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Default  Posted: 9:30 PM, March 4th (Monday)

It's time to upgrade my geek! Any good suggestions on shows, movies or books? I have heard Dr. Who is good but with so many "versions" I'm not really sure were to start.

So help me out my fellow geeks/nerds

Edited for spelling...typing on a tablet sucks.

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Default  Posted: 10:57 PM, March 4th (Monday)

I think we need to know what your current GOS is. (<--- Test in statement.)


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Default  Posted: 12:09 AM, March 5th (Tuesday)

Lol, um...test failed?

StbxWW thoroughly disapproved of any of my geek/nerdiness and openly spent the last ten years grinding it into dust... It wasnt till I started reading again I remembered how much I loved the stuff. Prior to M I was really into D&D, fantasy novels, and scifi stuff. Prior to DDay I was really starting to get into wharehouse 13, castle, fringe. Everything kinda died after DDay...due to certain plot lines I couldn''t even stomach the walking dead.

Right now I''m reading the Monster Hunter International series, prior to that world war z.

Hope that helps


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Default  Posted: 3:38 AM, March 5th (Tuesday)

Archer.

It is an intentionally anachronistic cartoon about super spies who fail miserably as human beings.

Plus it has the greatest justification evah for doing horrible stuff. "It's a RAMPAGE!"

Pretty safe to pick up Dr. Who at the present point, because he is just starting with a new companion. The only thing you will miss out on is that she may have been a Dalek.

I am just getting into Arrow (Based on The Green Arrow), and catching missed episodes on http://www.ctv.ca/Arrow.aspx but in the US it was on The CW.

You should also check out the Spartacus series. Each season has a different title. The first was Blood & Sand, then a prequel God's of the Arena, most recently Vengeance.


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Default  Posted: 4:10 AM, March 5th (Tuesday)

Moo just inadvertently reminded me, you have to see The Prisoner. Ancient Geek lore there. If you think you understand it, you need to go back and watch it again.

Interestingly enough, we only get hints here of the Existence of MangledHeart, who is #1, and DS who is #2 appears to run things. Therefore we can conclude that SI is all about someone going by the name of Tonya.

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Default  Posted: 6:12 AM, March 5th (Tuesday)

I advise starting Doctor Who (note it isn't abbreviated and that Ama is an anal retentive geek ) at the 2005 series. That's when they started over after 20 years hiatus, and the writers knew they wanted to attract new fans who weren't familiar with the history and backstory, so they went out of their way to explain a lot of stuff in conversations between the Ninth Doctor and Rose. It'll all just make more sense if you start with 2005. Plus, then you get 7 wonderful seasons to catch up on. It's addictive. You'll find they go much too quickly.

Also recommend looking up Firefly on Netflicks. Love and miss that one.


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Default  Posted: 6:46 AM, March 5th (Tuesday)

I like Warehouse 13, Arrow (only missed one episode so far), Doctor Who, (2005 series though the 10th Doctor is my fave). Firefly is a good one ( got the whole series and the movie on DVD). Farscape is another good one. For the (slightly) weird, Supernatural is good.

As far as series books, I highly recommend The Dresden Files. It's up to 13 books plus an anthology of short stories that take place between events in the books.

Looks like you have a lot of catching up to do.

Happy watching (and reading).


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Default  Posted: 12:49 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

Familiarizing yourself with all Star things Trek and Wars will definitely boost your EP.


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Default  Posted: 12:53 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

I like Warehouse 13, the new Sherlock is interesting, Archer is hilarious, and I still haven't finished Fringe. Misfits is good too although the new season didn't really live up to the first few.

ETA: I hear the BBC Sherlock is good but I was talking about the show Elementary. It's a new age sherlock series

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Default  Posted: 1:23 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

Doctor Who! Doctor Who! Doctor Who! Doctor Who!

Did I say DOCTOR WHO?????

at the end of March, BBC America is premering a new show "Orphan Black"...looks good.

