Out with the New Nov11

Out with the New

Newer isn’t always better. Just ask all of the loyal Samsung customers who ran out and bought the new Samsung ‘splody phone. They thought they were getting was new-and-improved technology. What they actually got was the choice between keeping a pocket bomb or trading it back in for last year’s phone. They also got a stern warning not to carry their new phones on airplanes. If you’re not a Samsung customer, don’t feel too smug. If you’ve got Windows 10, Microsoft has been quietly force-feeding your computer the Anniversary Update, which might improve your device. Or it might turn your perfectly functional computer into a giant paperweight. Don’t even get me started on iOS 10. I miss the slide-to-unlock feature desperately and wish my iPad and I could just go back to the way we used to be. As a geek, I should know better than to expect good things from an upgrade. If fiction has taught me anything, it’s that upgrades are usually a very, very bad idea. Upgrades are bad, right? When Rose wanted to save the Doctor from the Daleks, she exposed the heart of the TARDIS and was infused with the Time Vortex. Like the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, it wasn’t exactly voluntary. It also didn’t go well. The power was too much for Rose and the Doctor sacrificed his incarnation to save her. Oh sure, we got David Tennant out of the deal, but… actually, that is a pretty good deal. But as for unnecessary upgrades… do you remember what happened to Lt. Barclay in Star Trek: The Next Generation? He and Geordi went on a little away mission to see why the Argus Array wasn’t working. He got knocked out by an alien probe and woke up greatly...

Gift Guide to Geek Art Nov04

Gift Guide to Geek Art...

Like winter, Christmas is coming. And if you know anything about geeks, it’s that we love fan art. Since art is a big part of what we do here at Geekdom House, we’ve got the inside scoop on where you can go for your art lover’s Christmas gifts this year, including a list of some of the fandoms they cover so you can search this post for anything particular you’re looking for. That’s right, we did all the work for you. Or, of course, you could send your friends this link so they know what to get you. That works, too. 1. Paper Beats Rock Super Smash Bros. • Mario • Pokemon • Avatar: The Last Airbender • Spiderman • Venom • Attack on Titan • Big Hero 6 • Spirited Away • Gundam • Street Fighter • The Legend of Zelda • Link • Samus • Megaman • Fairy Tail • Natsu • Fullmetal Alchemist • Deadpool • The Flash • DragonballZ 2. Fabled Creative Pokemon • Jurassic Park • Retro • Space • BioShock • Supernatural • Mario • Batman • Fallout • Portal • Destiny • Luigi • Daisy • Mario Kart • Wario • Toad • Bowser • Maps   3. Otis Frampton Star Wars • Firefly • The Lord of the Rings • The Hobbit • My Neighbor Totoro • Doctor Who • Mad Max • The Legend of Zelda • Star Trek • The Big Bang Theory   4. Joe Hogan Art Pokemon • The Legend of Zelda • Majora’s Mask • Adventure Time • Mad Max • Final Fantasy • Cloud • Mario • Megaman • Spider-Man • Star Wars • Banjo-Kazooie • Stranger Things • Super Smash Bros. • Link • Peach • The Wind Waker • Rick and Morty • Ghostbusters • Sonic the Hedgehog • Journey • Mass Effect • Undertale • Halo   5. Sandara Fantasy • Dragons • Dungeons & Dragons • Myths   6. Wisesnail Art Sherlock • Deadpool • Guardians of the Galaxy • Rocket Raccoon • The Avengers • Harley Quinn • Suicide Squad • The Joker • Moriarty • The Falcon • Captain America • The Lord of the Rings • Vision • Groot • Assassin’s Creed • Doctor Strange •...

Hymns and Heroes: 10 Matches Made in Heaven Oct07

Hymns and Heroes: 10 Matches Made in Heaven...

