This was yet another bad week for Blextrophy. This week’s challenge was to debate various issues dealing with super-heroes and, while each round was a close one, The Servants of the Forsaken Orb won the debate as a whole.
Virgil and Genevieve were the two obvious choices to be sent home and Virgil knew it. In an attempt to avoid being sent to the Nerd-off, he successfully convinced The Servants of the Forsaken Orb to vote for Genevieve instead. Both Batman-loving women entered the superhero trivia Nerd-off, but only one could emerge victorious. The classic DC trivia proved to be too much for Alana and she was promptly sent home.
I had a chance to ask Alana some questions about her stay on the show. Hope you enjoy!
Dan: What drew you to King of the Nerds?
Alana: “Revenge of the Nerds is one of my Mom’s favorite movies. So I jumped at the chance to meet Lewis and Booger.”
Aside from the slurpee machine, what were some of the best things about living in Nerdvana?
“We had this half circle coach. It was great to sit on and hang out with my fellow Nerds. Meal time was another favorite of mine again for hanging out with my fellow nerds.”
What is your “nerd” specialty and how did you feel it helped Blextrophy in the competition?
“I was promoted as being a Batman expert, but I also am very much into tabletop role playing games and many different board games. Also when I go to Cons I will often times have a cosplay of my own. Last year I was Sailor “That’s No Moon.” It was a Sailor Moon costume with Death Star colors. I really did try helping my team, but many of my ideas were shot down. During the Cosplay Competition we had a Meta theme, I tried to talk them out of it, but got voted down. During the Superhero Debate I helped Celeste with her speech and listened to both Virgil and Genevieve practice their speeches. I put a lot of work into both of those competitions just to be sent to the Nerd-off.”
When did someone first notice you from the show and how did they react?
“Only my friends have noticed me from the show. Well I can’t say that. I went in for an interview for one of my local radio stations and they brought a few of their family members to the station and Geek’d out with me.”
Do you have a twitter account we could follow?
“I am @PrincessOGaming on twitter. Yes you can follow me and I’ll follow you back. Just to let you know there is no filter on my twitter so it’s all Alana with language and sexual innuendos.”
How has being on the show affected your life?
“I’m much more of a go getter now. If I need something done, I do it. I organized and helped start a local Vampire: The Masquerade live action role playing(LARP) game because I’ve wanted to for a while. Also after this weekend I have a blog that will go live. Geeky girls talking about gaming in all its forms.”
How did you feel being sent to the Nerd-off by your own teammates twice?
“The first time was hurtful and the second time I knew it was coming. So I went to the SFO Team to let them know who I wanted to go against.“
What super hero trivia did you spend the most time researching just to find out they weren’t needed?
“I researched the X-men and ended up not needed them at all.”
All but one of those questions were about classic DC comics (and they were difficult!), did they catch you off guard?
“Yes, the questions really caught me off guard. I was expecting things like “What is Batgirl‘s real name?” or “What is the name of the comic Superman first appeared in?” Not “Who appeared alongside Superman in his first comic?” and “Which one of these is a real Doctor?””
What were you expecting to be quizzed on?
“Things like writers or creators of the comics or match this secret identity with this superhero or why are the X-Men called the X-Men.”
So your favorite hero is Batman. Who is your favorite Robin?
“My favorite Robin used to be Dick Grayson because he was the first Robin and the one I knew from the animated series from the 90’s. But now that I’m older I really like Jason Todd. His storyline really brings the darkness back into the Dark Knight. They have a few resurrection stories out for him now. My favorite is Ra’s Al Ghul bringing him back from the dead with a Lazarus Pit.”
What got you into reading comics regularly?
“I really enjoyed Batman: The Animated Series from the 90’s. Once I found out that Batman had his own comics I started reading them. Even got a job in high school so I could buy them for myself.”
If you could recommend one trade paperback to read, which one would it be?
“Oh man. Just one? If I have to pick just one, Sandman by Neil Gaiman.”
The odds were always stacked against Alana from the beginning. She over-extended her reach and stumbled a few times which is how she ended up in the Nerd-off. She didn’t mean any harm or ill will. She also didn’t know who Doctor Mid-Nite was.
You can catch King of the Nerds every Thursday night on TBS, and you can come back here shortly afterward for more exit interviews as the challenge continues!