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Corona Content: Television Edition

Hey guys, gays, and gworls! I’m back at it like a crack addict! I’ve been in the process of moving over the past week during this quarantine. I know I’m supposed to be in the HOUSE! Now that I am in the house I decided that I should drop a list of shows to watch to keep you busy during this corona quarantine! I picked out shows for almost every streaming service so don’t worry if you don’t have access to one of them. Let’s start with a couple of Netflix originals.

First up on the docket is Sense8! Sense8 is the show where diversity inclusion meets action-packed adventure. There are eight characters who’re completely different and live in different parts of the world that were born (not literally, that’s just the term) at the same part and became a part of a cluster. These eight strangers now must share one mind to avoid and take down the organization hunting them. Along the journey, they learn more about each other and utilizes their own skill sets to help one another. This show is nothing but phenomenal. Great cast, good plot, lots of teary-eyed moments, and a 2-hour movie to close up the last season. Sense8 is available to stream on Netflix!

Next up is one of my faves! Y’all saw my review on season two of Altered Carbon, and if not, you should read here. Altered Carbon is a top-tier sci-fi television that deserves more praise because of how great it is! They give a story, they give a narrative, they give you your peaches, cream, AND applesauce! Altered Carbon takes place in a futuristic world where a wealthy man brings one of the most dangerous mercenaries back to life to solve the mystery of his death. Joel Kinnaman and Will Yun Lee brought a new element and they brought the wow factor to the character know as Takeshi Kovacs. Season two expounds more on Takeshi’s new journey and adds color to it in the process. Season two has more black folks and other people of color, so I suggest sticking in for the long run! I have a few ideas for how they can move forward so get at me Netflix for these ideas haha. Altered Carbon is available to stream exclusively on Netflix!

One of the shows that I’m currently watching on Netflix is The Witcher. Based on what I know, The Witcher is based on the book adaptation versus the video. But if I’m not mistaken, I think the video game is based on the book. Whatever it is based on just know it’s nothing short of greatness! The Witcher is a top-tier and high budget fantasy series that takes monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia, on an adventure through the dangerous world. Along the way, fate alters his path to come across two people that will ultimately change their lives and push them in the right direction of their destiny. So far, this show is well worth the watch! The Witcher is available to stream exclusively on Netflix!

For the readers with money, I have a couple of recommendations from HBO. First on the rich people docket is the Westworld. Westworld the television series is based on the 1973 movie that was released, a two movie duo that is on my watchlist. This futuristic sci-fi show is brimming with nothing but endless possibilities! The characters of the show live in a time and place where they can visit themed parks that mimics a time in history. In this specific world, humans can live out there western cowboy fantasies. This show doesn’t focus on the human experience but what would happen if the A.I. robots began to remember and gain consciousness? Find out by watching Westworld exclusively on HBO streaming platforms!

The other show isn’t long but it’s humorous enough to draw you back in for a second and maybe a third binge-watch. Insecure is everything! Issa Rae and writers SNAPPED with this show just like her old YouTube series “AWKWARD Black Girl.” Insecure follows two main stories, one of Issa’s weird growth through a troubled love life, and Molly’s problematic love life. These two main characters’ trials and tribulations present us with modern-day issues we face as black adults such as toxic masculinity, horrible communication in relationships, working as a black person in “white” workplaces (especially as black women), finances, etc. They’re able to do this all while being comedic enough to keep your attention. If you’re not watching Insecure then you’re doing yourself a disservice. If you’ve already watched it then watch it again because season four is dropping April 12th! Insecure is streaming exclusively on HBO streaming platforms!

Don’t think I left out my anime gworls! If you haven’t started watching Fire Force, add it to your watchlist! Fire Force is about Shinra Kusakabe, A.K.A. “Devil’s Footprints”, joining the Special Fire Force Company 8 and working with other fire users to get rid of the devilish Infernals. This show is nothing short of greatness! It gives action, it tells a narrative, and it’s all topped with an awkward smile! Fire Force is available to stream on Crunchyroll and Hulu!

Next up on the anime docket is a fave of mine. If you didn’t hear it from me TRUST you were bound to hear it from a diehard JoJo’s fan. That’s right, I’m talking about JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures! What started as a messed up grudge turned to vampires and Hamon that then evolved to Stands. Watch how a childhood grudge transformed an entire world into the hilariously wonderful universe that is JoJo’s! JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures is available to stream on Hulu, Crunchyroll, Netflix, and TubiTV!

