GEEK MADNESS: Penultimate Four

Almost there, folks! Winners will meet next week in the Final Battle, and then at last the new Secretary of Geek Affairs will be able to break through all of the gridlock that’s been plaguing geekdom.

All results to-date are on the main Geek Madness page.

Review all the matchups and go vote, after the break.

Geek Madness Reasonable 8 Brackets


Kaylee Frye Kaylee Frye vs. Joss Whedon Joss Whedon

Battle for the Whedon Crown

Kaylee Frye: Character, Joss Whedon’s TV series “Firefly” and film Serenity; ship’s mechanic.
Prototypical geek girl who has a great love of and intuitive talent with technology; feminine without being entirely “girly;” only partially aware of how stupefyingly attractive she is. Defeated The Professor in Round 1 and Tricia “Trillian” McMillan in Round 2,  Steve Jobs in the Geek 16 and Simon Pegg in the Reasonable 8.

Joss Whedon: Writer/producer/director; creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (film/TV), “Angel” (TV) “Firefly”/Serenity (TV/film) and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (interwebs)
Notes: Has strong track record of creating television shows marked by clever dialogue, smart and interesting characters, fantastical elements, and extremely short lifespans; ridiculously devoted following; as if geek cred wasn’t strong enough, was one of the co-writers of Toy Story. Defeated Ken Plume in Round 1, Doctor WhoJonathan Coulton in the Geek 16 and Felicia Day in the Reasonable 8.

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Wil Wheaton Wil Wheaton vs. Gabe & Tycho Gabe & Tycho (Penny Arcade)

Battle of the Online Touchstone Titans

Gabe & Tycho: Webcomic alter egos of Penny Arcade writers/creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik
Multiple weekly strips are a touchstone of gaming and gamer culture. Characters also help promote the PAX gaming festival and Child’s Play charitable effort. Defeated Sarah Vowell in Round 1, Alton Brown in Round 2 and Douglas Adams in the Geek 16 and John Hodgman in the Reasonable 8.

Wil Wheaton: Writer, actor; blogging pioneer; most widely known for roles as Wesley Crusher (Star Trek TNG) and Gordie LaChance in Stand By Me.
Parlayed his much-maligned portrayal of Wesley Crusher into a multi-platform second career; blog/website is a hub for geek discourse; poker player and fan; has his own tag on Defeated Bruce Campbell in Round 1, Wesley Crusher in Round 2 and Stephen Hawking in the Geek 16 and Steve Wozniak in the Reasonable 8.

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  1. Matthew
    Posted March 2, 2009 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Wil and Joss,

    No other options will do

    the browncoats (including myself) are going to have a quandry.

  2. Les
    Posted March 2, 2009 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Hmmm, so it appears that it will be Whedon vs Wheaton. How very alliterative and nearly homonym-like.

  3. Zombie Charles
    Posted March 2, 2009 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Gabe and Tycho.

    The new D&D podcasts are hilarious, which unfortunately counts for both of the contenders.

  4. Jiffy
    Posted March 2, 2009 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    This was SUCH a hard vote for me! Finally, I had to go with Kaylee and then Gabe & Tycho. Can’t really explain it for anyone else, but I just had to go with my gut instinct.

    Good luck voting, all!

  5. Posted March 2, 2009 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Joss and Wil. No time to explain. Also great podcast this week. No time. Bai.

  6. Posted March 2, 2009 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Who are these people? Geez, kids these days.

    Okay, I know who Gabe and Tycho are, but I swapped the Penny Arcade T-shirt I got from the ThinkGeek grab bag for a half-pony half-monkey monster, so I don’t think that qualifies me to vote for them. I suppose I could vote for them and Kaylee just as a protest against Whedon and Wheaton for having such similar names, but meh. I’ll just go sit in a corner and sulk. While coding. Do any of these ‘geeks’ even know how to code?

  7. Olivia
    Posted March 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Come now, there’s more to geekdom than knowing how to code. The bookworms got beat up in high school too, ya know! 😉

    Whedon and Wheaton all the way. Next week’s going to be tough.

  8. Chris
    Posted March 2, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Gabe and Tycho all the way

  9. Posted March 2, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    If there two more suitable finalists than Joss and Wil, I can’t think of them. Both are real, living and active leaders of Geekdom.

    Which one should get the job, well, that’s another question. But really, do we want to take Joss off of dollhouse, just when it’s getting started? Hasn’t he had that done to him too often anyway? Besides – he just might turn it down…

    Not that Wil doesn’t already have lots of ongoing opportunities – but I think he’d actually be interested in such a position, and… think of the blog entries on!

  10. Quenfis
    Posted March 2, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    The musics getting faster and the fire is getting higher. W vs W in a battle royal!

  11. Posted March 2, 2009 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Kaylee didn’t write “Dollhouse” and Wil is just an intern.

