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Grounded Geeks

By GROUNDED GEEKS

Welcome to Grounded Geeks, where we make the geek world relevant. It may feel like comic books and superheroes have no bearing on real life, but Aman and Lena (a Pakistani American brother & sister duo) are here to tell you one thing: That’s simply not the case. Join us as we discuss what all that superhero mumbo jumbo says about race, society, politics, and global affairs. New episodes drop every Thursday | The Grounded Geeks theme song is brought to you by Feyzan Beats. | SHOW NOTES: https://groundedgeeks.medium.com/
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Paper Girls: Past, Present, and Future
Paper Girls: Past, Present, and Future
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for both the comic series and TV show called Paper Girls. What would your 12-year-old self think of you right now in your life? This is one of the questions we answer for ourselves in this episode as we compare and talk about Paper Girls, the comics and the new TV show now streaming on Amazon Prime. We also cover wibbly wobbly stuff like time travel too, so don’t worry. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
31:34
August 25, 2022
Love, Death & Robots: Life As We Don't Know It
Love, Death & Robots: Life As We Don't Know It
Welcome to Part 2 of our discussion of Love, Death & Robots Volume 3. This time we discuss three different episodes titled, "Bad Travelling," "The Very Pulse of the Machine," and "Mason's Rats." All of these episodes had us thinking about life as we DON'T know it. And by life, we mean what constitutes a living thing? Can artificial intelligence be living? What kind of creatures live in the deep ocean that wouldn't necessarily meet the definition of life? In the future, how will animals evolve in ways that we can barely imagine? So many questions and not nearly enough answers, but join us for the conversation anyway. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
34:07
August 18, 2022
The Umbrella Academy Season 3: Spacetime Unraveling and...Cats
The Umbrella Academy Season 3: Spacetime Unraveling and...Cats
SPOILERS for the Netflix show, The Umbrella Academy season 3. Naturally on this episode we had to discuss the unraveling of spacetime, what is real or not, whether a bad deed is worth it if it's for the greater good, and...you get to hear Lena's cat, Raya, meowing in the background. We hope you find it more endearing than Aman did. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
35:10
August 11, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder (A Sketch Comedy)
Thor: Love and Thunder (A Sketch Comedy)
SPOILERS in this episode for Marvel's latest movie, Thor: Love and Thunder. Alright buckle up, fellow geeks because on this episode we talk about Greek gods, witches, vampires (briefly), grief, our purpose in life, and how Marvel villains continue to be right. And never forget: Don't meet your heroes. Enjoy! SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
35:25
August 04, 2022
From the GG Vault: Black Panther (2016)
From the GG Vault: Black Panther (2016)
We're taking a small break this week (mostly because we're human and we're tired), HOWEVER, in light of the recent news about Wakanda Forever at San Diego Comic Con, we're diving into the Grounded Geeks vault to bring you an episode we did in 2016 about Black Panther. Since Black Panther, the MCU movie did not exist at the time of this recording, this episode focuses specifically on the comic book character that Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote and developed. Hope you enjoy it and we'll be back with new episodes next week!
23:58
July 28, 2022
Ms. Marvel Makes Us Feel…Like Us
Ms. Marvel Makes Us Feel…Like Us
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for Ms. Marvel, streaming on Disney+. It finally happened. Our absolute favorite comic book series got turned into a LIVE ACTION TV SERIES. Welcome to the world of Ms. Marvel, folks! This show honestly means everything to us as Pakistani/Muslim Americans who grew up as the children of immigrants. Not only did we get to see a character who looked like us, talked like us, said Bismillah like us, but the show also took time to look at family traditions and the history of the formation of Pakistan in 1947. The fact that a Brown girl from New Jersey made us feel so many things is just…a marvel. She made us feel at home. ❤️ SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
01:10:15
July 21, 2022
All The Boys Have Daddy Issues
All The Boys Have Daddy Issues
SPOILERS in this episode for season 3 of The Boys, streaming on Amazon Prime. So in addition to having daddy issues, the Boys also have a whole lot of toxic masculinity issues, superiority complexes, inferiority complexes, and unrequited love. We also talked a ton about corporations and corruption, celebrities and their tone-deafness, and January 6. Oh and the patriarchy still sucks. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
41:12
July 14, 2022
Stranger Things Than Death (Season 4 Vol. 2)
Stranger Things Than Death (Season 4 Vol. 2)
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode about Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2, which did not disappoint! There were many outcomes we didn't agree with, but as per usual, the show gave us plenty to discuss, including but not limited to: untimely deaths, the four horsemen of the apocalypse, the importance of teaching your kids empathy, and breaking the cycle of abuse. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
40:43
July 07, 2022
Obi-Wan Kenobi: The Endless Fight for Good
Obi-Wan Kenobi: The Endless Fight for Good
