So, you ask us bloggers this week…
…What’s the best science TV show of all time?…
For real-life science shows, I guess I would have to pick NOVA. This is because Mr. Zuska, who is not a scientist or an engineer, will actually sit and watch Nova and become absorbed in the program and occasionally ask me questions about what they are talking about. He once watched an entire program on string theory called The Elegant Universe. He even watched part of it a second time. I watched it with him but I had to cover my eyes when the little vibrating string graphics were on the screen because they looked too much like shimmering migraine auras and threatened to trigger a migraine for me. I am not joking. I once induced a migraine in myself merely from looking too long (i.e., 10 seconds or so) at the cover of Oliver Sacks’s book Migraine. The cover painting depicts the distorted vision of a migraneur with the type of aura called mosaic aura. Just looking at a representation of how things look during aura to someone else is enough to give me a migraine. That sucks….but I digress. Back to the question.
Fictional series: no question for me, it’s Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- Lieutenant Tasha Yar
- Ensign Ro Laren.
- Dr. Beverly Crusher
- Keiko O’Brien
- Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Those are some kick-ass women. Well, Deanna isn’t terribly kick-ass, but I think it is very cool that TNG made such a statement about counseling: it’s so important they had a ship’s counselor and she was a Lt. Commander, too. And they showed people talking to Guinan about their problems and feelings as well. Very introspective series. With plenty of shiny techie toys and lots of nifty medical stuff and medical ethics stuff for Dr. Crusher to get all up in arms about. When that woman took a stand, geez, you better be on the right side or just get burned with her laser eyes. Take names; kick ass. And she looked absolutely fabulous the entire time. What I wouldn’t give for hair that color…do you think it’s real???? Now Guinan, with the hats…I love hats. She had some great ones, in both timelines she was in. And Ro Laren – what’s not to love about an in-your-face Bajoran babe? With the ear jewelry and all? Do. Not. Mess. With. Ro.
The final reason I love TNG: Jean-Luc. Yessir, that’s my baby. Nossir, don’t mean maybe.
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