Charlie X

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Exercising is far easier when you’re watching something. Yeah it is not going to lead me to me Mr Muscle but it is better to exercise and watch than never to exercise at all. Shakespeare said that didn’t he?

I may have undone some of the work by the Chai latte and the Indian meal and in the evening I had a party to go to. I brought doughnuts which few people seemed to want. There were 8 or so left – so I gave them away. The woman I gave them to does a lot of sport, and goes to the gym a lot more, so she can justify a doughnut in a way my flabby gut cannot!

I was watching the TOS episode Charlie X while on the treadmill. I am still yet to get to any really good episodes. This episode was odd.

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A young boy is brought aboard the Enterprise and is quickly shown to have superpowers. He can make crewmen disappear, mutilate them, melt chess pieces, and do card tricks.

Charlie has been isolated from humans for his whole life and so it is quite a learning curve for him to adjust to life in society. And we see what a child might do if presented with great power.

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The ending is problematic as it is a desus ex machiina. The Enterprise was only saved because the aliens bailed them out. At least the existence of the aliens was at least telegraphed earlier in the show.

Gender has to again be talked about here. Yeoman Rand was the first woman Charlie had ever seen.

It is natural that he would feel drawn to her.  Given his age sex education is vital to his development. Unfortunately he is on a ship from the 1960s. Meaning that Kirk, McCoy, and even Spock seem incapable of explaining these matters to him.

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As this was the 1960s there was no way for the writer’s to talk about sex. In a later episode, Wink of an Eye, Kirk is seen putting on his boots while a woman brushes her hair behind him. And this was considered to have been getting something passed the sensors. I think though they could have at least suggested that Charlie had received that education. Maybe even that was too much for the time.

There is also the problematic thing of Rand being called a girl. I’ll discuss that in The Lights of Zetar as it becomes more relevant in that one.

Over all this is a below average entry in the series. Admittedly most of my issues with it steam from my modern view point but still I don’t think it is one of the best. The next one features God-like powers too.

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Jumble

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I talked about Morning Pages the other week and am still sticking with it. So far I have managed to remember and not left it till after midnight as has happened to me when writing a paper diary.

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My mind is such a jumble of thoughts and ideas. There is too much and I am tired more than I should be – so it seems to me.

I would hate to be one of those British people who complains about the weather but it is rather stuffy because of it.

When I get like this it is like the ideas in my mind are blocked as if by a force field and I just have to write my way out of the hole.

It is early afternoon and there is still enough time to go for a walk which I think I will do in a little while.

The human brain is so complex it is difficult to understand. And my own mind is the most perplexing to me. Why do I get nervous about things that should be reasons to relax? Why do I have to turn the door knob several times to make sure it is locked? Why do I feel incapable of going agaist my to-do list?

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The other day at work I was having a bad day. Several people noticed it. They asked what was wrong. There is no answer. My brain is like a dripping tap. Every now and then it gets to overflowing. On that day I feel terrible. Then the water goes and I feel ok but it starts again.

I may be repeating myself a bit here but I want to get out my thoughts – even in a public place. I want to understand why I have these patterns. I don’t imagine that happening I just have to do it and try and look at it from the outside: ‘Today is a bad day – tomorrow will be better.’ That is the idea. Tomorrow never dies though and sometimes it feels like a long time coming.

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The Man Trap

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I went to the gym again today and last Thursday. I didn’t meet my target of ten times in June but at least I went six times!

On Thursday, whilst on the treadmill, I watched The Man Trap. It is a far more Trek-like Star Trek episode than The Cage.

We have all the main characters apart from Scotty. No Chekhov either but that character wasn’t on the show yet. We have the familiar colourful uniforms. And we have crew members being killed by the monster of the week. Although none of them were wearing red.

The captain’s logs are used strangely in this episode. Kirk gives information from the future:

Captain’s log, additional entry. Since our mission was routine, we had beamed down to the planet without suspicion. We were totally unaware that each member of the landing party was seeing a different woman, a different Nancy Crater.

I believe this type of thing is done in later episodes but it still struck me as odd. Especially as Crewman Darnell was dead before he had a chance to report what he had seen.

I like the creature in this episode. I think that it still stands up pretty well. As Seven would say: ‘Crude but effective.’

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One thing about TOS that always bugs me is the treatment of women. The uniforms for one thing. They look nice for a night out but are silly for a military uniform. Starfleet is a military I don’t care what Gene says. In this episode I did see women in trousers. Run for the hills it is the end of civilisation! I wish they had gone with that. Although, with the presence of both, it could be argued that women can choose.

More troubling though is the way male crewmen react to women. They talk like young men without a sense of decorum. A crewman looks at Yeoman Rand and says: ‘Yeah, how’d you like to have her as your own personal yeoman.’ 

I know I am putting 2018 thinking into a 1960s show but Star Trek is, or at least it likes to think it is, a progressive show. And it is odd how much sexism there is in it. In some ways TNG went too far in the other direction. In that show the characters can be arrogant about how far humans have come. It makes me wonder how bad it was for women back in the 1960s – and makes me hope that things have improved.

