Sunday, September 18, 2005

Don't beam down in a red shirt

Thanks to Kat for telling me how to upload images directly into a posting instead of uploading them one by one using Hello, and then cutting and pasting them into a post...

Well... I finally did it. After weeks of deliberating, I went nuts and blew $500+ on all three seasons of the original series of Star Trek. I wish I hadn't, but I'm fuckin' stoked I did, you know? I love ST:TNG and DS9 and Voyager's cool and I thought Enterprise was a neat idea even though I neglected to follow it... but there's nothing like the weird prospect of the 1960s projected into the 2260s... the Robert Ardrey philosophy given flight, the overly-pessimistic prophesy of nuclear wars of the 1990s (and hey, the buffalo are extinct? As if...), the overly-optimistic timetable for space exploration... when the hell are we going back to the Moon, anyway?... But I tell you, this is the Shakespeare of the 20th century. If we could beam down in the future when Star Trek is due to take place... I swear, they'll be watching these episodes and dreaming of our time, our expectations, our hopes and fears, the same way we see those of the Elizabethans reflected in Shakespeare's work.

And so, here I am, with 22 DVDs and living 40 years into the future of a show that ceased production before I was born, but which has fascinated and captivated me since I was seven years old. I love it. What a privilege! What an age we're living in! O tempora! O mores!

While I'm at it... a question for all fellow Star Trek fans. I've watch just two episodes off the first disk (Where No Man Has Gone Before and The Naked Time), and in both of these, Kirk gets his shirt ripped. Do you think this happens in every episode? Wuddup widdat?


















Yayyyy! Naked!















Is there a soul on Earth who doesn't want to be here...?


















Oh, and by the way, Lola Bunny says "hi". :)

11 comments:

Soulknitting said...

Hehehh. I'd say you were sick for that purchase, but jes, I'm right in there with being a trekkie. Loved your description of being in love with a show that was off the air before you were born.... Too funny. Thanks for the giggle. And who is this Lola Bunny? Too cute. Blessings, Kim.

Lone Primate said...

Howdy, Soulknitting! Welcome to the city in the trees (if you're not here already).

I'm right in there with being a trekkie. Loved your description of being in love with a show that was off the air before you were born.... Too funny.

I'm sincere in believing that, as corny as the show sometimes seems to us, it will be as important to people centuries from now in understanding what motivated human beings in Western civilization in the post-WWII/NATO period as the plays of Shakespeare are for us in understanding the Elizabethans as they set out to found the various English-speaking nations of the New World.

And who is this Lola Bunny?

Lola Bunny was the opposite number to Bugs Bunny in Space Jam in the mid-1990s; the full affirmation of female rabbithood. :)

Er... doehood? :)

katherine said...

Well... I finally did it. After weeks of deliberating, I went nuts and blew $500+ on all three seasons of the original series of Star Trek. I wish I hadn't, but I'm fuckin' stoked I did, you know?

OMG, no way! $500 ... now that's courageous! Talk about bold. Pffft, you've got the traits (according to you) of a pj right there! It's awesome that you did it, but I'm not sure I could've done it.

I'm a ST fan (mostly TNG & DS9), and I've seen most of the original series (when I was a kid) but I have no idea what's up with Kirk and the ripped shirt stunt. Probably he just wanted people to see his manly self. ; )

Hope you've been in bliss with ST ... but sleeping by now. Since it's after 4am your time.

Oh, and hello to Lola! As as aside, what are those space toy looking things at the bottom of the frame with Lola? They look like weapons (might be space ships though). Does she need the weapons to live with you? ; )

Lone Primate said...

OMG, no way! $500 ... now that's courageous!

I think the polite term you're reaching for is "ill-conceived", but I'll take the compliment. :)

I have no idea what's up with Kirk and the ripped shirt stunt. Probably he just wanted people to see his manly self. ; )

Yeah, I'm wondering if it was written into Shatner's contract or something. "Each episode will feature at least one (1) nipple to be exposed for a period of not less than seven seconds."

As as aside, what are those space toy looking things at the bottom of the frame with Lola?

You might have been a fan of Star Trek, but clearly not of Space: 1999. :) Those are: an eagle (white one on the left) and a swift (a faster-than-light version of the eagle). Possibly the coolest, most-believable means of transportation in any space series I've ever seen. A friend had them for decades, was throwing them out to make room for newer junk, and offered them to me. I would have liked to have had them in 1978 or so, but... better late than never. :)

They look like weapons (might be space ships though). Does she need the weapons to live with you? ; )

Oh, hardly -- I'm a gentleman. Though I admit a certain fondness for the kind of gal who's bold and earthy enough to get out and wander barefoot. ;)

katherine said...

Yeah, I'm wondering if it was written into Shatner's contract or something. "Each episode will feature at least one (1) nipple to be exposed for a period of not less than seven seconds."

I'm laughing, but I think you've hit close to the truth here. : )

Oh, hardly -- I'm a gentleman. Though I admit a certain fondness for the kind of gal who's bold and earthy enough to get out and wander barefoot. ;)

Whew! Good to know. ; ) Being the way I am, I'm apt to continue teasing and walk barefoot around the subject. Then again, you already know that I like you. So what's the point?

Polt said...

I think the "Ripped Shirt" clause of Shatner's contract came right after the "I will be required to bag only HOT alien chicks" clause.

And this is a little off topic, but a friend of mine just returned from a visit to Toronto and she bought me a button there that reads: George W. Bush: the best reason for Canadian citizenship. BWAHAHHAHHAHAH!!!! Who knew you guys had a sense of humor!

Lone Primate said...

Who knew you guys had a sense of humor!

Welllll, John Candy knew... Mike Myers, Leslie Neilson, Dan Aykroyd, Dave Foley, Jim Carrey (okay... bad example), Rick Moranis... :)

Lone Primate said...

Being the way I am, I'm apt to continue teasing and walk barefoot around the subject. Then again, you already know that I like you. So what's the point?

Cause it's so much fun. :)

I'll keep listening for the pitterpatters.

katherine said...

Cause it's so much fun. :)

I'll keep listening for the pitterpatters.


Can you hear them now? How about now? Good. : )

Lone Primate said...

I'll keep listening for the pitterpatters.

Can you hear them now? How about now? Good. : )


Yes, I definitely heard something. I'm tuned in. :)

katherine said...

Yes, I definitely heard something. I'm tuned in. :)

Music to my ears.