There was no separating the two Treks, the vacuous and the visionary. It’s no coincidence that one of the most legendary episodes — “The Trouble with Tribbles” — was essentially a comic take on the show’s established themes.
Given some distance from the moment, I realize this is actually an entirely healthy attitude. It’s the attitude we should take about everything in life, and ourselves in particular. Aristotle once said, “Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor: For a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.”
In other words, nothing’s so serious that we should let it destroy our sense of humor, and nothing so silly that we should blind ourselves to the truths it might be carrying. And if there’s anything Kirk taught me, it’s that there’s always a third way. —Lore Sjöberg —My Love Affair With Star Trek (Wired)
I was going to add a comment something like, “My inner Trek geek is really showing this week,” but when has it ever really been inner?
So I won’t make any excuses. There’s a lot of Trek material out there currently, since the show first appeared 40 years ago, and I’m gonna blog what I like, and like what I blog.