Friday, September 28, 2007

Geeks With Superpowers

I was listening to NPR today - I can't remember what program - and a TV critic was on talking about the new crop of fall shows. He said that there seems to be a run on shows about geeks with superpowers. And I had to think, "Wow! Am I the new target demographic or what!?"

I do have a tendency to watch shows for geeks (Star Trek Next Generation, Battlestar Galactica), shows about people with superpowers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Medium, Angel, Charmed, The 4400), and shows about geeks and squints (Freaks and Geeks, CSI, Bones, The Closer). Of course, I don't usually watch these shows until they come out on DVD and I can get them from Netflix. Ok, I did break down and watch the premier of Bones Tuesday. (Gift hint: Why, yes, I'd love a Jeffersonian Institute mug!)

I'm not sure what it is about those forensic crime shows - geeky, quirky, socially awkward people in labs fighting evil with their brains . . . ok, well I guess that's it! And too, there's something about the dissections . . . I'm fascinated by anatomy.

And I didn't think of this as having much of a
connection to my art until I was looking at some pieces I'm submitting to a Day of the Dead themed show. Skulls, anatomical hearts, bones. The things that are underneath. Evidence and remains.
I guess inspiration is everywhere!


Ann said...

I can't even commit to watching a tv show consistently - but I do have three favorites. Law and Order CI (love the big, weird, genius detective - duh), South Park (because I always wanted to be Cartman), and Project Runway (for obvious reasons).

And Columbo. And the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes. Puzzles get solved, justice is done. I see a theme.

Ann said...

Oh, and have you taken an MBTI lately? I'm madly curious to know your results.

Bridget Benton said...

I'm an INFP - and I love to see the good guys win!

Eyecon Artist said...

I'm not a big tv fan, but I do LOVE those paintings you posted. So rich and deep and mysterious.

The only tv show I watch lately is "Six Feet Under" (on disc, since I can't tolerate ads)... so maybe there is a slightly morbid theme interest there too.

Bridget Benton said...

Thanks, Robin! Yeah, I went for years without watching any TV at all - then Buffy the Vampire Slayer came out on DVD right when my best friend and housemate moved out. Then, Six Feet Under came out on DVD right when my dad died. After that, it was all over. I didn't realize how many TV series I'd been watching until I listed them out - or that I'd forgotten any until you mentioned them!

I loved your work, by the way - incredibly delicate and ethereal! (