Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Essential Geek Quotes: "We're All Fine Here..."

Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?
If you don't know how to fill in the rest of that quote, shame on you. Yes, I'm being horribly judgmental but I am an avowed Star Wars fan and that quote is one of the biggies. It's right up there with "Use the Force, Luke!" and "I've got a very bad feeling about this." I think it's fair to say that having at least a few Star Wars quotes in your repertoire of witty comebacks is a geek essential. 

I could write this whole post about Star Wars quotes alone, but that would mean ignoring some of my favorites from elsewhere in the geekverse. There's Star Trek, and Firefly and The Terminator and Monty Python, and, and, and.... actually I could probably write a book. I don't have time to do that today given Christmas presents like Star Wars: The Old Republic and Lego Mindstorm demanding my attention, so instead here are just a few of my favorites. Not afraid you won't know them all? You will be, you WILL be....

"Use the Force, Luke!"
Really, if you don't know this one, then how on earth did you even find my blog? I should not need to tell you this but it's from Star Wars: A New Hope because it's the biggest, most important quote in all of geek history with endless potential for use in daily conversation. Co-worker can't get his file cabinet open? Struggling to get the lid of a jar of pickles? Can't quite reach the genuine replica lightsaber on your mantle? All these moments are perfect opportunities to break out this quote.

"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one."
No one could forget Spock uttering this phrase as he was overcome by radiation after saving the Enterprise in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn. Then there's the slow slide down the glass as he collapses to the floor and dies. Wait, I need a minute. This quote encompasses the essence of all that is Star Trek. The Federation is not about power and privilege, but about making the galaxy a better place and sacrificing for the common good. Use this one to con your friends into doing anything, from seeing a movie they don't want to see to giving you the last piece of pizza because you need it more. Try it, you'll see.

"I aim to misbehave."
A bit newer on the scene, but still an essential geek quote spoken by Captain Malcolm Reynolds on the short-lived Firefly television series. Unlike Spock or Obi-Wan's lines, there's no depth of meaning behind this one. It's a simple statement of the intent to have fun, cause trouble and wreak a certain amount of gleeful havoc. Hey, New Year's Eve is just a few days away, a moment designed for this quote if ever there was one.  

"My precious!"
If you ask Gollum, this line refers to The One Ring in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers but you can use it to refer to just about anything. It might be something amazing like a shiny new car or something you intend to take before your friends get the chance like the last piece of pizza. If you want it, then it's your precious. The key here is that you not only can but must use a creepy, scratchy Gollum-like voice to deliver this line.

"Have fun storming the castle!"
This is one of those movies that, if you watch it once, you can't help but find yourself quoting forever. The Princess Bride is chock full of memorable quotes, but this is one easy to sneak into conversations. Send your kids off to school or you husband off to work with this cheery wish. Or, your co-workers on their way to what is sure to be a long,boring meeting or the evening commute home.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list, like I said, that would require a book, but these are certainly my favorite and easiest to use quotes. If you know them all, 10 Geek Points to you, but more importantly, what would you add as essential quotes for every geek to master?



15 comments:

  1. "Knock yourself out". I use this all the time. It's from Robocop.

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  2. "If somebody asks you if you're a god, you say YES!"

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  3. Robocop and Ghostbusters...love those movies!

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  4. Had a coworker named Ray... he was always breaking things and generally being a spaz. I got in the habit of answering every request with, "Ray? What did you DO, Ray?" Sadly, only one of my other coworkers (and the friends to whom I tell the story) got the joke...

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  5. "If wishes were horses we'd all be eating steak." -Jayne Cobb, Firefly

    Like a true Browncoat, this quote makes it into a varied selection of conversations - with geeks and norms alike. What I find most surprising is that no one ever questions me about it. "Did you say horses? "

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  6. One of my favorites is, "Mr. Potato Head! Back doors are not secrets!"

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  7. When I was a kid I had a Stormtrooper action figure. He always lost when I wrestled him against my Hulk Hogan action figure.

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  8. Here's a few more...
    "Taffeta Darling!"
    "The Angels have the Blue Box!"
    "Adios, Satipo"
    "What the hell's a Gigawatt?"

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  9. I've got two:

    "With great power there must also come great responsibility."

    "Make it so."

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  10. This one isn't terribly pithy, but my wife (yes, really) likes this one from Sixteen Candles:
    Grandma Helen: Oh Sam, let me take a look at you. Fred, she's gotten her boobies.
    Grandpa Fred: I better get my magnifying glass.
    [chuckles]
    Grandma Helen: Oh, and they are so PERKY.
    [reaches to cup them]
    Grandma Helen: [cut to:]
    Samantha: I can't believe my grandmother actually felt me up.


    C'mon, it IS a John Hughes movie, essence of Extended Brat Pack and all that.

