The Cliffs of Insanity: NickMom Geeks Out

This week’s adventures climbing the cliffs of insanity include my guest-appearance on NickMom’s Take Me To Your Mother show, and a few musings on Hollywood and geekdom, especially on that apparently elusive unicorn, the geek girl who goes to the movies.

You can view the full episode of “Andrea Geeks Out” in the video above, though if you’re looking for me, my minions and I are about halfway in. Still, if you do that, you miss the Scrabble moms teaching Andrea about the word “douchebro” and, at the end, Andrea goes LARPing and has a great time. I’m particularly proud of my youngest son’s appearance.

Putting my not-so-glamorous appearance on television aside, I have an announcement to make.

I Can Quit You, Arrow

Arrow’s been teetering on the edge for me the last five or six episodes and last week’s Birds of Prey showcase sent me off the cliff. Not that there was anything spectacularly wrong, it’s just there was nothing entirely right either. It bothered me last season that Helena Bertinelli’s Huntress devolved into a cop killer but I thought, well, she’ll evolve. No, in her return appearance, she once again showed no moral qualms about shooting or killing police officers or innocent civilians. Huntress is an anti-hero, not a stone cold killer.

Moira Queen, Arrow
Yes, Moira, I know exactly how you feel. Image copyright Warner Bros. & DC Entertainment

In any case, it’s hard to enjoy a show when the main character is written as a horrible human being. Ollie last season was depressed and suffering from PTSD and seeing him awaken and become more human was a great story. This season has turned into “all my exes,” with Oliver angry at everyone around him for keeping secrets, while he once again jumps into bed with the sister of his true love, making him the biggest hypocrite of all.

Plus, there was too much stupid in this episode. I’m not sure who was dumber: Ollie, for letting his sister walk home alone in a bad neighborhood even though he knows everyone is in danger from Slade Wilson, or Laurel, for not recognizing her sister in a mask and wig. I’m giving this victory to Ollie since his stupidity put someone else in danger and Laurel’s only a danger to herself for the moment.

For me to come back for a third season, Arrow will have to significantly improve. But I gravely fear we’re headed for a fridging of Moira, who the writers don’t seem to have any idea what to do with, or either Laurel or Sara. Not interested.

But onto movies that keep getting better and better…

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out next week!

I couldn’t think of a cute subject heading for that because I’m too excited. Here’s the latest trailer. Enjoy.

Now, can we get a Black Widow movie?

There’s no audience for it? Yes, there is. Check out this report from The Mary Sue about the demographics of the movie-going public.

Here’s my favorite quote:

“But what about people seeing the largely white male worlds depicted in the multiplexes? Turns out that a whopping 52% of the moviegoing public is women. In fact, “Females have comprised a larger share of moviegoers (people who went to a movie at the cinema at least once in the year) consistently since 2009.” That’s right. The majority of people who go to the movies are women, but we’re seeing stories that are about men 85% of the time.” 

So, now that we’ve established we (the female movie-going public) have money clout, here’s my wish list:

Wonder Woman, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, and another, better, televised version of Birds of Prey, not necessarily in that order. And while we’re at it, how about a big screen version of Eve Dallas?

The world needs to be introduced to Eve Dallas.

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Writer, Mom, Geek and Superhero. though usually not all four on the same day. Author of the award-winning Phoenix Institute Superhero series and the steampunk novel, The Curse of the Brimstone Contract.