ETA:
THE WALKING DEAD!!!!!!!!!

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Default  Posted: 1:24 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

Just watch Big Bang Theory then watch and read everything they mention.


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Default  Posted: 1:27 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

rpg geekery novels I obsessed over were Gaunts Ghosts, Eisenhorn and Ravenor series by Dan Abnett, set in 40k. Usually the Black Library novels are the equivalent of cheap ass bodice rippers in the genre but Abnett is awesome. Also, he's written episodes for Dr. Who and Torchwood so there is geek crossover. I think.

If you want a bit more erudite geekery then Neal Stephenson is awesome.

TV shows: the new CTN Star Wars: Clone Wars. If you like star wars at all it is required viewing IMO. The character development is great, the bite size episodes have short attention span plots but some of them arc over 6+ episodes and the names are pure stupid Star Wars Awesome. Also, Cad Bane. Cad fucking Bane is the shit.

We've been watching How I Met Your Mother since I apparently live in a culture bubble but before that we watched the entire series of Psych on netflix. If you haven't seen the BSG reboot then IMO just watch the miniseries and season 1 and pretend there was nothing after season 1.

I liked the new Sherlock Holmes movies. Bartitsu = coolness. Also, Robert Downey Jr. makes a good Holmes, even if the guy who plays Watson is too dour. Fuck him and his dashing good looks anyway. I want to look dashing. Asshole.

Spirited Away is a Miyazaki toon but it's a great fairy tale kinda movie.

HBO's Rome is my favorite TV series ever.

My Name Is Bruce is hands down the best sci-fi, horror, action, drama, romance, comedy and documentary film all at the same time ever made.

Terry Pratchett. Anything he's written is fine. Because after you read anything he wrote you will buy everything else he ever wrote to read it. If you don't then I dunno I'm wrong.


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Default  Posted: 1:42 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

Second Firefly, Farscape, and Archer.
Would like to add Battle Star Galactica, Game of Thrones and the new BBC Sherlock series!

RE: Doctor Who I have started from 2005 series 2x and can only get 2 eps into it. Does it get better? Tell me it gets better and the first two eps are supposed to be terrible and I will try again.


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Default  Posted: 3:53 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

My Name Is Bruce is hands down the best sci-fi, horror, action, drama, romance, comedy and documentary film all at the same time ever made.

That is quite an assertion. I will be looking into this....


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Default  Posted: 4:54 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

You have to understand the Doctor Who is actually a childrens program. It was meant to be educational, with a focus on science and history. The first companions were even teachers. Obviously those plans changed.

Speaking of childrens shows, I was in Walmart and saw the box sets for the first two seasons of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Say what you want about later stuff, but that early Tommy/Kimberly/Pink Ranger/ evil Green Ranger stuff was great drama for a kids show, and if it does not bring a tear to your eyes the first time they combine all of their hand held weapons together to form the Power Blaster, then you just have no appreciation of marketing.

Certainly must check out Firefly, and the movie Serenity, in that order.

Farscape is interesting.

Babylon 5 is historically important. The first show done with a predefined 5 year story arc and the intention to tell that story and be done regardless of ratings.

If you have any appreciation of video games, you must see Wreck It Ralph.

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I disagree with the following:

Familiarizing yourself with all Star things Trek and Wars...
ST:TNG introduced some unfortunate concepts as canon early on that have plagued storytelling in the universe ever since. Voyager with it's Lost in Space plotline was the only series with an adequate work around for this, although DS9 came close after they changed to the B5 inspired format with a finite story arc. TNG really needs to be a Borg episode to be worth watching, otherwise it is the Red Shirt of Sci Fi series.


As for Star Wars... The first two (episodes 4 and 5) were great. I am of course referring to as originally released. Han shot first!!!

