Television

“He learned to play it safe. And he never, ever got noticed by anyone.”

From: Star Trek: The Next Generation

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Q

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Star Trek: The Next Generation. A worthy successor to the franchise, The Next Generation introduced a new cast of characters taking control of a new USS Enterprise as they boldly go where no man has gone before.

This week’s quote comes from the 6th season episode, Tapestry. In the episode, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (played by Patrick Stewart) is shot in his artificial heart. Ironically, if he has his normal heart, he wouldn’t be dying. The god-like being Q (played by John de Lancie) gives him an opportunity to return to that bar fight that made him lose his original heart in the first place. Picard does so but, when he is returned to his original time, he is no longer the Captain of the USS Enterprise, but a simple junior officer. He confronts Q about his current situation and Q explains that, because he never had that brush with death in the bar, Picard never took the risks that made him a daring captain in the first place.

Geek wisdom:  It seems easy to take no chances. While you may leave a comfortable life by doing this, the only way to really get ahead is to seize opportunities when you can and take risks. It may seem difficult but the most successful people in life have taken the more perilous route to get where they are. The gamble may be risky but the payout is high.

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“Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV?”

From: Rick and Morty

Genre: Television, Cartoons

Who said it?: Morty Smith

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the absurdist comedy sci-fi animated show, Rick and Morty on Adult Swim. It follows the adventures of Rick Sanchez, the smartest person(s) in the multi-verse and his grandson and hapless companion, Morty Smith.

The quote comes from the first season episode “Rixty Minutes.” As Morty’s sister, Summer Smith, packs to run away as she has figured out that she was technically a “mistake” by her parents. Morty tries to dissuade her from leaving by telling her a big secret: he isn’t her actual brother. He’s actually a Morty from another multiverse and Rick and Morty destroyed their own planet by accident and, as that universe’s Rick and Morty died in an accident, they just took their places. This is when Morty delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Life can be painful and this is why we all crave to have meaning in our lives. We want to not feel insignificant in the grand scheme of things and we want our lives to have been for something. However, we don’t really think if the universe and life, for that matter, is supposed to be meaning. We crave to have significance to a universe that, ultimately, doesn’t really care if we exist or not. The mere fact that we’re alive is supposed to give meaning to our existence because of the mere fact that we are here now. We want to make the most of our lives but maybe the best way to do that is to just live life.

“After a time, you may find that ‘having’ is not so pleasing a thing after all as ‘wanting.’ It is not logical, but it is often true.”

From: Star Trek

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: James Kirk

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the original Star Trek television series. The television that launched a multi-billion dollar franchise and one that has endured for decades. With the latest television show, Star Trek: Discover, set for release tomorrow, I think it would be a good idea to give a quote from the show that started it all.

The quote comes from the episode Amok Time, frequently mentioned to be one of the best episodes of the series. In the episode, Spock (played by Leonard Nimoy) desperately needs to return to Vulcan to complete the right to pon farr, which is essentially the Vulcan mating ritual. However, when he does return to the planet, Spock finds out that his future wife has fallen in love with another man. She enacts the right of koon-ut-kal-if-fee, wherein she picks Captain Kirk (played by William Shatner) as her champion. At the end of the episode, Spock renounces her claim on his supposed bride-to-be and delivers the quote to the man she fell in love with.

Geek wisdom: There’s an old adage that goes “Be careful what you wish for. You may receive it.” There are times when you want something so badly that it’s all you can think about. But, once you do get that thing you crave for, you may find out that it’s not all that’s it’s cracked up to be. By then, it’s too late and you may have spend all that effort trying to get something that you actually didn’t want or need in the first place.

“Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!”

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 first came at the end of the episode entitled Meeseeks and Destroy. Rick proclaimed it to be his catchphrase and used it sporadically throughout the first season.

While the entire family, including Morty, thought it was just a nonsense string of words Rick strung together, it was revealed otherwise during the final episode of the first season, Ricksy Business. During the closing moments of the episode, one of Rick’s friends, Bird Person, informs Morty that the phrase does have a sadder meaning in his language…

Fun fact: if you search for the exact quote in Google, it will actually translate the phrase for you from Bird Person’s language.

Geek wisdom: There may people around you that are feeling great pain and you may not even know it. It could be they are too proud to admit that they need help or they might feel that even their loved ones will not understand why they feel that way. If we do feel that someone close to you isn’t feeling well, either physically and mentally, the best thing you can do is, at least, acknowledge that they feel that way and not dismiss it. Better yet, be there for them when they do need you.

“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”

From: Saturday Night Live

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Stuart Smalley

The story behind the quote: We’ve never really published a quote from Saturday Night Live, a show that has a wealth of quotes just rife with Geek Wisdom. Well, that’s all about to change starting now.

This week’s quote comes from one of Saturday Night Live’s cavalcade of characters, Stuart Smalley (who was usually played by Al Franken). Even though Stuart Smalley isn’t a licensed therapist but he does have a lot of experiences with various 12-step programs. Despite this, he does have his own self-help television program called Daily Affirmations. Whenever he starts the show, he would go look at the mirror and deliver the quote to himself.

Geek wisdom: The only one who needs to believe in you is yourself. People will even try to bring you down and say that you’re not good enough for this and that. But you actually don’t need their consent to do or be what you want to be in life. All you have to do is believe that you can do it; what they think is ultimately irrelevant.

