I think that this idea can be used as a campaign or as a one shot, depending on what you want to do with it. When using iconic monsters like werewolves, vampires, and other classic monsters, you can always turn it into a one off […]
Urban Fantasy, what is it? And how do you create good urban fantasy? I’ve mentioned Urban Fantasy before in some articles, but I wanted to delve deeper into it and provide some more examples beyond my normal one. Urban fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy in which the narrative has […]
I don’t remember what my previous years list was, but let’s see if my tastes in TV shows has changed at all. This is also likely going to be the last post of the year, though there might be a New Years Eve post, but I took Christmas week off from work, so it’ll be devoid of any new updates on the website until the very end of 2018 or 2019.
Pretty easy choice for me, easier than some previous years, but Psych is just that perfect blend of parody/satire that I can really enjoy. The whole premise just works as well, someone who is hyper observant helps the police while pretending to be a psychic in a comedy format. The characters are also really good as well. They all grow and develop over time while not changing who they are as core characters.
2 Stranger Things
Creepy and classic, Stranger Things is probably a show that everyone knows about, but is so well done. It follows around different groups of people through the town of Hawkins as crazy things are going on in the town. It pulls from horror greats like Stephen King, John Carpenter, and others. It’s definitely my cup of tea as well because it takes place in the 80’s, and I’ve always just enjoyed that aesthetic.
While Stranger Things has that creepy classic horror vibe feel, Dark is actually just creepy and so well done. In the US it is on Netflix, and I’m not sure where it was released in it’s original German. I would say that you should watch it with sub-titles if you can because some line in English can be half as long or twice as long as it takes to say in German. I’m always on the lookout for good Time Travel and Dark does an amazing job with it. It could be a tough show to watch for some people though because it is very thematic and deals with dark themes, as the name would imply. I’m waiting on the second season, hard to believe it will be as good as the first, but one can hope.
This is a show that I’m not completely caught up, but the adventures and monsters that the Winchester brothers have to face off against just makes a good show. I like the horror aspects of it, the monster of the week, and the really campy nature of some seasons as well. I can’t say that I’ve loved every season of Supernatural, there have been so many and they can get a little bit repetitive, but they tend to do a good job of having enough unique episodes and evolving the show over time that it works well. If you aren’t in for the campy or you aren’t in for the horror, the show might not be for you, because it does both at different points in times throughout the various seasons.
5 Stargate: SG1
This show almost made my list last year, and after watching the very first episode again after a long time, it reminded me of why I like it. There’s the nostalgia of it as it was the first big Sci-Fi epics that I watched. And then it goes all over the map, but they do a good job of creating an interesting story throughout most of the seasons, and there is a certain campiness that I enjoyed about it. While there are certainly better critically acclaimed Sci-Fi shows out there, SG1 is my favorites.
Another tough list to make and a lot of change. The biggest thing is that Doctor Who has fallen off of my list. There are just so many shows that putting down a list of 5 was hard to do.
What are some of your favorite shows? Are there any shows on the list that I have that you want to check out? Or do you have suggestions for shows that I might like based off of my top 5?
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 […]
Welcome back, fellow nerds! We’re trying something new here at Nerdologists today. Have you ever had that moment where you’re watching a great show or movie or reading a great book and thought, “Holy buckets, this thing is amazing…why is it not more popular?” Well, we sure have. In fact, it’s a pretty regular occurrence around these parts. So consider this new series our way of bringing some much-deserved attention to the awesome yet lesser-known corners of the nerdiverse.
To start us off, I want to talk about a show I’ve recently discovered — Lost Girl. Peder has seen a good portion of this show’s five seasons, and has been telling me for some time about how great it is. This month, we’ve finally got around to watching it together, and are partway through Season 1. There’s a lot still to be watched, but I’ve seen enough to know that it’s fantastic.
Lost Girl originally aired in 2010 on a Canadian channel called Showcase, and made its way to the US via the SyFy channel in 2012. It centers around the story of Bo (played by Anna Silk), a woman with a dark past, and whose origins are a mystery — even to herself. It’s soon revealed that Bo is a member of the Fae, a magical underworld populated by supernatural beings and hidden in plain sight from the human world. More specifically, she’s a succubus — a creature who feeds off of the sexual energy of humans. She finds out (the hard way, naturally) that when she engages in…certain behaviors with humans, she ends up draining their life force and killing them. Basically, she’s a more smoldery version of Rogue.
Early on, Bo encounters Kenzi (played by Ksenia Solo — if that isn’t the coolest name ever, I don’t know what is), a clever, wildcard human girl she saves from a nasty fate and who latches onto Bo like an adorable, friendly stray cat. They set up shop in Bo’s condemned-barn-style house and form what amounts to a two-woman supernatural crime-fighting team. They’re soon befriended by Dyson (played by Kris Holden-Ried), another member of the Fae — he’s a werewolf/cop who consistently rivals Bo for her smoldery-ness. He helps Bo and Kenzi out of (and sometimes into) all kinds of trouble, and he and Bo quickly find themselves in a complicated friends-with-(supernatural)-benefits relationship.
If you know SyFy at all, you’ll know that its shows can be pretty hit or miss, but Lost Girl is decidedly one of the hits. It balances great action sequences with skillful character development, special effects that somehow manage not to be cheesy, unique plot elements…and quite a bit of fanservice, which somehow doesn’t feel overdone.
On that note, I will share one caveat — if you tend to try to avoid sexual content in the shows and movies you watch, this won’t be the show for you. We’re not talking Game of Thrones or Outlander levels of that stuff by any means, but there’s definitely enough to give some people pause. I will say, though, that it’s used in a pretty ingenious (and generally not gratuitous) way. Since that element is so much a part of Bo’s character as the source of her powers, it feels relevant to the story whenever it comes into it, and is often an important part of Bo’s character development as she learns to control her powers in order to both use them to her advantage and to keep from hurting the people she loves.
In short, this urban fantasy show doesn’t just tell an interesting story; it has the right amount of depth to keep it compelling and engaging without feeling too heavy. Add in some of the funniest, most complex, and most unique characters I’ve encountered in quite some time, and you have one fantastic show.
So, have you heard of Lost Girl? If so, what do you like the most about it? If not, is it one you’d add to your to-watch list?
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