After that, George Lucas was considered a genius in Hollywood and allowed to do whatever he wanted. The man should never be allowed near a word processor without adult supervision. Yes I am including Jedi in the list of suck. I mean really, the Empire was taken down by Ewoks, who then perform a celebratory musical dance number? How is it that everyone in the world, including remote polynesian tribesmen and starving children awaiting food from the singer from Boomtown Rats knew they were called Ewoks when their name was not mentioned once in the movie?

As for the prequel, just listening to the arrogant hypocrisy, hubris, and general control freak nature of the Jedi council had me rooting for the Sith. That of course is when I wasn't whining about the repetitive strain injury to my neck from shaking my head so much at the inane dialog.

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WTF dude? Really?
What part of wrong in that statement are you missing? Clearly the core concept.


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Default  Posted: 5:05 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

The man should never be allowed near a word processor without adult supervision.

According to Carrie Fisher, he sucked as a director too. His two main directions were "faster" and "more intense".

OK, dumb question (or perhaps I'm an inquisitive idiot - thank you Despair.com): what is the difference between a geek and a nerd and a dork? Would love to know the correct classifications.


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Default  Posted: 5:13 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

aesir, you almost have to watch Firefly before watching Serenity, otherwise some things won't make much sense. When it was cancelled, there was almost as much fan outrage (or maybe as much) as when Star Trek TOS was cancelled. Joss Whedon and the entire cast has expressed interest in coming back to continue the series.


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Default  Posted: 5:15 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

OK, dumb question (or perhaps I'm an inquisitive idiot - thank you Despair.com): what is the difference between a geek and a nerd and a dork?

Nerds require an understanding of math to go along with these interests. Dorks have a general misunderstanding about life and can not spot the flaws that annoy the geeks.

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Default  Posted: 5:20 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

Hmm. So Stewie from "Family Guy" would be a nerd because he builds time machines and whatnot, whereas his father Peter would be a dork because... yeahhh...

And a geek happens to be smart/passionate about a specific subject. Got it. Thank you!

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Default  Posted: 5:29 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

aesir, you almost have to watch Firefly before watching Serenity, otherwise some things won't make much sense.
And others will make too much sense.
Can the Reavers possibly provide as much horror at their appearance if you have seen Serenity?
Could Shepard Book really be as compelling and mysterious a character after watching Serenity? Suddenly instead of providing insight and explanation in an almost Deus Ex Machina manner, it is just as predictable as a typical Hulk Hogan finger wag followed by shrugging off three punches followed by a leg drop towards the end of an old WWF match.

Zoë: Preacher, don't the Bible have some pretty specific things to say about killin'?
Book: Quite specific. It is, however, somewhat fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps.

ETA:
Then of course there would be that suspense ruining feeling every time some dramatic and dangerous thing happens of "Well, shit, just let River handle it."

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Default  Posted: 5:52 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

To be honest, I saw Serenity before I watched the series. One of the questions I had was "How did these disparate people become crew?" You've got a well educated doctor and his sister (and what's up with *her*???), a preacher, a more than a little naive engineer, a somewhat dense mercenary who's only real concern is what's in it for him, a "Companion" who is essentially a high end call girl, a pilot who likes playing with plastic dinosaurs and such and his wife who can kick serious butt and if course Serenity's owner/captain who can be mercenary and something of a softie by turns.

As for the Reavers, yeah, Serenity does give a lot away when it comes to them if you haven't seen the series first. I thought they were butt-ugly in both, just slightly more human than your average zombie.

And River, well there have been a few situations where she didn't go in, kick butt and save the day.

IMO, Firefly was one of thize series where you had to do some thinking to follow and make sense of... which is probably why it got cancelled. It wasn't the predominant mindless entertainment.


