The YouTubers: I'm cautious of passing that kind of judgement on Dan, Phil and Emma because I don't know them, their YouTube videos or their fanbases. Alan spent time with them during the Geek Week filming, so I would tend to defer to his assessment above. Stuart is a different matter because I have watched his videos and I've met him, as did many other Knightmare fans on the Friday night of the Knightmare Convention. (He also made quite a special contribution to Lord Fear's Midnight Hunt on the Saturday night, which I'll leave others to detail if and when appropriate.) I observed very little difference between Stuart on YouTube and Stuart in real life.As it was a youtube project it's only natural they wanted youtubers involved, the risk being they play to their fans which is what happened for the most part.
What I will say is that in the episode, I would have enjoyed hearing more from Phil and Emma to balance Dan's obvious enthusiasm. (I'm sure we can all think of at least one Series 1-8 quest that might have been more enjoyable if all three advisors were equally vocal.) And as I've hinted before, Dan's low-slung trousers and visible underwear were an off-putting fashion choice that I simply don't understand.
I would tend to agree. It's a far cry from the multiple references to the YouTubers as emos seen on this forum in 2013, and reassuring for that.wombstar wrote:I don't tend to buy into this idea of being nerdy, geeky, trendy or whatever labels people come up with
I'm not sure whether the definition of geek has changed over time, or just the interpretation. I watched an episode of the 1990s remake of The Tomorrow People recently in which one character refers to his father as a geek and does so insultingly. If it meant a person with a keen screen-based interest or superior knowledge outside the mainstream, perhaps that now has positive connotations rather than negative.