Most of the time, geeky media does a pretty poor job of utilizing religious ideas. So I was shocked when I watched the fourth season premiere of The Flash and found that amid the somewhat clunky storytelling, there was actually a pretty decent portrayal of faith. This episode can show us a bit about how Christians understand how faith works, even though religion-flavored faith had almost no role to play in the episode.
We here at Lady Geek Girl and Friends love to celebrate love on Valentine’s Day – and that means all kinds of love. While our post earlier today showcased our favorite canon and fanon romantic ships for the year, in this post we’re going to look at some of our favorite relationships between family members, as voted on by the whole LGG&F crew.
The Flash’s second season is only three episodes in, and already it’s just about everything I’ve hoped it would be. The Arrowverse is something I’ve most definitely grown to adore. Not only is it expansive, it provides us with some much needed representation. And now, it’s getting yet another spin off show, Legends of Tomorrow, and well, take a look:
Well, September is finally ending and October is nearly here. That means all our favorite shows are about to start up again. Sleepy Hollow returns later this week. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is coming back for its third season tonight, and we’ve also got The Flash and Arrow on the CW arriving early next month. Out of all our returning superhero shows, I’m not sure which one I’m most excited for. I adore Arrow and The Flash, especially The Flash. At only one season in, The Flash was all kinds of fun. It was upbeat, had good humor, but it also managed to balance that with some more serious issues. While I didn’t enjoy that the story was essentially about Barry’s revenge for his fridged mother and the ableist undertones with Wells’s character, The Flash did well in other fronts. Like Arrow, it has some great female characters, introduced the Pied Piper for some much needed LGBTQ+ representation as well, and it wasn’t filled with nothing but white people.
Now that Season 2 is almost here, let’s take a look:
I mean, I’m not one for princess fantasies, usually, but even I would love to be a space princess.
Lately, I’ve grown so tired of watching male “chosen ones” and “jerks with the heart of gold” save the day and get the girl. Representation matters, and girls want to be chosen ones too, and not just princesses in distress. Women are allowed to hate the world and be brilliant while reluctantly saving the day. And we should be able to see ourselves, our stories, and our fantasies reflected on screen too. I’m always on the lookout for female characters subverting generally male character tropes, and today I would like to tell you about some of them and why they matter.
The first season of The Flash certainly had its ups and downs, but overall, it’s now currently one of my favorite shows. And about halfway through the first season, The Flash did something amazing. It introduced Hartley Rathaway in what was quite possibly one of its better episodes. Hartley, also known as the Pied Piper, is one of Flash’s adversaries, a disabled metahuman with painfully strong super-hearing. Though initially deaf in the comics (something The Flash sadly doesn’t touch on), in both the show and the comics, he eventually gains super-powered hearing. In The Flash, this happens when the particle accelerator explodes and turns him into a metahuman. This ability causes Hartley great amounts of pain, so he creates hearing aids to help mitigate this. He’s also one of DC comic’s few openly gay characters.
Since he only appears for all of two episodes, naturally, fanfiction was my solution.
Comics have an issue with portraying many of their villains as mentally disabled. This is especially true in DC Comics, where many of the villains have mental illnesses, but almost none of the heroes are portrayed as also having mental illnesses. Furthermore, the heroes punish the villains for their illness and in no way attempt to help them with the treatment they need. The statement this ends up making is that people who suffer from mental illnesses are evil and deserve to be hurt and locked up. This obviously creates a lot of problems with how people are then taught to view mental illness in real life—especially when our heroes respond to mental illness with violence and a lack of care and concern.
While DC’s movie arm dicks around with so-so films and clunky sequel titles, their TV branch seems to be doing something good. Arrow’s second season was significantly better than its first, and that magic seems to have rubbed off on the same-universe spinoff The Flash. Continue reading →
As you may have noticed, Warner Bros and DC Comics have announced their new lineup of movies. They announced that there would be a Superman/Batman movie, a Flash movie, and finally the long-expected Justice League movie.
Well, that’s interesting, right? I mean the Justice League movie has been greatly anticipated. We already had an, admittedly terrible, Green Lantern movie. The recent Superman movie was excellent. And the next two will take care of Batman and the Flash. So this is great! We are well on our way to a Justice League movie. That’s just awesome. But you know, it feels like something might be missing. Something big, yeah—something important. What could it be?