“Won’t somebody please think of the children?”

From: The Simpsons

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: Helen Lovejoy

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote was actually popularized by The Simpsons. However, it is important to note that this wasn’t the first time it was used. In fact, the quote was already a rather cliche argumentative point way before it was popularized by the popular cartoon.

In the episode entitled “Much Apu About Nothing,” a bear wanders into the town by accident. Although the animal is immediately taken care of by the town’s authorities, Homer Simpson gets the other townsfolk rally to get Mayor Quimby to create a “bear patrol.” This does cause taxes to increase, which, once again, Homer Simpson and some people to go to city hall to lower taxes. Mayor Quimby, in the hopes of shifting blame to something else, says that the problem of higher taxes is due to illegal immigrants.

Throughout all this, Helen Lovejoy yells out the quote, exclaiming that the children need protection from the bears… and illegal immigrants.

Geek wisdom: Parents love their children and only want the best for them and to protect them from any harm. However, sometimes, they can get a little too overprotective which can be just as harmful to their kids as they will not be able to grow up and experience the world as it is. Sometimes, you have to let go and let them commit their own mistakes so they can learn from them.

“I have to go now. My people need me…”

From: The Simpsons

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: “Poochie” (voiced by Roger Meyers, Jr.)

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the ever popular show, The Simpsons. However, the actual quote itself has now become misquoted as most people remember the line to be “I must go” because of the very meme that made the line so popular in the first place.

The quote comes from the 14th episode of the 8th season of the show entitled “The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show.” In an attempt to boost ratings for the flailing Itchy and Scratchy Show, the show’s producer, Roger Meyers, Jr. decides to add a new character into the mix, a hip dog named Poochie. Homer Simpson is hired to do the voice of the character. However, the character is universally disliked (except by Homer, of course). Homer’s plea to prevent the character from being killed off seems to have touched the show’s writers as he thinks the character can be bigger than every other character before. However, when the episode finally airs, the show airs as such…

Geek wisdom: There are people who think so highly of themselves that they can overstay their welcome. This was certainly true for Poochie in the show, even though he was only in a couple of episodes. Try to avoid those people as they will just bring everyone down.

“I am the danger!” and “I am the one who knocks!”

From: Breaking Bad

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Walter White/Heisenberg

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the critically acclaimed AMC crime drama Breaking Bad. The show is all about a high school chemistry school teacher named Walter White who contracts cancer. In the hopes of making enough money for his family before he passes, he decides to enter the illegal business of making a special kind of crystal meth. However, as the series progressed, the mild mannered Walter White (played by Bryan Cranson) turns more devious and brutal and constructs the persona of Heisenberg in order to keep his normal family life safe.

The quote comes from the 4th season episode entitled “Cornered.” Walter’s wife, Skyler, tries to convince him to turn himself over to the police as the business seems to be getting too dangerous. However, by this time, Walter has become more like his Heisenberg persona and, as he’s really good at making the illegal drug, his pride will not have him stop now. This is when Water gives one of the most memorable and powerful monologues from the show…

Geek wisdom: Everyone has a dark side to themselves. A lot of the times, we try to keep it hidden. But there are going to be times when this side of ourselves will come out. Now, whether it’s right to keep this part of ourselves locked up depends on the situation. There are going to be times when we have to become “the danger” to let everyone know that we can’t be pushed over so easily.

“When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story.”

From: How I Met Your Mother

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Barney Stinson

The story behind the quote: This week’s episode comes from one of the most popular sitcoms in recent history, How I Met Your Mother. More specifically, it comes from the mouth of the most awesome characters in television history, Barney Stinson. True story.

The quote comes specifically from the first episode of the second season of the show. Marshall had just broken up with Lily and the rest of the gang are discussing the issue. Barney (played awesomely by Neil Patrick Harris) is his usual self and rather insensitive to the plight of his friends. He explains that Marshall should just stop being sad and then he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Whenever life gets you down, you have the ability to change how you feel. If you’re down on your luck, do something to change your luck. Don’t mope around. Be the master of your own fate.

“It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life.”

From: Star Trek: The Next Generation

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Captain Jean-Luc Picard

The story behind the quote: There are already several quotes from the old Star Trek cast. Now, it’s time to give a little respect to The Next Generation, the successor to the franchise. Star Trek: The Next Generation successfully introduced new fans to the sci-fi world where humans explored the final frontier. The series also gave us many memorable characters and, thankfully, lots of great quotes.

This week’s quote comes from The Next Generation Episode entitled Peak Performance, wherein Picard and Riker (played by Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes, respectively), take part of a series of war games to test their mettle as part of their training. During the episode, Lt. Commander Data (played by Brent Spiner) plays a competitive game against the the war games observer in a strategic game aptly named Strategema. To his surprise, Data, who just so happened to be an android, loses. This makes Data start to lose faith in himself as a strategist as there was supposedly no way he should have lost.

The quote happens during the second act. Picard asks Data to come to the bridge but the android has second thoughts. This is when Picard, after ordering him on to the bridge, gives the quote.

Geek wisdom:  Life isn’t fair all the time. Sometimes you will given lucky breaks and sometimes unlucky ones. There are also going to be times when, even if you think you’ve thought of every possible bad thing that could happen and prepare contingencies for them, things may still not swing your way. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try things anymore. The important thing is that you try.