Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong (better known as Lewis and Booger from the classic 1980's movie series REVENGE OF THE NERDS) are back, hosting 12 nerds over 8 episodes in a free for all to determine who will win $100,000 dollars and the Crown of Nerdvana, as well as the right to sit atop the Throne of Games! Last night was the premiere episode, and it looks like a good crop.
It seems last years "King," a female NASA engineer, fulfilled her dream of being the first human on Mars, but the succumbed to "space madness" and tried to destroy Nerdvana, causing the Elder Nerds to move the Throne of Games deep to an underground bunker, where it remains securely protected and waiting a new occupant.
Now twelve new contenders have arrived - Gamers, Cosplay specialists, NASA engineers, Puzzle Designers, Bookworms, a former Jeopardy champion, a Brony, and a Marine Biologist - and have been divided into teams.
There was a bit of early drama when the future versions of Lewis and Booger showed up, Terminator-style, to warn their current incarnations NOT to let the Nerds pick their own teams this year - and also, a cryptic warning to Bobby to "watch out for the pickle."
Then the two teams squared off in the first Nerd War - to build a Steampunk Rube Goldberg contraption that would unveil their banners with the Team Names on them. Both teams built impressive contraptions, and the names are pretty cool - Team Hooloovoo and Team S.M.A.S. H. (I believe the acronym stands for Supreme Masters And Slayers of Hordes). However, team Hooloovoo won, so S.M.A.S.H. had to send one of its members to a nerd-off, with team Hooloovoo picking the other one to go. SMASH picked Ori, an engineering student who had shown himself singularly useless in building their contraption. Everyone expected Team Hooloovoo to pick the Colby, Jeopardy champion, but instead they chose the likable Puzzle Master Jacob, who mainly because he was a the guy on SMASH that everyone liked.
The Nerd-Off involved Jacob and Ori dressing up as Kaiju and answering a series of questions on anime - as soon as they got a question right, they were allowed to destroy one sector of the mini-Tokyo set the hosts provided. Jacob missed one question, so now the incompetent Ori has to return to the team that voted for him to leave, which will sow further hate and discord among them.
FIRST EPISODE OBSERVATIONS - Kaitlin, the NASA engineer on Team Hooloovoo, is very unpleasant. She needs to go soon. Also, the Brony, Thomas, is exceptionally annoying. Most of the female cast members this year are really cute, but I rather like Todd "the Bod," a very funny fat guy and comic book expert on Team SMASH.
All in all, it's promising to be a GREAT season!