Do you want to go exploring?

This week: Thor and Loki have some sisterly feels, and the internet rejoices, because there is nothing the internet loves more than feels (except, of course, kittens).

Mild spoilers for Thor: The Dark World, and … Norse Mythology, should you be really concerned about that.


Song 10: Do you want to go exploring?
Other people have come with some seriously funny parody options for this song, including: Do you want to kill some Frost Giants?, Do you want to hunt a bilgesnipe?, Do you want to dethrone Odin?, Do you want to destroy Midgard? … man, Thor and Loki are pretty violent Disney princesses, aren’t they?

I went in a slightly more sappy direction. Just like ‘Do you want to build a snowman?’ in Frozen, ‘Do you want to go exploring?’ is the exposition of how Thor and Loki’s relationship gets to the conflicted place seen at the beginning of the story.

Unlike Frozen, though, the song is at the end of the musical, in a flashback set immediately after Thor comes to Loki in prison and asks for help destroying the Aether. This is the point where Thor claims that s/he no longer views Loki as a sister/brother, and for anyone who still thinks that “superhero movies are poorly written and the actors don’t even try” – false. Look no further than this scene, which is a wonderful example of thoughtful, subtle character development in a screenplay (of any genre), and a great showcase of Chris Hemsworth’s acting ability.

A lot of the events in the song happen silently during the musical interlude, which makes understanding it a bit tricky without a visual, so here is what’s going on: The long instrumental interlude is this musical’s take on the ‘Loki steals Sif’s golden hair’ story, and verse 3 is in immediate response to that.

Song 11: Do you want to go exploring reprise
Frozen didn’t have a reprise for ‘Do you want to build a snowman?’ which is a crying shame, because that would have been perfect for sad-Elsa, all alone up in her fortress of icy doom.

This song is the final scene of Thor: The Frozen World, set right after Thor tells ‘Odin’ that she is going to return to Midgard to be with Jane. Then, curtain on evil Loki smirk – and can I just say that the transition from melancholy to ominous in the final measures of the song is further proof in my brain that the creators of Frozen wanted a Thor-rewrite all along? Because it couldn’t be more perfect for that ending.

The complete set of Thor: The Frozen World songs can be found here.


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5-year-old Thor:
Do you want to go exploring?
Come on, let’s go and play!
I found a super scary cave
It might be a grave
Let’s go see it today

We’ll always be best buddies
No matter what
I promise I’ll be by your side
Do you want to go exploring?
If you’re too scared to go exploring …

5-year-old Loki:
[spoken] I am not, and you know it, Thor!

5-year-old Thor:
[spoken] It worked, didn’t it? Come on, hurry up!

10-year-old Thor:
Do you want to go exploring
Or catch some fish down in the brook?
I think some sparring might be overdue
Before you fall into the pages of your book
[spoken] What does that even say?

I promise if you come out
Then when we return
We’ll do whatever you want to do!
[Wooden swords clacking]

16-year-old Thor
Please, I know you’re in there
Will you open up the door?
They say “Don’t trust her”
But I don’t agree!
I wish you’d talk to me
Just let me in

You’ll always be my sister
No matter what
I just wish you wouldn’t lie
Do you want to go exploring…?


Please, I cannot stay here
I leave for Midgard with the dawn
I forgot how much I needed her
The way we were
And now she’s gone

I’ll always protect Asgard
But not as Queen
If I ruled my heart would grow hard
For now, I want to go exploring



My musical doesn’t sound so crazy NOW, does it?! (Or: I am the oracle Marvel deserves, but not the one that — nope, screw that, call me, Marvel, call me … maybe?)

Happy Sunday, world. This has been a pretty amazing week of amazingness:

(1) My hero Weird Al not only released a new album, but it contained this absolute gem of a song, devoted to grammar.
(Obligatory linguist comment: Yes, as a syntactician, my professional view on prescriptive grammar rules is that they are obsolete and don’t adequately define the natural use of human language. But I don’t care. This song is hilarious and I’ll not apologize for already having it memorized).

(2) I spent several hours researching weird shower curtains. What does that have to do with music? Nothing at all. This blog has gone geek-rogue, people.

Last, but the complete opposite of least:
(3) Marvel announced that starting in the next major Thor story arc, Thor will be female.

There probably are not enough exclamation points in the world to communicate how excited I am about this, but let me try:


An accurate depiction of my face when I heard the news. Also an accurate depiction of my skills drawing in Paint.

An accurate depiction of my face when I heard the news. Also an accurate depiction of my skills drawing in Paint.

