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I so love when I get to do this!  This two part article, Supernatural's Best Geek Ever, is another great guest submission, this time from Elena M.  She's no stranger to the craziness here and had decided to join in on the fun with a rather unique take on the dorkier side of Supernatural.  This is part one, part two will be posted sometime tomorrow.  Enjoy!

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Supernatural’s Best Geek Ever!
A Very Uncool Top Ten List
 
We Supernatural fans, like Dean Winchester, have a soft spot for geeks. As genre fans, some of us no doubt fall somewhere on the spectrum, from a hidden geeky streak to full-blown Sheldon Cooper. I know I do! The idea for this list came from Faellie’s piece on Supernatural Mini-Marathons. I thought it might be fun to do a “Geek Week” marathon, celebrating some of our most beloved one-timers and recurring characters. But I had more than seven, so it turned into a Top Ten list, because I never get tired of them! I hope you’re not, either—Hey, Letterman’s been doing one a night for how many years? Seems to be working for him. Not that I’ve got the comic flair of a late-night writing staff, or Alice, or Randal, or Ardeospina  . . . but it’s Hellatus AGAIN, so I went ahead and put this together, in the hope that it helps keep the blues at bay!
 
I’m using the word geek in a very broad sense here, the common denominator being eccentricity or awkwardness.  It’s also very subjective and arbitrary, especially with regard to the order—just my humble opinion. In case you’re wondering about the title, in college I’d study with some mindless TV going, like VH1’s “Best Week Ever.” I can’t resist a bad nineties reference, or eighties, the cheesier the better!   You’ve been warned. So here goes:
 
Honorable mention: Gary Frankel
 
Claim to geekdom: Where to start . . . Gary’s an amalgam of geek stereotypes.   A part-time employee of Patriot Burger (possibly an allusion to Fast Times’ All-American Burger?), Gary sports an astronaut on the wall, comic books in his bag, and a wardrobe of retro Star Wars shirts that immediately cause Sam to conclude he’s a virgin. He never skips his AP classes, and suffers from asthma and gluten-sensitive enteropathy. If he’s cheating on his diet (common for teens with that condition), it might explain why he’s a pasty 98 pounds of nothing. But his violent reaction to one bite of toast--not something you usually see with this disease--makes that unlikely. Excuse me, now I’m the one geeking out.


 
So what’ll it be, Spicoli?
 
Initially Gary was #10, mostly because at the time I needed a number 10.  Besides, with one lousy spell and a dart gun full of horse trank (I’m assuming, since it made the massive Sam fuzzy enough to hop into a police cruiser), Gary successfully pops into a Sam suit, something freaking LUCIFER has not managed despite months of scheming. He earns an HM for that.
 
Favorite quote: The entire teaser!   “Excuse me, barkeep . . . “


 
I admit I liked “Swap Meat” better than most, plotholes and all. Generally if you give me demons I’m happy.
 
10. Demian and Barnes


 
Claim to geekdom: LARPing
 
Why they’re #10: Demian and Barnes, named for a couple of moderators at TWoP, were kind of “meh” characters for me.  I liked them all right, I just didn’t find them as engaging or memorable as some of the characters farther up, so they get the 10 spot.   After all, these guys did save the Winchesters’ lives. More importantly, they saved Sam’s hair, which came perilously close to being scalped by those bratty ghosts. I also liked their moment with Dean, helping him see some value in his life. They showed him that his heroism and sacrifices mean something and inspire others. Sadly, this much-needed boost was quickly decimated by the events of “Abandon All Hope.”
 
Favorite quote:


 â€œIf all these people are seriously in trouble, we gotta do something.”

“Why?”

 â€œBecause that’s what Sam and Dean would do.”

Comments  

Supernarttu
# Supernarttu 2010-03-16 02:48
Hi ElenaM! Nice to see your article here too! And you submit a top10 list, so this is automatically close to my heart. I just love top10's, movie-wise, music-wise, tv-wise, book-wise, it's ridiculous, but they make me happy *heeee* :D

Ok, so on to this toptenny... Love the idea, a very good topic. Love your picks.

Barry is close to my heart too. School can be hell for kids :/ Poor Barry. I was really hoping that he got in to that vet school eventually and was so sad when they found out he had died. And poor Sam, feeling guilty about that, and later for Dirk too. Thanks for mentioning Barry even though he wasn't a goofy geek.

Ghostfacers are so lol. I liked them the instant they came on screen in Hell House. These guys have wonderful chemistry, close to J&Js' and they had the most funniest smugness about them (and few sweet lines too), that always brings a smile to my face. That quote you mentioned is a fave of mine too, the double meaning always makes me giggle :-) Also like "Sweet Lord..."-"Of the Rings!" and "The Winchesters still suck ass though." "Affirmitive. Suckage Major." lol

Thanks for this and can't wait to see the rest :-)
Karen
# Karen 2010-03-16 07:28
Hi ElenaM
This is fantastic! :geek:
Great picks so far, can’t wait to see part 2.
I also felt for Barry, that he never had a chance to be what he wanted to be. :sad:
Randal
# Randal 2010-03-16 08:31
Being completely unfamiliar with the world of - what do you call it? - "geekdom," I can only pass cursory judgment upon this list and profess its adequateness. :D

I want to wait for the second part to comment (Ghostfacers not higher? Really? I don't think we can ever be friends, muah), but I love the mix of comedy and tragedy.
Sablegreen
# Sablegreen 2010-03-16 09:57
Wow! Elena M great top ten. Can't wait to see your top 5 picks. Of course I love the Ghostfacers, but of the rest, I have to pick Wes. He just seemed to most epitomize the geeks; nice, sincere, and ignored…like all geeks. How sincere the boys treated him.

Looking forward to part 2!!
Evelyn
# Evelyn 2010-03-16 11:52
Great list so far. I look forward to seeing who is in your Top 5.

I didn't like the Ghostfacers at first. Thought they were annoying, but they have since grown on me - watching their eps multiple times have helped. I'm still not crazy for them but I do like and appreciate them more. And they are majorly geeky so it is interesting to not see them in your top 5. I'm very curious to see who beat them.
Suze
# Suze 2010-03-16 18:59
:lol: :lol: :lol: Inspired list! Bring on the rest ...
ElenaM
# ElenaM 2010-03-19 00:02
Thanks so much, everyone! The Facers are hysterical--Sup ernarttu, re: top tens, me too (clearly ;-)) Great quotes, I love 'em, the instructional vid especially cracked me up! Checked out the comments on the Facers' site once, more periodic judicious insults of the Winchesters there :lol: If this were ranked by the geekiest geeks, they'd totally win, but I loved the top 5 even more!