Tuesday, February 12, 2013

..the Blurst of Times: King of the Nerds

On it's surface King of the Nerds is a less of a reality competition and more of a place holder for TBS's endless barrage of Big Bang Theory reruns. Now it's only fair to start of by saying that this is a show I really wanted to hate. While I still watch and enjoy Big Bang Theory, I get how some people feel like it's just making fun of these outlandish nerdy stereotypes. Judging from the trailers TBS was running it looked like King of the Nerds was going to embrace that idea and turn it up to 11.

But then I read this article by noted tv critic Andy Dehnart, and I decided maybe I should give it a try. Guess what? It wasn't that bad. Now admittedly it was early Sunday morning and I had been up late the night before dominating the arm wrestling machine at Dorky's, but at no point did I feel like the show was setting any of its contestants up for ridicule, at least not for their nerdy tendencies. In any reality show you get a certain amount of highly confident individuals who are blissfully unaware they're being set up for a fall but if anything that confirmed that these contestants were being treated like any normal reality show contestants.

Sure the episode was plenty goofy. Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong (who is fantastic as a host btw) spent much of the episode dressed up like last minute extras in a Troma movie, and there were some questionable special effects on the last challenge but the challenges themselves were no joke. There was a debate judged by Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (ok so kind of a joke) and a superhero trivia challenge and none of it seemed particularly easy. TBS's DC bias made it a bit more difficult for me but I only knew a couple of the questions at best and I know some pretty obscure comic trivia.

Anyhoo the point is I added King of the Nerds to my DVR and I don't think it makes me a bad nerd. It might make me a bad TV viewer because I DVR way to much reality TV, but I'm still a pretty kick ass nerd.*

*Ignoring my record on Street Fighter II this weekend. Woof, did E. Honda let me down.




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