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Best Science Fiction Job Ever

New Year's resolution time, and what better goal to set than getting a better job?

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I'd totally be a Ghostbuster if given the chance. Men In Black though? No way. I'd miss my daughter too much.

As awesome as it would be to be a Ghostbuster, I'm not sure I'd want to lug that heavy Proton Pack around.

I'm sorry, but the idea of having a Cricket as a side-arm as an INTRODUCTORY weapon?

Sign me up for MiB.

Both of these jobs suck to be honest, unless you have PLOT armor that only works in movies. Who would want weird things constantly trying to kill you? And they would probably succeed in doing so pretty quick.

Until Kyle got to the drinking round I was so ready to a type a comment of how they missed the fact that MiB only associate with aliens and MiB, they have no life outside the agency. Good show guys!

Honestly I go with MIB seeing how they come more of an package while Ghostbuster is more of an independent group (not as secure when compared to a large coperation).
Also the Ghostbuster job look more like a firefighter since they are expected to get a phonecall at anytime (which make sense that their base used to be a fire engine station) which I'm not suited for that work style.

Han Solo, Mal Reynolds. Smugglers.

Best Sci Fi job :P

But of the two I'd pick MiB, cuz I like a good suit and gadgets.

I would pick MIB. Chris had some strong arguments there.
Incidentally, you guys never had a LOTR-centered episode, so here is an idea: Who is the best member of the fellowship of the ring?

On the other hand, Star Wars Bounty hunter comes with rocket packs.

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Oh come on, how can you not think of the Stargate jobs? Ancient technology, Asgard weapons, travelling to different worlds (which somehow all look like the Canadian Rockies).

Sign me up for this.

Given how much Kyle was giggling, I was expecting a different outcome in the drinking round.

Between the two, Chris had me at, "You think I pay taxes? I don't pay taxes."

However, we're going science fiction jobs, and nobody's talking about a job in SPACE? Come on! I want a job in frickin' SPACE. Hell, I would take a job like asteroid miner, or space debris collector (half section in Planetes), or even terraformer (a notoriously dangerous job) just because, that's right, SPACE.

And those are the CRAPPY space jobs. Those are the jobs you have when you're in a space horror movie and a monster's going to kill everyone. We haven't even started talking about the good ones, like: explorers, black hole physicists, space marines, galactic navies, or ship salvage-/construction-yard worker.

Meh. I think I'd rather just heckle movies with my robot pals.

Scars Unseen:
Meh. I think I'd rather just heckle movies with my robot pals.

Sadly being torture is not a job. It's a calling.

Umm...how do you have this conversation without bringing up being a Starship Captain?...whether it's Galaxy class as in Star Trek, or Firefly class as in...you know.

Mr_Terrific:
Umm...how do you have this conversation without bringing up being a Starship Captain?...whether it's Galaxy class as in Star Trek, or Firefly class as in...you know.

Star Trek wouldn't count because they got rid of the economy, so it more of a lifestyle choice than an actual job. I do agree with your point.

Ghost Busters likely has a shitty pay and has terrible benefits. How ever MIB likely has great benefits but has a lot of bureaucracy and rules. Still cool gadgets, and aliens and space ships.... ya I go with the MIB easily.

Both Star Trek and Stargate you could make the same argument that they are goverment jobs. Did enjoy the show, but how come you didn't use any of the cartoons. Both got decent show spin offs. Then again you may be saving that for Best cartoon spin off, but then Batman the animated series would win that then.

Overmind78:
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Oh come on, how can you not think of the Stargate jobs? Ancient technology, Asgard weapons, travelling to different worlds (which somehow all look like the Canadian Rockies).

Sign me up for this.

Aside from the chance of dying terribly! But you know, it would be pretty cool... aside from that.

Great episode. I was expecting "Who is the Best Avenger" or something along those lines but got what turned out to be a really fun thought-experiment.

Being a MiB is just Border Control with a nice suit and a gun... but for aliens. How exciting is that, really?

How could that drinking round go without mentioning the Heman reference at the beginning of Ghost Busters 2?

Also being a Ghost Buster would stink because of the danger of Crossing The Streams.

On the other hand there's always slime.... for experimenting with.... NSFW....

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I already live with the downers of being an MIB Agent so that might be a better fit for me....

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I believe in Aliens, but I don't believe in people who believe in Aliens.

I don't believe in Ghosts.... But if I did I'd probably have more issues with reality.

Come on guys, clearly Starship Captain is the best job. Not even talking about Han or Mal, who live awesome, but very hard lives. I'm talkin Starfleet here. Take me to the planet where all they do is eat delicious food and have sex all day (Which is a real place in Star Trek!). Oh, I can't go there? Not close enough? No problem. "Computer: Bring up Sexy Nympho Gourmet Planet program in the Holodeck!".

I would not mind being a Ghostbusters, the idea of getting paid to essentially cause excessive property damage and still charge people sounds pretty awesome. Though I'm sure with those packs it's easy to develop back problems, but still beats working as long as the MIB and getting the shitiest retirement plan. Wasn't it in the first movie they work on such different hours you could suffer a psychotic break from the that alone? Then your retirement plan is being mind wiped and ditched somewhere to end up in a tabloid...kind of sad when I think about it.