The first show up on the docket for DC Universe is Harley Quinn: The Animated Series! Check out my early review here. Harley Quinn has got her show that aired thirteen episodes from November to February, and it’s coming back for its second season this Friday! The show takes place in Gotham (obviously) where Harley goes on a journey of joining the League of Villains. Along the way, she meets new crew members and creates bonds with them, especially her best friend Poison Ivy. Will Harley become League of Villain material? Find out by watching Harley Quinn: The Animated Series exclusively streaming on DC Universe!


Another DC Universe show I’ve talked highly about is Doom Patrol! Doom Patrol is a hilariously weird show that takes you on a journey to show how this group of “rejects” become superheroes. Aside from the comedy of the show, I love how we also get LGBTQ+ representation that’s towards the forefront and not an afterthought! Doom Patrol is a good superhero show to get into especially with season two releasing sometime this year. Season one of Doom Patrol is available to stream exclusively on DC Universe.

Stay indoors, wash your hands, and enjoy the content!
Gay and Geeky,
Michael

Act-Age: Prologue Arc

Hey guys, gays, and gworls! Since the current arc of Jujutsu Kaisen is not currently complete I wanted to start a new manga until it’s finished. These next four weeks we’ll be reading Act-Age! Read with me?

“This is the story of Kei Yonagi. She comes from a poor family. Her father ran out on her and her two younger siblings, leaving her to fend for the family herself after their mother’s death. When the opportunity comes to chase her dream of becoming an actress, Yonagi jumps at the chance. Catching the eye of Director Sumiji Kuroyama, Yonagi’s opportunity to shine has come. However, Yonagi’s talent for acting comes from her extreme and innate ability for Method Acting, one that various individuals note as potentially self-destructive.”

The instant I started reading I just knew that Kei would be someone that stands out after she turned on them instant waterworks! They told sis to serve sadness and she SERVED sadness. The agency was a fool for not picking her TWICE! But that’s ok, Sumiji Kuroyama swoops in to prepare Kei for the greatest movie he will ever make.

Aside from being a little pervy, Sumiji plays a significant role in Kei’s life. As described, Kei uses “Method Acting” which can be devastating long term. Sumiji is constantly pushing her to be a better actress by having her play a part of a character (or extra) that she has never related to. This is nothing for a professional actress who’s been in the game long enough, but Kei is just getting started! Sumiji has a vision for this big movie he wants to make and he’s training Kei to be ready for her part. I honestly cannot wait to see it all unfold in the upcoming chapters!

Speaking of chapters, we were left off with a cliffhanger for the next story arc “Death Island”. So read with me and check out my take on the “Death Island” arc next Tuesday! Be sure to like, if you’ve read Act-Age then comment your favorite character so far, subscribe, and tell a friend about GeekedT!

Also, tune in to my co-host and I chat every Friday as we talk about all things gay and geeky on the GeekedT Podcast!

Wash Your Hands,

Michael

Upcoming Marvel Movies

Hey guys, gays, and gworls! Since the current Jujutsu Kaisen arc is not complete, I’ll be talking about the next best thing. The next big thing is all the upcoming Marvel movies releasing this year!

After making us fans wait for YEARS, I’m happy to say that we’ll be getting a New Mutants movie! They delayed this movie more times than us delaying working on our college assignments. Nonetheless, it’s finally here and it looks like it’ll live up to its hype! No this is not an MCU movie, but it’s still a movie we should watch. I’m hoping that this one is not trash like the other X-Men movies. New Mutants out in theaters on April 3rd!

Next up on the Marvel movie roster, we have Black Widow. Black Widow is a prequel of her life pre-Endgame and post-Civil War. Natasha and her twisted family of killers and spies must stop THE Taskmaster from using the “red room” for destruction. I would not put this movie up high on my list because it was a movie that we were supposed to get ages ago. This movie would have been good to release before or after Captain America: Winter Soldier, not now. Nonetheless, I will still see it because it looks SICK! Plus, the main villain Taskmaster is one of my favorite non-powered villains in the Marvel universe. Black Widow is hitting theaters on May 1st (despite the Coronavirus).

