Today’s prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “television.” Linda said to: Talk about your favorite show, past, present, or future, or about the apparatus itself. Enjoy!
Before computers and the internet, television was the only addictive screen. My dad watched TV a lot, and at certain times of my life, I have depended on TV for company, entertainment, and maybe even to get through big life challenges. Star Trek may have saved my life, or at least kept me off the street during my confusing adolescence. As I’ve shared before, Spock was my first crush. Dependable, rational, competent. I try to remember this when I see these qualities in my husband. But my husband smiles more, and it’s okay that I’m the flower child.
Star Trek drew me to science, up to a point. Maybe it helped me do well in school, though I was already a “good student” except for a few blips and detours….
Since I only have basic cable now, the closest I can get to Star Trek on TV is The Orville, on Fox. It’s like ST but with Fox humor which can sometimes be stupid, though I’m willing to overlook it, and the last episode was more serious. I’ve started reading Star Trek novels which could become addictive. Just finishing up one about the Voyager crew. Voyager and Next Generation were my favorites. I liked the strong female roles. When Next Gen’s first episode came on TV and I heard Patrick Stewart say, “To boldly go where no one has gone before,” instead of Kirk’s “where no man has gone before,” I hooted and cheered, “YES!”
Star Trek offers possibilities of hope. The themes are about overcoming challenges, teamwork, diversity, and hope. I think those are the things that have always drawn me to the show which is more than just a show. We NEED those values in the world. Okay, there is an element of escape – to go boldly, to explore new worlds which I would have trouble doing in real life since I get motion sickness at the drop of a hat.
Television, like the internet, has a lot of crap, but it also has a lot of good that can inspire us to become better than we are, or just enjoy some healthy escape. If we are selective, we can learn cool stuff from television. For example, did you see that big disc of ice in the river in Maine? Maybe it’s a message from our future, or aliens. Or maybe the river is trying to tell us something by making the shape of the earth.
They said the temperature changes create a vortex. Vortex is one of the Star Trek words. Where there’s a vortex, there’s always something important going on. (Except that it would make me nauseous in real life. )
Star Trek has always been mind expanding for me. I like that they deal with ethical dilemmas. My favorite episode, or one of them that made a big impression, was “The Devil in the Dark,” where the so called “monster” turned out to be just protecting her babies. Of course it was Spock who found that out with a mind meld. He was the real hero of the show. “The Devil in the Dark” was also Leonard Nimoy’s “favorite episode,” according to the title on this video.
Thanks for letting me go on about The Trek again. Maybe the future will have better remedies for motion sickness for the vortex travels.
For more on the Stream of Consciousness Saturday, visit Linda Hill’s blog. Here’s the link:
Here are the rules for SoCS:
1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.
4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.
5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.
6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.
8. Have fun!
January 19, 2019 at 8:59 am
So delightful to read 🙂
January 19, 2019 at 11:30 am
Oh, good! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
January 19, 2019 at 10:30 am
My favorite Star Trek character was Seven of Nine, she was so cool. I loved that spinning ice video JoAnna.
January 19, 2019 at 12:10 pm
Seven is in the book I’m reading and experiencing lots of emotions like grief along with Chakotay. I always thought Chakotay was cool. Glad you liked the spinning ice. 🙂
January 19, 2019 at 10:55 am
I love your take on this prompt! I was smitten with Leonard too. I’m sharing your link on my blog – so fun that you included a real live vortex clip!!
January 19, 2019 at 12:12 pm
Thank you, Shelley. I found the spinning ice vortex fascinating! 😉
January 19, 2019 at 4:54 pm
January 19, 2019 at 11:22 am
Nice job on this prompt, JoAnna. Star Trek was always inspirational and aspirational, even the really dumb episodes. Next Gen is my favorite, by far. I love how it continued the journey and expanded the issues they worked through.
January 19, 2019 at 12:16 pm
They did work through a lot of issues on NG. Captain Picard was so fair and balanced, but not afraid to have a little fun.
January 19, 2019 at 11:33 am
Live long and prosper 😊
January 19, 2019 at 12:17 pm
Peace and long life. 🙂
January 19, 2019 at 12:06 pm
thank you for beaming
me up to a special place, JoAnna 🙂
January 19, 2019 at 12:21 pm
My pleasure, David! 🙂
January 19, 2019 at 1:04 pm
Do I need to make up a handle like like you jusjojan? It’s my first time! 🙂
January 19, 2019 at 4:27 pm
I’m not doing Just Jot it January this year. Just SoCS. It’s fine to just jump in. I don’t think a handle is needed but you can check here: https://lindaghill.com/2018/12/31/what-is-just-jot-it-january-2019-rules/
January 19, 2019 at 5:28 pm
It sounds like all went well, I received 2 comments from Linda. The only problem was my link didn’t work but the wingback did. I’m only doing Sat. anymore is too much. My goal was to blog less this year and it’s the reverse. Have a great day.
January 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm
I understand about that goal to blog less. It almost seems to take on a life of its own. I’ll set boundaries and then think of an idea I want to share…. Take care.
January 19, 2019 at 6:54 pm
I’m explaining the subject posted on. Most know my background or can read it. My background and illnesses it’s who I am. It’s illnesses and the past. I enjoying the beauty post, I’m learning a lot to. 🙂
January 19, 2019 at 7:45 pm
Your background and illnesses being who you are is true. Though you are more and your blog shows that. Still we need to pace ourselves and take gentle care of our lives. I’m reminding myself. 😉
January 20, 2019 at 9:30 am
I’m taking better care of myself than in a long time. The other big swing is after falling it scared my husband enough now he is watching out for potential problems and taking better care of me. Two eyes are better than one. Have a blessed day.
January 20, 2019 at 12:22 pm
Good! Blessings to you both!
January 19, 2019 at 2:28 pm
If it’s for me you can talk about Star Trek anytime. I love the show 🙋
January 19, 2019 at 5:08 pm
Yay! Nothing like it!
January 19, 2019 at 3:08 pm
Interesting post, JoAnna. I never saw the Star Trek series during their release in the 1970s. In Guyana, it wasn’t until the late 1980s that we got the first pirated TV shows with privately installed satellite TV disks. Publicly operated TV broadcasts didn’t start until 1991.
January 19, 2019 at 5:59 pm
That is interesting. Thank you for letting me know.
January 19, 2019 at 3:15 pm
That spinning ice disk is exciting and scary at the same time.
January 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Yep. Most of me believes it is a natural phenomenon but who knows?
January 19, 2019 at 6:17 pm
I forgot to mention my second favorite show, Northern Exposure. Thanks for reminding me, Msjadeli. https://tao-talk.com/2019/01/19/socs-northern-exposure/
January 20, 2019 at 7:45 am
You are a lovely flower child, JoAnna. xx ❤
January 20, 2019 at 12:22 pm
🙂 Thank you! ❤