“Dead” On Predictions

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Atlanta, GA

I watched last night’s episode of The Walking Dead expecting two things:  1) A perfect set-up for an explosive mid-season finale and 2) Clues about who might not make it out alive.  After seeing the episode, I’ve come up with some predictions that may or may not be stone cold locks.  If they prove to be true, they’ll make me seem really smart or psychic.  If I screw up these predictions royally then I’ll just look like a goofus.  I’m betting (and sorta hoping) that I look like a goofus.

NOTE:  POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD.  READ WITH CAUTION IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED MOST OF SEASON FIVE!!!

After the whole Terminus debacle at the beginning of this season, The Walkind Dead has featured episodes that have focused on Rick’s group at the church, Beth on her own, Abraham’s group on the road, and Daryl and Carol going after Beth.  What I’ve noticed throughout these episodes is that they have all built up key characters that I believe have the potential for not making it to the second half of season five.  Seeing this happen and then utilizing what has occurrred over the previous seasons, I’ve devised a hit list of who I think is going to bite it.  So, here goes:

There almost has to be at least one major death from the core cast of original survivors.  Of the ones that started it all, only Rick, Carl, Glenn, Daryl, and Carol remain.  You could toss Morgan in their as well, but he’s been more of a peripheral character since his introduction.  I do believe that he’ll be a factor in the mid-season finale, but I don’t see him dying just yet.  There was a hint of what’s to come for Glenn early on if you read the comics, but I don’t see him leaving yet.  So who will it be?  Sadly, I think Carol is going to die this time around.

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Why will Carol die?  Just look at the growth of her character since last season.  She started the series as one of the group’s weakest links, and has slowly become an almost unstoppable force in the zombie apocalypse.  She is the strongest female character on the show and has become a fan favorite, possibly more popular than Rick.  She’s Daryl’s best friend on the show (with Rick a close second) and potentially his love interest.  In fact, her association with Daryl is what makes her a likely candidate for death since he is almost too popular to kill off.  I honestly believe that the producers and writers want to knock off a major character, and Carol’s growth, especially with the whole Terminus “Terminator” version of Carol we saw at the beginning of the season makes her the perfect candidate.  By killing her, other female cast members like Maggie and (possibly) Rosita can move into the alpha female role and fans lose a beloved character that isn’t Daryl.  I’d really hate to see Carol go, but I think her time is up.

Next on my list is one of the second season core members, Beth.  Beth has spent most of her time on the show as a background character whose only claim to fame up until she teamed up with Daryl was a failed suicide attempt.  When she did team up with Daryl, she became a bolder, bluntly honest woman who proved she could hold her own.  At the hospital she has proven herself to be an excellent trickster and quite the rebel, even standing up to Dawn and the rest of the po-po at the hospital.

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So why is Beth a likely candidate for death?  Her character has experienced a surge in importance.  Since bonding with Daryl, fans have wanted to see either her or Carol form a romantic relationship with him.  While Carol has definitely risen above her “Daryl’s girl” status, Beth has not.  She hasn’t set herself apart quite enough yet, so I’m betting that she’ll do something very heroic and go out in a blaze of glory in order to save Daryl or possibly Noah.  Again, I’d hate to see Beth leave the show, but she has transformed too much to be kept alive much like Merle when he stood up to the Governor.

The next two candidates on my list are Rosita and Tara.  Of the two, I believe that Rosita has the best chance of surviving, but I still don’t know if she’ll make past the mid-season mark.

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Why?  For starters, Rosita came into her own over the last couple of episodes.  Instead of being a background character, Rosita has proven that she knows how to take care of herself with our without Abraham and isn’t afraid to stand up to him.  She has shown that she can adapt to just about any situation (especially making fishnets out of utility worker jackets on last night’s episode) and seems to be forming some type of relationship with Glenn.  Now, as long as Maggie is in the picture, I don’t see Rosita moving in to take her place.  However, she could provide a potential plot device for Glenn and Maggie to fight over and then have Glenn die a dramatic death at the hands of someone while Maggie wishes she hadn’t had a fight with him in the first place.  So, that may or may not save Rosita’s skin, but the fact that she has been built up more and more over the last few episodes (much like poor Bob’s build up and then his relationship push just before dying) makes me think that her days are numbered.

