I am a geek. I’ve always been a geek, and to be honest I hope I always will be a geek. I’m not a nerd mind you, or for that matter a dweeb or a dork. But I am a geek.
Here, this may clear it up for you:
Recently however I’ve found my level geekiness has been slowly building to almost fever pitch. There is no single reason for this, but I can lay the blame at a number of different doors:
- The extremely high quality of recent geeky TV shows and Movies (Dr Who, Battlestar Galactica, Iron Man, Batman, et al)
- The availability of those shows and movies in cheap box sets, plus the online DVD rental services.
- My ability to rip those shows to my iPhone and watch them in bed.
- My discovery of the Marvel Ultimate line of comics, and the opportunity to use it as a jumping in point to the Marvel universe.
- Stumbling across a number of excellent geek culture podcasts such as Sci Fi Surplus, Casta la Vista, and the Geek Tragedy Podcast.
- The influence of my antipodean pop culture guru Lee Sargent
- And of course the huge amounts of fun we have producing Lee and Dan’s Midnight Movie Club Podcast.
However there is one thing that is currently preventing me from blooming into full geek:
- I have no bloody time damnit!!
What with organising the walk, training for the walk, spending time with the kids, blogging, reading blogs, twitter, and worst of all – having to go to work, I have hardly any time to indulge in geekage at all.
This is no ones fault but my own. I have a rather foolish tendancy to heap commitments on myself until my knees start to buckle. However I have managed to squeeze some geeky stuff in around the edges. Most notably I’ve just completed my quest to watch all the seasons of Babylon 5, a classic sci-fi show from the 90s.
If you haven’t come across Babylon 5 before then I highly recommend it – seasons 2, 3, and 4 in particular are absolutely spectacular. The final season is a bit of an anticlimax and to be honest I wish I hadn’t bothered, but the overall experience is magnificent. I’m vaguely planning on doing a more in depth post on the show later in the week if I’ve got time (look out for that one, it will be the one with 0 comments).
So now that I’ve done with Babylon 5 I’m moving onto another classic that has up until now passed me by – Farscape. This is mainly due to the insistence of Lee, who makes bold claims to it being the best TV show ever made.
I’m four episodes in now and I must admit I’ve been pretty impressed so far. The pilot was pretty cheesy, but then again pilots usually are due to having to ram all the character introductions into a very short period of time. But the subsequent episodes have been excellent, and with a very hard sci-fi edge which is quite novel to me.
The show lacks any form of story arc at present, but it’s early days and I’m sure something will develop.
After I’ve done with the four seasons of Farscape (which is going to take me at least three or four months I’m guessing) I’ll be on the lookout for another show to get all obsessed with.
So, does anyone have any suggestions? It doesn’t have to be sci-fi but it does have to be good. What TV boxed set should be next on my list?