Geeky Q & A: Patton Oswalt

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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 Patton Oswalt had to say.

The one thing I geek out over the most is:
Post-apocalypse science fiction.

The first thing I remember geeking out over is:
Star Wars. Star Wars. Star Wars.

The science fiction/fantasy creator I most respect is:
Harlan Ellison.

My geeky guilty pleasure is:
Superhero movies. Even when they're completely awful, they tend to be awful in fascinating and entertaining ways. And they say waaaaay more about what we desire as humans as we might want them to.

The current state of science fiction in three words:
Action over actuality.

The biggest genre game-changer (story, scene, innovation, etc) was:
Alien – introducing the aspects of capitalism and social class into science fiction.

The best quote from anyone in the genre, real or fictional, is:
"There are only three science fiction plots: What If, If Only, and If This Goes On." – Isaac Asimov

The best genre movie of the last 25 years is:
Unbreakable.

The best genre series of the last 25 years is:
Battlestar Galactica, brilliant even with all of its flaws.

The best genre book of the last 25 years is:
The entirety of Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun.

The best comic book or graphic novel of the last 25 years is:
Warren Ellis’ Planetary.

The best video game of the last 25 years is:
Oh man, I don’t play enough video games to answer this one, I’m sorry.

The best genre theme song or soundtrack of the last 25 years is:
Twin Peaks.

A movie that desperately needs a remake is:
Videodrome or Scanners.

On the flip side, a movie that should never ever be remade is:
Jaws.

The genre character I most admire and why:
Ripley from the first two Alien movies. Resourceful, and truly brave – because she gets frightened and then conquers her fear. A true hero.

The genre character I most despise and why:
Ripley from the 3rd and 4th Alien movies. Her resourcefulness is curdled into nihilism in the 3rd movie (for no reason) and then contempt in the 4th (for even less of a reason). Ugh.

The genre character I love that no one else seems to pay attention to is:
John Garrett from Elektra: Assassin. The Frank Miller conception of him – boozy, self-loathing, and weirdly moral.

If I could live in any fictional universe or reality, it would be:
Brian K. Vaughn's Saga universe, 'cuz of the amazing array of species and cultures, or Richard Corben's Magic Planet ('cuz of the big boobs and giant women).

A scene from a movie that scared the ever-living sh*t out of me was:
The dog with the old man's head in the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

The most underrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time:
The '80s Flash Gordon.

The most overrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time is:
The Matrix.

The fictional character with the best style is:
Rick Deckard in Blade Runner; Death from the Sandman comics.

The best Batman was:
We haven’t seen him yet.

The LOTR character I’d like to be is:
Gandalf.

The LOTR character I’d actually be is:
Some douchebag who gets killed right at the middle of one of those major battles after pooping his pants in fear.

The most unforgivable insult in all of nerddom is:
The Star Wars prequels.

If I could have one superpower, it would be:
No-fail teleportation.

Which superpower comes with the biggest drawbacks: flight, invisibility, or telekinesis?
Invisibility. Still too many ways to get seen unless you’re reeeeeaaalllly careful. It’s a superpower you can’t truly enjoy while you’re using it.

If I were a hero my sidekick would be:
A very good personal injury lawyer.

The Hogwarts sorting hat would put me in:
Hufflepuff.

My patronus would be:
A bag of Cheetos.

On a voyage through space, my captain would be:
Kirk.

If I could pick one genre vehicle, my ride would be:
Max Rockatansky’s V-8 Interceptor.

People in fantasy tales are always British because:
British people are magic.

In a fight between Dumbledore and Gandalf, who would win?
Gandalf.

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

In a fight between Wonder Woman and Superman, who would win?
Draw. Isn't he susceptible to magic?

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

In six words or less, what words of wisdom do you have for fellow fans?
To quote Shaky Kane: "Forget cool. Love everything."

Check out more of our Q&A’s. And head on over to our SYFY 25 page to see everything else we’ve got going on.

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