May 2015 Fandom

Star Wars Life Advice

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life so far, it’s this: there is a Star Wars quote for every occasion.

You will seldom find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.

Is he talking about Mos Eisley…or YouTube?

I find your lack of faith disturbing.

It’s the perfect comeback for anyone who thinks you can’t finish an assignment in one night, get caught up on a five-season show in a week, or read 50 books in a year. Darth Vader knows how to shut up the haters.

No! Try not! Do, or do not. There is no try.

Actually, in all seriousness, I say this to myself all the time. If you’re going to do something challenging, you better commit. There’s nothing worse than trying and then giving up halfway through because you didn’t want to actually work at it.

Anyway, Yoda is great when you want mystical guru advice, but for a good insult, one must look to Princess Leia.

Aren’t you a little short for a Storm Trooper?

Will somebody get this big walking carpet out of my way?

Why, you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking…nerf-herder!

Han, on the other hand, is good at inspirational pep talks…as long as he’s talking to/about himself.

Never tell me the odds!

And nobody’s better at avoiding awkward conversations.

Sorry about the mess.

*blasts intercom* Boring conversation anyway.

Shut him up or shut him down!

Fly casual.

Then there’s the all-purpose:

I have a bad feeling about this.

And the universal greeting/farewell:

May the Force be with you.

And the ultimate pickup line/marriage proposal:

I love you.

I know.

Yep, you know you have a major problem if it can’t be fixed with a cup of tea and a Star Wars quote. And if you’re unfortunate enough to run across a problem that big, you can always resort to crying:

We’re doomed!


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The Wit and Wisdom of Dean Winchester

Dean may never have finished high school, but he does have something of a way with words. And since listening to Dean generally lengthens your lifespan in the Supernatural universe, it seems only right to do an appreciation post for some of his most memorable lines.

House rules, Sammy: Driver picks the music. Shotgun shuts his cakehole.

Like every good parent, he knows how to lay down the rules.

I hope your apple pie is freakin’ WORTH IT!

As much as he loves pie, he knows it’s not worth killing over.

 Demons, I get. People are crazy.

I like him. He says okie-dokie.

He knows what to look for in a friend.

Hey, Tuesday! Pig ‘n a poke!

Honestly, I think the world’s gonna end bloody. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fight. We do have choices. I choose to go down swingin’.

He has an admirable life philosophy.

Most people, they see a monster and they run. But not us. Oh no, no. We actively seek out things that want to kill us! Or eat us! You know who does that? Crazy people! We are insane!

And an accurate assessment of his own mental health.

The whistle makes me their god.

When humans want something really, really bad, we lie. Because…that’s how you become President.

He tends to have a bad influence on angels, though.



He appreciates the value of spontaneity. 

Fight the fairies! You fight those fairies!

Don’t look at the camera. Look anywhere but the camera.

He gives excellent acting advice.


And let’s not forget the immortal…

Dad wants us to pick up where he left off. Saving people, hunting things. The family business.

Thanks for summing up the show, Dean.


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Best Quotes: John Watson

Sherlock may be the smartest and snobbiest character on this show, but he’s far from the only one with a quick, deadly wit. Dr. John Watson gets in on the action too–even though, thanks to Martin Freeman’s facial expressions, his best lines tend to be unspoken. Here are some of his best verbal moments:

So, I’m basically filling in for your skull?

Nooo, I’m Sherlock Holmes, and I always work alone because no one can compete with my MASSIVE INTELLECT!

(to Sherlock and Lestrade) Alright, alright, girls. Calm down.

We solve crimes, I blog about it, and he forgets his pants.

Oh, please. Can we not do this, this time?…You, being all mysterious with your cheekbones, and turning up your coat collar so you look cool.

You once told me that you weren’t a hero. There were times when I didn’t even think you were human, but let me tell you this–you were the best man, and the most human human being I have ever known, and no one will ever convince me that you told me a lie. So. There.

I don’t shave for Sherlock Holmes!

He’s cluing for looks.

The problems of your past are your business. The problems of your future are my privilege.

Watson is just the best. I think I can honestly say he’s my second favourite Doctor in fiction.


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Best Quotes: Sherlock Holmes

As I’ve said before, the dialogue is one of my favourite things about Sherlock. It’s fantastic and endlessly quotable. So I’m going to spend a few posts quoting it. Let’s start with the fastest-talking, snarkiest character on the show: Sherlock himself.

I love the brilliant ones–they’re always so desperate to get caught…That’s the frailty of genius, John. It needs an audience.

I’m not a psychopath, I’m a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research.

Oh, what now? I’m in shock! Look, I’ve got a blanket!

It’s one possible explanation of some of the facts. You’ve got a solution that you like, but you’re choosing to ignore anything that doesn’t comply with it.

Don’t make people into heroes, John. Heroes don’t exist, and if they did, I wouldn’t be one of them.

Mrs. Hudson, leave Baker Street? England would fall!

Once you rule out the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be true.

How do you stalk a deer with a hat? What are you going to do, throw it? Some sort of death frisbee? It’s got flaps. Ear flaps. It’s an ear hat, John!

