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From Book (or Movie) to Board

From Book (or Movie) to Board

If you go into Fantasy Flight Game Center (or to their website), you see loads and loads of board games that have Star Wars on the side of the box. They have X-Wing, Armada, Rebellion, Imperial Assault, Legion, and Destiny, and I’m probably  missing a couple, […]

Casting the Dream – Reckoners

Casting the Dream – Reckoners

So, for some silly fun, much like making meals to go along with certain books, games, or movies, what would be some dream castings for various movies. This one I’m starting with the book series by Brandon Sanderson The Reckoners with the first book being called […]

Know Your Nerds: Kristen’s Top 5 TV Series

Know Your Nerds: Kristen’s Top 5 TV Series

If you were around here last week, you know that Peder shared a great list of his top five TV shows. And now it’s my turn! I have to say, I didn’t find this any easier than picking my favorite books, which surprised me a bit — I love a good TV show as much as the next nerd, but it’s really only been in the last few years that I’ve had the opportunity to finally watch some of the really good stuff (chalk it up to intermittent cable access in my youth and nonexistent TV access during my college years, I guess).

And like Peder, I primarily watch TV when I want some escapist fun, and that comes in many different forms that are hard to even really compare. I mean, one day I might be in the mood for a fantastical show; another day I might want to watch sci-fi; and at another time, I might want to watch a few episodes of a drama. I enjoy all those (extremely different) things about equally; it just depends on what sort of mood I’m in.

All that is to say that the rankings in this list are somewhat arbitrary, and might change depending on the day you ask me. Regardless, these are the five TV series that rise to the top of my list:

5. Killjoys

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This space opera-style show came under my radar (ha, see what I did there?) not too long after it first aired in 2013 — it started out strong right from the first episode, and hasn’t stopped since. The show follows a trio of bounty hunters who conduct their badassery in a system of planets known as the Quad. The setting is part Firefly-style space-cowboy romp, part grungy dystopian, part action drama, and all fantastic. It’s honestly worth watching for the aesthetic alone, but it’s so much more than that, too — it’s well-developed characters who have increasingly complex relationships with each other, perfectly paced action, and tons of plot twists to keep you guessing. If you’ve ever loved a space story, you’re bound to love this show, too.

4. Chuck

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This show has had a special place in my heart from pretty much the first episode. I discovered Chuck when I was freshly graduated from college and unemployed, so I spent many delightful hours binge-watching it. As the show begins, the titular character, a tech nerd who works in a ho-hum job at a pseudo-Best Buy, is getting through the daily grind, wondering if anything interesting will ever happen to him. As it turns out, things are about to get a little too interesting — when Chuck opens a mysterious email from his estranged college friend, the contents of a supercomputer known as the Intersect are downloaded into his brain (stick with me here), making Chuck a living repository of tons of top-secret government information. When his friend’s organization tracks Chuck down and assigns a stone-cold (and gorgeous) spy to him as his handler/bodyguard, Chuck’s life goes from boring days in Burbank to exciting espionage missions all around the world. The show has that fish-out-of-water trope I can’t get enough of, an absolutely delightful protagonist, and a great cast of characters. It’s one I know I’ll rewatch again and again.

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3. Psych

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Like Peder, I have to rank this show among the best-of-the-best. This goofy show about a serial-job-hopper-turned-fake-psychic and his hilariously squeamish best friend is pretty much everything I want in a show. It has my absolute favorite type of humor, characters who don’t fit the usual mold, a healthy dose of absurdity, and a lot of heart. The protagonist, Shawn Spencer, should be kind of insufferable but is somehow lovable, and he and the other characters play off of each other perfectly. The lightning-quick humor and silliness had me hooked from the start, and the sheer variety and delightfulness of the episodes make it immensely rewatchable.

2. Doctor Who

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It kind of feels like blasphemy to have this show as only the second on my list, but you can at least rest assured that my top choice squeaked by this one by a VERY thin margin. I started watching Doctor Who right after I graduated from college, mainly because I had to know what all my nerdy friends were on about. I started by watching the first season of the New Who iteration that Peder mentioned, and as he notes, the first few episodes are preeeetty rough. Because of that, I didn’t get sucked in right away. Eventually, though, I powered through the cheesier stuff, and found I’d fallen in love with the show almost without realizing it. Doctor Who literally has something for everyone — adventure, conceptual sci-fi weirdness, romance, history, horror, heart-wrenching storylines, amazing characters, and pretty much everything else in between. If you can’t find at least a couple of episodes to love in this show, I’m convinced you’re just haven’t found the right one for you yet. While some episodes and seasons are inevitably better than others for such a long-running show, the hits far outweigh the misses, and this show will always have me coming back for more as long as it’s around.

1.  Avatar: The Last Airbender

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Out of the shows I love, this is the one that always rises to the top. I fell in love with A:TLA when it first came out during my high school years, and I know that no matter how much I re-watch it, it’s never going to get old. The show takes place in a fantastical universe where a large portion of the population can control the different elements — water, earth, fire, and air. As the story starts, we learn that the Avatar, who has lived for thousands of years by way of reincarnation and is the only person in the world who can control all four elements, has been missing for 100 years. When a sister and brother from the water tribe find a young boy named Aang frozen in an iceberg, they discover that he is the Avatar that everyone has been searching for. While the Avatar was lost, the Fire Nation took the opportunity to assert their control over the other nations, and the world Aang wakes up to is very different from the one he left. With the weight of the world on his shoulders, it’s up to Aang to restore balance between the nations and the elements, with help from the friends he meets along the way.

