Some shows know how to bid farewell to beloved characters, and the audiences who love them, even when we’re not ready to let go. Mostly, they don’t end on a fucking cliffhanger.
There has been a lot of bad blood in the geek world in the last couple of months, particularly around the subject of women in nerdom. Apparently there is some phenomenon (which I’ve never personally experienced) of girls pretending to be geeks to get attention. The thing that gets me is that I believe you can be a geek about anything. Geekery is about passion, not cred. There are music geeks, architecture geeks, fashion geeks, and even sports geeks. Comics and sci-fi/fantasy geeks don’t have ownership of the label, we’re just the public face.
The reason people allow themselves to be fooled repeatedly by the same culprit is because of that little thing called hope. The hope that maybe, this time, despite all evidence to the contrary, things will be different. It’s a feeling I’m all too familiar with.
Last night saw the season premieres of three SyFy original series: fan favorites Eureka and Warehouse 13, and the pilot of the new show Alphas. Curiously, last year’s newbie Haven is going solo on Friday nights, despite the fact that it more closely matches Alphas in tone than the other two do. Still, a three-hour Monday night binge of sci-fi is just what the Doctor ordered to cure the weekday ennui.
Writer-producer and fellow geek Amy Berg got her start writing for SNICK’s Kenan & Kel, and went on to write for such shows as Boomtown, Threshold, and The 4400. Currently she is a writer and co-executive producer for SyFy’s Eureka, the show about Jack Carter, the sheriff of “a little town with a big secret.” Ms. Berg graciously took time out of her schedule to answer a few questions I had about writing genre, shipping, and the alternate timeline that turned the town of Eureka upside-down.
Webcomic creator Joel Watson recently sat down with me via Skype to chat about his geek origins, life as a full-time webcomic artist, whether HijiNKS Ensue should be adapted for TV, and how he intends to expose his daughter to the geek life.
When Amy Berg, showrunner and executive producer on SyFy’s Eureka, tweeted about her show’s nomination for TV Guide’s Fan Favorite Awards in the Sci-Fi category, I went to check it out – and was immediately irritated to see that 3/5 of the candidates had no business being there. There’s a lot of debate amongst readers and writers over the definition of science-fiction, and what’s shaded by that umbrella. And even…
I didn’t watch the Emmys Sunday night since I was at a family party to celebrate the birthdays of two cousins, but was well informed by Twitter as to the winners, the losers, the outfits, and what YouTube videos I would have to watch in the morning. Aside from Jim Parson’s win for The Big Bang Theory, I was unmoved by the results. Though I felt Lost deserved more recognition for…