My last potential death is Tara.  Poor, poor Tara.  She fell in with the Governor and then fell in with Rick’s group.  As this season has played out, we’ve seen her have brief moments with Rick, Glenn, and even Eugene.  Most of her moments have been lightly humorous (and very welcome), but I don’t see her as a necessary member of the group.  I mean, let’s be honest here, if I said, “Oh, no!  Tara died!”  I’m betting that a few fans of the show wouldn’t even know who she is!

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Also, on last night’s episode, Tara had more visibility than she’s had on the entire show.  She made up a “team name” and cracked a joke about getting it tattooed on her knuckles.  She joked to the utility pole zombies about D.C.  She found a yo-yo and got excited about it.  All of this light and steady build up to me says that the writers are saying, “Hey, gang.  Remember Tara?  You know, the background girl who caught Eugene watching Abe and Rosita????  We’ve established her enough as a character that’s perfect for killing off.”

Now, here’s my breakdown of who will die out of this bunch:  1) Tara.  She’s a goner.  2) Carol.  She’s too important now to NOT kill off.  She’s a female Daryl, but I believe fans will take her death a bit easier than the death of Daryl if and when that ever occurs.  3) Beth.  If she goes, she’ll go in a big way.  4) Rosita.  The most likely of this group to live, only to die a major death later this season or at the beginning of season six.

Some of you might be wondering why I have only selected female characters as potential mid-season deaths.  Well, it’s not because I’m a male chauvinist.  It’s because three of the four women I’ve listed are the strongest female characters on the show.  As far as men go, Daryl is almost a golden child for the show.  If they kill him, I believe it will be in the show’s final season.  Rick is the leader (most of the time), and I only see him getting killed whenever Carl rises to the task of leading the group.  Tyreese has a ton of development left to do in my opinion.  He’ll probably go berserk on the cops at the hospital, and probably because of what happened to Sasha last night.  I think Sasha is safe for now, by the way.  Noah is a scrappy kid, much like Glenn, but he still needs to “man up” before I consider him worthy of killing off.  I believe that Glenn is safe until a certain baseball bat shows up.  Abraham and Eugene are sort of loose cannons right now.  I think Abraham will survive for a bit longer, and Eugene will be dead before the end of the season, but only after doing something heroic to help the others.

Oh, and don’t think that I’ve forgotten Michonne.  Despite not an original group survivor, I believe that she’ll be around for a long, long time.  I see her and Rick forming a deeper relationship, and I believe that she’s become the closest thing to a mother for Carl.

As far as the hospital people are concerned, a part of me believes that Dawn will join up with Rick’s group and pretty much all of the other cops are toast.  The cop I fear for the most is the guy who knocked out Sasha.  Tyreese will unleash the beast on him!

So, we’ll find out next week if I’m right or wrong.  Hopefully all four of these characters will make it, but I believe at least two of them are done for the show.

As always, thanks for reading and let me know if you think I’m right, wrong, or a blithering idiot in the comments section!

 

Catching Up With My “X’s”

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Lake Charles, LA

Okay, okay.  Now before you read this blog, know that I am well aware that X-Men:  Days of Future Past has been out on DVD/Blu-ray/digital download for some time now AND that I’m probably not adding much to the whole X discussion that hasn’t already been mentioned, but please realize that I have a life outside of those brilliant fantasy worlds that I love so much and it just took me a long time to get to this film.

Also, there will probably be spoilers in this post, but as stated above, this film has been available for awhile now.

Let’s begin.

I watched X:DOFP over the weekend with my friends from the USS Lafitte.  I was one of just a small portion of the crowd that had not watched the film, but no one spoiled anything for me.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the film.  I knew that Brett Ratner had no hand in the direction of the film (a blessing in my opinion) and that Bryan Singer had returned (although I had no problems with Matthew Vaughn).  That’s a good start in my opinion, but I also knew that Wolverine would once again be the front and center character despite having two solo flicks and a primary role in almost every other single X flick (heck, he even had a cameo in the one film he was a central character in, First Class).  I have no real grudge against the character (he used to be a favorite of mine as a child), but I’m just very, very tired of seeing him save the day every single time.  I thought these guys were a TEAM and not Wolverine and a bunch of freaky folks.

