Welcome to Film Nerd 2.0, the first column in an ongoing series about the way I'm experiencing geek media with my oldest son.
I don't really have an overall agenda with what I will show him or when, and I think that's important. I've been asked several times if he's seen "Star Wars" yet. Nope. Or the "Harry Potter" series. Or "Lord Of The Rings." Or "Back To The Future." Or many things. He's four, so I don't think those are quite appropriate yet. Not necessarily because they're more explicit than what he has seen already, but more because they require a level of understanding of narrative I don't think he's got yet.
Right now, he's about big broad strokes. One of the reasons I think "Star Trek" connected is because it's not afraid to go broad in the way it defines and illustrates the relationships between those characters. As far as what to show him next, I'm not trying to program him. I'm trying, instead, to let him tell me what's next, what he's ready for. A good example is the way we chose this first film.
Universal sent over the BluRay for review, and it was sitting on top of a stack on my desk when Toshi walked in.
He saw the cover of the movie and he immediately grabbed it. Held it closer for further inspection.
"Daddy... what's this one?"
[more after the jump]