Not many fictional characters stumble into church (except to set the existential mood), and even fewer actually practice Christianity, unless we’re talking Nightcrawler or Nicholas D. Wolfwood. (No, Sephiroth, being a Jenova’s Witness doesn’t count.) But imagine if our favourite characters were—for no particular reason—suddenly forced to choose their epic theme songs from a hymn book (or else face cricket-chirping silence during their otherwise awesome advents). We’ve got a hunch that these 10 hymn-meets-hero mashups might, literally, be matches made in heaven: 1. Obi Wan Kenobi —”Higher Ground” He takes “plant my feet on higher ground” literally. Maybe if Anakin had given this hymn (or, y’know, his Jedi Counselors) a listen, he’d have fewer artificial limbs. 2. Prince Zuko — “Thine Honor Save” Change thy haircut whilst thou art at it. 3. Aerith Gainsborough — “Holy, Holy, Holy” That was the plan. To her credit, the evilest seraphim did eventually “fall down before her.” 4. Light Yagami — “Is My Name Written There?” You’ll know in about 40 seconds. 5. The Night Guard (Five Nights at Freddy’s) — “I’ll Stand By Until the Morning” …if I’m lucky. 6. Edward Elric — “Small Things Count” Except Ed isn’t “small”—he’s fun-sized. I hear arms and legs count, too. 7. Gandalf — “He Lives” And now he comes in more colours. 8. Link — “Must I Go, and Empty-Handed?” (1) Yes, though it is dangerous. (2) No, take this! 9. Goku — “Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand” 100,000,000. Now that’s a power level. 10. Ned Stark — “Winter is Coming” Yes, this is an actual hymn, though it’s more about ice than...

Geek T-Shirt Roundup Sep30

Geek T-Shirt Roundup

If you’re like most of us at Geekdom House, you enjoy showcasing your fandom for all the world to see and only a small percentage to understand. Geek t-shirts are kind of a thing now, and we’re okay with it. But where to get the best/affordable ones after Comic Con season? Here are our top five favourite websites. 1. TeeTurtle Pretty great prices for a lot of fun, cutesy geek t-shirts. 2. TeePublic We love this site because the shirts are affordable and it supports independent artists around the world. You can search pretty much anything geeky and you’ll find some great designs. 3. Qwertee Qwertee is fun because there’s a new t-shirt available for $12 every 48 hours. 4. ThinkGeek They have some pretty cool stuff, ranging from classic logos to some more original things. 5. Her Universe We like Her Universe because it was created for female geeks! It’s also founded by Ashley Eckstein, the voice actor of Ahsoka...

Confession of a Tech Addict Sep26

Confession of a Tech Addict...

To most, “addict” is a term defined by drug or alcohol abuse, substances that can destroy physical health and break down relationships. When I think of addiction, my mind goes to Frodo Baggins and Gollum. Both characters experience a physical pain and a mental anguish when they are separated from the Ring for any period of time. They undergo physical transformation the longer they are in contact with the Ring and their relationships with other people are damaged because of their desire for it. Gollum killed his cousin for possession of the Ring, and will stop at nothing to get it back from Frodo. Even Frodo, who shows extraordinary resistance to its powers, is affected as the journey goes on. When he’s separated from it, he lashes out at Sam for doing nothing more than keeping it safe. My addiction, however, is not so obvious. I can relate more to Gregory House from the TV series House. House’s addiction is to the pain killer Vicodin. On its own, there is nothing inherently evil about that particular drug. Vicodin actually serves a very important and good purpose for House. Due to a physical injury to his leg, he lives in constant pain. Vicodin takes away the pain and makes it possible for him to focus on the complex diagnostic puzzles of his patients. I strive for change because I will never be healed if I don’t reach out. But House begins to rely on the drug for other reasons. It becomes more than simply a way to relieve pain or even a way to escape. It’s a soother of his misery and a way to occupy himself when he gets bored. Something that served a purpose for good becomes destructive as House’s relationships with Wilson,...

Superheroes Who Didn’t Make the Cut Aug26

Superheroes Who Didn’t Make the Cut...

