The Women of Sci-Fi by Egantx7

Champion(s):

RustySpork
Morituri Nolumus Mori


Runner(s)-Up:

Dynomutt
Dude, it's cold here.


Quiz Description

Long before it was acceptable for women to do much of anything except be maids, prostitutes, wives, nurses, and moms, science fiction allowed people to ask that all important question "What if we allowed women to play strong roles and do things other than cook, clean, mother, and politely do what they are told". Truly, it isn't always perfect, and for every step forward sociologically, there is a skin-tight catsuit that takes things a step backward. These 12 questions are a tribute to those pioneering characters and actresses from science fiction, many of whom really expanded the number of different roles for women on film and TV.

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Questions:

This woman's first television role was as a swimming instructor in Who's the Boss, a role she perhaps won because she had won the swimsuit competition at the 1990 Miss America pageant. This actress met her first husband while she was dealing cards for charity events while attending Northwestern University. They divorced because he began taking her around to uh ... "clubs" and wanting the two of them to uhhh ... "perform in public". The revelation of these activities derailed this woman's ex-husband's 2004 Republican senatorial campaign, allowing little known state senator Barrack Obama to win the US senate seat. Identify this actress and restaurateur who is likely best remembered for wearing one of those skin tight catsuits while portraying a former member of the Borg collective, designation 7 of 9, on the series Star Trek: Voyager.

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Jeri Lynn Ryan

This woman's species was a metaphor for fascism coming to America, which made this woman the metaphorical Joseph Mengele, since she was a scientist who experimented on humans. Played by Jane Badler, this woman had a trippy conversion device used for brainwashing which was successfully used on little Sean Donovan, but less successfully used on this woman's counterpart in the Los Angeles area resistance, Dr. Julie Parrish. Identify this one-named reptilian, the primary antagonist in the landmark 1983 NBC miniseries V.

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Diana

Many of this actress' fans are shocked to learn that nurse Alex Price from An American Werewolf in London is considered one of her favorite roles. A long time star at the Royal Shakespeare Company and on the West End, this actress more recently appeared as World Security Councilwoman Hawley in The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. She won a BAFTA for her supporting role in Equus, one year before appearing as a young woman who tries to escape her society's mandatory death sentence, cloaked as a new age "renewal" ceremony, at the age of 30 with the help of a sandman played by Michael York. Identify this actress who played Jessica 6 in Logan's Run.

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Jenny Agutter

This actress once played a prostitute who was bedded by Walter Skinner before dying under mysterious supernatural circumstances on The X-Files. Trained early in comedy, she played a medical doctor in Booty Call, and in an episode of Due South, she played a military scientist investigating UFOs. Identify this woman whose character was promoted from captain to colonel over her 10+ year run as Sam Carter on Stargate: SG-1 and its spinoff shows.

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Amanda Tapping

Speaking of models-turned-actress, Tricia Helfer had next to no acting experience when she was cast as this character. This character went by a few names including Shelly Godfrey, Lida, Natalie, and Sonja. It was in the guise of Gina Inviere where Helfer earned critical praise for playing this character as a victim of torture and rape, mostly at the hands of Lt. Thorne and on the orders of Gina's former lover, the sadistic Admiral Helena Cain. Identify this character by her numeric model designation, as seen in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica.

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Six

First or last name will be acceptable

Michelle Ryan (aka Zoe from Eastenders) briefly played this role in 2007. The first woman to play this role won the 1977 Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for playing this character. This character originally died when she premiered on another show but cryogenics and amnesia granted this character her own series. Originally a tennis player, this middle school teacher suffered a near fatal injury while skydiving with her then fiance, Col. Steve Austin. A 1989 MFTV film saw this character serve as a mentor to a young Sandra Bullock character, who was undergoing a similar medical procedure. Identify this former tennis pro who fought Bigfoot and Fembots while working for Oscar Goldman at the OSI in the TV series The Bionic Woman.

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Jamie Sommars

This woman was one of if not the highest paid model in New York when she left for Hollywood to try acting. Aside from playing Rick Schroeder's dad's love interest on Silver Spoons, her other famous role awarded her the rank of Colonel in the Earth Defense Force. This actress' character just as often rescued the lead as was in need of being rescued, which was still revolutionary in the late 70s/early 80s. Identify this actress who played Colonel Wilma Deering opposite Gil Gerard in the 1979 TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

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Erin Gray

This actress played the role of John Connor's step-mother in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. This actress was loaned out by James Cameron to his future wife, Kathryn Bigelow, for Bigelow's first feature film as a solo director, 1987's Near Dark. According to some stories, this actress dressed as a Latina street punk when showing up to audition for her first film role, which she thought was about Mexican immigrants. which in turn prompted a comedic line from John Paxton in that film. Name this actress who played a science officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) in the film Star Trek: Generations and won a Saturn Award for her big screen debut as Private Vazquez in Aliens.

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Jenette Goldstein

In 1965, this actress played the first officer of a ship in a rejected pilot episode, partially rejected because NBC was convinced no one would accept a woman in a strong commanding role. When the series was later picked back up, this actress played the ship's nurse. In a much later spin-off series, this actress played a comedic over-domineering mother, though in later episodes she was shown to be complex and strong, capable of meaningful relationships with a David Ogden Stiers played scientist forced to commit suicide, and with an embarrassed shapeshifter. Identify this actress who sometimes hyphenated her name with that of her husband, Gene Roddenberry.

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Majel Barrett

In 1992, this actress played Liz, the on again-off again girlfriend of Robert Redford's Bishop character in Sneakers. In the film Independence Day, this actress played first lady Marilyn Whitmore who later dies after unsuccessfully attempting to escape from Los Angeles, but not before meeting up with Will Smith's wife. In Donnie Darko, she was Donnie's mom. Name this actress whose more recent sci-fi credential saw her play the suddenly promoted Secretary of Education, leading a convoy of ships containing the last of her people as they search for a mythical "Earth". She has been twice Oscar nominated, including for her role as Stands With a Fist in Dances With Wolves.

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Mary McDonnell

This actress had a small role as a soothsayer in the Doctor Who fourth series episode "Fires of Pompeii". More recently she made news by shaving her trademark red locks in order to play the villainous Nebula opposite the green skinned Zoe Saldana in Guardians of the Galaxy. Name this actress who is beloved the world over for playing former kiss-o-gram Amy Pond, the Doctor's companion from seasons five through seven on Doctor Who.

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Karen Gillan

There could be no quiz on this topic which did not include the greatest woman in sci-fi history, so here is the Sigourney Weaver question. Twice, while voicing the ship's computer in this film, Weaver provides definitions that the ship's captain requests: A social gathering at which lively dancing would take place. and then A series of movements involving two partners, where speed and rhythm match harmoniously with music. Name this film which saw the title character voiced by Ben Burtt, and live action appearances by Fred Willard and part of the cast of the 1969 film Hello Dolly!.

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