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Oh Noes, Is He Becoming a Trekkie?!

February 29th, 2008 · Posted by Hugo · 4 Comments

Looking for another source of sanity, I came across this little box of magic I seemed to recall using a long, long time ago… Finding the remote, I discovered the fourth chapter of a documentary: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Documentaries from 1986, lol.

(Random ramblings below.)

I’ll skip past my fictional-philosophical speculation on the principle of “equal trade” (drawing largely from the Anime series Fullmetal Alchemist), and ideas like balancing karma with mortification of the flesh, and get back to modern reality… We are typically drained by day-to-day activities, and we need some way or place to “recharge”, to recover from stresses, pressures, and bottled emotion. Finding this way or place is very valuable, fundamental to sanity and peace of mind. I’ve been playing with various ideas, figuring out what works for me. There are many sources, but I’m glad I’ve rediscovered one that is particularly effective in my case: no, not television, science fiction! Fiction can be a wonderful and “harmless” sink for “bad karma”. (Harmless for us, if not for the poor characters in the parallel fictional reality. Ah, alchemy.) Time to do more reading, methinks.

Now Star Trek is by no means “good sci-fi” (in fact, it is arguably bad), but it was very entertaining and relaxing nonetheless. And it fills a little gap in my education. Now I’ve also met Spock, Kirk and Scotty personally, instead of only through second-hand references. With mentions of common ground necessary for communication, and talk of whale talk, I recognise a piece of my own madness in the minds of its creators. Ah, sweet, connection! “Resonance”!

Save the whales!

If I had to have a gripe about something, it wouldn’t be the corny cliché’s, it wouldn’t be the time travel, it would be the absurdity of trying to repopulate humpback whales from only two specimens, talk about a genetic bottleneck! Gaah! Give me time travel any day, much more realistic. ;)

Live long and prosper – Shalom!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pienk Zuit // Feb 29, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Ek love time travel movies. Van my gunsteling movies van alle tye het time travel in : Teminator 2, Back to the Future (trilogy), Groundhog Day (ok, nie regtig time-travel nie, maar op ‘n manier tog wel), 12 Monkeys. Nie noodwendig gunstelinge nie, maar tog oraait, waarskynlik oor die tyd idee, was Deja Vu, Minority Report (ook nie streng gesproke time travel nie), en selfs Lake House (ok, ek is ‘n sucker vir Sandra bullock movies).

    Vir ‘n nerd was ek nog nooit regtig ‘n groot Star Trek fan nie, snaaks genoeg.

  • 2 Hugo // Feb 29, 2008 at 11:59 am

    12 Monkeys++. Seker een van die beste time travel movies ooit.

  • 3 Ben-Jammin' // Feb 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    12 Monkeys is my favorite movie of all time. Or at least it was for a while…haven’t thought about ranking them lately.

    Good sci-fi rules. Ever read any Greg Bear or Alastair Reynolds or David Brin?

  • 4 Hugo // Feb 29, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Nope… Thanks for the recommendations. (I assume those are recommendations.) For someone that claims to love reading, I’ve not read nearly enough.

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