Anyway, this tale finds us fifty-plus years into the future of the events that took place in First Class and the world has turned on all of the mutants and any mutant sympathizers.  It’s gotten so bad that there are just a few powerful mutants left and Magneto has joined up with Professor X to make a last ditch attempt to stop their current future from happening.

In order to change the future, someone has to stop a singular event from occurring in the past.  That event, the murder of Bolivar Trask (creator of the Sentinels), comes at the hands of Mystique, who has basically gone rogue (haha) and doesn’t listen to anybody but herself.  She’s on a one woman mission to wipeout the Sentinels, robotic beings that can defeat the mutants (and evolve and adapt to their attacks).

To get to the past, Professor X has drawn up a plan to be pushed telepathically into his younger self via the transfer powers of Kitty Pryde.  He determines that he is too old and weak to survive the process (as is just about everybody else), but Wolverine, banking on his healing abilities, volunteers for the task.

This sets into motion a chain of events where Wolverine has to convince young Charles Xavier that he has to help him stop Mystique.

Along the way, we learn that Trask has murdered many mutants in the name of science (including all of the surviving cast of First Class, saving Beast, Mystique, and Havok), and that he is having trouble selling his Sentinel plans to the US government.  Also, Magneto is in prison for murdering JFK.

Once he convinces Charles and Hank McCoy (Beast) to assist him, Wolverine sets out to free Magneto.  This is done with the help of Quicksilver.  There was a lot of talk about Quicksilver before and after this film was released.  He looked like a silvered-up club kid in the promo photos and, frankly, I thought he looked silly.  Thankfully the promo photo was the worst part of the character, as he was played to perfection by Evan Peters.  Peters used his brief screen time to become one of the biggest standouts of the film.  He had what many consider to be the biggest and best scene in the film and, in all honesty, it was pretty cool to watch.  If you haven’t seen the film, you’ll know what scene I’m talking about as soon as it plays out before your eyes.

After securing Magneto from prison, Wolvie, Beast, Prof X, and Mags attempt to stop Mystique.  Of course, being still rather young and angry, Magneto screws things up himself and in the end, he becomes the baddie that needs to be stopped.  The film has an epic Magneto moment much like First Class did, and comes to a very suspenseful head whenever the past X-men clash with the Sentinels and Magneto and the future X-men do the same (although Magneto’s on their side in the future).

The film moved at an excellent pace, wasting no time explaining how Kitty Pryde acquired the ability to transport Wolverine to the past.  Maybe it’s discussed in the comics, but it wasn’t necessary to know “why” she could do this.  The story was as believable as a tale about time-hopping mutants could expect to be, and there were a ton of old and new faces that popped up on the screen.

I was ecstatic to see a few of the older faces that arrived on the screen, but I won’t ruin the surprise for anyone.

I really liked the inclusion of Blink (Fan Bingbing).  Not only were her powers cool, but she was lovely as well.

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The story ended with a wide opening for the next film and, most importantly, erased all of the terribleness that was X3.

The entire cast did an excellent job.  Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellan, Ellen Page, Hugh Jackman and all of the rest of the returning cast did great jobs.  It was also cool to see Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) glide on ice!  Newcomers like the aforementioned Binbing, Omar Sy (Bishop) and Booboo Stewart (Warpath) did fine jobs as well, despite having limited roles.  Peter Dinklage was very convincing as Trask, and I hope he returns in another film soon.

In conclusion, I enjoyed this flick.  It was extremely entertaining and worthy of multiple views.  Hopefully Singer will stay on board for the next go round.

Highly recommended.

A Trip Back In Time

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Todd Mission, TX

If you personally know me, you are well aware of the fact that I am a huge fan of the Texas Renaissance Festival.  It has been a part of my life for six years now, and I see no chance of it ever leaving my life at any time in the future.  Few places make me feel at home as well as TRF.  Outside of science fiction and comic conventions, it’s one of the few places where I can be myself and have a really good time.

This year my wife and daughter tagged along for the ride to Todd Mission, TX, which is nearby Plantersville and Conroe, TX.  It’s also not that far of a drive north of Houston.  One of my favorite parts of TRF is getting there by taking HWY 105.  Sure, I can hop on Interstate 10 and then head north on Interstate 49 to get there a bit quicker, but if I did that I would miss out on the wonderful views of the east Texas countryside.  There are many beautiful homes, farms, and forests on the drive to TRF, and with autumn in full swing, the changing leaves are gorgeous.

