Desi Geek Girls
The Wheel of Time, Saved by the Bell, MCU, & more!
This week, Swapna and Preeti dive in to Peacock's Saved by the Bell reboot (and beg you to watch it!) and episodes 4 and 5 of The Wheel of Time. They also discuss why they're waiting to talk about Hawkeye, Preeti's love of Young Justice, Swapna's love of Dan Brown, and more. Wheel of Time spoilers start at 21min, 13sec Desi Geek Girls patreon: http://www.patreon.com/desigeekgirlsDesi Geek Girls paypal: paypal.me/DesiGeekGirlsSpider-Man preorder: https://www.printbookstore.com/book/9781368051699Swapna's WIRED column: https://www.wired.com/author/swapna-krishna/Tar Valon or Bust (A Wheel of Time Podcast): https://shows.acast.com/tarvalonorbust
Interview: Maureen Bharoocha, Director, Saved by the Bell
In a special mini-episode, Preeti interviews Writer/Director Maureen Bharoocha, who just directed an episode of Peacock's Saved by the Bell reboot. She talks craft, history, and what made her want to be a director in this short chat. You can find Maureen on instagram at maureenbharoocha. You can find Maureen's episode (as well as the full second season) of Saved by the Bell on Peacocktv.com! Maureen Bharoocha is a Los Angeles based writer/director. Maureen’s feature debut was the SXSW arm wrestling comedy, “Golden Arm,” which sold to HBO and premiered in 2021. She recently directed her second feature film, “The Prank,” a dark comedy starring Rita Moreno, Keith David and Ramona Young. Currently, Maureen is writing a new horror comedy feature, “Tina’s 40th Birthday Party,” with Mary Holland and Betsy Sodaro. Maureen is set to direct and Sharon Horgan’s Merman is attached to produce.Previously Maureen was a segment director on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” for three seasons and started her career with her short film “Abajee” (shot on the streets of Karachi) which premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Maureen was then commissioned by Sprinkles Cupcakes to create a film series in which she wrote and directed 10 shorts based on their cupcake flavors. Maureen is half Irish Catholic and half Indian/Pakistani Burmese Muslim. Because of her mixed background, Maureen enjoys telling stories about complicated characters, bending genres and is a master at tone. She has directed episodes of Peacock’s “Saved by the Bell” and “Drama Club” and also directed all episodes of “Edith!,” a narrative podcast by QCode starring Rosamund Pike. Maureen was named one of Indie Wire’s rising female directors in 2020, she was on HBO’s 2018 Director’s list, and nominated for the SXSW 2020 Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Visionary directing Award. She is represented by Grandview, CAA and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.
The Wheel of Time, Shang-Chi, Spider-Man: No Way Home and more!
Swapna and Preeti go all the way in on Shang-Chi, have a very non-book-spoilery chat about the Wheel of Time, and bring out some not at all suspect conspiracy theories about Spider-Man: No Way Home. Plus: Jurassic World Evolution, DC Comics, Star Trek: Discovery, and more!Shang-Chi discussion starts at 27:44Wheel of Time discussion starts at 46:20Episode links:Desi Geek Girls patreon: http://www.patreon.com/desigeekgirlsDesi Geek Girls paypal: paypal.me/DesiGeekGirlsSpider-Man preorder: https://www.printbookstore.com/book/9781368051699Swapna's WIRED column: https://www.wired.com/author/swapna-krishna/Polygon WoT coverage: https://www.polygon.com/users/preetichhibberTar Valon Or Bust: https://shows.acast.com/tarvalonorbust/episodes
Star Trek: Picard, Q, and the Borg
Swapna and Preeti prep for the next season of Star Trek: Picard with a deep dive into some very special Q episodes of The Next Generation, and Star Trek: First Contact! Plus, they go through some of that exciting DC Fandome news and what you all can expect from Desi Geek Girls for the rest of 2021! Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes: Season 1, Episode 1, "The Encounter at Farpoint" Season 6, Episode 15, "Tapestry" Season 7, Episodes 25 and 26, "All Good Things" Star Trek: Picard Trailer links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk9F90wklRQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHMti7u9TBE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUhBOmtFYr8&t=1s Swapna's WIRED column: Swapna's WIRED column: https://www.wired.com/author/swapna-krishna/ Tar Valon or Bust: A Wheel of Time Podcast: https://shows.acast.com/tarvalonorbust/episodes
The Green Knight, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and More!
