Thursday, February 25, 2010

Everything I Ever Needed To Know About Revenge I Learned From Ricardo Montalban

--Adrienne Miller
I’m not a vengeful person by nature. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a saint. I can hold one hell of a grudge (yeah, I’m looking at you, blonde girl who tripped me in 8th grade art class). But that’s sort of the problem, all I ever do is hold on to my righteous indignation and seethe. And seethe. And seethe. I never get around to the whole “taking revenge” part of the anger cycle. While this has no doubt saved me some jail time, it hasn’t been very satisfying. I’m also worried that I might be working myself up to one hell of an aneurysm.
I figure what I need is beginner course, so I’m going straight to the source. The one film that I’m certain we can all agree is the master work on the subject of revenge - Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan. And I’ve decided to bring you all along for the ride. Lucky you.
So, **starting up dvd**  let’s see what the recipe for real revenge is. 
*Marooning a group of genetically engineered super warriors on a desert planet is bound to piss them off, but that’s nothing compared to what’s going to go down when they find out that the guy that put them there has been promoted.
*People will be even more intimidated if show off your awesome pecs. 
*Mutant earwigs are wicked effective as phase one of your revenge.
*A good revenge plan isn’t really in full swing until you give a clenched fist monologue explaining your resolve in seeing it through.
*Some part of your battle plan needs to include killing off as many obscure relatives of secondary characters as possible. This packs surprising emotional punch.
*“Revenge is a dish best served cold. *creepy breath*  It is very cold in space.” Go ahead, say it. It’s amazingly cathartic. 
*When in doubt, overact the hell out of it. 
*For a threat to be truly effective, you need to say it twice. Once in a normal-ish voice, then in a whisper/growl.
*Just cause you’re a Starfleet admiral doesn’t mean you can’t rock that popped collar.
*Apparently you have a son you’ve never met, because with all the scientific and technical advances of the 23rd century the one thing they can’t figure out is effective contraception. (And he’s kind of a wussie that likes to wear sweater-capes. Sorry about that.)

*Whatever you do don’t battle face to face, or even in the same room, for heavens sake. Just keep repeating threats and dramatic monologues over intercoms and space age wrist watches. 
*Go on. Cheat. Then just tell everyone that you “Don’t believe in a no-win scenario”. 
*Somebody needs to go flying over the rail. I don’t care who it is, make them do it.
*Get a flashing COMMIT sign installed somewhere in your revenge lair. It’s going to look so cool when you’re rolling around quoting Herman Melville and dying. 

*Don’t feel too bad when your best friend sacrifices his own life to save yours. You can always bring him back in the next installment.
Now that you know how to do it right, go forth and avenge! I know I will. That’s right, Blondie. You better hide. 


Tom Neely said...

I'm feeling more revengeful already. Thanks for the awesome, step by step insights.

Gigi Pandian said...

Can you believe I've never seen that movie? But after this description I think it needs to be added to the Netflix queue ;)

Martha Flynn said...


(takes a breath)


(this could go on all night for me)

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