My trip almost always includes a stop in Orange, TX, just across the state line from Louisiana, or in Conroe.  This year, my wife, daughter and myself stopped in Conroe at Einstein Brothers Bagels.  It was our first time to check this place out and we loved it.  The coffee and bagels were delicious, and gave us just enough pep to make it to the festival.  We had been up since 4:30 AM, so this stop was welcomed and much needed.

Once we arrived at the festival, my wife and daughter hit the shops and I hit the Clan Tynker Family Show.  I’ve seen Clan Tynker at least once each year that I’ve attended the festival and they have never let me down.  Their show is funny, exciting, and family friendly.  Santiago, Sam, Rebekah, Serendipity, and Elijah combine music, dancing, juggling, fire, and all sorts of other wonderful things to deliver an excellent program.  When I talk to first-timers or friends interested in going to TRF, I always tell them to enter the gates, stay to the right, and head to the Globe Theater to watch the Clan Tynker show.  It’s my favorite show to watch when I first enter the kingdom.

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After watching the Clan Tynker, I caught up to my wife and daughter and we headed to Sherwood Forest so that my daughter could try her hand at archery, using a crossbow, the King’s Confusion maze, multiple rides, and the Magic Garden.  In the Magic Garden, we ran into some rambunctious fairies, a couple of sweet ladies that happily posed for photos with us (unfortunately I can’t post them here, as they include my daughter and for safety’s sake, I don’t post photos of my children on this blog), and St. Felix (or at least a replica of him).  I also stopped to take a photo with a statue in the garden that I’ve taken a photograph with every single time I’ve been to the festival.  Below are a few pictures from the garden, including my photo with the “topless Texas chick” that I love so much.

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After a visit to the Magic Garden, my family made its way to watch Adam “Crack” Winrich’s excellent Fire Whip show.  I’ve watched Crack’s show on many occasions, but this was the first time my wife and daughter watched him.  I believe that my daughter is in love with him!

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From there we attended a few more shows, ate some wonderful food, and then headed over to watch Circa Paleo, one of my favorite festival bands, do their thing.  I was only turned on to this band last year, and wish that I had checked them out sooner.  They are awesome!  They played some great tunes and I highly recommend you look them up on the web or see them live if they are at a festival or venue near you.

I grabbed one of their CDs and listened to it all the way home.  They really are an excellent band.

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After listening to Circa Paleo, I naturally gravitated toward the Greek Agorah, where there were some lovely dancing ladies on the stage.  Again, if you know me, you know I’m a sucker for belly dancers.  Here’s a photo for your viewing pleasure:

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We spent the rest of the day walking, shopping, laughing at playtrons and just generally having a fun time.  I stopped at the Brigadoon Brewery to have a pint of Hadrian’s Wall Red and finished the day off with another stroll around the festival.  We didn’t get to stay for the fireworks, as we had to get back home to take care of something else, but this year’s trip to the Texas Renaissance Festival was awesome as always.

See ya next year, TRF!

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Be sure to check out these websites:  http://www.texrenfest.com, http://www.circapaleo.com, http://www.clantynker.com.

Thanks for reading!

Gotham Gets Better

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Gotham City

*****SPOILERS AHEAD***** If you haven’t watched the last couple of episodes of Gotham, stop reading……NOW!

I’ve watched every episode of Gotham this year and I must admit that is has quickly become one of my favorite programs.  Alongside The FlashGotham is a rare program that I actually look forward to each week.  The lighthearted humor and overall style of The Flash is, well, flashy, and it fits that character perfectly.  It’s also very refreshing to see a comic book adaptation that isn’t too gritty or realistic (although the introduction of Captain Cold might inject a little grit into The Flash soon enough).  With that said, Gotham plays up its dark setting and grim outlook perfectly, allowing just enough silly psychosis to bleed through in characters like Penguin and Victor Zsasz.

Last week’s episode, which revealed to GCPD that Oswald Cobblepot truly was still alive and kicking and making his way in the criminal underground, ended with a bang, and last night’s episode picked up where that one left off.  The story offered up even more twists and turns than last week’s episode, and key characters, namely Harvey Bullock and the Penguin, showed their true colors.  Bullock came off looking sort of like the hero he was before he was corrupted by GCPD.  The Penguin on the other hand, showed that he had even more twists to his character than was already expected.

