Perhaps you heard that there’s a movie coming out on April 27th called Avengers: Infinity War.  The Avengers became an overnight sensation in 2008 with the surprise success of Iron Man, and indelibly ingrained themselves into the annals of American pop culture.  Over the last couple of weeks, I went on a tear through the Marvel Cinematic Universe and watched all 18 MCU movies in anticipation of Infinity War’s release.  What I have for you today is the condensed-est* of all condensed recaps in 3 parts.  This is an exercise in short-form storytelling. You get six recaps in 3-5 sentences and major plot points toRead More →

ready player one

Hey, Geeks. Welcome to The Geek Embassy’s new series — Your Favorite Thing Sucks! Where I get to point out all the worst parts of your favorite things. Let’s start with something new that everyone is talking about: Ready Player One. Just so you know, this article only covers the events in the movie, and I’m not going to discuss all the things the movie did differently than the book because I want to go to bed sometime tonight. I’m also not going to discuss the disastrous implications of a society that runs almost exclusively in virtual reality, because I already did that in thisRead More →

game of thrones viserys targaryen khal drogo

Deaths are a hallmark of Game of Thrones. Ever since Ned Stark lost his head, it’s been clear that no one is ever safe. Scores of characters have died in a myriad of ways. For me, the best deaths aren’t the most gruesome or even the most surprising, although both of those characteristics factor into my list. I believe the best ones are the ones with the most impact. The way the characters around them react is as much a part of the death as the death itself. Often times this results in some really great snippets of dialogue. 5.  Walder Frey (Season 6, EpisodeRead More →

TGE Watches Ready Player One

Greetings, Geeks! In this latest episode of The Geek Embassy Watches, ambassadors Nicole, Regina, Tahani, Max, and Evan discuss the first big-budget sci-fi film of 2018: Ready Player One.  Adapted from Ernest Cline’s bestselling novel, director Steven Spielberg and composer Alan Silvestri bring the dystopian future of 2045 Columbus, Ohio to life in a computer animation showcase wrapped in a love letter to pop & nerd culture.  Our incredibly handsome and exceedingly intelligent host Dante guides our ambassadors on a discussion of the movie’s script, animation, music, and characters as we break down the successes, failures, and overall performance of one of the most hotlyRead More →

littlefinger

The best way to describe Game of Thrones’ Lord Petyr Baelish isn’t actually his in-show nickname — a better term would be social climber. In a show where characters must make alliances in order to survive, Littlefinger is the master. He makes and breaks alliances quicker than it takes Drogon to incinerate an entire army. Well, maybe not that quick, but it’s pretty close. Loyal to No One He may be the only character in the show who is loyal only to himself. Even Cersei, with all of her faults, is loyal to her family. This strategy keeps him one step ahead of everyone elseRead More →

Welcome back, Geeks! I missed you. And I missed talking about the implications of our advancing technology when it comes to copying, uploading, or transferring our human consciousness into alternate receptacles. (No idea what I’m talking about? Well, then you shouldn’t show up at the last article in a 4-part series without reading The Introduction, Variation One, and Variation Two first. Go ahead and go check those out. We’ll wait.) Back? Good. Now, for those of you who haven’t been sleeping through class up until this point, we’re onto the final variation of Alternate Consciousness. The same rules as the previous articles apply: there areRead More →

There are a few different religions that occupy the world in Game of Thrones. But unless we’re in for a major plot twist, the worship of R’hllor (also known as the Lord of Light), seems to be the most significant — it even has its own theme music. Most of the details about this religion come from the Song of Ice and Fire books. In case you haven’t read them, here’s a quick background on it as it relates specifically to the television show. Who Worships the Lord of Light? The Lord of Light is the most commonly worshipped god in Essos, the continent whereRead More →

altered carbon

Hey, Fellow Geeks. Welcome back. If you’re new to the party, you’ve stumbled right into the middle of a multi-article discussion. Specifically, I recently binge-watched Altered Carbon for your benefit, and now we’re discussing the technology the show is based around. (i.e., immortality through a recorded/uploadable memory stack implanted when a human hits 1 year old). More specifically, I’ve been discussing the different ways that idea has been used in science fiction, and the benefits or implications of each. If you haven’t already, you should probably check out The Introduction Article and The First Variation Article, because we’re about to talk about Variation Two (whichRead More →

melisandre

“The night is dark and full of terrors.” Though far from the most common, that sentence is uttered a number of times in Game of Thrones, most of which are stated by Melisandre. She has gone through a pretty big transformation in the past two seasons, which makes her one of the most interesting minor characters. Her History Unlike many characters in Game of Thrones, we know little about Melisandre’s history. The tidbits we’re given include that she was once a slave and is from a city called Asshai. Asshai is a city in Essos, the same continent as Mereen and the Vaes Dothrak. ThoughRead More →

black panther

Greetings, Geeks, and welcome to the latest episode of The Geek Embassy Watches! This week we watch Black Panther, the latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a top contender for the most socially significant movie this year. And it’s only February! Black Panther Plot Recap After the death of King T’Chaka during the events of Captain America: Civil War, Prince T’Challa returns home to Wakanda, a secluded nation in eastern Africa that presents itself as a third-world country but in reality is the most technologically advanced nation in the world thanks to their monopoly on the metal called vibranium.  After being coronated as theRead More →