Thursday, June 28, 2007

Full Disclosure Part 2

Star Trek: The Next Generation


There is something magical about this program. I think it's a case of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. Although the parts are pretty damn awesome. The shiny skin and unwieldy emotion chip of Data, the ship's token android. The aliens that all basically look like humans, but with bigger ears or teeth. The quiet whispers and soothing gentlemanly doings of Captain Picard. The muted color schemes and background muzak. The parasites that take on personalities. That time everyone devolved into snakes and primordial goo. Genius!

Adding to the nonstop goodness, are the Holodeck episodes. Every television program has filler episodes, usually executed with flashbacks and warmhearted retrospective musings. Not TNG! When they have nothing to say for themselves, they throw their characters into the Holodeck - a "simulated reality facility" - and just write ridiculous side stories apropos of nothing. Sometimes they play cowboys, sometimes jazz musicians, sometimes the men wear tights. I'm still confused about whether they can get stuck in there or not. I think they keep this vague so I keep watching.

And I'd like to make clear I am not talking about all Star Treks across the board. This entry is very TNG-specific. I can't handle the other iterations and I don't care to try.

Simply put, any show featuring Reading Rainbow's Levar Burton wearing a headband around his eyes is a show that cannot be missed.

6 comments:

  1. How cool can you be to battle interstellar enemies and at the end of the day settle down to a nice warm cup of tea, earl grey, hot.

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  2. ... and whoopi goldberg playing an wise alien barkeep who is hundreds of years old. wearing a funny hat nonetheless

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  3. How can anything replace Kirk, Spock, Scotty and McCoy - not possible. The original spawned a generation of scientists and engineers because it was so unique and gave us a love of the universe (also we were off to the great adventure of seeing if we could get to the moon). I don't see the same effect from this spin-off. It is good, but not inspiring. Star Trek transcended entertainment and what it was is probably not definable. Open to a good PhD.

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  4. I think the original has to get the nod for launching america's favorite beat poet - wild bill shatner.

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  5. sharon8:48 PM

    But you don't have to take my word for it!

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  6. too much tv BJA? what gives? lose your motivation in sunny Norfolk?

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