Welcome everyone. I’m Christopher DeFilippis and this is DeFlip Side.
And I welcome one and all to the 2015 Sci-Fi Madness results show!
This year’s Madness was a Movie Hero Melee, broken down into four divisions: The Good Guys, The Rogues, The Bad Asses and The Rebels. We packed our brackets with 64 of the most popular cinematic heroes of all time. And after 63 battles—fought over six grueling rounds of competition—the logical victor has emerged.
Join me in welcoming Spock to the Sci-Fi Madness winners’ circle, where he joins Farscape, which won best television series in 2013, and Star Wars, which won best film franchise in 2014.
Everyone’s favorite Vulcan is a logical addition to our burgeoning Hall of Heroes, and his victory is a fitting tribute to the memory of Leonard Nimoy, whom we tragically lost at the outset of this year’s competition.
Perhaps Spock’s win was due to the outpouring of love and respect that all fan communities expressed for Nimoy upon his passing, because he practically waltzed to the finals of the Good Guys Division.
To be honest, I was really rooting for Good Guy Captain America, but he didn’t even make it out of the first round. The First Avenger was no match for the last son of Krypton.
But not even the Man of Steel could best Spock. The Vulcan also handily defeated Harry Potter’s Hermione Granger, who up until that point had been the true dark horse of the Movie Hero Melee, even triumphing over the King of Gondor himself, Aragorn. Alas, her considerable experiomus was to no avail. The final battle of the Good Guys division ultimately came down to Spock vs. Kirk. And the charismatic captain didn’t even come close.
Heavyweight bouts dominated the other divisions as well. The Rebels saw an epic showdown between Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, and the Rogues took it to a surreal level with Harrison Ford battling himself, in the guises of Indiana Jones and Han Solo.
The Bad Asses Division saw Alien’s Ellen Ripley go toe to toe with Batman. That contest went to the Dark Knight, who ultimately defeated the Jedi Knight to advance to the Championship round. No surprise there, considering how rampant Batman fans can be.
But what did surprise me was that Spock defeated Han Solo. Movie heroes don’t get bigger than Han, and I had resigned myself to a Championship Round between Han and Bruce, mirroring the 2014 Sci-Fi Madness Championship battle between Batman and Star Wars.
So I was thrilled when the Vulcan emerged victorious. Spock vs. Batman made for a truly titillating title bout, a battle between polar opposites—the embodiment of cool serenity vying against the personification of insatiate rage.
Indeed Spock. In fact, I had a lot of fun imaging the banter between these two champs during their face off:
Bruce: “I’m Batman!”
Spock: “Fascinating. An entity which feeds on fear and terror.”
Bruce: “You have my permission to die.”
Spock: “You must govern your passions. They will be your undoing.”
And so they were. The Bat didn’t go down by the widest margin, but down he went, in the face of calm, unassailable logic. May Spock enjoy prosperity and long life in the annals of Sci-Fi Madness.
Speaking of which, I’m excited to announce that I’ve already decided on the theme for next year’s tournament. Can you say Robopocalypse? I’ll see you in 2016, for another thrilling installment of DeFlip Side’s Sci-Fi Madness!