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GUGcast: Episode 198 – Star Wars, Disney+, and More!

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This week, most of the news and what we are geeking out about is related to Disney+ and Star Wars. We discuss our thoughts on the platform along with the Mandalorian, and L.J. gives his thoughts on Jedi: Fallen Order.




Google Stadia increases lineup to 22 games


Geoff Keighley teases two world premier gameplay trailers


Half-Life VR game full reveal on Thursday




Nicolas Cage Movie (The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent)


Marvel Adds 5 New Movies To Slate


Release The Snyder Cut!


How To Train Your Dragon Homecoming




Disney+ Expiration Dates


Marvel’s Runaways Canceled


Netflix Nickelodeon Deal





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Celebrating Stephen Hillenburg, Creator of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’

“Are ya ready, kids?!”
Every child of the 90’s and beyond can likely finish the entire theme song of SpongeBob SquarePants by memory. There’s no denying Stephen Hillenburg, who died Nov. 26 at the age of 57 from ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), has made an impact on pop culture. The beloved cartoon of his creation has aired on Nickelodeon since 1999 and spawned movies, video games, and even a Broadway musical. According to CNN, the show has aired in 200 countries and been translated into more than 50 languages. It has also won many awards during its run, including four Emmys.
A few writers on the Geeks Under Grace staff wanted to share some of their fondest memories of the Bikini Bottom crew with our readers in honor of an animator gone far too soon.

Lexi Tucker, Editor-in-Chief
SpongeBob will always hold a special place in my heart for multiple reasons. My younger brother Adam and I would watch it every day before walking to school together, and to this day still quote memorable lines to each other randomly. My boyfriend Ryan and I, now in our mid-twenties, will turn on Amazon Prime to watch a few classic episodes to kill time or just have something on in the background. My high school friend Kassandra and I used to scream “Gold Team RULES” at each other across the classroom in our Environmental Science AP class just to make each other laugh.
Spongebob memes have seemingly taken over the internet, and are used to express a myriad of emotions, from sleeping Squidward to mocking SpongeBob and savage Patrick. There’s little doubt in my mind these have encouraged a newer generation to check the show out and made them laugh in a time when the world seems even more absurd than when that campfire stayed lit underwater (because why not?).
Sometimes we all just need a laugh, and I believe Hillenburg understood this better than anyone. The show never took itself seriously, and sometimes that’s what we need to decompress after a long day of “adulting”.
(For the record, the best episode will always be Chocolate with Nuts, which my mom and I still quote.)







John Campbell, Video Game Associate Editor
Eventually, my afternoon cartoon time after school shifted from watching Arthur on KPBS to Courage the Cowardly Dog on Cartoon Network and Spongebob Squarepants on Nickelodeon. Nothing made me laugh more than the dumb phrases Patrick would blurt out or the unfortunate situations Spongebob would get himself into. In fact, most of my humor growing up was based on the sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea and his best friend who literally lives under a rock.
But I did not only learn humor from the show. Through all of the Krabby Patties, karate chopping, and leaf blowing, I also learned to be proud and confident of who I am as a person and that it’s okay to be a goof. Growing up, I resonated with Spongebob since I was a sensitive kid. I had almost every video game associated with him and I even drew my own comics starring the cast of the show. I went as far as to learn how to laugh like Spongebob (and got pretty close, in my opinion). Thinking back now, it was the laughs that drew me in and the comedy that was so different from all of the other shows I had seen since that time.
I’m torn between so many good episodes; it’s hard to choose a favorite. Some of my top favorites include Pizza Delivery, Pickles, and Frankendoodle. Today, a lot of these classic episodes have become infamous memes sprawled across the web. But Pickles strikes a chord in me because it focuses on Spongebob losing all confidence in his abilities as a fry cook, therefore losing all self-assurance to do any normal life activity. In the episode, Mr. Krabs helps him remember just how talented he is, allowing him to regain his self-esteem. Spongebob Squarepants had a lot of feel-good episodes like this one, another reason why I enjoyed it so much.
To me, the show meant humor, but considering it now, it shaped a lot of my personality. It taught me how to stand up for my friends like Squidward does for Spongebob in Pizza Delivery. It taught me to be joyful in all of life’s circumstances, like Spongebob is consistently content with being a fry cook. And thirdly, it taught me to try and try again, like Spongebob tries again and again to get his driver’s license.
Today, the show is still going, with a third movie on the way in 2020. I do not keep up with it anymore, mostly because my interests have changed. But if anything, Stephen Hillenburg will leave behind a legacy of laughs. He created some hilarious and lovable characters, which I will always hold dear in my heart. So farewell, Stephen Hillenburg, and thank you for making my childhood self laugh to tears.

