Quotes: Good Is Boring

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.
Zadok, 1/0

Corie: You’re always dressed right. You always look right. You always say the right thing... You’re very nearly perfect.
Paul: (aghast) That’s a rotten thing to say.

On the contrary, no man has ever given less cause for forgiveness then Septimus Harding. He is not a hero, not a man that is widely talked about, not a man who should be toasted at public dinners, not a man who should be spoken of with conventional absurdity as "the perfect divine". He's simply a good man, without guile, believing humbly in the religion he has striven to teach, and guided by the precepts he has striven to learn. My friends, I give you our Mr. Harding.
Archdeacon Grantly, The Barchester Chronicles ("The Warden")

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.

Bland works.
—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.
Mark Hamill on playing Blair in Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom

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?

People say to me, "Oh, Bill, leave them alone. They're so good, and so clean-cut, and they're such a good image for the children." FUCK THAT. When did mediocrity and banality become a good image for your children? I want my children listening to people who fucking ROCKED! I don't care if they died in POOLS OF THEIR OWN VOMIT! I want someone who plays from his FUCKIN' HEART!

"Mommy, the man Bill told me to listen to has a blood bubble on his nose—" SHADDAP AND LISTEN TO HIM PLAY.
Bill Hicks on boy bands, Salvation

I never appreciated 'positive heroes' in literature. They are almost always cliches, copies of copies, until the model is exhausted. I prefer perplexity, doubt, uncertainty, not just because it provides a more 'productive' literary raw material, but because that is the way we humans really are.
Jose Saramago

Due to the growing number of the live audiences booing Cena, Kurt Angle began to speak negatively about black people in an attempt to get Cena some cheers during their feud. Along with this he turned his back on the troops and refused to perform at Tribute to the Troops, took Daivari (who was last seen with mega heel Muhammad Hassan) as his manager, and said he hated Jesus. (Daivari: "Who did he ever beat?") Kurt still got a considerable amount of cheers over Cena.

I don't trust any fanbase that brands itself as being the Best Fans In Baseball, nor do I trust any organization that has a "Way" named after it. I love the founder of Deadspin, Will Leitch. He's a good friend and usually a reasonable human being. But every fucking October, he morphs into an eight-year-old wearing a propeller beanie and shooting marbles on the living room floor. GOLLY GEE GUYS ISN'T CARDINALS BASEBALL JUST THE BESTEST?!

And the worst part is that, whenever you tell Leitch to GO TO HELL, he acts like you're the asshole! "Aw, jeepers, why would you say bad things about my beloved Cardinals? We're just a group of cute little puppies with bows on our heads (bats eyelashes)!" It's just unfathomable to them that you would dislike them. They do things the right way! How could you not appreciate that? BARF... I think Yankees fans are horrible people: selfish, arrogant, profane, and miserable all at once. But at least they don't attempt to hide their repulsiveness.
Drew Magary, Deadspin

His best and most popular hits were "Annie's Song", "Thank God I'm a Country Boy", and songs talking up West Virginia ("Take Me Home, Country Roads"), and Colorado ("Rocky Mountain High"). He posed on album covers wearing granny classes and waffle stompers with a piece of straw in his mouth, to look like a good ol' country boy...He became a quintessential liberal celebrity figurehead in the 1980s and 1990s, promoting environmentalist causes, nuclear disarmament, gun control, opposing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, touring the Soviet Union in the pursuit of international goodwill and peace, and testifying to Congress against music censorship and the Parents Music Resource Center...Reportedly, however, he asked to participate in the recording of the USA For Africa "We Are the World" album but was turned down, on the grounds that his fundamentally wimpy image would hurt the image of the project (which didn't stop them from including far more eccentric people like Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper).
Rational Wiki on John Denver

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.

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 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.
Doc Oho on Star Trek: Voyager, "Live Fast and Prosper"

Archer was played by Scott Bakula, an actor best known for his “aw shucks” persona, and the character he played reflected that...Archer isn’t Captain Kirk. He likes water polo. He spends his off-duty hours hugging a Beagle. He’s more comfortable talking about warp theory than negotiating with hostile aliens or making sweet love to green women.

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".
ComicsAlliance, on Smallville ("Transference")

Well, reformation is just a fancy way of saying 'We're going to make you into a boring character.'
Twilight Sparkle, Ultra Fast Pony, "Discord and Me"