“…This is the Bad Place!”

From: The Good Place

Genre: Televison

Who said it?: Eleanor Shellstrop

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the NBC comedy series, The Good Place. The show focuses on four humans who have died and are now supposedly spending eternity in The Good Place. One of the people, Eleanor Shellstrop, apparently isn’t supposed to be there as she was a bad person while she was alive. The first season then focuses on her journey to be a person worthy of being in The Good Place in order to avoid being sent to The Bad Place.

Before you read on, I will have to mention that there are going to be MAJOR SPOILERS for the show. Even though The Good Place has been on for quite a while, the quote does involve a major twist so the SPOILER WARNING is up.

At the end of the first season, the four humans, including Eleanor (played by Kristen Bell), have to send two of them to the Bad Place. As they argue as to whom will be chosen, Eleanor comes to a realization that they can’t be sent to the Bad Place as they are already in the Bad Place!

At the very end of the first season, the architect of the world, Michael (played by Ted Danson), resets everything, including the memories of Eleanor and the  rest of the humans. However, even after doing that, Eleanor still manages to figure out that they are indeed in the Bad Place over and over again.

Geek wisdom: You may not realize where you are right now. You may think that you’re doing alright but then it might suddenly hit you that you’re in a bad place in your life. The first step to changing your life for the better is always going to be recognizing that you’re in a “bad place” before you can start changing things for the better.

“Life finds a way.”

From: Jurassic Park

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Dr. Ian Malcolm

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the very first Jurassic Park movie. The film was a landmark in special effects as it was one of the first motion pictures to use computer generated imagery (CGI) effectively. The film was directed by Stephen Spielberg and based on the book of the same name by Michael Crichton. It’s all about a rich philanthropist John Hammond (played by the late Richard Attenborough) who dreams of opening the titular Jurassic Park, a theme park that will feature real life dinosaurs.

The quote comes from fairly early in the film. The head geneticist of Jurassic Park (played by BD Wong) explains that all the dinosaurs are female to prevent uncontrolled breeding. However, renowned mathematician and chaos theorist, Dr. Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum) doesn’t think the plan will work.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, in the bleakest of times, things just mysteriously work themselves out. At times, we even try to figure out how these situations resolved themselves but can’t find out how it happened. We just have to accept that life just works in mysterious ways.