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for the Disney+ series, Obi-Wan Kenobi. A lot has happened recently. Obi-Wan and Darth Vader had another epic light saber duel, little Leia proved that she was born to be a commander at the age of 10, and the fight for good over evil never seems to end. This episode naturally had us also talking about the extremist Empire, which reminded us of the Supreme Court of the United States and its recent ruling concerning abortion rights. Besides that, we also touched on Shakespeare, the Odyssey, and balance in the universe. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
44:30
June 30, 2022
Fleabag, Feminism, and Handling Your Shit
Fleabag, Feminism, and Handling Your Shit
We did an episode on Fleabag! Lena essentially forced Aman to watch it and then he binged it and we had a wonderful conversation about feminism, spirituality, Deadpool, the bloody partriarchy, and the horrors of adulting. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
44:06
June 23, 2022
Our Flag Means Death...and Love
Our Flag Means Death...and Love
SPOILERS in this episode for Our Flag Means Death, a fairly new show streaming on HBO Max. If you watched Our Flag Means Death thinking you'd just be getting a comedy about a bunch of wannabe pirates, you would be wrong—but also not alone. Not only is Stede Bonnet (the main character) based on a real life person, but he actually sailed and plundered with the infamous pirate Blackbeard. This show has comedy, romance, and even some truth about pirates. And at some point we also talk about the Iran Hostage Crisis. Enjoy! SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
30:03
June 16, 2022
Stranger Things Than Racism (Just Kidding)
Stranger Things Than Racism (Just Kidding)
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for Stranger Things (Season 4, Volume 1). We talked about the lack of racism on the show, that line about the Internet, bullying (and how we got triggered by it), the multifaceted personalities of the Stranger Things kids, and (once again) the ongoing struggle against the patriarchy. It is truly neverending! Oh and we maybe have a possible theory for how the show might end? Who knows. (And you should especially tune in to hear Aman's kid making adorable baby noises in the beginning). SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
56:32
June 09, 2022
Love, Death & Robots: The End of Humanity
Love, Death & Robots: The End of Humanity
Love, Death & Robots is back with Volume 3! So naturally, we have SPOILERS, but only for three of the episodes titled, "Three Robots: Exit Strategies," "Night of the Mini Dead," and "Swarm." All of these episodes reminded us that the end is nigh and the only ones in the entire universe who can save us from ourselves...is us. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
50:34
June 02, 2022
Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Mayhem, and Misogyny?
Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Mayhem, and Misogyny?
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Alright folks, on this episode we talk about time travel, we talk multiverses, dimensions, Elon Musk, the future of Marvel's business model, and the very gendered terms of sorcery vs. witchcraft. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy! SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
54:50
May 26, 2022
Everything Everywhere All At Once: Multiverse Done Right
Everything Everywhere All At Once: Multiverse Done Right
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for the movie, Everything Everywhere All At Once. This movie was quite frankly bonkers and we could not love it more. Not only did it give us an excuse to gush over Michelle Yeoh (truly a goddess) but we also got to talk about the multiverse, chaos theory, family relationships, bagels, and motherhood. We can't wait to rewatch this one. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
50:53
May 19, 2022
We Demand More Moon Knight
We Demand More Moon Knight
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for the Disney+ series, Moon Knight. Once again Marvel has given us a million things to talk about, from mental health issues to the importance of representation to Egyptian mythology to why the hell aren't they planning more Moon Knight?! Oh and we talked a lot about the brilliance of Oscar Isaac, May Calamawy, and Ethan Hawke. Lots to discuss. Enjoy! SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
46:13
May 12, 2022
GG + QC Team-Up: Geeking Out About Squire
GG + QC Team-Up: Geeking Out About Squire
Ramadan Mubarak! This week we have a very special episode that we did in collaboration with the Quarantined Comics podcast. We discuss a new graphic novel titled "Squire" by Nadia Shammas and Sara Alfageeh. If you're into girls with swords, commentary about racism, empires (both past and present), and oppression, then this is the book for you! And go follow Quarantined Comics if you don't already: https://www.qtdcomics.com SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
52:40
April 28, 2022
Sometimes All We Can Do Is FLEE
Sometimes All We Can Do Is FLEE
SPOILERS in this episode for the Oscar-nominated (Best International Feature, Best Documentary, Best Animated) movie called "Flee." This isn't a film about robots or superheroes flying around in capes. It's not science fiction or fantasy. It's actually much bigger than that. It's about one man, his family, and his memories of how they were forced to navigate the world as refugees—told through his voice and using mostly animation. Naturally we talked about the current refugee crises around the world, police brutality, a brief history of the Soviets in Afghanistan, and identity. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
36:44
April 21, 2022
Get To Know Makhno: Ukrainian Freedom Fighter
Get To Know Makhno: Ukrainian Freedom Fighter
On this episode we discuss mass inequality, labor movements, Cossacks, revolutions across Ukraine and Russia, and…Jeff Bezos. All thanks to a graphic novel titled “Makhno: Ukrainian Freedom Fighter” by Philippe Thirault and illustrated by Roberto Zaghi. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
40:17
April 14, 2022
Swan Songs and Souls: What's Even Real Anymore?
