In case you hadn’t heard, tonight on TV, nerd culture becomes enshrined for all time as REAL CULTURE. Please note that is a joke, since I can’t go 15 seconds without hearing someone quote Star Wars at me. But nonetheless, it’s an exciting night for Marvel fans and fan culture as two shows are debuting that will set the conversational agenda for the rest of the week or possibly even fortnight.
First of course, there’s Agents of SHIELD, which debuts in less than an hour on ABC. We’re one of the five people who haven’t seen the pilot yet, but even without seeing it, Disney’s plan of continuing the Avengers excitement as a weekly down tempo TV show starring Agent Coulson is sheer marketing genius. Of the 15 million reviews online, this is one.
Besides Clark Gregg, the show stars pilot Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), black ops dude Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet), human weapons guy Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), and in the biologist role, Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). Everyone is going to watch this right? Circle back tomorrow for the over nights and we’ll see just how smart Disney was.
And at 10 on Syfy there’s Fangasm, the Jersey Shore of nerd culture as 7 wacky roommates who like nerd stuff try to drum up conflict. We know too many people on this show to review it but here’s one from MTV Geek.
Reality TV fans, meet your Sheldon Cooper.
Bonus: Kate Kotler interviews castmember Molly McIsaac.
We’re told some of the cast are actually normal people who just like genre fiction but that couldn’t be right, because nerds are a sect like Shakers or Zoroastrians. After tonight, we’ll find out for sure. And if you watch either or both be sure to come back here and let us know what you thought.