Yes, fellow Jedi and Sith. The trailer we’ve been waiting two years for has finally arrived, and of course—like most Star Wars things—it is glorious. But for those of you who haven’t been stalking the internet, the teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII : The Last Jedi debuted at the annual Star Wars Celebration convention. What did the trailer and the panel show? Does Rian Johnson have what it takes to direct a Star Wars movie? What will Luke’s first words be? Watch the trailer below to find out….
On Saturday, January 21, 2017, over 2.9 million people participated in the Women’s March worldwide. 6 writers for Daily Geekette were present in four different cities on the east coast. From pussycat hats and speeches to feminist icons and nerdy protest signs, read about our different Women’s March experiences.
We at the Daily Geekette believe strongly in equality among the nerds. As many articles have been created to pay homage to the “Strong, Female Protagonist,” we thought it only fair to celebrate some strong male protagonists. Here are the men who come to mind when we stop and consider, just what makes a protagonist strong? In a woman, the desired qualities seem to be emotional resilience, intelligence, and sarcastic tendencies. Do those qualities stay desirable when the table is flipped? Keep reading to find out.
Goku – Dragon Ball & Dragon Ball Z submitted by Brianna Murch
Goku, one of the most iconic characters from action anime, started out as an innocent-looking orphan in the woods and became the biggest hero. He teamed up with a brainy girl on a quest and DIDN’T fall in love with her (shocker!). He did accidentally get engaged to another girl along the way but that’s because he thought marriage was a tasty food. Goku is dedicated to his family – his family being the entire planet Earth whose behind he has to save every other week. And just when you thought he was already the pinnacle of physical strength, a new baddie comes on the scene and Goku unlocks NEW levels of power to beat them!
Bruce Wayne submitted by Kayla Farber
To me, Bruce Wayne is the epitome of a strong, male character. He definitely overcomes past tragedies, including the death of his parents. He fights for justice for his community using not just brute strength, but intelligence, his tragic backstory, and all his money. He definitely doesn’t put his romantic interests before saving the day, which is awesome. No “Women in Refridgerator Syndrome” here.
Rupert Giles submitted by Sarah Wanger
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is by far one of my favorite television shows. Its strong female lead kicks some major butt, and with the help of her friends, is unstoppable. The show makes me go through a whole string of emotions each time I watch it: Fear, excitement, anticipation, loss. I’ve cried for both positive and negative reasons while watching all 7 seasons. But my favorite character is not, in fact, Buffy Summers — it’s Rupert Giles.
Giles is the librarian at Buffy’s high school, and is the one who introduces her to her powers as the slayer. He’s her Watcher — her guardian and guide to unlocking her potential. While seemingly a nervous fidgeting bookworm, Giles always points Buffy and the gang in the right direction. He even struggles with his role in Buffy’s life — singing a song called “Standing” one episode about potentially being in her way of growing. If his loyalty, knowledge, love, and strength doesn’t put him on the “Strong, Male Protagonist” list, I don’t know of anyone else that should be.
Jacob Black submitted by Deanna Farber
Jacob Black has consistently been one of the strongest male characters in modern young adult literature. He starts off in Twilight as weak and impartial, but as the series moves forward he becomes stronger both physically and mentally. Of course, being a shapeshifter also helps a little with this but it is clear that he gained a voice. While Bella shows no interest in dating him, Jacob does not back down from what he wants. He uses any means necessary to kiss Bella and is not at all deterred by her physical protestation when she punches him in the face. He finally gets her to kiss him “by choice” when he uses his wits to convince her of it. Jacob is obscenely loyal to Bella through all four books and only falters in his loyalty after he imprints on Renesmee. Jacob Black is a man who stands out in a world full of women. Twilight has been constantly burdened with strong women that it’s a rare chance for a male character to shine, and Jacob Black indeed shines.
Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya submitted by Hope Kim
If we’re talking strong male protagonists, Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya of Sword Art Online has to make the list. As a “beater” or beta-tester for the eponymous video game, Kirito is nearly invincible. Like most heroes in harem-based anime, he is both charmingly oblivious and reckless when it comes to love – that is, if you define “love” as having multiple girls drape themselves over you while everyone else basks in the utter glory of your own awesomeness. Even outside of Aincrad and Alfheim, Kirito is as two-dimensional as a character can be.
Honestly? I think the series would have been much more interesting if it’d been about the bromance between Kirito and Klein, but that is neither here nor there.
Kylo Ren submitted by Kayla Farber
Though Ren is not a protagonist (yet?), he is a strong male character. This is a man in a position of power who does not have a romantic interest, isn’t afraid to show his emotions, and stands up to his enemies when he feels he’s in the right. Though he is a loose cannon, he saves his most emotional moments from being known by waiting until he’s in the privacy of his own quarters, with no one to hear him except the skull of his dead grandfather.
As tongue in cheek as some of these are, I think these make a really interesting point. How these men see women/treat women plays a role in whether or not we see them as strong. Another recurring theme from the above passages is that many of them are single. This is a quality also seen for strong female characters, such as Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road. Physical strength is an outstanding characteristic of many of these men. Likewise, we love that Katniss can be a BAMF with the bow and arrow, and Black Widow can take down any opponent. That being said, is it important for girls to have female role models? Yes. Can we agree that “strong female protagonist” is not superfluous with “role model?” I hope so! At the very least, I think we can all agree “strong female protagonist” is absolutely meaningless.
I’ve been so wrapped up in The Force Awakens and Episode VIII’s filming that I haven’t been paying attention to Rogue One. I had a vague recollection that it was about stealing the Death Star plans (as referenced in A New Hope), but the internet’s made such hoopla about casting Han Solo that I didn’t realize the film was trailer-ready. But behold! The trailer is here, setting hopes and excitement high. Felicity Jones is Jyn Erso, a wayward (dare I say rogueish) young woman recruited to the alliance.
I recently had a rare and exciting experience. I am one of the few people who was able to see the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens as both a newcomer and super-fan.
How you may ask? Elementary, my dear Watson.
I saw the new movie in theaters, fell in love with it, and then proceeded to watch all six other films (in chronological order) over the course of a week, topping off my marathon with a second viewing of the new one. In the course of seven days I went from new audience member to knowledgable fan, and was able to experience the franchise as both. With such a condensed time frame, and with the experience still fresh in my mind, I thought it would be a good time to explore what this new film, and the series as a whole, means to both fans and newcomers as well as why Star Wars in general has garnered so much global (if not galactic or universal) love.
Ah yes, here we are, in a galaxy far, far away. We certainly aren’t too far away from The Force Awakens though, and as we get closer to the big day, let’s take a look at what many people dub the greatest of all Star Wars movies, The Empire Strikes Back. And trust me, it’s a good one.
A long, long time ago (1975-76) in a galaxy far far away (London and Tunisia) a film was made. Back then it was known as Star Wars. It cost in the vicinity of $11 million dollars and changed the world for those of us who loved, or were about to learn to love, science fiction and fantasy. It also seriously changed the movie merchandising industry forever.
Ah, yes, Revenge of the Sith. The movie that is so often said, by many, to be the “darker” film of the franchise. It is the one that is “better” than all the prequels, and can stand leaps above all of the prior mistakes Lucas made with his first two returns into the franchise. Is this all true? Well… all I can do for you, my dear readers, is shrug at that statement. Because, as others have said, there are always two sides–and since this is Star Wars we’re talking about, we definitely got a little bit of the Light and Dark variety to discuss with this one.
So we’ve discussed the first of the prequels, and now it is time to dive into what I consider the worst of the bunch–though that is hard to say, when all three entries in the first Star Wars films (chronologically) don’t really offer too many positives in the opinion of this writer. But we made a promise to tell you our feelings on these movies, and that means we have to take a bit of a dig on our personal watching tastes to be the completists we claim to be. So, with that, here’s a bit of a review on Attack of the Clones.