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Confessions of a nerd

I have to confess I am a nerd. I have been one for nearly all my life.

I loved Star Trek. I was devoted to all the series right up unitl "Voyager," when I found I could not get past 20 minutes until I hit what Harlan Ellison called "the argh factor" -- that point where you just have to scream in disgust. I tolerated the first couple seasons of "Enterprise," and then wept when it was canceled just as it was hitting its stride. I have a complete set of all the movies on DVD, and probably in exess of 200 Star Trek books -- including a 2' stack of non-fiction, reference works.

I also have complete sets of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," "Firefly," "Babylon 5," and "Crusade" on DVD.

I was a huge comic book fan when I was younger, and recently reacquired my addiction. I collected "The Legion Of Super-Heroes" for about 15 years, and even then I was a latecomer -- the team got its start in the late 50's. I will go to my grave loathing John Byrne for his casual destruction of about 30 years of Legion history and continuity, a casualty of his ego-driven "re-invention" of Superman in the late 80's.

But I can say with pride that one thing I have managed to avoid doing is making others suffer for my obsessions. They're mine, and while I might try to "convert" others to them (Mary Katherine Ham, for example, gives me partial credit/blame for seeing and enjoying "Serenity"), I've never forced them on anyone.

That's one of many ways I'm different from people such as Nicholas Cage, who decided to punish his first-born son with a lifetime of ass-kickings by sticking him with the name "Kal-El Coppola Cage."

That's right. He gave his son Superman's Kryptonian name. As if the "Superman Curse" hasn't claimed enough victims -- it's killed two and sentenced a third to being known as "the guy who probably deflowered Brooke Shields."

As I said, I'm a nerd. But I'm not so much of a nerd that I am jealous that Cage beat me to it...

Comments (22)

Nah, they'll just call him ... (Below threshold)

Nah, they'll just call him Clark.

I've always hated The Next ... (Below threshold)

I've always hated The Next Generation. The Federation seems like such genteel fascism, and the men always seemed like joyless, soulless automatons. Oooh, Riker was seen as such a rogue because he had a beard? What a load. On that entire series, not 1 real man among the bunch. The other thing that bothered me as that stupid engineer. You ever notice that everyone, including the doctor, seemed to be able to do his job at times??? And all he did was press buttons anyway. Did he even ever pick up a tool to fix something?

Which superman slept with B... (Below threshold)

Which superman slept with Brooke shields?

Yet ANOTHER reason to prove... (Below threshold)

Yet ANOTHER reason to prove that CELEBRITIES SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO REPRODUCE, without first obtaining a certificate showing the KNOW HOW TO NAME HUMAN CHILDREN!

Did anyone notice the comme... (Below threshold)

Did anyone notice the comment on Willis' page where the guy said Nick should have named the kid "Deathmatch Inasteel Cage"? CLASSIC!

being a nerd is something t... (Below threshold)

being a nerd is something to be proud of. Remember what the movie told us about nerdism. "All we think about is Sex"

I saw the origional when it... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

I saw the origional when it first came on back in 1966 but we saw it black and white we did get a color TV till 1969 0r 1970 i also saw tng and i saw all the movies except for 5 and final fronteer can you remember the tribbles? they,ll be no tribble at all and the one with JOHN FIDLER? and did you know the classic episode THE LIGHTS OF ZETAR was written by CHERY LEWIS(lambchop,charle horse,hush puppy)and horror writter ROBERT BLOTCH wrote some epidodes to

Sparkle, that would have be... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

Sparkle, that would have been Dean Cain, of "Lois And Clark" fame.


Whoa, I had no idea about D... (Below threshold)

Whoa, I had no idea about Dean Cain and Brooke Shields either, Sparkle. And, damn you, Jay! Because of you I'm DVRing something on the Sci-Fi Channel for the first time in my life. "Firefly," Friday @ 7, and I can't wait. What have I gotten myself into?!?

babylon 5 is, in my opinion... (Below threshold)

babylon 5 is, in my opinion, the greatest sci-fi series ever. i loved that show.

didn't Seah Young have her ... (Below threshold)

didn't Seah Young have her own protest about not being chosen as Catwoman for Batman Returns, Is this just a legacy way of saying how natural Cage would have been for the role of Jor-El

A friend sent me the firefl... (Below threshold)

A friend sent me the firefly DVD series and I loved it. I can't wait to see the movie.

I am offically now a nerd I suppose.

Lord save me from the Strac... (Below threshold)
Robert Modean:

Lord save me from the Straczynskites! *sigh* Babylon 5 was a very good SciFi show, the best? I'm not yet convinced. Space 1999 was pretty damn good for it's time, Firefly never got the chance to realize it's true potential thanks to FOX, and don't get me started on Space:Above and Beyond, the most underrated SciFi series of all time, also screwed over by FOX.

If there's one thing we should all know by now - don't trust FOX with a good show, if they can't turn it into something low rent they don't want it.

Space:Back & To The Left wa... (Below threshold)

Space:Back & To The Left was clearly a conspiracy to kill off military sci-fi on tv.

Star Trek, check; Babylon 5... (Below threshold)

Star Trek, check; Babylon 5, check; Firefly, check; Crusade, check; add Stargate ... and yup, guess I'm a nerd too. Ain't it great?

I guess I don't watch enoug... (Below threshold)

I guess I don't watch enough TV or something, but I've never seen any of these shows y'all are throwing out. Heard of, yes, but never watched.

The Federation seems lik... (Below threshold)

The Federation seems like such genteel fascism, and the men always seemed like joyless, soulless automatons. Oooh, Riker was seen as such a rogue because he had a beard? What a load. On that entire series, not 1 real man among the bunch.

Remember, it was the late-80s, early 90s. Men were bad. Masculinity was bad. It was all about being sensitive, and getting in touch with your feminine side. Rockers wore make-up. Clinton was elected. People in theatres applauded when the guy on stage mentioned recycling.

That's what people meant when they said that 9/11 reminded them what real men were like. Manhood was treated as uncool by the TV and film media for about a decade before then.

I don't think there's any a... (Below threshold)

I don't think there's any argument against Babylon 5 being the best sci-fi show ever, but obviously that's just my opinion. I couldn't wait for each episode, and pored over the Lurker's Guide, and all of that.

Star Trek and B5 nerds - ch... (Below threshold)

Star Trek and B5 nerds - check this out. It's very well done ands quite a laugh.


"The first Finnish full-length scifi parody is made from astounding special effects, action and loads of dark humour. It is the product of a core group of five Finns and many people who've helped us during the seven years it has been in the making. You can download the entire movie by clicking here. For free, of course."

LOST IN SPACE,STAR TREK,BUC... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:


What? No mention of Doctor... (Below threshold)

What? No mention of Doctor Who? Geez! What kind of pathetic nerds are you? ;)

Seriously, though, "Enterprise" died a rightful, though ignoble, death. It's good that they've put the franchise on hiatus. Trying to pump out series after series after series obviously exhausted them of good ideas.

Quite right, Jinx. Anybody ... (Below threshold)

Quite right, Jinx. Anybody can get hooked on Star Trek or Star Wars. It takes a TRUE nerd to have a 20 minute discussion on the problems of the Sixth Doctor's regeneration into the Seventh!






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