The next movie is not included in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) but is included in Sony’s Spider-Man universe. Morbius is Sony’s second spider-villain movie to be released in theaters and I’m hyped! I don’t know much about Morbius, but watching the trailer piqued my interest in learning more about this villain. Morbius will be out in theaters on July 31st!

Morbius isn’t the only spider-villain getting a movie this year. Venom 2 will drop towards the last half of the year. The first movie was more hysterical to me than action-packed. I’m not saying that they didn’t have enough action, I’m just saying that this movie seemed more of a serious comedy to me. But I live for that! Venom 2 will be in theaters on October 2nd!

The last movie on the docket is The Eternals! This movie is personally the movie I’m anxiously anticipating seeing this year! I’ve read Jack Kirby’s run of the Eternals and I cannot wait to see these gods hit the big screen! Plus, Angelina Jolie and the now daddy-esque Kumail Nanjiani are playing some pretty big roles which make this movie even more worth watching! If you watched Game of Thrones, then you will be glad to hear that Marvel has given him a role that is completely different from his season 8 counterpart. Kit Harington will be playing as the Black Knight! You’ll probably see me fanboying once the trailer drops! The Eternals will be in theaters on November 6th!

GeekedT podcast is back! Be sure to tune in and listen on Soundcloud, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts! Be sure to follow the GeekedT Twitter and Instagram to stay updated on all things “gay and geeky!”

Gay and Geeky,

Michael

Titans – The Lazarus Contract

Hey guys, gays, and gworls! I’m back, and I’m ready to dive deep into DC Comics’ The Lazarus Contract.”

Deathstroke wants to bring his son, Grant Wilson, back to life who died to the same experiment that made him the Ravager. Slade is willing to go at great lengths to bring his son back, and he’s willing to risk it all by time-traveling to the past. That puts the lives of the two Wally West at risk for a contract that should not be reaped!

What I loved about this story arc is that it dove deeper into the Wilson family lore and just how messed up the family as a whole is. Everyone in that family is just as crazy except for the bro man Jericho. It’s crazy how even with Slade time-travelling his partner knows that it’s doomed to be a failed mission because of Slade himself. He explains how Slade struggles with intimacy among his friends and family.

It was great to also see the Titans and the Teen Titans group up together to solve this threat! It’s crazy how Slade made a contract with Dick and Dick followed through up until he couldn’t follow through no more. The contract was Dick would keep Slade’s daughter, Rose, safe and raise her to be nothing like her father. Since Dick failed to do that, Slade cashed in on his contract and decided to try to bring his son back to life using the speed force from both of the Wally Wests.

I don’t want to spoil much so gon’ and read these issues to see how the story turns out!

  1. Titans (2016-) #11
  2. Teen Titans (2016-) #8
  3. Deathstroke (2016-2019) #19
  4. Titans: The Lazarus Contract Special (2017): #1
  5. Deathstroke (2016-2019): #20

Be sure to read and let’s chat! Also, GeekedT podcast is back, so make sure you give it a listen!

Gay and Geeky,

Michael

Jujutsu Kaisen – Star Plasma Vessel Arc

Hey guys, gays, and gworls! I’m back to talk about Jujutsu Kaisen’s “Star Plasma Vessel” arc!

This story arc takes place years before Yuji and the gang came to Jujutsu High. This story had taken place all the way back to when Gojo was a student. Gojo, Geto, and the gang were sent on a mission to secure Ruki, the star plasma vessel for their master Tengen. They had to make sure she had as much fun before she was sent to merge with Tengen permanently. Things began to become complicated once a bounty was set out on Ruki. Now, the Jujutsu High students and Ruki are being hunted down. Their challenge wasn’t taking on other mercenaries, it was taking on the danger that was Toji Fushiguro and surviving.

What I loved about this arc is that it gave us a more in-depth look into Megumi’s life and his being sold to the Zen’in family. In the previous arcs, it was briefly stated that Megumi did not grow up with his family, but he has grown up under the Zen’in family. During that time, we also saw young Gojo bringing Megumi to the Zen’in family.

It was also refreshing to see Gojo and Geto in action back before they reached their prime. It’s safe to say that Gojo has been doing the thing since he was in diapers. Although Gojo wasn’t as powerful as he was then, he was still the greatest! Seeing how Geto became one of the main villains was nice because we barely had gotten any information on him in previous chapters. It’s crazy how a cursed fruit could warp his thinking and turn him into the person he is now. I just hope that he doesn’t accomplish his task of killing all non-curse energy users.