Noel Davila, TV Department Writer
With the recent passing of a legend and icon such as Stan Lee who contributed characters and content which defined modern pop culture, it would be easy to overlook the passing of another influential creator. On Monday November 26th, 2018 the world lost Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of one of the most beloved cartoon characters in the last two decades at the young age of 57 from complications due to ALS. Hillenburg, a former marine biologist and teacher, brought his love and passion for the sea and its inhabitants to living rooms around the world.

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Hillenburg’s quirky cartoon “SpongeBob SquarePants” premiered in May 1999 and quickly stole the hearts of children and viewers of all ages. SpongeBob was critically praised, and nominated for and won multiple awards. SpongeBob SquarePants has gone on to complete 259 episodes over 12 seasons with no signs of stopping. Surrounded by a lovable cast of uniquely and equally off-beat characters, SpongeBob rapidly cemented himself in our pop cultures consciousness. No other cartoon character in the modern era has rose to the heights of such popularity and relevance. Not since Mickey Mouse and Buggs Bunny have we seen such adoration of a newly introduced cartoon character.
I was in my last year of high school when SpongeBob premiered. As a fan of animation, I was reluctant to watch something with such an odd concept. However, my hesitancy quickly changed to adoration. I found SpongeBob to be one of the most unique, lovable, witty, and most of all funny animations I’ve seen in many years. Now that I am a father of three with my youngest being four years old, I can honestly say SpongeBob SquarePants has been a staple in my household and continues to be a show I can sit and enjoy not only by myself, but also with my 23 year old, my 15 year old, and my four year old.
As a filmmaker, content creator, screenwriter, and current producer of my own animated short film which is currently in the works, I want to take this moment to thank Stephen Hillenburg for teaching me no matter how ridiculous and out of this world some ideas are, when I doubt myself and think my ideas are foolish, I can think back and realize Hillenburg took a dish washing tool, shoved it into a pair of trousers, and made the world fall in love with it.
Thank you, Stephen Hillenburg.

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I am a Warrior, But I’m a Girl Too

Weeks ago while browsing my Facebook news feed, and I stumbled upon an advertisement for an exclusive t-shirt with a picture of Suki captioned with her line, “I am a warrior, but I’m a girl, too.” I had forgotten about this quote, but when I read it I remember her saying it to Sokka in the first episode she appeared in. That phrase resonated with me so much I ended up buying the shirt. Why? Because this is part of my main philosophy about what it means to be a woman.
Suki is an underrated Avatar: The Last Airbender character. Katara, Toph, and Azula steal the thunder, and Suki only appears in a small amount of the show’s episodes, but I believe she deserves some attention. Suki is a Kyoshi warrior, one of many trained in the fighting style of Avatar Kyoshi. Additionally, she is the leader of the Kyoshi warriors meaning she is a fierce fighter and upholder of generations of tradition. She dresses in ceremonial garb and fights with fans and sword. She is Sokka’s first crush, and she begins to teach him about what it means to be a warrior, something his father didn’t have time at home to. But as her line states, yes, she is all this, but she is also a girl. She protected the Avatar when Zuko came to find him and she volunteered to escort refugees to Ba Sing Se, but she also blushes during her first kiss. Many of her mannerisms are accurately Biblical.
Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. (Proverbs 31:25-26)
These verses make me think of when Suki describes what the meaning of her traditional clothing is:
“The silk threads symbol a brave blood that flows through our veins. The gold insignia represents the honor of the warrior’s heart.”
These virtues shouldn’t have to apply to just fictional warriors, but with real women too. Bravery and honor doesn’t necessarily mean those traits have to be shown in battle, but bravery can be a single mother working long hours to keep her family going or honor can be respecting her husband and parents. Other virtues of a woman worthy of being a role model are patience, kindness, humility, sacrifice, and endurance.
Many of the women “role models” nowadays don’t deserve to be called such. Harley Quinn is a very popular character nowadays, but I definitely wouldn’t consider her a worthy role model. She is crazy, cares nothing about modesty, and even uses her feminine wiles for her own gain. I’ve had a friend consider Olivier Mira Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist a worthy role model. Yes, she is a compelling character, but I also don’t think she’s a good role model. She’s harsh, brash, and has deserted her femininity to be a commander. Are these really women we want our young girls to look up to?
We women are strong. We don’t need to gain our strength from acting like a man. Men have their strengths and women have their strengths. It is okay to act like a girl. That doesn’t make us weak. That is simply part of who we are. The modern feminist movement is pressuring women to be less like women and pushing girls into deserting their feminine instincts like motherhood. It is perfectly okay to not want a career but to want to stay home and raise a family. It’s a desire that’s built into us.
I wear the Suki shirt with pride, because I love that I can wear something that states both my love for a character and my view on something so special to remember. I’m strongly pursuing a career as a writer, but I still love feeling pretty. I love guns and knives, but I also love cute jewelry. I love playing video games, but I also enjoy cooking a good meal. I’m a warrior, I’m strong, and I’m passionate, but I’m a girl too.


