This weekend, I started to binge-watch the original Star Trek series.
Sure, it’s campy and most of the acting is like a Sci-Fi soap opera.
But Star Trek was a fave of mine as a kid, so it has nostalgic significance to me.
Plus, I tend to talk at the screen like one of the robots from Mystery Science Theater 3000.
But after the mob-led free-for-all leading up to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, I really needed a mindless escape.
And last night one of the episodes I watched was “Space Seed.”
It was this episode that introduced us to the iconic Star Trek character Khan (played by Ricardo Montalban – and, later with less flair by Benedict Cumberbatch in “Star Trek: Into Darkness”).
Khan and about 80 others are found in suspended animation aboard an ancient earth vessel by the crew of the Enterprise.
Since the ship is centuries old – from the 1990s — Captain Kirk includes among the landing party an historian named Marla McGivers.
Now, I’ve seen this episode I don’t know how many times. But one line of McGivers aboard the ancient ship stuck out when I watched it last night.
In discussing suspended animation, McGivers says:
“I’ve seen old photographs of this. Necessary because of the time involved in space travel until about the year 2018. It took years just to travel from one planet to another.”
This episode first aired in February 1967.
And fifty-one years ago, the NASA program was going strong. We were gearing up to put a man on the moon.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the writers of Star Trek envisioned that a half century later man would be traveling in space fast enough to no longer need suspended animation.
Here we are in 2018 and we’re nowhere near where the writers of Star Trek thought we would be.
Instead, we have grown women who dress like vaginas and characters from a plodding, overwrought TV series while they advocate for the wholesale slaughter of the unborn.
We have shrieking unhinged lunatics banging on the doors of the Supreme Court, screaming at Senators in elevators and threatening violence against their fellow Americans simply because we don’t agree with them politically.
Try and convince me these people are sane. I dare you. pic.twitter.com/uLaF7JZJ22
— chels (@thefunnymuggle) October 6, 2018
We have an actual real-life astronaut dragging himself to the woodshed for having the temerity to quote Sir Winston Churchill on Twitter.
“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.” – Winston Churchill https://t.co/Ti8gYpTneG
— Dianny ?? (@DiannyRants) October 8, 2018
We’re battling each other over what emojis are appropriate for crying out loud.
And despite its history of failure and destruction, we actually have Americans who embrace socialism as a viable form of government.
And, lest we forget, we have Kathy Griffin.
FUCK YOU @senatemajldr
GO FUCK YOURSELF @LindseyGrahamSC
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 4, 2018
The writers of Star Trek dreamt of space travel and exploration.
And this is what 2018 is actually like – petty, childish, ignorant and uninformed. Where grown men and women actually become unglued because somebody offended them.
That really is a damn shame.
Personally, I would prefer we live in a world where space travel is as common as hopping in your car to go to the store.
If for no other reason than I’d love to put Kathy Griffin on a rocket and shoot her into space.
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