What was great (and not-so-great) about "Star Trek"
For me, the only really great thing about the entire Star Trek franchise, which finally shut down last night on UPN, was this lady at the right. Major Kira Nerys (aka Nana Visitor) was a former Bajoran freedom fighter and had an undeniable, uh, appeal. Sure, she turned to the Dark Side and joined the goddamn Federation, but she maintained her rebel spirit throughout the entire Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. She had spunk.
Bob Wallace posted an anonymous “Ten Things I Hate About Star Trek” today. The whole thing is funny and worth looking at. But here are my two favorite items from the list:
9. The Federation.
This organization creeps me out. A planet-wide government that runs everything, and that has abolished money. A veritable planetary DMV. Oh sure, it looks like a cool place when you’re rocketing around in a Federation Starship, but I wonder how the guy driving a Federation dump truck feels about it? ...
5. Rule by committee.
Here’s the difference between Star Trek and the best SF show on TV last year:
Picard: “Arm photon torpedoes!”
Riker: “Captain! Are you sure that’s wise?”
Troi: “Captain! I’m picking up conflicting feelings about this! And it appears that you’re a ’fraidy cat.”
Wesley: “Captain, I’m just an annoying punk, but I thought I should say something.”
Worf: “Captain, can I push the button? This is giving me a big Klingon warrior chubby.”
Giordi: “Captain, I think we should reverse the polarity on them first.”
Picard: “I’m so confused. I’m going to go to my stateroom and look pensive.”
Captain: “Let’s shoot them.”
Crewman: “Are you sure that’s wise?”
Captain: “Do you know what the chain of command is? It’s the chain I’ll BEAT YOU WITH until you realize who’s in command.”
Crewman: “Aye Aye, sir!”