In honor of my first ever blog link-up with Heather for the Five Favorites Wednesday, we are going to shake things up a little. Just in case you thought things were going to be serious here all the time, may I present the following:
Consider this my declaration to the internet: “I am a NERD!” (For those of you who do not share this same enthusiasm for all things nerdy, bear with me; the end of the article will hopefully be more relevant to you. )
As soon as I saw this video I called my husband over, “Nathan!!! You have to see this, it has all our favorite things!”
As we watched it our conversation included, but was not limited to the following: keeping track of the various nerdy costumes we have donned over the years, fondly recalling the RPG game we played together in college before we were dating (he was a paladin, I was three parts beguiler to one part rogue), reminding ourselves that going to a comic-con is on our bucket list, and noticing the Shepperton Design Studios’ Stormtrooper suits paired with the cheapo $5 Wallys World lightsaber.
It amuses my mother to no end that I, such an intellectual girl, have so strong an attraction to all things sci-fi/fantasy. I maintain, however, that it is my intellectual inclination that fosters my love of sci-fi/fantasy.
The reason I enjoy it so much is because it brings me a new appreciation for various aspects of the “real world,” while simultaneously offering me an escape from said world.
All too often we focus so hard on the everyday events of life, that we become blind to many of the more profound realities and ideas that surround us. Sci-fi/fantasy casts such a different light on life that it forces us to view it differently and to discover new aspects that we hadn’t appreciated before.
In addition, it offers us an escape from the boredom that is so often present in this state that we call “real life.”
One of my favorite sci-fi shows is Star Trek. While I will grant you that a ton of the episodes are ridiculous and corny, there are many that are genuinely good television (and that is coming from someone who said they would never be a Trekkie).
For those of a thoughtful bend who are curious to give Star Trek a try, here are five of my favorite Star Trek episodes for non-Trekkies:
5. City on the Edge of Forever (Original Series) This episode is consistently the highest rated from the Original Series(TOS). For those put off by the cheesy vibe of TOS, the majority of the episode takes place in the 1930s Great Depression Era. It deals with themes of love and loss.
4. Its Only a Paper Moon (Deep Space 9) In this episode a young soldier struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome after loosing his leg in battle. He turns to an elaborate holographic computer program of a casino in the 1960s to hide from the trauma in his life. This episode features a fantastic selection of great jazz songs sung by a fantastic cabaret singer.
3. Counterpoint (Voyager) Another episode that utilizes music to great effect. This one explores the idea of romance through the musical idea of counterpoint.
2. Family (The Next Generation) After his traumatic captivity with the Borg, Captain Picard returns home to France to re-examine his life and visit his estranged brother. As the title would suggest, this episode explores the idea of the importance of family in our lives.
1. Inner Light (The Next Generation) If you only watch one episode from this list, please make it this one. In this episode Captain Picard experiences another person’s lifetime in the expanse of half an hour. This episode explores themes of what makes a life meaningful and what would you do if you could take a different path in life. The orchestral suite to this episode is excellent.
Please note: I don’t think these are the best episodes, however, each is ranked among the top for its series. I included a representative from each series, except for Enterprise because I haven’t seen any of them yet. Episodes are available to stream for free with Netflix or Amazon Prime. Also these episodes are of a rather melancholic bend, but that is not necessarily representative of Star Trek, just my personality 😉
Have you ever watched Star Trek? Have you seen any of these episodes? What do you think of Sci-Fi or Fantasy? I’d Love to hear your thoughts and nerdy shout outs in the com box!