Who said it?: Richard Castle
The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the ABC crime drama Castle. The show features prominent crime novelist Richard Castle who managed to rope in Detective Kate Beckett to investigate crimes and murders for inspiration for his new books. The two do form a cohesive unit, with Castle using his imagination to help solve the crimes Beckett is investigating.
The quote comes from the episode entitled Last Call. Richard Castle (played by Nathan Fillion) and Detective Kate Beckett (played by Stana Katic) learn of a secret basement that was used during the prohibition. Castle fantasizes how the murder could have taken place there but Beckett quickly shoots holes in his theory. This is when Castle delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: When we have a good and imaginative story in our heads, we sometimes do not see the flaws in them.
From: Rick and Morty
Genre: Television, Cartoons
Who said it?: Rick Sanchez
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Cartoon Network’s Rick and Morty, which is aired during their late night programming schedule called Adult Swim. The show was created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland and follows the sci-fi misadventures of the nihilistic and cynical drunkard Rick Sanchez and his rather paranoid and nervous grandson Morty Smith (both voiced by Justin Roiland). The show has become a huge hit due to its dark humor and creativity.
The quote comes from the episode “Morty’s Mind Blowers,” the 8th episode of the 3rd season. The episode deals with both Rick and Morty (voiced by Justin Roiland) trying to recover their memories. The duo are locked in a vault that has stored most of their memories they wished to forget (or, in some instances, were forced to forget). One of the “memories” has Morty trying to put up a shelf but Rick disparages Morty because he was using an ordinary level. Rick then creates a platform that is “true level” and Morty, as he steps into it, is so enraptured by the feeling. This is when Rick delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Science and our current knowledge of what is fact is constantly evolving. What you currently know may not be the truth or, at the very least, not the whole truth. You might have to keep an open mind to new thoughts and ideas.
From: Better Call Saul
Who said it?: Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the prequel to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul on AMC. The show follows Jimmy McGill, a fast talking lawyer who has some ethical problems, who will eventually take on the moniker of Saul Goodman.
The quote comes from the 9th episode of the 4th season, Wiedersehen. Jimmy McGill (played by Bob Odenkirk) is devastated by the news that he will not get his license reinstated despite giving very eloquent answers. He rants to Kim Wexler (played by Rhea Seehorn) and she identifies the issue: the board found him to be insincere as he didn’t talk about his troubles with his brother. Jimmy claims that Kim doesn’t believe him as she has seen him do cons and scams (one of which involves slipping on ice and suing people, hence the nickname Slippin’ Jimmy) in the past. This is when he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: A reputation can be very difficult for others to forget. This can be both a blessing and a curse as people will have trouble seeing past any changes you have mad, both in the positive and the negative. If you want people to see you in a different light, you will have to work doubly hard for them to see the new you.
From: Dr. Who
Who said it?: The Doctor
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the long-lived BBC science-fiction television program, Dr. Who. The show features The Doctor, who is portrayed by different actors, as he travels through different points in time.
This week’s quote comes from the 11th incarnation of The Doctor (played by Matt Smith) in the holiday special, aptly named A Christmas Carol. A family pleads with Kazran Sardick (played by Michael Gambon) to unfreeze their relative to celebrate the holidays. As Kazran Sardick refuses, The Doctor arrives via the chimmey. After a quick speech, The Doctor looks at the frozen woman and asks who she is. When Kazran Sardick says she’s “nobody important,” The Doctor, in his amazement, delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Everyone means something to someone in the world. Even when you feel like you are insignificant, there is still definitely someone who thinks you are important to them.
From: The Princess Bride
Who said it?: Inigo Montoya
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the cult classic, The Princess Bride. The movie was originally a book with the same name. While only a modest success when it was released, it gained popularly when it came out on home video.
The quote actually comes a couple of times in the film. The first time it’s uttered with when Inigo Montoya (played by Mandy Patinkin) faces off against Westley (played by Cary Elwes). During their duel, Westley is knocked over a cliff but Inigo Montoya, being an honorable man, helps him up and lets his foe recover. While they both rest, he tells the story of how his father was killed by a certain six fingered man. As he dreamed of the moment he will finally face his father’s killer, he knows exactly what to say to him when they do meet.
The quote is then told again, several times, in fact, when Inigo Montoya does face off against the six fingered man, Count Rugen. Even though he was near death, when he finds out that Count Rugen is the man who killed his father, he regains his strength and battles him, delivering the quote numerous times.
Geek wisdom: When you put your mind to something and push through with it, there’s not telling what you can accomplish.The reason why Inigo Montoya became a superb swordsman and managed to defeat his foe is because, since he was a child, he had one goal in mind, and that was to be a swordsman strong enough to beat his father’s killer.
From: The Simpsons
Genre: Cartoons, Television
Who said it?: Kent Brockman
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the longest running animated series in the United States, The Simpsons. And, with the current situation affecting the world thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s a rather apt quote.
