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Give thanks to be a geek this Thanskgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow geeks. Yes, it's a day early, but you'd rather read this while you wait for work to end today than tomorrow while you could be eating, watching football or MST3K, or whatever it is you do on Thanksgiving. Still, day early or not, I'm going to do my best to get you in the holiday spirit, so when it comes your turn to say what you're thankful for at dinner, you'll have something good to say. To get you started, here are five reasons to be thankful you're a geek.

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1) Geek TV is great right now Turn on the tube and you're going to find a cornucopia of great geek shows to choose from. This season alone saw the launch of three potentially great geek franchises in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sleepy Hollow and Almost Human. Then there are the well-established shows like Adventure Time, Archer and Game of Thrones. Doctor Who just turned fifty and celebrated with a massive, worldwide event. Heck, even stuff like The Walking Dead and Supernatural is still there for fans, even if the shows aren't as great as they once were. If I was looking to complain, I'd point out that there's a distinct lack of space opera on TV right now, but I'm not here to complain. I'm here to recognize that there are more great geek shows than you can reasonably watch, and that is a wonderful thing. 2) Geek movies are possibly even better You know what's even better than geek TV right now? Geek movies! Hollywood has embraced geek material like never before, and we get more geek movies than chick flicks these days. Sure, a lot of them are trash, but a lot of everything Hollywood produces is trash, and for every two or three forgettable, third-rate shitshows Hollywood makes, we get a movie like Cabin in the Woods -- smart, fun, genre fare that caters to its audience but still delivers a great story. This year we even got Gravity, a near-future, hard science-fiction epic with A-list actors that might win an Oscar or two. If this isn't a golden age for geek film, then someone better wake me, because I must be dreaming.
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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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