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Oct. 16th, 2006 | 01:38 pm
posted by: wateredsilk in breadboxjustice

I'm on a geek kick, so humor me.



Here's the story: The Boyfriend received Season 1 of Star Trek: The Next Generation for his birthday back in September. With our newly acquired bounty, we took the plunge and have been slowly working our way through where no one has gone before.

*cue theme music*

So far, I've been subjected to a metric-ton of crappy writing, uncomfortable looking costumes paired with astoundingly 80's-rific hair, a whole lot of Riker's cleanly shaven butt-chin. It's been freakin' awesome.

I never have been and probably never will be a Trekkie in the classical sense.  I've always enjoyed sci-fi as a genre, and I can geek out with the best of them, but I can't bring myself to truly obsess.  I just lack the necessary fangirl-gene.  Even so, I can get a sense of why the shows have had such a rabid following.  Without Patrick Stewart on the bridge, the rest of the cast is just a bunch of sorry C-list actors struggling to hold a cheesy sci-fi show together, but with Captain Picard leading them, looking so deliciously bald and British French, the crew pulls together into a cohesive unit, capable of withstanding the very worst acting and lame storylines the producers could throw at them.  It's pure TV magic.

Of course, this doesn't excuse the aforementioned crappy writing and historically bad hair, but it helps a little.  There's plenty about the show to mock, so I can still heavily sympathize with the critics out there.  The last episode we watched, "Symbiosis", has an exchange about drug use that sounds like it was swiped from a Very Special Episode, and any time they even try to sound halfway plausible about science or military protocol during the show, I start to giggle.  Everyone who comes on the Enterprise is amazed by how orderly everything is, but with the number of problems they encounter even within a single episode makes me wonder how it is that they can even get off the ground.  But even if their science is often shoddy, they still get some pretty cool gadgets.

Speaking of cool gadgets, what's with those replicators anyway?  They're an incredibly sophisticated piece of technology, but it rarely seems as though anyone makes a big deal out of them, unless it's for a plot device.  I mean, they're not just there to give you "Earl Grey, hot" whenever you goddamn please.  I'm surprised the writers constantly overlook them, especially when every other episode is going on about something that they just don't seem to have enough of.  It raises a lot of questions, but, of course, the most important question is still:

"Are Star Trek replicators closer to a breadbox or the concept of justice?

*And I apologize for the late posts.  I've been busy slogging through linguistic nightmares and post-colonial literature.  Fun, huh?  Don't you wish you were me?

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This unit is losing HP, but is recovering Focus

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from: kirwar4face
date: Oct. 16th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
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A breadbox, because you don't know what's in there.

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Tracy

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from: wateredsilk
date: Oct. 17th, 2006 07:09 am (UTC)
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But the replicators are surely the result of the efforts of hundreds, possibly thousands of people, all working together to provide something which has become a basic function of their lives, through time and concentrated, maintained effort. Might that not be seen as closer to justice then?

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eatsoylentgreen

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from: eatsoylentgreen
date: Oct. 17th, 2006 02:43 am (UTC)
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http://picard.ytmnd.com/

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from: wateredsilk
date: Oct. 17th, 2006 07:10 am (UTC)
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Sexy and funky; I like!

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