Revenge of the Nerds!
The nerd revolution has been in full-swing for, like, ever now, but it was especially felt this past weekend. First, we sat down for the two-hour season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy,” in which Chandra “Dr. Bailey” Wilson sheds her tough veneer—again—for an unlucky schlub who jumps into a pit of drying cement for the woman he loves. During the surgery-to-end-all surgeries—again—Bailey calms her patient with references to Han Solo and “The Force.” For the record, though, I don’t think any amount of science fiction camaraderie would help me forget that I was encased within tons of toxic armor that threatened to burn me, poison me, and kill me. Just saying.
Also over the weekend was an online chat (nerdy on its own merit) between Tolkien fanboys and directors Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro. It was all done in the name of finding out more about this movie adaptation of The Hobbit. When asked if Gollum would return in a big way, del Toro wrote, “Yes! As all of you know, Gollum has a rather fascinating arch to go through and his alliance to Shelob or his period of imprisonment in Thranduil’s, etc.” Of course. As we all know.