Whether your geek is an Anglophile, a Trekkie or a member of Loki’s Army, here is The Collectiva Diva’s Christmas gift giving guide for the the chicest geek you know.

Keep it Real

The important thing to remember when shopping for a nerd is authenticity. Unless “knock off” is a term you want tossed around your Christmas tree, work on making sure the items you pick out are either a) kitschy and cute (ala Esty) or legit merch from the higher-ups. Networks like the BBCA and the WB have their own merchandise shops and pages such as ThinkGeek.com collect great nerd gear all on one website.

Official BBC Doctor Who bathrobes, $37-60
Official BBC Doctor Who bathrobes, $37-60

In the last 2 episodes of The Walking Dead, we have exclusively explored the world of Brian/the Governor, the antagonist to Rick and the prison tribe in season 3. With the producers and writers taking so much time to evaluate the character before the mid-season finale to be aired on Sunday, Dec 1, I can only assume his antithetical role will be reprised as a major plot push for the second half of season 4.  I truly enjoy the Governor as an anti-hero to Rick’s prison tribe and have enjoyed these episodes more than I thought I would. It is important to remember that times in the post-zombie apocalypse are difficult enough to warrant mental breaks in even the gentlest demeanors. Note both Carol and Beth. These women shifted from weak, scared individuals to cold and calculating because of the experiences inherent to the world situation. What about those who are not as calm and balanced? Those who have a penchant for violence or ambivalence, or even those who have seen too many horrible things happen and cannot mentally heal? Let’s talk about the Governor.

The Governor and his daughter. cr: AMC
The Governor and his daughter. cr: AMC

Episodes: S04xE06 “Live Bait”

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S04xE07 “Dead Weight”

Happy Thanksgiving to all the American Collectibles out there. For everyone else…happy Thursday! So what am I thankful for?

Martin Freeman, of course.

But not just Martin Freeman. I’m particularly thankful for Martin…

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Now, dear readers, you may not have noticed–I’ve been pretty good at keeping it under the wraps, but I’m a true Tolkienite. Not a Ringer, because there’s a huge difference. A Tolkienite. Meaning I fangirl more than I will ever fangirl over all things Middle-Earth. So when I read that Martin had been cast in The Hobbit as the hobbit, well, my reaction was something like this:

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This week, I’m once again abandoning my weekly recap formula. Sorry, I’m not sorry, but I have some things to say about this week’s episode, and it’s just not going to fit into the layout that I do every week.

So, to begin with, let’s talk about what I like in S09 E08: “Rock and a Hard Place.”

….not much.

What I Liked About “Rock and a Hard Place”

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  1. Sheriff Mills returned, and she kicked some ass.
  2. Jared Padalecki is killing it this season. His portrayal of Sam is my new reason to watch the show every week.
  3. Sam’s hair is glorious. (No, seriously, I saw it in person at BurCon last weekend…it really is the stuff of legend.)
  4. Dean’s monologue (you know which one I mean)
  5. The end scene with Sam & Dean…man, that kicked me in the feels. It was honest, and raw, and we see the guilt in every line of Dean’s face. It was brutal and angsty and if it’s a glimpse of what’s to come…ouch. But really, boys, well done. Actually, that was pretty much par for the episode: the only scenes worth watching were the ones between the Winchesters. Scratch that, that’s how I feel about this entire season. I feel like the writing team has forgotten what the show is really about. Let me make it simple for you: it’s about the Winchesters kicking ass and taking names. Forget the other characters for a minute and focus on the important shit. Yes, I love Castiel and Crowley and Kevin and Charlie, but why do I watch the show? For Sam and Dean. Every scene with just J2 in it is spectacular; even if the writers have forgotten what the show is about, the two lead actors sure haven’t. They’ve been at this so long that becoming the Winchesters is like tying their shoes in the morning–it’s habitual and it shows. Sorry, writer of last night’s episode whose name I refuse to commit to memory–if you want to f**k up the character development, you’re going to have to murder the actors. (But really, nice try at sending Dean back to the character development from season 1).

