Archive for ‘Summer of Nerdery’

May 15, 2012

Trailer Roundup: Upcoming New Shows

The dust has settled and now that it seems the networks have finalized their 2012-2013 lineups, we’re getting a first glimpse of what’s in store for us genre fans this year. Let’s take a look-see:

NBC-Universal

“Revolution”
Fifteen years after a massive electrical blackout has effectively reeled civilization back to the dark ages, our heroine is living a quiet post-apocalyptic life when BAM! a militia shows up and murders her father – who as it turns out just MIGHT have known something about the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future… and so on.

Obviously created to tap in to the popularity of series like The Walking Dead”, the popular hysteria of “Doomsday Preppers” and that “Left Behind” nonsense, NBC execs seem to be banking on the idea that audiences will be fascinated enough by the apocalypse this year (2012 hello) to spend a few of what precious hours they have left on this earth watching this precious television program. After watching this promo it appears to be simply all the action bits from “The Walking Dead”, minus the gore (for the sensitive folks), with a sprinkling of quick-edit kung-fu. Verdict: I like my characters developed, I’ll be sticking with “The Walking Dead”.

The series stars Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Anna Lise Phillips, Zak Orth, Graham Rogers, J.D. Pardo, Giancarlo Esposito, David Lyons, Maria Howell, Tim Guinee and Andrea Roth.
Premiere Monday, September 10, Airs Mondays at 10P.

ABC

Zero Hour
The trailer opens on Hank and Laila – A seemingly happy couple who exchange happy couple banter on a boardwalk in the town they just moved to. As the publisher of a paranormal enthusiast magazine, Modern Skeptic, Hank Galliston has spent his career following clues, debunking myths and solving conspiracies. But when Laila is abducted from her antique clock shop (BTW, this is a job?), Hank gets pulled into one of the most compelling mysteries in human history, stretching around the world and back centuries. Oh, and it involves alien Nazi babies.

I have to admit I was thrown by the intrusive narration and the sheer whininess of Hank’s character even in the few short scenes where he actually has something to say. Verdict: Intrigued, but cautious. Hank seems like a pansy.

The series stars stars Anthony Edwards, Carmen Ejogo, Scott Michael Foster, Addison Timlin, Jacinda Barrett and Michael Nyqvist.

The Neighbors
City-dweller Marty Weaver buys the new home of his dreams out in the ‘burbs, only to discover, to his wife’s horror that the neighbors are aliens masquerading as suburbanites. The plot of “The Neighbors” is nice and simple a la “Coneheads”, “ALF” or “Third Rock from the Sun”, and while the series will likely go exactly where these titles have gone before, there should still be plenty of laughs left to mine.

The series stars Lenny Venito, Simon Templeman, Jami Gertz, Toks Olagundoye, Tim Jo, Isabella Cramp, Clara Mamet, Ian Patrick and Max Charles.

 

May 13, 2012

…Annnnd We’re Back!

So after an unplanned, too-long hiatus, #nerdgirls is back for your reading pleasure. With a couple of announcements:

1.  Help us welcome our newest Nerdgirl – Beth Matthews! Beth is the extremely talented fantasy/romance author of the books The Beauty’s Beast, Heir to the Underworld, the upcoming Beauty and the Bouncer — and she’s a Grade-A nerd. She also knows more than Lucas himself about Star Wars, feel free to talk shop with her. Check out her writer-ly blog at: http://bethmatthewsbooks.com/. We’re thrilled to have her join the #nerdgirls crew!

2.  And now I’d like to formally invite you to join us for the Summer of Nerdery! All summer long we’ll be updating you on news, games, shows, movies and events relevant to your interests. Excitement!

First stop in the Summer of Nerdery: The Avengers. The universe has spun into a perfect singularity of Marvel, Joss Whedon and Chris Hemsworth’s biceps and by now as a proper nerd you should have seen it at least twice. Beth Matthews gives us her review:

……………………………………………………

(How cool is it that Agent Coolson gets his own poster? I mean, seriously awesome, right?!)

So, I’ve been looking forward to this pretty much since the first Iron Man movie came out and they had Nick Fury as the tag after the end credits. I’m a huge geek and I love, LOVE the shared universe that Marvel has created with their various superheroes in their movies. Now, some of the standalone films haven’t necessarily knocked it out of the park (Captain America, the Hulk films), but then some of them kicked serious ass (Iron Man, Thor).

And, I must say, that The Avengers definitely did the latter. Avengers kicked ass, took names and…did something else really awesome…(that is weird description, isn’t it? Why would you write down someone’s name after you kicked their ass? Because you wanted to make sure you checked them off the Ass-Kicking List? Because you want to schedule a follow-up appointment to kick their ass again?) ANYWAY…

And you know why this movie managed to kick ass where other movies in the franchise have done less so?

Because this movie was about the characters!!!

Yes, they were running around doing amazing action stuff and saving the world and all that. But Whedon is a pro, and he knew that if we didn’t care about the people then all the special effects in the world wouldn’t save his movie. (This is where Captain America fell down for me. If they had used sock puppets in the middle of all that action stuff I might have cared more than I did. No characters, no emotion in that freaking movie anywhere).

read more »