With the worldwide success of the Avengers franchise, applications for non-existent openings have been coming in from all over. Fans of the comics know that there have been a few less-than-stellar Avengers over the years (*cough* Gilgamesh), but these never before seen applications never left Jarvis’s desk. These “heroes” won’t make the Avengers. Noodle Man Real name: Tom Perkins Powers and Notable Talents: I have harnessed the power of limp noodles. Method of Transportation: Noodle-cycle; my mom’s Acura. Catchphrase: Uh oh, spaghettiOs! Menno-Momma Real Name: Elveria Rempel Powers and Notable Talents: Guilt; passive aggression; baking Method of Transportation: Access to the church mini-van Catchphrase: “Call your mother!” The Snuffer Real Name: Leon Murdock (no relation) Powers and Notable Talents: Whenever I am around, some lights mysteriously, and without warning, go out. I’m not sure why, and I can’t predict which lights will go out, but I thought that might help with the element of surprise. Method of Transportation: City transit. Catchphrase: “Lights out?” White Man Real name: Chester K. Smith Powers and Notable Talents: Privilege. Method of Transportation: I am propelled by my sense of my own importance. Catchphrase: Let’s Make [x] Great, Again… for me! The Mosquito Real name: Classified Powers and Notable Talents: N/A Method of Transportation: N/A Catchphrase:...

Artist Spotlight and Giveaway: Joe Hogan Art Aug18

Artist Spotlight and Giveaway: Joe Hogan Art...

“My favourite moment as a fan that came about because of my art was when James Arnold Taylor (the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on The Clone Wars) agreed to lend his amazing talents to an unofficial Clone Wars motion comic I was creating called ‘The Siren of Dathomir’.” Working with people like James is one of the reasons Joe Hogan loves being an artist. He also loves bringing his fandoms to life through his art. “Art is my way of expressing who I am, what I love, what I care about,” Joe says. “Any time I’m really excited about something that I can’t quite get out of my system, or something is bothering me, or whatever, I can just sit down and put in on paper (or a digital screen!) and now it’s in the universe and not just inside me any more. There’s something very liberating about that.” Joe has done professional work for Topps, Upper Deck, Cryptozoic, and other companies. He’s dabbled in some of the most exciting franchises, including Star Wars, the Marvel universe, Batman, The Legend of Zelda, and more. He loves being a Star Wars and geek artist because he gets to make things he would want to see as a fan. “When you’re a kid, your imagination is all over the place and I used to express it with action figures. I never quite grew out of an active imagination, so drawing those new stories in comics/motion comics/etc. replaced the toys. And okay, yes, the toys are still on my shelves. Don’t judge me! Growing up is overrated anyway.” Check out samples of his work: Pokemon! Massively Effective The Twelve Smashers Pass the Torch Blue vs. Red The Promise – Final Fantasy VII Undertale Link Nouveau In addition to...

Watch Along with Geekdom House: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Jul28

Watch Along with Geekdom House: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull...

You voted for it and here it is: the first Geekdom House Watch-Along, featuring Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull! Join your hosts Jason Dueck, Allison Barron, Michael Boyce, and Dustin Asham as they let the sequel that nobody needed wash over them. In the first few minutes of the file, you’ll hear how to sync up your movie so you can see watch along with us. Either click the play button on the file below or right click and click “save as” to download the file to bring it with you wherever you go. Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @ThatVorpalEdge Dustin’s Twitter: @D_Asham Allison’s Twitter: @AllisonBarron12 Michael’s Twitter: @mwboyce Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Buy Infinity +1 merch...

