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Seriously Geeky Sundays: A Toast to Fictional Captain Dads

Welcome to another installment of Seriously Geeky Sundays! This week is a double feature, since I couldn’t get my act together in time for last week. I’ve mashed the two themes of captains and fathers together, so I took some creative liberties to make it work. Links of note will be listed under Further Reading.

Who was the captain of your childhood? / Who is your favourite fictional dad? 

Like many of my cohort, I totally had a crush on Orlando Bloom as Will Turner the younger (it was hot on the heels of his run as Legolas). Can we take a moment to appreciate his evolution as lovesick blacksmith to kickass, albeit unintended, captain of the Dutchman?

When you think about captains who is the first one to come to mind? / Who is your favourite evil dad? 

My mind immediately went to the Emperor Zurg – Buzz Lightyear reveal, essentially Star Wars but with toys.

Do emperors count as captains? Star Command: The Adventure Begins leads me to believe Zurg has/had a ship at some point, seeing as how it takes place in space.

Who is your favourite fictional captain? / Who is your favourite father figure/mentor? 

Sean Connery as Marko Ramius. Not a father himself, but there was clearly a mentor – mentee relationship with Jack Ryan towards the end of the movie, at least. 

Just do as I say, dammit.

Who is your favourite crew? / Who is your favourite unconventional father/mentor? 

Hearken back with me to when I was a more active fan of Game of Thrones. My favorite ragtag bunch was the Night’s Watch. 

Image courtesy of Wiki of Thrones
I think I might have a thing for Samwells.

Remember Samwell Tarly? This guy was the bee’s knees. Total book nerd instead of a fighter, yet casually manages to off a White Walker, and takes on a baby that isn’t his? All the accolades!

What is your favourite ship? / What is your favourite child/father scene? 

The RLS Legacy in Treasure Planet a.k.a. Treasure Island…in spaaace. 

There’s a surrogate father/son relationship between John Silver and Jim Hawkins. Yes, I know Disney made Silver a typical bad guy turns good (fun fact, that trope is called a heel-face turn), but it still tugs the heartstrings.

The last fandom you experienced has suddenly been cast at sea/into outer space. Who is the captain and who are their crewmates? / What is your favourite quote from a fandom about fathers/by a father? 

The soundtrack made me want to watch the movie again, so I’m going with Tron: Legacy. Since it’s based in a digital world it’s already set for space. As for the crew we have: 

  • Sam Flynn: actual captain, but secretly knows his dad is the one true captain
  • Quorra: first mate/electro-technical officer
  • Zuse and Gem: stewards
  • CLU 2.0: engineer
  • Rinzler: gunner
  • Jarvis: petty officer
  • Kevin Flynn: retired captain, now the innocuous chief chef that bails the ship out of trouble

As for my favorite quote by a father, I’m going with this exchange between Sam and Kevin: 

Sam: Ice caps are melting, war in the Middle East, Lakers/Celtics back at it. I don’t know, rich are getting richer, poor are getting poorer. Cell phones, online dating, Wi-fi. 

Kevin: What’s Wi-fi? 

Sam: Wireless interlinking. 

Kevin: Of digital devices? 

Sam: Yeah. 

Kevin: Huh. I thought of that in ’85. 

Further Reading

Seriously Geeky Sundays June Questions

William Turner, Jr.

Emperor Zurg

Treasure Planet

Samwell Tarly

Tron: Legacy soundtrack

One Comment

  1. I didn’t clock the title straight away and started reading before I realised what you were doing. It’s safe to say I was thorughly confused, then really amused and impressed. This was a really clever way to catch up on two topics and I really applaud you for that. Such a fun read!

    Don’t forget to pop your link in the link up in the post in my blog so others can see your answers – and they really need to see this one! 😀

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