Favorite Drama Series 0f 2010: Doctor Who
Doctor Who is a science-fiction institution. Since the first episode showed in 1963, the series has run through 31 seasons (plus a TV film), 11 incarnations of the Doctor himself, and ~40 companions, yet has still managed to remain appealing and relevant to its viewers. It is a series that has blazed its own unique, legendary path through the annals of the science-fiction genre, and will remain iconic for generations to come.
The Doctor is a 900-year-old space and time-traveling being; the last surviving member of the near-human Gallifreyan race, also known as Time Lords. In his travels, he has done everything from investigating minor paranormal events to protecting whole worlds from alien invasion fleets. Each of his incarnations has had its own distinctive personality, yet behind it lies the ancient (and sometimes weary) wisdom of the Time Lord. Matt Smith’s portrayal of the current incarnation is that of a giddy fool who takes a fairly comical approach to life, but can switch to the cold menace of the ancient soul in the blink of an eye.
David Tennant, the 10th Doctor, developed a very loyal fan base during his four years in the role. Upon the announcement of Smith as Tennant’s replacement, there was a great deal of trepidation as to how the series would fare. However, when “The Eleventh Hour” aired at Easter 2010, it proved to be a very successful step into the next phase in the Doctor’s journey, with Smith easily winning over old fans as well as new. We have fallen in love with Smith’s madcap Doctor and his new companions, and we look forward to seeing where the series will go next. Doctor Who is Guerrilla Geek’s Favorite Drama Series of 2010. ~ Rory (@Nightwyrm)
Favorite Comedy Series 0f 2010: Community
Airing as the beginning of NBC’s Thursday Night Comedy, you might assume that Community is the slow start off to the network’s more popular shows 30 Rock and The Office — but how wrong you’d be. The premise of the show is simple: six misfits form a sort of family at their community college and get into strange adventures while dealing with all of their weird dysfunctions. Week after week I am astonished by how inventive this show is with its hilarious parodies, all the while capturing the audience with the genuine feeling of love you get for the players on screen.
Community may have the best comedic writing staff on television, paired with an equally fantastic cast, and I can’t for the life of me understand why it hasn’t been moved to a later time slot where lesser shows currently reside. The show is at the midway point in the second season, and I’m excited to see what kind of hi jinks the gang gets into next. If you haven’t watched a single minute of Community, stop reading this drivel, get into your automobile device, and go buy season one. ~ Jessi (@jessiawesome)
Favorite Animated Series 0f 2010: The Venture Bros.
Every once in a great while, a joke turns into something more. That silly little idea you and your friend have turns into a successful business. A fever dream inspires the lyrics to a hit song. A parody surpasses its source material. The Venture Bros. is an example of the last.
Even though it started off as a Johnny Quest parody, The Venture Bros. quickly grew into so much more. With rich lore, a backlog of colorful characters and wonderfully quirky writing, the show soon became that which was spoke about in hushed tones in the back of comic shops… only to have the silence broken by “IGNORE ME!” Jokes about Dune, Depeche Mode and Henry Kissinger helped this show endear itself to the geeks and nerds of the world. No joke was too obscure for the co-writers Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick. It’s almost as if they’re writing each little joke for you, as if to wink and nod like a friend.
Soon the show turned into an epic tale of a family living in the shadow of their great lineage. What started out as a joke became something more special than anyone could have guessed.T his unique world filled with craziness sucked us in, and we found ourselves caring about these goofy characters. Will Dr. Venture ever live up to his father’s name? Will Hank and Dean ever have a normal life? Will Brock ever get to do the nasty with Moltov Cocktease? Not likely, but we keep watching in hopes that they do.
The Venture Bros. is a show that will wash over you if you let it. It will suck you in and you’ll never be the same for it. For this, we voted it Guerrilla Geek’s Favorite Animated Show of 2010. Go Team Venture! ~ Carl (@CarlWatkins)
So that’s it. The 2010 Golden Gorillas have come to a close. We hope that you have enjoyed them as much as we have. If you haven’t, feel free to leave feedback in the comments on how we can make the awards better. We’ve already learned so much from this experience and looking forward to the great content to come in 2011!
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