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Default  Posted: 6:18 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

total tangent of geekery


I just need to own up to the hersey: I think Firefly is a really shitty show and the only reason it's any good is because the actors saved it. There is no meaningful dialogue that can't be swapped between any other character and still work unless it's sexual in nature and even then half the time it's still so dumb it makes Lucas look like a fucking romance era master, the science part of the sci-fi is worse than Star Trek over explaining everything and the same 3 conventions used every other episode - OMG we found something floating in a space lane AGAIN WOOOOOO - too much for me. Only Joss Whedon could fuck up Cowboys in Space. I saw Serenity first and thought it was great, though, so I stand by my conviction that he should stick to movies and gtfo of TV since there's never going to be a new Buffy episode.

As for SW, I feel the need to defend my gushing over the cartoons. Yeah ewoks were stupid and Eps 1-3 are trash. CTN: Clone Wars is still on par with Empire IMO. Mostly because it's a team of writers, including his youngest daughter, and him funding it while otherwise just exercising veto power. If anything Lucas actually saved the franchise from the downward spiral of interminable stupid that is the EU (FUCK YOU ZAHN IM SHOUTING THAT IN MY ANGRY SHATNER VOICE). The CTN series even made Jar Jar Binks a character I enjoyed watching. It redeemed that fucking character. Granted, the Clone Troopers using him like they had Weaponized Stupid is probably what did it but even that.

I take away a feeling from the series like it's Lucas apologizing for being a dick for decades. The way the Jedi are depicted in the series show them as individuals adhering to a difficult standard and how a lot of them fail to hold to it. It's kind of neat.

Also, Jango Fett was not a mandalorian.

Also also, the Tartovsky series was great too but the style was not really appealing to kids. Grievous was too scary.


sorry I will stop gushing about the star wars cartoon.

ps vader would totally demolish voldemort.


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Default  Posted: 7:10 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

ps vader would totally demolish voldemort.

Yes, he would force-choke the s*** out of him! And tell him that his lack of faith is disturbing.


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Default  Posted: 7:17 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

Not to mention that all of those hoarcruxes are planet bound, on the same planet. Vader aint above destroying a planet with billions of people just to prove a point.

A further difference between geeks and dorks.

Geeks have opinions about such mythical fights, dorks care enough about the answers to argue about the rules of the encounter.


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Default  Posted: 9:42 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

LOL Wow! I've been swamped all day and haven't had a chance to check it till just now. Quite the response, thanks everyone.

So my brother has the firefly series and serenity so I can pick that up tommorow and start watching them. He was all excited and wants to just marathon through the movie, something like a 14 hour watching party lol. Then I figure I can start from the reboot on Doctor Who with netflix. and somewhere in there I need to download some of the suggested books :)

I have Star Wars covered though, I've always been a huge fan. Had all the figures growing up, multiple halloween costumes, and camped out for the re-release (all pre-M cause StbxWW would NEVER have gone for it).

I think my cousin has the BSG series too so I need to borrow them somewhere in there.

Looks like I've got a full study schedule lol!

PS: By the definitions given I'm pretty sure I fall into the geek catagory, maybe with a bit of nerd thrown in

(edited for spelling)

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Default  Posted: 9:45 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

Oh yeah, and I've seen a couple episodes of archer here at the firehouse and it was funny as hell! I'll need to check netflix for that too!


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Default  Posted: 10:46 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

I've been trying to get my former FWB into Doctor Who. I keep telling him that all I want out of life right now is someone to cuddle with, start from the beginning and watch old Doctor Who episodes, and eat warm baked cookies and drink some wine. He's not interested for some reason. You could talk to him for me about how important it is to stay fresh on your geek-hood.


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Default  Posted: 10:48 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

Oh my gosh I love this thread. It's always great to find fellow geeks. Btw you guys talking about vader and voldemort (which btw silverhopes you're line about faith was awesome) reminded me of the big bang theory *spoiler if you plan to watch this show* where the girls start reading comics and end up arguing about Thor's hammer and picking it up....I wanted to join in that argument. I'm a little bit of a comic book geek on top on everything else.


