From: Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Who said it?: Clark Kent
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1993 superhero series, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. This was a live-action show mostly revolving around the relationship of Clark Kent and Lois Lane.
The quote comes from the second season episode entitled Tempus Fugitive. Lois Lane (played by Teri Hatcher) finds out about Clark Kent’s dual identity as Superman. Clark (played by Dean Cain) tries to apologize to Lois for lying to her all these years. When Lois sounds confused as to why Clark would be jealous of her feelings for Superman as they are the same person, he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: There is more to you than what you can do. You may be good at something but that doesn’t mean that it’s your entire identity. The same goes with others so we must realize that we are more than what we seem on the surface.
The story behind the quote: This quote comes Adult Swim talk show, The Eric Andre Show. Hosted by the titular comedian, is basically a spoof of low-budget regional talk shows.
The quote comes from Hannibal Buress, his co-host during the first five seasons. During his monologue for The Eric Andre New Year’s Eve Spooktacular, Eric Andre comments President Barack Obama will have two more years, leading to the crowd cheering. Hannibal Buress corrects the host as a full presidential term is four years. The crowd starts booing him, leading to the co-host delivering the quote.
Geek wisdom: Sometimes, the truth isn’t something everyone will like to hear. Even if you tell them facts and show them proof, there will be some unwilling to change their mind.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Netflix series, Stranger Things. The show borrows a lot of atmosphere from ’80s sci-fi teen shows as, appropriately, it is set in the time period. The show generally revolves around a group of friends who discover a mysterious girl named Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown) who has developed psychic powers thanks to experiments performed on her.
The quote actually is initially mentioned by Mike Wheeler (played by Finn Wolfhard) when trying to convince Eleven he’s a friend. However, the quote is delivered with much more impact later when Eleven delivers it later on when the gang tries to make amends for all the misunderstandings that happened.
Geek wisdom: True friends will tell the truth to each other. The truth may hurt but, if that person is someone you trust, then you know they are telling it to you because they really care for you.
The story behind the quote: Family Matters was a sitcom that initially started as show about the Winslow family and how they dealt with family issues. That all changed with the introduction of Steve Urkel. Steve Urkel (portrayed by Jaleel White) was the nerdy next door neighbor who wanted to win the heart of the teenage daughter of Carl Winslow (played by Reginald VelJohnson). Although Urkel was only supposed to be a guest character, viewers loved the character so much that he eventually became a regular character and, in fact, became the reason to watch the show since most (if not all) of the stories revolved around him.
The quote comes from the third episode of the fourth season, Driving Carl Crazy. Urkel manages to get an old car and Carl decides to teach him how to drive. But, because Urkel is accident-prone, he smashes into Carl Winslow’s garage. In an attempt to control his temper and his dangerously high blood pressure, Carl starts to recite a poem he learned while in a waiting room. While the doctor did give him suggestions to better control his health, Carl decides against it as they prove too difficult to him.
Geek wisdom: While it’s important to control our temper in order to not lose our cool, it’s not always a good idea to keep things bottled up, especially if you have health issues.
The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the sci-fi comedy, Futurama. The show was created by the same mind behind The Simpsons, Matt Groening. While not as popular as his other show featuring yellow skinned people, Futurama is still a good and vastly underappreciated show.
This week’s quote comes from the episode, Crimes of the Hot. With global warming running rampant and the Earth usual solution (dropping a large ice cube in the ocean) not working, the head of Al Gore delivers a speech stating, in order to stop this global disaster, the world has to stop pollution… and dark wizards. This is when the sole dark wizard in the audience delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Rather than trying to solve a problem, some people will be willing to find a scapegoat instead. However, this does not resolve the issue because assigning blame doesn’t fix anything. We do have to put in the work in order to solve them. It can be difficult but definitely more productive in the long run.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the DC Comics animated series, Justice League Unlimited. This was the last series to be produced for Bruce Timm’s shared DC Animated Universe (DCAU for short).
