As substitute author of this week’s list, I’ve decided to ruffle a few geek feathers. In honor of San Diego Comic Con I’m going to countdown my list of the most overrated sci-fi/fantasy villains in cinema. Now we’re not talking just plain bad, such as Battlefield Earth’s Terl or Nuclear Man from Superman IV. The movies these villains starred in were all at least semi-successful and some are even considered classics. Yet, for one reason or another, I find the villains therein to be thought too highly of. You’ll agree…you’ll disagree. We’ll all have fun. Here we go…
|#8. Hal 9000
Honestly, I find this entire movie to be a bit overrated. The fact that the “villain” is just a bright red camera lens with emotional problems doesn’t help. Yes, Hal kills some crew members. He’s devious. He cheats at chess. Though, in the end all it takes is the simple removal of a few memory chips and he forgets he was evil in the first place.
|#7. Boba Fett
Hold your boo’s until the end, geek amigos. It’s going to get far worse than this. Fett plays little to no role in the actual capturing of Han Solo. He shows us nothing to believe he deserves the reputation he has gained as a bounty hunter. Eventually dying an unceremonious death at the hands of a BLIND man. Thank you Sarlacc pit.
|#6. The aliens from Signs
M Night Shyamalan’s skills as a filmmaker land him on my list twice. This time for the brilliant race of aliens come to conquer Earth. You know…the planet that’s 70% covered in water. The one substance that seems to turn these aliens into the wicked witch of the west. Master interstellar travel? Check. Choose a race to conquer? Check. Get defeated by half empty glasses of water and a kid with a Louisville Slugger? Oops.
|#5.The aliens from Independence Day
This is still a fun movie to watch. Once again though we are faced with an alien threat that must have slacked off in their research process. After destroying Washington D.C., New York, L.A., and multiple other cities across the globe. This band of geniuses mange to allow their entire fleet to be eradicated with a virus written on a 1996 Macintosh PowerBook connected via printer port.
M Night’s second entry on my countdown. Mr. Glass fancies himself a super villain based solely around the fact that he has a disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Now i grew up with someone who had this actual disease and a super villain it does not make. When a strong gust of wind can crack you like an egg…you might want to rethink your profession.
In the Lord of the Rings novels, Sauron is a force of evil. Permeating the entire land. The evil that is inside of us all. In the movies…he’s a lighthouse with a giant flaming eye. He could of at least sent a few orcs out to Mount Doom…just in case the ring showed up there, right? As geek royalty Kevin Smith made fun of in his film Clerks 2. These movies were just a whole lot of walking. Ending with a couple hobbits doing just that and tossing the all powerful One Ring right into the lava of Mount Doom. I think they had to defeat some birds and a sad little goblin along the way. Congrats!
There has got to be a better arch-enemy for the Man of Steel than this guy. I just don’t know how land grabbing real estate scams are supposed to be of any hassle to the Kryptonian. Whether it’s Hackman or Spacey, it always seems to be about dropping a coast into the ocean and reaping the benefits of his new ocean front property.
Finally…my number one and almost definitely most controversial overrated villain in sci-fi/fantasy cinema…
There’s my list. Shred me to pieces in the comments section or tell me I was right on the money! Either way it has been fun and Eric should be back with a new list for everyone next time.