1) The regular TV season has ended, and 2) the local PBS station is having its summer pledge drive. So what does that mean?
Marathon watching of Star Trek movies!
Thanks to Netflix and Blockbuster, the Hubby and I have watched (again, after a long time) ST: the Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock, The Voyage Home (AKA The One with the Whales), which we saw on our wedding anniversary this past Sunday), and The Final Frontier. In the queue are Undiscovered Country, Generations, Insurrection, First Contact, and Nemesis.
What I’ve rediscovered in rewatching Star Trek is the unabashed *optimism* of the Star Trek series, which is a refreshing change from the many examples of dystopic sci-fi that I’ve seen, read, and (in my previous care-free, un-busy life) written.
Put it this way: Which would you prefer for your children — a future with zombies or a future with Vulcans?
No wonder so many Trekkies / Trekkers become engineers and scientists. They want to make Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic vision real. And who can blame them? 🙂