The quote comes from the 11th episode of the 5th season of The Simpsons. The episode is entitled Homer the Vigilante, wherein a spree of cat burglaries occur in the town of Springfield. Kent Brockman (voiced by Harry Shearer) who quickly heighten the fears the citizens of the town by insinuating that the cat burglaries will escalate into mass murders. He then turns to a professor and delivers the quote, to which the professor agrees.
Later, when the entire population is hunting down a mysterious treasure, Kent Brockman then escalates the issue again.
Geek wisdom: In times of crisis, it’s always best to try to keep a cool head. If you panic, you will be prone to do more unsafe and even dangerous actions that may do more harm than good. This goes for everyone, especially for the citizens and the people who are supposed to protect them.
From: Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame
Who said it?: Thanos and Thor
The story behind the quote: This week, we are going to look at a couple of quotes from the Marvel movies that are linked to each other. They come from the two-part Avengers films, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
The first quote comes near the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) had just gathered all the Infinity Stones and is about to snap his fingers to extinguish half of all living things in the universe. Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) tries to stop the Mad Titan and he seemingly is successful by stabbing Thanos in the chest with his axe. As Thor gloats, he doesn’t realize that Thanos still has enough strength to snap his fingers, which he does but not before delivering the quote.
The second quote comes from the opening moments of Infinity War’s sequel, Endgame. The Avengers managed to track down Thanos and, in the hopes of undoing what had happened, confront the Mad Titan. However, Thanos informs them that he destroyed the Infinity Stones. In frustration, Thor chops off Thanos’ head. When asked if he knew what he was doing, Thor delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: As there are two quotes, there are two pieces of GeekWisdom to tackle. However, they are both connected. You should never go for half measures when it is important. Always take the time to ensure that something is truly complete and nothing can be left to chance for those things that are important.
For the second quote, doing things you should have done may feel cathartic but ultimately useless. While Thor did get some form of revenge on Thanos by chopping off his head, this did prove to be ineffective since it won’t bring back the Infinity Stones. Take the opportunities when they present themselves so that you don’t have any regrets later on.
From: BoJack Horseman
Genre: Cartoons, Television
Who said it?: Diane Nguyen
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Netflix animated series, Bojack Horseman. The show is all about the titular character (voiced by Will Arnett), a washed up actor who is trying to make his big comeback to superstardom.
The quote comes from the very last episode of the series, Nice While It Lasted. Bojack Horseman and his ghostwriter and close friend, Diane Nguyen (voiced by Alison Brie), are on a rooftop contemplating on the fact that they may not see each other again. Bojack says that life is terrible then we die. Diane, in reply, delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Life can be hard and there are always going to be difficult times. Real life doesn’t always have happy stories to tell all the time. But that doesn’t mean you just have to give up in life. That’s because life will always go on.
From: South Park
Who said it?: Eric Cartman
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Comedy Central animated show, South Park. Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show focuses on four kids, Kenny, Kyle, Stan and Eric Cartman, who live in the town of South Park. The show mainly makes fun of the absurdity of life as well as how absurd life can be.
The quote comes from the episode “You Have 0 Friends.” Kyle’s Facebook friends are un-friending him because he friended a kid name Kip Drodry. Cartman suggests dropping him so his friends will return. When Kyle disagrees with the plan, the two go on Chatroulette to try to make new friends online. However, they keep on being matched with people showing their penises. Kyle wants to quit but Cartman says they have to keep going before delivering the quote.
Geek wisdom: In a way, what Cartman said is true. You are going to meet a lot of people in the world (or on Facebook) but not everyone is going to be nice nor will you want to be their friend. However, this is the only way to make friends. You have to get out there and meet people.
Sure, you will meet terrible people but you will also meet some wonderful people you will want to be friends with.
From: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Who said it?: Captain Jean-Luc Picard
The story behind the quote: This week, we have another quote from Star Trek: The Next Generation. And, once again, it comes from the Captain of the USS Enterprise-D, Jean-Luc Picard. This week’s quote comes from the second episode of the two-parter, Chain of Command. The episode is actually pays homage to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
The episode has Picard (played by Patrick Stewart) captured by the Cardassians. The leader of the group, Gul Mandred, tortures Picard in an attempt to break him so he will reveal the plans for the planet Minos Korva. One of the tactics is to show Picard four lights and force him to say there are five instead. If he does, Gul Mandred will stop the torturing.
By the end of the episode, despite not being able to break Picard and the Captain about to be released into Federation custody, Gul Mandred tries one more attempt to break Picard’s spirit by lying to him and saying Minos Korva has been captured and the Enterprise has been destroyed so there is nothing to betray anymore. He asks Picard how many lights. But just before Picard answers, the other Cardassians come to take Picard. This is when Picard says the quote one more time, with total defiance that he was not broken.
Geek wisdom: Despite all the hardships you endure, you have to stay true to what you know is the truth. Don’t let other people sway you to think otherwise, especially when they are wrong but won’t admit that they are.