Geeky Q & A: Wes Chatham

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Sep 4, 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 The Expanse's Wes Chatham had to say.

The one thing I geek out over the most is:
’80s films.

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

The science fiction/fantasy creator I most respect is:
George Lucas.

My geeky guilty pleasure is:
I will stay up all night watching Rod Sterling Twilight Zone reruns. 

The current state of science fiction in three words:
Very Promising. I did it in two. 

The biggest genre game-changer of the last 25 years (story, scene, innovation, etc.) was:
The Matrix.

The best quote from anyone in the genre, real or fictional, is:
“I have seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of  Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the TannHauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. Time to die.” -- Roy Batty

The best genre movie of the last 25 years is:
Of all time: The Shining.
The last 25 years: Children of Men.

The best genre series of the last 25 years is:
Of all time: Rod Sterling's The Twilight Zone.
The last 25 years: Firefly.

The best genre book of the last 25 years is:
Patrick Rothfuss, Name of the Wind.

The best genre theme song or soundtrack of the last 25 years is:
It came out in '82, but Blade Runner has the best soundtrack of all time.

A movie that desperately needs a remake is:
Blade Runner.

On the flipside, a movie that should never ever be remade is:
Even though I love it, The Ice Pirates should be left alone.

The genre character I most despise and why:
Jar Jar Binks. He ruined Star Wars.

The genre character I love that no one else seems to pay attention to is:
Jabba the Hutt. I don't condone his life of crime, but he is a huge earthworm. Life couldn't have been easy for him, but he persevered and did pretty all right for himself.

If I could live in any fictional universe or reality, it would be:
Tron.

Because:
I’ve always wanted to play neon jai-alai inside a computer.

A scene from a movie that scared the ever-living sh*t out of me was:
The tainted blood scene in John Carpenter’s The Thing.  It’s a perfectly constructed and executed scene. 

The most underrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time:
Starman.  

The most overrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time is:
I have an opinion but I would rather not say. I would get death threats.

The fictional character with the best style is:
Snake Plissken. If your name is Snake and you wear an eyepatch, you win.

The best Batman was:
Michael Keaton. Fact.

The LOTR character I’d like to be is:
A hobbit. They  hang out, eat and drink all day.  I’m in.

If I could time-travel I would:
Go back and live a year in each decade. I probably wouldn't bother with the future. I think it would just be depressing.

Which superpower comes with the biggest drawbacks:
Flight, invisibility, or telekinesis? Invisibility. You will probably end up getting hit by a car.

If I were a hero my sidekick would be:
Danny DeVito.

The Hogwarts sorting hat would put me in:
Hagrid’s hut.

On a voyage through space, my captain would be:
Captain James Holden, of course.

If I could pick one genre vehicle, my ride would be:
Falkor from The NeverEnding Story. Flying Dragon dogs are really good for the environment.

People in fantasy tales are always British because:
Their accent is historical and timeless at the same time.  No one trusts the Americans after Kevin Costner attempted an English accent in Robin Hood.

In a fight between Dumbledore and Gandalf, who would win?
Gandalf, he learned his magic on the mean streets of Middle-earth. Dumbledore is an academic who lives in a world where Harry Potter is the baddest magician on the block.

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

In a fight between Wonder Woman and Superman, who would win?
Wonder Woman, but Superman might like it.

In a fight between Hulk and Thor, who would win?
I don't know, but I know what would lose, the city they fought in.

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