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Default  Posted: 11:04 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

Mmm comics. Wish I had more growing up (I had Elektra), so I think son will give me the proper excuse to grow my collection. What's your favorite comic, Unagie?


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Default  Posted: 11:05 PM, March 5th (Tuesday)

Oh, that lack of faith line! I love that line; it was the line in "Star Wars" that first told me that Darth Vader was a bad@$$!


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Default  Posted: 12:36 AM, March 6th (Wednesday)

I'm not debating that Vader would beat Voldemort, but it's "horcruxes", unless they spell it differently in the Canadian version.

Also, how do you KNOW they're planet bound?


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Default  Posted: 1:22 AM, March 6th (Wednesday)

Are you meaning to say that the Room of Requirement would vanish with the diadem horcrux into a magical dimension and possibly avoid imminent demise from Vader's Death Star?

Well, if all else failed, Darth Vader could just hack off his head with his lightsaber! Plus if all the Death Eaters were destroyed in the planet-exploding, there would be no one to cast the regeneration spell.

Now wait, am I being a geek or a dork right now? Or just silly?

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I'm not debating that Vader would beat Voldemort, but it's "horcruxes", unless they spell it differently in the Canadian version.
Also, how do you KNOW they're planet bound?
I stopped reading when I went to University. Be happy I did not spell it whorecruxes.

We know they are planet bound because Harry Potter managed to find them all on the planet.


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Default  Posted: 10:52 AM, March 6th (Wednesday)

Amazonia - That has to be the sweetest deal I''ve ever heard of! I''m completely at a loss as to how anyone could pass that up, and my tactic would just to be to slap hm up side the head and say "Are you stupid or something? No? Then get your ass over there and enjoy some cookies before someone smarter than you does!"

On a side note, i''ve never met a girl into comics before, I thought that was just a mythical creature


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Default  Posted: 11:16 AM, March 6th (Wednesday)

According to him cookies aren't benefit enough.

Seriously, enjoy Doctor Who. That show has a very special place in my heart, because I started watching it during post-DDay insomnia. I watched the whole series through a few times in a row (several episodes a day) and then became obsessed. You start to notice other Whovians around you once you're hooked, and wonder how you ever missed all the references and jokes.


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Default  Posted: 12:34 PM, March 6th (Wednesday)

On a side note, i've never met a girl into comics before, I thought that was just a mythical creature

Oh no, there's a lot of us out there!

Recently got some of the old Batman ones. My mom gifted me one that she's been holding onto for ages (she gave me the Elektra ones too as a kid). Comics rule!!!!

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Default  Posted: 1:22 PM, March 6th (Wednesday)

He could just force lift the wand from voldemort and load it into his lightsaber then bzzzzzp it.

as for horcruxes, whats her name is apparently amazing when it comes to lifting very, very old ideas and renaming them. The idea of phylacteries, where a powerful entity stores part of its life essence in a mundane object separate from itself so as to achieve some kind of immortality has been around forever. Though I think the word phylactery is purely D&D. Anyway, voldemort violated rule #5 of the Evil Overlord's Top 100:

"The artifact which is the source of my power will not be kept on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River of Fire guarded by the Dragons of Eternity. It will be in my safe-deposit box. The same applies to the object which is my one weakness."

http://www.eviloverlord.com/lists/overlord.html < source

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22 is really my favorite:

"No matter how tempted I am with the prospect of unlimited power, I will not consume any energy field bigger than my head."

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Default  Posted: 2:09 PM, March 6th (Wednesday)

Lord Vader sez: "All your whorecruxes are belong to me!" :evil-laugh:

Though it just wouldn't work if Vader wore the invisible cloak... Voldemort would still hear his breathing.

He probably would be able to force-lift the Elder Wand... unless Voldemort were very proficient in wandless magic, then he might prolong the fight a little ...still think Vader would win. He'd probably win faster if he knew the lightning trick.

