Adorkable Nerds (Played by Patrick Malahide)

Proving once again that Mr. Malahide’s characters defy categorization – or just have many facets to them – Admin and I were pondering bow ties (okay, I was  😉 ) and the characters most likely to wear them when we realized that many of Mr. Malahide’s characters could actually be said to be… nerdy.  But not merely nerdy, adorkably nerdy, which is a far better sort of nerdiness.  And they’re always where you’d least expect to find them, too.  So here are a few of our favourite Adorkable Nerds played by Patrick Malahide.

Rev. Edward Casaubon  |  Edward Ryder  |  Mr. Lancing  |  John Harrison  |
George Bucsan  |  D.S. Albert Chisholm  |  Arthur Frommer  |  Most Adorkable Nerd of All


RF:  My choices for Adorkable Nerds:

The Rev. Edward Casaubon
(“Middlemarch“, 1994)

Type of Nerd:

The Research Nerd in his natural habitat Adorkable Nerds played by Patrick Malahide

The Research Nerd in his natural habitat

Total Research Nerd.  Like, research to the exclusion of all else, including a happy marriage and a life that involves something other than libraries.  Casaubon spends so much time in libraries that he has trouble interacting with other warm-blooded beings, and looks as though he might not be all that warm-blooded himself.  He could use some fresh air and sunshine.

What’s His Area of Nerd Expertise?

Oh God, what have I done with my life??

Oh God, what have I done with my life??

Obscure mythologies, religions, philosophy, and cosmology, all of which Casaubon hopes to draw together into one masterful tome, The Key to All Mythologies, containing his unified theory as to how they all tie together and cementing his place in Nerd History.  The tricky bit is that he’s been researching for so long that he’s forgotten exactly what he wants to do with all the material he’s collected.  But he can’t seem to stop researching and collecting!  If he has to stop collecting and start consolidating, then he has to admit to himself that he has no idea what he’s doing, which would be/is truly scary for him.

More Adorkable or More Nerdy?

Dorothea, trying to decide if he's more Adorkable or more Nerdy

Dorothea, trying to decide if he’s more Adorkable or more Nerdy

In Casaubon’s case, I’d have to say his Adorkableness is in the eye of the beholder – in this case, his wife, Dorothea (Juliet Aubrey).   Fortunately for Casaubon, Dorothea actually finds his Nerdiness somewhat alluring; she believes he’s on the verge of producing a great work, and she genuinely wants to help him with it.  Unfortunately, she only finds out after marrying him that he’s quite willing to let his Nerdiness intrude when they should be getting to know each other better.  So… I think Dorothea actually finds him quite Adorkable, but gets frustrated by all the Nerdiness, too.  However, the other inhabitants of Middlemarch merely find Casaubon insufferably dry and boring, with Mrs. Cadwallader accusing him (not to his face) of having blood that’s all “semicolons and parentheses”.

What Does He Secretly Collect?

Little does she know, his novel collection is <i>somewhere in this room!</i>

Little does she know, his novel collection is
somewhere in this room!

It would have to be something Casaubon would never admit to anyone, including (or perhaps least of all) Dorothea.  He’s pretty open-minded about other cultures and mythologies, though, so he might be surprisingly difficult to shock.  I’ll say that he secretly reads… *NOVELS*!! on the side, perhaps hidden behind a nice, big dusty tome, so no one realizes what he’s actually doing when he says he’s researching.  He’d hide his collection behind his other books, knowing no one in their right mind would look there.

What Does His Twitter Look like?

I think Twitter would be far too new-fangled for Casaubon, plus he’d find the 140 character limit very frustrating.  He might also fall for scams where someone would promise to send him a previously undiscovered original Phoenician tablet if he provides £500 by wire to Nigeria.  But if he ever got the hang of Twitter, he’d probably use hash tags like #EtruscanFishDeities4Evar or #NoFlatEarths and give himself a handle of @ScholarsDoItSeriously.

Is There Anything That Makes Him Kind of Cool?