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Review: The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? I did, back in 1999 during the world premiere of Spongebob Squarepants. I remember the day vividly; the two episodes (one was completely silent and the other involved Spongebob feeding a hungry mob of anchovies) still make me laugh to this day. Spongebob had become quite the cartoon juggernaut. It’s pretty amazing to see him on the silver screen now in 2015.


Out of Water is quite the experience. Serving up new territory for the yellow square and his buddies, it features a story that sits in the background, allowing for jokes and colorful animation to explode on the screen–and that’s a good thing. There are plenty of sight gags and puns to please some of the adults taking their young ones to the show. The voice cast (all of whom have been with Spongebob for the long haul) all do a good job with the material as is expected.

What I enjoyed most with Out of Water was how silly it was willing to be, going into territory I had only seen on meme websites during my many boring treks into the internet. Like those experiences, this film eventually revealed its true secret: it’s not as funny as you would expect.


Since I consider myself to be in the Spongebob know-how, it was a bit of a disappointment for this sponge-fan to not laugh nearly as much as I would’ve liked. Spongebob’s newest seasons haven’t been as delightful as his first three on Nickelodeon, but his first outing on the big screen was a pleasant surprise.

Unlike the first Sponge-movie, Out of Water loses a lot of steam mainly for resorting to lazy humor. Sure, farts and poop jokes feel at home in Bikini Bottom (pun intended), but Spongebob is a clever show, one that doesn’t rely so much on the potty humor as it does with solid dialogue and the character’s sheer lack of common sense. I don’t mind juvenile humor (that’s what the show was built upon after all so that’s what we all think of with Spongebob and Patrick’s adventures), in fact I wanted it, I expected it–along with plenty to please the lifelong fans.

Out of Water wasn’t the nostalgic trip a film like this should be, and it doesn’t have to be, given that what’s new is fun and intelligent. That just isn’t the case here.


It consistently came across as if the writers weren’t giving this the effort they did fifteen years ago. How many times must I see a trippy (acid-inspired?) sequence before it isn’t funny anymore? Out of Water taught me that it’s twice not third time is the charm. There is no attempt to earn new fans, or to keep the oldest of Sponge-fans intrigued with any sort of clever humor.


As for the superhero antics that are filling all of the film’s marketing, I’m happy to say that while really only taking place in the third act of the film, it is one of the highlights of the experience. The live-action sequences are shot well with a fluidity that lets us see what’s in frame with ease and charm. Director Paul Tibbit (who directed Spongebob’s first seasons on television and his first movie) hasn’t completely lost what made Spongebob’s antics so much fun, but at times I asked myself how close he was to losing that grasp.


Will Spongebob’s latest please diehards? Perhaps not, nor will it convert newcomers–but for some, that might be okay. Out of Water isn’t a terrible time by any stretch of the imagination, but for those of us who remember Spongebob, Patrick (who is sadly lacking for much of the film’s first 2/3’s), Sandy, Squidward, and the rest of the gang way back when they were crudely drawn, this isn’t going to make you laugh nearly as much as those classic episodes you remember.

The tough fact of reviewing comedies is that, one must remember that such a genre relies on one rule: that it must be funny. Humor is the biggest thing Out of Water is missing–and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t try, because it definitely does. Halfway through my experience, I realized that neither myself, nor the groups of children around me had laughed at all during the film’s 93-minute runtime.


Is The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water the great escapist piece of the moment for children across the world? Well, maybe–I can’t really say.

What I can say is that I left with less of a Spongebob smile, and more of a Squidward smug.

Content Guide for The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Violence – Residents of Bikini Bottom aim to sacrifice Spongebob. Characters fight as superheroes against guns and cannons. Any violence seen here is played for laughs.

Language – “Apocalyptic Cesspool” is a favorite.