February 17, 2010

True Geek Confessions

Today is True Geek Confessions Day.

The Background: Unpopular opinions: we all have them. Sometimes you stand alone in loving a super niche-y run of a popular comic book series. Sometimes you’re the only person on the entire planet to ’ship a certain ’ship. Sometimes you simply Do Not Get a movie the rest of your geeky brethren is falling all over themselves about. And because a lot of fandom is about sharing loves and hates and communing with your fellow geeks, this can feel awfully lonely. But perhaps if we confess our most unpopular opinions for all the internet to see…well, we’ll feel just a little bit better.

I need to get a few confessions off my chest.

1. I really don't like Padme Amidala. Neither Natalie Portman's hotness nor the overall awesomeness of Clone Wars could change this for me. I know she is supposed to be a strong female character who is brave, powerful, and smart. And she may be those things. But first of all, she tolerates and is apparently friends with Jar-Jar. Immediate points lost there. Really? What kind of person would do that willingly? I think they wanted to make a character to match the fierce and spunk of Leia's spirit, but got mixed up somewhere along the way and ended up with a character torn between gooey misguided feelings and trying to be a wise senator. Some poor dialogue is definitely to blame, but for me, it can't be laid entirely at the feet of poor writing. She has potential I think, but you know, she dies.

2. I like the Tom Bombadil part of Fellowship of the Ring.  Yep, it's wacky.  No, it doesn't make a ton of sense given the surrounding storyline.  Still, it fits in an odd way.  He's mysterious and magical, and interesting enough for Gandalf to mention him.  I would have loved to see him included in the films, even if only in the extended edition.

3. I used to watch and enjoy Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills.  I would get up early before HIGH school just so I could watch it.  I blamed this on my little sister of course.  The tattooed teens were chosen to fight the evil Emperor Gorganus.  They are summoned by glowing tattoos on their forearms.  Just watch a few seconds of the opening credits, and you will see why I have never told anyone about this.

More geek confessions in this post over at AlertNerd.


  1. I thought hating Padme was the accepted -- rather than unpopular -- opinion ;)

    Seriously, as awful as the prequels are...that was probably the thing that got me THE MOST. The original trilogy gave us a kick-ass female hero who resonated with generations of ladies. The prequels gave us a boring, dishraggy substitute. Not cool.

  2. Ahhh - that's a good point. I just assumed people liked her.

    And I have to agree. Instead of Leia, we get the chick that's all, "Hold me like you did on Naboo, Annie-wani-vaderkins." Blech.

  3. Padme as a character totally blows. There is a great review of Attack of the clones online on youtube that pretty much breaks it all down.


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