Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Wesley Crusher Effect and The Deanna Troi Ineptitude
My husband and I have been watching Star Trek: The Next Generation in order from the beginning since it came out on Netflix Canada. Some observations:
1. My husband informs me that Wesley Crusher was one of the most hated characters on the show. I had no idea. When I was young and watched it, he was chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with whipped cream on top, but then I was also tumbling all over for the karate kid, so yeah. Watching it now I think I can see why the character might have been annoying. He's perfect. He's always nice, overly nice. The only mistake he's made so far was to accidentally release nanites on the ship which started to eat away at it causing system failures that could have killed the entire crew or blew up the ship or something. But, he accidentally released them because he was studying and they were part of an experiment - seriously even his mistakes are founded in super-good-kid attributes. (He provides a great study in why characters should have flaws.) On the other hand, evil Wil Wheaton probably enjoys such popularity on The Big Bang Theory precisely because he's so damn evil, counteracting his younger character's fairy tale prince persona.
2. What the hell is up with Deanna Troi? Have you ever noticed how useless she is? Some communication will happen, the Captain will turn to her and she'll say, "I'm not sure but it feels as though he's lying." or "I can feel that something isn't right but I can't explain it." How about this one, "There is life on the planet, but it's so strange, I can't understand it. It doesn't feel like normal life" or "Something's wrong. I don't know what it is." -- for an empath she seriously doesn't give much information. Oh and whenever something is direly wrong, she NEVER tells the captain or Dr. Crusher. She keeps it all to herself until it's almost too late and/or she's screaming in agony. Uh duh?
3. When you watch the show do you find yourself listening to Data trying to catch him in a contraction?
We need a word for Poetry Friday. This week let's use CHARACTER.