Overall, the story arc was pretty meh to me. I’m guessing it was because it didn’t have as much action as other chapters. Nonetheless, it was still a great read! Jujutsu Kaisen is available to read on the Shonen Jump app.

Gay and Geeky,

Michael

Altered Carbon: Season 2 Review

Hey guys, gays, and gworls! I’m back at it, and this time let’s talk about season two of the Netflix original Altered Carbon!

Anthony Mackie as Takeshi Kovacs

At the end of season one, Takeshi Kovacs “the last envoy” had finished solving the Bancroft case he was assigned to along with tying up some loose ends. He departed the sleeve he was in and inserted his DHF into a new sleeve to continue his journey to find his leader/lover’s stack, and that stack belongs to the infamous Quellcrest Falconer! Season two picks up three decades after his departure from Bay City where he’s hired by another Meth (upper-class people who have lived for centuries) and brought back into his stomping grounds in Harlan’s World in the promise of finding Quell.

SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF SEASON TWO

If I’m going to keep it a “stack”, season two is nothing less than greatness! We got Anthony Mackie playing as Kovacs this season and Chris Conner’s role reprisal as everyone’s favorite A.I., Poe! Renée Elise Goldsberry also reprised her role as Quellcrest “about that action” Falconer! The good thing about Altered Carbon and its stack/sleeve system is that anyone can be re-casted. We’re also introduced to new characters such as Trepp and Dig 301 who is played by Simone Missick and Dina Shihabi. Before you watch, I want you to know that this is a Trepp (without the synthetic wig) stan account!

Season Two Cast

This season upped the action and upped the plot progression which allowed us to continue following Takeshi’s storyline and see a more in-depth view of all characters! It was great to see Takeshi’s new character development fit into Anthony Mackie’s rendition of him. As for the plot, it was nice to see how Quell not only affected Takeshi but also affected every character in the plot. Her absence (and presence) played into Trepp’s main mission, the governor’s mission, along with tying in [redacted] and Takeshi’s old life together now. It was also great to see just how human an A.I. could be. That’s on Poe and Mrs. Dig! Although this season was great, it did not translate well into the people’s reviews, and I’m ready to talk about it!

Poe the A.I.

I’m going to start it off by saying that Netflix fails at promoting all of its good library content. That is nothing new! They’ve done this to The Get Down, Sense8, and now season two of Altered Carbon.

This leads me to my next statement which is that companies always fail at promoting shows that involve any group of marginalized people (mostly black people and other POC). The same thing happened to HBO’s Watchmen series! All of these show I’ve named are nothing but phenomenal, yet doesn’t get the exposure needed to succeed because of the industry’s dislike in shows with great black/other POC leads.

All of this also applies to the sci-fi genre too! Not many black people make up the majority of a sci-fi cast. But when this is the case, it’s not pushed heavy enough and/or people seem to hate it due to the amount of the cast that isn’t white.

With that being said, I give season two a rating of 8 out of 10! Season two of Altered Carbon is available to stream now on Netflix!

Gay and Geeky,

Michael

Highlighting Black Heroes – Storm

Hey guys, gays, and gworls! I’m here to share a little black excellence with you today. Let’s get into the good sis Storm AKA Ororo Munroe!

Whether you read comics or not, everyone knows all about the bad b*tch weather goddess Storm, the weather witch. Storm’s first appearance was in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975) with a few other notable X-Men that we know today. She had a tough life growing up. Lost her parents, moved around Egypt a lot and had become a thief. She stole a ruby named “The Heart of Darkness.” That set off a chain reaction where she stopped a few people, met T’Challa, and coming into her powers right before joining the X-Men.

I hate when people call Storm the lightning girl because she is way more than that! Miss Ororo is an omega-level mutant with powers to match! Ororo can manipulate the weather to her will. That means she can not only conjure up storms and fog, but she can also manipulate the atmospheric pressure around her. Not only does this work on Earth but she also can do this on other planets. She’s able to do this and much more on a molecular level. She can even use it to change her outfit!

Get into the good sistren Ororo by checking her out in these comic book series:

  • Uncanny X-Men
  • Storm (2006)
  • X-Men Gold (2017)
  • House of X/ Powers of X (2019)
  • Marauders (2019)

Happy Black History Month,

Michael