Is it just me, or does it seem like nerds have completely taken over everything worth watching? Don’t get me wrong, I am a nerd, and — as one of my favorite drive-thru commercials often says — “I’m lov’in it.” No complaint here. Its just strikingly odd to find such a concentrated pooling of nerd based entertainment in a incredibly bottle necked period of time. Lets count the cost. Marvel is dominating theaters. DC is smoldering television. And horror in general has made a lot of strides since the decade of reboots (the early 2000’s) in both theaters and television. It is truly an amazing time for nerds. Sure, there have been some misses. But there have also been a lot of hits. And it feels as if our movies and shows are picking up traction and getting better and better as the decade moves along. Yes. This era of nerdom will pass, sadly. Trends come and go on the evening tide. However, the time for mourning has not yet come. Instead, we should be celebrating the advancement of these amazing nerdy forms of entertainment.
If you have not yet partaken in the nerdness, no judgments my friend. Though I do feel a little sad for you. If you’re looking for a solid base to jump into the fray, considering any of the following movies and television shows! You will not be disappointed.
Iron Man (2008): If you’re going to start anywhere, Iron Man would be a good option. Back in 2008, Iron Man was one of the first “good” superhero movies that teed up the Marvel line up quite nicely.
Avengers (2012): If can skip all the individual movies, the set up for the mother of all nerd movies; however, I do require that you at least watch Captain America: The First Avenger before watching The Avengers. You can skip Thor and Iron Man 2 if you want.
Captain America: Winter Solider (2013): Okay. So maybe flicks like The Avengers are a little too crowded for your tastes. Or perhaps its a bit too nerdy and comic bookish. Again, no judgments. If The Avengers isn’t cutting it, try Winter Solider. This last Capt America movie was by far one of the best Marvel movies yet. That’s right…even better than Guardians of the Galaxy (Judge away nerds!). It was old school espionage, giving a nod to both the Cold War era action movies and toward the comic. I loved the first Capt flick cause I’m a sucker for period pieces, but Winter Solider was just so damn good, especially during an era when we’re just now looking back and analyzing the post 9/11, post Patriot Act world.
Gotham (Fox television): DC may be getting creamed in the theaters, but damn if they’re not dominating cable television!! In an area where Marvel seems to be stumbling hard, DC has done nothing but pick up momentum since Arrow aired a few years back. Now we’ve got the Flash, Arrow, Constantine (my person favorite, thus far), and Gotham. And some nerds are protesting this new re-telling of Gotham origins; however, I am not one of those critics. I love the show, especially since I was never a hardcore reader of Batman growing up. The show gives assuming and nostalgic easter eggs while still maintaining a well thought out story. The Flash is a little campy, but watchable. The Arrow has been hard core since the start. And Constantine, as I said above, is one of my favorites because its the more gritty side of DC. An amazing combination of horror and comic. Gotham is worth the watch, if anything, to at least see a new origin take on Oswald Cobblepot, my favorite DC villain, second only to Killer Croc.
And there are many more, of course, not mentioned here in this article. Supernatural has made a strong come back from last season’s snorefest. American Horror Story is still one of the best horror anthologies ever to grace television boxes. Sleepy Hallow comes and goes, depending on the episode, definitely worth checking out on Hulu at least, or wait for the inevitable Netflix release. And The Walking Dead has also made a triumphet return, much to the joy and satisfaction of zombie nerds everywhere. Personally, I feel as if I’ve never had such a hard time keeping up with shows as I used too. Either way, I hope the trend lasts and continues to grow.
What are some of your favorite nerdy shows to come out? Or are you still waiting for yours to make an appearance?
The summer geek festival, known to locals as Space City Con, returns to Houston this weekend, August 2nd through the 4th. Doors open high-noon tomorrow @ the luxurious Houston Marriott, in the downtown area. This year marks the second annual celebration for Space City Con; obviously less prestigious than San Diego’s Comic-Con, but nonetheless entertaining for both nerds and families alike, with dozens of guest appearances, including fan clubs, writers, game designers, artists, and everyone’s favorite, cosplay enthusiasts. According to the Houston Chronicle, there was also be special events, such as: Dr. Horrible Shadowcast, Ask a Stormtrooper, writers workshops and group role-playing games (including, but not limited to, Tribble Warfare and Killer Breakfast), instructional workshops (making your own chain mail and tips for buying and selling collectibles), and last but not least, sword fighting.
Some of the more notable guests appearances include:
- Jewel Staite- Firefly and Stargate Atlantis fame
- Sylvester Mccoy- Dr. Who, The Hobbit, and King Leer fame
- Walter Koenig- Star Trek fame
- Tim Russ- Star Trek Voyager fame
- Robert Picardo- Star Trek Voyager, Atlantis fame
- John de Lancie- Star Trek TNG fame
- Torri Higginson- Stargate Atlantis fame
- Denise Crosby- Star Trek TNG fame
- Alexis Cruz- Stargate STG1 fame
There will be, as mentioned before, a dozen more guest appearances from all walks of nerd life. An individual three day pass will run you $45, but you can also purchase daily passes for $20. The Master of Ceremonies is none other than legend actor, fresh from the “Galileo Seven”unveiling, Robert Picardo. There will be no doubt plenty of sponsors, partners, artists, and vendors to go check out and fill your time between events. For more information, check out the official website for Space City Con @ http://spacecitycon.com/
And if you need more convincing, listen to this special invitation by Sarge and Hamish: