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October 08, 2004



Y'know, Badger and I have been talking lately about how all our examples boil down to Star Trek episodes. She is in grad school now and raising her hand with the words, "It's like that one episode where Geordi and Cap'n Picard...blah blah blah..." which is exactly what I did in grad school too. Which makes one wonder. Was that show tapped into the zeitgeist, or what?

I don't watch Enterprise, though. Perhaps it is more responsive in its org structure? I wonder how it reflects its time. Though I think since Gene Rodenberry isn't anywhere in the project, it is sort of just another lameass sci fi show. It does seem to want to be more multi-culti and feminist in its approach and in people's relationship to the Power.


Excellent observation.

The fellow who did the blueprints for the original Trek series (NCC-1701-A, remember that book?)lives in Seattle. He said the idea that instrumentation existed on TNG was ridiculous.

Trek in general, OK maybe not the original series which Roger Ebert called Western Civ 101 in Space, can be thought of as a textbook handed out to first year MBA students. Each episode creates a platonic ideal of management. It's business grad school for the masses.

The real life application of the same differs.

Mom had to go to her boss and very slowly point out that she couldn't go to some climb-the-greased-pole "trust exercise" because she was 7.5 months pregnant.

Wasn't there an episode where Worf has the same problem?


This is why Wesley's presence on the bridge made no sense (quite apart from his high annoyance factor). On the Enterprise, you had this burgeoning, post-militaristic, specialty-driven organizational structure (supported by the manpower of the Federation back at the dock)- yet time after time, it was the untried young Ensign Crusher at the helm who saved the day. Oh, sure. Can't talk his 24th c. doctor/mother into curing his acne, but can pilot a starship. Mkay.

Yes, I know. I loved the show, too. I also loved its brilliant parody, GalaxyQuest. So?

Put Data the android in Wesley's place; then when the human crew is overcome with nerve gas or has to sleep off artificial REM deprivation, Data is quite the most logical, er, entity for the job.

Loved the show, I say! Honest! Even held a small party for Part 2 of "Best of Both Worlds"! Satisfied?


Two thoughts-

1. Wesley - 24th century nepotism, intern, death bed promise or do the Crushers have something on Picard?

You never heard of Jennifer and Meagan Sulu running around the bridge.

2. If you member the first year of TNG the ship was filled with families. The Enterprise was part cruise ship and part battle wagon.

Year two - what became of the women and children?

Does this mean that the future is not immune from business management fads?

DS9 has women and children because it is a base modeled after contemporary military bases. That makes sense. But having lived in San Diego I can tell you that when the 20th Century Enterprises goes out the kids and spouses stay put in the family housing in Pacific Beach.


A few more thoughts:

I believe the Crushers DID have something on Picard, all right. But what exactly, it's not clear. They did a flashback episode that I recall asked more questions than it answered. Or maybe that was Seasons 1 - 8 of the X-Files. Hmm.

I too, wondered a lot about the children on board. Several episodes were quite thoughtful on the subject. But I agree - that ship couldn't make it 1000 lightyears without some bird of prey trying to disable the shields. Statistically, not good odds for childrearing.

Besides, I'd love to have grown up on 24th c. Earth. The whole planet looks like northern Italy, ever notice? Lovely! Global warming sure suits it.

On the first season, men and women walked around in those minidress uniforms, a la Ensign Janice in the original series. But the uniforms disappeared after a few episodes. My theory is, the fashion fell out of favor right around the time the Enterprise visited the Planet Of The Tanned Aerobics Instructors. Remember? No Starfleet polyester job could compete with those little Grecian robe things. Hee!

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