If looks could kill: Casaubon reacts to Uncle Brooke's advice

If looks could kill: Casaubon reacts to Uncle Brooke’s advice

Yes, his ability to absolutely destroy uppity nephews cousins, using the most excruciatingly polite terms, in the most wonderfully cutting “go pound sand” letters one can imagine.  Casaubon also has a wonderfully sarcastic wit, although so few expect it from him that they don’t seem to know how to react.  For example, Dorothea’s Uncle Brooke (Robert Hardy) doesn’t quite know how to reply when, after advising Casaubon that he should take up making wooden toys, Casaubon dryly asks, “So it seems I am to look forward to a second childhood?”  If he could leave off The Key to All Mythologies, Casaubon might actually be entertaining to hang around with.  Also, he’s sometimes mistaken for a vampire, which is pretty cool, too.  😉

Can He Function in Polite Society?

Functioning in polite society

Functioning in polite society

Yes, provided that polite society doesn’t include his nephew cousin, Will Ladislaw (Rufus Sewell)… and maybe Uncle Brooke, too.  Casaubon has the (well-deserved, it’s true) reputation of being something of a dour stick-in-the-mud, but he does have potential; he just has to learn how to interact with warm-blooded beings in situations other than asking them where the Sumerian transcripts are.  It would be a great start if he could learn to talk to Dorothea; she’d be extremely gentle about teaching him social niceties.  But he’d probably reserve the right to keep on writing nasty letters to Will.


Edward Ryder
(“Brideshead Revisited“, 2008)

Type of Nerd:

A bow-tied Absent-Minded Professor in his lair

A bow-tied Absent-Minded Professor in his lair

A cross between an Absent-Minded Professor, a straight-up Eccentric, and a Biology Nerd.  Or it might be ornithology or anthropology, it’s a bit hard to tell.  But he does seem to have a lot of interesting bric-a-brac lying around the house.  He also favours bow ties and wing collars, which tells you that he’s an Old-Fashioned Absent-Minded Professor to boot.

What’s His Area of Nerd Expertise?

Caught extolling the glories of owls to Lady Marchmain.

Caught extolling the glories of owls to Lady Marchmain.

As mentioned, Mr. Ryder seems to be a bit of an all-around Nerd.  We know he used to be a professor, but it looks like he hasn’t taught for quite some time.  He’s good enough at chess to regularly beat his son, Charles (Matthew Goode), but his main area of interest appears to be biology, or possibly anthropology or archaeology.  But what he really, really appears to love are owls.  😉

More Adorkable or More Nerdy?

Eccentric yet charming.

Eccentric yet charming.

I would’ve said More Nerdy up until the owl scene, then it was definitely More Adorkable.  😀  Any man who goes into raptures about owls to a strange woman (possibly his son’s mother-in-law to be), with mussed hair in his dressing gown, in a darkened room, seemingly oblivious to all else, is definitely Adorkable.   Add to that the kissy-face he makes to the owl as he leaves, and he’s nigh irresistible.  I wouldn’t blame Lady Marchmain (Emma Thompson) for fancying him after that.   He’s quite charmingly eccentric with a misleading, frequently slyly sarcastic sense of humour.  Did he really mean to say what he just said, or was he just being dotty?  No one knows for sure, not even his son.

What Does He Secretly Collect?

Left alone as Charles goes off to Oxford

Left alone as Charles goes off to Oxford

From the looks of his house, Mr. Ryder collects a lot of things, most of which haven’t been dusted since the Edwardian era.  As Admin has noted, he’s a bit of an Edwardian relic himself, and he probably has a library that could rival Casaubon’s.  If he’s got any sort of secret collection, I’d say it would be a collection of Charles’ mother’s love letters to him, tied up with a faded (and dusty) ribbon, well-hidden in a drawer.  Mr. Ryder doesn’t seem to like revealing too much sentimentality, although he obviously loves his son.  Oh, and stuffed owls, but that collection isn’t a secret.

What Does His Twitter Look Like?

He probably retweets or “likes” everything Charles tweets, makes painfully elaborate knock-knock jokes in Latin, retweets every single owl or bird picture or video that he finds, plays chess by Tweet with Charles, and uses the handle @OwlsAreAwesome.

