Ho, ho, ho, and a Merry Gurnenthar’s Ascendance to all from the Warp Zone Nerds. In honor of the happiest time of the year, when the world becomes a frozen hellscape and ancient tunes spread forth from mall speakers everywhere, The Nerds have gathered around a crackling Netflix video fire to discuss the many holiday specials that roam the television landscape each year. They will plumb the depths of early 90’s cultural exposition to find specials you vaguely remember watching as a child, or in the case of a certain draconic nanny, specials you never wanted to watch in the first place.
In the spirit of the many holidays, the nerds explore the concepts of family and togetherness, and come closer together through a discussion of their road rage and embarrassing musical tastes. An argument in favor of Hanukah, that utilizes Superman and an armadillo, is examined and given thumbs up all around. The nerds also break down their favorite specials of the season. Michael gives his nod to the Colbert Christmas Special, for its frank take on the Festival of Lights. Bobbie and Tom lean towards the Community special, because it feels more like an episode and less like a yearly obligation, and it’s the one special to try and justify Christmas to non-Christians. The nerds also take a brief moment to discuss their own holiday traditions. Michael is transported back to his childhood for eight solid nights, Thomas faces a Christmas themed Fear Factor, and Bobbie might eventually get around to putting up a tree at some point. Michael also gets to experience true horror as he sees who is hiding under the skirts of The Ghost of Christmas Present. So grab yourself a heaping plate of latkes, light the beeswax candles, and put on your earbuds for the Warp Zone Nerds (Not Christmas) Christmas Special.
In this Halloween special it is important to ask, is horror a living, flourishing entertainment genre? Or is it dead with nothing new to contribute to media? Perhaps it is still showing signs of life, stumbling, moaning and occasionally lashing out at unsuspecting teenagers in the woods.
This month the nerds tackle the big question: is the horror alive, dead or undead? Chase joins Michael, Tom, and Bobbie as they define horror as a genre and take the pulse of storytelling across media platforms to determine if they can save horror or if it is beyond the realm of a living, thriving medium.
The nerds discuss some of the originators of horror subgenres, such as the Exorcist, the one and only exorcism film, and classic slasher movies. Bobbie takes time to complain about Prometheus, and Chase argues Gone Girl is one of the best horror films produced in the last few years. Tom and Chase also bond over a traumatic childhood viewing of the Shining, while Michael advocates Abbott and Costello’s place in the horror film genre.
Finally the nerds give their prognosis, but you have to listen to find out which of the nerds think horror is alive and which think it is showing signs of life after death.
If the nerds did not touch on a horror film, game, or book close to your heart you can always email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave comments below.
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