Heroes of All Sizes Jul25

Heroes of All Sizes

“Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is.” —Yoda, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back I was teenager attending Friday night youth group and the speaker was talking about the Biblical hero, Samson. He claimed that the hirsute judge of Israel didn’t resemble our muscle-bound superheroes of today, but rather: “He looked like… he looked like…” His eyes cast about and fell on me: “Tim!” He got his laugh, and yes, I was a fairly small, scrawny adolescent (and I still don’t take up a lot of real estate). But it was pivotal moment for me, because I understood his point: Samson derived his strength from the Spirit of God, not the size of his muscles, just as Yoda gained his power from the Force. Quite a few modern superheroes reflect this dichotomy of unassuming alter-ego versus superhero persona. DC’s Captain Marvel? Eight-year-old Billy Batson transforms into the mighty hero by speaking a magic word (talk about wish fulfillment!). Marvel’s Hulk? Scientist Bruce Banner becomes the green goliath when he can no longer control his rage. The list goes on, but the pattern remains the same; the hero exists in a weak mortal form until a transformation occurs, whence he or she is suddenly revealed as the peak of physical perfection. (Admittedly, there are lots of superheroes who don’t follow this pattern: such as Superman or Thor, who possess their powers at all times, or Iron Man and Batman, who have no powers whatsoever, but that’s fodder for a different article.) These people have no special powers, no extraordinary skills, no fancy costumes, but make no mistake, they are heroes. There’s a movement today called...

Geekiness Types, Symptoms, Causes Jul21

Geekiness Types, Symptoms, Causes...

Geekiness Overview The first sign of geekiness is often a tendency to binge watch sci-fi shows on Netflix or play a video game for longer than 20 minutes at a time. Humming John Williams’ tunes and fantasizing about living in another universe are also known signs. No treatment is available for geekiness. It is not uncommon and must be taken seriously. Geekiness Types Invasive geekiness is geekiness that has spread beyond the occasional movie or board game. Female and male geekiness are both possible. Cosplaying is a rare type of geekiness that requires a certain amount of dedication and creativity to spread throughout body and the soul. Geekiness Symptoms If you suffer from geekiness you may recognize one or more of these symptoms: Physical symptoms Sore back or neck from rolling into every box and crate you see Extreme discomfort moving along the Y-axis (may apply to Doom players) Desire to consume/inject any unlabelled medicine found in any unmarked container Speaking in a language composed solely of references and quotes Waiting for an imaginary ATB bar to fill before making any real life action Always using extra salt on your food in case of demons or vampires Trying to eat breakfast cereal when there is no spoon Choosing to wear gold or blue when anyone else wears red Emotional Symptoms Mentally determining the difficulty class of any challenge based on the roll of a D20 Extreme paranoia that every mentor in your life is really your mortal enemy waiting until you become strong enough to challenge them An unfounded certainty that telephone booths are bigger on the inside The utterly false belief in cake Deep emotional repression of the death of a certain dinosaur-loving pilot who’s totally still alive Despite the advice of your...

Artist Spotlight and Giveaway: Wisesnail Art Jul14

Artist Spotlight and Giveaway: Wisesnail Art...

Claudia Gironi, a.k.a. Wisesnail Art, is one of our extremely talented Area of Effect magazine cover artists and web art contributors. A huge fan of atmospheric landscapes, portraits, and colour explosions, she mainly works in Photoshop, combining the versatility of the digital approach to the expressive brushstrokes of a more traditional method. “Art is how I express myself. It’s what I do when I’m upset, when I’m happy, if I need a distraction, or if I want to concentrate on something,” says Claudia. “As a person with face blindness (meaning I have problems recognizing people’s faces), I feel like I have a small measure of control when I paint portraits.” Born in Italy, Claudia currently lives in London. She is a Japanese Language and Culture graduate, Schiele enthusiast, and art lover. She decided to teach herself digital painting four years ago—since then she has never abandoned her stylus. Check out samples of her work: Altair I am Groot! The Man of Iron Sherlock The Dark Lord Thor Thranduil Oropherion Bucky As a geek herself, Claudia enjoys drawing subjects from science fiction, fantasy, and comics. She says that The Lord of the Rings is one of her favourite fandoms and she greatly admires J.R.R. Tolkien; The Silmarillion especially provides her with inspiration. “I like the fact that I have more room to play with the characters themselves, especially if they don’t appear in the movies. Also, the other fans are really super nice, and welcome all new takes on the characters they love.” Claudia sings out loud while she paints (embarrassing herself in front of the whole neighbourhood if it’s summer and the windows are open), likes dogs, enjoys baking, and is always happy to talk about art and fandoms with other people. You can find her art on her Society 6 page and...