Swan Songs and Souls: What's Even Real Anymore?
What is a soul? What is the truth? Does the truth even matter if you can't tell the difference between that and a lie? On this episode we talk about the Apple TV+ movie, Swan Song (which includes LOTS of spoilers) and honestly we have a lot more questions than answers on this episode. Sorry....but also you try tackling some of the biggest philosophical questions in human history! SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
31:37
April 07, 2022
Peacemaker Has So Many Issues
Peacemaker Has So Many Issues
SO MANY SPOILERS in this episode for the HBO show, Peacemaker. Buckle up, everyone, because we are about to unpack all the layers to Peacemaker...including but not limited to racism, sexism, white nationalism, climate change, political correctness, and of course childhood trauma and mental health. You can't have superheroes without mental health issues. Enjoy! SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
34:44
March 31, 2022
The Batman Is Finally A (Traumatized) Detective
The Batman Is Finally A (Traumatized) Detective
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for the new movie titled, The Batman. You really can't have any conversation about Batman without talking about childhood trauma, mental health, the Proud Boys(?), and investigative skills. That's exactly what we cover on this episode—and more. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
43:58
March 24, 2022
Everyone's Turning Red at 13
Everyone's Turning Red at 13
SPOILERS in this episode for the Pixar movie, Turning Red. If you've been feeling overwhelmed by your emotions recently, then this is the movie for you. It's got everything: Asian representation, boy bands, the discussion of feminine hygiene(!), puberty, emotions, immigrant backgrounds, and of course…generational trauma. Yay! SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
25:13
March 17, 2022
Foundation and (Russian) Empire
Foundation and (Russian) Empire
Roughly a month ago, when we were first discussing how we wanted to cover the Apple TV+ show, Foundation, on this podcast, never in a million years did we think we would be comparing it to Russia's current invasion of Ukraine. But sadly this is where we are and there are a surprising number of parallels that we can see in both the TV show and the book and what's currently happening in Russia and Ukraine. For anyone who is a fan of science fiction as well as a student of international relations and political science, then Isaac Asimov should be required reading for you. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
36:52
March 10, 2022
See…A World That Can’t
See…A World That Can’t
SPOILERS in this episode for the Apple TV+ show, See. Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if everyone…was blind? If you have, then you should check out the TV show, See, streaming on Apple TV+. Or if you just want to watch Jason Momoa being yet another badass warrior, then this show is for you too. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
42:10
March 03, 2022
The Magically Deep and Complex Encanto
The Magically Deep and Complex Encanto
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for the movie Encanto. Ok so we know we don't talk about Bruno, but we kinda had to talk about Bruno. And magic and family and magical realism and feeling like an outsider and generational trauma. At some point we also talked about innovation in storytelling and The Godfather. There was A LOT to unpack all thanks to Encanto's many wonderfully complex layers. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
45:02
February 24, 2022
The Book of NOT Boba Fett
The Book of NOT Boba Fett
The Book of Boba Fett...The Chapter of Boba Fett within the Book of the Mandalorian? Whatever you want to call it, we finally got a chance to discuss the latest Disney+ show! And we had lots to unpack, from character development to the pope (again) to racism in Hollywood (also again) to how history keeps on repeating itself. Unpack with us! SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
32:33
February 17, 2022
The Witcher and Medieval Geopolitics
The Witcher and Medieval Geopolitics
We finally talked about The Witcher! Aside from the monsters and magic, we also talk about medieval geopolitics, how our perception of time changes throughout our lives, the origin of banking, oppression...in genral, and a brief tangent about the Knights Templar and some king of France. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
30:52
February 10, 2022
Eternals: The Real(ish) Myths and Legends
Eternals: The Real(ish) Myths and Legends
Welcome to Season 3 of Grounded Geeks! We actually came back yaaaay! We're kicking off this season by talking about NOT the latest Marvel movie, Eternals. We get into the history of language, Greek and Roman gods, our personal thoughts on Sersi and Ikarus, and whether the truth will actually set us free. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
44:47
February 03, 2022
The Matrix Resurrections: Is Anything Even Real?
The Matrix Resurrections: Is Anything Even Real?