Best sci fi job? Well technically it was only a one off from the show Sliders (which would be parallel world traveling), but in one episode they came to an Earth where a terrorist bio attack unleashed a virus on the world that targeted and wiped out only the male gender of the human species, leaving the few remaining men who were naturally immune to be a cherished resource by the women and put in an intense selective breeding program in an effort to repopulate the human race.

How about that for a job?

PORN... The industry that NEVER needs a bail-out!

OT: I have to say that Ghostbusting would be the more fulfilling job BUT M.I.B. would definitely be the more secure.

So... for all you young Canadians that would like to live the life of an agent; Guess what?

C.S.I.S. has a job board!

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http://www.csiscareers.ca/

Y'all are crazy. Starship captain, Person in Black, Ghostbuster and especially Pizza Guy in Porno all need freaking hazard pay what with their likelihood to either explode or have something otherwise horrible happen to their body.

Best sci-fi job ever? Holodeck programmer. "Computer! Turn down Ms. Monroe's pills by 10%, bring Jane Fonda from Barbarella in here and create a bouncy house 5m x 5m. Computer, re-stock the whipped cream!" And if you're worried about it not being a 'job', then the federation aren't the only people in the galaxy who make holodeck programs.

Mcoffey:
Come on guys, clearly Starship Captain is the best job. Not even talking about Han or Mal, who live awesome, but very hard lives. I'm talkin Starfleet here. Take me to the planet where all they do is eat delicious food and have sex all day (Which is a real place in Star Trek!). Oh, I can't go there? Not close enough? No problem. "Computer: Bring up Sexy Nympho Gourmet Planet program in the Holodeck!".

Yeah, you see the problem with being a Starfleet captain is you gotta work your way up from being an unnamed ensign, you are usually fine once you head up your own department, but till then you have you stop from crapping yourself every time you get told to go down to a planet or fix something or stand anywhere near a console or go into a jefferies tube aaand I get the feeling Star Trek left out the scenes where Bones is helping Kirk with his latest space-STD.

misterprickly:
PORN... The industry that NEVER needs a bail-out!

"bustin makes me feel good" got a darker meaning now...

I'd like to be one of the guards at the door to the War Room on the Normandy in ME3.

I mean seriously, you wanna talk about a do-nothing job. I wrack my brain trying to figure out that age-old Office Space question of "What is it...that you DO here?" with regards to those two. They stand around talking all day, apparently making sure that Shepard isn't smuggling drugs and contraband in and out of the war room.

Seriously, you'd get to just hang out on the best ship in the Alliance fleet (arguably the galaxy), you get to see and meet some of the coolest and most important people in the galaxy, and really your job description is "Stand by the scanner and.....well...just stand by the scanner."

AND you get paid for it. I think it'd be a pretty sweet gig. :3

If I could be a Ghostbuster AND have a neuralizer, I'd be set.

Also, most awkward ending ever.

Yeah, I don't know quite how to react to that "pizza boy in a porno" final line either...

Wuvlycuddles:

Mcoffey:
Come on guys, clearly Starship Captain is the best job. Not even talking about Han or Mal, who live awesome, but very hard lives. I'm talkin Starfleet here. Take me to the planet where all they do is eat delicious food and have sex all day (Which is a real place in Star Trek!). Oh, I can't go there? Not close enough? No problem. "Computer: Bring up Sexy Nympho Gourmet Planet program in the Holodeck!".

Yeah, you see the problem with being a Starfleet captain is you gotta work your way up from being an unnamed ensign, you are usually fine once you head up your own department, but till then you have you stop from crapping yourself every time you get told to go down to a planet or fix something or stand anywhere near a console or go into a jefferies tube aaand I get the feeling Star Trek left out the scenes where Bones is helping Kirk with his latest space-STD.

Very true. I certainly wouldn't want to start out as a redshirt (Or yellow shirt, if we're going by TNG) and go from there, but even those guys get access to the awesome stuff like the Holodeck and Amazon planets. A bit more restricted most likely, but still makes life pretty damn awesome.

Mega_Manic:

Scars Unseen:
Meh. I think I'd rather just heckle movies with my robot pals.

Sadly being torture is not a job. It's a calling.

I dunno, the MST3K/Rifftrax guys likely earn some good money from watching some of the worst movies imaginable. Do you know how many times they likely had to watch The Room, Birdemic, Manos, the Twilight series, etc to get all those jokes? Plus, it's a real job, so it doesn't count for this arguement. :P

I'd have to say my favorite fictional job would be being a god. And notice how I said a god, not just god. I'd prefer there be other gods with the same level of power so I'm not just all alone as the most powerful being in creation.

Didn't Winston say he only made $11,500 a year? Even in 1984, that wasn't great pay. Then there's getting their asses sued for all the damage done (those weren't side jobs in Ghostbusters 2) leading me to think I need the cooler gadgets and the ability to flashy thing away all responsibility for whatever I destroy that the MIB delivers. Plus a 36 hour day might fit my natural sleep cycle.

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