Since it appears that I’ve already begun my ranting, let’s move on to what I didn’t like about this week’s episode. 

Nov 22-24, the Burbank Marriott hosted a Supernatural Convention that included appearances from cast members, fans in cosplay, and us, the Collective gals.IMAG5409 Armed with an angel at my side, I basked in the electric atmosphere of my first Creation Entertainment Supernatural Convention, taking notes and grinning ear to ear, praising Chuck that The Collectress had the foresight to purchase Sunday passes and cursing end!verse Samifer that we didn’t get to go the entire weekend. I suppose there’s always next year, which is already scheduled with the same venue for November 2014, but for now, let’s look at my top ten moments, shall we?

10) Fellow Fangirls and some boys, too

Oh, the kindred spirit that is an SPN fan. We obsess together on Tumblr, pin on Pinterest and tag on Instagram, but it is the mythical J2 Con that brings us together IRL. And boy, did the fans come out on Sunday. There were at least 2000 people in the auditorium while J2 were on stage, everyone taking pics and squeeing on cue when the boys did something funny and/or adorable. Plus, there were fans of all ages, sizes, ethnicity and not just fangirls, but guys, too. I’d guestimate the ratio was about 20:1 in terms of women versus men, and, while it seemed that many were fathers or boyfriends of said fangirls, it was nice to see dudes showing love to J2 and the cast. After I got home and kicked off my combat boots, I searched #BurCon and easily found some of the friends I made in line on the social media site, making the experience seem all the more familial. I can understand why the cast enjoys doing these cons so much. Supernatural really is a family business.

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9) The Creation Entertainment staff

When The Collectress initially purchased the tickets, instead of getting two seats next to each other, she accidentally bought them one in front of the other. Since it was her mistake, we figured Creation Entertainment wouldn’t help us out, but she emailed them anyway. Wouldn’t you know, the company not only gave us new seats, but they ended up being a few rows closer to the stage than the ones we initially purchased. No hassle, no attitude, just friendly service. This kindness carried over to the gentle way the volunteers dealt with fans at the actual con–kindly pointing me in the right direction more than a couple times. Thank you to kind volunteer in red (I didn’t catch her name) who hadn’t eaten all day and still needed to pack up and travel home to San Francisco that evening. She managed to answer every question I threw at her that day with a patient smile, letting me know that she was still having a great time even if she has worked her butt off all weekend.

50 years running

50 years running

Alright, Whovians, it’s happened. “The Day of the Doctor” has aired, and, boy, it has changed everything. Well, almost. Out of courtesy for those who have not yet watched the episode, I will try to keep the spoilers to a minimum (I’ll leave the spoilers to Collectiva Diva–she’s better at them anyway.)

Armed with jammy dodgers and hot cuppas, the Collectiva Diva and I sat down with some of our Whovian friends to watch the special–which was simulcast world wide (a very special thank to the BBC for making it possible for all Whovians to enjoy it at the same time). I meant to live tweet throughout the special, I really did, but once we heard the “doo we oooooo” I completely forgot anything else and went on another adventure through time and space with the Doctor.

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Although the Zygons have been touted as the villains of “The Day of the Doctor,” the true conflict lies within the Doctor himself. In the final episode of series 7, “The Name of the Doctor,” we met the War Doctor, played by John Hurt–the incarnation of the Doctor that the Time Lord keeps secret, even from himself it seems. We saw in short “The Night of the Doctor” how the War Doctor came to exist. The crux of the plot rests on the War Doctor’s shoulders rather than fan-favorites Ten and Eleven. Will the War Doctor use the weapon to destroy the Time War–and therefore Gallifrey–or will he not?

Well, if you’ve seen all the episodes of New Who, you know he is responsible for ending the Time War.

Or is he?