Tales From the Bitface (Posts about memories)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:57:56 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssTrekkinghttps://devilgate.org/blog/2017/09/30/trekking/Martin McCallion<h2>Past</h2> <p>I can remember when I first saw <cite>Star Trek</cite>.</p> <p>That’s not so unusual, but if my memory is right — and I’ve just more or less confirmed that it is — then when I first saw it was the absolute first time anyone <em>could</em> see it, in this country, at least.</p> <p>Here’s the memory (and it’s tied up, as many good things are, with <cite>Doctor Who</cite>).</p> <p>It’s 1969. It’s the summer holidays, and we’re in a holiday home with a TV. That in itself makes me doubt the memory, because back then holiday houses just didn’t have TVs. A lot of houses in general didn’t. But this memory has always told me that we were on a family holiday. And it’s Saturday, late afternoon. I’m settling down at the TV, and somebody says — I think it’s my sister — ‘Martin, <cite>Doctor Who</cite> finished, remember?’ Because it was <cite>Doctor Who</cite> time.</p> <p>And I said, ‘But this is <em>like</em> <cite>Doctor Who</cite>!’</p> <p>And as the new programme started someone else — my Dad, I think — said, with a tone of surprise, ‘He knows all about it!’ And then the <cite>Enterprise</cite> swooshed towards me out of the screen.</p> <p>I’ve long wondered how true this memory was. It was 1969; I’d have been five. But I just <a href=”http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/BBC”>checked</a>:</p> <blockquote><p> Initially, the BBC was the first-run broadcaster of Star Trek (12 July 1969-15 December 1971).<br> …<br> The series was shown in four seasons, the first on Saturday evenings at 5:15 pm (in the time slot usually taken by Doctor Who). </p></blockquote> <p>Which exactly matches my memory: summer, Saturday, <cite>Doctor Who</cite> slot. And the calendar confirms that the 12th of July 1969 was a Saturday.</p> <p>I wouldn’t be five for another month plus. Not a bad bit of early-memory retention. I wouldn’t have remembered it at all, if it wasn’t for one thing: trauma caused by fear that my parents would turn the TV off just as this exciting new programme was starting burned it into my brain.</p> <p>My Dad always liked <cite>Star Trek</cite> too, so I guess I was partly responsible for that.</p> <h2>Present</h2> <p>Yesterday I watched the first two episodes of <cite>Star Trek: Discovery</cite>, which are on Netflix (in the UK and Europe, at least; in the US they’re on CBS’s own new streaming service). And I really enjoyed it. I wouldn’t say it felt like being that nearly-five-year-old again, but it did feel like they’re trying something new and potentially very exciting.</p> <p>Today I was looking at <a href=”http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5171438/?ref_=nv_sr_1”>its entry on IMDB</a>. It turns out there are user-written reviews there, which I don’t think I’d been aware of before.</p> <p>Sadly they are almost universally negative. ‘It’s not <cite>Star Trek</cite>,’ is a common theme. But there’s a strong whiff of racism and misogyny coming through. Two non-white women as leads means ‘social justice warriors’ are running the show, it seems. Well from what I’ve read of Gene Roddenbery, I think he’d have been happy to be called a social justice warrior. <cite>Star Trek</cite> was <em>always</em> about diversity and tolerance.</p> <h2>Future</h2> <p>I don’t know how many episodes of this new series they have lined up, but I know I’m looking forward to watching them. So is my inner five-year-old. So would my Dad have been. And so would Gene.</p> childhooddoctor whofamilymemoriessfstar trektvhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2017/09/30/trekking/Sat, 30 Sep 2017 22:21:33 GMT