After some of the nerdiest battles ever seen on television, King of the Nerds has deemed Celeste, the avid gamer and speedcuber, worthy of sitting upon the throne of games. But in the end, did the best (or biggest) nerd actually win?
In last night’s finale – which, if we’re all being honest, came too soon – Celeste, Genevieve, Danielle and Ivan battled it out in a Segway maze race, then a Jeopardy-style trivia game, to find which two would go on the nerd finals. After a few scrapes and bruises, as well as a controversial question about the creator of Pong, Celeste and Genevieve made it to the final round, where all of this season’s past contestants came back to crown their winner. And that’s where the nerd tests stopped and public opinion began.
Throughout the season, Genevieve was continuously placed on the chopping block, always being forced to battle her fellow nerds to stay on the show. Celesete, on the other hand, was never once nominated for an elimination, and her tally of 2 wins failed to match Genevieve’s 5 wins (including elimination battles). But still, when the ousted nerds were asked to choose their king, Celeste won 5 to 3.
When King of the Nerds first premieree, nobody really thought that TBS would truly put on a full-on nerd competition – with real nerds. Sure, not all of them were NASA engineers, like Moogega Cooper, or computer hackers, like Virgil, but the show did put together an eclectic and eccentric group of individuals that most “nerds” could identify with. And while some competitions may have been less “nerdy” than many expected (with some being more nerdier), there was always an intriguing and thoroughly enjoyable communal element about the series that helped to elevate it beyond many of television’s competition shows. That is, until the “realty” aspect of it took over.
In the King of the Nerds final competition, a vote, it seemed like the “nerd” element of the show was replaced with a generic, unoriginal way to choose a winner. Sure, it’s nice to see former competitors come back – but the manner in which they actually decided the winner didn’t feel true to the nature of the show. Since when did popularity mean more than statistics to nerds?
While it’s true that Danielle, the pro-gamer, statistically beat out both Celeste and Genevieve with her 6 total wins, her incorrect answers to a few “nerdy” video game questions did put her knowledge about her specialty in question. And when the final battle came down to Celeste and Genevieve, there was no actual battle. If there were, it’s statically likely that Genevieve would have won, like she did three previous times.
So we ask: Did the best nerd win?
King of the Nerds season 2 will air fall 2013 on TBS