It was nice to not have Jada Pinkett-Smith stink up the screen last week, and thankfully we didnt have to suffer through too much Fish Mooney this week either.  Her screen time was brief, and her interaction with Marconi and the Penguin was one of the funniest parts of the program.  I cannot wait to see what the Penguin has in store for her in the future!

The whole cast (yep, even Smith) did very solid jobs for the most part.  The standouts were Robin Lord Taylor as the Penguin, Sean Pertwee as Alfred (who’s getting more and more development as this show goes along), Donal Logue (Bullock) and Anthony Carrigan as Victor Zsasz.  I hope Zsasz gets more screen time in the future, and hopefully he’ll still be around if and when Bruce Wayne finally dons the cape and cowl.

The only problems that I’ve run into with the series so far are the overacting of Smith, the high rate of introductions of some of Batman’s greatest enemies, and the sometimes weak and wonky writing.  The writing is getting better, though, and while many of Batman’s best enemies have been introduced and/or hinted at, only Penguin is getting fleshed out at a decent clip.  Plus, considering the fact that the Penguin is a crime boss in the comic world of Batman, I can see his character being around for a very, very long time.  It’s characters like Zsasz, though, that have me worried.

Jim Gordon will most likely end up putting a bullet or two or three into Zsasz at some point.  I just hope that he goes to Arkham and not to the grave.

Smith doesn’t have much longer on the show in my opinion, as I firmly believe that Penguin will finish her off soon.

The bottom line about the show in my opinion is this:  Gotham gets better with each episode.  It’s finding its legs and starting to move along at an excellent pace.  Let’s hope that the writers don’t ink themselves into a corner where there are too many villains and not enough cops to keep them in check until the Dark Knight Detective arrives.

Halloween Comic Fest And USS Lafitte Halloween Party

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Southwest Louisiana

Saturday, October 25th was a rather busy day for myself and, to a lesser degree, my youngest child.  The day started off awkwardly, with me failing to set my alarm the night before and therefore missing out on bringing my wife to work and my kids out for a quiet breakfast.  Nope, my wife instead woke me up and told me that she would be leaving in ten minutes for work and wanted to know if I was taking her in to her job.  Flustered, half-awake, and still trying to determine why my alarm didn’t go off (it wasn’t until later that I realized what I’d done), I told her to head on in to work and that if I had to do anything later that day, I’d use my old truck to get around.

I knew that our local comic book store, Paper Heroes, was taking part in the Halloween Comic Fest and that their would be free comics for the taking and who knows what else the store’s owner, Kevin, would have up his sleeve for visitors.  All that I was worried about was making it to the shop too late to get the comics that I wanted the most (two titles involving Batman, a Grimm Fairy Tales comic, and  a couple of Marvel reissues, particularly Sercret Wars #1).  I wasn’t able to go to Free Comic Book Day this year, and last year I got there too late to get the titles I wanted.  I had no plans to do that this year, so I fed the kids, piled my son into my little truck with me, and made a mad dash to the shop to get there when the doors opened.

Sadly there weren’t a lot of people in the shop when I got there.  I managed to get all of the books I wanted and my son grabbed the ones he wanted as well.  Kevin had placed out some Halloween candy and noted that there was going to be a costume contest later that day (including a visit from Heroes4Hire, a local costuming group).  I killed about an hour hanging out with Kevin and talking about upcoming comic films, new TV shows like The Flash and Gotham, and longingly looked at a few graphic novels and comics that I wanted but didn’t have the proper funds to buy them on hand.

After leaving the shop, my son and I had to make a grocery store run and then headed back home.  The rest of the day was spent washing clothes, cleaning dishes, and other standard “I’m off of work today but still have X, Y, and Z to do” tasks.  I also squeezed in a little bit of college football and then started to get ready for a Halloween party hosted by the local Starfleet International club, the USS Lafitte.  I joined up with this group a little over a year ago and have officially been a Starfleet International member since April or May of this year.  The Lafitte itself started as a local Star Trek fan club called C.A.T.S. (Calcasieu Area Trekker Society) and then grew into an official Starfleet International crew.

