One of the main reasons the Shrek and Austin Powers series of movies saw such impressive success is their unique ability to turn a catch-phrase. Mike Myers, after years on Saturday Night Live back when it was good didn’t suck sucked less than it does now, learned the importance of delivering a punch line with an actual punch. As actors, Techie and I frequently get in philosophical discussions about the ability to deliver a line. It’s more obvious with comedy, because the difference can be anywhere between a joke falling completely flat, or causing uproarious laughter; that said, it still applies to other genres.
Star Wars is one of those surprising examples; despite George Lucas’ middling-to-mediocre plot and awful direction, the movies turned out amazingly well, and thanks to a few powerful deliveries developed a catch-phrase cache of their own. I probably use the phrase, “These are not the droids you’re looking for… move along, move along!” a few times a week. Usually when I’m busted doing something I shouldn’t be doing.
What are your personal favourite catchphrases from the world of Science Fiction?