February 04, 2005

Geeky post of the day

And for once it isn't even mine. John Hawkins has posted his Top Ten favorite ST characters of all time. I'm not certain that I agree with all of his choices, although many are spot on. There are a couple of things that he got dead right, though:

1) Listing Wesley Crusher as one of the most annoying characters of the entire scifi genre, and not just ST in particular. I had kind of hoped that when the Traveller due showed up the second time, Wesley would be smeared into red paste on the hull of the Enterprise. Sadly, such was not the case.

2) Naming Q as one the best villains of all time. John de Lancey appeared in only 7 episodes of ST:TNG, but he made an indelible impact. The effect of starting the first Star Trek spinoff with humanity being put on trial by some being with God-like powers cannot be understated.

Having said all this, Hawkins goes off the rails when he makes the following statement:

Odo (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine): A great character wasted on a weak show.
Odo would have been a real asset as a crusty head of security at a better Trek show.

I'll make the logical assumption that the anti-schizophrenic medications John's been taking have simply stopped working, and thereforegive him a pass for making such a heretical statement. All Trekkies know that Deep Space Nine set the standard of excellence by which all Trek series are judged.

A better Trek series indeed. Hmmph.

Posted by: Physics Geek at 06:12 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 I sat next to John Delancey at the circus once. I didn't realize who he was until we got up to leave, na d my friends were saying "look, it's Q". He lives about 4 blocks from Caltech and he brought his kids to see a performance of the LA Circus that was held on campus. What a cool dude.

Posted by: caltechgirl at February 04, 2005 06:30 PM (bwprt)

2 I saw him once on a talk show and, if memory serves, he was a pretty good guest. Time to watch Spike TV; I need a Q fix, pronto. I'm trying not to directly mention your comment because I'm consumed by jealousy right now.

Posted by: physics geek at February 04, 2005 09:42 PM (Xvrs7)

3 I can't believe he said something nice about Troi. "Captain, I feel that the alien is upset". "Gee, thanks, Counsellor, because I wouldn't have been able to figure that out just from his screaming and throwing things". Completely superfluous character. Now RIKER - heh, he's like a 24th century Captain Kirk. I kinda liked him.

Posted by: Harvey at February 06, 2005 12:05 AM (ubhj8)

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