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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: Season 2 Episode 2 – ‘Heavy Is the Head’

Christina E. Janke:

The slow burn is definitely out the window this season for AGENTS OF SHIELD. Thank goodness! Also, since we’re already starting to see the makings of a new lovable duo: MacFitz!

Originally posted on Legion of Leia:

Check out this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap from Legion contributor Christina Janke!

The agents are scrambling for a solid victory. Will they get one this time? Find out in this week’s episode recap of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. You know the drill: spoilers to come.

Picking up right where last week’s premiere left off, we see the fates of Hartley (Lucy Lawless), Idaho, and Hunter after Creel flips their van. Yup, Hartley is definitely dead, and so is Idaho. Hunter is the only merc left alive. Agent May, rolling up on a stolen motorcycle, tries to get him out of the SUV. Hunter refuses her help, however. Catching up to Creel is more important. Reluctant to leave, May hops back onto her motorcycle and starts her pursuit of Creel. Just as Hunter is able to cut himself out of the SUV, the military charges in; they’re still a little…

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Gotham Recap: Season 1 Episode 2 ‘Selina Kyle’

Christina E. Janke:

A new week, a new GOTHAM! This one features the incomparable Carol Kane and Lili Taylor. And does anyone else see a bit of Michelle Pfeiffer in our little Selina Kyle?

Originally posted on Legion of Leia:

Legion contributor Christina Janke just recapped another episode of Gotham for us! Follow her on Twitter @IntrotoGeek!

Greetings, Gothamites! It’s time for another run-down of the exciting adventures of our favorite citizens of Gotham. So much stuff is happening! Warning, spoilers ahead.

We start off the night with a few homeless youths who are approached by a seemingly do-good couple who come bearing gifts of sustenance. Among the group is our little kitten, Selina Kyle, who evidently was the only one taught not to take candy from strangers. They also pulled up in a van, so yeah… All the signs of stranger danger.

Quickly we discover that the do-good couple, Doug and Patty (Frank Whaley and Lili Taylor), are not who they seem. Patty takes a poisoned pin and sticks the lured kids with it, knocking them unconscious within seconds. The only two to leave the scene unscathed are…

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Premiere Recap Season 2

Christina E. Janke:

Here’s my recap of the season 2 premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Legion of Leia!

Originally posted on Legion of Leia:

Legion of Leia contributor Christina Janke is recapping Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for us this season! Check out her thoughts on the premiere!

You can’t keep a good agent down. We’re glad Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back for a second season, and boy are they back! Beware, spoilers and foreshadowing ahead.

The season two premiere episode begins with a soft introduction to ABC’s next Marvel series, Agent Carter. The wonderful Hayley Atwell reprises her role as Agent Peggy Carter. Accompanying her are the original Howling Commandos from Captain America: The First Avenger. The scenes opens in Austria, 1945. Hydra agents who clearing out their own base and seizing all the mysterious artifacts claimed during the war. One such artifact is an advanced (and super deadly) piece of technology called the Obelisk. “It may hold the answer to death itself,” says the commander.

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Gotham Premiere Recap: ‘Pilot’

Christina E. Janke:

So I started contributing to Legion of Leia, a nerdy blog created by Jenna Busch. I’m starting as a recap writer for GOTHAM and AGENTS OF SHIELD. I’m so excited to be working with Jenna! She’s kinda been my role model since I first met her during the Women of Geekdom calendar shoot two years ago.

Anyway, here’s my first GOTHAM recap on Legion of Leia. Check back every week for new stuff :)

Originally posted on Legion of Leia:

The first of our Gotham recaps by Legion of Leia contributor Christina Janke!

Greetings Gothamites! Warning: soft spoilers ahead! It’s still safe to read, though. All the major stuff is left out.

Gotham premiered last night with a bang, followed by a blood-curdling scream of anguish by a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). We actually get to see this infamous murder of Martha and Thomas Wayne through the precocious eyes of the young Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), who we see jumping rooftops and stealthily pickpocketing unsuspecting market shoppers just a few minutes before.

