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Five Things I’ve Learned from Star Trek

Star Trek (2008) Directed by: J.J. Abrams

I might have mentioned earlier (or maybe not) that my love of Star Trek had a very reluctant and rocky start in my childhood.  As a child in the 80s, there wasn’t an incredible amount of variety on television.  So many a weekend afternoon aired long marathons of Star Trek, Bruce Lee movies, etc.   My father, an avid Star Trek fan, wouldn’t miss a chance to sit and watch the episodes from the original show, and of course he was the one who introduced it to me.  I admit I wasn’t very receptive at first, but in time it grew on me, and I found myself addicted.  I’ve watched all remakes of it including Enterprise (and no, I don’t think it’s nearly as bad as people said it was – it’s actually one of my favorites).

Fast forward to adulthood...

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It’s All About Emma Swan

EmmaI wanted to love “Once Upon a Time.”  I think I did at one time.  With such a large cast, there are characters we’re going to love and ones we’re going to hate. It’s inevitable. And while I did favor the villains (Regina, Mr. Gold, etc), I always had a soft spot for the “good guys.”  That is, until this current season, when I came to a realization about this show:  it’s really all about Emma.

And the worst part is, she knows it.  I mean, most shows do gravitate around a particular character and the difficulties they encounter, the struggles they’ve endured.  But a kind of “reset button” is pushed from week to week that sort of grounds said character.   Not Emma.  I’ve watched her character develop, and it’s amazing self absorbed she is!

Emma is the savior...

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Person of Interest: Tara Thorton (True Blood)

With the vast array of television entertainment available to us today, many of the shows and characters seem perpetually boring and terribly predictable.  So when I finally come across one that stands apart from the rest, one that really causes me to reconsider everything that I’ve ever known to be true,  I know I’ve found something (or someone) special.  And this is the point of this new series of articles I’ll be writing – to share, in detail, everything I can about a character that is worthy to be discussed.  I’ll try to ensure that the shows are current and are still running, but there might be times when I revisit ones that are no longer airing because, yes, the person of interest is that important to warrant a visit back in time.

So let’s talk True Blood, shall we?  A...

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Tech Time: A Closer Look At ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’

Welcome back! This is my third article in this series where I take a look at past sci-fi shows and evaluate their technology to see if it has been introduced into today’s society.   Previously I talked about ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Babylon 5,’ but this time we’re going to shift gears and think back to the times when ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ aired.

I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I remember watching ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ on television.  I’m not reluctant to admit this because I’m ashamed I watched the show – that couldn’t be further from the truth.  This show was, in my opinion, one of the best ever.  My shame comes because I’m actually at an age where I can recall its appearance on TV as part of regular programming.  Yes, I’m getting old...

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Looking Back: The 4400

This is the first article in a series that will look at past sci-fi shows that unfortunately didn’t stand the test of time, yet deserve to be recognized for their excellence.  The first to debut this column is none other than The 4400 (pronounced forty-four hundred).

If there was ever a show that didn’t deserve to die such an early death, this was it.  Back when it aired on a regular basis, I was practically glued to my television set each week watching the plot unfold.

Not familiar with this series?  It revolves around 4400 individuals who were taken during various years starting from 1946, and none of them aged since their disappearance.  They reappear near Mount Rainier, Washington, but none of them remember what happened from when they were taken to present day...

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