Voldemort: "Ava-" ZZZZZ!

On the other hand, if Voldemort knew his weaknesses and promised Vader he could see his wife again via the Resurrection Stone, Vader might be hosed. But considering Voldemort's incompetence in understanding what love is (Lily's love for Harry and Snape's love for Lily being the immediate examples that come to mind), he probably wouldn't think of that.

I like #2 of the Evil Overlord List... Would totally ruin about half the gameplay in "Batman: Arkham Asylum" though.

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Well if you think about Vader's apprentice Starkiller ripping a star destroyer out of orbit and throwing it at something as being less powerful then Vader then wandless magic is still kinda.. I dunno.

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster anyway.


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Well if you think about Vader's apprentice Starkiller ripping a star destroyer out of orbit and throwing it at something as being less powerful then Vader then wandless magic is still kinda.. I dunno.

True. The Force pretty much IS wandless magic, without the incantations and dramatic poses.


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This is the best thread EVER!

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#6 I will not gloat over my enemies' predicament before killing them.

#7 When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look, before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this is all about?" I'll say, "No." and shoot him. No, on second thought I'll shoot him then say "No."


As per The Incredibles, these both fall under the category of Monologuing.


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"We're Aaaaanimaniacs! Dot is cute and Yakko yaks..." Hard not to be in a good mood once that song comes on.

Anyway back to the thread!

Definitely monologuing, which sounds suspiciously like procrastinating. Part of having Evil Overlord credentials is to show no signs of being a softie. Also noticed that several of those points reference letting your enemies grow up in order to smite a "worthy adversary". Um, no. Doing it decisively just increases the intimidation factor, and a good Overlord is all about intimidation. Except for that point about wearing jovial colors... Joker might have been onto something there...


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Back to geekiness thanks to silverhopes.

There is something special about the first two SW movies that was lost in Jedi (beyond the lack of Ewoks).

The first two SW movies had a lot of classy British actors, especially amongst the Empire. Think of Moff Tarkin played by Peter Cushing. Truly creepy to watch someone with impeccable manners blow up a planet, just in time for tea.

Contrast that with Jedi and how suddenly nobody had the accent or manners anymore, and the Empire had taken a giant bottle of Windex to the previously gritty fleet, cuz you know, we're losing the war so we better give everything a spit shine so we at least look good doing it.

I would liken Peter Cushing's Moff Tarken to Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lector, with his own moral code. Much scarier to realize that the killer is motivated by a strict morality you do not understand than merely by some random urges.


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Truly creepy to watch someone with impeccable manners blow up a planet, just in time for tea.

Very true. Very effective acting.

Curious - you mention the first two Star Wars as having that quality. Not "Return of the Jedi" as well? What was different about that one?


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Part of having Evil Overlord credentials is to show no signs of being a softie.

Of course he's a softie!


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Curious - you mention the first two Star Wars as having that quality. Not "Return of the Jedi" as well? What was different about that one?
The empire all lost their accents and discovered windex for their suddenly clean and free of space grime fleet, Ewoks, the big musical number at the end. True evil is more concerned with accomplishing things of substance than selling toys to children. Oh yeah, a high tech mechanized army with no restraints on their rules of engagement is not going to lose a war to furry stone age midgets, especially not when they have air support and control the orbital space. Essentially a lack of adult supervision on the word processor.

Remember, no true villian ever thinks of themselves as evil. The sole redeeming point of the Episodes 1 through 3 is showing Darth Vader becoming what he is with good intentions all along the way. There was even one of the Star Wars games where you played as a stormtrooper. You were supposed to be fighting to preserve order and extinguish a rebellion by the anarchistic rebels.


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Ah OK. At first thought you meant that for the prequels... Yeah, I did think the Ewoks winning was ...surprising (hah!)... but chalked it up to them knowing the terrain better.


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I <3 ewoks.

