"We've got a ship that can blow up shit
But we're peaceful, that's kind of lame"
—Doug Walker, Star Trek: The Next Generation With Lyrics
"Once upon a time, an infinite number of people lived perfect, eternal lives. The end."
"You see, it's been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn't we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion too would have been more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?"
"The great artists of the world are never Puritans, and seldom even ordinarily respectable. No virtuous man — that is, virtuous in the Y.M.C.A. sense — has ever painted a picture worth looking at, or written a symphony worth hearing, or a book worth reading."
—Ontario Premier Bill Davis
"The truth of the matter is, when I first got the script, I said, 'Maniac's the most fun part'...Once again, I'm the 'serious' guy, the man on a mission; An agenda that doesn't allow for humor, really."
"The captain doesn’t do nearly enough screwing and shooting on this show.”
—Patrick Stewart to Ronald D. Moore
"Heroes are not acting parts because they're predictable. That's the wonderful and challenging thing about playing a hero: Within predictability, how can you be surprising and amusing?"
"I can watch Cyclops objectively make the right choice, and fight for his woman, and help the school, and stand up as a reliable pillar of virtue and good intentions, but that doesn't matter, because Wolverine smokes, and smoking is cool."
— Daniel O'Brien, Cracked
"That was pretty much Cyclops’s entire deal on the ’90s cartoon (and the live-action movies, now that I think of it), standing around being the sensible TV newscast voice of reason that could contrast with Wolverine growling death threats and blatant attempts at girlfriend-stealing...The guy who frowns at all the cool characters and tries to stop them from doing awesome things because the Professor says and we have a responsibility and you can’t just stab everyone and not now Jean I have to program the Danger Room. And he kind of has to be that way, because there has to be someone providing the core of the team so that everyone else can orbit around it and push away; Wolverine wouldn’t be Wolverine if he didn’t have Cyclops to rebel against. I’d just rather read about the rebelling than the guy who tells him hey stop that, it’s after 10 and we have a noise policy here."
—Chris Sims, "The Case Against Cyclops"
"It's not entirely clear that this is a healthy position for the series to be in. It's suddenly flipped to where the major engine of interest and excitement in the show is the villain, while the Doctor is, absent the villain, kind of a pompous bore. The villain makes everything a lush, thrilling carnival of scares. The hero plays bridge with rich people and yells at the tea lady. It works. It's even very very good. But as Doctor Who, it seems to be stretching the concept to its breaking point."
"There are reasons that Bashir is one of the toughest characters to write on Deep Space Nine. The most obvious is that Bashir wasn’t originally created as a dysfunctional or broken character in his own right. He wasn’t a former terrorist like Kira, a mysterious alien fascist like Odo, a conman like Quark, a disillusioned widower like Sisko, or even an non-commissioned officer like O’Brien. While Ronald D. Moore would add a significant amount of dysfunction to Bashir, to great effect, he was introduced as an over-enthusiastic and exceptionally talented Starfleet officer with a legitimate enthusiasm about his assignment...The problem is that Bashir is hard to get to work on his own for more than a scene. After all, The Next Generation had a great deal of trouble with character-based storytelling for its first two years, and I suspect the fact that so many of the characters were bland idealised paragons contributed to that."
"Paris and Kim are re-programming Tuvok’s holodeck programmes again and passing them off as malfunctions. What a chucklesome pair! Not... Paris and Neelix are shocked that they have been had by Dala and her team and wonder what has happened to them to be so easily duped. Paris was once a traitorous rogue and Neelix a shrewd businessman…and the episode seems to go out of its way to point out how they have lost their touch and becomes such chumps. Yes that’s right, it’s a Mary Sue moment where the writers are actually admitting they have fudged these characters right up and revealed how the Federation turns you into lazy, boring ciphers. Well at least they admit it. ‘Maybe we’ve lost our edge’ – oh mate, that was lost as soon as Caretaker was over."
Chris: The producers of this show seem to really like going to the “Clark Goes Evil” well. I mean, we’ve seen it twice in our limited experience, and I know that there’s a Red Kryptonite episode out there that we haven’t watched. And a Bizarro episode, too.
David: And the sad thing is, it’s when Welling does his best work.
Chris: Yeah, it really makes me wonder if Welling’s almost-nonexistant acting as Clark is actually some kind of a weird choice to represent the fact that Clark Kent is a guy who’s holding back all the time. Like, he’s going for “repressed” and we just end up interpreting it as "mobile cardboard".
"John Cena is generally regarded as a good guy in real life, so how is he hated so much? It's all due to a misunderstanding by Vince in how to portray heroes and villains. Ironically, the man who wants his company to be viewed as entertainment rather than 'rasslin'' is hamstrung by the old archetype, which was a reaction to a system that no longer exists. You can't just plug Cena into the Hogan plan.... what is Cena's character flaw that he must overcome? Have any good friends turned on him? No. He's perfect. Even when he was forced by stipulation to join the evil Nexus, he just ignored everything they told him to do and beat them all up.
Cena's opponent will always be the underdog, and that's the problem. And when it's a guy like Bray Wyatt, who already has the 'flaw' of being a fat guy who doesn't fit the mold of what a wrestler looks like, and a gimmick that looks a whole lot like poor white trash — in tough economic times, who do you THINK people will root for?"