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Honor Codes and Archeology
From: Marc Thomas
Hi Trek TV Friends, Remember that episode Code of Honor where Tasha's in a Kirkish duel to the death? Great-Bird help me, but I do believe I sat through that one sometime in 87 or '8 with a fellow Trek devote whose most conspicuous pre American heritage was African… a little awkward. Coincidentally or not, he was the one who introduced me to Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet a few years later. The record became very popular with European Americans and the supporting tour shared the bill at times with Anthrax but the hipster girls we went with made us leave before the metal began,rats. I may have given the impression in past times that I was indifferent to or unfond of TNG, but you can probably tell now that I was then and am still into it. It kept Trek going which is important 'cuz it really is the gateway to sci fi at large and, even with its occasional lapses into silliness,the avenue as well, to a pro scientific sentiment. The first chapter of Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy testifies to the role TV science fiction can play in nudging a young mind towards a curious and rational view of the world and other worlds. Without TNG there'd likely be less Trek less science fiction TV and possibly less science. Unlikely also? Bonanza The Next Generation, King Fu The Next Generation, Star Wars The Previous Generation, Thats right that all really happened. I was in my mid to late 20's, ruffly the age of you, Trek TV hosts when this was new, so my recollections of it are much clearer than those of my first Original Series viewings, although I do remember wondering in 1968 or so, "Why do we call it TOS?" Touching briefly on this weeks Ferengi debut, Here's what's cool about space archeology in the future? You sometimes find stuff thats higher tech than what you dug it up with. The old monolith on the moon thing. I was wondering if Tracy studied archeology and anthropology because she seems to comment knowingly under both by-lines, the little knowledgable asides she tosses in as they relate to pertinent aspects of the show under discussion. This has always been something I really liked about Trek TV. Is a foundation in physical anthropology an integral part of an archeologist education? Did Picards interest in the field influence yours in any way? If there is no Tracy this week, I'll resubmit these questions next time Thanks for the rad sound, dudes