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What I’m Thankful For…



Posted by Steve

Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone, I’ve not posted anything in over a week, I’m trying to get back into a regular routine, and I really want to podcast.   For now, though, this will have to do.  (Hopefully, there will be a whole lot of casting going on later this evening.)

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I would let everyone know what I’m thankful for as a geek.  So, here is my list of geek stuff that I’m thankful for:

1.  Hi-Def televisions – While I don’t have a hi-def of my own, I do enjoy mooching off of friends who get to enjoy the crystal clear goodness on a regular basis.  I’m not an old geezer or anything, but I still remember what it means to “not touch that dial.”  Our family used UHF channels.   We had an antenna sticking off or our roof for several years.  I actually do remember the launch of MTV, when Nickelodeon stopped programming at 6 in the evening, and banging on a TV because it was so fuzzy.  Now, thanks to digital cable and satellite and those flat screened little marvels of modern technology, football is clearer than it would be if you were standing on the field, movies look better in the living room than they do in the theatre, and the television can actually be a part of interior decorating.  Hopefully, by the end of 2008 I will have my own slice of Hi-Def Heaven in my living room.   But for now, I’m thankful that it exists and I have friends who let me come to their house.

2.  Transformers – I know that this is one of the more controversial (as far as geeks go) films of the 2007, but I absolutely loved it.  I sat in the theatre and nearly wept when Optimus Prime arrived on Earth to the stirring score by Steve Jablonsky.   When he told Iron Hide that freedom is right of all sentient beings, I got chills, and when he declared, “Megatron, today one shall stand; one shall fall.”  I lept off my seat and cheered.   I haven’t had that much fun at a movie since Yoda caught the Force lightning and sent it hurling back at Count Dooku after striking a kung fu pose.  Yes, I know the problems with movie (and the biggest issue is NOT flames on Optimus Prime).  I too wish that they would have reserved the name Devestator for…well…Devestator.  However, for all of the divergence from the original Generation 1 goodness, I still loved the film and I am truly thankful that we got to see it this year.

3.  Super Hero movies – All of them…except Catwoman…and maybe Steel.   Yes, including Ghost Rider and Elektra.   (Can’t believe I just said that.) I love the fact that the super hero movie has become it’s own genre of films now.  After BATMAN AND ROBIN (ugh) I thought the super hero movie was dead and gone.  I cringed as I read reports of Nicolas Cage playing Superman, I laughed to keep from crying when I watched Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four movie, and I waited and watched as Bryan Singer’s X-Men shocked the world.  Now, we can easily expect two or three super hero films in theatres every year.  And while some of them have fallen short of collective expectations or desires, it cannot be denied that it is fun to live in a time when we get to see the Hulk sling a tank across the desert, Iron Man outrun fighter jets, Superman save an airplane, Batman leap off of Gotham’s highest towers, and Spider-Man web sling his way across New York.  With projects like The Dark Knight, The Justice League, and even the sequel to Superman Returns on the horizon, not to mention all that Marvel has to offer in upcoming years, we geeks will have a lot to cheer for, complain about, and debate over, so be thankful.

4.  Next Gen Consoles –  While I think Sony took a misstep with the Playstation 3, I covet my friend’s X Box 360, and I recently (read “FINALLY”) got to play the Nintendo Wii.  While I will always hold a soft spot in my heart for Pac Man (not Pong), one can’t deny that video games have really upped the ante and aren’t just games anymore, they are indeed events and experiences.   That’s just fun, and it’s something to be thankful for.

5.  Star Wars (All SIX episodes, the original AND special editions of the Original Trilogy) – Most likely, a lot of you are like me in that you got your start in being a geek from George Lucas’ incredible vision.  I was 5 months old exactly when the Star Wars made it’s debut in theatres everywhere.  So, my earliest memory of Star Wars is lost as I only know that I grew up with it and was intimately familiar with the movie by the time I was 5.  Of course, by that time, we knew that Darth Vader was Luke’s father and we were rushing toward the climax of the saga.  I got to go see Return of the Jedi in it’s opening weekend. I don’t know how he did it, but my dad scored tickets for the whole family and my best friend at the time.   I remember walking out of the movie amazed and a little freaked out by what I saw.  I also remember a line stretching from the cinema inside the mall out the main entrance, along the side of the mall and up to the road.  Fast forward to 1997.   I was a sophomore in college and was devouring everything I could about the return of Star Wars to the big screen.   The day came, and I got money from everyone who wanted to go and bought tickets for 28 people, made sure they all had rides to the theatre, and there we were.  I loved it then, love it now.

Then in 1999, we got the first of the prequel trilogy…one day I will do a defense of the prequels, but this is not the place.  Suffice to say that I loved the Phantom Menace…I enjoyed Attack of Clones….and I was blown away by The Revenge of the Sith. 

I liked the Clone Wars cartoons and I’m anxious to see Lucasfilm’s next television offerings.  So yeah.  I’m thankful for Star Wars.  

While that’s not all that I’m thankful for as a geek, those are the big things that come to mind.    So, what are you thankful for?  What really makes your inner geek burst with happiness and gratitude?  Leave a comment or two and let me know.

And God Bless us, every one.

2 Responses to “What I’m Thankful For…”

  1. Goblinmoon Says:

    Nice to see your thankful posts Steve! I can relate to what you’re saying! While I’m thankful for the ‘advances’ geeks have made in modern media, I reserve the right to be critical (what fan isn’t?). Still being a bit older than you I completely remember when genre was limited to cheesy or Star Trek reruns! or stretching it to Bewitched! So I’m glad that we had books to keep us going! Writers are the farmers of the imagination, whatever their chosen media.

  2. Luke Says:

    You’re not the only one who was geeking out in their seats at the theater Steve. Hearing Optimus say “my bad” and uttering the word “eBay” was kind of cool. Bring on a sequel!

    As far as gaming consoles go, I go the Xbox 360 earlier this year and I’ve been very impressed. I’m not a massive gamer, but I get into the games that capture my interest. You should jump aboard – maybe you’ll get a 360 for Xmas, or?

    Looking forward to your next Podcast. Can’t wait for your thoughts on the last few episodes of Heroes.

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