Is There Anything That Makes Him Kind of Cool?

Not falling for Charles' line

Not falling for Charles’ line

Well, I think Mr. Ryder is kind of cool to start with, and that Charles doesn’t appreciate him.  He raised Charles as a single father back when such things weren’t done.  He may not have hit all the bases he needed to hit, but he did his best.  He also has a wonderfully loopy sense of humour, concealing a keen intellect and sharp perception; he doesn’t fall for Charles’ snow job about visiting Brideshead.  That said, he also doesn’t allow his hurt at being abandoned to stand in the way of what Charles wants.

Can He Function in Polite Society?

"Oh, I suppose this is the time I should give you advice. Your mother was always so good at that."

“Oh, I suppose this is the time I should give you advice.
Your mother was always so good at that.”

I think Mr. Ryder probably functions quite well in society, though he probably prefers the somewhat rarefied environment of a university campus.  He appears to use his absent-mindedness as a means of hiding the fact that he actually cares deeply about Charles, couching his concerns in semi-serious ways.  Mr. Ryder also recognizes the loss of Charles’ mother, displaying a subtle but deep sense of sadness his sparing words can’t conceal; while she was alive, she probably smoothed over some of the social rough spots for him.  Sure, his clothes are a couple of decades out of style, but he’s a pretty good dad.  He feels it keenly when he realizes that part of the Marchmains’ attraction for Charles is their money and property, which are about the only things he hasn’t been able to provide.


Mr. Lancing
(“Captain Jack“, 1999)

Type of Nerd:

"Mr. Lancing. <i>The</i> Mr. Lancing. Principal Surveyor, Marine Safety Agency, Department of Environment, Transport, and the region’s Middlesbrough office."

“Mr. Lancing. The Mr. Lancing. Principal Surveyor, Marine Safety Agency, Department of Environment, Transport,
and the region’s Middlesbrough office.”

He’s a Maritime Safety Law Nerd, which means he gets to inspect boats based at Whitby Harbour in Yorkshire and make sure they meet all required regulations.  He doesn’t have to look up the regulations because they’re in his head already.  The guys who revise the regulation books probably call Mr. Lancing to check if they’ve gotten things right.  He’d send their text back with editing marks all over it (using a regulation #2 red pencil, of course) with an admonishment to do better next time.  But he doesn’t wear a bow tie.

What’s His Area of Nerd Expertise?

Noting all the violations on Captain Jack's ship

Noting all the violations on Captain Jack’s ship

As above, Maritime Safety Law and all regulations and requirements thereto.  As Captain Jack Armistead (Bob Hoskins) finds out to his cost, this includes everything from the diameter of his ship’s bell (four inches, not six), to an unapproved Danish ship’s whistle (should be an “approved British whistle”), to the depth of sand in his fire safety buckets, to the condition of his fire extinguishers and lifebelts.  Okay, those last two are actually rather important.  However, for Mr. Lancing, they’re all important.

More Adorkable or More Nerdy?

A little healthy sparring going on

A little healthy sparring going on

Definitely more Nerdy, although Mr. Lancing is kind of Adorkable, too (or he wouldn’t be on this list).  While his rule enforcement is meant to make him the villain, you get the impression he knows Jack very, very well and that without him around, Jack would probably push the envelope of safety limits as far as he possibly could.  Their sparring has a sense of humour about it, and it isn’t malicious.  Not that that stops either of them from trying to get one up on the other.  Mr. Lancing is also pretty Adorkable when he’s forced to deal with the Quakers, who know where Jack is going but ain’t tellin’.

What Does He Secretly Collect?

Putting his favourite clipboard to good use

Putting his favourite clipboard to good use

Ships in bottles, each perfectly set out according to regulations.  They’d be organized by size and type in alphabetical order, with a label as to where, when, and from whom they were acquired (if he didn’t make them himself) and any details Mr. Lancing had to correct before he added them to his collection.  He probably also has a collection of clipboards, from the very first one he used at his very first job out of school, to the one he just retired because he wore out its clip.  He hasn’t yet progressed to tablets.