Each year the club hosts monthly meetings and attends charitable events.  They also attend events for fun like the Texas Renaissance Festival.  The Halloween party was held a member’s home and our hosts made a wonderful meal that included barbecue ribs, smoked boudin, corn, hot dogs, a red velvet cake provided by another member, and snacks brought by everyone else.  An episode of Enterprise kicked off the viewing for the evening and a bonfire was set up outside.  I had a lot of fun hanging out with friends old and new, mostly by the bonfire, but by the end of the evening everyone went inside to watch Mel Brooks’ classic Young Frankenstein.

Some members attended in costume.  I dressed up as the Discount Dark Knight, and there were two Riddlers, an Iron Bishop (think Iron Man meets Assassin’s Creed), a well dressed Deadpool, a Ghostbuster, and disappointed Saints fans.

This party and each and every event that I attend that is put on by the USS Lafitte keeps me sane.  My “normal” life is full of things that do not include science fiction, comics, fantasy, horror, or animation.  I NEED events like this where I can nerd out without fear of being judged or attacked.  This time of year in southern Louisiana is a dead time for conventions.  There are a couple of small ones in the NOLA/Mississippi area in September and October but other than that there is nothing going on locally.

I start to miss my nerd friends a lot at this time of the year and can’t wait for January to roll around and bring back conventions like New Orleans Wizard World, CoastCon in March, CyPhaCon in April, and Bayoucon in June.  I want to hang out and visit with my friends in groups like Southern Geek and The Doctor Whooligans. I am SOOOOO ready for the new year to get here so I can see friends like Mike and Jenni M. and enjoy the company of those lovely ladies of Orion’s Envy.

As much fun as there is going on in October, November, and December, I miss my nerd family big time.  Thankfully the Lafitte crew is there to fill the void until I can see the rest of my friends.

So, do any of you have friends that you only get to see at conventions and can’t wait to hang out with them?  Did any of you attend a Halloween Comic Fest event over the weekend?  Any cool parties?  Let me know in the comments section.

As always, thanks for reading!!!

Alpha Nerds And Bullies Within Fan Groups

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Lake Charles, LA

Let me start off by saying that this post will probably tick off a few people.  It will most likely tick off those good folks who believe that they are not exactly what they appear to be.  They don’t see themselves as the problem that I’m about to yap about, but they are.  My ramblings don’t make sense yet, but they will if you read the entire post.

The term alpha nerd has often been used to describe those people who are intellectually superior to those within their personal circle of nerds or those who have seemingly unlimited intelligence.  There’s even an argument against this term stating that the top nerd in any group is the omega nerd.  For this particular post, however, alpha nerd will refer to anyone within a group who THINKS that they are the smartest, brightest, most well-informed person in the batch, but are actually giganitc douchebags instead.

I happen to be a member of many fan groups on both the local and worldwide level.  All of these groups have their good and bad people within them (Heck, I’ve probably been accused of being a baddie in a few of these groups), but for the most part, everyone is pretty cool.  Some of the groups that I am a part of include Southern Geek, the Doctor Whooligans, and the Star Trek fan group, Starfleet International, where I happen to be a crewmember of the USS Lafitte in Lake Charles, LA.  Now, outside of one person in one of these groups, I’ve never had any type of confrontation with anybody other than a few friendly arguments about Superhero X fighting Superhero Y and what the outcome of the fight would be if said superheroes were to ever clash.  I actually enjoy these types of arguments because it allows myself and others to not only socialize, but to dig even deeper and get to know one another as people on a more personal level.  You’d be amazed with what one can learn from a simple argument over who would win between Batman and Superman (and for the record, Batman ALWAYS wins!! ;-)!!!).

However, there are some people within other groups that I am in that insist that their opinion is superior to any and every other person in the group.  If you don’t agree with them, they get angry.  They believe that their speculations, their ideals, and their interpretations of whatever we happen to be discussing are gospel, and all others are wrong.

I do not like these types of people.

I once made the comment that while I enjoy Peter Capaldi as the Doctor on Doctor Who, the episodes that he has been a part of so far have been lackluster.  Immediately one of the alpha nerds piped in stating that I didn’t understand the Doctor well enough and that I needed to give the series more time.  I’ve given it almost forty years of my life.  I believe that I’ve given it plenty of time.  When I replied with that, this person said that I was apparently enjoying the Doctor for all of the wrong reasons and that I couldn’t appreciate it on the same intellectual level that he/she appreciated on.

