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Geek Gods – My pantheon

A couple weeks back for Nerdsday, I outlined my pantheon of geek goddesses. As usual life gets in the way of regular blogging, and while I went with the semi-sexist “ladies first” I always planned this as a two parter. So here they are – my nominations in no particular order – the geek gods.

ImageIf there was a Zeus of Geek Gods – Patrick Stewart would be it. As Capt. Jean Luc Picard on Star Trek TNG, and later Professor X of the X-men movies, he is beyond any doubt one of the all-time greats. He’s an amazing actor (I’ve never seen him perform badly in a role) and awesome to his fans. I mean really, who makes a cotton candy moustache, besides Sir Patrick?

But he’s a god not just because of his movie and television roles. He’s also a vocal activist against domestic violence and violence against women. And that’s a big reason he’s my Zeus.

 

 

 

 

 

ImageIf Stewart is Zeus, George Takei is the geek god of comedy, known first for his role as Sulu on Star Trek. With nearly 5 million followers on facebook, 350,000 on pinterest, and more than 790,000 on twitter, it could be said “Uncle George” is among the funniest geek gods online.

He’s well known for his activism in equality (not just LGBT but racial and economic), and almost as well known for his puns. Some may call them bad puns, but I love puns so nearly all of them give me a chuckle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ImageTo every hero, there’s a villain. And some lucky folks get to play iconic roles on both sides of the morality scale. Sir Ian McKellan is sublime as the X-men’s Magneto, and phenomenal at bringing J.R.R. Tolkien’s Gandalf the wizard to life.

One of my favorite McKellan memes is the one where he’s wearing a red t-shirt proclaiming “I’m Magneto & Gandalf. Get Over It.”

 

 

 

 

 

ImageThis gent’s also known for dual iconinc roles. His shirt says “I’m Han Solo, and Indiana Jones. Get Over It.” Harrison Ford may be nearing his 70s but by god he’s still an action star hero.

Only Ford could’ve pulled off answering “I know” so smugly to Carrie Fisher’s Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. And defeat Nazis so deftly as Indiana Jones, holding his own with Sean Connery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ImageNathan Fillion. Oh my goodness. How I didn’t know about Capt. Tightpants before Castle is a mystery for the ages. I’m a late adapter, what can I say. I fell in love with Castle as a tv show, and Fillion for his personality. And then I found Firefly. And Dr. Horrible and Capt. Hammer. Occasionally you’ll find him masquerading as Capt. Canada. Even Entertainment Weekly featured him on an issue with the title Geek God.

Fillion is like many other geek gods – proud of his geekiness, and loves interacting with his fans. His twitter feed is one of the few I follow, and honestly, he’s my free pass. (Full disclosure. His squee face is about the cutest thing ever.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You can’t mention Fillion and his fandom interactions without bringing up Wil Wheaton. He’s an old-school geek god, and I have to admit as a geek myself I’ve been crushing on him since he was Wesley Crusher to Stewart’s Picard. Now known as Sheldon’s nemesis on TBBT, he’s becoming even more known for his missives to fans, whether its parenting advice or equality, Wheaton is a geek’s geek.

And I admit, I had this exact poster on my closet door when I was a teenager. Who kids on the block?

 

 

 

 

 

ImageAh, the gents of The Big Bang Theory – making science cool and funny at the same time. Jim Parsons, Johnny Galeki, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar have proven you don’t need more than a brain and great comedic timing to win the hearts and minds of millions.

Now in syndication, TBBT has turned the sit com world on its ear. Granted, without the writers the show wouldn’t be nearly half as funny or smart, but these guys are a perfect team.

 

 

 

ImageSpeaking of genius writers – Joss Whedon. I mentioned several of his iconic geek goddesses last time. This is the man behind Buffy, Firefly, Dr. Horrible, Dollhouse & more. He’s further lent his talent to bringing the Avengers to the big screen. Without a doubt, he’s the geek god of writing & directing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ImageWhedon’s compatriot behind the camera – J.J. Abrams. The man behind Lost, the Star Trek reboot, and so many other greats was tapped to finish the Star Wars’ final three chapters. Love him or hate him, he’s a polarizing geek hero.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

robert_downey_jr_01Speaking of heroes – Ironman & Sherlock Holmes. Robert Downey, Jr. Hollywood’s one-time bad boy is now solid box office gold. His smug charm shows he was born to be Tony Stark. And he’s humble enough that he held out on Avengers 2 to make sure his co-stars made the same bank he did. That’s why he’s a geek god. Not just his roles, but his realization that he’s not the only one who makes it happen.

 

 

ImageWhat can you say about Bruce Campbell that isn’t already known. Wielding his “boomstick” in Army of Darkness, he brought a comedic camp to original the Evil Dead series.

Over the years he starred in other fandom favorites, Hercules, Xena, Brisco County, and like many other geek gods – voice over work. There’s nothing quite like hearing Ash when watching Cars 2 with your kids.

