Here’s a short list of geek stuff that’s admired and loved by loads of geeks worldwide—but I’d rather spend eternity in the belly of the Sarlacc than ever have to deal with in any form.

  • Dr. Who—It looks like it was filmed in the 80s. See also Star Trek below.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia—The movies are mediocre, and the books are cloyingly didactic.
  • Star Trek (the entire franchise, with the exception of the latest movie)—A few interesting conflicts and logical puzzles, but overall boring and full of the cheesiest tripe ever.
  • Dungeons and Dragons, and the entire d20 system—Don’t even get me started. I could complain about the idiocy of this game all day.
  • Magic: The Gathering—So many cards, it’s easy to break, impossible to strategize effectively, and pure luck if you ever win.
  • World of Warcraft, and every other MMORPG—Do the same thing over, and over, and over again ad nauseam, and keep paying every month for the privilege.
  • Zombies, vampires, and werewolves, in any form. Simply overdone and predictable.
  • Anime, manga, and all of the other related art forms that fans insist are different, but are really just the same thing with little variations. Despite the occasional diamond, most of it is pure garbage.

Which one of my hates did you find yourself feeling defensive about? What are your least favorite popular geek properties? One of the great things about geekdom is that there is room for us all, despite our differences.

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Well, well…somebody put on his cranky pants today. :) Actually, I agree almost 100% with your list. (You’d think we were related or something.) The only thing I would disagree on is Star Trek. Sometimes (at its worst) it can be painfully boring and didactic, but generally I like the nerdiness of it. And the cheesy parts, too; some of the cheesiest moments (including the entire original ’60s run) border on priceless. One of my least favorite geek entertainments is Star Wars…and yet I also love it. The concept, the settings, the story lines, the visuals, all are awesome. The… Read more »

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I’ve actually had this list in my drafts folder for about two months, and finally busted it out just to get a post done, even though I didn’t feel like it. So I didn’t get a chance to polish it or think about it too deeply. It’s just a list of stuff I hate. :) I have to tell the truth here. I watched and enjoyed parts of the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and even Voyager. But I guess my tastes have changed over time, because nowadays I can hardly stand to watch anything Star Trek related. Except for… Read more »

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Okay, I have to ask, where does Firefly fall on your list?

As for me, I can take Star Trek, really liked TNG and the newest movie, but I prefer Star Wars even with all its problems. I might know a tdb too much about it. I’m pretty much with you on the whole rest of the list.

Great post.

But seriously, is it weird that I know that Boba Fett did not die in Return of the Jedi and that he had a daughter?

Ben
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Firefly is awesome! You’ll never find it on my hate list, rest assured. It took me a long time to get around to watching it, despite all the fan acclaim, but I was glad when I did. Actually, arcane knowledge like you have about Boba Fett isn’t unheard of in the geeky circles I inhabit. I haven’t delved that deeply into Star Wars lore myself, but I have a few friends who have read some of the “expanded universe” Star Wars novels. I keep meaning to read some myself, but never have gotten around to it. I’ve heard some of… Read more »

Theadra Leilani
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So, I’m not the only one a little late to the Firefly band wagon. That makes me feel better. =) It was certainly worth the time, that’s for sure. So – did you see the movie? What did you think?

Ben
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I saw the movie before watching the TV show. I remember liking it at the time. I know a lot of fans were upset about a particular death in the movie, but I didn’t know the history of that character, so it didn’t bother me. It seemed like it fit into the movie.

Theadra Leilani
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The death didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. Aren’t you nice for not spoiling it for others. =) Anyway, I was happy with the way it turned out. I still wish there was second movie, but – what are you gonna do?

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jes

seriously? “chronicles of narnia” as geek? can’t see the connection. it’s sweet because it’s for kids. i can’t see c.s. lewis as having anything to do with geekery. tolkein, maybe. lewis, no.

you can’t take the stars from me.

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D.

I disagree with your list entirely.

riotimus
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I love Firefly. Like you guys, I was introduced to it through the movie. It’s good stuff. According to Freerepublic dot com, Narnia was represented at Comic Con. Dr. Who – I remember one episode from the old series I watched as a kid. There were creepy monsters in it and the phone booth was trapped somewhere. That’s as big of a mark as it left on me. I’ve got no appreciation for the new series. Chronicle of Narnia – I’ve said my bit about Lewis at Write On. Star Trek – I remember the short-haired security chick in TNG… Read more »

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D.

So basically what I can conclude from your list is that you object to being entertained or amused, especially if there’s any amount of repetition involved. A lot of Dr. Who was filmed in the 80s. Does that make it bad? Lots of cool stuff was filmed in the 80s. Star Wars VI, V, Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones (Last Crusade and Temple of Doom), and Dune. (Dune, man!) And holy shit, Die Hard. Hell, even Conan the Destroyer, Red Sonya, Neverending Story, and Legend. And that’s not to mention The Princess… Read more »

Ben
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Wow, sounds like I touched a few nerves, there! Despite the way I return your hatred, I must admit that you make a few good points here and there. Particularly about anime movies. Sure, there are probably many bad ones and a few good ones, just like any other category of movie. I’ve only seen a few anime movies, and thought about half of them were worthy of being called good cinema and perhaps watching again. Without replying to all your criticisms, I’ll just say that the one reason I gave for hating each item in my list was not… Read more »