[List] - 7 Of The Best Statements From Geek TV


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I hate prophecies. They are lazy cliches that sci-fi and fantasy can't seem to shake. Every time a writer can't figure out what to do with a character, they introduce a prophecy, to give them something to worry about, and fight against, and moan and whimper and bluster and it always ends badly. Either they are powerless to change the future, because it's the future; or the prophecy was just made up, in which case why should we, or anyone else care; or they misunderstood the prophecy, and wiggle room in the language makes for unexpected consequences. Amazingly, Angel was guilty of all three. 

These are not prophecies. Not really. I mean, you could argue semantics, but really, don't you have anything better to do? You could make some popcorn, clean your ferret, find out what that strange, rhythmic knocking sound coming for the furthest corner of the basement is.

No, these are more statements, mantras, incantations. Simple things said by characters that pertain to no specific event, or person. They might issue a warning, but it's a general sort of thing. They might offer advice, but to no one in particular. They might pop up once, or they might surface again and again, by multiple characters, forming an arc of wisdom running through the narrative.

And, for the most part, those that do not heed these word, are doomed.

Hit the jump to find the list, in no particular order.


Two By Two, Hands of Blue - Firefly

Firefly wasn't on long enough to run the Whedon-esque risk of the prophecy. It wasn't even long enough for this simple bit of crazy, sing-songed by River (Summer Glau), to pay off. We got a brief glimpse of the horrible wrath of the Blue Hands during the escape in Ariel, but we will never know the full possibilities they presented, and what terrible tidings they might have brought down upon Serenity. One of the comics that followed the series did explain their fates, but it was disappointing, and forgettable.

All Of This Has Happened Before, All Of This Will Happen Again - Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica liked to play up the cyclical nature of events, kind of a worst case scenario for not learning from history and being doomed etc, etc. Man makes Cylon, Cylon kills man, survivours escape and rebuild, rinse, repeat. The phrase was stolen whole sale from the Disney animated Peter Pan, but took on a much more menacing meaning when repeated ad nauseum by Six (Tricia Helfer).

Silence Will Fall - Doctor Who
This one started off great. Before the cracks, before River Song, before the disjointedness of series six, Steven Moffat hooked us with a simple statement, hissed in a one-off villain's final moments. It could have meant anything, and there exists the major disappointment of the Moffat era. The more we learnt about silence falling, the less cool it became. Silence started as nothingness, then became a species, then a religious order (which I still don't get; that makes them worse how?). At first, silence would fall when the Pandorica opened, now silence will fall when the question is asked. Bloody hell, what's the question then. Oh, Doctor who? Oh, well... Can we open the Pandorica again. That was nifty.

Save The Cheerleader, Save The World - Heroes
Talk about poisoning the well. The later seasons of Heroes sucked so much that people tend to forget how good the first season really was. As a stand alone series, it's top notch. And this statement, said by the bad ass future version of a nebbish of a character, was largely responsible for stepping the series up to that notch. To that point, the series was concerned with introducing the characters, their abilities, and their allegiances. This moment gave them focus, gave them a purpose for their powers. The introduction of Sylar (Zachary Quinto) gave them the threat, and the cheerleader gave them the goal. And then it completely lost it's shit.

You're Going To Die, Charlie - LOST
Full disclosure, this entry was originally "Live together, die alone." Really, pick any line from LOST, and it could qualify, the show loved it's arc words. "We've got work to do", "Don't tell me what I can't do", "See you in another life, brother", etc. And, to be fair, this one does kind of break the prophecy rule. But only in hind sight. At the time, we thought there was no way they would actually kill Charlie (Dominic Monaghan). Sure, Boone had died. And Shannon. And most of the Tailies. But they were minor characters. Charlie was a star player, well loved by fans and characters alike. And they did it. Charlie dying was the moment LOST changed, where every character could (and would) die, where the rules changed, and where eventually, it fell apart.

Resistance Is Futile - Star Trek: The Next Generation
When the bad guy says there's no hope, you never believe him. No matter how dire the situation, you can assume that the heroes will prevail, the villain will get what is coming to him, and eventually, everything will be alright again. But what happens when the villains have already won, transforming the hero into one of their own, and uses his mouth to tell you in cold, emotionless words, that the same will happen to you, and there is nothing you can do to stop it? The Best of Both Worlds is one of the greatest cliffhangers ever, expressly because of this reason. The Borg suffered from extreme diminishing returns with every subsequent appearance, being only slightly redeemed with Star Trek: First Contact, but in that first real meeting with the species, we really believed that they would win.

Winter Is Coming - Game of Thrones
Like LOST above, the Game of Thrones series (both TV and books) is rife with these sorts of statements. "You win or you die", "Lannisters always pay their debts", "The blood is strong", "Fire and ice", etc. But none are as chillingly terse and multipurpose as the words of House Stark. And as Maester Aemon (Peter Vaughan) said in season one, "The Starks are always right, eventually." Unlike some of the statements on this list, there is no avoiding winter. You can't run from it, you can't defeat it, you can't change time to prevent it from coming. It's not just a promise, not a curse, nor a warning. It is a simple truth. And it can be powerful enough to screw over the entire world.
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