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The detectives responding to the murder are Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) and newcomer Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie). Once Bullock discovers that one of Gotham’s richest and beloved families has just been killed, he immediately tries to run away from it — something like this will attract too much attention and heat he’s willing to deal with…

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Saying Goodbye to Robin Williams

Over the past couple weeks we’ve saying goodbye to Robin Williams, especially my writing staff on Agents of Geek. Just released today is Shauncastic’s episode of our celebrating and commiserating the life and death of Robin Williams. We do try to keep it light, but we can’t help but air out our own sadness a little. Don’t worry, we get right back to the funny.


Shauncastic 162: Goodbye Genie

This week the cast discusses the passing of the great Robin Williams.

The “Cast” this week is Christina “The Brownie”, Mearl the “ShadowTrooper” and Taylor “The Poly.”


Got bored… Made up a D&D new character and a storyline

I’ve been waiting for a phone call for hours. During that time, I stumbled upon upcoming books for the 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons. My own group is nearing the end of our 3-4 year long story, which is running mainly on 4th edition.

Currently I play a pixie berserker. Strange? Absolutely. My character is probably the most cartoonish on paper, but she deals with enormous damage…as long as my dice aren’t against me. Just so you know, they usually are. 

So out of boredom (there isn’t much left to do except sit around), I made up a new rogue character as well as a new story arc.

There might be discrepancies or problems with the character build because I don’t have the official character builder (I refuse to pay $10/month for DDI; I have my DM for that). The rogue comes with subclasses like the Thief, the Artful Dodger, the Scoundrel, and a couple others. Assuming I can’t combine subclasses, my character technically can’t be an Artful Dodger and a Thief. SHENANIGANS! The Artful Dodger subclass is named after a freaking thief character from Oliver Twist!

So out of pure stubbornness, this character is built like an Artful Dodger/Thief (in my mind).

HELENA – Human – Rogue (Artful Dodger & Thief) – Circus Performer 


Helena ran away from home at an early age. She and dozens of other young street urchins were recruited by an old miser named Fagan and trained to be a skillful pickpockets. Helena was among the best in her group, but she came under Fagan’s wrath often when she tried to protect some of her less successful comrades. After accidentally killing Fagan herself, Helena ran away with a traveling circus passing through. There she quickly rose to become one of their best aerial performers. 

The blood of a thief still thick in her veins, Helena can’t resist the urge to steal every now and then. She would spend her time off casing a wealthy person’s home and later breaking in to steal something valuable.

Trained in stealth, thievery, acrobatics, dungeoneering, streetwise, perception.

Weapon: Light blade (kukri)

Rogue paragon path: Cat burglar

Epic Destiny: Dark Wanderer 



The traveling circus — full of rogues, illusionists, and disgraced warriors — appears seemingly overnight and disappears just as quickly (stop me if you’ve heard this before). It is powered by a mysterious magic of unknown origin. The only person able to tap into this magic is only known as The Ringleader. No one has ever met The Ringleader, though many claim to have caught a glimpse of him once. The Emissary, The Ringleader’s envoy, is the only person in direct communication with him. 

While traveling, The Ringleader may assign quests to members of the circus to acquire magical items. Such quests require stealth and skill while others require brute strength. The purpose of these quests are mostly unknown. 

While staying in a town, The Emissary will offer contract jobs or bounties in which one person or whole teams can participate. 

New members must go through a trial/gauntlet based around their strengths and weaknesses. Any who fail must leave immediately; they cannot try again. 

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, The Ringleader is the DM. 

Rocket Raccoon Laughs at your 11 Percent

Earlier today I found myself tagged in a conversation on Facebook. Something a friend of mine being able to “move like Jagger.” I don’t fully understand the meaning of that song. Probably because I never really paid attention to the lyrics. Considering it’s by Maroon 5, I’m going to go with “highly suggestive in a sensual manner.” By the way, feel free to read that quotation in Zapp Brannigan’s voice. I know I did :)

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Regardless of what my friend really meant by his remark, the very first reaction that came to mind for a response was Rocket Raccoon’s outburst upon hearing Peter Quill’s 11-percent complete plan. First, I looked for just that clip on YouTube, only to find that no one had made one. All that’s available is the entire Guardians of the Galaxy extended trailer from where the clip is.