We're kicking off 2022 by diving into…the Matrix. What is real? What is not? And does any of it even matter? Besides (obviously) going into the philosophical questions posed by The Matrix Resurrections, in this episode we also talk about the evolution of CGI in movies, the point of Agent Smith, Plato and Aristotle, electrons and neutrons, the Harry Potter reunion special, and so much more. Is this podcast even real? Who knows. Oh and side note: we are taking a quick break (not for five years this time, we promise!) and you'll see us back here in February. SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/3KElFcK
36:43
January 06, 2022
Spider-Man: No Way We Can't Talk About Physics
Spider-Man: No Way We Can't Talk About Physics
HUGE MAJOR SPOILERS for Spider-Man: No Way Home in this episode! You've been warned. So for those who HAVE seen the movie, get ready for an episode where not only do we talk about the awesomeness of Spider-Man but the brilliance of good villains. It is known that Willem Defoe and Alfred Molina are gems that we must treasure forever and ever. We also dabble a bit in quantum physics and religion and specifically Jinn in Islam. What? We have to cover all these things when we're talking about the multiverse. Happy New Year folks! 🎆 SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/3qLFffe
44:14
December 30, 2021
Hawkeye and the Importance of LARPing
Hawkeye and the Importance of LARPing
HUGE SPOILERS in this episode for the Disney+ show, Hawkeye. This episode is a bit all over the place, but essentially if you wanna hear us gush about a TV show where we didn't reallyyyy have that many expectations, then this is it. Other things we rave about: The Yelena/Kate banter, Florence Pugh, the history of Russian accents portrayed on screen, Laura Barton, and a big shout out to LARPers and cosplayers everywhere 🎄❤️ Happy holidays everyone! SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/3GLPm9q
41:05
December 23, 2021
The Lord of the Rings: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
The Lord of the Rings: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Welcome to our holiday special! Naturally the only trilogy worth talking about at all is the one…the only…Lord of the Rings. We figured we'd keep things light and fun this week and take time to gush about one of the most wonderful fantasy stories ever. Enjoy! SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/3nKvCeF
31:13
December 16, 2021
Cowboy Bebop Doo Bop to the Future!
Cowboy Bebop Doo Bop to the Future!
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for the Netflix live-action series, Cowboy Bebop. If you want to go on a fun space western ride, then Cowboy Bebop is for you. If you also just want to see John Cho being sexy then this show is also for you. We spend some time talking about how the live-action compares to the anime, how the characters have been expanded upon, and also whether our future could look anything like the Bebop universe in a few centuries. SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/3FSWhMQ
30:05
December 09, 2021
Love, Death & Robots: Humanity's Biological Future
Love, Death & Robots: Humanity's Biological Future
Welcome to Part 2 of us dissecting the Netflix anthology series titled Love, Death, and Robots! This time we discuss three episodes that focus on human body modification and what that means for society and the future. Buckle up because things get real philosophical in this one. SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/32gCHw2
36:29
December 02, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving from Grounded Geeks
Happy Thanksgiving from Grounded Geeks
Happy Thanksgiving, fellow geeks! We hope you're having a lovely time with your friends and/or family. But if you want to take a quick break from them, check out this short and sweet episode where we look back on what we've covered so far and pick one geeky thing we're grateful for this year. And as always, thank YOU for listening to Grounded Geeks. SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/3GOKaBF
04:50
November 25, 2021
We're FINALLY Talking About Shang-Chi
We're FINALLY Talking About Shang-Chi
We did it. We finally did an episode on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings! Since the movie's been out for longer than two months, we're not sure if we need to put a spoilers disclaimer here? But yeah you can safely there are spoilers in this episode. In this episode, we talk quite a bit about whether Marvel was able to bring to life the "legend" of the ten rings, whether this movie helped in the fight for Asian representation, and the gift that is Tony Leung. SHOW NOTES: 
39:09
November 18, 2021
Superhero Smorgasbord: Who would YOU send to the COP26 Climate Summit?
Superhero Smorgasbord: Who would YOU send to the COP26 Climate Summit?
