I’m Giving Up on “Grown-ish,” But You Don’t Have to

What up, fam? It’s ya girl, Nikkie.

Today, I’m going to talk about Grown-ish, the Freeform spin-off of ABC’s Black-ish. If you don’t know anything about the latter, it follows a well-to-do black family, anchored by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as parents Dre and Bow, that’s constantly redefining what it means to be black in America today. Grown-ish follows Dre and Bow’s eldest child, Zoey, to her freshman year of college.

I have a lot to say about both shows, but I’m primarily going to focus on Grown-ish and why it’s ultimately not for me. If you’re curious about my thoughts on its predecessor, check out this piece I wrote for a different website a few years ago: “Now I’m Feeling ‘Black-ish'”.

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Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “You Win or You Die”

Hello all you field dressed stags, and welcome back to Rewind the Realm where it is my TERRIBLE DESTINY to recap all the tragedies, triumphs, and downright irritating narrative choices of this, my favorite show. In last week’s episode Detective Ned had finally cracked the case and was going to confront Mayor Bobby with the knowledge of his wife’s betrayal, only to be waylaid by Sheriff Jaime and laid low by one of his deputies. Sorry for the mixed metaphors. This week we finally meet one of the most important (and overrated) players in the Game. But will Detective Ned survive to see justice done? Or will those wily Lannisters slip through his grasp? Let’s find out!

Jaime on the Run

Jaime, having fled from King’s Landing, goes crying to his daddy. He makes his way through a Lannister camp that is clearly already preparing for war, because Tywin has been looking for any excuse to kill some folks pretty much his entire life. Remember, this is a man whose concept of justice involves trapping the entire population of a city in a cave and flooding it, drowning every single person. How has no one called him on his shit yet? Seriously. Continue reading “Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “You Win or You Die””

Words Gone Silver: “A Wrinkle In Time”

How-dee y’all. Your devilishly dynamic duo is here to lay down some sweet, sweet reviewing of the Ava DuVernay–directed film A Wrinkle in Time, based on the book written by Madeleine L’Engle. Only one of us has read the source material—care to take a guess?—so there will be some book-related talk and some movie-only talk.

Either way, you’re entering a ~*spoiler*~ zone.

Let’s go, warriors.


Nikkie’s Book-Based Review

So, I was super excited to see this movie when I heard it was coming out, when Ava DuVernay was attached to direct, and when I started seeing those stunning teasers—not to mention the fact that L’Engle was one of my favorite writers growing up.

Then I read a random article—I don’t even remember where—talking about how the amount of time that passes between when studios lift the review ban and when a movie gets released has a correlation to how good or bad the movie is. The shorter the time span, the worse the movie likely is. Given that the lead time for Wrinkle was about a day, the article posited that it was probably going to be bad. This is dubious science at best, obviously, but it still made me wonder if I should steel myself for disaster. Continue reading “Words Gone Silver: “A Wrinkle In Time””

All Our “Narrative Toolbox” and “Slurred Words” Appearances

Hi-dee-ho! Nikkie, here.

Now, if you follow us on Twitter, you have this knowledge, but for those of you who don’t: Super Hubs and I have been frequent guests on a podcast and YouTube channel run by a friend of ours, Ryan. You may recognize Ryan’s voice from the podcast episode around the MCU we did last year.

The Narrative Toolbox is a podcast where Ryan, ideally, explores what makes storytelling effective across any medium. On Slurred Words, the conversation is a little looser, often tied to a more specific work, and generally drunker!

While you should absolutely listen to all of Ryan’s episodes, if you want to skip to our appearances, then here are the links!

Narrative Toolbox

Slurred Words

This is easy: Every video that’s not just the uploaded audio of a podcast episode is an episode that SH and I are in! See how easy?

So there you have it!

If you’ve been sitting there wondering, “Hey, how come MWB hasn’t posted any new podcast episodes in a while?” it’s because we’ve been hanging out on Ryan’s! But we’re hoping to start producing more of our own, probably with some crossover with Ryan’s show, this year. Keep your ears peeled, and until then, enjoy our guest spots on Narrative Toolbox and Slurred Words.

Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “A Golden Crown”

Hello you BLOODY SAVAGES and welcome back to Rewind the Realm! Shit’s gettin’ good guys. I often forget how much I love the earlier seasons of this show and I’m worried how that’s going to affect my view of the later seasons when I watch them in such close proximity. No time to worry about that now though cus we have shit to do!

