The 9 Biggest Nerd Disappointments of 2010

By Chris Cummins in Daily Lists, Miscellaneous
Friday, December 31, 2010 at 8:05 am
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In the words of Larry David, 2010 was a "pretty, pretty, pretty good" year for nerds. Futurama, Being Human and Doctor Who all made triumphant returns to the airwaves. Films like Iron Man 2 and Toy Story 3 actually gave people valid reason to stop streaming movies on their TVs and go to the movies again. Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark proved to Broadway that the web-slinger could pack audiences in for an evening of nerdy (and completely safe) musical theater. Oh wait. Maybe the year wasn't so wonderful after all.

With life being the tragicomedy that it is, there was plenty of disappointment to go around over the course of the past 365 days. But what geekcentric let downs really stood out? Let's take a look with this overview of moments, events and releases that made nerds everywhere feel like they just spent a day with Debbie Downer. From aliens who completely refuse to show off their true reptilian selves to mystical caves of denouement, here are the nine biggest nerd disappointments of 2010 (and yes, I fully expect that some smart ass will say this list is the biggest nerd disappointment of 2010 in the comments. Such is life).

9) V
After a brief four-episode run in 2009, a somewhat retooled V returned to ABC in March with promises of more action, more excitement and more alien mayhem. Instead, viewers were forced to watch more endless scenes of mother/son tumult between Elizabeth Mitchell as criminally inept FBI agent Erica and some kid with a punchable face as her son, Tyler .While that pair had their domestic drama drag out in the most tedious manner possible, the rest of the supporting cast got caught up in a demented game of one-upmanship to see which character was the most pointless/annoying (spoiler alert: it was a tie between Kyle and Father Jack!). Also, no guinea pigs were eaten and Michael Ironside never turned up -- so failure all around basically. When the show returns in a few weeks, it brings with it original series stars Jane Badler as Visitor baddie Anna's mother and, in the season finale, Marc Singer. Here's hoping this influx of old life makes the new show watchable. It better, because I'm only giving V one more chance before tossing it aside like one of its own numerous unresolved plotlines.

8) Jon Favreau Announces That He's Not Directing Iron Man 3
Rob has already gone on record with his thoughts as to the possible reasons why Jon Favreau won't be returning to helm Iron Man 3, and regardless of the director's intentions it's hard not to be a bit saddened by the news. Through his work on the first two Iron Man films, Favreau -- previously best known for his era-defining role of Gutter in PCU -- was crucial in mapping the cinematic playground that Marvel's movie properties will be kicking around in for at least the next decade or so. Fanboys are already fearing an X-Men: The Last Stand-type debacle given how that franchise sputtered once the guiding hand of Bryan Singer was taken away. At this point there are more questions than answers (will Favreau even return as Happy Hogan?), so stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed that his replacement has the understanding of what makes Tony Stark et al such captivating characters.

7) The Continuing Glut of Lousy 3-D Films
In 2010, there seemed to be ten Yogi Bears for every Tron: Legacy that hit theaters. And so the ultimate legacy of Avatar is revealed. Unless you have been trapped on an island where a magic cave of light controls mankind's fate (or something), you probably noticed that the studios were frantic to catch a ride on Jim Cameron's money train this past year. Hollywood has convinced itself that the easiest way to do so is by releasing any and all would-be blockbusters in 3-D. When done properly, the efforts are astonishing. Yet the majority are post-converted 3-D efforts like Clash of the Titans that dull the wow of the format and cause fatigue amongst moviegoers tired of shelling out more money per ticket for sub par visuals (the notable exception being the wonderfully cheesy Piranha 3-D). The 3-D trend is just going to get worse in 2011, so best to start bracing yourself now for having pot brownies, robotic testicles, John Turturro and inane comedy thrust at you when Transformers: Dark of the Moon comes out in July.

6) Leonard Nimoy Retires
It's a bittersweet symphony, that's life. In April, Leonard Nimoy announced his retirement from Hollywood after an illustrious career that has established him arguably the greatest nerd icon of our time. Spock aside, his filmography includes campy efforts like the psychic racecar driver telefilm Baffled!, his hosting duties on In Search Of..., a pivotal cameo in The Simpsons' hilarious "Marge vs. the Monorail" episode and, recently, the recurring role of Walter Bell on Fringe (these are just amongst my personal favorite roles of his; feel free to name yours in the comments). Rumors abound that Nimoy will briefly return from his self-imposed exile to make another appearance on Fringe at some point in 2011. Maybe his parallel universe self can convince him to return back to acting full time...

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