Remember in this week’s DVD Day, when I mentioned the excellent BBC series The Fades? Well, here I am mentioning it again — because it’s excellent. I’ve currently seen up to episode 5, and I can tell you it’s a great teen-thrust-into-supernatural-world-of-danger series that’s like Buffy the Vampire Slayer if Buffy were a boy, less competent, way more nerdy, and if the show were much more concise (The Fades is only six episodes) and totally missing Joss Whedon’s dialogue (which I enjoy, but know some people find obnoxious). Also it involves ghosts instead of vampires and demons, more moral ambiguity, a bit of light cannibalism, and it’s more graphically violent, if nothing else. Plus, the main character Paul and his best friend Mac are wonderful examples of nerds written well. Look, just watch the trailer above. I got seriously hooked in episode 3, and I recommend the show to anyone.
Which is lucky, because BBC Home Entertainment was kind enough to give me FIVE copies of The Fades Season One on DVD. The contest is this: Although heaven and hell don’t directly figure into The Fades, the show does revolve around ghosts who can’t properly pass on from the world, and thus get… uh… cranky. Which got me thinking — what would a nerd version of heaven look like? For that matter, what is nerd hell?
So that’s the contest: Describe nerd heaven and/or hell, either in general or your personal ones. Two entries per person — one for heaven, one for hell (no doubling up). Keep the descriptions in the 200 words max range, please. I’ll pick two winners for each afterlife, and then the fifth will be whatever strikes my fancy.
The contest ends at 12:01 am EST on Monday, February 27th, 2012. Much, much thanks to BBC for sponsoring this weekend’s contest. Have a great weekend, folks, and if you happen to see an episode of The Fades on BBC America or On Demand, definitely check it out. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go watch the final Fades episode… while trying not to make eye contact with my cat.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.