Just Cos: Chloe in the City
This is a fantastic concept for a nerdy youtube show. I’ve always been a bit disappointing because the show has been more flash than substance. It boils down to “look at these pretty people in cosplay.” It always leaves me feeling like I’ve learned nothing about the art of cosplay. This episode is conceptual great. I really like the narrative form. But ultimately it left me colder and more empty than previous episodes. Here is what we learned in this episode. Chloe is hot as Laura Croft Tomb Raider. Chris Loves Chloe. Chloe refers to her current boyfriend. Chloe likes to cosplay. I know this already.
I will freely admit that if this show had Jonah Ray and Deanna Roney I would be gushing endlessly over how cute it was. Obviously I am not an indifferent reviewer. If you are looking for something to give you real insight into cosplay, this isn’t it. It strikes me as a real missed opportunity. Chloe Dykstra has been cosplaying for a very long time. What got her interested in cosplaying? What does she look for in a character? How does she go about developing a cosplay character?
We see her get ready as Laura. We see her getting ready but it would be nice to hear how she got read. How did she break down the character of Laura? What was that thought process like? Ultimately Just Cos mostly fluff and little substance.
dayum, Dayum, DAYUM: Another review
Let us change gears and palate cleanser…literally! The dayum Dayum DAYUM guy is back! This time he’s reviewing breakfast at Sonic. Sadly Sonic didn’t stand up to the level of Five Guys. Still, the resulting video is a treasure! I could watch him describe food all day. He’s a food poet! I so want to hang out with him.
If only I didn’t have a phobia about watching myself I would record a response video. I’ve gotten used to dealing with the sound of my voice. I just pretend it’s someone else I’m editing. But dealing with video…I’m not there yet.
The important information in this video is
- Chris Hardwick has a delicate constitution. He had motion sickness from watching a video game. I know by taking a certain amount of Schadenfreude I’m dooming myself to the same fate. However, my esophagus has a strict one direction policy for ingested items such as food and drink. I will make medical exceptions. But overall I really dislike the whole evacuation of my stomach contents by reversal peristalsis. That being said, Chris Hardwick got nauseous by watching a video game. That’s pretty funny.
- It’s Halloween Time!! Are you guys excited? I’m rocking my current version of the 8th Doctor and my stand by 4th Doctor. I will always attempt to do other things but the 4th Doctor is well…my signature look. I think most people think I have poor fashion sense instead of being a character. I’m going to update the 8th Doctor look for Gally. It’ll be more steampunk (I hope).
- What are you dressing as? If you could cosplay as anything, cost and your own looks aside, what would it be?
Contest time: The first person who tells me what my character name is for my Character Tome gets a free hard cover copy of the Nerdist Way. If you tell me WHY I named myself that, it’ll be signed by Chris Hardwick. If you want to wait for the copy, I’ll get it personalized. HINT: The answer is in my podcast episode “Post Nerdist Live Blues.” Yes this is a cheap attempt at getting you to listen to my podcast. Because views/listens/downloads numbers reflect self worth!! Seriously, I’m trying to build an audience. For what? We’ll see……
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More notes on the Doctor Who episode Midnight:
The writers for Doctor Who are very good at creating monsters to be feared. What makes this episode stand out from most episodes is that we never see he alien. It was pretty impressive how the alien figured out who would be the most dangerous person in the room and how the human psyche worked. One of the big mysteries is how the alien was able to take over the Doctor voice. I’m not sure the Doctor even knew how that worked. Whatever happened it definitely freaked him out. Whatever freaks out the Doctor totally terrifies me. It is a great companion piece to Blink as a second episode to get people into Doctor Who.
The problem with putting more irons in the fire is to remember you have all those irons in the fire.
I was wondering what my next podcast would be about but as I started doing the show notes I realized that I did have lots to talk about. I also realized I have not posted anything here in a while. So here I am!
Fellow Nerdist fan, Diane (DiHard), recently wrote a blog where she was trying to find a connecting theme in some observations she’s had. She mentions Gene Wilder’s critique of Willy Wonka’s original costume, Chris Hardwick’s clothes and cosplay. The thread (pun intended) is clothing, but more importantly what the person wearing it wants to say (or even hide) about themselves. I don’t know if the nerdy crowd is more aware of this projection than the pinks are, but creative-obsessives certainly understand it and use it. One such creative person is Gene Wilder.