Category Archives: E[G] Reflections

Educating [Geeks] Goes to FanFest 2015 – Spotlight on Denise Crosby

Whew! 2015 is over and 2016 is well underway. Now that the holidays are behind us, I finally sat down to share my thoughts about Phoenix FanFest 2015. I attended on Saturday, which gave me the opportunity to see Denise Crosby’s panel. I remember her from Star Trek: The Next Generation, and I was excited for a chance to hear from the actor behind Tasha Yar.

She told us all about Star TrekDeep Impact, The Walking Dead, and her plans for a new Trekkies documentary.

In Memoriam – Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

In 1988, a svelte, supposed eastern European, in an impeccable suit and the silkiest accent ever, announced his intentions to teach those at the Nakatomi Tower a lesson in real power. With the character of Hans Gruber, Alan Rickman was introduced to Hollywood and the world of American pop culture. Rickman, who passed away from cancer on January 14, 2016, went on to a fantastic film career that included sexless angels, enigmatic magic professors, Shakespearean aliens, eccentric hairdressers, and treacherous sheriffs.

5 Dynamic Duos That Remind Us of The X-Files

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Since The X-Files first graced our small screens back in 1993, it’s been hard for a TV crime-solving couple of any kind to be introduced without first being compared to Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. That knee-jerk response is just one of the many indelible marks that Chris Carter’s iconic sci-fi series has left on pop culture.

Flashing forward 20(!) years, the comparisons haven’t always been well-received by audiences or critics, and they haven’t always been fair. However, the core of the pair in question’s attributes often fit in some respects. David Duchovny’s Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Scully were a deliciously well-suited odd couple, often laced with a frustrating – yet scintillating – flare for romantic ambiguity. Individually, they were smart, quirky and kinda cute. They also challenged each other, fell on their proverbial swords for each other – even went to the ends of the Earth for each other. Literally.

Geek Host Alice’s Adventures at Emerald City Comicon

I spent the last weekend at Emerald City Comicon (March 28-30) and I had a wonderful time! I ended up going because I saw a post that Karl Urban was going to be at this Seattle Based con in 2014. My friend Latania is CRAZY about him. So I forwarded the notification to her thinking she would let out an epic fangirl squee, but that would be it. I quickly saw her post on Facebook that she was going to Seattle to have her picture taken with the love of her life – did anyone want to join her? Latania is one of my besties, and I hadn’t seen her in a while. I had some airline miles and she had a free place for us to stay (thank you Willie) – it was clear the decision had been made.

I lived in Seattle for 6 years, but I had never attended Emerald City Comicon – I was a Seattle International Film Festival girl back then. I didn’t fly my geek flag as proudly as I do now and ECCC was still in it’s infancy.

I am glad it did this year because overall, it was a great experience made so by the great company and the fact that the convention was really well executed. Great job ECCC!

Sherlock Holmes: Must there only be one?

When it comes to quirky, pithy, and brutally intelligent British detectives, only one name comes to mind these days. And, if said aloud in just the right circles, it may also be followed by an ecstatic “Squee!”

Even if one has never read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous works (I haven’t), Sherlock Holmes has remained a staple of British and American pop culture, if only for the classically condescending line, “Elementary, my dear Watson.”

That’s a line that, by the way, apparently didn’t originate from any of Conan Doyle’s 60 stories, but is loosely attributed to an 1899 stage production, a 1929 film based on the original series, and the famous, WWII-era radio series, The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The writers evidently pieced together two of OG Sherlock’s common phrases, “Elementary” and “my dear Watson,” to create a witty reply that would stand the test of time arguably longer than any single line of actual dialogue written by Conan Doyle.