This week, Preeti and Swapna are joined by Arthurian expert Dr. Kavita Mudan Finn to discuss David Lowery's The Green Knight! They also dive deep into the conspiracy theories of the new trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home. Episode Links: Dr. Kavita Mudan Finn: https://kvmfinn.wordpress.com/ Editor at The Public Medievalist: https://www.publicmedievalist.com/ Stone Sword Table order: https://www.swapnakrishna.com/sword-stone-table Battle of the Bands preorder: https://bookshop.org/books/battle-of-the-bands-9781536214338/9781536214338 Swapna's WIRED column: https://www.wired.com/author/swapna-krishna/ Avenger’s Assembly: X-Change Students 101: https://bookshop.org/books/x-change-students-101-marvel-avengers-assembly-3/9781338767612 Finally, a Seat at the Table (Elle Magazine): https://www.elle.com/culture/movies-tv/a37385781/the-green-knight-representation-dev-patel/
Loki, episodes 3 - 6
This week, Swapna and Preeti breakdown episodes 3 - 6 of Loki (Disney+). Spoiler warning throughout! Stone Sword Table: https://www.swapnakrishna.com/sword-stone-table Truth & Justice #7 (Zatanna comic) preorder: https://www.midtowncomics.com/product/2022015 Battle of the Bands preorder: https://bookshop.org/books/battle-of-the-bands-9781536214338/9781536214338 Swapna's WIRED column: https://www.wired.com/author/swapna-krishna/ Avenger's Assembly #3: X-Change Students 101: https://bookshop.org/books/x-change-students-101-marvel-avengers-assembly-3/9781338767612
Picard Season 2 trailer, The Bad Batch (1-7), Loki (1-2), and more!
This week, Swapna and Preeti dive deep into the season 2 trailer for Picard, The Bad Batch episodes 1-7, and the first two episodes of Loki. Plus they wax philosophical on the differences between how Marvel, Star Trek, and Star Wars handle their shared universe storytelling! The Bad Batch discussion: 9min50sec Loki: 24min50sec Picard Season 2: https://www.startrek.com/news/season-2-of-star-trek-picard-drops-first-trailer Stone Sword Table preorder: https://www.swapnakrishna.com/sword-stone-table Truth & Justice #7 (Zatanna comic) preorder: https://www.midtowncomics.com/product/2022015 Battle of the Bands preorder: https://bookshop.org/books/battle-of-the-bands-9781536214338/9781536214338 Swapna's WIRED column: https://www.wired.com/author/swapna-krishna/
Interview with Romance and YA Author Nisha Sharma
This month, Preeti interviews author Nisha Sharma (MY SO-CALLED BOLLYWOOD LIFE, The Singh Family trilogy). They dive into what it's like being an Indian-American writer, how the community can drive a South Asian creative, more about Nisha's forthcoming novel RADHA AND JAI'S RECIPE FOR ROMANCE (July 2021), and what kinds of romance novels Nisha would recommend right now. Relevant Links: Nisha Sharma: http://www.nisha-sharma.com/ Pre-order Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance from any of these links and get swag! https://booksofwonder.com/products/9780553523294 https://lovessweetarrow.indielite.org/book/9780553523294 https://www.newtownbookshop.com/book/9780553523294 Stone Sword Table preorder: https://bookshop.org/books/sword-stone-table-old-legends-new-voices/9780593081891
WandaVision: Episode 9, The Series Finale
This week Preeti and Swapna dive very deep into the series finale (and "The Series Finale") of WandaVision. Relevant links: Patreon: www.patreon.com/DesiGeekGirls Stone Sword Table cover reveal: https://www.tor.com/2021/02/23/cover-reveals-sword-stone-table-anthology-arthurian-mythology/#more-633368 The Sinister Substitute preorder: https://bookshop.org/books/the-sinister-substitute-marvel-avengers-assembly-book-2-volume-2/9781338587197 Battle of the Bands preorder: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/671364/battle-of-the-bands-by-lauren-gibaldi-and-eric-smith/ WIRED / Mental health & video games: https://www.wired.com/story/casual-games-mental-health How the WandaVision Finale Failed Monica Rambeau by Stephanie Williams