Last week I asked for suggestions on names for my new weekly Star Trek post. The first suggestion (made by Bibliomama) is wonderful:
Is it immediately apparent that my blog's name is a reference to "The Wrath of Khan?" Does it conjure up images of a crazed mother keen to avenge herself on her enemies by any means possible?, ie marooning them in an underground cave or putting slugs down peoples' ears. This is not the case. I write with humourous intent. The phrase "Wrath of Mom" was first used by my younger son last November. He asked to watch the movie and I responded by yelling -- in the manner of Kirk in the header photo -- "Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!" He sighed and deadpanned, "Yea. Like anyone would want to sit through the Wrath of Mom."
And a blog was born.
This will be the 25th post I've written with, at least, a cursory mention of Star Trek. It is also the 24th anniversary of the first broadcast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
As I type this, I'm watching that premiere episode, Encounter At Farpoint. Even after many years, and many viewings, it's compelling. Picard's anti-Kirk-ness is delicious. Q is terrifying. Riker is a stud. Damn, I forgot Riker was such a handsome guy. But I do prefer him with the beard.
I was fourteen and in grade 9 when it premiered. We were out of town for the weekend and the whole time I was nervous that our ancient VCR would fail to record. Thankfully, it came through for me. For the next seven years, I watched every single episode. By the time it ended -- with the Q-centric finale All Good Things... -- I was 21 and in my third year of university.
In recent years, I've re-watched the series with Zarf and Klaxon. The show stands up. Yes, the decor and outfits are dated, but the storytelling is timeless. The characters are complex and charming. The special effects still impress. The themes (scientific research is noble, good will triumph over evil, practice and value personal accountability, work for the good of others, violence is not the answer) continue to inspire me. And will -- I hope -- inspire the next generation of Trekkies: Zarf and Klaxon.