No, I haven’t seen [popular piece of nerd media] and I don’t intend to…

Look! This combines two nerdy things I  don't particularly care about!

Look! This combines two nerdy things I don’t particularly care about!

I don’t get the point of many nerd fave franchises.

The first time I watched a Star Wars film, I was fifteen. The first time I cared about Star Trek was maybe when the first new movie came out. I started Buffy on its last season and gave up on Angel well before its last season was even a blip in Whedon’s radar. And despite being named Zina and being homophone twins with everyone’s favorite warrior princess, it took me most of my life to actually sit down and watch more than two episodes. I know Bruce Campbell not from any movies he’s been in, but from his role on Burn Notice.

And of course, I’ve never watched (or cared about) Firefly. 

Whenever I mention this — any of this — to my fellow nerds, they freak out. Reactions range from shock (“how have you not seen Firefly“) to annoyance with what I do watch (“but you’ve seen un chien andalou“). Apparently, there’s supposed to be this universal nerd canon but I’m not buying it.

I know I’m missing something but at the same time, I don’t care that I am. I grew up in a pretty religious family so basically the only secular things I watched on a regular basis before the age of eleven were news broadcasts and soap operas.

Oh and Sesame Street which has always been more diverse than most shows on TV.

All of these works that are touted as the be and end all of nerdery and science fiction/fantasy are really lacking in the diversity department or are outright offensive. What sparked this post is one such thing. You know how they’re making a remake of Bruce Campbell’s Evil Dead series? I’ve never seen it but I watched the trailer because Lucy Lawless is in the movie.

And you know what?

I’m glad I missed out on the movies. The trailer’s terrible. The humor is infantile and gross and at one point we totally get a racist “I’m not racist” joke.

Why exactly are all the nerds I know peeing themselves over this story?

Why are they so excited about any of these nerd franchises?

Most of them not only suck, but they haven’t survived the test of time very well either…

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About Zina

Zina writes about comics, nerd history, and ridiculous romance novels when not working frantically on her first collection of short stories and complaining about stuff. One day, she'll settle down and write that novel.
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3 Responses to No, I haven’t seen [popular piece of nerd media] and I don’t intend to…

  1. John Seavey says:

    The only thing I will say in defense of the ‘Evil Dead’ franchise is that the trailers for the upcoming series look much worse than the movies. I’m feeling more trepidation than excitement there. So it’s not just that you never watched the original that makes this look really bad. 🙂

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    • Zina says:

      I had a feeling that that might have been the case! Normally I’m actually pretty interested in reboots even if they’re things I’ve never seen before, but the trailer for the Evil Dead rebooted series was just a hot mess. It’s a little upsetting though that the reboot is just so far away from the original series though… that’s weird. Hopefully longtime fans of the series will find something that they like?

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