December 18, 2012 by bowmanaj
“Blessed are the Geeks, for they shall inherit the Earth.”
Ok, perhaps the phrasing isn’t quite right, but the geeky were meek for far too long. There is great news though, the nerds are finally making an appearance from behind the screen. Gone are the days of “Real Housewives” and hipsters ironically pretending with geek-chic outfits. Quintessential geek is finally in full bloom.
Now, smart people have ruled the world for a long time, most people just never connected the dots. Every invention ever came from a nerd, and specifically, creation of electricity lead to an exponential growth of products created by nerds, which were accepted and craved by the masses. Except, geeky seldom permeated the pop culture scene, other than a stereotypical appearance. However, in the immediate past and future, things have taken a turn for the nerdy.
Video games are the summit of Nerd Mountain, but the rate at which they are accepted by the general public, mostly men, is astonishing. Look at the latest big releases, “Halo 4” and Call of Duty; Black Ops 2. There were launch parties devoted to the games. Yes, parties for video games. “Halo 4” grossed $220 million dollars in the first 24 hours, and “Black Ops 2,” had celebrities such as Robert Downey Jr. serve cameos in the commercial. Clearly, with those numbers and names, video games have crossed over to the realm of not just western mainstream, but worldwide.
Still not convinced geeky things are all around you? Look at movies which just came out and are coming out in 2013. The biggest movie of 2012 clearly, has to be “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” While “Twilight; Breaking Dawn Part 2,” grossed more in the box office, the devotion of Tolkien fans is much more evident. Lines across the nation stretched around lobbies, with Hobbits, Wizards, and Dwarves. Yes, even I went to the midnight premiere with my siblings. My sister dressed up for it and my brother got to skip class the next day for it.
Another big nerd based movie was the latest installment of Ian Fleming‘s James Bond, “Skyfall.” At first glance the movie isn’t geeky, but looking closer the geek starts to come out. Obviously, all of the new type of technology used by both MI6 and of Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) is new to Bond movies. MI6 uses not jetpacks nor moonlasers, but things which are obtainable in the near future, such as tracking devices, high power camera phones, and guns, which only fire in owners’ hands. Silva was adapted to a modern day villain, who practiced cyber-terrorism. Lastly, the adaptation of Q, or Quartermaster (Ben Whishaw), made it cool to be geeky. Normally, the character is played by a middle aged man, so to see Q as a handsome, but relatable computer savvy young man was refreshing.
The nerd movies are only going to keep coming. After Disney acquired “LucasFilm” it was announced Episode VII and perhaps other the final two segments will be made. Star War enthusiasts, saw it as a mixed blessing, since Disney has a tendency to make movies very, kosher, shall we say. Disney hardly ever makes violent films, and although no Star Wars is rated R, it makes the devoted wonder how many less limbs will be lightsabered off.
Not to be outdone, “Star Trek” comes out with “Into Darkness,” in 2013 directed by JJ Abrams. However, the star of the movie may not be Captain Kirk. The preliminary spotlight is over Benedict Cumberbatch, whose character has yet to be named.
Cumberbatch has always been on the fringe of being an A-list star but his roles lately are propelling him into the stratosphere: most notably playing the lead role in the hit BBC series, “Sherlock,” which has the final season in the making. His sidekick in “Sherlock” is none other than Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit.” Cumberbatch will appear in the next two installments of “The Hobbit,” as the voice of Smaug the dragon and the Necromancer. Cumberbatch will also narrate documentary’s focusing around, one of the greatest geeks of all time, Stephen Hawking.
With the roles Cumberbatch and Freeman are portraying, geeks will start calling them the King and Prince of Nerdom.
Off course there are numerous other geeky comic book movies to drool over, mainly the reinvent of super heroes. The “Spider-Man” series was resurrected again, thanks to Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. “The Avengers,” and all the prequels leading up to it, made geeks giggle in the pants. And comic book buffs are eagerly waiting for “The Avengers 2” and “Iron Man 3” to come out. However, the hero with no powers, besides a giant bank account still remains at the top. The “Batman” Series is the second highest grossing film series of all time, behind “Harry Potter.” Oh, and the “Man of Steel” is coming back to the big screen in 2013 as well.
One last movie coming out next year is attracting a lot of attention. “Pacific Rim” is a movie about giant pilots robot’s fighting against monsters from another universe. It is already getting comments about how it resembles anime classics such as “Neon Evangelion” and the hugely popular “Gundam” series.
Besides just video games and the silver screen, nerds have commandeered television as well. There is and always will be a bunch of crappie, cheesy, scripted reality TV, but there are some gold nuggest of nerdiness. People could make the argument shows like “CSI,” “Criminal Minds,” and others are borderline geeky. However, there are a few programs which are quintessential geek; most notably with the hit CBS show, “Big Bang Theory.” The show revolves around scientists, which you can’t get more nerdy than that unless you have a 24-hour cam on Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Still not convinced the nerds and geeks are taking over? Well, they’ve already taken over, it is just now becoming socially acceptable. One simple word proves about how geeks run the world; Jobs. No, not employment. When Steve Jobs died the world stood still.
The man made products not just for nerds, but for everyone from Hollywood stars, hipsters, jocks, nerds, geeks, and everyone in between. Everyone had respect for him, a man under 6 ft tall, who probably had no athletic ability, and wore perhaps one of the most ugliest outfits of all time. Even his biggest rival and fellow mega-nerd, Bill Gates expressed how much Jobs’ contributed to the world. The world mourned for a geek.
Yes, geeks have always propelled the world forward with their inventions, sparingly crossing into the main stage. Now, it seems it is not just okay to be a geek, but it seems to be finally be cool and socially accepted. Yes, it’s a great time to be a nerd.