Geek Steep: A New Tea and Fandom Podcast!! (SEASON TWO IS HERE!!)

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S2E17 – Hamilton

Okay, I lied in my last post. We’ve actually been back from our midseason break for a couple weeks now and I’m just a litttttllleee bit behind on posting. This was last week’s fandom and it was a REALLY fun one! We loosely talked about musical’s with this seasons’ Buffy episode but this was our first proper Broadway musical and it’s definitely nice to finally be able to say “Ok, I get it!” after six years of my theater friends telling me I need to check this one out.

Teas drunk while recording:
Kelly – Pink Grapefruit Matcha (Bird & Blend)
Marika – White Peach (World Tea House)

Teas drunk while geeking:
Kelly – HumpTEA Hump (Hella Tea)
Marika – Bai Hao (Camellia Sinensis)

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We’ll be diving into one of my fandoms next week! This fandom is one of my most recent discoveries and I’ve fallen in love with it in a BIG way. We’ll be tackling the Danganronpa anime! Will this be the anime that Marika finally falls in love with? You’ll have to watch to find out!

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S2E18 – Danganronpa: The Animation

This week was one of my fandom selections and it was one I was a little nervous to share with Marika. I really got into Danganronpa back during our first season, but the video game has a pretty significant run time and I just didn’t see the format being something we could realistically tackle. Thankfully, there’s an anime and when I finished watching it I realized it would be the perfect ‘abridged’ format of this game! So, join us this week for this dive into the death game genre while we tackle yet another anime and, by proxy, video game…

Teas drunk while recording:
Kelly – Sweet Sakura Matcha (Kanes Tea Factory)
Marika – Milk Oolong Chai (Bird & Blend)

Teas drunk while geeking:
Kelly – Turmeric Rocket (Zappyo)
Marika – Blood Jasmine Shed (BrutaliTeas)

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Get ready to dive into… New York’s Sewers!? That’s right, we’re jumping into all the nostalgia of the 80s/90s with one of Marika’s fandom pics – the 1990s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles movie!

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S2E19 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990s Movie)

This week (well, last week) we’re diving into one of Marika’s fandoms and it’s something that just perfectly falls into the camp of childhood nostalgia! With conversations about turtle fucking, incredible stunt work, and the quest for pizza flavoured tea… this is a good one.

Teas drunk while recording:
Kelly – Tomato, Basil, and Black Pepper (52Teas)
Marika – Matcha Ice Cream (DAVIDsTEA)

Teas drunk while geeking:
Kelly – Cereal Milk (Dessert by Deb)
Marika – Salted Caramel Matcha (DAVIDsTEA)

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Welp, I dropped the ball and am a week late posting this summary so next week’s episode is already out! So, join us as we dive into the often misunderstood fandom of “Movies That Are SO BAD They’re Good” with what might actually be the best bad movie of all time – the train wreck that is Birdemic!

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S2E20 – Birdemic: Shock and Terror

Okay. So not everyone gets bad movies – and I don’t mean debatably bad or just, like, not great. I mean movies that are just complete train wrecks from start to finish. Not B movies. Not C movies. But, like D movies. However, this is one of few fandom loves that Marika and I have always connected on and we’re so excited to share that feeling of joy and euphoria with everyone else by tearing this movie apart in the most loving way possible.

Teas drunk while recording:
Kelly – Chicken Rice (ETTE Tea)
Marika – Leader of The Pack (Thesaurus)

Teas drunk while geeking:
Kelly – Dong Ding Competition First Grade (Camellia Sinensis)
Kelly – Espresso Yourself (DAVIDsTEA)
Marika – Honey Peach Salsa (A Quarter To Tea)

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Okay, okay – back to more proper fandoms! We’ll be diving back into the world of fantasy with our next viewer suggested fandom! In particular, we’ll be covering the first half of season one of… The Witcher! Will this dark and gritty medieval fantasy appeal to us? You’ll have to watch to find out!

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S2E21 – The Witcher

We took a week pause due to illness holding up our recording schedule, but we’re excited to have been back this week with our next viewer pick fandom! As a lover of fantasy, I was thrilled to see this one cup up in our schedule this season – it’s the most magic focused medieval fantasy fandom we’ve checked out so far and, well, Henry Cavill… It was a fun time.

Teas drunk while recording:
Kelly – Anise Pu’erh (Cornelia Bean)
Marika – Sunday Morning (Adjourn Tea)

Teas drunk while geeking:
Kelly – Forbidden Root (DAVIDsTEA)
Marika – Wild Litsea Black Tea (Ketlee.in)

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If there’s one genre that Marika and I can agree on, it’s super heroes! So, we’re excited to get to explore a new one together this upcoming week through the first volume of Cloak and Dagger! This crime fighting duo is one we’ve come across in other comics in passing – including my fandom selection back in season one, The Runaways. So what will our opinions be after a proper introduction to the characters? Listen and find out!

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S2E22 – Cloak & Dagger

So first things first – Geek Steep is moving to a biweekly upload schedule! For the big explanation of all the reasons why, check out the first ten(ish) minutes of this week’s episode where we go in depth! With that said, join us this week as we explore yet another superhero comic though this time it’s a duo that is brand new to us both! Will we fall in love with this crime fighting duo? Are drugs bad? Listen and find out!

