Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Where No Geek Has Gone Before

I once walked into a comics shop where the employees and the customers were all playing a Star Trek role-playing game in the back, and nobody was waiting on customers.
One player said heatedly, “The trouble with you is, you don’t know how to set the proximity detonators on your photon torpedoes!!!” I thought, “Geez, everybody in here but me is a geek.”
Then I thought, “Wait a minute. I understood what he said.”

1 comment:

  1. Haha! I share your guilt. I’ve been watching some episodes from the original series that aired during the 50th anniversary. Most of them I hadn’t seen since I was a kid. Two main points struck me:

    1. The storylines – these were well discussed in some of the commemorative shows, how they were able to address subjects through science fiction that the networks at the time wouldn’t allow in regular dramas.

    2. Leonard Nimoy, without cracking a smile, was a brilliant comedian. He had more time, and often better writing, to display his skills on TV than in the movies. Sometimes his delivery of lines that may have been written with serious intent make me laugh, and I think that was Nimoy’s intent. One of my recent favorites: Diana Muldaur’s character reveals she is blind, her condition undetected due to clothing equipped with sensors giving her detailed information of her surroundings -

    Spock: “My compliments to you. And to your dressmaker.”