What Does His Twitter Look Like?

Mr. Lancing would retweet a lot of Maritime Safety Laws, especially those he feels are being scoffed on a regular basis.  He might also name and shame the worst offenders:  “@CaptainJack, still using nonregulation sand in fire buckets.  Only #properbritishsand approved.”  He’d probably find the 140 character limit delightful, because everyone has to conform and he can check tweets for proper length.  He’d go by the handle @Lancing_MaritimeLaw, although Jack would call him @MrDracula.  And no Tweeting at work!

Is There Anything That Makes Him Kind of Cool?

Being a good sport about getting bested by Quakers

Being a good sport about getting bested by Quakers

Yes, his ability to scramble around grubby ships (like Jack’s) in a suit, tie, and dress shoes and fluorescent vest and emerge absolutely dirt-free.  And he’s actually a pretty good sport both about getting bested by the Quakers and upon Jack’s successful return from his unauthorized journey – which doesn’t stop him from immediately having Jack arrested, of course.  He’s still got a job to do.

Can He Function in Polite Society?

Mr. Lancing has won ribbons for something. Most Extensive Knowledge of Maritime Law, perhaps?

Mr. Lancing has won ribbons for something.
Most Extensive Knowledge of Maritime Law, perhaps?

Oh yes, extremely well – provided the topic of maritime law doesn’t come up, then he’d be insufferable.  He’s probably also a bit of a stickler about seeing that Mrs. Lancing follows recipes precisely, so she boots him out of the kitchen on a regular basis.  He also probably bores their friends with long discussions about the historical aspects of maritime law at dinner parties.  In the interests of preserving the peace, he and Jack would turn around and find another pub if they happened to run into each other at the same local.


Admin:  And my picks

John Harrison
(“Lost at Sea, The Search for Longitude“, 1998)

Type of Nerd:

The narrator says that finding longitude had become, in the public's mind, the work of madmen. Looking at this shot, that's easy to believe.

The intense stare of a genius.

A true genius and a hero whose method of determining longitude must have saved countless numbers of lives.  His ability to focus on that single task speaks of his incredible sense of determination.  Truly he was a man with a goal and he proved that perseverance does pay off.

What’s His Area of Nerd Expertise?

Clockmaking! Yes, John Harrison was a self-taught clockmaker.  He determined that if a sailor knew the time at his home port compared to the time on board ship, he could determine how many degrees he was from home. The only problem is that you’d need a clock that could handle extreme temperature changes in a pretty turbulent and  constantly moving area.  Not easy!  But with incredible ingenuity and a never quit attitude he achieved his goal.

More Adorkable or More Nerdy?

"It was a small force they had, like creatures sick and inactive."

“It was a small force they had, like creatures sick and inactive.”

Oh, definitely more nerdy.  He was a genius after all.  However, he did have some endearingly adorkable moments.  There was a part in the dramatization where he just returned from visiting London’s renowned clockmaker George Graham.  The meeting had gone well, but Harrison was somewhat vexed at the “poor, little feeble motions of his (Graham’s) pendulums. The small force they had, like poor creatures sick and inactive. But, I commented not on the folly of his watches.”  Ha! I thought part was really funny.  🙂

Harrison also got a bit seasick on one of his testing runs for his clock “H1”, but I think he even saw the amusing side to that too.  He might have gotten sick, but his clock (upon which he would continue to improve) held up well.

What Does He Secretly Collect?

Saying that a ship needs a machine or watch that could point out the time at its home port to figure out what its longitude is.

Bit of an outdoorsy sort too.

Well, his workshop is a clockwork paradise.  Any gear geek would probably feel like they’ve died and gone to heaven if they could witness his beautiful timekeepers in person.  But, I think on the sly he probably collects seashells.  Harrison seems to enjoy his sea walks and I think he’d see both the aesthetic beauty and the natural marvels of mathematics  and engineering inherent in  seashells.

What Does His Twitter Look Like?