Teas drunk while recording:
Kelly – Matcha Sticks Black (Adagio Tea)
Marika – Shan Lin Xi (Camellia Sinensis)

Teas drunk while geeking:
Kelly – High Mountain Red (Tea Runners) & Black Sunshine (Damn Fine Tea)
Marika – Candy Cane Crush (DAVIDsTEA)

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Geek Steep is… covering poetry!? That’s right! For my fandom selection we’re tackling some of the poetry that had the biggest impact on me as a child and that’s the work of Shel Silverstein! We hope you’ll join us for this new exploration of media and this more unconventional fandom selection as we unpack some unexpectedly BIG questions and themes.

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S2E23 – Shel Silverstein

Sometimes plans just don’t work out and, y’know, that can actually be for the better! In last week’s Geek Steep episode (yes, I’m a week behind posting) we were actually planning on doing a completely different fandom for my selection – but due to a couple different factors I decided to switch my selection. As such, we ended up tackling our first piece of children’s literature and our first poetry! Let me just say, we ended up going deep with this discussion – a lot of topics were covered that really reflect some of our biggest personal values! So, join us as we cover relationship boundaries, parental self sacrifice, and porn!

Teas drunk while recording:
Kelly – Rocky Road (52Teas)
Marika – Thai Banana Cake (Dessert By Deb)

Teas drunk while geeking:
Kelly – Dots & Loops (August Uncommon)
Marika – Sleepy Lychee (DAVIDsTEA)

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We’re diving into one of Marika’s fandoms that, truthfully, has been a long time coming… X-Men! In particular, we’ll be covering the movie Logan as we dip our toes into one of Marvel’s greatest ensemble super hero teams. Will this superhero swan song tug on our heart strings? Will one of my polarizing opinions on this fandom drive a wedge in my relationship with Marika? Listen next week!

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S2E24 – The X-Men: Logan

Sometimes plans just don’t work out and, y’know, that can actually be for the better! In last week’s Geek Steep episode (yes, I’m a week behind posting) we were actually planning on doing a completely different fandom for my selection – but due to a couple different factors I decided to switch my selection. As such, we ended up tackling our first piece of children’s literature and our first poetry! Let me just say, we ended up going deep with this discussion – a lot of topics were covered that really reflect some of our biggest personal values! So, join us as we cover relationship boundaries, parental self sacrifice, and porn!

Teas drunk while recording:
Kelly – Yuzu Parfait (Ette Tea)
Marika – Phoenix Oolong (DAVIDsTEA)

Teas drunk while geeking:
Kelly – Cinnamon Heart (DAVIDsTEA)
Marika – Sticky Rice Oolong (DAVIDsTEA)

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I’m behind on posting once again, so it’s actually already out! In our most recent episode we went on a tea and music pairing extravaganza featuring some of our favourite pieces from the fantastical and every nerdy composer John Williams! We highly encourage listening to the songs prior, so we’ve compiled a playlist of all our selections here:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4JvngHlQ8wHHpBjCCw9UJD?si=Oi5PANw7RKOPh7rVF_Gjog&nd=1

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S2E25 – The Music of John Williams

So, Marika and I have been talking about this episode for over a year now! We had a lot of back and forth on how this one would be structured, but in the end we opted to each pick three of our personal favourite of John William’s compositions and have an all out tea pairing lalapalooza! Seriously; this episode features more tea pairings than ANY episode we’ve done to date, including our yearly top tea episodes over the holidays! So grab your headphones and join us for this celebration of fandom music!

Teas drunk while recording:
Kelly – Asian Pear Harmony (Stash Tea)
Marika – Madame La Marquise (Camellia Sinensis)

Teas drunk while geeking:

Kelly:
- Nuo Mi Xiang Ripe Pu-erh and Sticky Rice Herb (Yunnan Sourcing)
- Oxford Comma (Bird & Blend)
- Cold 911 (DAVIDsTEA)
- 2018 Arbor Red (White2Tea)
- Citrus (Mateina)
- Vanilla Osmanthus (Epices de Cru)

Marika:
- Sticky Rice Oolong (DAVIDsTEA)
- Catnip Fever (BrutaliTeas)
- Warrior (Geek & Tea)

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Next week’s episode may be about equal parts viewer pick and one of Kelly’s fandoms, though we’re officially calling it a viewer fandom! What are we checking out? Well, we’ll be diving into the first volume of Ms. Marvel for a bit of a different sort of superhero conversation that what you may have heard from us in the past!

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S2E26 – Ms. Marvel

We’ve covered a ton of super hero related fandoms at this point, but something that’s really never come up in our discussions of them is religion. In fact, if you had told me that I would end up becoming a massive fan of a comic series with religion solidly woven into its roots and that falling in love with it would give me a quote about morality so powerful that I’d tattoo it on my body… Well, I wouldn’t have believed you. Ms. Marvel is amazing though and the seamless way they’ve integrated religion and just massive themes of identity is definitely worth a read.

Teas drunk while recording:
Kelly – Ultra Pink (Chroma Tea)
Marika – Peaches & Cream (Bisou)

Teas drunk while geeking:
Kelly – Carcadet Fraise Pistache (Dammann Freres)
Marika – Walnut Meshuggah Cookie (BrutaliTeas)

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After a couple weeks of more “heavy hitting” fandoms with some pretty deep rooted personal connections, we’re excited to take a turn on the road we’ve been travelling on and try exploring something different. Teen Drama. Yep, you’ve read that right! Gets your favourite binge watching snacks ready because we’re gonna be consuming some empty calories as we watch… Riverdale!

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