Welcome to another Superhero Smorgasbord episode! In light of the UN Climate Change Conference that is coming to an end this week—and also the horrifying impact of climate change itself—we figured we’d ask ourselves who we would want to send to COP26. Naturally, Captain Planet was one of our choices, but there were some other interesting ones thrown in there too. Not only did we talk about how they would tackle climate change (and this particular conference), but we also happened to go off on a couple tangents about Facebook and international law. You’re gonna love it. SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/3fFdEG4
37:30
November 11, 2021
Star Wars: Visions
Star Wars: Visions
What happens when you bring some of the world's best anime creators into the Star Wars universe? Something beautiful called Star Wars: Visions. In this anthology series, (now streaming on Disney+) we came across wandering strangers, a rock band, twins born into the dark side, lightsaber-smiths, and of course Jedis and Siths. In terms of real world topics, we touch on the role women have played historically in the Star Wars universe and climate change. (Y'all we can't NOT talk about climate change because it's that freaking critical). None of the episodes in Star Wars: Visions are what you would expect them to be. They're way better. SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/3ruQrMi
28:34
November 04, 2021
Dune, Dune, DUNE
Dune, Dune, DUNE
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for the movie Dune (2021). If you haven't seen this movie, we're warning you...it's epic. We got the chance to talk about colonialism, the feudal system in the context of an intergalactic empire, spice (both from the movie and real world spices that enrich all of our lives), and the inspiration Frank Herbert got from the Arabic language and Islam. It was a lot of unpack. We also complained about how Dune Part Two hasn't been greenlit yet, but that changed this week. Hooray! SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/358PdyR
48:38
October 28, 2021
Squid Game: How South Korea Took Over
Squid Game: How South Korea Took Over
MAJOR SPOILERS for the biggest TV show on Netflix right now, Squid Game. Oh man...what can we say about this show that was wildly entertaining and yet also broke our hearts at the same time (marbles anyone? *sob*). Not only do we discuss our favorite characters and scenes, we also talk about some of the plot holes and the increasingly depressing wealth gaps there are in society. Oh and ample time is dedicated to discussing the character of Ali Abdul (duh) including what we loved about him—and what sadly made him a token. SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/3fFHfiD
42:14
October 21, 2021
What If...The Multiverse Was Awesome?
What If...The Multiverse Was Awesome?
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for the Disney+ series titled What If...? If you need a refresher on Kang the Conqueror and his whole deal with the multiverse and timelines and all that jazz, then we've got the episode for you. Not only do we talk about major themes from the show—such as grief and the impact of our choices—but we also talk about the role theoretical physics plays in the lives of these beloved comic book characters. SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/33FVnG6
31:58
October 14, 2021
Star Wars: The Bad Batch...and NAZIS
Star Wars: The Bad Batch...and NAZIS
A conversation between a proper Star Wars fan (a.k.a. Aman) and someone who has no idea what they're talking about (Lena) focusing specifically on the new Disney+ series, Star Wars: The Bad Batch. We cover everything from the ethics of cloning to Nazi Germany. Also why do the Empire's prisons suck so much? SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/3AhJvpO
39:38
October 07, 2021
Stop Being a Sh*tass and Watch Reservation Dogs
Stop Being a Sh*tass and Watch Reservation Dogs
SPOILERS in this episode for a new show streaming on Hulu called Reservation Dogs, which is about four Native American teens growing up on—and trying to leave—a reservation in Oklahoma. Brought to us by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, it's the perfect mix of coming-of-age drama and dark comedy. Not only is the show hilarious and incredibly entertaining, it's also a great way to learn more about all the things we should have learned in U.S. history textbooks. SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/3AknTcd
25:12
September 30, 2021
Superhero Smorgasbord: Fatherhood
Superhero Smorgasbord: Fatherhood
We have some exciting news: Aman is now a father! Yaaaay [cue confetti, balloons, flowers] and in honor of this joyous occasion, we wanted to do another Superhero Smorgasbord episode focusing this time on fatherhood. We each share which superhero we think is the best dad—and the worst. SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/3KtsEF1
25:09
September 23, 2021
The Legacy of Streaming: Is It Here To Stay?
The Legacy of Streaming: Is It Here To Stay?
This episode is slightly related to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, but it's not our official take on it (more on that later). What we DO talk about though is how streaming services are changing the world—whether we like it or not. Is it a bad thing? Is it good? Only time will tell. SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/3nK8wEX
32:24
September 15, 2021
Reflecting on 9/11 Twenty Years Later
Reflecting on 9/11 Twenty Years Later
Be warned that this episode is a long one. But we wanted to take some time to reflect on 9/11 twenty years later and talk about how that day (when Aman was 15 years old and Lena was 12) and the many days after affected us. We asked each other questions that we've never asked one another before and of course, we also discuss how the geek world was affected by 9/11. SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/33FWeXk
58:44
September 09, 2021
Raising Dion and Respecting Boundaries
Raising Dion and Respecting Boundaries
MAJOR SPOILERS for the TV series (based on a comic book) called Raising Dion. Well they're not really spoilers since this show came out in 2019. But if you haven't seen it, then don't listen to this episode! Raising Dion brought up a ton of real world themes for us to talk about like toxic masculinity, respecting people's boundaries, racism, the CDC's total lack of clear messaging to the public, and so much more. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
44:55
September 02, 2021
The Almost Brilliant, Definitely Bewildering, Green Knight
The Almost Brilliant, Definitely Bewildering, Green Knight
MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for the movie, The Green Knight. In this episode, we cover the hero's journey, Arthurian legend, brown people in medieval knight stories, Bridgerton, and so much more. We hated the movie right after we saw it, but the more we think and talk about it, the more we're realizing that maybe there's more to it than we first thought? SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
20:04
August 26, 2021
Love, Death & Robots: The Robocalypse is Nigh
Love, Death & Robots: The Robocalypse is Nigh
Love, Death, and Robots. It's what the future holds and also the name of an anthology series on Netflix. This week, we focus on the robots—specifically artificial intelligence—and talk about three episodes (titled Automated Customer Service, When the Yogurt Took Over, and Three Robots) that show us what could be our near-future, mid-future, and post-apocolyptic future. But essentially, all you need to know is that the robots are taking over. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