That’s easy.  It would have lots and lots of diagrams of clocks, astronomical images, and I bet seashells too.  He’d probably get into a few debates over those awful university types who live in their ivory towers and confiscate inventions from  honest clockmakers. His handle would be @SeaWatchH5, of course.

Is There Anything That Makes Him Kind of Cool?

Are we sure Chisholm isn't related to this guy?

Check out that cool swagger.

Absolutely.  John Harrison proved to be a true hero for his country and the world.  That in and of itself makes him pretty cool.  On a more shallow note, I thought he looked heck of cool in his striped coat and leather vest, especially when he yanked off the 18th century wig.  I’ve got to say, he was looking pretty fierce with his manly swagger.  Plus, he walked from Lincolnshire to London so you know he was as fit as all get out.  Brains and brawn!  What a combo!

Can He Function in Polite Society?

 "And now, at sea, longitude may be had with great certainty and exactness."

He can handle polite society like a champ.

Well, aside from some pretty intense grievances with the pompous university men, Harrison had no trouble dealing with the outside world.  He had a family that loved him, was well regarded among his peers, and managed sea voyages.  And eventually he did win the money award in the end and became a right proper gentleman with a brand new wig and all.

 


George Bucsan
(“Two Deaths“, 1995)

Type of Nerd:

Pavenic dismisses the afair with George's wife.

Bow tie wearing bookworm.

Bow tie (yes) wearing milquetoast-esque bookworm.  He lives somewhere in Eastern Europe where some sort of revolution is going on.  He’s the type of guy who will bury his head in the sand rather than face up to the truth.  He can hold a grudge for far too long and seems to lack the resolve to genuinely make things better.  So, he’s a bit of an unpleasant sort, actually, but not awful.  And there is always a chance for personal improvement, isn’t there?

What’s His Area of Nerd Expertise?

Books!  He is a book reviewer for a newspaper.  He doesn’t consider himself any sort of journalist, though I suspect he fears that might arouse suspicion in such a tumultuous time and place.  He describes himself as a “bookworm employed by a newspaper.”  He is very self-effacing, almost to the point of being a bit cringy, but a lot of his issues are kind of understandable given the circumstances.

More Adorkable or More Nerdy?

He had fallen asleep at the party.

He had fallen adorkably asleep at the party.

Despite having a few personal drawbacks that aren’t very cute, I’d have to say he is more adorkable.  He could be the next Doctor Who (well known for being adorkable), if you know what I mean.  He looks incredibly cute in his bow tie and suit.  He even wore a furry hat like a ushanka, which makes perfect sense considering the setting, but it kind of adds to the whole Doctor Who vibe.  If the Doctor can wear a fez, he can surely wear a Russian furry hat.

He also showed a sweet, but ultimately tragic, adorkable side when he went to a party with his wife.  The party, which was pretty wild, proved too much for him and he had to take a little nap.  Of course he looked positively innocent and lovely while doing so.

Found his own marzipan likeness.

Found his own marzipan likeness.

His other adorkable moment came when he was delighted with a small marzipan figurine of himself.  He looked so charmed by it.  The figurines were decorating a large cake which he wouldn’t eat due to his diabetes.  I think we were to view him as even more of a milquetoast because of that.

What Does He Secretly Collect?

I wonder what this Michael Gambon in-action figure is worth?

I wonder what this Michael Gambon inaction figure is worth?

Considering his delight over the marzipan figurines (he even pocketed the Pavenik figure at the end), I’m going to say he likes action figures.  Nerds love those things, right?  He-Man, Monster in My Pocket, Nutty Mads, ThunderCats, Mego…he has them all.

What Does His Twitter Look Like?

Lots of links to books he’s reviewed.  Nothing smutty or ribald, he hates that kind of stuff.  His Twitter handle would be @Books&Bowties.  It is just a pity he hasn’t reviewed  “Making Marriage Work for Dummies” yet.  He’d probably also posts lots of pictures of decadent desserts that he can’t eat.

Is There Anything That Makes Him Kind of Cool?

