Monday, September 18, 2006

The Wisdom of Star Trek - The Enemy Within...

Dave just recently bought the entire first series of Star Trek on DVD because they're digitally remodeling it for re-release atm, and he is thinking they'll simply phase out the original version...

Anyway, so we're lumbering through it in order of production, as I haven't seen many episodes of the original series myself... I say "lumbering" because even though I was, initially, rather jazzed at the prospect of finally seeing this show, as an adult, and seeing how it measured up to the rememberances of my Trekker parents, I've come to realise that it is heavily dusted in some form of soporific, LOLOLOLOL... I don't know what it is, but after watching an episode I usually head off to bed, yawning my head off!

Anyway, I had a late afternoon nap today, so Dave suggested we watch and episode seeing as I wasn't likely to fall asleep from it (I still ended up yawning, though)... It was a good episode though and timely (don't you love how the Universe speaks to you through whatever medium you're open to at the moment!)...

The episode was called "The Enemy Within" and basically Bull Shitner, er, I mean Bill Shatner, playing Capt. Kirk experiences being split in two when teleported from a planets surface, back up to the Enterprise. It's a sort of Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde storyline whereby he splits off into an all good version of himself and an all impulsive, or bad, or ID version of him...

But it's not as black and white as that, as within the 48 minutes of the show, you come to realise that the all good, compassionate side of Capt. Kirk is not able to make decisions because he cannot shut down his compassion enough to make the hard calls, and the ID part of himself suffers greatly from fear, fear of dying, and see only the bad side of life...

So, at one point Capt. Kirk realises he NEEDS his dark side to function, to be able to be the all-round-good-guy, he sometimes has to be a bad guy... In the end he literally, as well as figuratively, embraces the fierce but frightened side of himself... And thus becomes a whole man again... Aaaaaah!

But, isn't that the thing... I've been struggling so much with my dark side of late, with that part of me I just don't like - that part of me that mostly shows itself in my role as a parent... I've been trying to reject that part of me, and say it isn't really me, it's circumstance, rather than accepting it as part of who I am... But more on that later, right now I just want to ruminate on the wisdom of Star Trek...

2 comments:

casso said...

It's kind of like Flanders and Homer in the The Simpsons. You'd rather be Lisa.

And so endeth the tv analogies for this evening. Thank you for watching.

katef said...

oh man that is very deep for a trekkie! LOL

Teenagers and the failing parent...