41:35
August 19, 2021
How The Suicide Squad Got Too Real
How The Suicide Squad Got Too Real
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for the movie, The Suicide Squad (not to be confused with Suicide Squad, which came out in 2016). We talk about whether this movie is a sequel or a reboot (it's neither) and there's lots of discussion about American imperialism, the Monroe Doctrine, the Iran-Contra Affair, and of course the heart and soul of the movie: King Shark. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
33:60
August 12, 2021
Good Idea, Bad Execution: The Thanos Doctrine
Good Idea, Bad Execution: The Thanos Doctrine
This episode is not timely at all since Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame came out years ago, BUT we still wanted to talk about Thanos' plan to get rid of half of the universe. What did that even mean and was it a good plan in the first place? Not only did we take this chance to talk about Thanos as a villain, but in this episode we also cover climate change, women's rights, racism, sexism, poverty, and so much more.  SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
31:13
August 05, 2021
We Are Lady Parts—Each and Every One Of Us
We Are Lady Parts—Each and Every One Of Us
SOME SPOILERS for the new Peacock original show, We Are Lady Parts.  Have you heard of this incredible new show called We Are Lady Parts? No, of course not and the only reason WE have is because the show's about five young British Muslim women who start their own punk band—and we're into that. And honestly, you should be too. If you've ever wanted to see more than one token brown person on screen or more representation of Muslims in general or simply something that you can rock out to, then this is the show for you. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
33:47
July 29, 2021
The Loki Letdown
The Loki Letdown
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for the Disney+ show Loki. We got very philosophical and analytical and reflective on this episode—right after talking about how much we just....didn't like the show Loki. We're sorry but also we stand by our opinions. We also spend a good deal of time talking about how we're all cogs in a great big machine, sheeps in a bureacratic system. Enjoy! SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
36:02
July 22, 2021
Black Widow and the Girls We've Forgotten in Real Life
Black Widow and the Girls We've Forgotten in Real Life
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for Black Widow. Despite the fact that Black Widow should have come out years ago and that she should have gotten her own trilogy of movies and her character should have been treated better in general throughout all the other movies (the list goes on), we liked this movie! This episode starts off as a movie review, then Aman goes into great detail about a totally different storyline that he thinks Marvel should have done for this movie, and Lena describes why Black Widow reminds her of the real life girls and women around the world that not enough people talk about—or fight for. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
36:44
July 15, 2021
The Little Joys of Luca
The Little Joys of Luca
We've talked a lot in previous episodes about more intense movies and TV shows that touch on racism, time travel, white supremacy, and other heavy stuff like that. But in this episode, we wanted to talk about the adorable film that is Luca and the real world impact it may have on kids. And the best thing to come out of this little movie may be the "Silenzio Bruno!" defense mechanism. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
26:28
July 08, 2021
Superhero Smorgasbord: The January 6 Insurrection
Superhero Smorgasbord: The January 6 Insurrection
Welcome to the second round of Superhero Smorgasbord! As a reminder of what this mini series is all about, this is when we take something that's happening in the real world and then talk about how certain characters or entities in the geek world would react to that particular situation. So for round two, we naturally had to talk about the January 6 Insurrection. For the first bit of this episode, before we get to the superhero part, we shared our own reactions to that day. As a reminder, these are our opinions and we had some raw emotions to share because that day was scary for us—and dare we say, for many Americans. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
42:08
July 01, 2021
We Want To Talk About Palestine
We Want To Talk About Palestine
Aside from being a real place, Palestine is also the name of a 1993 graphic novel written and illustrated by journalist Joe Sacco. On this episode, we talk about what makes this book so great to this day, the role of objectivity and the "two sides" argument in journalism—and whether we have any hope for the future. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
43:02
June 24, 2021
The Power of Bingo Love
The Power of Bingo Love
Happy Pride and happy (early) Juneteenth, dear listeners! On this episode, we decided to talk about a lovely, happy comic book titled, "Bingo Love" written by Tee Franklin, art by Jenn St-Onge, and colors by Joy San. This is the story of two Black women named Hazel (a.k.a. Elle) Johnson and Mari McCray who meet at church bingo in New Jersey as young girls in 1963. They go on to become best friends and fall in love, but are then torn apart by their families because their love is seen as forbidden. But this story—which spans more than 50 years—has a happy ending that celebrates love, joy, and freedom. We loved it and think you would too. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
26:39
June 17, 2021
Watchmen / Lovecraft Country Part 2: Everything Else
Watchmen / Lovecraft Country Part 2: Everything Else
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for Watchmen and Lovecraft Country (both shows that are brought to you by HBO). In Part 2, in addition to acknowledging how dumb it is to even try and talk about two spectacular and important shows in one podcast episode, we also discuss parallels that we see in both shows. And we talk about bigger themes like racism, time travel, generational trauma, and technology. We promise it's a good one! SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
53:04
June 10, 2021
Watchmen / Lovecraft Country Part 1: The Tulsa Race Massacre
Watchmen / Lovecraft Country Part 1: The Tulsa Race Massacre
May 31, 2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. In this episode, we talk about what the prosperous all-Black community of Greenwood was—and what was lost in one of the worst acts of terrorism that took place in U.S. history. And to help us process this horrific event (since clearly not enough of us learned about this in our school textbooks) we turned to some of our favorite shows, Watchmen and Lovecraft Country, both on HBO Max. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com
39:14
June 03, 2021
The INVINCIBLE Immigrant Experience
The INVINCIBLE Immigrant Experience
MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for the Amazon Prime original animated series (and the comic book), Invincible! Today we talk about why this show reminds us of "the immigrant experience"—including random details from our lives about growing up as the children of immigrants—and why colonizers suck. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com.