And, to the – no exaggeration – 14 different people who texted, emailed, or facebooked me within 5 hours of the announcement: I am (inexplicably) not yet in charge of Valhalla, but should I ever be, you are guaranteed entry.

The new Thor is not a reboot. Instead, old Thor will somehow become unworthy of Mjolnir, which then passes on to a new female character, along with his … name? title? I have to be honest, it is a little unclear to me how a random person can become Thor. Is Thor a position now, like President, Captain America, or Chief Ice Cream Taster? Can one study to become a Thor, because if so, I did college very, very wrong.

Another curious issue is what happens to old Thor – Does he hang around and start going by a new name like “Bob” or “the-demigod-formerly-known-as-Thor,” or does he disappear off to the tropics to oil his insanely large muscles in obscurity? I personally think that Billy-Bob Thorton goes to Tahiti would make a fantastic spin-off series (Loki would of course be the sassy cabana-boy nemesis who puts itching powder in Bob’s towel and occasionally terrorizes the tourists as a shark). Sadly, I’ve heard that old Thor will not only stick around, but will still be called Thor because that’s his birthname (Ah, I see. It’s a name AND a title! So when I complete my degree in Norse-Godliness, and then legally change my name to Thor, I can be known as Thor the Thor. Fantastic).

The most pressing question for me, though, is whether becoming Thor, Goddess of Thunder means that the new lady also becomes Odin’s daughter. If that’s the case … honey, I am so, SO sorry. And, uh, while we’re chatting, have you met your new brother yet? Why do I ask? No reason … you know what, maybe just start therapy now, okay?

In all seriousness though, unlike many people on the internet, I’m not actually worried about any of these things. I am enjoying Jason Aaron’s run with Thor, and I think he’s going to take this story in a creative, exciting direction. The only thing that could make it better is if they had found a way to make Loki female too, but alas, the premise seems to rule that out (for any new visitors, here are my reasons for wanting a female Loki, and no, Lady Loki does not count).

Anyways, bravo, Marvel, bravo! Now, any interest in making a plucky female Thor musical? I might know someone.

10 shower curtains not even a geek could love

I know. It has been inexcusably long since I last posted. I have excuses (don’t hold your breath, they aren’t very good ones). First of all, I have been working on about six different musical projects, five of which are going to be done in the next month and a half, so at least I’m coming out of hiding with a bang. Second, as some of you know, I got a job at the University of Sheffield and will be moving to the UK in a month, so I’ve been dealing with the never-ending ‘excitement’ of the UK Visa department (Motto: Confusing more Americans every year than the IRS!)

One of the fantastic side effects of this move is that because everything in the UK is way more expensive than in the US, I have the best excuse ever to shop for all sorts of random nonsense NOW. This is why a few nights ago, instead of doing anything at all productive or valuable to either myself or society, I threw on Pulp Fiction and went online shopping for shower curtains. About 20 minutes in, I got fed up with shrubbery, ugly birds, geometric shapes and on a whim, I image searched “nerdy shower curtains.”

Wow. I now know that Cafe Press will put anything on a shower curtain. Seriously, it was the shopping equivalent of Glee – I kept trying to stop, but with every episode click, they just got weirder and less believable. 3 hours of wtf-ery later, I can now present a collection of 10 shower curtains that someone, somewhere, actually decided were sound business investments. There are so many more candidates, but I had to cut myself off. Plus my movie ended. And I ran out of beer. It was the perfect storm of bed-time, really.

Disclaimer: If you own one of these shower curtains, or want to, then (and I say this as someone who non-ironically owns a set of ninja-turtles-in-Star-Trek-uniforms action figures) we need to have a serious heart-to-heart about your interior decorating strategy.


(1) Shower curtains with completely random quotes.

In theory, there’s nothing wrong with a quote on a shower curtain. That said, this is something you – and possibly guests – are going to look at multiple times every day. It should probably be generally meaningful or at least iconic, right?

Wrong. For some reason, there is a quote shower curtain for seemingly every single Star Trek character, even if they weren’t in the main cast. This is REALLY good news for the (one) fan who just can’t start the day without Kai Opaka informing them that their pah is strong, but for those of you who are currently wondering who Kai Opaka is, it’s because she only appears in two episodes total.

There were so many good options to choose from in this series, but here is my favorite:



The quotes aren’t just confined to Star Trek characters though. No, no. Here is one of the strangest conflations between a character and the actor’s internet persona (from over 20 years later) that I have ever seen:

I guess this is meant to inspire dudes to not pee on the toilet seat?