    ’nuff said.

  12. Posted March 2, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Whedon and Wheaton – there is no other choice.

  13. Posted March 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe Gabe & Tycho beat Hodgman. That just doesn’t seem right.

  14. Posted March 3, 2009 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    What bugs me is that most of these people are from TV. Sure, maybe you don’t have to code to be a geek, but the future of geekdom is doomed if TV is what it’s all about. I don’t know whether couch potatoes get beaten up at school, but if they do, it’s not necessarily indicative of geekdom.

  15. Robin
    Posted March 3, 2009 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    I like them all so much. ::nailbiting::

    In the end, I had to go with creator over creation, and the blog I read regularly over the webcomic I only read when someone else notes something cool in a particular strip. Plus, I know that Joss and Wil are already very politically active, and articulate to boot.

    Oh, and Angeltastic, if you’re looking for an old-school coding geek, you should really go for Wil. He’s been coding his own webpage ( for years and years. While you’re over there, take a look around and read some stuff. He’s more author than actor these days, and he talks about a lot more than the TeeVee show that made him famous.

  16. Posted March 4, 2009 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Wil Wheaton coded TypePad?

  17. Posted March 4, 2009 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Wil also just did this:

    And G&T did this:

    both have done a great job at proving geeks right against the idiots and doomsayers, and representing some of the best that our communities have to offer. I would be proud to have either.

  18. Jack F.
    Posted March 5, 2009 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Can I just say I have no interest whatsoever in Kaylee Frye and Josh Whedon?

  19. sacre_blues
    Posted March 5, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Wil and Whedon FTW!

    And just saying, if I was to go by Angeltastic’s idea of geekdom, I’d be an anti-geek.

    I’ve never coded and I’ve never gotten beat up at school. Anything math-related goes right over my head and computers crash at my touch. If you looked at me, you wouldn’t think geek.

    But guess what? I think I’m still a geek (well, maybe more of a nerd).

    You know what I’m not? A stereotype.

  20. Ell
    Posted March 5, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Permalink


  21. Brian
    Posted March 6, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    I was afraid it would come down to this.

    Wil and Wheaton, no question.

    If they end up the finalists, I am going to have a really hard time making a decision.

  22. Posted March 6, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Kaylee is the reason I fell in love with Whedon’s work, so she gets my vote!
    And don’t know too much about Penny Arcade, so Wil obviously gets my vote in the second one.

  23. Nat
    Posted March 6, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    It’s terrible that Kaylee is going to be defeated by her creator, but voting for her over Joss would probably distort the fabric of space/time or something.

    I like to think of it this way: everything Kaylee says or does is all Joss’s doing anyway.

  24. Obs
    Posted March 6, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Wil is a fucking pussy. He will never win against Gabe and Tycho.

  25. Olivaw
    Posted March 6, 2009 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Kaylee didn’t write Dollhouse and doesn’t have an obsession with teenage girls.

    Gabe and Tycho raised millions for sick children while Wil Wheaton wrote a book about himself.

    The winners here are clear.

  26. JJ
    Posted March 7, 2009 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Joss and Wil

    Oh the madness….the madnesss!

  27. Posted March 7, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    @Angeltastic – No, Wil didn’t code Typepad. He did do the html for his original blog, though. Yes, I know that that only counts as ‘typesetting’, but it’s a move in the direction of coding. And I’d guess that if he hasn’t done ‘coding for fun’, he’d be willing to learn.

    Voted for Joss – he made Kaylee, so it made sense.

    Voted for Wil – I read his blog and own his books. Although I loved PAX, I have no real clue who Gabe & Tycho are. I only know they are cool geeks – ’cause Wil said so.

  28. CarlDog
    Posted March 7, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Whedon vs. Wheaton FTW!

  29. Twirrim
    Posted March 7, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Tricky one..

    Kaylee and Wil.

  30. Mighty Mik
    Posted March 7, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Cuter…Kaylee. Cuter…Wil. done.

  31. Posted March 7, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Considering the post, I’ll have to vote for Wil in the final round, though I wouldn’t object to a Whe-Whe co-chair. 😉

  32. Posted March 7, 2009 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to vote for the people that aren’t fictional… and Wil Wheaton will take it all, even though I also love Joss Whedon.

  33. Gentry
    Posted March 8, 2009 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    Wil is krew, he will always get my vote.

  34. d
    Posted March 8, 2009 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    G&T could win so easily, too bad they don’t want to link the poll on their main page.
    Fucker would be obliterated.

  35. Posted March 8, 2009 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Wow. The Gabe and Tycho fans are, um, vocal. And so, uh, articulate.

  36. KsKryptonian
    Posted March 9, 2009 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Kaylee and wil, Cause he’s wil, and she had nothing to do with Dollhouse.

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