So “King of the Nerds” Crowns a Queen!

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Really TBS?

Granted I didn’t watch all of this first season of “King of the Nerds”, but when my daughter saw that yes, girls can play too, (which of course is a PLUS for the show)… she did ask me why the show is called KING of the Nerds.  When a girl actually WON the show, she again asked me why they didn’t call  her QUEEN. As far as I know, there hasn’t been a QUEEN crowned KING since the Egyptians crowned Hatshepsut  Pharaoh somewhere around 1479 BC.

 

As far as “reality” shows go, this one’s not TOO bad. The TBS show hosted  by Revenge of the Nerd  celebs Robert Carradine

 

Toronto ComiCon 2012 - Robert Carradine

Toronto ComiCon 2012 – Robert Carradine (Photo credit: TonyFelgueiras)

 

and Curtis Armstrong and the competitors varied from NASA employees to comic book experts and video game fanatics. What I liked about the show is that I thought  these contestants are genuine, real, likable PEOPLE. I’m more than a little tired of seeing plumped up lips, inflated boobs and small dogs being carried in designer purses. I also liked the fact that it was pretty evenly matched between men and women. I’m not sure about the ending though. It seemed to come down ultimately to a “prom queen” popularity contest which seems somewhat ironic. Granted I DID think Celeste was a kinder person and if she is serious about  getting out there and being a spokesperson with kids then she may be a better choice. HOWEVER Genevieve DID work her butt off and she pulled through in many a challenge. A really bright girl, but just not as personable. (At least that is how the situation is painted for us viewers. Who knows the “reality” behind the “reality” show.

 

Toronto ComiCon 2012 - Curtis Armstrong

Toronto ComiCon 2012 – Curtis Armstrong (Photo credit: TonyFelgueiras)

 

So anyway, it’s a cute enough show that actually seems to celebrate nerdom I don’t mind tuning into for the fun of it and I think with a second season in the works it’ll really take off.  I just think if the competition involves both men and women they should have called it something else. Maybe next year they’ll turn the tables and call the show “Queen of the Nerds” and it’ll be won by a guy?

 

4 responses »

  1. I love your review. It’s very true that many people are asking what your daughter asked. It’s strange (at least to my knowledge) that TBS hasn’t come out and said anything about it, but, nevertheless, the show is cute. I’m also wondering if Season 2 will end in the popularity vote (because it was a shock in Season 1, and I feel like the shock factor is now gone.)
    It will be fun to see who competes!
    ~SAT

    • Hi Shannon, thanks for the post! Did you notice how when she was crowned they avoided the term “King” as much as possible? It was really awkward, I thought. Really, naming the show that way implies that either adding women as contestants was an after thought, or even worse, that they thought a woman would never win. If that wasn’t the case, don’t you think SOMEONE at head office would have said “Hey, if we want women to compete, too then that doesn’t work”. I suppose if taking the same format as “survivor” and choose by popularity vote at the end that might add a different dimension with regard to social skills and maintaining good relationships as well as just beating everyone at the competitions. It’ll be interesting to see how this show develops.

      • I didn’t! That’s very interesting. I wonder if TBS will change season 2. I suspect they won’t have the popularity contest at the end, but who knows? I still really enjoyed the show. Are you planning on watching season 2?
        ~SAT

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