38:23
May 27, 2021
Superhero Smorgasbord: The Pandemic
Superhero Smorgasbord: The Pandemic
Welcome to our new series at Grounded Geeks called Superhero Smorgasbord! This is when we'll take something that's happening in the real world and then talk about how certain characters or entities in the geek world would react to that particular situation. So on this first round, we naturally covered the COVID-19 pandemic. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com.
33:27
May 20, 2021
The Hamzanama: (Arguably) One of the First Comic Books Ever Created
The Hamzanama: (Arguably) One of the First Comic Books Ever Created
It's the end of Ramadan so Eid Mubarak to one and all! For this episode—our Eid special—we roll back the clock and discuss (arguably) the first comic book ever created called The Hamzanama. (We don't know if it's THE first comic book ever because we're not scholars so chill). The Hamzanama came about because the Mughal emperor Akbar the Great commissioned a series of paintings to turn the epic of Hamza into a comic book back in the 1500s! So buckle up for a very casual yet thorough history lesson on comics and how they came about through oral storytelling traditions dating back to the 600s. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com.
26:47
May 13, 2021
The Mandalorian and Religious Extremism
The Mandalorian and Religious Extremism
We're releasing this week's episode early just so we can say "May the Fourth be with you!" to our audience. (We literally call ourselves Grounded Geeks. Don't be surprised). So naturally, on this joyous day we wanted to discuss The Mandalorian and the surprising parallels to religious extremism that can be seen on this show. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com.
31:57
May 04, 2021
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier...and the Truth
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier...and the Truth
Be warned: There are MAJOR SPOILERS in this episode for Marvel's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier! And also major spoilers for how much racism/fascism sucks. Aman and Lena do a deep dive on the show, what they loved about it, and the disappointing—and often horrific—truth about so many aspects of U.S. history. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com.
40:08
April 29, 2021
Why Captain Planet Should Be Everyone's Hero | Earth Day Edition
Why Captain Planet Should Be Everyone's Hero | Earth Day Edition
Happy Earth Day! Take a trip down memory lane with Aman and Lena as they discuss their childhood obsession with Captain Planet and how much they wanted to be Planeteers too. And also how we—meaning countries, governments, and corporations—really need to do something about climate change...yeah. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com.
31:12
April 22, 2021
Why We Love Ms. Marvel So Much | Ramadan Edition
Why We Love Ms. Marvel So Much | Ramadan Edition
Ramadan Mubarak / Happy Ramadan! In celebration of the beginning of this holy month for Muslims, Aman and Lena wanted to talk about their absolute favorite comic book character, Ms. Marvel. Her name is Kamala Khan, she's a first-generation Pakistani and Muslim-American teenager growing up in Jersey City. And in this episode, we talk about all the ways that her story has broken stereotypes, barriers, etc. and personally brought us back into the comic book world as (semi)adults. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com.
36:03
April 15, 2021
The Best Show You've Never Heard Of: Warrior
The Best Show You've Never Heard Of: Warrior
Not only did we get to talk about one of our favorite TV shows (that not enough people are watching right now), but Aman and Lena also discuss how incredibly timely it is—especially considering the recent rise in anti-Asian hate and violence across the U.S. Everyone needs to watch Warrior and in our humble opinion, it should be required viewing for every American. And if you're paying attention, HBO Max, we need you to make #WarriorSeason3 happen. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com.
34:55
April 08, 2021
Zack Snyder's Justice League versus...well Justice League
Zack Snyder's Justice League versus...well Justice League
After four long years, Zack Snyder's Justice League is finally here! So naturally Aman and Lena had to talk about it and compare it to the theatrical Justice League, which came out in 2017. There were compliments, complaints, and disagreements shared. And at one point we went on a tangent to talk about that time we used to live in Kiev, Ukraine. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com.
