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Hi!  I’m new to Geek Girl Authority.  Although I’m not a girl, I’m every bit as geeky as the others supplying content for this wonderful website. You’ll find this out as we take this journey together.  Trust me.  That said, it’s fair to ask “who are you and why should I care about what you have to say?”  Because I’m an awesome guy and I have awesome opinions…at least that’s what my cats tell me and my cats are ALWAYS right!  If you think the opinion of a cat is dubious at best, then I’ll try something else.  Here goes…

First off, “Who am I?”

I’ve been a geek for as long as I can remember.  Born in the Summer of Love, I really came of age in the 70s.  Ah, those halcyon years filled with bell-bottoms, the Pet Rock, Battlestar Galactica (the original!) and the Pacer.  OK, maybe the Pacer isn’t the greatest example of halcyon that I could think of, but I sure as hell wanted one when I was 11 years old.

I started reading comics when I was 5.  I used to go to garage sales with my mom and I’d always find a random issue of BATMAN, ACTION COMICS or BEATLE BAILEY hidden among precious family artifacts like food stained Tupperware containers or the ubiquitous velvet painting of dogs playing poker. It wasn’t until I was 9 that I found my first issue of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN at Walgreens and then, forget about it, I was hooked. He’s still my all-time favorite character by the way. I knew I was a die-hard fan when I convinced my mom to take me on the 30 minute drive to downtown Minneapolis so that I could shop at the late and very much lamented Shinder’s Book Store, one of the first comic book shops in the area.  It was also a porno shop, but that’s a tale for another day.

I was a latchkey kid before the term “latchkey” came and went.  I devoured television like a starving man rescued from a deserted island stuffs his pie hole with any food he can get his hands on; THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, THE BIONIC WOMAN, STAR TREK, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, WONDER WOMAN and those two god-awful live action DC superhero TV movies LEGENDS OF THE SUPERHEROES. Too young to remember those or have forced yourself to forget them? Click here.  I feasted on movies like THE PLANET OF THE APES (all of them), STAR WARS, STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, JAWS and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND.  I suckled at the teat of shows that could only possibly be cool in the 70s like LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRE (there, I said it!), FAMILY (said it again!) and EIGHT IS ENOUGH (good god did I really just write that?). I loved GOOD TIMES, ONE DAY AT A TIME, EMERGENCY, and all the NBC MYSTERY MOVIES on Saturday nights (McCLOUD, McMILLIAN & WIFE and COLUMBO).  Hell, I was even a fan of MARCUS WELBY, M.D., QUINCY and BARNABY JONES!  Loved 60s holdovers/syndication granddaddies THE BRADY BUNCH, GILLIGAN’S ISLAND and PETTICOAT JUNCTION along with Westerns like GUNSMOKE, BONANZA, WAGON TRAIN and the always cool Chuck Conners in THE RIFLEMAN.

I was, and still am, a game geek.  Maybe someday I’ll post pics of my collection that still includes gems like HAPPY DAYS where you can earn “Cool Points” as you work your way around Arnold’s jukebox or THE PLANET OF THE APES, a nerve-wracking game filled with the tension of whether or not your human will fall through the top of a cardboard cage to be imprisoned forever!  Or at least until your next turn.

That love of card and board games quickly transferred to the early days of video games.  I played endless hours of SPACE INVADERS at an ahead-of-it’s-time computer lab in Jr. High. I still own my original Atari 2600 with all the cartridges and played it until I discovered the Sega Genesis in the early 90s.  Realizing that Sega was quickly falling behind Nintendo and Sony, I made the early choice to jump aboard the PlayStation bandwagon where I’ve been ever since.  Still haven’t gotten the PS4, but that’s on the horizon.

I’ve got a ton more cred to add to this already long post, but I think I’ll let you discover that as we go.  Can’t reveal all my secrets on the first date!

Now “why should I care what he has to say”?

First off, I’m going to be doing some reviews for new and returning television series.  Just so you know, I don’t automatically love every comic book translation, every iteration of STAR TREK and all things JJ Abrams. That said, I think I’m a fair critic with something to say but you’ll ultimately be the judge of that.

Second, my love of movies and television drove me to look deeper than just what I liked.  It fostered a need to find out what other people enjoyed, despised or were indifferent to and why.  That’s a huge reason why I follow box office and TV ratings religiously.  I’ve been breaking down Summer Box Office on a weekly basis since 2006. That’s eight years of pondering things like why TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN made over $800 million in 2009 while THE MESSENGER languished in obscurity.  You’re not alone if you don’t remember that one.  It’s looking like this year’s eternal mystery is why the otherwise excellently reviewed EDGE OF TOMORROW is a box office bomb.  I often wonder why the fantastic WONDERFALLS was canceled after a single season yet CSI gets a 15th season and has spawned three spin-offs.  How does the critical darling but low rated THE GOOD WIFE keep getting picked up? I’ll pose those questions and try to answer them but like rolling a 20-sided die, I may come up aces or I may end up wondering just how that Bat’leth got stuck in my liver.

Hope you enjoy,

Matt Reed

June 2014