Comic Book Men: filling the nerdy void Big Bang left behind

While The Big Bang Theory is nowhere near done the level of serious nerdiness it provided me with has been lacking in recent seasons and I find it leaving a bigger and bigger need to get my fill elsewhere. And then came Comic Book Men…

Comic Book Men

A show about Kevin Smith’s comic book store in New Jersey, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash and the wonderful assortment of character that wander through the shop. It’s kind of like Pawn Stars for comic book nerds, with little snippets of information about the items being sold in the show, and while I may not be the biggest fan of reality TV (and by that I mean I hate it) I actually love this show. They also show a little bit of what the staff gets up to on a regular basis, from sales competitions at the flea market to the zombie run, they definitely know how to make work go by in style… a very, very nerdy style. There’s also enough Star Wars paraphernalia going through the place that I can at least keep up a little. The staff, Kevin Smith and their friend Bryan (who kind of looks like Gangalf if he stopped giving a crap about everything but food) sit around a podcast recording rig on a poker table. It’s really all just a bunch of friends getting together and catching up on their weeks and reminiscing about their youth. It’s not really action-packed or anything, but it’s kinda cute, and if you appreciate comic books, or Sci-Fi or Horror memorabilia then I highly recommend this show.

I really just love it because it tickles my nerd bone.

GAH! There. It’s done.

Fringe Opening Credits

So I finally finished catching up on Fringe.

After almost a month (that’s right, a MONTH!) I have watched every single episode of Fringe. Thankfully, because it was making me miss a lot of my other favourites. I fell behind in Sons of Anarchy, New Girl, 2 Broke Girls and Once Upon a Time (Walking Dead I like to save because it gives me nightmares…). So I am happy to be able to get back to… well… cleaning and doing my laundry mostly. Plus, now that I have been unchained from my TV, I feel the urge to cook so I won’t be eating a bag of chips for dinner every other night and McDonald’s for the rest.

MY OVERALL VERDICT: Conflicted…

It’s a show that reminded me so much of X-Files at the start. It took a different turn very quickly but I still stayed with it. It really got weird.

I really liked it, don’t get me wrong, and I really fell in love with a few of the characters but I thought that most of season 3 was ridiculous (even by Sci-Fi standards) and just went really out there with no real direction. A lot after that was really ridiculous too, but it at least seemed to have more focus. THIS season went really off the grid by going post-apocalyptic, and I kinda like it (mostly because I really like that kind of stuff) and it seems like it might have broken the “curse” I felt was plaguing it…

Nobody ever dies!!! Well, other than the people who die at the beginning of every episode in the fringe events… I’m talking about the main cast. There was Charlie, the partner, somewhere early on who was killed by a shapeshifter but then they reincarnated him in the alternate universe. Then there was the partner from the alternate universe, Lee, who was killed but also replaced by the alternate version of himself. Finally we come to Etta, the daughter. She also was killed. I’m just waiting now for her reincarnation from some other timeline, or universe, or spiritual body jump, or to pop out of someones ass. I feel like that last one is the only one that hasn’t happened yet… So for the sake of the story and giving it a little more depth I hope she stays gone. Plus it was weird seeing a twenty-something year old girl calling a thirty-something year old couple her parents. 

The Big Bang becoming a big waste of time

Big Bang Theory

I was waiting to watch the latest episode of Sons of anarchy, and thought I’d catch up on some of the shows I missed over the weekend. It was thanksgiving in Canada after all, and turkey can be worse than the sandman himself so I had a hard time keeping my eyes open to really pay attention to anything at all on TV.

I LOVED THE GIRLFRIENDS… AT FIRST

Seeing the nerds break out of their shells and find love (or at least in Sheldon’s case, tolerance of another human being) was great while keeping with the nerdy theme. The characters of Amy and Bernadette were brainy and almost as awkward as the boys. Amy had an odd set of feelings towards other people as Sheldon did, she had weird hobbies and a monkey who smoked. She turned into this wannabe girly girl who only talks about her boyfriend and is like Penny’s comedian sidekick. Bernadette has fallen into a similar role with Howard and is basically just turned into the visible version of his mother. I miss the nonchalant references to biochemistry and violence (obviously separately, but a strange and wonderful combination of traits nonetheless). While I love Myiam Byalik and Melissa Rauch in the roles I feel like the writing has gotten kind of lazy.

I feel like they are really leaning on the social interactions of the characters and reducing them to their basest roles, I mean, look at what has happened to Raj. He’s become a whiny girlfriendless caricature of who he used to be. He once had pride in his work and at least a little more self-confidence despite not really having  girlfriend throughout the series other than that one deaf girl nobody ever saw and lasted just an episode or two. I understand that adding more women into the equation would cause some changes but I didn’t expect all the nerdy stuff I liked about the show to disappear completely.

AND ANOTHER THING…

There is something that bothered me specifically about the recent episode 2 though. I felt at times that the line delivery and direction was a little like watching improv. I couldn’t put my finger on it but it really made me feel like I was watching the same characters I used to love doing something that I hate. I think it was just a poorly executed episode from everyone, like it was just thrown together and everyone was bored and didn’t care. It’s become so very different, and not in a good way. As Abed would say “Bad. Just baad.”

It happened: I fell in love with Firefly

Firefly

I FIGURED I WOULD.

I’m as big a fan of Sci-Fi as I am of comedy, so I like when I get a show that incorporates both. Like a lot of the show I enjoy of this kind Firefly delivers pretty evenly on thrill, drama, dry comedy and action across the series, short as it is. I really do wish there was a lot more of it, since there is so much more story to tell. I’m on my second run through the first and only season of the series and it’s nearly killing me that there isn’t more of it. There is no closure of any kind! I guess there is always the movie, right? Now I have to watch Serenity….

I’VE HEARD GOOD THINGS

So I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve heard that it’s mostly about solving the River riddle but I’m not so sure if it’ll be good or not, so I guess we’ll see how it goes. The poster looks pretty cool though!

Serenity Movie