Hello again, guys and dolls, and welcome to another fiendishly foolish edition of Ask the Bastards, the weekly feature where you the readers get to ask us, the staff at Nerd Bastards, anything you want about our nerdy little lives. This week we’re talking the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer, nerd icons, how to introduce a kid to Star Wars and how to find time in your busy day for a little gaming. See? We can be helpful little bastards after all.

Whom would you say is the great nerd icon of this generation? – Donald P.

That is a good question. Trouble is, which generation? Carl Sagan, for old school, Simon Pegg, Felicia Day, Nathan Fillion, and Wil Wheaton for the current crop. At least those are who pops into my head. – Mark Poynter

The Answer? Chris Hardwick and yes, I’m saying it because it’s true. –Nick Bungay

Felicia Day. Self-made talent who has built an empire on the surface of something (the internet) that few knew how to tame before she came along. How does she grow that empire? She diversifies and keeps bringing new voices into the tent with her. Ms. Day isn’t just an icon, she’s a role model thanks to her entrepreneurial spirit, her smarts, and her positivity. Lady can sang too. – Jason Tabrys  

I would have to say, as far as icon status goes, Joss Whedon is the king.  He’s moved up in the world to become “The Man” when it comes to the Marvel adaptations in the film world.  After many struggles and many cancelled shows, he has finally taken charge of his own creative destiny. – Jason McAnelly

Imma agree with Jason. Whedon gets top billing. American screenwriter, film and television producer, director, comic book author, composer, and actor…he’s a constellation of talent and awesomeness.  – Luke Gallagher

Things get a little fuzzy for me when you start talking about “generation,” because we’re all of slightly different ages here. If you’re talking about the current crop, I think Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton and Chris Hardwick are leading the young pack (with honorable mention to people like Matt Fraction), but for me the nerd icon of my generation will always be Joss Whedon. I grew up with his work and watched him turn into a powerhouse, and I think history will show him to be for my generation what George Lucas was for the late ’70s, only perhaps better. – Matthew Jackson

Not Chris Hardwick. – jeremy r! hudson

Should I show my kids the Star Wars movies in the order they were made or in the order of the storyline? – Thee D.

It would ruin a major part of what made The Empire Strikes Back such a great film. Show the films in the order they were released and as you saw them growing up. There’s a bond you can form right there, later as your kids get older they’ll thank you, you’ll still probably screw them up, but at least they’ll have Star Wars the way it should be. – Mark Poynter

Drew McWeeny from Hit Fix faced a similar predicament in introducing Star Wars to his two sons, and decided to show them the films by first running the A New Hope, then Empire Strikes Back, followed by the entire prequel trilogy, and wrapping with Return of the Jedi. The results were chronicled in McWeeny’s “Nerd 2.0” column, but having the screened the films myself in that order, I have to say that it just might be the best way to view them for novices. – Adam A. Donaldson

Chronological. Not only does it make sense, but you have a nice build up from worst to best. Oh, and then you watch Return Of The Jedi.jeremy r! hudson

If you want them to see Star Wars as a continuing story without benefit of creative excellence, then go front to back.  If you want them to appreciate the process that created Star Wars and thus its essence, you introduce episodes IV-VI first.  It’s a horrible dilemma and we have George Lucas to blame –  Jason McAnelly

I saw A New Hope when I was three and it remains one of the great moments of my life, not just in terms of cinema, but in terms of family and home. The prequels just don’t have that magic. The *first* Star Wars movie will always be the one from 1977, regardless of chronology. And after all, they’re called prequels because they deliberately came after the original films. – Matthew Jackson

Out of all the Batman Comic Books/Graphic Novels, which one would you say is the best? and which one should you read first if you are new to them? – Andy C.

