Okay, so I have to confess a weakness for MTV's True Life series. Recently they've been showing marathons and one caught my eye for obvious reasons: 'I'm a Fanboy.'
There were 3 subjects: one girl who is obsessed with 'World of Warcraft', a confidence-challenged rocker type who loves horror movies and wants to make a low-budget flick himself, and finally, Jason, who is a Power Rangers super-fan.
26 year old Jason is the subject of this thread. The narrative arc of the one hour episode for him focuses on the fact that he has never had a girlfriend. The cameras follow him to an anime convention where he meets Gemma, a cute girl who is also a Power Rangers mega-fan.
We watch nervously and uncomfortably as Jason tries to ask her out, but she's not really that into him. The show ends with them attending an out-of-state convention and platonically sharing a bed in a hotel.
The pesky detail is that Gemma is 17. So it was really weird to watch MTV follow this relationship even as it traveled across state lines.
I thought the whole episode was rather fair toward super nerds and didn't put them down, but I think this particular story did not help the cause.
That said, I felt really bad for Jason and I could see how he longs for female companionship, but lacks the confidence to ask a girl out.
Anybody see this episode? Thoughts?