I may be on the side of the angels, but don’t think for one second that I am one of them.

Short version: not dead.

I will solve your murder, but John Watson will save your life.

It’s a story my brother told me when we were kids. The east wind. This terrifying force that lays waste to all in its path. Seeks out the unworthy and plucks them from the earth. That was generally me…He was a rubbish big brother.

More to follow!


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Words of Wisdom from The Avengers

“Until such time as the world ends, we will act as though it intends to spin on.”

“When I went under, the world was at war. When I wake up, they say we won. They didn’t say what we lost.”

[Loki, at the end of his speech to a terrified crowd] “In the end, you will always kneel.”
[Old Man] “Not to men like you.”
[Loki] “There are no men like me.”
[Old Man] “There are always men like you.”

“There’s only one God, ma’am, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.”

“An intelligence agency that fears intelligence? Historically, not awesome.”

“You humans are so petty…and tiny.”

“A nuclear deterrent? ‘Cause that always calms everything right down.”

“Regimes fall every day. I tend not to weep over that. I’m Russian.”

“That’s my secret, Captain. I’m always angry.”

“I recognize that the Council has made a decision, but given that it’s a stupid-ass decision, I’ve elected to ignore it.”

“Puny god!”

“Have you ever tried shawarma? There’s a shawarma joint about two blocks from here. I don’t know what it is, but I wanna try it.”

Again, you are welcome. Namarie!

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Another Famous Quotation

ALSO – you know how “Elementary” is pretty much the most famous Sherlock Holmes line ever? In the original stories, he only ever says it once. On page 2 of “The Crooked Man,” Watson cries “Excellent!” in response to one of Holmes’ deductions, and Holmes promptly responds, “Elementary.” He doesn’t even add “my dear Watson.”

It’s funny which lines turn out to be character-defining trademarks.

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Famous Quotations

Interesting bit of trivia for Sherlockians:

When you hear the phrase “The game is afoot!” what do you first think of? Sherlock Holmes, of course. He says it at the beginning of “The Adventure of the Abbey Grange,” and it’s one of the many lines adapted for Sherlock (“The game, Mrs. Hudson, is on!”). But in fact, when Sherlock said it, he was quoting someone else. Shakespeare, to be exact. The line comes from Act 3, Scene 1 of Henry V.

How to know when a character has really made it big? When a Shakespeare quote is more often associated with him than it is with Shakespeare.

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Print vs. Screen: Moriarty

Professor James Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes’ archnemesis, is almost as famous as the great detective himself. He appears, sooner or later, in just about every film or TV adaptation of the stories–and Sherlock is no exception. So I was surprised, when I first read Conan Doyle’s writings, that the prof only shows up in one story–The Final Problem–and all the reader’s knowledge of him comes secondhand, through Holmes. But what we do know is more than enough to spark a host of plot ideas in a creative screenwriter’s head.

BBC’s Sherlock has been very creative with Moriarty. One of the reasons Sherlock acknowledges him as an “intellectual equal” in the books is his ability to hide his connection to all the crimes he arranges. What separates him from other criminals is his gift for deception. In a 21st-century setting, deception can become even more sophisticated. In Sherlock (SPOILERS AHEAD), Moriarty is hired to facilitate crimes that range from faking a painting to blackmailing the British government, but, just like in the books, he is never caught. We see his talent for disguise (one he shares with Sherlock) right from the start, when he escapes Sherlock’s notice by pretending to be Molly’s boyfriend in The Great Game.  Later, he steals other people’s voices to talk to Sherlock without being traced. In The Reichenbach Fall, he creates a fake identity and erases every digital trace of the real Moriarty. Without straying too far from Conan Doyle’s character, this show creates a villain who preys on a very modern source of anxiety. See why I love it? Here’s how Moriarty is described in The Final Problem, intercut with the way he’s portrayed in Sherlock.

“He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson. He is the organizer of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this great city.”

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“Who would sponsor a serial killer?”
“Who’d be a fan of Sherlock Holmes?” – Cabbie, A Study in Pink

“…his agents are numerous and splendidly organized. Is there a crime to be done, a paper to be abstracted, we will say, a house to be rifled, a man to be removed–the word is passed to the professor, the matter is organized and carried out. The agent may be caught…But the central power which uses the agent is never caught–never so much as suspected.”

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– The Blind Banker

“He does little himself. He only plans.”

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“Someone else is holding the rifle. I don’t like getting my hands dirty.” – Moriarty, The Great Game

“‘This is not danger,’ said he. ‘It is inevitable destruction. You stand in the way not merely of an individual but of a mighty organization…You must stand clear, Mr. Holmes, or be trodden under foot.'”

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“I can’t take all the credit. Had a bit of help. Jim Moriarty sends his love.” – Irene Adler, A Scandal in Belgravia

“He is a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker. He sits motionless, like a spider in the centre of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and he knows well every quiver of them.”

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“First mistake. James Moriarty isn’t a man at all. He’s a spider. A spider at the centre of a web. A criminal web with a thousand threads, and he knows exactly how each and every single one of them dances.” – Sherlock, The Reichenbach Fall