Day 74: Doctor Who, season 1 (2005)


There are certain requirements for being a geek. For example, you have to know the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars (we aren’t counting the Jar-Jar prequels here). A geek should also have a familiarity with role playing games. Traditionally speaking, this would mean Dungeons and Dragons (don’t we all have fond memories of playing a 12th level druid elf-princess who, with the help of her dire wolf companion, defeated an entire army of goblins?), but any RPG (virtual or otherwise) will do. The ability to cite random facts about technology, movies, comic books, or video games all tend to be geeky qualities. I also think that geeks are usually collectors in one form or another. While many acquire graphic novels or toys, a few like to add to their virtual collection of movie titles (guilty as charged). However, in all of my conversations with my fellow geeks, one show kept being referenced: Doctor Who. Then realization struck. I had been calling myself a geek all of these years, but had not even seen one episode of this landmark show. Could I still call myself a geek with this gap in my repertoire? So, I got right on top of it (after I added it to my queue, posted on a forum about “the force,” and played an intense session of D&D where I totally kicked some displacer beast butt).

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Day 67: Walking With Dinosaurs (1999)


I know I have mentioned it before, but I have a pretty major fear of dinosaurs (yes, you read that right). I vividly remember nightmares I had as a child where I would open my bedroom blinds only to discover an enormous eye looking in at me. And that eye belonged to none other than a T-Rex. Eeek! I also was anti-straight door knobs and pro- round knobs—everyone knows that raptors can’t grip the globe-shaped handles. Sure, I spent a little too much time reading up on whether it is best to stay perfectly still or run when confronted by a dinosaur; but we will see who is laughing when the dinosaurs organize and prepare their assault on society. Not so crazy now, is it? (She says as she puts on her tin foil hat).

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Day 63: Sherlock (2010)


I have one word to describe the first season of Sherlock, and that word is: Wow! Although I pretend to be hip to entertainment news, I was somehow unaware of the existence of this show. A friend recently told my husband and me about it, and we were able to catch the first episode when it aired on PBS. It was love at first viewing. I don’t know how to explain it, we just clicked. We laugh at the same jokes, we don’t have any extended periods of uncomfortable silence, and we finish each other’s sentences. You know how it goes. I should probably thank the friend that introduced me to the series that changed the last three Sundays of my life from bleh to “omg, the new Sherlock is on tonight.” I usually don’t do shout outs in my posts, but thanks, Brad– I owe you one (just one…he he).

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Day 55 : Being Human, series 1 (2008)


You would that think by now I would know how to spot a vampire when I see one. The same goes for werewolves–and don’t get me started on ghosts. I’ve read all of the Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse series; and watched the shows that were born from these two franchises. Hell, I even watched Fright Night, which, oddly enough, kind of combined the whole vampire and wolf thing. I have seen enough Ghost Hunters episodes to earn me respect on several internet forums (should I choose to comment). So you think I would be prepared for a show like Being Human. Yeah, one would think that, but I guess I wasn’t.

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Day 2: Primeval Season 3 (or, as I like to call it: Abby, No!)


Today I removed Primeval Season 3 from my watch instantly list, reducing the total to 202 from 203. Now, before you get the idea that I watched 10 straight hours of this BBC sci-fi/fantasy series in one day (which would be on the border between really cool and really sad), let me clarify that I actually started this season a few weeks back.

 

Netflix recommended the series to me, so I decided to give it a whirl. It took me a few episodes to actually get into the first season, but once I did, I found myself strangely hooked. Slowly and methodically I made my way through seasons 1 & 2 (conveniently lumped together by Netflix). When I finished, I decided to add the third season to my queue.

 

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