He eats some cake, so happy ending! ;-)

He eats some cake, so happy ending! 😉

Shockingly, yes.  He braved a night full of gun shots and violence to get to the reunion with his friends.  I’d say that makes him pretty cool.   And at the end of the drama he seemed to take a slightly more YOLO approach, daring to snarf back a piece of cake and pocket a souvenir.  So, I think the George Bucsan who survived that horrible night is going to be a much cooler and more confident man than he ever was before.

Can He Function in Polite Society?

Growing uncomfortable over Marius' story.

This is a man who needs better friends.

Honestly, *he’s* not really the problem.  There just doesn’t seem to be much in the way of polite society around for him to function with.  As far as I can see, poor old George Bucsan’s world is full of violent revolution and deviant sex parties.  I bet dollars to donuts (which I would share with Bucsan) that if there were more polite society around, he’d function just fine.  Hopefully after he left Pavenik’s demented mansion of horrors he managed to find himself some far more suitable associates to hang out with in future.  The Marquis de Sade would be an upgrade from some of those degenerates.


D. S. Albert Chisholm
(“Minder“, eternal)

Type of Nerd:

Nope, Arthur says he's there on jury service. Chisholm [incredulous]: "Jury service??"

Chisholm and his albatross in a trilby.

Socially awkward, old fashioned, super determined policeman.  Yep, another one of those perseverance guys.  Only in this case instead of trying to understand sea navigation Chisholm is just trying to put away some harmless old spiv.  Of course if you ever met Arthur Daley you would probably see why.

What’s His Area of Nerd Expertise?

The police rulebook.  He knows it by heart, up and down, and inside out.  In “Minder on the Orient Express”, he got to travel with Interpol because he was the one on the ball enough to have a valid passport.  He also obviously attends seminars and keeps up with modern policing, even though he typically thinks all the modern “people policeman” stuff is load of namby-pamby cobblers.  He’s on top of things procedure wise, but he’s still an old fashioned copper at heart.  He wants to put the bad guys away, and as far as he can see, Arthur Daley and Terry McCann are as bad as they get.

More Adorkable or More Nerdy?

Nah, he's fine. Done this a *million* times. ;-)

He looks so awkward at his suit fitting.

He’s more adorkable.  He is socially a wee bit awkward.  When being fitted for a suit, he clearly didn’t know how to relax while being measured.  He is a little uneasy around women, always wanting to be polite but never prepared for any emotional onslaught that might arise.  And when Daley is openly associating with wanton bigamists, you can bet there will be emotional onslaughts.   Oh, and Chisholm’s reaction when a well-to-do cougar (played beautifully by June Whitfield) took a shine to him was hilarious.

Patrick Malahide as DS Chisholm in Minder

“Try out your silver tongue with these bolshie strikers.”

As mentioned earlier, he is very old fashioned.  In The Return of the Invincible Man, he doesn’t like the “bolshie” strikers (who are a pretty amiable and harmless lot), sending his put-upon sidekick DC Jones to talk with them.  Poor Jones.  He knows what it is like to be on Chisholm’s bad side and has been called a “Welsh cretin” more than once.  Somehow, Chisholm manages to make that unkind slur seem a lot more funny than it has any right to.

Honor Blackman is totally checking him out :-D

Honor Blackman is totally checking him out 😀

And, for someone seemingly so intelligent, Chisholm showed a remarkable cultural innocence aboard the Orient Express.  He wasn’t given enough expense money to eat on, and he also neglected to bring evening wear.  Personally, I think that was because the Minder writers didn’t want us to see how good he looked in a tux.  He’d be like James Bond.  No wonder Honor Blackman eyed him when he was nabbing a few free peanuts. 😉

What Does He Secretly Collect?

Visiting the Prince Charles lookalike insurance broker: "So this man Daley intimated he knew the whereabouts of the jewelry."

Eyeing a model auto appreciatively.

Considering the spartan bedroom we saw in Orient Express (that really was a good production for Chisholm fans), it is difficult to imagine him collecting anything.  However, there have been a couple of minor clues that he might like building models.  In High Drains Pilferer he was seen gazing admiringly at a lovely model car, and in An Officer and Car Salesman (which still needs to be reviewed here on the blog) he showed  boyish enthusiasm at the thought of riding in a helicopter.   So, I’ll hazard a guess and say he’s familiar with the smell of model glue.