42:58
April 01, 2021
Exploring the Depth of WandaVision
Exploring the Depth of WandaVision
In this episode, Aman and Lena geek out on all that WandaVision had to offer—the grief, the trauma, the philosophical questions on life and death, and everything in between. Be warned: This episode contains major spoilers for WandaVision and pretty much everything else in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com.
37:33
March 25, 2021
(Re)Introducing Grounded Geeks
(Re)Introducing Grounded Geeks
This podcast began in 2016 and then we went on hiatus...for five years. A lot has happened since then, so Aman and Lena wanted to (re)introduce themselves, give some updates on their lives, and talk about just how relevant the geek world can be to the real world—and why sometimes we need stories of superheroes in our own lives. SHOW NOTES: groundedgeeks.medium.com. The Grounded Geeks theme song is brought to you by Feyzan Beats.
13:29
March 23, 2021
Bonus Episode - SDCC 2016
Bonus Episode - SDCC 2016
Our commentary and first impressions on all the awesome/weird/maybe racist? movies, TV shows, and comics announced at San Diego Comic Con 2016! Oh and this bonus episode definitely contains explicit language and/or spoilers. You've been warned
09:29
July 27, 2016
Episode 07 - Loki-Trump 2016
Episode 07 - Loki-Trump 2016
Welcome back for Episode 7 of Grounded Geeks! Where we strive to make the geek world relevant. In this episode we discuss the prospect of the the God of Lies and Mischief, Loki Laufeyson, running for President. Of course, we can't do that without discussing the candidacy of Donald J. Trump and the Republican National Convention! We also give you an update on Civil War II. Things are getting interesting! And of course, a bunch of other random musings on current events. So what are you waiting for? Start listening!!
45:12
July 21, 2016
Episode 06 - Independence Day
Episode 06 - Independence Day
Welcome to Episode 06 of Grounded Geeks! This is our July 4th special episode. How convenient that Independence Day: Resurgence is out right now for this special occasion! We talk cheesiness, Brexit, alien invasions, humanity's future, history, and so much more! P.S. Listen also for Bill Pulman's epic speech from 1996
33:27
July 04, 2016
Episode 05 - Civil War II (Not the same as Ep. 3. We promise)
Episode 05 - Civil War II (Not the same as Ep. 3. We promise)
In our quest to make the geek world relevant, this episode is all about Marvel's new event, Civil War II. Which is NOT the same as Captain America: Civil War the movie. So don't worry. This isn't a repeat of our 3rd episode. So hold on to your seats listeners, as we hit you with heavy issues of privacy, civilian rights, terrorism, bias, and much much more! And a disclaimer by a terrible Lyndon B. Johnson impersonator!
23:39
June 17, 2016
Episode 04 - X-Men: Apoca-meh
Episode 04 - X-Men: Apoca-meh
This episode is centered around the new X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse. Even though the movie was a massive disappointment, we still have a lot to talk about. We grew up loving X-Men as kids, and as pseudo-adults, we now know why! We talk about the X-Men and their relevance to race and LGBT people, and also how X-Men/Inhumans are metaphors for Muslims in America. Of course, we do still critique the movie, and how it lacked the soap-opera element that made X-Men a thing. Come join us! And find the show notes here: https://medium.com/@GroundedGeeks
39:48
June 02, 2016
Episode 03 - Captain America: Civil War
Episode 03 - Captain America: Civil War
WARNING! THIS PODCAST CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that Captain America: Civil War came out in theaters earlier this month. In Episode 4, we discuss all things related to Captain America from Cap's shield to the physics of Ant-Man to non-state actors to Wakandan diplomacy. And joining this discussion is our special guest/friend, Olivia! She brings an uninformed non-expert opinion on superhero-related issues. FYI: We apologize for any background voices you may hear in this episode. But honestly, you should take this as proof that we are poor and can't record our episodes in a proper sound booth.
01:03:15
May 19, 2016
Episode 02 - Black Panther
Episode 02 - Black Panther
Welcome back for Episode 2! We're happy you're giving us another chance to enlighten you! Yea... We're using a rather broad definition for the word "enlighten." The new Black Panther comic series is out, and is written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the king of Wakanda has made his grand entrance in the MCU. So of course we talk about that. We talk about race, culture, and how Wakanda is the dream never realized of countries rich in resources.
23:54
May 14, 2016
Episode 01 - Pilot
Episode 01 - Pilot
Grounded Geeks discusses "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and how the movie FAILS TO ADDRESS the issues of aliens, social issues, and popular sovereignty. We go off on some other tangents, but that's the main gist of it.
32:59
April 16, 2016