Well, now that the Baroness has bared her geeky soul to the masses I figure that it would be the perfect time to lay my own cards on the table.
Unusual poker metaphor aside, I am a huge geek and huge geeks like me always have awkward proclivities that everyone might not understand. When the lovely Sarah Kuhn, of Alert Nerd, put out a call for true geek confessions I thought it was a great chance to spill my pop culture guts and get a pretty awesome article out of it (if I do say so myself).
Drum roll, please. Here are my top 5 guiltiest pop culture pleasures and shameful confessions for all to see. Just promise not to hate me when this is all over with.
5. Liz Sherman
In my geeky opinion no other comic book heroine, past or present, can hold a candle to The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense’s Liz Sherman. While some fight because personal responsibility or some vaguely defined tragedy that was perpetrated on them, Liz fights because she accidentally killed her family and twenty-nine other people when she lost control of her powers at the age of 11. She is afraid of herself and what could happen if she loses control again. That fear and dead to rights honesty is what makes her such a compelling character in my eyes.
I even named my Macbook in honor of Mike Mignola’s firebrand because she runs hot.
(By the way, if you are ever looking for a new title to sink your teeth you could do a lot worst than anything Mignola produced.)
I know I’m threatening the whole “Caveman is a tough guy who likes his music rough, and loud” image by saying this, but I love Feist. The style of music is not my traditional fare but it’s just…perfect. Her singing mixed with the arrangement fuses together for just solidly great music in almost every situation. It really makes me smile.
I’ve never seen Feist live, but I’d totally jump at the chance.
Does anyone have tickets?
3. Yvonne Craig
What can I say that I haven’t already said? Yvonne Craig is my perfect woman.
Originally trained as ballet dancer, but moved into acting in the late 1950′s. She holds the unique distinction of being a nerdy pop cultural icon in two separate instances: as Batgirl in the last season of the Batman television show, and as Marta the green skinned Orion Slave Girl in the Star Trek episode “Whom Gods Destroy”.
If she wasn’t married already I would have proposed YEARS ago. Age difference be damned!
(I will never let you down, Yvonne.)
2. Donnie Darko
I hate Donnie Darko. I hate the story. I hate the acting. I hate the way it’s shot. I hate Jake Gyllenhaal’s stupid face. I hate that stupid rabbit thing. I hate the pointless plot twist. I hate that hating it makes me undesirable to some women. I hate Drew Barrymore in general. I hate the director. I hate having the conversation that comes after me saying “I hate Donnie Darko”. I hate the fact that it makes me hate it. I hate that I’m expected to like it.
No, I don’t hate you for liking it.
AHH…That felt so good getting off my chest!
1. The Munsters
I was absolutely enthralled by this show when I was a kid. There wasn’t a week where I didn’t catch at least one episode. Sure, it was goofier Addams Family but the characters motives and actions weren’t so far from reality that you couldn’t relate with the story.
Now that I’m older and I can understand some of the more complicated jokes and references I can watch the classic episodes with renewed excitement.
Who cares if Butch Patrick didn’t have a childhood? It was solid TV.