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February 4, 2011

Weekend Watch – 2/4/2011

Posted by on Feb 4, 2011

I’m kicking off a new series of posts here: Weekend Watch. Like most people, we get wrapped up IRL (‘in real life’ for those of you who managed to avoid the tar pit of MMOs), during the weeks. The weekend is a chance to sit down, relax, read a little, and generally have fun.

We’re each going to give you a little taste of what we’re excited about reading, playing, or watching this coming weekend – and hopefully get some suggestions from our readers. Hit the jump to see the inaugural week.


I realize that I’m a little late to this dance, but I’m all about Borderlands right now. We picked it up  because there was a little bit of money left on a gift card, we were at Best Buy, and it was cheap. I think that was two weeks ago, and as of this Tuesday, it was still in its plastic wrap.

I opened it up at some point this week while bored, although I didn’t really want to play it. I am now hooked. I thought it was only multiplayer – it’s not; I thought it was like Unreal Tournament – it’s not. It’s like Fallout, but simpler, less onerous and more fun. Also apparently there’s coop, so someone else – probably Wade – is going to get dragged in to playing as well.


For me, this weekend’s going to be about the Super Bowl.  It doesn’t matter what the sport, watching the best teams and/or individual athletes in the nation and/or world compete in their selected athletic event is always cool.  Just like the Olympics.  That being said, I don’t really have a horse in this race.  Nor do I have a horse in this football game.  And, by that, I mean that neither team will be fielding a horse as an official player.  Which is a bit of a disappointment.

Who are we kidding?  I watch for the commercials.


So I just barely missed it on Thursday, but all the same, I will definitely have one of the better half-hours in a long time this weekend because I will be watching the most recent episode of Community on Hulu. For those of you who have not yet been initiated to the miracle that is Community: get on that. It is one of the strongest comedy ensembles you will ever encounter. I mean, come on – Chevy Chase is funny again! If that isn’t reason enough, Donald Glover of Derrick Comedy should be. Plus it is nerdy beyond words – their Halloween episode was a full-on zombie outbreak. Not a simulated one or a gag one, but people actually getting a virus and being turned into slow-moving, mindless, flesh-hungry monsters.

In any event, this week’s episode is entitled “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons,” and you guessed it: it’s D&D-themed. Now I’ve never actually played D&D, but as a nerd, there comes a point at which you get most of the in-jokes about the game. I reached that point a while ago, so I am extremely excited to sit down and watch this sucker. And to be honest, this is as good a jumping-on point as any, since one of Community’s strengths is referring to old plotlines and conflicts in ways that bring new viewers up to speed very quickly.


Well it sounds like I’m going to get sucked into some Borderlands action for starters, but what I’m really excited about besides the requisite Super Bowl watch is watching some Battlestar Galactica.  Last night I started watching the miniseries that starts off the show, and I dare say that I am hooked once again.  It is my firm opinion that there has been no better show in the last five years, and The West Wing is the only one that comes to mind in the last ten.

I’m also very excited to watch the premier of the full length trailer of Captain America during the Super Bowl.