 

 

markhamill1You can’t mention Star Wars, voice over acting, and Han Solo without including Mark Hamill as a geek god. Fresh-faced Luke had all the girls swooning back in the day. Now he’s heard as the Joker and more on several animated series. Like other geek gods, he has a self-deprecating sense of humor, as evidence by his part in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back.

 

 

 

smith And that leads us to Kevin Smith. The penultimate comic book fanboy. While some would consider that an insult, Smith revels in it. Comics and graphic novels have played large parts in his movies, from Clerks to Chasing Amy, Dogma to Strike Back. Anyone who can have this much fun and make a living at it, while entertaining the rest of us has to have a little geek god in him.

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Geek Goddesses

Ah to hell with the normal folks, geeks have their own gods and goddesses.  There are a million memes running around the interwebs, but one of my favorites (with three girls and a niece) is the one about geek girls.  Keep your super models and superfluous ditzes, we want the smart, strong women who not only “hold their own” against male counterparts, but are the backbones of the story.  Keep your Bella Swans, Kardashians and Snookies.  Give me more ladies like these:

ImageCarrie Fisher.  Ladies of a “certain age” will remember her as one of the first female role models.  She didn’t necessarily need to be “rescued” by Luke and Han, because when it came down to it, she went toe to toe with the Darth one.  A princess with a pistol – she didn’t just sit back and let the guys do all the work.  And one of the first lines of sarcasm I can remember from a movie as a kid was “a little short for a stormtrooper, aren’t you?”

 

 

 

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Lynda Carter: The original Wonder Woman.  From the era as the ERA and women’s lib, Wonder Woman was a super hero with class and style.  And for me it was that her “day job” was being in the USAF.  She set the bar high for all super heroines to follow.  An amazonian princess who put it all on the line for the good of humankind.  What’s not to love.

 

 

 

 

 

ImageSarah Michelle Gellar & Eliza Dushku.  The muses of the amazing Joss Whedon.  Some dingbat asked Whedon why he continued writing strong female characters at the center of his series, and he replied “because you’re still asking me that question.”  Buffy and Faith were slayers of evil – vampires, demons, you name it. The light and dark side of a profession where nobody really lived to see their early 20s.

ImageDushku went on to star in Dollhouse and other shows involving Whedon.  It was only well after she was in Buffy, that I recognized Dushku as Arnold & Jamie Lee Curtis’ daughter in my favorite spy spoof – True Lies.

Speaking of the Whedonverse. Firefly. Yeah. You knew I’d get to that.

 

 

 

ImageGina Torres.  As Zoe Washburn she played the straight-woman to Nathan Fillion’s comedic and chaotic Capt. Mal.   Zoe took no shit, and kicked ass. Period.  I don’t know that anyone could’ve done that role better than Torres.

 

 

 

 

ImageSummer Glau.  As River Tam, Summer Glau burst onto the scene a quiet, disturbed young lady.  By the end of the series of Firefly and the Serenity film, you knew exactly why the government wanted to get their hands on her.  And also, she can kill you with her brain.  She went on to star in the Terminator: Sara Connor Chronicles.

 

 

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Kate Mulgrew.  Another classic of an older time, she was the first female captain to head a Star Trek series in Voyager.  Lost in the middle of nowhere with no certain way of getting home, she went well beyond “where no man has gone before” and took no prisoners on her way back.

 

 

 

ImageEmma Watson.  Who taught my step-daughter’s generation it was more than ok to be smart first, then pretty.  As Hermione Granger in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Emma epitomizes the average teenage girl.  Smart, funny, insecure, growing into a brilliant leader.

 

 

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Felicia Day.  She’s not as well known yet outside of the realm of geeks, but somehow I get the feeling a) that doesn’t bother her and b) that’s going to change.  As part of Dr. Horrible’s cast and creator of the World of Warcraft/MMORPG spoof “The Guild” web series, Day infuses wit and wisdom into her performances shedding light on what makes the geek world turn.

 

 

 

ImageNatalie Portman.  An apprentice assassin. Darth Vader’s wife.  Luke & Leia’s mother.  V’s poster girl.  Thor’s love interest.  So many facets of nerddom for one gal to portray.

 

 

 

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Karen Gillan.  Donna, Rose, and Martha may have been companions for the modern Doctor, but none did it with as much sass as Amy Pond.  Not only did she give as good as she got from Eleven, she gave birth to his wife, River Song.  Who else could get away with calling the Doctor “you moron.”

 

 

 

Last but not least …

ImageJennifer Lawrence. When they remake Wonder Woman, I want Jennifer Lawrence to step into Lynda Carter’s red butt-kicking boots.  She started her film acting career with an Oscar nod in Winter’s Bone.  From there stepped into the blue skin of Rebecca Romain as an early Mystique.  Most fans know her best as Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games series.  I just can’t wait to see what she does next.  She has no love for the paparazzi or the Hollywood game, and talks about being a real woman in real words.

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