E4 Geeks: Episode Five – In which geeks just can’t get along because reality TV is a load of bollocks.
The reality TV torture continues with another episode of E4’s Geeks, which in this episode sees seven geeks take to the party scene in Los Angeles. Three Comic Con female fans join up with four World of Warcraft players in this episode, and are shown a good time at some cool nightlife spots by David Hasselhoff…
…’s daughter, who I’ve literally never heard of (unless she’s the one holding the camera in that viral video of him being all drunk.) I’ll get this out of the way; Taylor may know the hottest spots and the places to be seen, but personally I don’t even give her dad credit as A Thing That Happened To Culture, so why should I be any more tolerant of his offspring? She seems nice and all, but I’m assuming she’s been paid a fair whack of cash just to let them tag along to the bars and clubs that she would be going to regardless. Taylor bumps into our Cosplaying girls Ashleigh, Aisha and Becca (the latter two of whom you can follow in cosplay adventure at their great website) as they relax on the beach following a day of staring at be-pectoraled men on Venice Beach. As you do. Pfft.
Anyway. I’ve been doing some more of the old investigative journalism on the old Twitter, so I’ll say this about the WoW players and absolutely no more: I’m not entirely sure they’re the socially awkward type which this programme claims to champion in any way, shape or form. Their seemingly low-key holiday (which again, may have been edited so as to appear that way) takes a backseat to bitchiness as Ashleigh and Aisha disagree over the right way to spend their holiday. Aisha feels that Ashleigh is being too friendly with the boys to the extent that it makes the girls feel unwelcome, while Ashleigh is convinced that Aisha is just being a fuddy duddy. The awkward scenes that the programme tries to set up following these social skirmishes just makes for more of that birdsong-heavy background ambience while the boys stare at their shoes and poor Becca, caught in the crossfire, makes pleas for everyone to just get along.
The producers must have been relieved that they were able to engineer a situation arising from that friction because their Plan A was dead in the fucking water from the get-go. Without so much as an innocent flirtation between either party, the boys are practically falling over each other to blurt out that they’ve nearly all got girlfriends. The scenes were clearly edited in the wrong order because it’s only then that, with the other girls in bed, Ashleigh hangs out with the boys by the pool and we’re battered around the face with the impression that she’s flirting with them. She isn’t; she said as much when casually stating that she has more male friends than female.
Aisha goes on to accuse the boys of having a bad attitude, which gets a bit tiresome throughout the episode – that is, if you were to believe a second of the bullshit editing which would otherwise have you believe that they are just miserable sods. But they aren’t; they just didn’t necessarily expect to be sharing their holiday with strangers!
What shocked me more than anything is that I found myself agreeing with the tiresome voiceover man for the first time ever. As one of the girls laments that she never had the time to get to know Taylor, what with her being cool and a celebrity, Matt Edmondson cuts in with “…well, the daughter of a celebrity.” I’m as stunned as you are, readers.
I’m not going to waste my tired, sleep-deprived fingers on the twist ending; where it turns out that not all is rosy between Aisha and Ashleigh after all, because by that point – over an hour into the recording including breaks, the producers must have really thought they were onto a winner if they extended the runtime – I was just about done with them playing up the catfight angle to the detriment of the entire boys’ group; one of the few times we see them together, at the batting cages, the talk of the day is why the girls are arguing! They must have been a real bunch of boring sods…or perhaps not if their Twitter banter is to be believed.
Once again, what could easily have been a perfectly pleasant holiday with some minor disputes – absolutely nothing that doesn’t happen on holiday anyway, for god’s sake – is blown out of all proportion. It’s sad because our cast of geeks is once again made out to be beyond help despite their clearly being able to function within normal society.
The girls did look great in cosplay. At least there’s that. And their trip to JapanTown – holy crap, that place looks amazing!
Let’s end on the Cornette Face again because, well, why not.