Monday, May 07, 2007
URF (Urban Fantasy Reader) came through for me and gave me an idea for today's post. Whew! Sooo, I am going to list some of my favorite moments in sci-fi/fantasy movies and television. This is NOT a best of list; it's simply the stuff I like. Luke Skywalker Blows up the Death Star: I am not objective when it comes to Star Wars. This movie was a huge influence during my formative years and there is no question that I wouldn't be the sci-fi fantasy nut I am today if not for this movie. As much as I like Han Solo (and who doesn't?) I still have to pick the moment when Luke fires the shot that blows up the Death Star as my favorite scene. It might seem kind of cheesy now, but when I was a kid the whole set up was great. Luke, hearing Obi-Wan's voice saying "use the force," turns off the targeting computer, fires the shot that blows up the massive sphere and sends Darth Vader spinning off into space. I still want to cheer when I see it. Doogie Howser Reads the Mind of the Brain Bug: Okay, it wasn't Doogie, but rather actor Neil Patrick Harris who starred in 1997's Starship Troopers. But I guess he'll always be Doogie Howser to me. Starship Troopers is one of those movies that people either seem to love or hate. I think it's great for what it was and it has lots of memorable moments. But who can forget Doog...er... I mean Harris's character Carl when he walks up to the Brain Bug (the one that sucks out people's brains...) in his SS trench coat, puts his hand on the bug and says "it's afraid....it's afraid!?" Linda Hamilton's one-handed shotgun reloads in Terminator 2: I'm still kind of obsessed with Linda Hamilton's arms. I wish I could figure out how to get my workout just right so mine could look like that. But I digress. I don't know anything about guns, but I loved the scene in Terminator 2 when Linda Hamilton has to load and pump a shotgun with one arm. I don't know why it looks so tough, but it does. Picard Becomes a Borg: I am a particular fan of Star Trek TNG and Patrick Stewart is probably the main reason why. Not only is he a great actor, but that voice.... For some reason I found it particularly fascinating when he was captured by the Borg and turned into one of them. It's not that I wanted him to stay that way. But he was such a strong character and seeing him turned into such a creature was seriously creepy, yet still cool somehow. I actually cared about the character and even though you knew he'd be rescued, the show still managed to make you worry about him. Not many shows can make me feel that kind of suspense anymore. Elle Driver Explains the Effects of the Bite of the Black Mamba: I love Darryl Hannah in Kill Bill. She plays the character of Elle Driver with such unrepentant sadism that I can't help but be amazed that I still find the character interesting. I would love to know the back story on that woman. There are a lot of scenes that are memorable in this movie, but the one that sticks out the most is when Elle surprises Budd (Michael Madsen) with a deadly Black Mamba she has hidden in a suitcase full of money. After the snake bites Budd she calmly reads the symptoms of a Black Mamba bite to Budd while he is writhing in pain saying, "Now, you should listen to this, 'cause this concerns you." Her character could almost convince me in the existence of pure evil. Caprica Six Taunts Gaius Baltar: Caprica Six and Gaius Baltar are probably my favorite characters on Battlestar Galactica. I loved watching Gaius squirm during season one while he would try to appear normal while Caprica Six would whisper in his ear and sometimes even physically goad him. These two characters still interest me even as Starbuck and Apollo fall into more stereotypical roles. Their relationship is by turns sexy and tortured and I can't wait to see where they end up. As usual, I'm doing a late night posting, so I'm going to end my list here for now. Besides, there are moments beyond count that I could mention and more that I am forgetting. I'd rather hear what sticks out in your mind and what little piece of cinema makes your top 10.