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Favorite Heroines

Favorite Heroines

Rita/Edge of Tomorrow

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Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow

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Zoë Washburne/Firefly

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Buffy Summers/Vampire Slayer

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Peggy Carter (Agent Carter/MCU)

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Ellen Ripley

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Sarah Connor

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Princess/General Leia

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I know, I know, it’s supposed to be a top five list. What good does it do me to own a list and be able to break the rules if I want? I’ve talked about Edge of Tomorrow before. Buffy & Zoë are Joss Whedon creations. Black Widow was awesome even before Joss got hold of her and continues to inspire. Peggy Carter is the new woman on the block, taking names and knocking the men senseless with all the wit & style of James Bond. I’ve loved Ellen, Sarah, and Ripley since I was a kid. Who are your favorites?

Favorite Villains

Favorite Villains

Darth Vader (original flavor)

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Kingpin/Wilson Fisk

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Weeping Angels

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Wicked Witch of the West

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Hans Gruber

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I have Hans Gruber on my mind because of Alan Rickman’s recent death. Yes, I toyed with the idea of putting Snape up there, but like the Alien Queen (who just wanted to save her babies), Snape was not a nice person, but was he really evil? Hans was evil, no if, ands, or buts.  Further down the list is The Master from Doctor Who (Ten Era). And before anyone asks,  I’ve never seen Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, or the Sopranos, probably because they have awesome villains and I’d die of fright or righteous anger.

Favorite Time Travelers

Why yes, I was inspired by the recent Back to the Future Day, but alas, Marty McFly is not anywhere near my favorite time travelers. This is usually where I state that the list is in no particular order, except I’m making an exception for #1.

Kyle1. Kyle Reese: The Terminator – A man volunteers to go through time in an experimental time machine to save the woman he loves who doesn’t even know he exists? Yep, he’s my #1 hero on top of favorite time traveler.

2. Enterprise Bridge Crew – Star Trek 4: the Voyage Home – It’s not just about the whales. It’s about friendship, love, loss, sacrifice, and forgiveness. And it’s damn funny to boot.

Wolverine3. Wolverine – The X-Men: Days of Future Past – It’s not just about Hugh Jackman’s delectable bare backside. Well, okay it is, but you could make the argument that the rest of the movie was well done too. Strong plot, lots of action, and Stewart & McKellan showing us friendship can withstand all challenges and endure the test of time. (I’d also like to point out that Michael Biehn has an equally delectable backside in Terminator – in case anyone is keeping track).

4. Phil – Groundhog Day – he’s iconic at this point, though how many people remember the character’s name? I recently rewatched the movie and it holds up quite nicely.

Lola5. Lola – Run Lola Run – An award-winning German language film about a young woman trying to save her boyfriend from being murdered. She runs, but fails, so she screams, resets time, runs again, fails again until the third time around.

6. The Doctor – Doctor Who – perennial favorite. Not even going to differentiate between which one because there’s so many to choose from.

7. Sam Winchester – Supernatural: Mystery Spot – One of the best episodes of the entire series and remember, we’re talking 11 seasons here. Yes, it’s inspired by Groundhog Day and even starts off pretty funny, but becomes less and less so as the story progresses.

Now I need an opinion from all of you: Do Captain America and the Winter Soldier qualify as time travelers? Let me know because I’m on the fence about it.

Favorite Alien Worlds

Oy, the trouble of trying to track down worlds I would actually want to visit and didn’t just look pretty hanging against a black backdrop of stars.

Gallifrey. The world that spawned the Doctor and the Master and set them on a journey against each other.Gallifrey

Vulcan. Just because Spock didn’t make my top five aliens list, doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to spend a couple of months exploring his homeworld. Besides, what other desert planet would I want to visit – Tatooine?Vulcan

Pandora. The movie’s boring, predictable, and not even in my top 100, but the planet is gorgeous.Pandora

Krypton. A world filled with hunky supermen? Oh, yeah, I’m there.Screen Shot 2015-05-25 at 4.26.19 PM

Middle Earth. I debated as to whether or not to include this one. Does it count if it’s supposed to be a pre-history Earth? ::shrug:: My list, my rules. I’m keepin’ it.Middle Earth

What surprised me most was how few Star Wars planets I wanted to visit. I considered Corellia, but I figured there’d be more dive bars than Han Solos. A girl’s gotta be picky about these things.

