When I first heard that Joss Whedon and Morgan Spurlock were piecing together a documentary on Comic-Con, or, more specifically, three super geeks who are attending Comic Con, I immediately thought of that MTV True Life episode called "I'm a Fanboy". If you're not familiar with True Life, it's actually one of MTV's better shows in that it tackles a wide array of fascinating topics by following around three (or sometimes 2) young-ish people living a particular lifestyle -- from being homeless to polyamorous to addicted to video games to being a fanboy and everything in between.
To this day their "I'm a Fanboy" episode remains one of my favorites, because it really captured those awkward teenage moments in a way that was so real it almost hurt to watch. Trapped in the middle of these moments were young kids (or fanboys) who were obsessed with and extremely passionate about (among other things) Power Rangers, horror films and World of Warcraft. The one kid, Jason, stood out the most. He's this somewhat shy, awkward and skinny 26-year-old who is probably one of the world's biggest Power Ranger fans. Over the course of the program, we follow Jason to conventions, to toy stores and to the house of a girl he has a crush on, who, from what I remember, was like 17 or thereabouts.
The most interesting angle (and this is something I'd love to see from Whedon and Spurlock's doc) comes into play when we watch Jason briefly attempt to turn off his fandom in order to share his feelings with a girl he's crushin' on. And while he can talk your head off when it comes to Power Rangers, the guy can barely find the words to ask a girl out. And he's 26. Which, look, may be normal for some people, but for Jason it's pretty obvious that his Power Rangers fetish has completely shut him out from other aspects of life and, in a way, kept him trapped in his 9-year-old self for way too many years. So what may feel like a very Judd Apatow-ish moment to you is actually kinda sad and fascinating all at the same time.
Check out the scene below. If Whedon and Spurlock's upcoming doc is anything like this, I'll be there on opening day.