okay, so in the spirit of “don’t complain about something if you’re not prepared to do it better,” i noticed over the past couple of weeks two lists — one from wired and one from a blog i know not of called ink-stained amazon which i have to say is beautiful to look at it — that both purport to be ‘essential lists’ of ‘geek culture’ quotes.
okay, so the wired list starts off with monty python and the holy grail and the amazon list includes the sarah jane adventures — but i’m still not wildly impressed with either one.
i figured i could do better.
then i thought about it and realised that, on my own, i didn’t have the time to do better so i roped in my ever-patient girlfriend to help me do better. 🙂
first off, a couple of notes:
1. this is for fun. if you’re not amused, go read something else. i won’t be offended, promise. that being said, suggestions and additions (politely phrased!) are welcome in the comments. but keep in mind this is installation 1 of 4! not everything will fit in here.
2. these are probably mostly going to be dredged out of my memory, anna’s memory, imdb, or official show/movie sites. inaccuracy is, therefore, almost inevitable. not to mention repetition of shows or characters. if this annoys you– well, make your own list. 🙂
3. i’m not aiming for some kind of “worst to best” or “best to worst” list. they’re here because the two people making the list think they’re fun or because one of us was able to strong-arm the other into including them. brief context is provided where anna or i thought it was necessary. i also tried to find links for character images that were from the episode/scene/moment where the quoted line was spoken. this isn’t always possible but i’m fairly pleased with myself for getting as close as i did! fair warning: links may contain spoilers, particularly links to doctor who or torchwood episodes.
5. i am aiming for 4 posts of 25 quotes each over the next 4 weeks. tune in each friday/saturday for your new installment!
okay, and that being said…
1. Tim Latimer [talking about the Doctor]: “He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun. He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and can see the turn of the universe…and… he’s wonderful.” Doctor Who, “The Family of Blood.”
2. Captain Jack Harkness: “Torchwood: outside the government, beyond the police. Tracking down alien life on Earth, arming the human race against the future. The twenty-first century is when everything changes. And you gotta be ready.” Torchwood, Season 1 opener on all episodes.
3. Brother Justin Crowe [talking about his upcoming radio broadcast]: “In a single coast-to-coast broadcast, I will speak to more souls than our Lord did in his entire lifetime. It’s going to be breathtaking.” Carnivale, “Ingram, TX.”
5. Murtagh [in reference to a stone wall he and Eragon have run up against in their attempt to join the rebels]: “Tell me your vision looked something like this.” Eragon.
6. The Guide: “Don’t Panic.” The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
8. M [to James Bond as he almost says her real name]: “Finish that sentence and I’ll have you killed.” Casino Royale.
9. Captain Jack Sparrow [in reference to almost anything]: “Not good — not good!” Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.
10. Alice [before killing the monster that used to be her work partner and “husband”]: “I’m missing you already.” Resident Evil.
12. “I’m going to curl up in his sock drawer and sleep for days.” MST3K riff in MST3K: The Movie: This Island Earth.
15. Dr. Frank N. Furter: “What ever happened to Fay Wray? That delicate satin-draped frame…how it clung to her thigh as I started to cry… ’cause I wanted to be dressed just the same…” The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
18. Plankton: “Well, goodbye, everyone. I’ll remember you all in therapy!” Spongebob Squarepants, “The Algae is Always Greener.”
19. Wesley Gibson [talking to Sloan who may, or may not, be trying to induct him into a secret brotherhood of assassins]: “So do you make sweaters or do you kill people?” Wanted.
21. The Doctor: “Well, progress is a very flexible word. It can mean just about anything you want it to mean.” Doctor Who, “The Power of Kroll.”
23. Mme. de Pompadour [talking to/about the Doctor]: “Such a lonely little boy. Lonely then and lonelier now.” Doctor Who, “The Girl in the Fireplace.”
24. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker: “We’re smarter than this!” “Apparently not.” Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
25. Marvin the Paranoid Android [about life in general…]: “I have this terrible pain in all the diodes down my left side…” The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.