Geeky Q & A: Afua Richardson

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Sep 30, 2017

As part of Syfy 25 – where we’re looking back at everything amazing that’s happened in the world of sci-fi, fantasy and horror over the last 25 years – we asked a bunch of famous people what sort of geeky stuff they like. Here’s what Afua Richardson had to say.

The one thing I geek out over the most is:
Robots & Mechs!

The first thing I remember geeking out over is:
Sanrio Characters

The science-fiction/fantasy creator I most respect is:
Alfred Bester

My geeky guilty pleasure is:
Pops Figures and Dance Games!

The current state of science-fiction in three words:
Thought-evoking, shiny, and illuminated.

The biggest genre game-changer of the last 25 years:
Hard to say. Each accomplishment moves the medium forward

The best quote from anyone in the genre, real or fictional is:
“There's a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.”
-Commander William Adama - The Battlestar Galactica

The best genre movie of the last 25 years is:
Come on you know I can't pick one... The 5th Element. Ex Machina, The Matrix, Avatar gets in there for innovation.

The best genre series of the last 25 years is:
Doctor Who, Fringe, WestWorld, Battlestar Galactica, Stranger things, The X Files, Lost

The best genre book of the last 25 years is:
Anything by Neil Gaiman

The best comic book or graphic novel of the last 25 years is:
Saga - Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples

The best video game of the last 25 years is:
Crono Trigger...

The best genre theme song or soundtrack of the last 25 is:
Flash - by Queen. The entire soundtrack to Drive. Anything by Parliament Funkadelic and Sun ra. They're already living in space.

A movie that desperately needs a remake is:
The 5th Element.

On the flipside, a movie that should never ever be remade is:
Star Wars

The genre character I most admire and why:
Doctor Who. To see the entire scope of time and choose how and when to intervene. I'd not be able to resist the urge to change things.

The genre character I most despise and why:
Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish - With an obvious villain like Joffrey or Ramsey Bolton, you celebrate their downfall and hope it's memorable - but you hate them pretty evenly and there are no illusions about who they are. Littlefinger is a parasite who pretends to be a friend and will even save the day if it means it can further his goal. He is the worst kind of villain. One who wears the skins of a friend.

The genre character I love that no one else seems to pay attention to is:
Lagertha Lodbrok. From Vikings. Shield maiden, beautiful, intelligent and compassionate, a mom who knows when to let her son find his own way and when to cut her cheating husband off. Governs her own country. Trains her own warriors. Fights her own wars and makes no excuses. She is my spirit animal.

If I could live in any fictional universe or reality, it would be:
Where ever Space Dandy lives! I just want to travel the stars and there were places to eat and contemplate the nature of reality and travel through dimensional portals for [ gluten free] Ramen!

A scene from a movie that scared the ever living sh*t out of me was:
Okay, I kinda wussed out when that alien showed up on M.Knights Signs...

The most underrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time:
The OA on Netflix is actually a pretty amazing series.. Maybe folks just don't get it. Also Interstellar. I mean, come on, using footage of a real black hole and then playing with space-time and gravitational pulls as storytelling devices? Brilliant.

WARNING: THIS VIDEO OF THE OA IS SOMEWHAT OF A SPOILER

The most overrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time is:
World War Z. Flimsy.

The fictional character with the best style is:
Cerci Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, and Doctor Strange

The best Batman was:
Batman, the animated series.

The LOTR character I’d like to be is:
I'd like to be an elf like Legolas. I secretly want to be an archer.

The LOTR character I’d actually be is:
I'm Probably more of a... Legolas... yup. I know myself. I actually just took one of those " which LOTR characters are you?" - and I got LEGOLAS! HAHAAA

If I could time travel I would:
If I could time travel I'd see who and how the Pyramids, Gobleli Tepi and Gunam Padang were made. Oh, And I'd visit Atlantis. Plato left us the GPS local ;p

The most unforgivable insult in all of nerdom is:
"You're not really a nerd. You were never awkward or shy."

If I could have one superpower, it would be:
To learn how to do anything.

Which superpower comes with the biggest drawbacks: flight, invisibility, or telekinesis?
Telekinesis comes with the most kick back. If you go senile you may break a city or something. You might cause a tsunami with a headache, or if drugged you would invert a mountain.

If I were a hero my sidekick would be:
My cats would be my side kick.

The Hogwarts sorting hat would put me in:
I'd be in Slytherin. Reluctantly, I end up having too many conversations with snakes that my cat brings to my front door as a present. It's a sign.

My patronus would be:
A hawk. I've had a few perch really close to me since I've lived in Georgia. They seem to want to tell me something but I don't speak bird. Or maybe I just smell like dinner. If not that, then a Jaguar. ::shrugs:: Why not. I like big cats and I cannot lie.

If I could pick one genre vehicle, my ride would be:
I'd totally have a Batmobile. But maybe more seats...I'd settle for a thundertank or an updated Kit from Knight Rider if I could occasionally mute him :p If I rode a bike I'd nab Kaneda's from Akira.

People in Fantasy tales are always British because:
Perhaps the Templars, knights, and Kings are often thought of when thinking of that genre. But - there were kings from Scotland to France. Maybe the Aurthurian tales preceded us all.

In a fight between Picard and Kirk, who would win?
Picard every time.

In a fight between Wonder Woman and Superman, who would win?
Wonder Woman

In a fight between Hulk and Thor, who would win?
Amadeus Cho Hulk

In six words or less, what words of wisdom do you have for fellow fans?
Question Everything. Think Critially. Love Boldly!

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