Sunday, November 19, 2006

Exploring the final frontier

I'm a huge Star Trek fan. I never tire of watching reruns of the original Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. I absolutely loved Deep Space 9, but it appears that I'm going to have to buy the DVDs if I want to watch those episodes because I can't DS9 on TV.

It's funny that I would grow to be a "trekkie". My first exposure to the original series was in college. My roommate lived for Star Trek! That's all she ever watched on TV, and it was my TV! She bought the log books so that she could memorize the dialogue. So it was not unusual for my friend to mouth the words as we watched an episode. My friend drove me nuts with this, but I put up with it because she was my friend. After college, she convinced her new husband to honeymoon at a Star Trek convention, and he didn't even watch the series! I hated Star Trek - probably because I was saturated with it when I lived with my roommate.

Years after college, I started watching reruns of The Next Generation (TNG). I took to the series immediately. I fell in love with Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart). He appealed to my intellect. He was cultured. And, darn, was he sexy! I never felt that way about Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner, star of the original series), but I was crazy about Mr. Spock, the Vulcan. On TNG I also had a thing for a certain Klingon, Lieutenant Worf. My friends teased me because I had a "thing" for two characters that 1) weren't considered to be conventionally attractive, and 2) didn't display much warmth. We won't explore the psychological implications of my crushes!

My fascination with space and science fiction goes back to my years as a young girl, when I read voraciously about planets and drew pictures of planets and radar systems - at least the way they appeared in my imagination. I think space has always been my escape from the real world. It still is to this day.

When Star Trek: Deep Space Nine came on the scene, I was instantly hooked. It was gritty. It had lots of odd-looking characters, many of whom were social outcasts. The Ferengis, for instance, would do virtually anything for money. But there was something about the most ambitious and annoying Ferengi, Quark, that made him redeemable. As for Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks), he was definitely a babe! Like Jean-Luc, he was smart and skilled in diplomacy.

My college roommate thinks it's hilarious that I'm a trekkie now. My children used to watch the shows with me when they were small. But one day I guess I took my love for aliens too far.

I went to the neighborhood video store and rented five tapes. I came back home to the kids, who excitedly looked through the videos to see what they wanted to watch first. All five videos were Star Trek tapes.

"That's all you got??" they moaned. I gave the kids a sheepish grin.

They mumbled, then went out to play. I put my feet up and quietly escaped for a few hours to the "final frontier."

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Alina said...

Wow, I also had a thing for Lieutenant Worf! I thought I was the only crazy person! Anyway, I only watched Star Treck on TV, so had to wait for a week between episodes.

Naomi said...

Alina: LOL!!!!! Two of us with a crush on Worf. LOL!!!! That's great. No doubt about it. Worf, with that Klingon forehead, is hot. ;-)

Tubby said...


I am not a "trekkie" but I have watched lots of episodes of Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. I must confess, however, that unlike you and Alina I don't have a crush on Worf, in spite of my Kingon forehead.

Is the state you live in omitted in your "About Me" section because the CIA and FBI are after you for those "radar systems" drawings (wink)?


I was saddened to hear about the trouble you had "several years ago".

Alina said...

Naomi, yes, he is. But I think it's because of the way the eyes and the hair complete the forhead. And the way he looked in that tight uniform :P

Tubby said...


Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Shirazi said...

You too! I also watch this on TV but am not a fan.

Cristina Banu said...

I used to love watching Star Trek on TV and then on CDs. Great movie series. My favorite characters were Data and LaForge :) In some episodes a mean character appeared, called Mr.Q and even if in general I don't like evil characters, I used to have a deep respect for this one :)

Alina said...

Just saying hi. Hope to see you around soon!

Alina said...

You've been tagged! I do expect the tag to be completed soon...:)