Geeky Q & A: John McNamara

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Sep 3, 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 John McNamara, executive producer of Syfy's The Magicians, had to say.

The one thing I geek out over the most is:
Star Trek.

The first thing I remember geeking out over is:
Batman (Adam West series).

The science fiction/fantasy creator I most respect is:
Gene Roddenberry, Harlan Ellison. (Interesting that they did not end up liking each other when they worked together on Star Trek. Creativity among geniuses often comes with friction.)

My geeky guilty pleasure is:
I don’t feel guilt.

The current state of science fiction in three words:
Om. Ni. Present.

The biggest genre game-changer of the last 25 years (story, scene, innovation, etc) was:
The dystopian science fiction film we’re currently living in as of the 2016 election …

The best quote from anyone in the genre, real or fictional, is:
“Nazis. I hate these guys.” -- Indiana Jones

The best genre movie of the last 25 years is:

The best genre series of the last 25 years is:
The Handmaid's Tale.

The best genre book of the last 25 years is:
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

The best comic book or graphic novel of the last 25 years is:
Superman: Red Son.

The best video game of the last 25 years is:
I hate video games.

The best genre theme song or soundtrack of the last 25 is:
“No More” from Into the Woods.

A movie that desperately needs a remake is:
No movie ever needs to be remade.

On the flipside, a movie that should never ever be remade is:
No movie should be remade.

The genre character I most admire and why:
James Bond, because his life is so much less exciting than mine.

The genre character I most despise:
Johnny Rico from Starship Troopers.

The genre character I love that no one else seems to pay attention to is:
Yeoman Janice Rand from Star Trek TOS.

If I could live in any fictional universe or reality, it would be:
Obama’s 3rd Term.


A scene from a movie that scared the ever-living sh*t out of me was:
The night fishing scene in Jaws.

The most underrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time:
Plan 9 From Outer Space

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

The fictional character with the best style is:
James Bond.

The best Batman was:
Christian Bale.

The LOTR character I’d like to be is:
I’m gonna turn this over to my assistant, who would like to be: Peter Jackson.

The LOTR character I’d actually be is:
Again, I turn to my assistant who says he’d actually be … Gollum.

If I could time-travel I would:
Return to 1999 and buy Apple stock.

The most unforgivable insult in all of nerddom is:

If I could have one superpower, it would be:
The ability to see 10 minutes into the future.

Which superpower comes with the biggest drawbacks: flight, invisibility, or telekinesis?
Flight (it’s cold up there).

If I were a hero my sidekick would be:
I’m Sera Gamble’s sidekick, I don’t get one of my own.

The Hogwarts sorting hat would put me in:

My patronus would be:

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

If I could pick one genre vehicle, my ride would be:
The Starship Discovery from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

People in fantasy tales are always British because:
A lot of British people write fantasy?

In a fight between Dumbledore and Gandalf, who would win?
Who gives a fuck, Donald Trump is president.

In a fight between Picard and Kirk, who would win?
The one who can do the wall death kick, obviously: James Tiberius Kirk.

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

In a fight between Hulk and Thor, who would win?
Captain America, because he’d break them up.

In six words or less, what words of wisdom do you have for fellow fans?


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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