I guess this is meant to inspire dudes to not pee on the toilet seat?

For some reason, odd quotes were mostly limited to the Star Trek universe. However … there was also the following –

Tony Stark: Encouraging nerds to be 24-7 antisocial workaholics since 1963.

Tony Stark: Encouraging nerds to work 24-7, even in the shower, since 1963.

Allow me a moment to compile a list of the absolute worst places to be when the Iron Man suit flies through the air to attach to your body. Hmm … yep, okay: naked in the shower is definitely at the top.

Finally, there’s this gem. I do have to give credit where credit is due; this is, at least, one of the character’s more notable quotes:

Do I really need to specify why this is hilariously inappropriate in a bathroom setting?

Do I really need to specify why this is hilariously inappropriate in a bathroom setting?


(2) Shower curtains that awkwardly feature real people.

There are a lot of superhero shower curtains. Not a shock, eh? I don’t think I would want one, but I can at least understand how someone could think that having Iron Man flying around in their bathroom would be cool.


People. It is one thing to have cartoon characters staring at you while you shower. It is an entirely different thing to have realistic images of real people creepily watching you.

Well, if THIS doesn't convince you that Twilight is an epic romance with absolutely no stalking or unhealthy emotional manipulation, I don't know WHAT will!

Well, if THIS doesn’t convince you that Twilight is an epic romance with absolutely no stalking, I don’t know WHAT will!

Seriously, these things make me uncomfortable. I talk to myself in the shower enough without feeling like some random person I’ve never met is angrily judging me. I HAVEN’T HAD COFFEE YET, OKAY ROBERT?!

It’s no less awkward with any other celebrity, either:

This is the face of a woman who knows you don't floss as often as your dentist told you to.

Scarlet Johansson is watching, and she knows you don’t floss as often as your dentist told you to.

Then there’s this one. Setting aside Chris Hemsworth for a moment, can I question the wisdom of having a guy who calls LIGHTNING anywhere near your shower?

Double points for this one because it also has a quote from Odin. Thor doesn't even get a shower curtain to himself, take THAT, daddy issues!

Double points for this one because it also has a quote from Odin. Thor doesn’t even get a shower curtain to himself, take THAT, daddy issues!

Oh boy, though, the dubious honor for largest number of scary, staring shower curtains goes to Loki, and by extension, Tom Hiddleston.

No. Just ... no. The last thing I need in the morning is more rage. Really, stop looking at me like that. GET OUT OF MY BATHROOM HIDDLESTON!

No. Just … no. The last thing I need in the morning is more rage. Really, stop looking at me like that. GET OUT OF MY BATHROOM HIDDLESTON!

So we’re done now, aren’t we? Oh, I guess there’s also this Sherlock one with Benedict Cumberbatch and Andr–

AHHHHHHHHHHH! WHY ARE THERE RED EYES?! I'm sorry Tom! Bring back your rage, I swear I trust it now!

AHHHHHHHHHHH! WHY IS HIS EYE RED?! I’m sorry Tom! Bring back your rage, I swear I trust it now!

Why? Why would you ever put that in your bathroom? Do you WANT to have a heart attack at 3am when you forget you bought it and catch a glimpse of the scary split-head man with one red eye who is lurking in your shower?!

Those of you who have spent more than two minutes on the internet in the past year won’t be surprised at the interesting ‘trend’ in the creepy real-person shower curtains. With the exception of Scarlet Johansson, they’re all young, attractive, white, male actors with overwhelming fan bases and accents (this last part is the only justification I have for the mysterious exclusion of Chris Evans). This is a similar group to what you find on those epically creepy full body pillows (Although to be 100% honest, some are clever as well as creepy – I am woman enough to admit that the Phil Coulson one made me laugh so hard that I did a bona fide spit take).

Anyway, I digress. The point is, I thought the actors featured on these products formed a pretty clearly defined group, until I stumbled upon:

(3) Shower curtains with Bill Murray.

These shower curtains almost don’t belong on this list because they have transcended some crucial level of strangeness to come all the way back around to incredible.


I have nothing to say here. This shower curtain has actually shorted out my ability to be snarky. Why does it exist? Does Bill Murray know? Does he OWN one?

Here’s the best part: THERE’S AN ENTIRE SERIES OF THESE GLORIOUS MASTERPIECES. So far it seems like Society 6 has the … monopoly, I suppose? on this market, but if you find others, please let me know in the comments.

Because I might need to buy one.