As a self-proclaimed (and proud) geek, I am absolutely loving all the attention, toys, movies, tv shows, and acceptance that my once hated and mocked past time has become. But it has led me to wonder, has this now become a trend, a damaging one?
I know the typical response is “what a hipster, in before it was cool!”, but that isn’t what this is about. It’s more a question of saturation, and thus watering and dumbing down of things loved for what they already were. There are multiple tv shows popping up seemingly on a regular basis (Sherlock, Supernatural, Daredevil, Arrow, Flash etc etc etc). There are so many, I can’t even follow them all, with more to come (AKA Jessica Jones, X-Men live action etc). Do you think that the overwhelming surge of all things geek has watered down, thinning out the stories, the relevance, and the care taken in making them?
I think the most recent examples I can use were the semi-flop Agent Carter, and the newest Fantastic Four movie that has tanked this past weekend at the box office. Some argue that it’s the companies producing these shows and movies, but in fairness, all of them seem to do well on some fronts, and not so much on others (ie: Good movies, horrible tv, or good tv and horrible movies). Is this a cause of people running out of ideas? Soaking up as much money as possible at the expense of the story lines we all grew up with, and also potentially tiring us all out with it all with pure over saturation? It makes me wonder (and worry) that may happen, because as I said at the beginning of this article, I am loving it, but I also worry for my adored make-believe worlds. What are your thoughts? Do you think it’s been too much? Do you think the influx of geek related movies, tv, toys, games etc will hurt? Share your thoughts with us!