Overall this was a nice introduction to the series. A creature roaming the ship and killing the crew seems, at least to me, very Star Trek. Star Trek didn’t get the reputation for lots of dead crewmen for nothing.

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Morning Pages

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I have been writing Morning Pages for the past few days. Basically this is 500 words first thing in the morning. The clue really is in the name!

The idea is just to write whatever it is that is in your mind as soon as you wake up. I have mentioned it here before, I believe, but I have just got back into it.

I have heard it said that handwriting is the better way to do it. My handwriting is probably out done by some trained monkeys so for me using the iPad is better. I can dictate to that for one thing.

I have been writing about some sad things. The first part of the day is always my lowest point. I have looked for an app called Evening Pages – I think book ending the day that way would be of use.

If you struggle with depression or dark thoughts it might be of use to you. Why not give it a go. 500 words on paper, on the Morning Pages app, carve it in stone if you like! I would be interested to hear how you got on.

Well it is nearly midnight and I have work in nine hours so bedtime for me. And, by the magic of a scheduled blog post, by the time you read this work will be over!

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The Cage

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I am never going to be super fit. I know this because of two pieces of evidence. Who am I kidding it is more than two. The two I was going to go with are that I am currently eating a chocolate chip muffin and drinking a chai latte – and that I have to practically drag my ass to the gym when I go.

I did go to the gym yesterday – really yesterday this time. I am writing this only a few hours before you will see it.

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I did about 55 minutes on the treadmill. I wasn’t doing an intense work out but I was exercising so I’m glad about that. While I exercised I was watching The Cage. Yep the first, and rejected, pilot episode of Star Trek.

It is difficult to put myself in to the mind of the executives that rejected it but over all I think this episode stands up pretty well.

The character of Number One is a wonderfully strong character. It is such a shame that we didn’t get her later on. I have nothing against Spock, of course, but Number One staying would have been groundbreaking.

One of the strangest parts of the episode was at the very beginning. Captain Pike considers retiring and thinks about a new career. This is strange for two reasons. Firstly since this is a pilot it seems obvious they will not be writing the lead out so why is this here? And secondly one of the jobs he considers is being a slave trader. You think I’m making that up don’t you? Go watch the episode it is all there.

On the subject of Orion slave girls there is something a bit strange about that scene. And I don’t just mean the green woman. One of the men who sits next to Pike is wearing a Starfleet uniform. Which is weird as it was implied that this fantasy was drawn from the idea that it was something Pike could never do. That has just always struck me as strange that’s all. I know Starfleet wasn’t said in the episode but we all know what it was.

Spock smiles. This is because they hadn’t completely figured out the character yet. Those plants must have a weird effect on Vulcans and Pike was nice enough not to say anything.

Spock uses the term Class M. I mention this as the geek in me loves that that was present from the very beginning.

The story itself was a little on the simple side. I feel though that it did its job well in showing what the show would be like. Each week traveling to a new planet and having an adventure.

The characters are not that well defined. Spock would be the only one to continue. Pike does appear again but the less said about that the better. The beeping thing has always struck me as stupid.

As to the other characters, with the exception of Doctor Boyce, they are not even named. Boyce comes across as a proto-McCoy. He has a friends with the captain and seems to believe in the medicinal qualities of alcohol.

The Cage is a good solid pilot. The problem is it is effectively for a show that never happened. Although this was rejected the second pilot was accept and, to end on a cliche, the rest is history.

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Brain and Brain, what is Brain?

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I used Twitter to keep people updated about what I am going to post here. So it might be a little meta to talk about Twitter but that is what this post is about.

One reason I got a smart phone, in the first instance, was because of Twitter. I remember being out and about and thinking of cool witty things I could tweet. I was going to be funny! I had no illusions of this making me popular but I liked the idea of regular tweets and the weirdness of my brain seemed like a good place to mine for content.

Then something weird happened. When I got a smartphone ideas for tweets seemed to leap from my brain!

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My brain and I don’t have the best of relationship. If we were on Facebook it would probably be labelled ‘It’s complicated.’

Luckily I can wrestle it into submission when I sit down to write and sometimes ideas come out of nowhere and I am grateful. And sometimes ideas come out of nowhere and I want to give myself a good talking to because they are too weird.

I have a Google home and it is wonderful to be able to say: ‘Okay Google: Play ‘Bring it all Back’ and have it respond with. ‘Playing Baby got Back’ – not a real example but sometimes what it does bears as much similarity to what I asked for as an omelette does to a pizza!

And I remember long before Google home was a thing that I wanted this kind of thing. I wanted to listen to music and at the end of each song being able to give a verbal command and pick the next track – scrolling is such a bore. Now that I can do that my brain seems devoid of thoughts and can’t call to mind another song.

In conclusion my brain seems to have been rotted by technology. It is so easy to be over stimulated by all the stuff of the internet. Sounds, visuals, even words on a screen. It is only a matter of time before we start to have little computers embedded in our brains. Resistance is futile.

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Book Review

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For today’s post I have reviewed Operation Hail Storm – please click here to see the review.

I hope you enjoy reading the review and I’ll see you again next week – and I hope your Sunday has been amazing.

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