This show really speaks to the part of me that I don’t think will ever stop being a kid — it’s that combination of wonder, adventure, fun, and heart that just feels like home to me. The series is equally full of hilarious, quotable moments and serious themes that will linger with you for a long time. It’s impressively mature for a show that’s mainly geared toward the middle-grade set, and in my very not-humble opinion, it’s the best thing Nickelodeon has ever done, either before or since.

To finish things off, I have to include some honorable mentions that were *this* close to making it on the list: Pushing Daisies (an absolute delight that ended way too soon), Firefly (the best space cowboy show ever), Outlander (three words: ALL THE FEELS), Community (just stupid-hilarious), Silicon Valley (the most fun I’ve ever had being stressed out and having secondhand embarrassment), Bob’s Burgers (way better than it has any right to be), and Sherlock (smart, sexy, and absolutely legendary).

Do any of your favorites overlap with mine? What TV shows would make it into your top 5?

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Know Your Nerds: Peder’s Top 5 TV Series

Know Your Nerds: Peder’s Top 5 TV Series

Today, we’re continuing along with our series of articles about getting to know your nerds — this time, we’re going with Television Series. I didn’t talk about this last time, so I’ll mention it now — what criteria do I have for picking my favorites […]

TV Show Hiatuses: A Nerd’s Survival Guide

TV Show Hiatuses: A Nerd’s Survival Guide

Fall is here, and with it comes the return of so many great shows, along with premieres of new ones. Peder and I have already been availing ourselves of the wealth of new episodes coming out for some of our favorites, like Killjoys, Brooklyn 99, and Bob’s Burgers, and we […]

SciFi TV: Killjoys

SciFi TV: Killjoys

As the second season of Killjoys has just wrapped up and the upcoming third season has been announced (huzzah!!), it seems like a great time for a review! Pretty much right when it aired last year, Killjoys found a place on Peder’s and my list of favorite shows, and it’s continued to be every bit as awesome as it was at the start. Peder mentioned it briefly in his post about great sci-fi shows, and I thought I’d take some time to go a little more in-depth.

Image Credit: Subscene
Image Credit: Subscene

Killjoys is a SyFy channel show that’s set in a distant galaxy, where a civilization of humans lives on a four-planet system called — fittingly — the Quad. The principal characters are Dutch, Johnny, and D’Avin, a trio of bounty hunters who work for the Reclamation Apprehension Coalition, or the RAC. The RAC is the organizational equivalent of a chaotic neutral-aligned character — they’re out for whatever is in their own best interest, whether or not others consider their methods reputable. The RAC’s primary function is to put out warrants at the request of high-paying customers. The warrants might be anything from a request to play escort the surrogate mothers of one of the nine royal families of the Quad to a request to carry out a hit on a seditious criminal. And, as one might expect from an organization with such…diverse interests, it soon becomes clear that there’s more to the RAC than meets the eye.

Similarly, Dutch, Johnny, and D’Avin might be the “good guys” of the show, but they come in many shades of grey. Dutch works for the RAC both as a way to use her razor-sharp assassin skills and as a way to escape the past that keeps coming back to haunt her. Dutch and her best friend, Johnny, start out as bounty-hunting partners who work together flawlessly, but when D’Avin, Johnny’s estranged brother, teams up with them, their small world aboard Dutch’s ship, Lucy, is dangerously shaken. Like Dutch, D’Avin comes with a mysterious past — but his tends to come back in the form of violent blackouts, the cause of which even he can’t guess at. Dutch and Johnny soon find themselves trying to keep each other safe from D’Avin, and D’Avin safe from himself. As the three chase down warrants together, they try to figure out what happened to D’Avin to cause his blackouts, and what it might mean for all three of them.

Image Credit: The Mary Sue
Image Credit: The Mary Sue

Killjoys is a fast-paced, gritty, and extremely addictive show. For those of you who don’t tend to like shows with lots of violence, I’ll say right now that this might not be the one for you. And it’s pretty close to my threshhold, I’ll admit, but the story is so good that it’s well worth a few cringes along the way. The characterization is great — the characters are believable and easy to root for, and I can’t get enough of them. And the setting is everything a sci-fi show should be — just similar enough to our world to be relatable (and scarily prescient, as sci-fi is wont to be), and just different enough to stretch the mind and fulfill those space-cowboy daydreams we all know and love. If you’re any level of sci-fi fan at all, I would highly recommend adding Killjoys to your to-watch list!

So how ’bout it? Are you hoping to watch Killjoys? Have you seen it already? What are your thoughts? Share with us below!

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Sci-Fi TV Shows

Sci-Fi TV Shows

Thought it was time to move away from gaming of different types and back into the world of television. Where even to begin with sci-fi shows? What makes sci-fi shows that have been successful interesting and long-lasting? The biggest reason for me, as to why I […]