Supporting roles rarely get the spotlight. But sidekicks are often my favorite roles.
Here are 13 of My Favorite SciFi Sidekicks:
1. Chewbacca (from Star Wars) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ EveryoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s favorite. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Han SoloÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s furry sidekick that only speaks in growls.
Quote: Sorry.. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t speak wookie.
2. Guy Fleegman (from Galaxy Quest) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ He only played Crewman Number 6, but his character stole the show. Plucky and hilarious, he eventually gained a role as Security Chief on the new Galaxy Quest show.
Quote: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I’m just a glorified extra, Fred. I’m a dead man anyway. If I’m gonna die, I’d rather go out a hero than a coward.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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Science fiction has had more than its share of failures. Below are some television shows that never made it past one season. Some of them still have cult followings. For some, it’s no wonder why they were cancelled. I give you SciFi’s One-Hit-Wonders:
1. Firefly Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Joss Whedon’s under-rated hit. The cult following after it was cancelled, actually led him to make a following movie, Serenity. This amazing show was definitely cancelled before its time.
Synopsis (from TV.com): Firefly is set five hundred years from today in a new planetary system after humanity abandons “Earth That Was”. Under the leadership of Malcolm Reynolds, a renegade who fought against the new unified central government (the “Alliance”), the crew of the Firefly-class vessel Serenity struggles to survive any way they can. They fly between the border planets to keep away from the Alliance and below its radar. This series was described as a “science fiction western” but is different from other space-based shows as it features no aliens.
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Since I was snowed-in two days in a row, and really can’t pull anything else together at the last minute… Here are 13 Reasons Why I Love Snow Days:
1. Sleep in!
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Having previously done 13 of my favorite Literary Detectives, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time for televisionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. As youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll notice, most of these shows were from the 80Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s. It was hard to pull from other decades, as these were the years I was growing up; and I have a special fondness for most of those shows. So, here are my favorite 13 TV Detectives:
1. Remington Steele Ã¢â‚¬â€œ HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s suave, British, and quotes old movies. Of course, he has to be number one. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m also including Laura Holt here; as sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the real detective. “The woman behind the man.” Laura just lets Steele Ã¢â‚¬Å“take all the bows.Ã¢â‚¬Â She was the role model for young women back then. And Steele was just nice to look at.
Favorite Quotes: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Somebody always shoots at us when weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re kissing!Ã¢â‚¬Â
And “Paramount, 1956, starring…”
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Here are my 13 Favorite Villains from Science Fiction/Fantasy Movies:
1. Darth Vader (from Star Wars)- Probably the most quoted and mimicked villain of all time. He’s a classic. And James Earl Jones’ voice made that character cool.
Best Quote: “No, I am your father.”
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13 Great Quotes from the wittiest Trek movie, Star Trek IV – The Voyage Home:
1. [after landing and cloaking a Klingon spaceship in Golden Gate Park]
Kirk: Everybody remember where we parked.
2. [Explaining Spock’s odd behavior]
Kirk: Oh, him? He’s harmless. Part of the free speech movement at Berkeley in the sixties. I think he did a little too much LDS.
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Since I did a Marvel Thursday 13, time to do DC.
Here are 13 of my favorite DC Heroes:
1. Superman Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Of course the most famous superhero of all time. The eternal Boy Scout has to be my favorite simply because with all of his power, he feels compelled to do good simply because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right. No hidden motives or agenda. His morals hold true.
Superman is born Kal-El on the alien planet Krypton, and is rocketed to Earth as an infant by his scientist father moments before the planet’s destruction. The rocket lands on Earth, where the child is found by passing motorists who adopt him and give him the name Clark Kent. As Clark reaches maturity, he learns that he has superhuman abilities, which he resolves to use to help others, fighting anything from petty crime to universal threats. To keep his identity secret when not fighting evil as Superman, Clark lives among humans as a “mild-mannered reporter” for the Metropolis newspaper The Daily Planet. Clark works alongside reporter Lois Lane, with whom he is romantically involved (and whom he marries in the current mainstream comics continuity).
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For this week’s Thursday Thirteen, I was going to list my favorite fictional detectives. But TV detectives would have captured a majority of the list. So, those will wait for another week.
13 of My Favorite Literary Detectives:
1. Sherlock Holmes Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Of course, the most famous and wonderful professional detective, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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