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A Fortnightly Bundle Of podcasting joy looking at all things geek culture from a feminist perspective.

Strong Female Leads Strong Female Leads

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A Fortnightly Bundle Of podcasting joy looking at all things geek culture from a feminist perspective.

    SFL S6E17 - Hello Goodbye

    SFL S6E17 - Hello Goodbye

    After an amazing five years, the time has come for Strong Female Leads to hang up our capes for the forseeable future.
    A combination of professional and personal changes means that availability to record and edit podcasts has become more or less impossible to maintain going forwards in 2023.
    We couldn't be more grateful for such a wonderful audience willing to listen to our thoughts on nerd culture from a feminist perspective. And what a few years it's been! Captain Marvel, female Ghostbusters, Jodie Whittaker and so much more (not that we're taking the credit... but we're absolutely taking the credit).
    Massive shout out to our Book Club readers (and Krissy!), everyone who chats to us on Twitter and all of our fabulous guests.
    It's been a brilliant run. Our archive will remain in all the places you find podcasts and you can find the hosts in all the usual ways (we'll pin this to our Twitter feed as well, @strfemaleleads).
    Peace out, nerds.

    • 38 min
    SFL S6E16 - New York, New York

    SFL S6E16 - New York, New York

    New York, New York! In this episode, Kate and Colleen are reviewing all of the news from New York Comic-Con, which at this point should probably be called New York TV-Con. Marvel! Star Trek! Velma's officially a lesbian now!
    Plus, it's our book club review of 'The Echo Wife' by Sarah Gailey. What did they think of this twisty sci-fi summer read?
    And RIP to Dame Angela Lansbury. She played a singing teapot and a witch who defeated Nazis, you best believe she was a Strong Female Lead.
    Colleen: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/oct/11/angela-lansbury-star-of-tv-film-and-theatre-dies-aged-96
    Kate: https://www.denofgeek.com/movies/first-black-adam-reactions-pour-in/
    Colleen: https://gizmodo.com/my-neighbor-totoro-stage-show-london-studio-ghibli-1849655275
    Main Feature
    New York Comic Con took place last week and it's become the peak autumn time for announcements for all the best things coming up in the world of geek. We've got some of the biggest announcements here...
    Bonus Feature
    Our most recent pick, from our recent fabulous guest Krissy, was The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    SFL S6E15 - Made up Monarchies

    SFL S6E15 - Made up Monarchies

    Debs: Noteworthy Book review: https://gizmodo.com/disney-princess-beyond-the-tiara-author-interview-1849543164
    Kate: Archie Comics https://gizmodo.com/archie-betty-cooper-alien-hunter-chilling-adventures-1849539948
    Debs: https://www.themarysue.com/brie-larson-asks-if-anyone-wants-her-to-play-captain-marvel-again-and-yes-i-do-very-much
    Main topic
    There are miles-long queues here in the UK to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth. Today we look at some of the monarchies that have mattered (perhaps more) to us in fiction!
    Game of Thrones. A whole series about a battle for the royal seat.
    You watching House of Dragons?
    King Triton/Elsa/
    Queen Momby
    Pevensie Kids from Narnia
    King Arthur
    The Princess Diaries
    Star Wars?
    Why is the idea of monarchy so popular in fiction
    Which land would you like to rule?
    Bonus Feature
    Top Ten
    Debs, welcome to highlight ANY of the things you think are key. We'll do a dash through the top ten. Maybe 5 and 5 each?
    Kate's (Including extra in case there's crossover/mutual picks)
    Inside Out 2
    The Marvels
    Christmas Specials
    Muppet Mayhem

