Where strange fact and stranger fiction collide
There are many cool things out in the world of geekdom today. And what you like doesn’t have to be what I like. If you take the things you really geek out on and combine them together I call it your geek fingerprint. What does your geek fingerprint look like? Mine is Star Wars-Table Top Gaming-The Fourth Doctor-History-Classic Sci Fi Lit-Writing-Indy Comic Books-Lovecraft.
Now there is a long list of things that I like and are interested in but just not passionate about. This includes things like Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Archer, Zombies, Astronomy, Noir Fiction, Spi-Fi, Forensic TV shows, Cyberpunk, and Fantastic Art. There are also things in the geek world, I just don’t care about. I don’t hate them I just don’t care one way or another. Now there is a good chance that these may be one of your passions. That’s cool, I am not bagging on what you love. It just doesn’t move me. The geek world is big enough we don’t have to all like the same things. So here is the list of 5 things I am just not into. Game of Thrones: I feel that I am the only geek in the world who isn’t a big fan of GoT. People ask me if I am against fantasy, not particularly. And I love author George RR Martin’s superhero opus Wild Cards. And yes they do have some of the best and hottest looking actors and actresses in the biz. I just didn’t get into these books and the show.
By now it is just to mainstream for me. And why watch it I know all the plot twists. The Red Wedding, the death of Edward Stark, and something to do with a white-headed chick combing out a fire pyre with baby dragons.
I also don’t have easy access to HBO, but even when I did I didn’t watch the show. Now with the constant accusations of misogyny and the over use of the rape as drama trope, I am unlikely to tune in even if I do have access to the show. Playing Video Games: I just can’t get into video games, at least not as a player. It comes down to the fact I have such low hand eye coordination that I always make my dude walk into the wall. I do not have the time I would need to invest in games. Now I can watch my children play games for hours but I just don’t get into them myself. I also love computer games as pop culture. I have all 50 original Tomb Raider Comics. And I love a random “The cake is a lie” or “All your bases are belong to us.” Reference as the next guy. But I just can’t play games. When I was thirteen my parents bought me a Radio Shack pong clone. I was overjoyed, but the conceal required 4 C batteries. But when I played the batteries out, I never thought it was worth it to pay for new ones out of my poultry alliance money. So after the initial batteries died I never played it again. So I was doomed as a gamer form the beginning.
Jurassic World: I loved Jurassic Park, I got the book the first week it was in paperback, and saw the movie the first weekend at Universal City Walk, and I am a fan. I just can’t get into the new movie. Maybe it was because of two disappointing sequels, but it interests me just as much as watching grass grow. Even Star Lord as the movie’s lead, doesn’t interest me. The dino effects that had me in awe in 1993 seems like old hat now. Maybe if someone I trust and respects tells me I got to see this movie, I will check it out but right now I am not planning to put it on a future Netflixs list. Batman V Superman: The Dawn of Justice. It is difficult for me to get into DC movies. Sure the Noland trilogy was pretty good. But I didn’t see the Man of Steel and Green Lantern pretty much sucked. I just think that the ultimate Batman fighting Superman story was written by Frank Miller in The Dark Knight Returns. You will never get better than that so why try? And OK, this is going to be the lynchpin of the new DC expanded U, My response is, so?
I am not an anti Bat-fleck person. Ben Affleck did a good enough job as daredevil. (Though Charlie Cox is now embedded in my brain as the ultimate Matt Murdock) I think he will be OK as Batman. But I am not going out of my way to see him in the movie. Besides if the covers of the tabloid are right why kick the guy when his marriage is falling apart. (Jennifer Gardner if you are free next week, call me.) Now I am going to leave a caveat to this. I might go see the movie if Jenna Malone appears as a red headed Robin. I will slap down my 9.50 (5.75 for a matinee) if she gets the role. Not only is she an awesome actress this will bring the movie closer to TDKR.
I also am vaguely interested in this as a lead in to The Suicide Squad. The only DCU movie I am interested in. In fact even though it is not out till 2016, this is the movie on the horizon, that I am interested in seeing the most. Even more than December’s new Star Wars movie. And with leaked SQ film of Batman, on the roof punching the Joker’s sports car, I am slightly intrigued with BvS as a prolog for a Suicide Squad franchise, but not as a standalone movie.
Transformers: I have been told I should surrender my geek card, because I am not into the transformers. My dislike for Transformers goes back to my childhood. Where I saw the cartoon as a poorly drawn attempt to sell me toys. Michael Bay adding explosions and Megan Fox to it didn’t help. The one thing that I liked about the original TV series was that the legendary Scattman Crothers, voicing the role of Jazz. I have been told the charterer of Jazz was reduced in the movies to a racial stereotype killed after one line. Of all the things in all the four (I think there are four Transformer movies, I am not sure) the only cool thing I think is that real life astronaut Buzz Aldrin has a conversation with an alien, Optimus Prime, OK that is a very cool scene, but the only one in an other wise too long movie.
One other badly drawn 80’s attempt to sell me toys that I love is original GI Joe, TV show. I wasn’t all that into GI Joe as a kid, and as an adult I have issues with the whole concept of an elite military unit fighting terrorist on US soil being a violation of the Passe Comitatus Act. But I began to enjoy the Joes as a young father and watching the shows again, late night staying up my sick kids. One episode in particular, the one where the captain of a battle ship joins Cobra rather than have his ship decommissioned, really had an impact on me. Then I got in to the comics, especially Max Brooks (Writer of World War Z), Hearts and Minds series.
But Like I said the geek universe is big enough we don’t have to all like the same things. So feel free to try to change my mind to share the stuff you are not really excited about.