Judging from my Twitter feed, I am the only one not at Comic Con this year, TV journalist or otherwise. But that's okay because I have a plan to have a nerd-tastic weekend at home nonetheless. Sure, I won't get to fill a giant swag bag full of tee-shirts, comic books, and random pins or pens or lanyards or other, smaller bags. But I will still get stickers, thanks to GetGlue.com!
And all of that also means I get to sit in the comfort of my living room, which by the way smells really good these days-- like Japanese cherry blossoms-- with my dog by my side and food on my coffee table. I think my schedule looks pretty good. It may not be as packed as Comic Con's, but let's face it, I'm getting older and I just don't know that I have the stamina for Comic Con these days!
I invite you to steal as much from my schedule as you want. We can host our own little convention from the comfort of our own homes. And perhaps, like the good little nerds that we are, Skype each other while doing so so that it feels like we're sitting in the same space. The internet made nerds the new cool kids, so why not use it to our advantage?
Thursday, July 21st
Start slow, ease yourself in...
1pm - "Friends of the Nerdolution" - Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine are streaming their Nerd HQ panels live on uStream so that we don't have to feel like we're missing out for being anywhere but San Diego this weekend. This isn't the one that kicked off the event, but it is the arguably the biggest one, featuring the awesomeness of Danny Pudi, Jorge Garcia, Joshua Gomez, Alison Haislip, Olivia Munn, Alessandra Torresani, Levi, and maybe a few more surprise celebrity pals.
2pm - 10pm - Admittedly I personally have to take a break for a non-nerdy work-related event, but I encourage the rest of you to begin your TV marathon an hour earlier than I will be able to. For the day, I recommend episodes of The Big Bang Theory. Leonard and Sheldon can always cheer themselves up by reminding themselves (and each other) how close they are to the next Comic Con. That makes this show the quintessential kingdom for all nerds and is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the special weekend. You can start with the pilot and watch consecutively or make your own "hit" playlist. My recommendations include "The Luminous Fish Effect," "The Hamburger Postulate," "The Loobenfeld Decay," "The Pancake Batter Anomaly," "The Barbarian Sublimation," "The Euclid Alternative," "The Party Pinata Polarization," "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis," "The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation," "The Creepy Candy Coating Corallary," "The Adhesive Duck Deficiency," "The Precious Fragmentation," "The Wheaton Recurrence," "The Robotic Manipulation," "The 21 Second Excitation," and "The Herb Garden Germination."
10pm - Tune into FX for a brand new episode of Wilfred, which may not be your typical nerdy fare but works for anyone who is a dog lover!
Friday, July 22nd
Step it up with an earlier start and more diversity...
8:30am - Wake up with South Park's "Make Love, Not Warcraft" episode.
9am - "A Conversation with the cast of Firefly" - The Nerd Machine has reunited Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Alan Tudyk, and Jewel Staite for all of your lingering, burning fan girl questions. Since you're watching from home, you can't actually ask the stars anything, but come on, who doesn't love a good reunion?!?
10am - 12pm - Why not keep the theme of "blasts from the past" going for a little bit longer? Check out the Buffy the Vampire Slayer pilot and then the very special musical "Once More With Feeling" episode. Marvel at how young they all were!
12pm - It's lunch time, and what better way to spend it than with a Subway sandwich and some Chuck? Spend the hour with the four season finale because it really could have been a perfect series finale episode, too.
1pm - 6pm - Power through another intense TV marathon. Celebrate the pilots and/or series finales where applicable for programs like Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman, Millenium, Falling Skies, Fringe and both Nikitas.
6pm - 8pm - Take a Wii break. You don't necessarily have to be active about it if you don't want to be, but stimulate the mind by engaging in some games, whether playing online opponents or not. After a day of passively watching activity on a screen, the stimulation will do you some good. And probably give you the energy to power through the rest of it.
8pm - 10pm - It's movie time here at Nerd Con. No, I don't have any advance screeners of blockbusters hitting theaters in the next few months (I'm strictly a TV journalist these days), but what's wrong with a classic? Back to the Future! I think Doc Brown would have been the hero and keynote speaker of every Comic Con if he were real.
10pm - Haven airs on Syfy. Brand new episode of the second season. If you haven't been there this whole time, why not? Also, Torchwood: Miracle Day is on Starz. But not everyone has that channel so...
Saturday, July 23rd
Hit your stride but don't forget to see the sun...
9am - Bummed you have to do all of this outside of the beautiful, 70-degree weather of San Diego? Support the independent arts by checking out the web series "Quest for Comic Con" and get inspired to make the trek next year!
10:30am - 12:30pm - Community may not be your typical Comic Con show, but Abed (and as we have learned of late, Troy) is your typical Comic Con attendee. Celebrate the best of their budding relationship with the following episodes: "Contemporary American Poultry," "The Art of Discourse," "Basic Rocket Science," "Epidemiology," and "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons."
12:30pm - Take your lunch break outside for a change. See the sun, smell a flower, say hello to a neighbor. You'd be surprised the kind of havoc a few short days in front of the electronic glow of screens can reap on your skin and eyes!
2:30pm - "A Conversation with Nathan Fillion" - You can't ever get enough Captain Mal, Captain Hammer, or Richard Castle, right? The Nerd Machine doesn't think so, and we're inclined to agree!
3:30 - 6:30pm - A week from today the stars of The X-Files will reunite in Los Angeles for a one-of-a-kind Conversation Series event. Celebrate this, and what this show has done for genre television, with a mini-marathon. Admittedly, I haven't seen enough of the series to pick my overall favorites, as the supernatural is something I am just recently embracing, so I say today watch the two movies back-to-back.
6:30pm - Movie night should continue, perhaps under the stars and in a cool night's breeze if your DVD player is portable. As a kid the only comics I ever read were Archie (and friends!), so it's time to celebrate something deeper, wouldn't you say? Superman starring Christopher Reeve, Iron Man, and The Dark Knight are my picks.
Sunday, July 24th
9am - "A Conversation with Zachary Levi" - He is one of my favorite people to interview because he's funny, smart, thoughtful, and will always drop a couple of pop culture reference gems into the conversation.
10am - 2:30pm - Supernatural is in Hall H this year, but you have a guaranteed spot to see your favorite Winchester boys right in the comfort of your own home. Since episodes without commercials are only about 45 minutes each, you should be able to squeeze in about six here. Start with the pilot and then hit one quintessential episode from each season after. My picks are: "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 2," "Mystery Spot," "Lazarus Rising," "Swan Song," and "The Man Who Would Be King."
2:30pm - "A Conversation with Jared Padalecki" - You can also make this one a drinking game if the weekend has gotten to you, even though you just sat at home and not in a claustrophobic crowd. Drink every time he says "y'all." It will be adorable!
3:30pm - Star Wars screening. I'm just going to come right out and say it: I still have never seen any of these films. Well, that's not entirely true: I have seen a scene or two here and there, but I decided they just weren't for me and never sat down to see them through. But everyone tells me my dog looks like an Ewok, and there are countless references to these in just about everything these days. So for me, it might just be time. And for all of you who already know and love it? Well, can you think of a better way to cap off the weekend?
Remember: eat, stay hydrated, and blast the A.C. No excuse not to since it's your house; you control the quality and quantity of everything.