The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.6 ‘A Woman’s Place’

In A Woman’s Place, the Hulu original series strays further from the book than ever before, but it’s pretty fantastic. They added back story to Serena Joy, explained the far reaches of the reproduction crises, and even explained a little of economics in this new world.       The Cleaning of the Wall “I guess you get used to things being one way”. How is it that crazy, one eyed Janine/Ofwarren says some of the most important things in this show? Maybe it’s because she sees past the charades,…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.5 ‘Faithful’

‘Faithful’ opens with Offred, skirt up to her knees, playing games with the Commander and drinking. In this episode, Offred tests her newfound freedom, we revisit the old Ofglen and meet the new, new ties are made, and boundaries are pushed.       The Magazine The Commander gives Offred a gift; an old Vanity Fair type magazine called ‘Beauties’. What seems like a silly, frivolous, and trashy magazine, is an incredible luxury for Offred. Not only is it her opportunity to read, it’s her time travel back to her old…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.4 ‘Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum’ Top 5

‘Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum’ picks up where ‘Late’ left us. Offred is locked in her room as punishment for not being pregnant, but we are now seeing her weeks after the Wife threw her in the room. With so much time to herself, she explores the room and finds Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum carved into the wall in her closet. She knows it is latin, but she knows not what it means. This episode is a story of rebellion.   The Bathroom “It sounds like forced surrogacy to me” oh…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.3 ‘Late’ Top 5

Late is the most intense episode of The Handmaiden’s Tale to date.  It opens on Ofglen, as we find out why she didn’t meet Offred at the end of ‘Birth Day’. We find out that there is a secret network among Marthas, and that a van of Eyes showed up at her house. We also find out very early why the episode was named such, as Offred is assumed to be pregnant since she is late to her period. The episode that follows is a shocking update to Offred, Ofglen, and leaves…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.2 ‘Birth Day’ Top 5

We have learned SO much in Birth Day. Not just about the characters backstories, we also learned about the world. We learned that Anchorage is now the capital, and that the flag has only two stars. But what do these stars represent? Some questions were answered, some history was given, but ‘Birth Day’ still left us with many questions.       The Before In ‘Birth Day’, we are told more about Ofglen and Ofwarren’s past than ever before. We see the story of the birth of Ofwarren’s daughter, which teaches us…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.1 ‘Offred’ Top 5

The Handmaiden’s Tale is based on a book written in 1985 by Margaret Atwood. It’s based in a dystopian future where women have been stripped of all rights. The announcement of this show was the kick in the pants I needed to finally read the classic, and it honestly left me more than a little shaken. But to see why, let’s look at the new Hulu original show. I appreciate the fact that The Handmaiden’s Tale opened on Offred’s backstory, rather than her life as a scarlet clad handmaiden. It gave…

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Review

When the first preview for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks came on mid-Big Little Lies binge, I was excited. This woman’s contributions to science are immeasurable, but not in the typical way. For those of you unfamiliar with Henrietta, let me introduce you. Her DNA, now known as “HeLa”, is responsible for thousands, if not millions, of scientific breakthroughs. You may be familiar with the polio vaccine, or gene mapping?  Her DNA is to thank. However, until recent years, her name was erased from the history books. Here’s the low-down on…

Top 10 Moments At The Golden Globes

Tonight, we watched the first award show of the season. As always, life happens, so in case you missed it, I outlined my top 10 moments at the golden globes.     11 Rapping in the Intro Okay actually, the entire intro. In pure La La Land fashion, Fallon opened the show with a musical tribute to Barb, John Snow, Dolores, and nerd culture overall was obvious and fantastic. And then Tina Fey showed up!!!! This was quickly deteriorated by Fallon losing his opening monologue to a prompter mishap, but we…

What Should I Read Next? Part 2

It has been awhile since I revisited the age old question, what should I read next? Between work and school, finding time to read for pleasure can be tough, but the holidays provide some much needed down time to catch up. While none of these books are hot off the press, they were all fantastic reads, and I highly recommend giving them a chance.     If you liked Supernatural + CSI = Read “The Harry Dresden Series” What it is: Harry Dresden is a wizard in present day Chicago,…

10 Thoughts I had Watching “Stranger Things”

Stranger Things is the latest Netflix original series that has taken the internet by storm. It’s somewhere between E.T. meets Goonies meets Goosebumps, and honestly, it’s quite fantastic. I decided to binge watch it through the course of a day when I was home alone, which meant hiding under a blanket a few times, but overall excitement. My only complaint is that I was left with so many questions unanswered, but that is to be expected from a series with only 8 episodes. Here are 10 thoughts I had watching…

Fandom of the Month Box Review: May

Once again for those who don’t know, Fandom of the Month Box is a monthly subscription box that runs $13.00/month (before shipping costs) and sends you a box of jewelry and trinkets themed along one “fandom”. I have subscribed to a 3 month subscription which comes to about $47 with shipping, and honestly it has been worth every penny. I wanted to provide a review of the box in order to provide more information for those considering a box subscription, and really to show you how awesome this box is.  …

What should I read next? Part 1

There is an overwhelming amount of talented people writing books currently, which often (for me at least) results in the question, what should I read next? I don’t know about you, but my bookshelf is bursting with unread books. The thing that motivates me the most to choose one book over another is frequently reviews and suggestions of friends. So, I’ve put together some series’ that I have enjoyed, and a compilation of why you should also move them up on your “to read” list.   If you liked The…

Fandom of the Month Box Review: April

Fandom of the Month Box is a monthly subscription box that runs $13.00/month (before shipping costs) and sends you a box of jewelry and trinkets themed along one “fandom”. I recently decided that a monthly box subscription would be a good way to reward myself for accomplishing some goals, and honestly, I was just having a “treat yoself” moment. As I searched for a box to buy myself, I found myself wishing there were more detailed reviews out there for boxes. A friend of mine had already subscribed to the…

The Lunar Chronicles Review

“The Lunar Chronicles” are the stories of classic fairy tales if they were being told 10,000 years in the future. Immerse yourself in a world of cyborgs, robots, aliens, and princesses as you are told the story of Cinderella, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel through a fresh new lens. I try to make it abundantly clear in all of my writing that I define myself as a feminist. This is a character trait I attempt to embody in every facet of life, whether it is at work…

“Hive” Review: Insect Chess

If you’re anything like me, you love boardgames. But if you are like me (you poor soul), you love spending time at home alone with your person, whomever they may be, and few other humans about. While many games can be played with 2 players, not many should. As such, it can be difficult to mitigate the realms of board game geek and homebody. Enter Hive. If you can imagine chess, but with bugs, and about 100x more fun, you’re probably close to picturing Hive. In hive, you control either white…

Nerd Herd: Running In Style

One of the greatest (okay maybe the only great) things about running is the opportunity to run with reason. Between apps like CharityRun and the insanely popular 5k, you have a limitless options for how to do good while being good to your body. Some of us here at The Geekly Planet have decided to run with reason this season by participating in the Nerd Herd’s 4th annual virtual race series. As the title says, it’s a virtual run, meaning you can do this on your own time, anywhere in…