What Does His Twitter Look Like?

His Twitter would @24HourCopper, and he would only reTweet official police bulletins, except, maybe, for the occasional Tweet to his Nan to let her know when he’d be coming over for tea.  His avatar would be the photo from his police ID card.

Is There Anything That Makes Him Kind of Cool?

 "Not trying to take the piss are we, sonny?"

Oh dear.  The skinhead thinks he’s cool.

Well, he’s a Detective Sergeant in the London police force, so that in and of itself is kind of cool.  And he looks really, really good in his trilby and mac combos.  He’s so old-fashioned that it kind of makes him timelessly cool.   He’s completely unaware of it too, which simply adds to the overall coolness of it all.  He’s so unstylish that he becomes effortlessly stylish.

But it is his dry wit that really makes him truly cool.  Always fast with the quip, Chisholm’s sarcastic sense of humour gives him an undeniable elan.

Can He Function in Polite Society?

Gulping down the rest.

Maybe he could function in polite society if there was some polite society.

Kind of.  Like George Bucsan, poor Chisholm seems to spend too much time surrounded by ne’er-do-wells, so that makes it a little difficult to measure.  When he does rub shoulders with a “better class” of people it doesn’t go any better because they tend to be just as ridiculous as the riffraff.  But, Chisholm managed to make it to Detective Sergeant, so I’d say for the most part he does relatively well.

 


And One Honourable Mention:

Arthur Frommer
(“EuroTrip“, 2004)

Arthur Frommer, Ultimate Travel Nerd

Arthur Frommer, Ultimate Travel Nerd

RF:  Now, the movie “EuroTrip” really doesn’t have a lot to recommend it – like, at all – but we do get a glimpse of Arthur Frommer, Ultimate Travel Nerd (based on the real Arthur Frommer).  You can tell he’s meant to be perceived as Nerdy because he has a belly wallet for his passport and other documents and wears a fusty tweed suit and bow tie (even in his ID picture), but the filmmakers accidentally made him Adorkable instead.  He writes extensive travel guides and knows *everything* there is to know about travelling: notable attractions, history, and practical tips.  He’s only in the movie long enough to (implausibly) offer one of the teen characters a job writing for his travel books, then he’s gone – and very wise of him to leave so quickly, too.  But from what we see of him in so short a time, he looks perfectly charming.  A movie all about Arthur Frommer as the Ultimate Travel Nerd would’ve been vastly preferable to what we got.

Admin:  I’d love a Frommer film…..”Frommer…Arthur Frommer.” Watch out, James Bond!  Interestingly enough, “Eurotrip” has an impressive following and has become a cult favorite.  In 2014, there was a special 10th anniversary screening with a Q&A session moderated by Kevin Smith. Those crazy kids! 😀


Who’s the Most Adorkable Nerd of All?

RF's Pick: Mr. Ryder

RF’s Pick: Mr. Ryder

RF:  This is an extremely difficult choice, but I’m going to have to go with… Edward Ryder.  He perfectly combines the qualities of Adorkableness and Nerdiness, along with an astute, sly sense of humour and a charmingly off-kilter manner guaranteed to keep you guessing.   Not only can he tell you everything you ever wanted to know about ancient civilizations and dead languages, he can entertain you with games of chess, tales of owls, and hours of dotty conversation.  And I love his scratchy little laugh.   😀

But better not make a twit of himself.

Admin’s Pick:  DS Chisholm

Admin:  Awww, it’s Chisholm for me.  Of course it would be Chisholm. 🙂  He’s awkward and temperamental, but he always tries his best and (like Mr. Ryder) has an interesting sense of humor.  The poor man just seems like he’s held back by forces beyond his control.  But, I think deep down he’d be a lot of fun.  Chisholm would probably be right at home in   nerdy engineering and/or steam museums. And you know what, there is nothing wrong with that at all.

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