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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 ...
 
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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: groundedgeeks.medium.com --- This episode is sponsored by ·…
 
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…
 
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 "le…
 
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 throw…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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 we…
 
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…
 
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: groundedgeeks.medium.com --- T…
 
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 enterta…
 
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: groundedgeeks.medium.com --- This episode is sponso…
 
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: groundedgeeks.medium.com --- This episode i…
 
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 a…
 
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 CD…
 
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? …
 
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 pos…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 t…
 
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…
 
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, th…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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.…
 
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 youn…
 
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,…
 
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 sc…
 
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.--- This episod…
 
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: groundedgeek…
 
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 commi…
 
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: groundedgee…
 
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.…
 
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. --- This episode…
 
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 w…
 
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…
 
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. SH…
 
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. --- This…
 
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: grounded…
 
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--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app…
 
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 …
 
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--- This episode is sponsored by …
 
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 mu…
 
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 Musl…
 
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. An…
 
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…
 
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