I'm only a wanna be nerd, but darn if I'm not watching a marathon of bbt episodes and drinking wine tonight.


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Ok, how did I ever miss Firefly!? Reynolds is the MAN!


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The sole redeeming point of the Episodes 1 through 3 is showing Darth Vader becoming what he is with good intentions all along the way.

IMO, they fucked that up too.

Darth Maul and Count Dooku were pretty cool though.

Are you sure you mean the Empire with the clean thing, btw? cuz the Death Star in ep4 was pretty shiny and the Star Destroyers in Empire were too. The Rebel stuff went from grimy to gleaming in RotJ though. It's like they put Ackbar in charge to state the obvious and hire janitors.

I'm excited about eps 7-9. I really liked what Abrams did with Star Trek, and Disney taking over means the movies can be "kid friendly" without being "adult stupid." On Stranger Tides was a decent enough film adaptation (though the entire Pirates series was drawn from the book, which was inspired by the Disney ride.. it's a conflux of awesome) and it managed a good balance between "family adventure" and "what the fuck did that fish person just do"

Geek thread, now with more Hobbit:


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Ok, how did I ever miss Firefly!? Reynolds is the MAN!

I had to google, you mean Mal, right???
Firefly is seriously the best. Love it.


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Seems Peter Jackson might now be going for a drawbridge and dragon to add to his money fortress!


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I <3 ewoks.

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I hear if you feed an ewok after midnight GST it turns into a Kowakian monkey-lizard.


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aesir, I don't understand your quotes without context... or replies... you confuse me.


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I <3 ewoks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzZYanCQyHo


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crescita that's one of my favorite scenes ever from HIMYM!


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aesir, I don't understand your quotes without context... or replies... you confuse me.

I <3 ewoks.
This was you.

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This is the reply, it is a quote from Malcolm Reynolds.

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Oh, people - not that I don't agree with all the geekiness in here already, but...

How did this thread get to 3 pages with no mention of Hitchhiker's Guide?

Or LOTR?

Monty Python?

And for most any sci-fi film made, you have to be able to say, "Yes, but the book/short story/novella/comic was better," and then list out all the ways the film deviated from the original story line.

Think "I, Robot" or "Jurassic Park".

ETA: I've never been able to get into Dr. Who, but loved Torchwood, though I still haven't seen Miracle Day yet.

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Lol, I grew up banging coke cans together for horses! Love Monty Python.

On a side note I finished all the firefly and serenity, I cant believe they canned that show. Also I think I'm in love with Kaylee...


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You are not alone.... I have a huge girl crush on her.


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Monty Python?

Oh my goodness!

Which is your favorite Pythonism?

Mine is "Sons of a window-dresser!" said by the profane French guard.


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Kaylee

Is that Jewel Staite? Did you guys ever see "Space Cases"? *siggggh*


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Yes its Jewel Staite *stairs into distance and sighs* Adding space cases to the list now

Monty python would have the be the spankings scene


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And for most any sci-fi film made, you have to be able to say, "Yes, but the book/short story/novella/comic was better," and then list out all the ways the film deviated from the original story line.

Then there are the movies that were better than the book. Like Dune. Yes, Sting wearing a Batarang for underwear > Frank Herberts visionary tale of magical eugenics programs and space worms that poop mutant making dirt that allow prescience which somehow makes navigating spacetime less dangerous than, say, using a powerful computer that *isnt* an AI to plot a course around a gravity well.

Dune2 the game, however, was a level of awesome unparalleled in its time.

Also, is it possible to play a session of a tabletop fantasy RPG for 4 hours or more without making a monty python reference?


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"It's only a flesh wound!"

Also I watched the first (2005) Doctor Who episode: Rose. Favorite part was when he was talking about all the plastic coming to life: shop dummies, wires and cables. Roses response...breast implants! ROFL! Now that would be a hell of a sight!


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@silverhopes

"Bring out... the Comfy Chair!"