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  11. "We are just too pretty for God to let us die." ~Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Firefly

    "Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!" ~Hoban Washburn, Firefly

    Randomly calling things "shiny" ~Kaywinnit Lee Frye: Firefly

    "Wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey." ~The Doctor, Doctor Who

    "Fire bad, tree pretty." ~Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (perfect for explaining that your brain power is compromised)

    "Tact is just not saying true stuff." ~Cordelia Chase, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    "You just turned your head! That doesn't make you happy?" ~Fezic, The Princess Bride

    "And I'm eating this banana! Lunchtime be damned." ~Willow Rosenberg: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Especially awesome when eating something other than a banana.)

    "We came, we conquered, we felt really bad about it." ~Spike: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    "Bloody Torchwood." ~Torchwood. Great to mutter any time something strange happens (especially a blowfish driving by).

    "Live long and prosper." ~Spock, Star Trek

    "We may experience some slight turbulence, then explode." ~Captain Malcolm Reynolds: Firefly

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  12. "Come along Pond." ~The Doctor: Doctor Who (Perfect when asking anyone to follow you.)

    "Careful? Tried that once, ever so dull." ~River Song, Doctor Who

    Asking someone out for "texting and scones" ~Doctor Who

    "Spoilers!" ~River Song, Doctor Who (perfect when you're trying to hide things/keep secrets)

    "Hello Sweetie!" ~River Song, Doctor Who

    "Biting is excellent! It's like kissing, but there's a winner." ~Sexy, Doctor Who (This probably wouldn't have a place in normal conversation for most people, but I find it quite useful.)

    "Trust me, I'm the Doctor." ~The Doctor, Doctor Who. Use this any time someone doubts you.

    "When I say run, run like a rabbit!" ~The Doctor, Doctor Who

    "Would you like a jelly baby?" ~The Doctor, Doctor Who (Great for breaking tension or aggravating enemies.)

    "Brave heart, Tegan!" ~The Doctor, Doctor Who (Suitable for any situation you're having to prod someone into doing something they're anxious or frightened about.)

    "I wear a ____ now. ____s are cool." ~The Doctor, Doctor Who. Insert any item of clothing (especially bowtie, stetson, or fez)

    "Exterminate!" ~The Daleks: Doctor Who (Must be said in Dalek-voice.)

    "Delete! Delete!" ~The Cybermen: Doctor Who (Must be said with a Cyber voice)

    "You're my favourite, you are! You know why? Cause you're so thick! You're Mr. Thick, Thick, Thickety Thick from Thicktown, Thickania! And so's your dad!" ~The Doctor: Doctor Who

    "Bananas are good!" ~The Doctor: Doctor Who. Must be said w/British accent.

    "I've got a thing. Well, 4 thing. Well, 4 things and a lizard." ~The Doctor: Doctor Who. The best excuse ever.

    "Affirmative!" ~K-9: Doctor Who. Must be said in a robotic dog voice, preferably after someone's said something "insulting", like "you're such a geek."

    "We're dead aren't we? We're dead AGAIN." ~Rory Pond: Doctor Who (best after something mildly eventful happens; must be said in a matter-of-fact voice.)

    ‎"A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, Brigadier, but it is by no means the most interesting." ~The Doctor: Doctor Who. The perfect way to explain your strange or complicated choices.

    "What's the point in being grown-up if you can't be childish sometimes?" ~the Doctor: Doctor Who

    "The universe has to move forward." ~Sarah Jane Smith: Doctor Who (Perfect when anyone is expressing regrets or trying to hold onto the past.)

    "Oi, watch it Spaceman!" ~Donna Noble: Doctor Who

    "I walk in eternity." ~The Doctor: Doctor Who

    "I have planets to save, monsters to defeat, civilization to rescue, and an awful lot of running to do." ~Jenny: Doctor Who (The perfect exit speech for any circumstance.)

    "Trouble's just the bits in between." ~The Doctor: Doctor Who

    "Allons-y!" ~The Doctor: Doctor Who (For use when going anywhere.)

    "Tenses are difficult!" ~Sexy: Doctor Who (Perfect to explain any and all linguistic errors.)

    Use "fish fingers and custard" as a rallying call, or as something to swear on ~The Doctor & Amelia Pond: Doctor Who

    "I am a citizen of the universe, and a gentleman too." ~The Doctor: Doctor Who (Excellent if you don't want to disclose your nationality/country of origin.)

    "Your mind is starting to work! It's entirely due to my influence of course, you musn't take any credit." ~The Doctor: Doctor Who

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  13. "Balls!" ~Dr. Horrible, Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

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  14. Jas def got 3 of the best ones...

    "Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"

    "Wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey."

    "Fire bad, tree pretty."

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