In the Eyrie

Tyrion wakes up in the sky cell, having almost fallen to his death. He’s cross, as one might expect. Those sky cells are fucked up. But I can’t help but wish I could spend like a night or two in one, just in case the stress and possibility of death would grant me superpowers. As tends to happen. Continue reading “Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “A Golden Crown””

Playback: The Majesty of “Black Panther”

Greetings, nerds.

I say this because I’m pretty sure anyone who follows us regularly HAS to be a nerd of some sort. So, rest assured: I’m saying it with love.

Today, at long last, Super Hubs and I are bringing you our thoughts on Marvel’s latest triumph: Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. We saw the movie on Presidents’ Day, happily contributing to its massive box-office take over that four-day opening weekend. And it’s taken us this long to blog about it because we needed to collect our jaws from the floor and remember how to breathe.

Now that we’re more or less alive again, we’re here to give you the goods! Because the entirety of the plot matters, please enjoy this ~*spoiler alert*~. Continue reading “Playback: The Majesty of “Black Panther””

The After Word: Ken Liu’s “The Grace of Kings”

I may not be a talking spider, but SALUTATIONS. It’s ya girl Nikkie, and I’m here with the goods. That’s right—I got that book babble you’re itching for. The focus of today’s fix: The Grace of Kings, the first in Ken Liu’s Dandelion Dynasty series.

I heard about this book from a list of epic fantasy series put together by Book Riot. I’d had this list open on my phone for months, intending to go through it with Super Hubs at home and pick out a series or two we want to follow. But what ended up happening was we went to Barnes and Noble with no specific goal in mind, so I pulled up the list, and we went around looking to see which authors were being repped in our local BN. The answer was: surprisingly few! Liu was one of the handful we managed to either locate or find the first of the series for; and of those, Grace of Kings sounded the best. While the two currently published books in the series were available, we decided to take it slow and just get the first one.

This may have proved to be a very good idea.

But before we get to that, let’s chat about the book’s plot.

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Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “The Wolf and the Lion”

Hello all you Hill Tribesman, and welcome back to Rewind the Realm! There’s tons of excitement to be found this week as we have duels and dicks and dastardly schemes galore! Remember last week when I said episode 5 is usually a climax? Well, we’ve got a big one this week as Ned and Jaime finally throw down, Varys and Littlefinger flirt, and #dickwatch finally bears (disgusting) fruit!


In Winterfell

Bran is doing some lessons with Maester Luwin while they watch Theon practice archery which seems…cruel. Luwin knows how much Bran wants to be a knight; why would he make him watch people practice knightly things? He should know Bran’s gonna be distracted, especially cus he’s already moody about Catelyn leaving. Yeah, Luwin eventually says Bran can learn horseback archery like the the Dothraki, but he lets him suffer for a long time before that. And Theon’s bein gross and talking about his “lovemaking” skills in front of Bran. Shut up Theon. Continue reading “Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “The Wolf and the Lion””

Time for More White Television: Prelude to “Friday Night Lights”

Hello friends, lovers, and blog readers. It’s Nikkie here with a brief post to set up my next foray into what I’m calling “TV for White People.”

As you’ll recall, back in 2016, I watched the entirety of Gilmore Girls. The show never called to me when it was airing, though I knew my mom watched it for at least two seasons, and it was an abject boredom (and a bunch of “What Should I Binge” quizzes) that finally led me to its door. And I hated it. I hated Rory, I hated Lorelai, I hated Luke, I hated Emily—I hated it all!

But, I felt like it was interesting to watch a show that, ultimately, felt like it wasn’t made with someone like me, a black chick in her late 20s, in mind. It made me wonder how I’d feel about other shows from around the same time (late 90s, early 2000s) that also had a very clear “white people” audience.

Against my better judgment, I decided I needed to dive back in. So that end, I made a Twitter poll asking people to choose between four options: FelicityGossip GirlDawson’s Creek, and Friday Night Lights.

From a whopping EIGHT VOTES, half went to Friday Night Lights. I suppose that was my fault; I knew it was a really popular show outside the vein of Gilmore Girls or Gossip Girl, but I also knew it was super white because it’s about a high school football team in Texas. So on the list it went—though now I kinda wish I’d put Everwood because I watched maybe one episode when it was airing simply because Sport from Harriet the Spy was the main character.

But I didn’t, so here we are! As I plan to keep doing this kind of thing until I run out of shows I didn’t care about when they aired, I’m sure the losers of the poll will get their time to shine.

Until then: I’ll be diving deep into some toxic football culture this month and blogging at the end of every season.

See you soon!
Nikkie