Saturday, February 2, 2013

Reality TV

I'd like to take a moment to talk about competition reality shows right now. I know I'm not the best person to talk about reality shows in general, seeing as I only watch a few and I want to give a bit of backstory before going into this one. The first one I got into was 'America's Next Top Model' since a friend watched it, and I thought it was hilarious. I stopped watching it after a while since I'm not into modeling or fashion outside of cosplay. I stayed away from the reality pool for a while until a different friend told me about 'I Survived a Japanese Game Show'. This one I liked, but only watched the first season. Apart from not having access to a tv to watch it, the second season people would generally know what they were getting into, and again, the same hilarity wouldn't be there. Also I was totally jealous at the time that these stinking lucky people got to go to Japan. This next one is a bit weird to see how/why I'm into it. I love RuPaul's Drag Race and subsequent spin offs. It's hard to pin down precisely why I like it, considering my background, but somehow all the disjointed pieces fit together perfectly into a show I will always tune in to watch.
This brings us to today's topic. A new reality show has come out, King of the Nerds. After all the rants people have gone on about with Big Bang Theory, I went into this with hesitation. Not much though, considering the hosts are Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong.
It's three episodes in right now, and so far I'm liking it. Before we get on with the awesomeness the show contains, want to mention something not that cool. So there has been tons of promotional info on this show, and lots of advertising, so I couldn't help but read the bios on the people appearing on the show. The first episode, I found half of it a bit boring since it was introductory time, but there was nothing new. It seemed like everything they said about themselves, had already been said multiple times leading up to the show, there was nothing new to learn about them. Maybe if it gets a second season (one can only hope), they maybe dial back on the bios so the whole episode is interesting and not something that feels like a rerun you're listening to in the background while you play a game. Harsh, I know, but that's what it felt like to me. I'm not going to be going over every detail in the episodes since I'm both not really qualified for that, and I want you all to tune in and be as surprised at some of the things as I was.
Onto the second episode. This one cemented my love (so far, we'll see what happens) for the show, the main nerd-off being a cosplay challenge. I love going to conventions and just seeing all the people dressed up and so in character it's awesome. And then they name the judges and one of them is Yaya Han? And George Takei? Any negative things I was thinking about the show and the audience they were trying to get just blew away in the wind. These guys know their audience, and aren't trying to pander to all to get a wider audience base. One more thing about this episode, being a D&D player and what I said above about cosplay, it's no secret I was rooting for a specific team the whole time.
I had conflicting feelings about episode three. Watching it was entertaining and fun, but sitting here now, trying to thing of something to talk about, I don't know. I'm not into remote controlled copters or cars, so the only non reference-y parts of the show I connected with were the drama and nerf gun fighting.
I am looking forward to next week's show with guests Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes. Going to be awesome. Tayron's most likely not looking forward to it since he's not a fan of them, and it's centered around superheroes. You can watch past episodes on the website

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