We saw Pacific Rim again two nights ago (yes. Hush.) well, I saw it again. The Chemist saw it for the first time. We both loved it. Visually gorgeous and intelligent, enormously fun.
And yet, sitting next to a PhD biochemist who did his post-doc at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health, who I think is pretty amazing, I started thinking about the scientist meme in sci fi movies.
It’s not as prevalent in books… Not always.
But when sci fi scientists reach the big screen, they tend to look like this:
And these guys:
That’s not mentioning the Mad Scientist contingent of Dr.s Moreau, Evil, Nigma, Strangelove, Frankenstein…
Nor am I forgetting the ‘my experiment on myself went pear-shaped’ folks, namely Dr.s Banner, Brundle, and Klump.
There’s the rockstar:
And then there’s our Ellie:
I guess I wish there were more like her.
Or at least more like the scientists I know and love. They come in all sizes, shapes, genders, and ethnicities. They don’t have wacky accents and electrocuted hair. They are funny and smart. Even the ones who will occasionally say “Hmmm what does THIS do? Before meddling with the space-time continuum.