Inappropriate Geeky Quotes for a Job Interview Jul13

Inappropriate Geeky Quotes for a Job Interview...

Can you tell me a little about yourself? 1) I’m Batman. 2) They call me Gato, I have metal joints. Beat me up and win 15 Silver Points. 3) Verily this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V. 4) I am Groot. 5) I am Iningo Montoya, you killed my father. Prepare to die. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 1) Well there’s always money in the banana stand. 2) Dead. Of Dysentery. 3) Probably killed. By a Zamboni. 4) Well… here. It’s a contract that says when the war is over, all the materia will belong to me. 5) Ah spaghetti. Ah, ravioli. Ahh, mama mia. How did you hear about the position? 1) Can’t stop the signal. 2) I cannot tell! Suffice to say, is one of the words the Knights of Ni cannot hear! 3) Guy came looking for me. Real Grim Reaper-type. I don’t know. It furthered the plot. 4) I was weak. That’s why I needed you… Needed someone to punish me for my sins… But that’s all over now. I know the truth. 5) I am Groot. What would you say are your best assets? 1) I can run very fast over short distances. 2) I know kung fu. 3) When 900 years old, you reach… Look as good, you will not. 4) I see dead people. 5) I never give up. I never surrender. How do you deal with conflict with the workplace? 1) Resistance is futile. 2) Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria! 3) Rule #2: Double tap. 4) I am Groot. 5) Nuclear launch detected. What is your greatest flaw? 1)...

Keep On Keeping On Jul08

Keep On Keeping On

When Umberto Eco sought the feedback of friends and colleagues for his manuscript, The Name of the Rose, many, while praising the creativity of the narrative, commented on the difficulty of the first 100 pages, which described life and practices in a medieval monastery. Editors, fearing readers would give up reading before the mystery actually began, also suggested Eco rework the dense opening. Eco refused. As he explained in his Postscript to The Name of the Rose, “if somebody wanted to enter the abbey and live there for seven days, he had to accept the abbey’s own pace. If he could not, he would never manage to read the whole book. Therefore those first hundred pages are like a penance or initiation, and if someone does not like them, so much the worse for him. He can stay at the foot of the mountain.” In framing the sort of mindset necessary to get through this part of the novel as a journey, Eco alludes to the kind of perseverance he expects. I got thinking about these difficult 100 pages and the sort of perseverance required to get through them earlier this month when I was loaning some books to a friend for summer reading. I handed The Name of the Rose over and commented on how much the novel means to me. “But the first 100 pages are really hard—the author tried to weed out people who shouldn’t read his book.” After thinking about that for a moment, my friend handed the book back to me and said, “Maybe not.” I’ve seen the same responses for not attempting to read Tolkien, George R. R. Martin, even Stephen King. So what makes some people able to persevere through long and difficult material? Put another way:...

We Need Your Help Geeks! Jun21

We Need Your Help Geeks!...

We here at Geekdom House need your help! Some of our team is going to watch one of three notable geek movies and record the whole thing for your enjoyment. We need you to pick the movie for us!   Create your own user feedback...

The Black Knight and the Subversion of Expectation Jun06

The Black Knight and the Subversion of Expectation...