If it’s the first real time you have read Batman comics then start with Batman: Year One. For the best it’s gotta be Killing Joke. Jumping straight into Killing Joke might not deliver the impact it had on long time readers at the time. – Mark Poynter

Batman: Year One is a good place to start, but follow that up with the two Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale collections The Long Halloween and Dark Victory, which take on Batman’s second and third/fourth years respectively. As for other Batman stories, The Killing Joke is a good choice, but I would also recommend Brian Azzarello’s Joker, which combines the realism of Christopher Nolan’s film universe with a comic book Batman story. Also check out Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, and for something completely different, check out Gotham By Gaslight, a story that pits turn of the century Batman against Jack the Ripper, drawn by Mike Mignola. – Adam A. Donaldson

I might get a bit of flak for this one, but think Batman: Hush is the best. I love the direction and the art style of Jim Lee and even with the current state of DC, I still prefer it to story arcs that came out earlier this year. –Nick Bungay

I really agree with Mark and Adam — Year One is just fantastic, and it is the perfect place to start. I’ll go further though, and say that it is actually Millers’ best Batman work, eclipsing the popular choice: The Dark Knight Returns. – Jason Tabrys

Year One is the answer on both counts for me (and it is Miller’s best), though there are a few other contenders for the title of “best”: The Dark Knight Returns, The Long Halloween, Arkham Asylum, Batman and Son, The Man Who Laughs. But if you want to start with a simple Batman story that doesn’t make you go through an origin tale first, if you just want to see Batman face off with a supervillain in an absolutely brilliant way, go for Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke. – Matthew Jackson

Why do people think the new Star Trek teaser indicates Khan as the villain? – Joseph K.

I am still in the Gary Mitchell camp myself. I think the main reason is J.J. Abrams himself. He has played this close to the chest and I think all of the tidbits we have been getting from actors and trailers is all part of his plan to keep it a mystery until it hits the big screen. That’ll put more butts into theater seats and just look at all the free press he’s getting because of all the forum debates and news/speculation postings. I imagine if he was your Real Estate Agent you wouldn’t know if the house was one story or split level until you got to the lot. – Mark Poynter

Because of the mention of vengeance in the character’s narration in the trailer. Naturally, Khan is the only villain to ever seek vengeance on another character in the Star Trek universe, so by process of elimination, the villain has to be Khan. I’m also of the opinion that Benedict Cumberbatch is either playing Gary Mitchell or an entirely new character, although admittedly I’m leaning to Mitchell since it would be good symmetry as Mitchell appeared in Trek’s second episode. And hey, did you check out the Elizabeth Dehmer haircut on Alice Eve in the teaser? That was no Marla McGivers ‘do, and she was a red head too. I know Abrams likes to play it cool, but I wish he’d just reveal the identity of the villain alread to we can end this ridiculous guessing game. – Adam A. Donaldson

Honestly, call me naive, but I think it would it would be a disservice to fans and the film maker himself to have the villain as either. Abrams set to reinvent the franchise. It seems counter productive to fall back into directly rewriting either story. Pair that with the fact that the timeline has been massively changed I view both options as highly unlikely. That said, I really want it to be Gary Mitchell. – jeremy r! hudson

Along with the reasons mentioned above, I think people are fixating on the Part II aspect of things, along with the vengeance motif and, of course, that one shot in the trailer where Spock and Kirk seem to be touching hands through a pane of glass (a key moment in Wrath of Khan). Personally, I don’t care. Let the mystery persist or don’t. It’s Benedict freaking Cumberbatch. Whoever he’s playing, he’ll be badass. – Matthew Jackson

Is anyone else still on the Walter White bandwagon with me? Or does everyone hate him now!? – Mitch A.

