When in Iceland, there are locations that are like standing on an alien planet.
I have been a Trekkie/Trekker since the beginning. Or almost the beginning. I started watching at the 3rd episode in 1966 and haven’t stopped. I, along with some friends, were at the first (and I do mean FIRST) Star Trek convention in New York City at the Statler Hilton Hotel in 1972. (The hotel has since changed hands and is across from Penn Station.) 500 fans were expected to show up. Over 3000 did, along with Gene Roddenberry and other notable guests.
As the years passed, I have watched hours of Trek reruns, the new spinoff shows, the movies, etc. In my heart, the original Star Trek with Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy is (and always will be) my favorite.
The photograph above was made in 2006 in the Las Vegas Hilton. For several years the “Star Trek Experience” was on display there. There were gift shops, several restaurants and actors dressed up as characters from the show. Pictured above is an alien known as an “Orion” standing next to my son.
You never know who you’ll be sitting next to on a bus.
I substituted my son’s face for Matt Damon’s.
For those who haven’t seen the new Matt Damon/Ridley Scott film “The Martian”,
I highly recommend it. It’s an old fashioned type of film – the rescue. Today’s
science fiction films with time travel, aliens, warp speed, killer robots can,
at times, have convoluted plots that will leave you scratching your head.
(For the record, I am a big sci-fi fan).
And this simple story comes from the director who made the first “Alien” movie
and “Blade Runner”. Both films are excellent, but “The Martian” is a back-to-basics
story of rescue against a backdrop of state-of-the-art digital graphics that
make everything look real.
Okay, here are my Top 8 television shows of all time (it’s not that I can’t have a top 10, I just have 2 empty spaces waiting to be filled):
1- Farscape – those who share my love for this series understand my addiction to it.
2- Star Trek (original series) – I watched every sequel – TV or movie, liked some, hated some, but I still love Kirk the most.
3- Seinfeld – I highly recommend the Kramer Reality Tour in New York City. Google it for info.
4- Andy Griffith Show w/Don Knotts – an American comedy that rises above everything else.
5- The X Files – The first 7 seasons. Always knew that there were aliens but loved the ambiguity.
6- 24 – I want to be Jack Bauer
7- Eureka – Can’t explain it, but I love this series.
8- Dexter – I knew about Dexter, and was familiar with Michael Hall from “6 Feet Under” but didn’t think that I would like a show about a serial killer. All I can say, this show catapulted to the top almost immediately. I am on the edge of my seat watching it.
Now I have plenty of second tier shows that I love – Battlestar (Ron Moore edition), Green Acres (it’s hilarious), The Invaders – if I started a list of top ten show openings, this one would be at the top of the list.
So, this is my list. What’s yours?