    • 1 hr 3 min
    SFL S6E14 - Back to School

    SFL S6E14 - Back to School

    Colleen...this is basically an excuse for us to talk about She-Hulk https://www.themarysue.com/megan-thee-stallion-in-she-hulk/
    Kate https://gizmodo.com/marvel-comics-monica-rambeau-photon-miniseries-1849465414
    Academia in genre entertainment
    Xavier Academy
    starfleet academy
    jedi academy praxeum
    Battle School (Ender's Game)
    Miss Peregrine's
    Avalon (The Mists of Avalon)
    Avengers Academy
    Dance Academy from Suspiria
    Monsters University
    Springfield Elementary
    Book Club: The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

    • 1 hr 5 min
    S6 E13 - In the middle of a chain reaction

    S6 E13 - In the middle of a chain reaction

    Strong Female Needs
    Colleen: Strange New Worlds
    Colleen: https://gizmodo.com/nichelle-nichols-star-trek-uhura-actor-obituary-1849353418
    Kate: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/aug/03/irredeemable-batgirl-movie-unexpectedly-cancelled-despite-being-in-final-stages
    Colleen: https://screenrant.com/star-wars-andor-show-release-date-delay-updates/
    Main Feature - SDCC reactions!
    SDCC is back as the biggest update in the geek calendar and we've been treated to a plethora of updates, trailers, fun panels and more. As we've said before, yay for conventions.
    So what's - well, not hot, but lukewarm off the press?

    Dungeons and Dragons trailer

    Marvel - phase 5! Avengers! Namor! Trailers for Wakanda Forever and an improved She-Hulk! Secret Wars! Daredevil! I'm so tired! https://www.polygon.com/sdcc/23272923/marvel-black-panther-2-ant-man-3


    Rings of Power versus House of Dragon

    Star Trek!

    DC https://www.polygon.com/sdcc/23272917/dc-panel-warner-bros-news-trailers-announcements

    Anything you're looking forward to? Any surprises?
    Bonus features - Strong Female Sport!
    Look. We're sorry in advance to our German listeners and also to everyone who isn't English but - IT'S COME HOME, THERE ARE NO MORE YEARS OF HURT.
    Yep, we wanted to recap a bit on the Women's Euro tournament and the historic victory of the Lionesses and a bit of a look at how women's sport is doing at the moment. If you don't want to listen to the next bit, the short answer is: better than ever but still underfunded.

    Do you watch any women's sport? How about participating?

    Did you enjoy the match?

    Will it change your mind about sporting stuff in the future?


    • 1 hr 8 min
    SFL S6E12 - Return of the living convention

    SFL S6E12 - Return of the living convention

    Hey there Leaders,
    New idea. Actual show notes...
    Strong Female Needs
    Debs: English women's football team
    Colleen: Sea of Tranquility
    Spoiler Alert
    Debs: https://www.themarysue.com/harley-quinn-the-animated-series-season-3/
    Colleen: https://variety.com/2022/tv/awards/emmys-nominations-list-2022-1235313788/
    Debs: https://gizmodo.com/we-now-know-the-exact-crater-that-spat-out-a-famous-mar-1849170072
    Main Feature - Conventions!
    Conventions are, perhaps inexplicably, back. Those of you who follow the Strong Female Leads twitter account will know that I was down at London Film & Comic Con this weekend and it was a BLAST but  there have definitely been some changes since 2019! So we were thinking - what does the future hold for this fundamental geek space?

    Difference between virtual and in person

    Less merch now and feeling less specialised BUT ALSO a growth in independent operators

    Is there still a space for virtual cons?

    Lessons learned (or not) - news in the press about Joseph Quinn

    Are you going to change your behaviour around conventions going forward?

    Bonus Feature - Phase 4!
    Look, we bang on a lot about Marvel but perhaps you've lost track of all the telly and movies and life is short - is it worth catching up on? Can you just get the highlights?

    Very mild Harley Quinn animated TV series spoilers

    Very mild spoilers for MCU, particularly Phase 4

    Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers

    Mild speculation about The Marvels and linked to WandaVision

    Stronger spoilers for Dr Strange & The Multiverse of Madness

    Russell Crowe's accent in Thor: Love & Thunder

    • 1 hr 17 min

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