Seriously.  They said that to me.  About a show.  A FICTIONAL show.

I simply replied that we are all entitled to our own opinion and that I was glad he/she was enjoying the current season.  When another person piped in to defend me, they were immediately shot down because they hadn’t been a Whovian long enough for them to understand what we were talking about.

Again.  They said this.  To another person.  About. A FICTIONAL show.

In other groups I have watched as myself and other fans have been laughed at for appreciating or enjoying things like the Star Wars prequels, the J.J. Abrams Star Trek films, and comics from either Marvel or DC.

People who believe that because they have watched something or read something more than myself or others have think that they can walk all over other fans.  They try to shame people who like Jar Jar Binks.  They pick at females fans who dress up as Robin but can’t name any Robin (including the female ones) other than Dick Grayson.  They laugh at people who don’t get some vague reference or don’t catch all of the Easter eggs in a certain show.

Simply put, these people are bullies.

They are no better than the guy in high school who knocked your books out of your hands.  They are just as scummy as the girl who made up a terrible nickname for you because you were overweight or wore glasses.

They are all BULLIES!

So, with that said, I hope that all of you reading this will step up to people like this who are ruining fandoms.

Don’t be the douche that points out mistakes in someone’s cosplay.  Don’t let them walk all over a new fan of your favorite comic book.  If you love Firefly but can’t remember the name of the person who played Jayne and somebody gives you lip about it, tell them that they need to back off.  We are all in this crazy world of fandom together.  Don’t let anybody get ostracized or taunted by the guy or gal who believes that they are the greatest fan ever.

Support one another.  LOVE one another.  Make new FRIENDS!

It’s a great time to be a geek.  Let’s keep it that way!

As always, thanks for reading.

A Fun Run

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Central City and, uh, The CW

I’m going to come right out and say that I love The CW’s new show, The Flash.  Having been lucky enough to see the old John Wesley Shipp version of the series and being really ticked off when that show was dropped (Does that mean I was Firefly before Firefly was cool?  I’m a hipster!  Look at that!), I was both excited and worried that this new series would be either great or terrible.

Luckily for me, it’s great.

Tons of other bloggers and critics have mentioned how light-hearted The Flash is compared to Arrow, the Dark Knight films, and even Man of Steel, and I can’t help but agree with them.  The Flash IS funny.  It isn’t full of brooding or grimacing or conflicted heroes.  It’s Barry Allen, good guy supreme, given amazing abilities and doing all he can to use them to help those in need.  Heck, he has no special training, outside of forensic sciences he isn’t necessarily super-intelligent (but he’s no idiot, either), and he doesn’t go into a fight thinking that he’ll best the villain right away.  Nope, Barry has doubts, learns from his mistakes, and sometimes forgets that he is now leading a double life (I love how in the latest episode he forgot his normal clothes when heading to work).  He also realizes that as cool as it would be to tell his friends about his new abilities, he can’t do so in order to keep them safe.  I love that about this guy.  He’s nice and funny (much like in the comics).

I’ve never laughed at a DC property on the big or small screen as much as I have laughed at The Flash.  DC is known for their gritty films (even the animated ones) whereas Marvel seems to be (successfully) taking a lighter route.  The Flash seems to be walking the fine line between both.

The cast is excellent.  Grant Gustin (Flash) is funny, and has decent comedic timing.  Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow) is funny as well, which is an amazing feat considering that she’s probably the most serious member of the S.T.A.R. Labs team.  Jesse L. Martin (Detective West) is Barry’s cornerstone in the show, but delivers a performance that is more patronly than gritty or tough.  Carlos Valdes (Cisco) is possibly the funniest member of the cast, and I love his one-liners and “villain name making” abilities.  Tom Cavanaugh (Dr. Wells) is probably the most serious guy in the bunch, but even he shows a little heart here and there (whether or not it’s genuine, though, remains to be seen).

Basically you have a light show about a powerful superhero that doesn’t take itself too seriously.  It does all of this, with attention to detail.  From hinting at future heroes and villains and even blatantly showing some (Reverse Flash, for starters), The Flash has a very formulaic quality that is somehow fresh.  It’s one of a very small batch of programs that I actually look forward to each week.

Here’s hoping that The Flash keeps up the good work.  I know there’s plenty of season left, but I believe it is safe to say that The CW has a hit on their hands.