. She always has great insight and empowering and uplifting messages. This week, we are bouncing around ideas for a potential panel at Geek Girl Con next year. We have some fantastic moments of insight and some great personal stories we share from our experiences growing up. 

If you're looking for some last minute holiday entertainment for Christmas Eve, remember you can listen to our old time radio play with RadioFUBAR.com at 8pm EST, 7pm CST, & 5pm PST. We had a great time and think you will really enjoy it. 

This is the last show for 2014 as Game On Girl is taking the next week off. Thank you all for listening, commenting, emailing, and making all the work we do here at Game on Girl worthwhile! 

Until next time, game on!
Regina & Rhonda

Now, as in the beginning, I belong to the front. You belong to the tail. When the foot seeks the place of the head, a sacred line is crossed. Know your place. Keep your place. Be a shoe.

-Mason in "Snowpiercer"

Episode 142

Wednesday
Dec172014

"A Christmas Carol" LIVE! with RadioFUBAR

This year, a few of us from Game on Girl are joining in for some old time, festive fun. Along with the hosts from a few other RadioFUBAR shows, and actor Jim McKeny, we are performing "A Christmas Carol" as a LIVE radio play adapted by Anthony E. Palermo. So make sure to tune in Saturday, December 20th at 7pm CST at RadioFUBAR.com

Cast:

Scrooge: Jim McKeny

Narrator: Jessica Fah (In This Issue)
+Peter
+Fanny
+Charwoman

Marley: Jeremy Fah (In This Issue)
+Guest 3
+Businessman 1

First Spirit: Pete Johnson (The Rue4matt, The Mr. Producer Show)
+Guest 1
+Old Joe

Second Spirit: Matt Ruefer (The Rue4matt, The Mr. Producer Show)
+Businessman 2

Fred: Frank Wolverton (The Mr. Producer Show, Uniformed Opinions)
+Mr. Fezziwig

Bob Cratchet: Skyler Skippy Davison

Mrs. Cratchet: Regina McMenomy (Game On Girl)
+Businessman 3

Belle: Rhonda Oglesby (Game On Girl)
+Guest #2
+Kate

Martha: Isabela Oliveira (Game on Girl)
+Mrs. Dilber

Belinda: Mary Wolverton (The Mr. Producer Show)

Poole: Shane Harrington (Nerds and Beer)

Lamb: Jeremy Robertson (Nerds and Beer)

Tiny Tim: Evan Santacruz (Nerds and Beer)
+Buck
+Boy

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