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Monty python would have the be the spankings scene
Would that be The Holy Grail spanking scene or the Blackmail spanking scene?


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Yeah, sir Galahad from the holy grail, greatest scene ever


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silverhopes I love Batman, Avengers, Hulk, basically Marvel and some DC thrown in. I read A LOT of manga and Superman is pure crap and I dislike him intensely.


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Posting my vote for Doctor Who - am currently catching up with the Matt Smith episodes and even the wife and DD are enjoying it immensely.

The Ponds were wonderful companions, and now would be a perfect time to jump on board with this new season and new companion.

Liking the fact that someone has put thought into characters and story arcs.

I started out in the Tom Baker era and haave enjoyed The Doctor in his various forms over the years. It nice to see the production values and technology finally catch up with the scope of the stories being told.


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Yeah, sir Galahad from the holy grail, greatest scene ever
Ah yes.
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Oh those Castle Anthrax wenches and their Grail-shaped beacon!

I love Batman, Avengers, Hulk, basically Marvel and some DC thrown in. I read A LOT of manga

Nice! You like manga too? What ones? I'm still kinda building my comics collection, but like I said got some Elektra, Deadpool, Batman, a little X-Men... There were some cool Marvel video games we played too, so that was fun to fill in some stories, as well as the animated series... I read Naruto online sometimes but haven't started any other manga yet. Who's your favorite superhero(ine)?


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"Bring out... the Comfy Chair!"

Damn, I need to watch more Monty Python! How did I miss this one?


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How did I miss this one?
Because Nobody expects The Spanish Inquisition!


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Ahhh, youtube f.t.w. sometimes...


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Batman is my fav superhero.

Manga wow here goes:

The Lying Game
Ranma 1/2
Inuyasha
Bleach
One Piece
Cage of Eden
Naruto
Ouran High School Host Club
Fruits Basket
Kaichou Wa Maid-sama
Hajime No Ippo
Rosario Vampire
Noblesse


There are more I am forgetting. These are ones I have read or am currently reading. Out of them Ranma and Inuyasha are my favorites, both written by the same author.


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Ranma and Inuyasha

Hmm. I'll have to check them out. So cool! Haven't talked to anyone who is into manga in a long time! Comic chicks rule!!!!!!


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I have a feeling ya'll might like these:

Doc Brown vs Dr Who:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&list=SP59A6BAB16A05B4AA&v=xDj7gvc_dsA

Batman vs Sherlock:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&list=PL96675BDF95286773&v=17CLlZuiBkQ

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I can't open YouTube on my ipad because I'm bad at copy and paste but are those by any chance Epic Rap Battles?? Love!


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Silver lol, those two are quirky and funny. Inuyasha is a little more serious. I though of more

Beezlebub
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
Shuffle
The World Only God Know
Fairy Tail
Claymore
Soul Eater

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Oooo epic rap battles are awesome!!!


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AMA - lol yes they are!

I think I sat here and ran through them all the other night


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are you stuck working night shifts, are just don't sleep??


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epic rap battles are awesome! Loved the grinch vs ebenezer scrooge the other night... Couldn't stop laughing!


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lol ya I love ERB

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Just a slight question about the state of geek as it relates to books. Is it still required, or was it a generational thing having to know about Elric of Melnibone and Stormbringer?


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That's a crazy schedule... it seems like it would be tough to trade or adjust if you needed a specific day off!


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http://www.eviloverlord.com/lists/overlord.html

^^^ Coming back to say: awesome list is awesome!

We were watching G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra the other day (horrible movie by the way), and I couldn't stop seeing all the gaping holes that the awesome list had covered. Same with watching certain anime (the whole, "before we fight I have one question..." ) and playing certain video games (actually there was one supervillain who got some props for having the right idea ). If I ever write that one science fiction book I'll use the list to make my main supervillain awesome! (notice I didn't say "invincible" )


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