The quote comes from the final episode of the show. Darkseid had just been resurrected by Lex Luthor and is now attempting to invade Earth. All seems lost as the Justice League seems to be no match for the might of Darkseid. However, it turns out Superman, because of his incredible strength, has been restraining himself and, as this is Darkseid, has no fear of actually killing him. This is why he delivers the quote before dishing out a super strong punch to the despot.
Geek wisdom: To quote another superhero, with great power comes great responsibility. Knowing how and when to wield power shows the true mettle of a great person.
The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the sci-fi animted comedy, Futurama. The show has a 20th century male named Philip J. Fry accidentally put into suspended animation and reawakened in the future. He now works for an intergalactic delivery service and flies around the galaxy, getting into a whole mess of adventures along the way.
The quote comes from the 1st episode of the 3rd season, Amazon Women in the Mood. The trio of Fry, Zapp Brannigan and Kif are imprisoned for insulting females. The Amazonians cannot figure out what use are the males but Amy whispers into the ear of one of the Amazonians about sexual intercourse. The Amazonians realize what Amy is describing is “snu snu,” something they haven’t experience but only read about. Femputer, the ruler of the planet, then sentences the trio to a seemingly pleasurable death by the aforementioned snu snu.
Geek wisdom: Too much of a good thing is still too much. While it may seem all fun at the start, after a while, even the most pleasurable activities can become painful and even harmful. Recognize when to stop before you hurt yourself.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Fox medical drama television show House. The show is all about Dr. Gregory House and his team of doctors who attempt to diagnose and cure mysterious illnesses of some special patients. Although he is a doctor, House’s bedside manner has a lot to be desired as he’s addicted to pain medication and generally tells the cold, hard truth without the patient’s feelings in mind.
The quote is actually a kind of motto of House (played by Hugh Laurie). As he feels asking the patient for their symptoms as well as their day-to-day habits actually delays him from getting the right diagnosis as they will leave out the more embarrassing moments, even if these facts may save their life.
Geek Wisdom: Sadly, what House is saying is true. People will lie for their own benefit and avoid shame and embarrassment. We just have to understand that not everything a person says, even the people we might trust the most, might not be the whole truth.
From: The Twilight Zone (specifically, the episode Time Enough at Last)
Who said it?: Henry Bemis
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the science-fiction/fantasy anthology series, The Twilight Zone. Created by Rod Sterling way back in 1959, The Twilight Zone is a series of standalone episodes, usually delving into characters dealing with unusual events leading to some major twist at the end. The show was a huge hit and has spawned several reboots throughout the years.
The quote comes from the ending of the episode Time Enough at Last. After miraculously surviving a nuclear attack, bookworm Henry Bemis (played by Burgess Meredith) finds out that, while he has enough food to survive an entire lifetime, he is all alone in the crumbling city. About to commit suicide, he stumbles upon the wreckage of the public library. Being someone who was always shamed for reading a lot of books, he is astonished that most of the books have survived. He then collects all the books he needs to entertain himself but, just before he can start reading, he slips and breaks his glasses, rendering him unable to read. He then delivers the quote in despair.
Geek Wisdom: Even when you think you have all the time in the world, that doesn’t mean that fate will cooperate the way you think. Something can and will come up. It will come unexpected so don’t postpone what you can do right now because you might not be able to do it in the future.
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Arrested Development, a sitcom that was first released on Fox. It was then picked up on Netflix six years later, showing the longevity of the series that focuses on the Bluths, a dysfunctional family who lost their wealth when it was discovered that the patriarch of the family, George Bluth, Sr. (played by Jeffrey Tambor), had been stealing from the company.
The quote comes from the 12th episode of the first season, Matha Complex. A running storyline from this season was Tobias Funke (played by David Cross) has hired Carl Weathers to be his acting coach. During a party, Tobias is about to toss a bone but Carl Weathers stops him as he notices there’s some meat left on the bone. The seasoned actor then advises to save the bone as it can still be made into something else. This is when he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: In a way, Carl Weathers is right as there are always ways to make use of things that people would think is just garbage. It’s just realizing the potential. As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.