I am typing the first draft of this post on my phone, and my thumbs are too large for this keyboard. Not looking forward to editing this bad boy.Learn More
2018 has been a real year of quests. I am attempting to beat Final Fantasy III for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. I am working my way through Dante’s The Divine Comedy. And I have decided to watch the entire series run of Star Trek : The Next Generation and overlapping series Star Trek : Deep Space Nine.
I have long finished season 1 of Star Trek: TNG, and I have to admit that its limitations are all over the screen. The budget is taken to the absolute maximum, and the strain on the sets and make-up is sadly obvious. Further, the series spends far too much with the young character Wesley Crusher, who is one of the least interesting parts of the first season’s cast.
HOWEVER, the core parts of the show are intact. Despite the first season’s considerable limitations, Star Trek : The Next Generation features wonderful, unique characters engaging in mindful but entertaining explorations of surface level science and armchair philosophy. The show is no doctorate level thesis on any of its topics it address, but it’s worthwhile hourlong entertainment for network television in 1988. Frankly, I can understand why this little reboot took the world by storm given this initial outing.
Is Star Trek Season 1 the best of the series? Not by a long shot, but it’s a solid introduction to the characters and their adventures.
The only real issue I have with it is that it was far more sexual than I recalled it being, which in and of itself isn’t bad, but the show’s earliest season is a bit unsure of its footing, so there’s a fair amount of episodes that appear geared toward children while the next are obviously for adults. Of course, at the same time, this isn’t Star Wars, so it’s not as though the adventures, pacing, and interactions would hold a child’s constant attention.
I was only 6 when the show aired, so it was definitely not in my wheelhouse when it initially aired, but I recall the show still having a fair bit of cultural clout by 1992, when THE PLAYMATES TOYS Figure Line became a staple of the boys’ toy aisle. Looking back on the time, I knew I was not ready for Trek, but I like the idea of it. I still feel that way about its TNG’s debut season.Learn More
Author and pastor Tim Keller has a wonderful phrase, “The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” (The Meaning of Marraige) That is some soul food there, friends.
Read it again.
Let it hit.
More sinful than we dared believe, but more loved than we dared hope.
That really is good news.
It should help us forgive each other and ourselves, and live with courage.
Speaking of courage, let me tell you about this week.Learn More
Life is more difficult than you want it will be.
Life has more challenges and obstacles than you expect.
And that’s okay, because that’s the way it is this side of eternity. Our choice lies not in whether or not we experience heartache, loss, and suffering. Our choice lies in how we experience it and react to it. Do we allow it to dominate us, or do we dominate it. These are fair questions–good questions. I’ve been wrestling with them myself recently.
As a result, I discovered something dangerous about myself.Learn More
I know I keep stating in my weekly debriefs that I desire to post here more and become better engaged on social media. I continue to fail in both areas. I blame no one but myself, but I wanted to provide some context. This is a bit of a rant, but I just had to get the whirlwind of thoughts out of my head, and I figured this the place to do it.Learn More