What alien worlds would you want to visit? Why would you go there? Is there anything specific you would want to see?

Favorite Aliens

It’s hard to tell what’s going to capture my attention about an alien race. Sometimes I love their complexity: a strange, new culture for me to wrap my interest around. Other times I just love how they look – a new take on bipedal humanoid or a cool design involving multiple appendages. Or sometimes they flail when I need someone or something to flail for me.

Alien Queen. She’s smart and she’s calculating and she’s a mom who just wants to protect her kids.Alien Queen

Starman. Because I am a romantic at heart.Starman

Mork from Ork. Because it’s Robin Williams.Mork from Ork

Chewbacca. Best sidekick ever. If I can’t cuddle with Han, I can at least keep warm with a walking carpet by my side.Chewbacca

The Midnight Monster. I only watched this Doctor Who episode once and I will never watch it again. That’s how badly the Midnight Monster scared me.Midnight Monster

Yes, yes, I know – there’s always Spock, but remember, he’s half human. If I had to pick a Vulcan, I’d pick dear old dad, Sarek. In the end though, neither would be my favorite.

What are your favorite aliens? Why are they your favorite?

Favorite Robots

Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of robots, androids, and other artificial intelligence so I really had to think to scrape up at least five that didn’t annoy me.

  1. WALL-E & EVE. Any android who loves Barbra Streisand musicals is more than okay in my book.Wall-E

  2. Bishop. He tried to save Ripley and Neut, and he really did do okay.Bishop

  3. Optimus Prime. He gets credit for the animated version and for the first movie and for what he’s supposed to stand for. I’ll try to forget the sequels.  Optimus Prime

  4. Dot Matrix. I’m not saying I’d want to live with her, but it’s Joan Rivers so of course I had to include her.Screen Shot 2015-05-25 at 4.45.51 PM

  5. Cromartie / John Henry & Catherine Weaver. The failure of the Sarah Connor Chronicles to flourish is the result of the writers making the Terminators more interesting than the humans.Catherine Weaver

Before anyone brings them up in the comments, I find C-3P0 and R2-D2 the two most annoying robots ever (C-3P0 in particular). I would have been perfectly happy watching Star Wars without them. Data from NextGen? Nope. The whole “I wanna be human” thing is what turns me off to AI stories in the first place.

Do you have a favorite robot? What would you do if you met one?

 

Favorite Spaceships

I love spaceships. Pretty, shiny ships flying through the stars make my toes curl in squee. I thought it would be cool to do a list of some of my favorite space ships, so in no particular order:

Discovery One: Not as zippy as the Star Wars X-Wings, but I always thought Discovery looked like it was laughing as it slipped through space. Which is kind of creepy in retrospect given what HAL was up to. Still, a very sleek space ship and still a favorite.

Discovery OneMillennium Falcon: When the attitude of the pilot infuses the attitude of the ship. Oh, yeah, baby.

Millennium FalconSuper Dimensional Fortress – 1: I’m not a huge fan of the Macross saga (I’m more of a New Gen fan myself), but if I had to live in space for years on end, this is my first pick.

Super Dimensional FortressSulaco: Look, I don’t care what anyone else says. The Sulaco took a beating from the Queen Alien herself and still got Ripley, Hicks, and Neut home safe. IT DID TOO! Sequels? What stinkin’ sequels?

SulacoMilano: A newcomer to my list, but like the Falcon, it’s got the attitude of the pilot scrawled across cockpit.

The MilanoBefore anyone crawls up my nose: Serenity falls somewhere in my top twenty, but not the top five. As much as I love Firefly, Serenity looks too much like the designers squished a handful of clay between their fingers before letting it go plop on the drawing board.

What’s your favorite spaceship?