I knew most of the skits from Monty Python and the Holy Grail before I had ever seen the movie. Thanks to a partial immersion in geek culture during high school (D&D, video games in—gasp—arcades, and Star Trek), I regularly rubbed shoulders with people randomly throwing their hats in the air and yelling, “Run away!” But the phrase I remember most is “It’s only a flesh wound.” It came up in many circumstances—a stubbed toe, an injury on the football field, a tumble down the stairs. As long as the victim was still conscious, you could lean in close and hear him whisper, “It’s only a flesh wound” before rendering his mock death. Now that I’ve seen the Grail movie more times than I can count, that scene with the Black Knight is still one of the most memorable: the near-invincible foe standing poker straight as he declares, “None shall pass” in his best impression of John Cleese. The honourable Arthur trying to negotiate with the knight, not because he is afraid, but because he does not want to injure this valiant warrior. And the knight resolutely forbidding Arthur from going further. And, of course, the fight, with limb after limb hacked off, blood spurting out as though from a hose, and the knight’s increasingly implausible assertion that not only was he okay, but that he was victorious, and that Arthur’s vacating the scene was only because of the King’s cowardice. We are all encouraged, at one time or another in our lives, to see the bright side, to look up, to quest for our dreams and reach for the unreachable. We know those inspirational folks who would have us seek for and grasp the Holy Grail—for what is life without dreams and goals...

Chuck Bartowski: A Humble Hero May30

Chuck Bartowski: A Humble Hero...

“I just know what an incredible guy Charles Bartowski is, and sometimes I’m not so sure that he knows it,” says Ellie Bartowski in the third episode of Chuck. And she doesn’t even know that Chuck is taking down dangerous killers, defusing bombs, and saving innocent lives on a daily basis.  Chuck’s opinion of himself leaves me asking the question: What is so great about Chuck and why doesn’t he know it? Any time someone mentions “the greats,” they’re usually talking about the rich, the powerful, and the famous. Alexander the Great conquered large swaths of Asia. Wayne Gretzky (The Great One) still holds most of the scoring records in the NHL. The Great Gonzo has had a long and storied career on The Muppet Show, even though no one really knows what he is supposed to be. Wealth, power, and fame are probably what Chuck hoped for after graduating from Stanford. He was supposed to have a successful career in software and retire early. Along the way, that dream shattered and so did his self esteem. That’s why he can’t see the greatness he has achieved working alongside Sarah and Casey, and even before that. While many people define “greatness” as being wealthy and famous, I like Chuck’s style of greatness much better. You see, Chuck is a hero. Even before he knew what the Intersect could do, he was saving people from electronic disasters; everyone at the Buy More knows Chuck is the best at what he does, and we see him go above and beyond when he arranges an impromptu, in-store ballet performance for a little girl whose father didn’t tape the real thing. Everyone loves Chuck, except for those who are intimidated by his authenticity. Add the Intersect to the...

Call for Writers May02

Call for Writers

Do you want to write for Area of Effect magazine? We’re looking for writers who are excited about combining their faith, morality, philosophy, social justice, and more with their geeky interests. As geeks we tend to (over) analyze these shows that we love and our goal for Area of Effect is to take those same conversations we have all had, dig a little deeper, and publish it. What we are looking for in prospective writers: a willingness to put beliefs, ideas, and biases on the table for discussion (i.e. vulnerability is a must) writing experience an understanding that this is not a devotional site, nor is it news or reviews an understanding that this isn’t a magazine by Christians for Christians, but by Christians for anyone. Meaning we don’t come at topics from a “we” perspective, but write from personal experience and attempt to encourage discussion among a variety of people a commitment to a Christian faith (yes, this is a loaded statement – we do not require any specific denomination but look for an affirmation of the basics: a forgiveness of sins through the death of Christ, centrality of the word of God, and the Triune nature of God) a commitment to write at least one  700-1000 word article every other month (1001 is too many and 1005 is RIGHT OUT) specializations in geeky subjects that we haven’t covered so far creativity and thoughtfulness a mixture of funny, playful, and serious articles preference given to those who can hum any version of The Legend of Zelda theme song What staff writers get: to become a part of a community of passionate, geeky folks who love writing about their fandoms opportunities to grow with writers and professional editors $25 for first article and $50 for every subsequent article (we believe in paying...

Episode 23 – Mythbusters / Star Wars Diversity...

Three. Two. One. Podcast! This week on Infinity +1, Jason breaks the landspeed record for words per minute breaking down the new Captain America: Civil War trailer and Allison and Kyle join him in paying loving tribute to Mythbusters after 14 amazing seasons. Then in the second segment a serious discussion about diversity in the new Star Wars films and how Daisy Ridley and John Boyega could be ambassadors of change to a galaxy far, far away.   Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes now! Feedburner link:...