So…I made one myself.

Normally this wouldn’t be possible for me, but I realized that I get press releases from Disney/Marvel! Whenever a new trailer or official poster comes out, I get hi-res everything for the website I write for. I took the extended trailer, fired up iMovie, and sliced out Rocket’s sarcastic laughter. Voila! A perfectly appropriate reaction video to some dumb thing you see on the internet.

You’re welcome. 

Mirror Mirror, Who’s the Craziest of Them All?

The Mental Deconstruction of Roderick Usher

Note: this is a paper I wrote in April 2008 on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Fall of the House of Usher.” I had a bad habit of turning in a first draft if I was never required to write a rough piece beforehand. Hopefully this re-write, will solve all or most of the problems the original final draft had. Anyway, enjoy. And, um, don’t plagiarize, desperate/lazy youths. M’kay?

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Edgar Allen Poe is an extremely close writer; no word is useless and show be scrutinized carefully.  Roderick Usher is the main focus of Poe’s short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher.”  There are, indeed, many problems going on in his mind that later infect the Narrator, who is unnamed.  Another central, yet barely mentioned, character is Roderick’s identical twin sister Madeline.  She is cataleptic and looks almost dead.  All three characters are victims of a mental breakdown.  Madeline reminds Roderick of death — not only his death, but the death of their family house; Roderick is plagued by the pressure he has to uphold as the last son in a long line of artists; and the Narrator is not only affected by the gloomy appearance of nature, but is also affected by the negativity of Roderick.  One argument for the story is that the Narrator, Roderick, and Madeline are all the same person split into three personalities.  The purpose of the Narrator is to witness the adverse effects of isolation and to reach out of the Usher name and begin anew.

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Women, E3 2014, VIDEO GAMES!

Earlier this week, I decided to host a Google Hangout on Air featuring three awesome women gamers and myself, talking about this year’s E3. Joining me in the live event, which aired last night, were Stephanie Cooke, Sam Maggs, and Jessa Phillips. I invited Dodger Leigh to join our conversation, but she was still busy with E3, and she was preparing to flee — I mean! — take a trip to Europe.

We were having a rough time getting started. Half of us were able to make it into the event while the other half couldn’t find the invite. Then I accidentally closed the event on myself and couldn’t find a way back in as the host. It took an hour for me to figure out what happened, find a way a back in, and then give up and make a new event. Bottom line, Google needs to get their shit together and make this whole process easier. I don’t like jumping through hoops.

Anyway, we FINALLY got started…almost an hour later from the scheduled start time. Once we got everyone in, the event went swimmingly! We ladies know our games, we (or rather *I*) just don’t know how Google operates anything past their email and search engines. Enjoy the video below!

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Celebrate Poetry, All Month Long

Christina E. Janke:

I’m super bad with poetry, but I’ll give it a shot…

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

NaPoWriMo , or National Poetry Writing Month, is back!

NaPoWriMo is an annual project in which participants write a poem each day in April. It unfolds in the tradition of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, held in November) and motivates, inspires, and engages poets of all levels, genres, and backgrounds.

While a poem a day is your ultimate goal, there’s really no “right” way to participate. Start today and keep at it, and experiment as you see fit. Focus entirely on sonnets, or experiment with free verse. Participate on your own, or collaborate with others. Publish on your blog, or experiment offline.

Ideas to get started

  • Publish poems each day, focusing on a different genre each week.
  • Handwrite poems in a journal, for your eyes only.
  • Start a collective with others, plan themes for April, and publish poems on your own blogs focused on these themes.
  • Create a new blog or group site specifically for this monthly challenge.

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