The 10 Best Geeks (or Geek Teams) in Film and TV from TubeCentric written by Martin L. Shoemaker
1. We start with the uber-geek, the inspiration for all other geeks: Scotty (James Doohan). No matter the technical challenge Captain Kirk threw at him, he found a way to pull it off (and then spent days fixing the consequences after). Perhaps the ultimate Scotty exchange comes from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock:
Kirk: How long to re-fit?
Scotty: Eight weeks. But you don’t have eight weeks, so I’ll do it for you in two.
Kirk: Do you always multiply your repair estimates by a factor of four?
Scotty: How else to maintain my reputation as a miracle worker?
And anyone who really believes Scotty was padding his estimates, is missing the joke here.
2. It’s almost impossible to mention Scotty without mentioning his Next Generation counterpart, Geordi LaForge (LeVar Burton). Where Scotty works often by the seat of his kilt, Geordi is the consummate polished professional. Nothing in his engine room happens by accident. If the Federation hadn’t eliminated money, Geordi could probably run his engine room at a profit! This polish and professionalism causes him some consternation in Star Trek: First Contact when he meets his idol, Zefram Cochrane, and finds his hero has feet of clay – and a liver of gin!
I find Geordi very persuasive as an engineer geek, because he’s at the top of his game when he’s managing his engines, yet completely frustrated when he deals with people – female people especially. He’s so used to a world of forces and equations to balance them that he tries to bring that approach to his relationships with people. Yet when he relaxes and just is himself, there’s no more reliable friend anywhere on the Enterprise.
I also like the way Geordi programs the Enterprise computers: by speech, and by drawing and gesturing on a large panel. This is the wave of the future, fellow geeks, and it’s a lot closer than you may think!
Bonus geek: the aforementioned Zefram Cochrane (James Cromwell), a geek who’s burned out and would rather get drunk than deal with his work.
3. Leverage isn’t technically science fiction, perhaps; but it’s pretty close, thanks to Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge). His wondrous bugs and earphones and other surveillance devices are just a tad more powerful than anything you’ll find on (or off!) the market today. Oh, sure, most of what his technology does is possible – I can even do some of it myself – but Hardison’s technology always works faster and more effectively than real world stuff ever does. I have yet to see him spend all night chasing a bug. (Spending all night playing World of Warcraft, however…)
When he’s trying to con a mark, Hardison is probably the coolest, smoothest geek you’ve ever seen. He can fast talk like nobody’s business. Yet when he relaxes with his friends, he only thinks he’s cool. Actually, he’s transparently under confident, and compensating by boasting or getting defensive. Somehow that makes him more charming and believable.