Episode 20 – It’s All Geek To Me / Death Feb23

Episode 20 – It’s All Geek To Me / Death...

It’s dangerous to go alone, take this: Infinity +1! The 30th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda prompts this weeks Question of the Week (and some fond reminiscing). Jason reports on his first anime experience in the first installment of It’s All Geek To Me and the results may surprise you. In the second segment, Kyle leads us through the process of writing an article about Mario Kart, fairness, and death. If we believe in a loving God, how do we reconcile that? Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes now! Feedburner link:...

Where’s the Love in Mad Max? Feb22

Where’s the Love in Mad Max?

When I read that writer/director George Miller was going to return to his post-apocalyptic roots and make another Mad Max film, I didn’t think much about it. The original films were fun, cult stories but not so amazing that I would get excited for a sequel. Even Miller’s eclectic but solid body of work (everything from Lorenzo’s Oil to the talking pig classic, Babe: Pig in the City) didn’t prepare me for one of the deepest films of recent years. People have remarked on its strong ecological and feminist messages, its reimagining of the action genre, its inventive practical effects. I’ve been wanting to write about Mad Max: Fury Road for a while now, but despite its obvious richness, no topic has seemed quite right. When Our Fearless Leader (OFL), Allison, proposed the topic “agape,” I quickly crossed Mad Max: Fury Road off my list again: “It’s an awesome movie, but where’s the love?” Theirs is a love of choice, not attraction, and it’s marked by sacrifice. Then I started re-reading C.S. Lewis’s The Four Loves to figure out a possible direction for an article. Lewis uses the traditional English translation of agape, “charity,” and describes it as unconditional gift-love, a selfless love that places the best interests of the other person first. And then I thought more about Mad Max: Fury Road. “Wait a minute,” I said to myself, “Isn’t that movie all about this kind of selfless charity?” Furiosa’s sacrificial love for Immortan Joe’s Five Wives embodies agape. It causes her to abandon her own position of power and influence in order to help them flee.  She risks everything to get these young women to safety. Furiosa initially seems to believe that selfless love can only exist in a specific place, her own birthplace: the utopian, matriarchal Green Place. There, she thinks, the Many Mothers will care for the Brides with selfless charity. However, when we learn that the Green Place is gone, a dissolute wasteland, and that the Many Mothers have been displaced and now scavenge for existence, we come to realize that Furiosa has already embodied this type of love. She’s created a community on wheels with outcasts and runaways. Part of the reason I think Mad Max: Fury Road has this interest in agape is the length the film goes to undermine any suggestion of romantic love between the two main protagonists. Sure, there’s the romance between the displaced War Boy, Nux, and one of the fugitive Brides; that love—eros—represents a kind of freedom from the authority of Immortan Joe, freedom to choose a partner.  But this type of love is not transformative. It’s secondary to the community-minded love embodied by Furiosa and, later, Max, which is as capable of transforming the wasteland as the water Joe denies his people. Agape isn’t something you get, it’s something you share. In “Mad” Max Rockatansky, Furiosa finds a compatriot and friend.  They have no reason to trust the other; their individual experiences have been disappointment and abuse. Their relationship is not characterized by eros, but by mutual respect and a deep trust. Theirs is a love of choice, not attraction, and it’s marked by sacrifice and putting the best interests of the other above the needs of the self. We don’t usually see this type of love in action films, which typically link a hero’s worth to his (almost always his) sexual prowess. Max’s lack of interest in physical love is treated as a joke—at one point we think that Max is staring longingly at one of Joe’s Brides; however, as the camera moves, we realizes he’s actually staring at the water she is using. After defeating Joe and upsetting the oppressive power structure of The Citadel, Max and Furiosa part. Uninterested in the attention of the crowd, Max slips away after giving Furiosa a parting nod. While the slaves of The Citadel rejoice in the life-giving water...