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How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 257 (or “Jack is back. All hail the power of Bauer!”)

You recently saw the film Pompeii, which you enjoyed mostly because of Kiefer Sutherland’s performance as a villainous Roman senator.

However, you kept getting distracted each time he appeared in a scene because you were consumed by the following thought as the trailer below played in a loop inside your mind’s eye:

“Jack Bauer is coming back… Jack Bauer is coming back…”

A farewell to “Fringe”…

The J. J. Abrams television series Fringe recently ended its five-year run on FOX, leaving an empty space in the world of nerds that was once filled with alternate universes, Red Vines, bald mystery men, and “show-me” cards.  As a tribute, we thought it appropriate to show a couple of YouTube videos that pay homage to the show, and its most unique character, Dr. Walter Bishop, portrayed by John Noble.


This compilation highlights many funny Walter Bishop moments up to 2010. If you have yet to see the show, this video will give you a taste of some rather great moments for which to anticipate.

This is a rather sentimental tribute video to the show's journey, but Fringe deserve some sentiment… it was a truly solid television series.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 125 (or Werewolves and Westerns)

While most people associate legendary actor Chuck Connors with his classic Western television show roles in The Rifleman and Branded, you will always think of him as the eye-patch-wearing, lycanthropic villain named Capt. Janos Skorzeny in the 1987 FOX television series Werewolf.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 23

Upon volunteering to be an observer in a group assignment for a graduate school course, you find it funny to keep thinking about showing up dressed like an Observer from Fringe.

Alternatives to network television medical drama detritus

We here at Nerd Odyssey have long been at odds with network television medical dramas. Whether it is FOX’s House, NBC’s ill-fated Mercy, or ABC’s melodramatic weepy doctor show Grey’s Anatomy, the current array of medical dramas is about soap opera romances or cartoonish behavior mixed with a dash of medical information. You may notice CBS absent from previous mention, but that is due to CBS’ problem resting in their over-reliance on cookie cutterCSI spin-offs.

Rather than condescend audiences, why don’t the networks start a new breed of medical dramas that take place in historical periods before modern medicine existed. A show that takes place in medieval Europe would be much more entertaining. You could have the romantic elements of a Grey’s Anatomy but with leeching and witchcraft accusations.  Another idea would be a show about an arrogant Ancient Egyptian brain surgeon, which could attract House fans (and yes, I know House is a diagnostician, not a brain surgeon).

Try a new approach, network executives. Admit that modern medical dramas are as close to real medicine as muzak is to actual jazz and move into the great unkown that is originality.