Breaking Bad is great television. It’s the one show that no one in my family watches and that aspect drives though. I don’t hate Walter, but he has crossed the line in the last season from someone who could just say he was trying to protect his family. It’s about Walter for Walter now. Jesse is going to be the transformed character that goes from low life to hero in the show. It’s almost like Walter and Jesse are on opposite paths and when they meet in the middle, all hell will break loose. – Mark Poynter

Team Jesse, bitch! – jeremy r! hudson

I don’t hate Walter, in the same way that I never hated Tony Soprano or Stringer Bell when I watched The Sopranos and The Wire. I think we get too hung up on who we’re supposed to love and hate when we watch television or films, when the reality of shows like Breaking Bad is that the grey areas are the more interesting thing. I mean, think about this for a second: We’re asking ourselves if we’re now supposed to hate a guy who, for four seasons previously, had been making the purest form of a highly addictive and potentially deadly drug and selling it to people for his own benefit. Set aside the somewhat noble cause at the center of Walter’s motivations in season one, and that’s what it boils down to. Of course, many of the things he’s done most recently swing him more thoroughly into the “villain” category, but remember that the villain is the hero of his own story. With that in mind, I don’t hate him at all. I just want to see what he’ll do. – Matthew Jackson

 I love video games, but I feel like I don’t have time to play them. How do nerds find the time between school, work, and friends? – Erin W.

You need to find the type of games that allow you to jump in for a half hour and get out just as quickly. If you only have 15 minutes to play, just play 15 minutes and save. You will most likely have to change your expectations on what you are willing to do in an MMO though. There are guilds that cater to the casual player, but you’ll have to find them. You’ll have to accept that you won’t be a designated raider, unless there’s an open spot at the moment. – Mark Poynter

My video game tastes have changed over the years with my available time. So I play a lot of first person shooters, racing games, and anything of the Mario oeuvre where I can play a level or two, save and step aside. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from killing an afternoon playing those games either. – Adam A. Donaldson

Ain’t. Nobody. Got. Time. For. Dat! Man, I’m 30 years old with 2 jobs (including being editor in-chief of NB.com), a fiance and a social life. The only time I can commit to a video game is on a Sunday when Mrs. Nerd Bastards is at her sisters. So, I can forget about committing to expansive epics like Skyrim and WoW, it’s just not gonna happen.  I’ll try squeeze off a few rounds of play with multi-player shooters like Halo or Call of Duty, but I’m such a rusty noob. I get tea bagged and called a fag every 5 minutes by some 13 year old douche. Where’s the fun in that?

I’m sure I could find time for video games. I could substitute my late evening TV/movie watching for an hour or so of gaming. But, as we all know, you can’t play for just one hour. Once you commit to a game, you’re in. 3 Red Bulls, box of Bagel Bites and a bag of Doritos later, it’s now 6 in the morning and you have to be to work at 7.  I dunno about you, but I’m too old for this shit. – Luke Gallagher

Skip classes, call in sick for work and find friends that game. – Jason McAnelly

A true nerd would lose those friends and make friends with Master Chief instead! Just kidding, Erin. I struggle with it too. I have a lot of fun with video games, but often I find myself dropping money on a game, playing it for an hour, and then letting it sit for months while other things take up my time. It happens to the best of us. Truth be told, I’m not a big gamer, so video games end up fitting largely in my unwinding time late at night, before I head to bed. I also do my best to multi-task. I’ve always got tons of TV and film to watch at home, so while I’m playing I’ll either watch something I’ve been meaning to see on my TV while playing on my laptop, or watch something on my laptop while playing on my console (with the sound off on the console, of course). It works pretty well for me, and allows me to take in two media at once without too much trouble. – Matthew Jackson

Any jobs opening…. For a fellow nerd? – Stephen G.

Hi Stephen, thanks for the question. As far as full time contributors go, we’re pretty well staffed. Only way to officially come on board is if one of our writers quits, or mysteriously disappears (alien abduction, death by tainted Twinkie…etc). We do, however, consider guest articles. Reviews, Top 10 lists, opinion pieces, event coverage, are always welcome. E-mail us if you have something to contribute. Maybe we’ll look at it. Maybe we’ll post it anyway and make fun of it. – Luke Gallagher.

My walk needs shoveling – jeremy r! hudson

You ever slaughtered a hog, boy? – Matthew Jackson


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